January Money Diet Day 7 – Give Something Away

Photo: sashafatcat

Welcome to Day 7 of the January Money Diet, a 31-day break from nonessential spending. If you’ve just joined us, jump right in and don’t worry about catching up!

My neighbor Wendy has developed a great habit. Whenever the various charities call to ask if she has any “household goods, clothing . . . → Read More: January Money Diet Day 7 – Give Something Away

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.

Day 28 of the January Money Diet – Reduce Food Waste

“The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” ~Calvin Trillin

It just kills me to discard spoiled food that we didn’t eat. One of my goals this year is to make better use of leftovers. The whole . . . → Read More: Day 28 of the January Money Diet – 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.

Day 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero Waste

Photo: Jamie Hansen

“In a recession, people are inclined to keep things, but I feel the opposite. The less I have, the richer I feel. Stuff weighs you down.” ~Béa Johnson

A couple years ago I read the most inspiring article in Sunset Magazine, about the Johnson family in Mill Valley, California. . . . → Read More: Day 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero 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.

Day 20 of the January Money Diet – Connect With Your Neighbors

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo: Chris Scott

“When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.” ~ Ralph Nader

. . . → Read More: Day 20 of the January Money Diet – Connect With Your Neighbors

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.

How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

When I arrived home today, an evil surprise was waiting for me – a yellow plastic bag with a Denver metro area telephone directory inside. Since I just recycled another vendor’s unwanted phone book two weeks ago, I was not especially tickled to receive this book. I keep the Dex white and yellow . . . → Read More: How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

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.

Container Gardening Feat: New Use for Old Shoes

Are your Reeboks run down? Have you maxed out your Merrills? Instead of sending old footwear to the landfill, why not refashion your shoes into a pair of funky planters? These soulful mini-gardens were for sale at the Easton Farmers’ Market, but you can make your own with some good quality planting mix . . . → Read More: Container Gardening Feat: New Use for Old Shoes

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.

Recycle at Home: New Use for a Familiar Green Container

Recycling is better than sending trash to the landfill, of course, but I love it when we can re-use something at home and avoid any further processing altogether. We recently converted an empty cheese shaker into a handy container for cinnamon sugar.

To make cinnamon sugar, simply combine 1 tablespoon of . . . → Read More: Recycle at Home: New Use for a Familiar Green Container

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.

Flip Flops Reimagined

Look at these colorful doormats my mom and I spotted at Artisan Center in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood:

If you like the feel of flip flops under your toes you’ll love these eco-friendly mats made from the foam-rubber wastes created during sandal manufacturing. Colors vary and each mat is one-of-a-kind.$24 at . . . → Read More: Flip Flops Reimagined

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.

Where in the World is the Urban Homesteader Today?

Hi! Come visit me today over at one of my very favorite blogs — Homestead on Earth — where I wrote a guest post, “Use It Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do Without.”

Be sure to stop back here tomorrow, when we’ll be making homemade hummus and . . . → Read More: Where in the World is the Urban Homesteader Today?

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.