Hello and Welcome!
I’m Eliza Cross, founder and publisher of Happy Simple Living, and I’m glad you’re here.
Happy Simple Living is where you can explore ideas and discoveries about simplifying, cooking good food, saving money, organizing, creating a comfortable home, organic gardening, and sustainable living.
How This Blog Started
I wrote my first post on July 22, 2006. (Was it really that long ago?!)
“Baby Steps” was a scintillating retelling of my replacing the lightbulbs in the garage fixture with CFLs to save energy and money. Back then CFLs were expensive and flickery, with a light quality that made our garage feel sort of like a cheap hotel.
The original name of this blog was “Urban Homesteader,” and I hoped to turn our suburban house and yard into a sort of mini-farm.
However, some other urban homesteaders trademarked the phrase and started taking legal action against people who used it.
Fortunately, this happened at exactly the same time I realized I was too lazy to raise chickens.
New Blog Name, New Focus
In 2010, I reframed the blog’s focus to better fit my heart and goals (and avoid getting sued). I changed the name to Happy Simple Living to share recipes, ideas, and tips for simplifying everyday life.
Our strategies have been featured by Forbes, Business Insider, U.S. News and World Report, CBS-4 Denver, Fox 31 Denver, and others.
If you like bacon, please come visit our sister site BENSA, the Bacon Lovers Society. BENSA is where I post all my bacon recipes as well as bacon events, funny memes and jokes, and bacon cooking guides.
I would also love to connect with you over at my professional website ElizaCross.com, where you can read about my cookbooks and other work.
Top 5 Recipes
Top 5 Articles
Recent Press for Happy Simple Living
Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads – July 15, 2023 – Becoming Minimalist
The Ultimate Room by Room Decluttering List – April 27, 2023 – Redfin Blog
#7 of 100 Best Simple Living Blogs and Websites – April, 2023 – FeedSpot
Top 30 Homesteading Blogs and Websites – Pure Living for Life