January Money Diet Day #21 – Less is the New More

Photo copyright: JENNIFER HOEY INTERIOR DESIGN

Many of you know that I’m a full-time, self employed writer. One of my favorite side jobs is writing articles for home design magazines. Studying the beautiful rooms created by talented designers always inspires me.

Let’s look at the lovely living room vignette above, designed by . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #21 – Less is the New More

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.

Filling the Gaps

Hmmm. . . I wonder what’s behind here?

 

Dear friends,

This week I finally tackled a little DIY project here.

For a long time I’d been curious about why the window in our guest room felt so cold and drafty, despite the fact that I’d had a new window installed several years . . . → Read More: Filling the Gaps

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.

Welcome to Day #1 of the January Money Diet

If you’ve decided to try the January Money Diet this month, congratulations! Previous participants have accomplished amazing goals, from paying off credit cards to saving for a house down payment to funding emergency savings accounts.

The key to starting off 2015 financially strong is to radically cut spending on everything but the barest . . . → Read More: Welcome to Day #1 of 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.

An Afternoon at the Flea Market

Yesterday my friend C.J. and I went to the Lafayette Indoor Flea Market, which is like an antique mall with dozens of booths showcasing all manner of treasures and thrift.

I brought a camera along, which I’ve learned is handy to have when I’m with C.J. to capture the frequent photo ops.

. . . → Read More: An Afternoon at the Flea Market

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 #5 of All Done By December One – Make a Holiday Food Plan

Photo: regan76

One of the best things about the holidays is all the wonderful food, but the preparation of special meals and extra treats can take a lot of time. Are there food items and menus you can plan or make now so that you’re a few steps ahead when December rolls around? . . . → Read More: Week #5 of All Done By December One – Make a Holiday Food Plan

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.

All Done By December One Starts in Two Days

My son showed me that funny video last week, and I had to share it with you because it tickled my funny bone. Plus, it’s a perfect lead-in for a question:

Would you like this holiday season to be filled with more laughter and joy, and less stress and spending? “ . . . → Read More: All Done By December One Starts in Two Days

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.

Do Something Nice Today and Enjoy a Better Tomorrow

Are you familiar with the FlyLady? Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, has a wonderful system for getting your house organized, and whenever I faithfully follow her program I reap such benefits. By getting in a routine and consistently focusing my attention on one area of our house . . . → Read More: Do Something Nice Today and Enjoy a Better Tomorrow

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.

Save on Laundry Detergent With This Simple Tip

Have you ever wondered why laundry detergent manufacturers provide us with such confusing measuring cups? You don’t think it’s so we’ll inadvertently use more than we need to — and thus buy more, do you? Nahh, surely they wouldn’t want us to waste their product just to make more profits.

(“They might or . . . → Read More: Save on Laundry Detergent With This Simple Tip

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.