Monty in pajamas

Nov 29, 2011 by

My wife insists on ignoring the no-dressing-the-dog-up rule

But I thought this might make you smile so here you go.  Monty in pajamas.

He also wasn’t thrilled with the idea.

Ben…

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TSA

Nov 23, 2011 by

I’m no fan of the suntan-lotion-stealing TSA, and I believe I’ve made my feelings clear on this, but that’s not what this is about.

Since I am not president yet, I am taking the TSA acronym and going to create something that actually  makes our lives better.
I’m starting a new project called Truly Simple Actions or TSA.

The goal of my TSA is to help make this world a better place and improve our lives, one simple action at a time.
Similar to my 1AW project, I’m going to try, and suggest to you, a simple action you could do each week that will improve your life and that of those around you.  That’s it.

Each week + one thing = life better.

I’m going to kick this off with a good one that’s fitting with the Thanksgiving holiday.

TSA #1:  Buy a meal for someone who needs it

There are a lot of people out there who are out of work, money, food and could use some help.  If you are in a position to spare a few dollars I encourage you to buy a meal for someone who needs it.

There are several easy ways to make this happen:

  • Donate to your local food bank
  • Find a local family through your church or local shelter
  • Random act of pizza (This is what I did)

There is a great section on Reddit where you can help out a family in need with a random act of pizza.  Its very easy and I guarantee the 20 bucks (or less) you spend on the pizza will leave you with the biggest smile on your face for days.  Honestly its the best money you could spend and you will be helping someone in need.

If you are unsure of how this works, read the right column on the random act of pizza page and it explains the process.  I simply responded to a request, messaged the family in need and asked them how many people in their family, what they liked on their pizza and got their address.  I then ordered some pizza online for pickup at the nearest Papa Johns and let them know when and where to pick it up.

The whole process only took a few minutes, was very easy, and let me with a wonderful grin on my face for days.

I also got this nice picture from the family.

If you want to start off your holidays with a smile and help out a family in need at the same time I encourage you to take a few minutes today and join me in this Truly Simple Action number 1.

I will be posting a new TSA each week so make sure to bookmark TrulySimple, or sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of them.

Also if you’ve got a suggestion for something that you’ve done that has improved your life, please let me know.

Ben…

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1-A-Week: Week 44-45: Helping others get rid of their junk

Nov 18, 2011 by

I was up visiting my family last week and my family and my sister asked me to help her get rid of some stuff from her garage.  She has done a good job of cleaning it up and getting it all onto one side of the garage so she can park her car.  Now she wanted to get rid of some of the bigger items and wanted some help.  So for my 1AW I walked her through setting a post up on Craigslist.  This is very easy so I thought I’d create a quick guide here to help any of you who may not be familiar with Craigslist.

Truly Simple guide to posting on Craigslist

First, go to www.Cragislist.com

You can browse all the posts without an account, but you will need an account to post something.  It is free.

Simply click on the ‘my account link”

If you already have an account, simply log in with your email address and password.  If you don’t have an account you can create one by clicking the “sign up for an account” link.

When you are logged into your account click on the “new posting” tab

Choose what kind of posting it will be.  If you are selling or even offering the item for free, you will select ”for sale”

Select what area best suits what you are offering.  For this example I chose “free”

Select the region you live in.

For your post you need the following:

A short and accurate description of what you are offering

put the city where you live in the specific location area.

In the product description be as detailed as possible.  If I am selling something I will copy and paste the product description from the manufacturers website and include all relevant information.

Include this information:

  • Does it work?
  • Anything wrong with it?
  • Any visual blemishes?
  • Why you are selling it (optional)
You want to weed out those that are truly interested in the item.  If it has a big scratch on it you don’t want to waste your time having many interested parties come to see it only to walk away because of that scratch.
Finally include how you’d like to be contacted.  I only use email and never my phone.  I made that mistake once and was inundated with phone calls while my wife was trying to take a nap.  Emails are easier to go through and respond to.

Next you MUST add images.  Click the “add/edit images” button

Here you can add 4 images.  Add all that you can.  Click the “choose file” button next to each image area to select an image.

Its important to take pictures of all sides of the item if you can.  Click “continue” when you have added the images.

the final step is to enter the words/letters/numbers in the captcha to prove you are a human and not some robot trying to spam the system.

That’s it!  Your listing is now posted and you will start to receive offers via email for your items.

Some other helpful tips:

If you are uncomfortable having people come over to your house to pick up the items you can meet at a local parking lot.

If they are haggling over price, make sure to come to an agreement on price before meeting to avoid wasting time

That’s it.  Its really very easy.

Got any other good Craigslist tips to share?  Let me know in the comments.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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A double chair…all the way

Nov 9, 2011 by

I seem to have a thing for cool chairs.  This simple chair has gotten the most comments of any post on my site.

So here is another chair that I really like.

I love the simple design and the layout.  Its like a double hammock, but in a chair.  A very cool idea.

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Cold day = Soup day

Nov 7, 2011 by

I play a stupid game each year.  The game goes like this.  How long can I wait until I have to turn the heat on.  We are lucky enough to live in Southern California where the weather is very temperate all year, but it does get chilly in the winter.  So each year I see how long I can wait to even light the pilot light on our furnace.  Sometimes I can go well into December.  We’ve had our first cold days this year, but I’m still holding out.  One thing that helps, is good warm soup.

So I ran across this file the other day that contains within it the recipes for all your favorite foods from restaurants and stores.  It has recipes for things like Outback Steakhouse Sydney’s Sinful Sundae (one of my favorites), and Red Lobsters’ cheesy biscuits (love those things).   Its a nice list of all those recipes in one place.  One that caught my eye was Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli soup.  I always get that when we eat there.

And since its now officially cold outside (under 60 degrees people!!), I decided to make some nice warm soup.

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This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but it couldn’t be easier to make.  You basically just throw them all in together.   Its very easy and very tasty.  Here’s how you do it

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