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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Bowflex Treadclimber

Before Summer started I was trying to get back into the habit of using my hand-me-down treadmill from a neighbor several years ago. Well it finally gave out on me so I tried to make it a daily habit to take the kids on a walk starting the first day of Summer, but needless to say that didn’t last very long. By the time we got out of bed every morning it was already so hot and humid that our morning walk sucked the life out of me. So I finally talked to Kevin about getting a Bowflex Treadclimber. I was hesitant to spend the money on something that may just collect dust in a corner of our basement.

Well I finally took the plunge and purchased the Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 on August 25. It was delivered on August 29. Kevin put it together on August 31st. The first time I used it was Today, September 3rd. I’m going to give you the low down on the TC100.

This morning, I woke up earlier than I normally would on a Sunday, I thought about getting on the treadclimber while all the kids and Kevin were still asleep, but honestly… I just rolled back over and fell asleep again. After eating my breakfast of a left over slice of chocolate cake with vanilla icing from Kevin’s brirthday yesterday, I decided to hop on the Treadclimber. I only made it FIVE minutes before I felt like I was dying. In my head, I was asking myself how these people make it look so effortless on the commercials. Not only that but oh man was I swearing up a storm in my head. The Bowflex Treadclimber is NOT an easy workout. Especially, for those of us who are in no shape at all.

So after I recovered from my measley five minute workout on the TC100 I decided to give it another go. I made it SIX minutes the second time around (11 minutes total)! Overtime, I plan on being able to do thirty minutes a day (two 15 minute workouts).

Keep following my blog for updates on the Bowflex Treadclimber TC100 and my weight loss efforts.

 


Daily Grind

Kevin left this morning to get back to the daily grind. He’s flying out to Texas for the week, he comes back for the weekend and then he’s off to Peurto Rico for a few days. I’m on my own with the little ones all week. I’m also waiting for our new furniture to be delivered. So I really don’t have much planned for the week.

Watching Kevin drive away this morning was a little hard for me. I actually started to tear up a little. I got this. I know why he works so hard and why he took this job that requires travel. He does it for the kids and I. I’m so thankful for that man and all that he does.

The house is still unfinished. The basement still needs a little bit of flooring installed, one 4 1/2 rooms need painting. I need our guy to have his drywall guy come out and fix a hole from Bailey’s knee. She was jumping on mine and Kevin’s bed and put her knee into the wall.  So I’d rather have the drywall guy come fix it.

We still need some other little things done… like our bathroom needs the toilet replaced and to make sure that there isn’t a clog in the drain/pipes. So our handyman is going to do that for us as well.

I still have a few other things that need to be done, but I think Kevin and I will do them ourselves. Like the kids bathroom needs to be painted and some little screw holes need to be patched. So It’s just one of those things that we can do on our own, a little at a time.

I’m looking forward to this weekend with Kevin. Friday we’re going to enroll the kids at their new schools. Then the rest of the weekend will be full of relaxing, minus the grocery shopping that we’ll need to do when he gets home.

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. The kids and I are going to spend some time watching movies.

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Dream Home Wishlist

Most people have a Dream Home Wishlist, so here is ours…

  • Basement with carpet and dimmable recessed lighting so the kids can have a media room/playroom
  • Upper Level Laundry room (cannot be a stackable washer/dryer; Kevin and I are only 5′ 4″ tall)
  • 2.5+ bathrooms
  • 6 bedrooms (so each kid has their own room)
  • No carpet on main living level (dark hardwood all throughout the main living level to give it a nice flow)
  • Large Kitchen with island (lots of counter space) preferably with Eat-in kitchen area that opens up to the family room
  • Gas Range
  • Garbage Disposal
  • White Cabinets (including the bathrooms); lots of cabinets (some with glass fronts with lighting inside)
  • Mid-tone Granite Counter tops for kitchen
  • Double sink in kitchen
  • Double Vanity in Master Bathroom
  • Garage (mostly for storage; 4 wheeler & trailer, upright freezer, kids bikes and outdoor toys, etc)
  • Sunroom (so I can blog and drink my morning coffee while the kids get ready for school)
  • Walk-in Pantry with Lazy Susan corner shelves.
  • Rev-a-Shelf for my Kitchen Aid Mixer
  • Rev-a-Shelf for pots and pans
  • Chair rail throughout the main living level
  • Stairwell’s that we can install baby gates at the bottom and top to prevent kids from falling down the stairs
  • French Doors that lead into the living room (this room will be used as a photography studio/makeup room/and YouTube filming room
  • Large Windows
  • Fenced in back yard for Dog & kids

Since this is our dream home, we can dream big. I just have to find a way to be able to afford our dream home.

I hope you enjoyed our dream home wishlist. Please check out our Pinterest account for visual ideas of what we want our dream home to look like.

 

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Not the Only Ones

I know we’re not the only ones who have slipped through the cracks after getting out of the military. We sure won’t be the last to slip through the cracks either. It’s a shame that the men and women who serve our Country are forced out with nothing to fall back on but a little bit of money and 6 months worth of medical insurance. Hell they only get 2 years worth of MWR benefits (gas station on base, commissary, bowling/movie theater, Exchange, and possibly the gym), if they even live near a military base to use those benefits.

 

It’s so hard to watch as our Veterans struggle to find jobs that can support them and their families. The Marines don’t get certifications for certain “jobs” that they do, like Kevin. His MOS was an 1142 ( Small Engine Repair Specialist; a.k.a Generator Technician). While there are Generator Technician jobs all over the CONUS; Kevin doesn’t have some of the certifications that companies want. No Certifications= no job. Even tho’ he has 10 years of experience and he works hard, it means nothing to them.

 

I wish there was a way for Kevin and I to help other Veterans that are going through the same thing we’re going through right now. If I could start a Non-Profit to give to veteran families and individual veterans that are struggling to make ends meet, then I would. But I just don’t have the means to start such a project at the moment. Kevin and I would do anything to help others that are feeling like we do these days.


The Delancey Dream Home

 

Kevin and I have tried so hard to come up with exactly what we want in “The Delancey Dream Home”, but in all honesty it has been so hard to really meld our two styles and ideas together. But being as Kevin is such a wonderful husband, he says that I can pretty much have whatever my heart desires within reason. With both of our styles, I’ll call it Modern Rustic. Kevin being in the Marines for 10 years, along with being an average male (enjoys hunting, the shooting range, and fishing). Me on the other hand, while I enjoy the shooting range, fishing, and working on cars; I feel that I’d like to come home to simple classic, yet a modern design.

 

Necessities:

  • Minimum of 4 bedrooms, but we’d like to have 6. We’ll settle for 5.

  • Large Open Kitchen (white cabinets with soft close hinges/slides, granite counter top, walk in pantry with corner lazy Susan shelf & half glass door, dark wood floors, stainless steel appliances, garbage disposal, etc)

  • Dedicated Laundry Room with Storage area for each kid’s clothing and folding counter

  • At least 2 1/2 Bathrooms- Master Bath with Double Vanity

  • Ability to place baby gates at tops and bottoms of stairs

  • Yard large enough for our dog, Rex (German Sheppard Chow Mix)

  • Place for kids to play inside while I work on YouTube Videos

  • Lots of Windows (I love natural lighting; that’s the photographer in me)

  • Storm door on front and back of house with glass and retractable screen (need this so I can step outside while still being able to hear the children)

 

I think that biggest thing for our family is to just have a home to call our own. We’re willing to work for it. While people might not consider what I hope to do to earn a home as traditional, I do hope that I can use my photography/videography skills and outside the box thinking to help a home builder profit.

 

Ultimately, we’d love to give our kids their own rooms. Which is where the need for 6 bedrooms comes into play. I don’t want to have the constant fighting over who has to share a room. But Kevin & I completely understand that sometimes we just can’t get what we want. We would be satisfied with getting what we need.

 

I just started putting together a Pinterest account to display on “The Delancey Dream Home” website as a widget. So everyone can see what we’d like the inside of our home to look like.

Please check back regularly for updates in our journey to get The Delancey’s our Dream Home.


I have always been an outside the box thinker. What can I say?  I’ve always been a dreamer.  I love thinking outside the box.
I have so many ideas running around in my head that I finally reached out to a company in hopes that we can come to an agreement and we can get ourselves into a new home.

I want to give my children and husband the best life we can possibly have. The key to that would be having a safe and comfortable home to call our own.

I hope to utilize my photography, videography, and marketing skills to help achieve the goals that I have for obtaining a home for my family.

I know reaching out to a company like I have could be a long shot to get the kind of help we need in order to get our lives back on track.

I’m tired of wasting hundreds of dollars on a storage unit for all of our household goods. I’m tired of feeling like this is how our lives are meant to be. Since Kevin got out of the Marines our lives have been drastically different than we ever expected.

Everyone needs a little help once in a while. Once we get back on our feet we’ll be doing what we can to pass along the help we’ve gotten along the way.

Well I don’t want to waste this beautiful weekend just sitting in front of my computer. I want to be out there enjoying it with my sweet children and hard-working husband.


Since my last update things have been progressing slowly.

We’re working with a licensed Master Electrician to rewire the entire house this summer.  We had planned to have it done by July, but I’m not sure that’s going to work out the way we had planned. We’re struggling to get the contractor to give us the quote for the three bathrooms. Once we get that we can work on the rest of it. The cabinets we have can be refinished and we’ll replace the appliances & counter tops and all the drywall.

Then we’ll replace all the doors, put up a new railing on the stairs, then get someone out to do the lead based paint abatement (this is going to be expensive). Once all that is done, we can get the carpet guy to come deal with all the carpeting.

This could be done before the end of the year, if we can get things moving. But we don’t have a whole lot of time to waste. We need to get this house rented so we can work on purchasing our own home.

 

Once it’s no longer a liability, then we’ll be on the road to home-ownership as a married couple. It will be amazing to have a house to call our own. But I won’t get my hopes up again this time, until we have gotten the husband’s house either sold or rented through section8.
I just wanted to give a quick update.

Hopefully things will start falling into place for us sooner than later.


It’s so hard to continually hit road blocks when you’re trying to fulfill a dream. Especially one that is as important as home ownership.

 

Because Kevin’s first house hasn’t sold yet, it’s been on the market for almost 8 months… we’re stuck in limbo. Which means we have to make some serious decisions.

We either have to give up on our dreams until the house sells and hope we can keep up with the mortgage payments for a house we can’t live in.

 

OR

 

We remodel the house and try and sell it as a residential property (it’s currently listed as a commercial property). Which will obviously take us a while to afford the renovations and we’ll still have to keep up the mortgage. Which is where we’re going to have a slight problem. I don’t want to finance the rehab of the house on credit cards. Because we can’t afford the payments and interest on the credit cards if we do that.

 

Right now we’re talking to a contractor who is venturing out to the property to view the broken beam under the kitchen of Kevin’s 1st house. We have to make sure everything is structurally sound and all before we start renovations this summer. It’s going to be a fun and crazy time for renovations. The house has NO A/C! UGH! Looks like this could be a way for me to lose some of this excess weight, by working out in the heat and doing full house renovations.

 

We’ll see how things go after the contractor goes to the house. I wish we could be there, but we’re just not close enough to make the trip. But soon enough we’ll be close enough to do renovations on weekends and the kids and I can be there during the week and I can work on some things while Kevin is at work. But we’re going to have to take everything one day at a time.

 

I’m working with a cabinet company that sells cabinets at wholesale prices to the public. So we could get our entire kitchen cabinets for less than $2,000. I hope to be able to record all the happenings of the renovations so I can post them on YouTube, but we’ll see as time goes on.

We just have to remain positive that we will one day have our Delancey Dream Home.

I just wanted to post an update. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!