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Motivation is the Key to Success

The last few years have passed me by, as I’ve had absolutely no motivation. The only way for me to succeed at my goals is to realize that “Motivation is the Key to Success.” There’s nothing more in this world that I’d rather do than be the old me. I have just had the hardest time finding the motivation.

We’ve been in our house or almost 2 months, but I feel like we are nowhere near settled in. The kids still don’t have their bedroom furniture put together, Kevin and I haven’t decided on bedroom furniture. We still don’t have all the rooms in the house painted. So we still have the boys room, mine and Kevin’s room and the hall bathroom and the sunroom. The basement is completely finished, but the upstairs is still lacking in furniture, paint, and organization.

With Kevin hardly being home, the kids getting into everything that I move or organize I’ve just given up until we have the ability to put it all away. But because the house is unorganized and cluttered… I feel less motivated to do anything. Not to mention, I still have to go through all the stuff in the garage. My goal is to get rid of as much crap as I can and sell the big items that we aren’t using. No point in keeping them, then I can use that money towards paying down credit cards or purchasing workout equipment to create a home gym in half of the garage.

I just have to find the motivation to do all of these things. Hopefully, life will stop passing me by and I can actually get my life back on track where I hoped it would be.

Today, I’ll be making a video that will be uploaded on one of my YouTube channels today or tomorrow, not sure which one yet. I’m really hoping that I can get into the routine of doing a short daily vlog, as I’m trying to document and hold myself accountable with YouTube Videos. So now that we have the basement all finished up, I can workout down there. Just have to reach deep down and find the motivation and the time (looks like I may get to see the sunrise each morning while I drink my coffee). I just hope that my late nights and early mornings don’t affect me too much.

Well, I’m off to do all the regular household chores. Don’t forget to follow us on all our social media accounts!

 

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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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Finally!

We have some awesome news! Kevin has finally secured a generator technician position, almost 1 year and 1 month after getting out of the Marines! Pay is decent, there’s so much room for advancement (6 figures within 3 years of starting with the company). Only down side is he has to travel 30% of the time. He gets to travel for training next month, he leaves for Texas on the 1st of November. Then he heads to Virginia to start working. The kids and I won’t be able to move out there until after the school year is over. We don’t want to uproot them while school is in session. But his company is willing to pay for him to fly to visit us occasionally.

This all happened so quickly. We submitted his resume on Saturday afternoon, within 5 minutes his phone rings to set up a Skype interview for Sunday. By the end of last night, they offered him the position. He’ll get a raise once he’s gotten his training done, which means he’ll be making almost double what he makes currently. I’m so thankful.

I have been blessed with a husband who will do whatever it takes to support our family. I’ll miss my love while he’s gone. But I’ll have my hands full taking care of the 5 kiddos by myself.

We’ve been holding on for dear life the last year, struggling emotionally with the situation we’d been faced with. Now the only way to go from here is UP! We’re finally on the mend. I’m currently working on paying down our credit cards, personal loan, and my student loans. Little by little, the only debt we want to have when we buy our home together is his 1st house (which is currently back on the market). So we’re hoping to make that happen before our 5th Anniversary. We’re going to just start throwing money on these debts and see where we end up come tax time. We’re throwing all the money we’re saving by not drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (every single day) onto the debt with the highest interest rate, and then working down to our lowest interest rate. By the time we pay it all off… we’ll have about $1,200-$1,600 extra every month (once we stop paying for a storage unit and are back to our normal grocery shopping habits). We can use that to either pay off the new house faster, put it in savings (for the kids and for an emergency fund) or use it to purchase a new vehicle. There are so many options available. We also plan on putting the extra money that Kevin’s earning towards our debts and then saving for our closing costs.

Life is finally looking up for us! We can take a deep breath and not feel like we’re drowning. It feels so good to have this weight lifted off our shoulders!!!!

Nothing is more important that doing what is best for our family and I am so very thankful for all that is happening right now.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. While it’s been a slow and steady ride the last year, but we’ve held on and are finally getting our happily ever after! Best part is… I get to live it with my children and my best friend of all time and my partner in crime (my husband).

Well I’m off to get Zachary and Ryleigh fed and start my busy day.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, can’t wait to update you guys once Kevin gets started with his new career in the Generator field again.

 


YouTube Break

For those that haven’t noticed, our family took a YouTube Break. Mostly because it’s not convenient for our current living situation. Which is a huge bummer. I was hoping to be able to vlog daily, but the people we live with just don’t feel comfortable with me showing their house to the entire world (well those who watch our videos).

It’s been a month or so. I’m really sad that we’re unable to put up more videos at this time. But I just don’t want to risk getting told we have to move, we really were trying to save up for our dream home. We’re still waiting for Kevin’s 1st house to sell (now that the Mayor; who is also a Realtor convinced him to put it back on the market for another year).

We’ve been applying for Contract jobs for Kevin (ones that require overseas travel for months at a time) and for other jobs all throughout the CONUS. We’re still waiting for the right job to come along. But we’re still trying all avenues. Kevin was offered a job, but the pay wasn’t what it needed to be. It was only $2 more an hour, but it was a longer drive which meant more money in gas, it had different hours which meant he wouldn’t be home for dinner with the kids, plus he’d be stuck in rush-hour traffic both ways (to and from work). So it was just one of those things that we had to really talk about. There’s talk of him getting a raise, since he’s been with the same company for over a year now. While it won’t be a huge raise, all the extra money he earns will go right towards paying off our debts (credit card, student loans, and personal loan).

We were originally trying to use our YouTube videos to earn a little bit of extra money to put towards our debts and savings for our dream home. But it obviously takes time to do all that. It takes time to gain subscribers, to gain video views, etc. Eventually whenever everything falls into place for our family, we’ll be able to start vlogging on a regular basis again.

I will be able to make videos that are beauty related and sit-down vlogs on my other channels, but I need to re-organize our room in order for me to do that. Which will take me a few weekends. I need to buy a small desk (or have Kevin build me one that I can stain or paint) and a computer chair. I need to make it so I can use natural light for most of my videos. But as of right now we’re just going to have to play it by ear; as to how we want things set up.

Once I can finally start recording videos again in our room, I’ll be posting the videos or links to my channels here! So keep an eye out for them. But right now I’m just going to have to blog and post photos (if I can find the time to really sit down and photograph anything).

Well I have to go get some more laundry done. It seems I missed a few pieces of clothing for Zachary and Ryleigh when I did laundry yesterday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Do you ever wonder how many batteries people go through in a day? A week? A month? A year?

I only wonder because I have 5 kids, myself and my husband to buy batteries for on a regular basis. 90% of my kids toys require batteries, 90% of my camera gear requires either AA batteries, watch batteries or specialty batteries. My kids video games require batteries (controllers or the handheld devices).

I buy batteries like once a week because the kids Xbox 360 controllers are wireless, the Wii remotes require batteries, and I’m not really sure if their PlayStation 4 controllers require batteries or now (I don’t pay enough attention to the video game systems). Not to mention we have 3 cable remotes to put batteries in, plus two camera flashes, two video lights, and a bunch of other stuff (Zachary and Ryleigh toys).

Some days I wish I could buy stock in a battery company! I mean they’re needed for almost everything these days. So it would be a smart thing to buy such a stock, if only I had the money to really invest in stocks. One day we will have the money to do stuff like that, hopefully sooner than later.

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. I’ve just been thinking about a ton of things lately and this was one of those things that made me wonder.

So do you ever have those “Do You Ever Wonder” moments? If yes, leave me a comment below with your thoughts on this.

Well it’s way too early to be up on a Saturday morning, it’s only 7:20am. Kevin got up hours ago to get up, dressed, and fed. He took on a weekend job for the extra cash. It sucks he won’t be home on the weekends anymore, but every little bit of money helps us reach our goals even faster. We’re closer and closer to our goal of getting rid of all of our credit card debt. Only 7 months until our anniversary (which is when I planned for us to be out from under our credit card debt). Once all that’s done, hopefully the Mayor of the town my husband’s “house” is in will have sold the house and we can start making more plans for our dream home.

Well I guess I should actually get out of my bed, get dressed, change diapers, and feed kids.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


Losing Hope and Motivation

Some days are good days, while others just plain suck. I feel like I’m losing all hope and motivation to make it until we finally are able to have our dream home. Some days I wonder why we’re in this situation…then I realize it’s because my mother-in-law refuses to take responsibility for conning Kevin into buying a crappy “home” for her and his sisters 8 years ago.

I just want to scream and yell! But I know that will do no good. So I just keep my mouth shut, while letting Kevin deal with the situation. Ha. If you can call it dealing with it.

The house (property) is going up for sale again, this time the Mayor of the town the property is in is putting it up for sale. We’re crossing our fingers in hopes that we’ll be able to sell it this time. Maybe we can finally move on with our lives once this property sells…. All I can say is we will no longer be supporting ANYONE in Kevin’s family. I refuse to even help, because they way the take advantage of Kevin, our kids, and myself.

I keep putting on a happy face for my kids, but in all reality… I’m about to become the devil in disguise when it comes to my in-laws. UGH! Sorry, that sounds horrible, but I’m tired of them taking from our children and leaving us with nothing to support ourselves with.

Instead  of wallowing in frustration and pity because I’ve lost all hope and motivation in obtaining our dream home… I’m working on updating my photography website (here). I think I’m going to transfer it to WordPress like the rest of my websites/blogs (except one). But I’m not officially sure yet. I have a lot of ideas, needs, and concerns about what I want my website to do.

I know I missed this past Friday’s Recipe Post, but I’ve been so busy with the kids, school supplies shopping, and shopping for new kids clothes. School starts in just a few days! Yay! Maybe once we get back into a routine with the new school year, I’ll be able to do more with my blogs/websites (this one included).

Well I just wanted to post an update, because I haven’t posted in a while. I’m still alive, just losing hope and motivation.


Date Night Edition! (video embedded at the end)

Kevin & I went out on Saturday night… without the kids. We went bowling and had a good time. Minus the fact that Kevin beat me 4 times and I only beat him once! UGH! He’s had way more time to go bowling than I have. He perfected his bowling skills while he was in the Marines and stationed in Japan.

None the less, we had about 2 1/2-3 hours of no kids whining or crying, which in itself was nice. We don’t get a lot of free time, so we do our best to enjoy what little time we get without kiddos.

We decided to record our date night and then on Sunday while running a few errands we recorded our conversation about Marraige/Relationships. What we think peoples biggest problems are and what our biggest problem is in our marriage/relationship.

I think I’m going to record another Victoria Vlog to upload this week, so I can discuss some things that have been bothering me lately.

Well here’s the video guys! I hope you enjoy mine and Kevin’s quirkiness in the convo video (this is how we are all the time).

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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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Grocery Day!

Every Thursday is grocery day for our family. I spend all week gathering coupons that I will use for things like baby food, yogurt, spaghetti noodles and sauce, sugar, flour, eggs, cereal, stuff for Kevin’s lunches, and things like spaghetti O’s, ravioli, etc.

I dread grocery day every single week. Why? Because normally I have to take all 5 of the kids, unless Kevin gets home in time for me to go before dinner. That way I’m not out later by myself, nor are we taking kids out during the school year (they have a set bedtime while school is in session).

On actual grocery day, I do a quick mental inventory of all the food we have in the pantry and the chest freezer. Once I’ve done that, I can then start to make my mental list of what I need to purchase.

Today is going to be a pretty simple day. No pasta or sauce, no ground beef, no frozen pizzas, no canned veggies (we use them for quick week night sides for dinner), and very little for Kevin’s lunches.

I’m really hoping to get out of the store for under $100!

But we’ll see how that goes.

I don’t have many coupons for today, because I’m mostly buying fresh fruits and veggies, some chicken, some shredded cheese and maybe a few other little odds and ends.

In  another post, I’ll tell you how I get my coupons. It’s almost time for lunch in our house, so I’d better go fix the little ones some food.

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