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.

January Money Diet Day #27: Reduce Food Waste

 

What if we could easily save hundreds of dollars from our food budgets each year, without making a single sacrifice or doing any additional work?

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day #27: Reduce Food Waste

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.

Pine Needles for Mulch and a Garden Experiment

I recently had the opportunity to speak with David Salman, Founder & Chief Horticulturist of High Country Gardens, for a short gardening article I wrote for Sunset. Being the opportunist that I am, I couldn’t resist asking him an off-topic question about my own garden. “What do you . . . → Read More: Pine Needles for Mulch and a Garden Experiment

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.

A Better Glass of Water

When I was a kid, our mom did an interesting thing with our water. She filled a pitcher with tap water and left it to sit out overnight, uncovered. In the morning, she covered it and put it in the refrigerator for our drinking water. My brain may be embellishing this memory, but . . . → Read More: A Better Glass of Water

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.

January Money Diet Day 5 – Fix Something

Today’s January Money Diet challenge is all about instant gratification. Let’s repair something, using materials we already have on hand.

January — especially a January when one has a few idle hours because one isn’t patronizing online retailers or shopping malls — is the perfect time to make something shiny and new again. . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 5 – Fix Something

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.

January Money Diet Day 2 – Shop At Home

Photo: Brad Hinton

Welcome to Day #2 of the January Money Diet, which features one of our most popular exercises.

Starting today and throughout the month, let’s do some “shopping” at home. This is the perfect time to go through the closets and drawers looking for those unused things we all tend to . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 2 – Shop At Home

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.

January Money Diet Day 1 – Figure Your Net Worth

Happy 2014! Today marks the first day of the January Money Diet, an annual tradition for hundreds of us who take a month-long break from nonessential spending to start the new year financially strong. January 1 is a splendid day to figure out exactly where you are financially. In my humble opinion, the . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 1 – Figure Your Net Worth

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.

Week #3 of All Done By December One – Consider Cards and Paper

Photo: Chris, Awkward Family Photos

Do you send holiday cards? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Greeting Card Association (and you knew there had to be one), Americans purchase a staggering 1.6 billion holiday card “units,” some of which are boxes of cards, each year.

I’ve always liked Christmas cards, so . . . → Read More: Week #3 of All Done By December One – Consider Cards and Paper

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.

Week #2 of All Done By December One – Make a Gift Plan

Photo: VoxEfx

Have you ever felt like the gift-giving part of Christmas was out of balance with how you really wanted to celebrate? Is it possible to have a fun holiday without breaking the bank? In the next week we’ll focus on the gift aspect of the holidays and see if we can . . . → Read More: Week #2 of All Done By December One – Make a Gift Plan

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.