15 Tips to Plan an Amazing Garden

fresh vegetables

 

Dear friends,

When it’s cold outside and the days are short, I love to daydream about the garden and make plans for the next growing season. Do you feel the same way?

Here are some ideas to help you get started.

1. Before you plan a garden, it’s a good idea to . . . → Read More: 15 Tips to Plan an Amazing Garden

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

When Decluttering Means Letting Go of an Old Dream

Bookends

Dear friends,

Since we moved into this house 11 years ago, two bins have remained unopened in the garage.

The labels read ‘BOOKENDS.’ You wouldn’t think bunch of bookends would carry emotional weight for me, would you? And yet they do.

This past weekend as I was putting Christmas ornaments away, I saw . . . → Read More: When Decluttering Means Letting Go of an Old Dream

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The January Money Diet Begins with Challenge #1

Dear friends,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first day of the 2018 January Money Diet! This year, we embrace our new dieters and say hello to many repeat dieters who have participated before. Our diverse group includes money dieters from across the globe – the U.K., Canada, Norway, Austria, Australia, Italy, . . . → Read More: The January Money Diet Begins with Challenge #1

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

3 New Things About the January Money Diet

 

Dear friends,

The 9th annual January Money Diet starts this Monday. Have you signed up? Here’s what’s new this year:

#1. Even if you’ve participated in past years, because we’re using a new mailing company you’ll need to sign up one time here: JanuaryMoneyDiet.com.

It’s easy — just enter your first . . . → Read More: 3 New Things About the January Money Diet

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Let’s Do a Holiday Audit!

(Is that the worst headline in blog history?)

Dear friends,

I hope your holidays were very happy. While the celebrations are still fresh in your mind, would you like to join me in an exercise?

Even for those of us who try to simplify, Christmas can often consume a lot of time in . . . → Read More: Let’s Do a Holiday Audit!

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 Ways to Finish Strong this Christmas

Peace during Christmas

 

Dear friends,

My son has finals this week, and his high school posted this message: “Finish strong.”

It’s such a good reminder–not only to stay focused on school work right up to the last day, but also to stick with holiday goals like simplifying and saving money.

If you celebrate Christmas, you . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Finish Strong this Christmas

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Looking Back and Pressing Forward

December sunrise

 

Dear friends,

Another year winds down.

Perhaps 2017 was really tough for you. Or maybe the year feels pretty positive overall, or perhaps it’s a mix of blessings and hardships. Isn’t it somehow freeing to have the promise of a fresh, clean slate ahead?

For me, this annual transition from ending to . . . → Read More: Looking Back and Pressing Forward

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Holiday Giveaway: The Apron Book

 

Dear friends,

Just in time for holiday baking, I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of EllynAnne Geisel’s charming new book to one lucky reader.

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfortan updated edition of Geisel’s original award-winning book published by Andrews McMeel—is . . . → Read More: Holiday Giveaway: The Apron Book

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and as we count down to the big day I wanted to share a few of our favorite dishes with you.

The first is an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. You can use organic ingredients and tweak the recipe with any flavorings . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.