Embracing a Funky Old Tool Shed

Photo by Sheds Unlimited

When we moved here ten years ago, I was very grateful that our house had a tool shed in the back yard. It’s a luxury to have storage space for garden tools, pots, soil, the wheelbarrow and other various outdoor odds and ends.

Since I’ve written for home magazines . . . → Read More: Embracing a Funky Old Tool Shed

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.

In Search of Good Toilet Paper – Part 2

I’m beginning to consider the possibility that the perfect toilet paper may not exist. As I wrote earlier this month, I’m on a quest to find the perfect t.p. that offers comfort, a reasonable price, and earth-friendly manufacturing. Unfortunately, these attributes can sometimes conflict with . . . → Read More: In Search of Good Toilet Paper – Part 2

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 Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 1

My friends, I’ve decided to give our toilet paper choice a comprehensive review. Because toilet paper is an ongoing expense and a resource we use continually, I want to be sure we’re making an informed decision. Naturally, you’re invited to come along for the journey.

Last year, I finally got fed up with . . . → Read More: Let’s Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 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.

The Great Dishwasher Controversy

A shot glass holds a little white vinegar for spot-free dishes

You might think that a blog about simple living wouldn’t get ensnared in scandals, but you’d be surprised.

I’ve penned two posts that generated lots of debate and mostly-negative comments. Both of these articles were written about that most contentious of subjects:

. . . → Read More: The Great Dishwasher Controversy

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.

Why I’m Sending Back My Aveeno “Natural” Skin Cleanser

My friends, I’m embarrassed to tell you that I was greenwashed.

I’ve used this Aveeno face cleanser for years. With its green packaging, soy extract and “active naturals” tagline, I naively thought it was making a good, clean choice for my skin. What I didn’t know is that my skincare product has been . . . → Read More: Why I’m Sending Back My Aveeno “Natural” Skin Cleanser

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.

Free Giveaway of Block Island Organics Sunscreen

Just in time for summertime sun, the nice folks at Block Island Organics have generously offered to give away two full-sized products to one lucky Happy Simple Living reader in the U.S.

If you’re a regular reader of Happy Simple Living, you know I rarely endorse products. Although . . . → Read More: Free Giveaway of Block Island Organics Sunscreen

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.

Searching for Inner Peace on a Windy Day

Photo: Mike Baird

In the movie Chocolat, Juliette Binoche’s character Vianne gets restless to move whenever the “sly wind” from the North blows in. I can relate, although I like to think that I personally could withstand a little wind to stick it out with Johnny Depp. But maybe not. What is it . . . → Read More: Searching for Inner Peace on a Windy Day

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.

Chopping Down the Fence

Photo: James Thompson

“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait . . . → Read More: Chopping Down the Fence

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.

Week #3 of All Done By December One – Consider Cards and Paper

Photo: Chris, Awkward Family Photos

Do you send holiday cards? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Greeting Card Association (and you knew there had to be one), Americans purchase a staggering 1.6 billion holiday card “units,” some of which are boxes of cards, each year.

I’ve always liked Christmas cards, so . . . → Read More: Week #3 of All Done By December One – Consider Cards and Paper

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.