Day 2 of the January Money Diet – Plan Your Meals

Photo: Brian Zim

“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

During the January Money Diet we take a break from nonessential spending. Since meals are considered essential, however, we do get to spend money on groceries. But lest we get carried away, this . . . → Read More: Day 2 of the January Money Diet – Plan Your Meals

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.

Christmas Countdown – How’s It Going?

Our dog, Maddie, is a good sport about dressing up like Santa

“I enjoyed Happy Simple Living’s ‘All Done by December One’ series, and even though I didn’t finish everything for the holidays by the first of December, getting a big head start this year made all the difference. I’m definitely feeling more . . . → Read More: Christmas Countdown – How’s It Going?

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.

Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 4 and a Plan for Holiday Meals, Food Gifts and Christmas Goodies

Photo: Dan McKay

Welcome to the fourth installment of “All Done By December 1,” our group effort to get organized for the holidays early so we can enjoy the month of December and actually experience the joy and wonder of the season. Last week, we worked on wrapping, packaging and Christmas cards. . . . → Read More: Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 4 and a Plan for Holiday Meals, Food Gifts and Christmas Goodies

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.

Your Best Holidays Ever

Photo by Jazz Man

So…what do you want for Christmas?

Today begins our new challenge, “All Done By December One,” a month-long series about bringing harmony to the holidays. If you’ve signed on, it’s likely that you’re hoping the 2012 holiday season will be different in some way. Perhaps, like me, you struggle . . . → Read More: Your Best Holidays Ever

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.

Your Best Holidays Ever: All Done by December One

Photo by Loyal O.A.K.

September is upon us, and the Halloween decorations are out in full force at the stores – reminding us that October 31 will be here before we know it. It’s still 16 weeks until Christmas, though. That’s a long, long way off…or is it?

Each year, I aim to . . . → Read More: Your Best Holidays Ever: All Done by December One

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.

8 Thoughts About Simplicity and Money

Photo by Chris Reed

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand. Instead of a million, count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

What does financial simplicity mean to you? For . . . → Read More: 8 Thoughts About Simplicity and Money

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.

15 Amazing Benefits of Small Steps, Consistency and Perseverance

“What amazes me is that most days feel useless. I don’t seem to accomplish anything – just a few pages, most of which don’t seem very good. Yet, when I put all those wasted days together, I somehow end up with a book of which I’m very proud.” ~ Louis Sachar, author of . . . → Read More: 15 Amazing Benefits of Small Steps, Consistency and Perseverance

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.

5 Reasons Why Simple Living Will Make Your Life Happier

Sunrise from our front porch, January 2011

As we continue to take steps to simplify life here at the urban homestead, I catch myself feeling increasingly satisfied about our choices. Author Duane Elgin describes simplicity as living in a way that is “outwardly simple and inwardly rich,” and I feel like we’re beginning . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons Why Simple Living Will Make Your Life Happier

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 Must-Haves

Have you purchased your festive holiday snowman condiment spinner yet?

Throughout the holiday season, I’ll be posting amusing offerings of Holiday Stuff from retailers. Perhaps, like me, you’re trying to avoid buying any more Stuff this year. I understand firsthand the lure of buying Stuff to decorate the house for Christmas — since . . . → Read More: Holiday Must-Haves

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.