5 Ways to Simplify and Enjoy a More Peaceful Holiday Season

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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.

Remembering Those We Love and Miss on Dia de los Muertos

I used to think that the Latin American holiday of Dia de los Muertos was a bit morbid, with its parades of skeletons and people painting their faces like skulls. …

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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.

15 Inexpensive, Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

As we enter the home stretch before Christmas, one of the last things on the To Do list is often the stocking stuffers. Let’s not blow the budget on a …

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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.

7 Debt-Free Holiday Gifts to Give This Year

  I just read an interesting statistic about holiday spending. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation here in the U.S.,  the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa and/or …

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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.

Thanksgiving and the Most Important Thing

We’ll be hosting Thanksgiving here this year for about a dozen friends and family, and I’m excited. Yesterday I bought the turkey and unpacked the china on the dining table. …

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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.