Goodbye, 2009 – The January Money Diet Starts Tomorrow

For many of us, the recession of 2009 brought both challenges and blessings. As a steady stream of notices from banks and credit card companies arrived announcing ever higher rates and fees, my motivation increased to do all I can to be debt-free. I feel more determined than ever to continue exploring . . . → Read More: Goodbye, 2009 – The January Money Diet Starts 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.

Did Your Checkbook Take a Hit this Holiday Season? Get Ready for the January Money Diet

“We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Starting January 1, 2010, join a community of like-minded folks at the Urban Homesteader as we feature ideas, inspiration and encouragement for taking a 31-day break from nonessential spending. Discover how fun it can be . . . → Read More: Did Your Checkbook Take a Hit this Holiday Season? Get Ready for 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.

Get Ready for Christmas: 6 Tips for Eco-friendly Unwrapping

Merry Christmas! As you’re unwrapping presents tomorrow, here are some tips to make it easier to reduce waste, reuse and recycle.

1. Before everyone dives into the gifts, tell your family that you want to be greener this year and ask them to use a little extra care in unwrapping presents. Designate a . . . → Read More: Get Ready for Christmas: 6 Tips for Eco-friendly Unwrapping

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.

Almost Wordless Wednesday

It started snowing here last night! It looks like we may have a White Christmas. I snapped a quick picture this morning of these pretty bushes just outside the new Hollywood Theater at the Streets of Southglenn.

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday season.

About Eliza Cross

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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.

Wordless Wednesday in the Garden

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.

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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.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? 13 Ways to Reuse Holiday Cards

Christmas cards refashioned as gift tags

‘Tis the season to send and receive Christmas and holiday cards. Instead of tossing or recycling the cards, here are some creative ways to reuse them. Many of these ideas also work for reusing birthday cards and other greeting cards.

1. Create gift tags for holiday packages . . . → Read More: Dreaming of a Green Christmas? 13 Ways to Reuse Holiday Cards

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.