13 Simple Ways to Add a Little More Peace to Your Day

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.” ~ Anne Lamott

We all have seasons in life when we are called upon to do challenging things. One of my dear girlfriends, who is a single working mom, faithfully visits her mother every Sunday–even though . . . → Read More: 13 Simple Ways to Add a Little More Peace to Your 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.

A Garden Where There Once Was None

My son and I tackled a big project this summer. We had a vision to create a cool, shady spot under the trees for a small table and chairs.

The location was in a wild, overgrown area of the south side of the house that had always been a jumble of weeds and vines . . . → Read More: A Garden Where There Once Was None

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.

Happy Simple Money: An Interview with Steve and Jan Berger

I’ve known Steve and Jan Berger for 11 years. I first met Steve, a writer, when I joined the Colorado Author’s League and he was the organization’s president. Over the years we’ve gotten to be friends, and last fall when we were at a gift show selling books together we started talking about . . . → Read More: Happy Simple Money: An Interview with Steve and Jan Berger

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.

January Money Diet Day #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

It’s only the second day of our money diet, and I’m already overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and goodness. I got goose bumps reading your comments as you embraced Challenge #1 yesterday. Giving 31 gifts is a big commitment, and I’m humbled and inspired by the stories and ideas you’re sharing. I . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #2 – Go on a Home Scavenger Hunt

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.

Could Your Wallet, Keys or Purse Use a Spring Cleaning?

A dear friend of mine went to the doctor because she was having chronic shoulder stiffness and back pain. The doctor was puzzled, finding no evidence of an injury or obvious cause for her ongoing pain. As my friend prepared to leave, she hoisted her designer purse on her right shoulder.

“Wait just . . . → Read More: Could Your Wallet, Keys or Purse Use a Spring Cleaning?

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.

Would You Like to Join the January Money Diet?

Dear friends,

In just a few days, a group of us will undertake the January Money Diet and challenge ourselves to live large and start 2015 financially strong—without spending cash for 31 days.

Would you like to join us? It’s easy and free—just hop over to the January . . . → Read More: Would You Like to Join 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.

January Money Diet Day 31 – Continue the Momentum

Photo: USFS Region 5

“Thanks for a great month! Instead of wanting to go buy new items, now I want to reuse and make what I need with the materials that I have on hand! I’m feeling very creative. I’m looking forward to continuing this challenge throughout the year.” – Mariah, 2013 January . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 31 – Continue the Momentum

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.

Free Book Giveaway – The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture

I’ve learned much about permaculture after reading a very interesting book. Permaculture is a method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature instead of against it.

Author Nicole Faires has written a hands-on guide that takes the reader through every step of the . . . → Read More: Free Book Giveaway – The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture

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.