January Money Diet Day #27: Reduce Food Waste

 

What if we could easily save hundreds of dollars from our food budgets each year, without making a single sacrifice or doing any additional work?

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #27: Reduce Food Waste

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 7 – Give Something Away

Photo: sashafatcat

Welcome to Day 7 of the January Money Diet, a 31-day break from nonessential spending. If you’ve just joined us, jump right in and don’t worry about catching up!

My neighbor Wendy has developed a great habit. Whenever the various charities call to ask if she has any “household goods, clothing . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 7 – Give Something Away

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.

Back to School Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags From Recycled Reflections

This week, you could win a selection of 12 colorful, eco-friendly bags from Recycled Reflections. But first, let me tell you about the inspiration behind these wonderful bags.

Brooke Harris

Brooke Harris is a 4th grade teacher and mom in upstate New York who is making her mark against the . . . → Read More: Back to School Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags From Recycled Reflections

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.

Book Giveaway: Enter Now to Win a Copy of The Weekend Homesteader

This week, I’m giving away two brand spankin’ new copies of Anna Hess’s new book, The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency. Anna blogs over at The Walden Effect, where she writes about simple living and homesteading from the 58-acre property where she lives with her husband in . . . → Read More: Book Giveaway: Enter Now to Win a Copy of The Weekend Homesteader

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 3 and a Paper Plan

Homemade wrapping paper – photo by Jimmie Homeschool Mom

Welcome to the third 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 created . . . → Read More: Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 3 and a Paper 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.

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.

A Quick, Painless Way to Save Money and Energy When Baking

Retro range from Elmira Stove Works

I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but I read a great energy-saving idea in the book Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rogers. . . . → Read More: A Quick, Painless Way to Save Money and Energy When Baking

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.

How to Banish Green Gloom and Guilt

Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Nobody talks about this much, but it seems to me that trying to live a sustainable life can sometimes be a Big Biohazardous Bummer.

Earlier this week, I headed to the compost bin with a pan of water. The water had been soaking in a cooking pot, and . . . → Read More: How to Banish Green Gloom and Guilt

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.

Green and Organic: Joining the ‘One in a Million’ Movement

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than to watch it accumulate.” ~ Gloria Steinem

I just signed up for the ‘One in a Million’ Movement over at Big Green Purse. The idea is that if a million people pledge to shift $1,000 of . . . → Read More: Green and Organic: Joining the ‘One in a Million’ Movement

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.