7 Ways to Finish Strong this Christmas

Peace during Christmas

  Dear friends, My son has finals this week, and his high school posted this message: “Finish strong.” It’s such a good reminder–not only to stay focused on school work …

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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 Ways to Simplify and Enjoy a More Peaceful Holiday Season

Beautiful deer in snowy field | Happy Simple Living

Preparing for a Guest Inspires the Best Christmas Ever Some years ago, my friend’s mother in Norway decided to come for a Christmas visit. She would arrive for a long stay on December …

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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.

Learn From My Mistakes This Holiday Season

Since you’re reading a happy simple living blog, perhaps you hope to simplify your holiday celebrations and have more fun this year. Me, too! Let’s join hands and vow 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.

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 …

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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.

Don’t Fall Off the Christmas Eve Day Spending Wagon

I love Christmas Eve. We always go out for a festive dinner and attend the candlelight service at church, and my inner child still feels the excitement and anticipation of …

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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 Season of Stuff – 7 Ways to Prevent Holiday Clutter

Our homes fill up with things a little at a time. Stuff creeps in gradually, until one day we open a closet and realize we can’t squeeze in another single …

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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.

Cinnamon Crispies to Make Ahead for Christmas Breakfast

Here’s the recipe I promised to share with you for the Cinnamon Crispies I prepare ahead each year for Christmas breakfast. I usually make a batch of these at the …

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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.

Create Your Custom Plan To Be All Done By December One

  Today marks exactly five weeks until December first. If you’d like to have all or most of your holiday tasks done by then, you might like to jot down …

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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.

All Done By December One – Your Ideal Holiday Season

Many of you tell me you’re hoping this year’s holiday season will be different in some way. Perhaps, like me, you’ve struggled in the past to get everything done by …

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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.