Embracing a Funky Old Tool Shed

Photo by Sheds Unlimited

When we moved here ten years ago, I was very grateful that our house had a tool shed in the back yard. It’s a luxury to have storage space for garden tools, pots, soil, the wheelbarrow and other various outdoor odds and ends.

Since I’ve written for home magazines . . . → Read More: Embracing a Funky Old Tool Shed

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.

Let’s Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 1

My friends, I’ve decided to give our toilet paper choice a comprehensive review. Because toilet paper is an ongoing expense and a resource we use continually, I want to be sure we’re making an informed decision. Naturally, you’re invited to come along for the journey.

Last year, I finally got fed up with . . . → Read More: Let’s Talk about Toilet Paper – Part 1

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.

The Great Dishwasher Controversy

A shot glass holds a little white vinegar for spot-free dishes

You might think that a blog about simple living wouldn’t get ensnared in scandals, but you’d be surprised.

I’ve penned two posts that generated lots of debate and mostly-negative comments. Both of these articles were written about that most contentious of subjects:

. . . → Read More: The Great Dishwasher Controversy

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.

Chopping Down the Fence

Photo: James Thompson

“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait . . . → Read More: Chopping Down the Fence

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.

Back to School Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags From Recycled Reflections

This week, you could win a selection of 12 colorful, eco-friendly bags from Recycled Reflections. But first, let me tell you about the inspiration behind these wonderful bags.

Brooke Harris

Brooke Harris is a 4th grade teacher and mom in upstate New York who is making her mark against the . . . → Read More: Back to School Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags From Recycled Reflections

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.

Save on Laundry Detergent With This Simple Tip

Have you ever wondered why laundry detergent manufacturers provide us with such confusing measuring cups? You don’t think it’s so we’ll inadvertently use more than we need to — and thus buy more, do you? Nahh, surely they wouldn’t want us to waste their product just to make more profits.

(“They might or . . . → Read More: Save on Laundry Detergent With This Simple Tip

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.

Roses, Loss and Resolve

Every June, the most fragrant flower in the garden blooms for just a few precious days.

The deep pink double-petaled roses are a bit unruly, growing from long, arching stems that resist all efforts to make a tidy, well-shaped bush.

But no matter.

The scent of the . . . → Read More: Roses, Loss and Resolve

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.

Rabbits Enjoy Nice Salad Bar in Our Garden

If you’re a pea plant trying to grow in our garden this summer, you’ve had your share of challenges. First, you had to endure two snowstorms with hard freezes. Then, just as you were beginning to thrive and feel good about life, a rabbit snuck in the garden and ate most of your . . . → Read More: Rabbits Enjoy Nice Salad Bar in Our 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.

Frugal Gardening, or How To Avoid $100 Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes – photo by mrsdkrebs

Last summer was a tough year for growing tomatoes here in our Colorado garden. After buying six large tomato plants for the garden and lovingly planting them in soil I had enriched with store-bought compost, a hail storm on June 7 destroyed all the plants – along . . . → Read More: Frugal Gardening, or How To Avoid $100 Tomatoes

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.