We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Bill Keithler, winner of the book “Buyology.” I used Random.org to choose one winner from the commenters, and he was lucky #12. Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll …

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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.

Free Book Giveaway – Buyology

This month I’m giving away a brand-new copy of a terrific book, Buy-ology, written by Martin Lindstrom. This 242-page paperback book provides a fascinating and enlightening look at the seen …

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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.

Free Book Giveaway – The City Homesteader

This month I’m giving away a brand-new copy of a terrific book, The City Homesteader. Written by Scott Meyer, this 272-page book has tons of great ideas for people who …

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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.

Your Best Holidays Ever

I’ve just finished reading a most inspiring book, “Unplug the Christmas Machine,” by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli. The authors conduct workshops to help people explore what might be …

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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.

Try Swapping Instead of Shopping

You may have agreed to a voluntary spending moratorium this month, but there are still plenty of creative ways to acquire clothes, books, kids’ items, tools and more. You just …

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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 New Bamboo Floor

2008 begins with a terrific improvement here at the Urban Homestead – a new bamboo floor in the office!

Our journey started when I read Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s compelling book, “Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure.” Along with some great ideas for simplifying one’s home environment and paring down one’s possessions, the author suggests indentifying the room in our house that bugs us the most; he then gently guides readers on how to “cure” the space. In my case, the room with the most problems happened to be the space where I spend at least 50% of my time — my home office. For starters, the floor was covered with the grungiest, worn, dog-hair and lint-laden, impossible-to-clean shag carpeting. Think I’m exaggerating? Take a gander at THIS:

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When our professional carpet cleaner said

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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.