A Fond Farewell

New Years lantern

  Dear friends, Happy new year! I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and that your sparkling new year stretches ahead with a host of wonderful possibilities. 2019 marks …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

For the Love of a Cheap Notebook

A spiral notebook to record your thoughts

Dear friends, Every year around this time, I buy a 200-sheet spiral notebook at the grocery store. The purchase sets me back about $3.00, and the rewards are at least …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Win a Copy of Easy Gingerbread Houses

Easy Gingerbread Houses book

  Dear friends, I discovered the most charming holiday book, and I’m excited to share it with you. Easy Gingerbread Houses by Lisa Anderson will inspire even non-bakers to tap …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes | Happy Simple Living blog

  Dear friends, Happy Thanksgiving week! Will you be hosting dinner, or perhaps bringing a dish to share? Or will you be enjoying a quiet celebration? My newly-married niece and …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Money Experiment That Might Blow You Away

A money experiment in Sowing and Reaping | Happy Simple Living blog

  Dear friends, Let me begin by saying that this post about money includes a verse from the Bible. I promise, I am not secretly trying to convert you to …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

6 Tips to Plan Your Staycation

Enjoy a staycation and relax | Happy Simple Living blog

Dear friends, We are human beings. We are not human doings. But sometimes I get in a rut where I judge myself pretty strictly on what I get done every …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

24 Nostalgic Christmas Ideas

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas

  Dear friends, The Advent season is upon us. Many of us long to simplify the holidays and find more meaning in the season. Have you ever noticed that often …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

4 Ways to Pay Off Debt by Year End

4 ways to pay off debt | Happy Simple Living blog

  Dear friends, We have about 10 weeks until the end of 2018. Isn’t that mind blowing? Here’s a challenge. What if we each do everything we can to pay …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 Gift Giving Myths to Let Go

5 myths to let go about giving gifts | Happy Simple Living blog

  Dear friends, A few years ago, I wanted to surprise an administrative assistant in another state who had been absolutely great to work with. We weren’t close, but I …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.