Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Patreon Campaign that (Hopefully) Doesn’t Suck

Well, we finally did it… You know how we feel about asking for donations, so hopefully we’ve put something together that you think is worth contributing to. Let us know if anything isn’t working and/or if something doesn’t make sense!

Link to the Patreon!
http://patreon.com/mikeandlauren

3 Videos for new “Inner Circle” Members:
-We’re Paying $75,000 For What?!
-Our Thoughts Watching HGTV for One Week
-Why We Think You Signed Up…An Inside Look
Sign up here! https://goo.gl/wMJpLx

Saying Goodbye to the X-Carve

I’ve been spending too much time messing with the X-Carve and not enough time in the shop. Here’s my honest review of the machine and my thoughts on who it’s really meant for.

I’d like to thank Inventables for being an OUTSTANDING company from start to finish. The two people I worked with were understanding and accommodating.

http://www.inventables.com

Mike Makes a Luxo Style Desk Lamp (FINISHED)

Well it’s finished! I made a balanced arm desk lamp completely out of wood (except for the salvaged brass shade). It took WAY too long, but I’m very pleased with the results.

I wanted to make it out of mahogany but in a last ditch effort to finish, I used cheap plywood instead. With stain and lacquer it still looks classy!

Download the Sketchup/SVG Files

What If It Fails?

Wow…thank you so much for supporting our plan to travel the country full time in an RV. When we posted last week’s video we were hoping 5-10 people would offer to make videos with us. We were way off!

There were only a handful of “negative” comments and most expressed genuine concern. We wanted to address those concerns in this video.

Mike Makes a Luxo Style Desk Lamp (TEASER)

Ever since receiving my X-Carve, a “Luxo Style” desk lamp has been on the top of my priority list. Unfortunately, every time I tried to design it, I would get frustrated. Last weekend I finally took the time to learn Google Sketchup using Jay Bate’s tutorials.

Jay’s Tutorials – https://goo.gl/zpSHPv

I made a prototype of my lamp, and I’m very happy with the results. I want to make sure I take my time building the real thing, so here is a quick teaser of my progress this weekend.

X-Carve: https://www.inventables.com/

Giving Birth Abroad

Giving birth abroad has been something we’ve been thinking about since backpacking Europe. We discovered the rest of the world is not very accommodating to people with US passports, since we are so strict with immigration here in the States.

We also thought dual citizenship would be an extremely cool/useful/valuable gift we could give our children. After ruling out Europe and Canada, we found Costa Rica.

Our tickets and AirBnb is booked, and appointments are made. This is happening for real!

We’re not the first people to do this:
http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/08/15/west-side-birth-story-isla-arrives-at-cima
https://www.american-european.net/article-moving-to-costa-rica-while-pregnant-297.html
http://puravidaculture.com/having-a-baby-in-costa-rica/
http://familyfreedomproject.com/having-baby-costa-rica/
http://www.welovecostarica.com/public/Giving_Birth_Again_at_Hospital_CIMA_in_Costa_Rica.cfm

Should the Government Force People to Save for Retirement?

The United Kingdom is phasing in a new law that requires business owners to automatically enroll their employees in a retirement plan. Do you think there should be something similar in the United States?

In this video we discuss the pros and cons of auto-enrollment, the longevity of social security, and the psychological barriers of investing in the stock market.

Further Reading:
Why Saving Money is So Hard – http://goo.gl/ImK4cD
Small Business Stats – https://goo.gl/tWidzy
NPR Article – http://goo.gl/50j91a
Bankrate Survey – http://goo.gl/OM9yf8