Happy Friday 7/6/18


Happy Friday! How was your holiday week? Ours was really fun! In fact, our week was so fun that I woke up this morning and realized I never put together today's post. Ha! Better late then never, I suppose ;)

One big thing we're working on right now is preparing for the sale of our Ravenna House. That's right, after 4 1/2 years and a substantial renovation (shown above), we'll be parting with this old beauty. Honestly, we never thought we'd sell any of our Seattle properties (yes, quite naively), but here's the deal: taxes and time. Our capital gains exclusion runs out soon and the tax-free equity from Ravenna could be better put into something closer to home. Plus, we've been busier than we'd like as of late and we're hoping that selling a rental will free up time for things we're more passionate about. Like our kids. And outdoor adventures. And cool, old properties that get our heartbeats going.

But maybe more important than any of that, we just want to keep growing. If that makes sense. Growth is something we didn't really value when we retired from the traditional workforce two years ago, but it's definitely something we've learned we need. What is it they say," if you're not growing, you're dying," or something like that. Anyway, we'll be putting Ravenna on the market next month.

Well it's Friday again, so I scrounged up lots of great links from the week. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

We were interviewed by Rachel of the Minimalist Mom and the article came out this week. It's aptly titled "Stumbling into Financial Independence through Real Estate Investment and House Hacking."

Coffee is good for us. Thank goodness!

An interesting read on Mr. Money Mustache's tiny house. There's so much to talk about here: our obsession with larger and larger homes, quantity vs. quality, the keys to a happier community, cottage-style communal living, plus the inexpensive construction of a tiny home.

I missed this tour when it originally published, but oh man this loft!

The secret to perfect popcorn is already in your cupboard. We've tried the vegan "cheesy" flavor and the carmel corn and I'm pretty sure popcorn is the best snack ever.

The most popular toy at the Farmhouse is this swing. We've had it for almost 2 years now and it was worth every penny!

Have a great weekend!



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