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.

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.

Day 29 of the January Money Diet – Baby Steps

We have just a few days remaining in the January Money Diet. You’ve been such a wonderful, caring, generous group of dieters, and I have SO enjoyed getting to know you.

As this spending break winds down, I encourage you to drop by your library and check out a good money . . . → Read More: Day 29 of the January Money Diet – Baby Steps

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 #8 – Lower Your Energy Bill

It’s January 8th, and we’ve now successfully crossed the one-week mark in the January Money Diet. I want to thank all of you who have taken time to share your ideas and experiences in comments this week. It’s so inspiring to hear how you’re saving money this month, and I appreciate how many . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #8 – Lower Your Energy Bill

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.

Day #5 and Your Second January Money Diet Challenge

Wow, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of the great meal and menu ideas you’ve shared from yesterday’s meal planning post. Thanks to all of you who have so generously taken time to tell us what you’re doing to save money and live large this month. Your comments inspire all of us!

. . . → Read More: Day #5 and Your Second January Money Diet Challenge

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.

Join the 2016 January Money Diet

Dear friends,

In less than three weeks 2015 will draw to a close, and a bright, shiny new year will be upon us.

Would you like 2016 to be the year you stop worrying about money and start enjoying financial security?

The 7th annual January Money Diet begins on January 1, 2016, and . . . → Read More: Join the 2016 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.

10 Ways to Enjoy a Happier, Simpler Holiday Season This Year

Some years ago, a friend’s mother-in-law traveled from her native Norway to spend Christmas with the family. She was to arrive December 1 and stay for 3 1/2 weeks, so my friend spent November in a frenzy of preparations so that everything would be ready for her mother-in-law’s visit.

But then something extraordinary . . . → Read More: 10 Ways to Enjoy a Happier, Simpler Holiday Season This Year

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 Funny Little Toilet Paper Tip

Dear friends,

Have you ever faced this dilemma?

It’s the almost-empty toilet paper roll. Does it have 13 squares left or 5? Will it be sufficient for the next visitor? It’s hard to tell, but basic tenets of thrift suggest that we not waste it.

On our last hotel stay, our kind cleaning . . . → Read More: A Funny Little Toilet Paper 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.

A Mini Money Diet to Begin the Second Half of 2015

Today begins the seventh month of 2015, a fact that amazes me. For those of you who participated in the January Money Diet, it’s been 181 days since we first decided to begin the new year with 31 days of no spending.

I caught up with a few . . . → Read More: A Mini Money Diet to Begin the Second Half of 2015

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.