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Seeking Companies for Paid Placement and Sponsorships

I started this blog in January 2015, in hopes of blogging and vlogging our way to home-ownership. While I’ve invested a lot of time and money into this… I’m not getting the results I want to see from what I’ve been doing. So I’m reaching out to more and more companies starting July 13th. I’ll be writing letters to home builders that have new properties in an area we would love to live, well-known companies that have been known to “sponsor” other regular people, etc.

When we vlog we can do paid placements (drinks, food, clothing, etc), paid blog posts, and even sponsorships.  Our goal is to purchase our first home as a family. Kevin and I are in desperate need of having our own home again. Our kids need their own space again, they need places to play, a place to do their homework during the school year, a place to eat their meals, and a place to just act like children. Kevin and I need a place to relax, prop our feet up and take it all in. We’re trying to enjoy our family, but in all honesty we don’t really have time to enjoy our children or each others company. We’re too busy stressing over the fact that we’ve over stayed our welcome, how we’re going to afford bills because we’re spending over $800 a month in groceries (that’s about $400 more than I’m used to spending). Over the last 11 months, I could have paid off at least three credit cards with the excess money I have spent on groceries since moving here. So it’s sad to see that our money is sort of getting wasted, especially since half the stuff I buy seems to disappear (the kids, Kevin, and I hardly ever get the things we specifically buy for our family of 7).

See we’re so stressed over silly little petty things that we could avoid if we had our own place to call home.

I’m really hoping that we can find some corporate sponsors, a home-builder looking for a Brand Ambassador. We could really use some good luck, right now.  So I’m going to keep on exhausting all my options until we get what we need as a family.

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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!

4thJuly2015P.S. Please check out the Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway Contest on the right hand side of my page! You could win a Microsoft Surface 3 (valued at $499.99 USD).


Canon Vixia HF R600


For the last month or so, Kevin and I have been discussing the idea of buying a new “vlog camera” that doesn’t have a retractable lens.
I have a little FujiFilm FinePix Z90.. but it has a few drawbacks.
The FinePix Z90, has a slide down face plate that covers the lens, this also is how it’s turned on. If I left this in my purse to capture snippets of video of my little ones, 90% of the time the battery was dead when I went to use it. It was always opening in my purse, draining the battery, and of course I didn’t know it.
It’s a decent “vlog” camera. It’s a shame that it doesn’t allow me to change more settings, but for less than $50 (before taxes)… it isn’t horrible. Plus, if you’re known for breaking cameras, this would be one of those you could easily replace because of it’s cost. If you’re just getting into vlogging this could also be a cheaper way to see if you like making videos.
Right now, I’m still waiting for the Canon Vixia HF R600 to charge. It takes 5 hours and 35 minutes according to the instruction manual. So I can’t really say how I feel about it just yet. But the reason we bought a camcorder versus a compact digital camera is because it doesn’t have a retractable lens. Once a retractable lens gets off track, the camera is basically useless. So you’re out about $110+ for a Canon PowerShot Elph model. The other reason we bought a camcorder over a compact digital camera (point and shoot) is because the majority of them do not have articulating screens. So you can’t see if you’re in focus or if you’re in the video or not.
From time to time, I may use the FujiFilm FinePix Z90 as long as the battery is charged. Maybe I’ll use it for when I go out by myself, I can vlog without having to carry the camcorder. We’ll see, it mainly depends on the difference in the quality of the video footage between the Z90 or the HF R600.
If you’re a vlogger, what’s your favorite camera/camcorder/phone to record your videos with? I’d really love to know, so leave me a comment below!


Living the American Dream

While Kevin and I want to live the American Dream, right now we’re far from living the American Dream. Days like today, make me miss our military life so much. Granted, we didn’t have a house that was ours, it was just a rental. But we had a place to temporarily call home. A place where our kids had space to play, space to grow and learn, and space to call their own.

Right now the kids have no space to do much of anything, no space to run, craft, play video games with the Kinect (xbox360) that they got for Christmas while we were still in Virginia (2012) or the Wii. There isn’t much of a backyard for them to play in, so they don’t get to go outside very often. The kids hate being in the house all the time. Our oldest son wants a tree house, our youngest son and daughter would enjoy a swing set with slide, all the kids would enjoy a little above ground pool during the spring and summer months. Kevin would love to have a place to entertain and grill (an outdoor pizza oven would be a nice thing to have as well). I’d love to have somewhere to plan my lilac bushes (all three of them), some morning glories, and a few little trees where we can hang some bird feeders. I’d love to have a gazebo, as well so I can use that for some portrait photography sessions.

In all reality, we just want a place to call home. A place of our own. We just want a roof over our heads, that has enough bedrooms & bathrooms that isn’t riddled with asbestos and lead based paint for our family of 7. Then we’ll be living our American Dream. Everything else is just a bonus for us. Having lived in military housing with the basic bare minimum for living arrangements, everything else is just an upgrade for us. Not a necessity, but a luxury.

I just hope we’ll be able to live our American Dream sooner than later. Our kids need the space to grow, play, and learn. Kevin and I need the space for our sanity, ha. Living with someone else, plus our 5 children has been a challenge. I’d love to see our kids cut back on the arguing because they don’t have any space to call their own. I’m dying to give them all their things back that are in storage.

I just want to give our kids some normalcy back. I’d also like to have some normalcy back in my life.

Right now, we feel like we’re stuck in limbo land with nothing to call our own. Hoping that things will change so we can finally start living our lives the way we want to live them. All we need to do is find a home builder that can help us achieve our goal of home ownership.

 


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.

Disclaimer: *These links (& photos) are our Amazon affiliate links. I do make a small percentage off of the purchase of any of these items once you click on the links.*


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.


As each day passes Kevin and I feel like we’re failures for not being able to purchase a home for our family. Our children don’t have the space they’re used to having, 90% of our items are in a storage unit in Maryland collecting dust while wasting money, and we’re just not happy with our living arrangements.

 

Life is too short to be unhappy all the time. Life is to short to not enjoy the little things in life. But the thing is… all the things we keep trying to do in order to give our kids a better life keep falling through. It’s beyond frustrating. I’d rather be posting updates about how awesome our new house is, or what new DIY project we’re doing, or what craft project the kids have done, or what we’re baking/cooking, etc. I know Kevin and I aren’t perfect and that we’re doing the best we can for our family, but it still hurts to feel like we’re failures.

 

I would never say that I feel like a failure in front of my kids, but I do feel like a failure. I should have used my time as a stay-at-home mother to further my education, to dedicate more time to saving money by clipping coupons or finding better deals on things I buy regularly. Or I feel like I should have found a job that I could do from home, or found a way to make money blogging sooner than I did. Some days I wish I was more “popular” online so I can earn money through YouTube and Blogging, or that I became well known for my photography skills. But at this point in my life, it’s obviously not meant to be like that. I have to find a way to earn money that isn’t illegal, but also isn’t as traditional as a regular job. I want to continue to be a stay-at-home mother as long as I can be because it’s what’s best for my children.

 

So in doing what’s best for my children, I’ve taken to social media to help my family. See I’m one of those people who love all things social media. Why? Because it allows me to express myself and to post creative things. It allows others to get to know me and allows me to meet people I wouldn’t meet every day. Social media has so much diversity in it’s users that it allows people to meet that normally wouldn’t cross paths.

 

I may not be the perfect journalist (my grammar and punctuation are lacking at times), but that shouldn’t stop me from blogging. People get better with practice. I’ve been blogging since Myspace and Xanga days.

 

I want to get out of this rut of feeling like a failure. I want to show my kids that they can do anything they set their little hearts and minds to doing. So Kevin and I will keep on pressing forward and doing whatever we can to get our family a home to call our own.

 

We’re hoping to find a Corporate Sponsor or a home builder to help us achieve our goal of home-ownership. We’re willing to work hard for what we want in life. I’m here to turn our failures into a big, bright future for our children.

 

We don’t want to feel like failures anymore.


About the Delanceys and  Media Kit

This weekend, I’ll be putting together our Media Kit (with statistics for our website and Social Media accounts). I’ll also be adding a page to our website. An “About the Delaceys” page will give our readers information on who we are as a family and as individuals, we will also be posting photos of our family.

Please check back on Monday for more information and to check out our Media Kit!


Delancey Dream Home YouTube

 

Yesterday, I recorded the first video for Delancey Dream Home YouTube channel. Most of our videos will be embedded in a blog post here when they have been uploaded to our channel.

Below is the first of many videos to be embedded on this site.

 

Please check back often for new videos.

The reason I created the Delancey Dream Home YouTube channel is because this is how we will let others see who we are as a family. It will allow other people to subscribe/follow us and our journey in life. The only thing we need is a place to call home so we can record daily vlogs. We also plan on using the money we earn from us monetizing our videos to pay off our future home as soon as possible. As of right now, I plan on uploading as much as possible, but due to our living arrangements I am not really able to film daily family vlogs.

We look forward to showing you more of who we are as a family, the Delancey family.