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Slow Process

I’ve been blogging for about 1/2 a year on this website & just started our YouTube Channel last month. We’ve made a grand total of 3 CENTS on YouTube and absolutely nothing from our ads on our website. But that’s okay… I’d rather we earn at a slow and steady rate than only have one viral video. While the viral video may earn us some cash, the cash flow would be over as fast as it appeared. So I’ll take the slow process of earning money online any day.

It may take us a year to really see any money from YouTube & our blog! But this gives us the time to decide on what we want in our dream home. If we want a new home (custom build) or if we want to just buy an already built home and make it our own. This decision has also been a slow process. Hopefully, soon we can make a decision. But we’re so indecisive with such a huge, life changing decision. So maybe we can figure it out sooner than later.

We also have one last option up our sleeve to help us buy our dream home. Our contract with the commercial realtor is up next month, so we’re going to start contacting home builders so we can sell them the land that Kevin bought 8 years ago this August. They can demolish the home that’s there and build a new one. The water, sewage, and electricity are already run to the property, so they don’t have to do any of that stuff. They’ll just have to do everything else, ha. But we could potentially get rid of this property, make a decent profit, and then turn that money around into a down payment on our dream home.

If we can sell the property by the time the school year starts, we’ll hold off on moving the kids until after the school year is over. Then we’ll just start over…. we just need to decide on what area we want to live in… this too has been a slow process. We keep flipping and flopping on what area we want to raise our kids in. We know that the school’s have to be good. We know that we need to have a little bit of land because of our kids and dog. So we’re leaning towards certain areas over others. But close enough to family that we can still see each other on a somewhat regular basis.

I’ll be editing this past weekends video this evening once Kevin gets home from work, so it will be up tomorrow! I’m going to try and keep our video under 5 minutes, but that may be a little hard, it all depends on what kind of footage I got!

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It’s a Sauna in Here!

I was trying to get ready for my dentist appointment for this afternoon. With all the kids home and only me here to keep an eye on them, I have to do things in stages. So I decided to start with my hair. I put Ryleigh in her playpen, grabbed my hair straightener and went to the bathroom so I had a mirror. I turned my straightener on it’s max setting of 400 degrees because I have thick, coarse hair. I started sectioning off my hair and combing through it to get all the knots out. Once I got through the first layer of hair, it was already a sauna in the bathroom with the door open and the exhaust fan on!!!

I made it to the top layer of hair (my fourth section of hair) and just couldn’t take it any longer. The sweat was just rolling down my back. Ugh, I hate that feeling! Yuck! Sad part is, I just got a shower this morning before the kids got up! I have to get a shower every morning because the moment we get in our room every night, is the moment we start sweating! It’s like a sauna in there too!

I wasn’t even in the bathroom with the door open for 10 minutes and it pretty much instantly became a sauna.

The kids spend most of their time in their room, I spend a lot of time in mine and Kevin’s room because that’s where my computer is located. I have all my editing software for photos and video on it. So I tend to spend a lot of time there. Kevin spends a lot of time in the living room with Zachary and Ryleigh because it has the most space for them to run and play.

It’s so hard living in someone else’s home and not being able to make changes to the heating and air conditioning settings for fear of upsetting/pissing someone off. We’re going to have to draw the line somewhere, I can’t take living in a sauna for another year! We’re used to having our A/C set down to 64 degrees at night and max of 70 degrees during the day when we were in Virginia.

The temperature of this house is killing me, I’m tempted to go get my hair cut. I’m tired of dealing with all this hair, with the heat, and these kids! One less thing for me to worry about, all I’ll have to do is run a brush through it, a take all of 5 to 10 minutes using my hair straightener instead of 30+ minutes trying to straighten it all!

In about two hours, I’m going to try and get Ryleigh down for a nap so I can go put on makeup. Hopefully that won’t take me too long. As I don’t want to spend 20 more minutes in a sauna.

While this is a stressful living situation for my kids, my husband and myself; we are very thankful that we have a place to live for the time being. We’re trying not to over-stay our welcome, but it’s getting close. Our anxiety levels are through the roof and our marriage is starting to suffer a little bit.

We were really hoping to be out of here before the school year starts in August 2015, but I’m not sure that it’s going to happen. We’re still hoping for the best and doing all that we can to make that happen.

Well I’d better go finish my hair. Head on over to our YouTube Channel, leave a comment, rate and subscribe! Subscription is free! So click that button, so you can see what’s happening in the Delancey¬† Family’s Journey to Home-Ownership!


4th of July 2015

Our family hopes that you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. We didn’t do as much as we had liked. We grilled some hot dogs, I made some of my favorite potato salad (my mom’s recipe), and we let the older three kiddos play with some sparklers. We had a lazy 4th of July for 2015! Nothing special, just our little family hanging out together and enjoying the day.

On Sunday, we went for a drive to put gas in my SUV and to get out of this house. While driving around we noticed some signs for new houses and decided to go see what they looked like. We absolutely fell in love with the look of one of the houses. It’s huge from the outside. I’d give anything to live in a house like that.

This week I’ll be spending time writing and mailing letters to companies hoping to get sponsorship or paid placement for our videos, as well as finding a home builder that will hire me as a paid Brand Ambassador. Wish me luck!

In the meantime head on over to our YouTube Channel and subscribe. Starting next week, we’ll be posting our weekend adventures (most likely on Wednesday). But once we get the keys to our dream home, we’ll be posting daily vlogs!

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Kitchen Accessories

Today’s post is about kitchen accessories that I want in my dream home. Hey a girl can dream, right? There’s nothing more fun than being able to dream big. So that’s what I’ll keep doing. I’ve always been a big dreamer.

 

Let’s start off with the necessities of a parent… Coffee/Latte Machine
I’m dying to get my hands on the Capresso Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. It runs about $120-$130 on Amazon. But if you’re into lattes and cappuccinos this machine is for you. While you may spend a little more money in the beginning to buy this machine, you’ll save yourself in the long run if you don’t go to your local coffee shop every day. My local Dunkin’ Donuts costs almost $7 for two medium lattes. Kevin and I get coffee at least 6 days a week. That’s over $160 a month, that’s not including days we get coffee in the morning and the afternoon (there are a few days like that each month). Just buying this machine, you’ve saved about $30 to $40. You can spend that on coffee beans/coffee, grinder (if you buy whole beans) and the Torani flavored syrup to make your lattes.
After living in our temporary home in Virginia (while Kevin was in the military), I’ve become one of those people who wants to be organized. If you know me from way back when, you’ll know that I used to love organized chaos. Well when it comes to my pantry, I want to be able to find things easily, plus that prevents me from overbuying if I know exactly what I have. So having some of these for soups, canned veggies, kids lunch stuff when off school, etc. I also like the fact that I can see exactly what is on the rack. Well worth the $26, if you want to be organized.
A Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer! Now I already have one of these, it’s currently sitting in storage in it’s original box. Kevin is one of those people who keeps the boxes for all the appliances and televisions for when we move (that’s the Marine in him coming out; always preparing for a move). My mom has had her Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer for as long as I can remember and then some. I’m 30 years old and that bad boy still runs like a champ. I think my mom got it as a wedding gift; so that means it’s about 38 years old. I had wanted one of these mixers since I was a mother myself, but didn’t get one until my second wedding anniversary with Kevin (in 2013). So my mixer is only two years old and has been in storage for almost a year. I’d really love to use it again, but I need a house to put it in. Hopefully soon, we’ll be able to get our dream home.
A new set of T-fal cookware. I cook a lot. When you have 5 kids and a husband who loves to eat, you need to cook a lot of food for each meal. Plus I got used to cooking for a few of the single Marines Kevin worked with while we were in Virginia. Breakfast on the weekends consists of pancakes/French Toast, hashbrowns, bacon & sausage, and sometimes eggs. Dinners are usually things like chicken/crab cakes/ground beef , a fresh steamed veggie, and biscuits, etc. So a new set of cookware would be nice.
This T-fal deep fryer would be nice to make homemade french fries, potato chips, and onion rings. Not to mention, it would be great for homemade chicken tenders, crab cakes, and more. Plus it’s not overly expensive (about $53), it would pay for itself quickly, since we won’t be going out to get fast food. Now I wouldn’t be using this every day, it would be more of a treat (or when a craving strikes).

 

These are just a few of the items I would love/plan on having in my dream kitchen. These are normal everyday kitchen accessories that the average person might have in their home, so they are very affordable and easily found online or in-stores.

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