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Daffodils emerging toward the sunshine.

Happy April, friend!

I was listening to Mel Robbins’ podcast recently, and she spoke about her good habit of not leaving dirty pans to soak overnight.

It’s one of those simple ideas that makes such a difference, right? Because who wants to start a new day with a dirty pot full of grody water?

I’ve been guilty of doing this this countless times! (The elves never come and scrub that pot for me!)

A bouquet of fresh daffodils and a cup of coffee.

Mel says, “A great morning begins the night before.” I feel this, in the same way that I always feel happy when the aroma of just-brewed coffee greets me each morning from the automatic coffeemaker.

Sometimes just taking a few little extra steps can greatly improve the next day. Want to give the idea a try this week?

Here are 5 things you can do today to make your tomorrow better.

If you try these ideas, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

We’ve also got a “berry” special giveaway for you, a spring pie recipe you’ll love, garden planning, spring cleaning and more.

Until next month,


P.S. Got leftover hard boiled eggs from Easter? Try these Ultimate Bacon Deviled Eggs!

Win the BERRIES Cookbook and My Favorite Huller

The cover of the Berries cookbook by author Eliza Cross.

I had such a great time developing the recipes for my BERRIES cookbook, from breakfast treats like Blueberry Jelly Donuts to desserts like Strawberry Chocolate Chip Shortcakes.

You could win a brand new copy of this 128-page four-color cookbook, plus my favorite little strawberry huller!

To enter, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post and answer this question:

What is your favorite berry to eat?

That’s it! I’ll pick the winner using Random.org at midnight MT April 7, 2024.

You can also enter the giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Good luck!

Pie, Pie, You’ll Like Strawberries & Cream Pie

Close up of a strawberry cream tart with shortbread crust and a creamy whipped cream filling.

Okay, it’s technically a tart because it’s baked in a tart pan.

This easy recipe features a buttery vanilla shortbread crust filled with a creamy filling. It’s topped with fresh strawberries, and has just the right balance of sweetness. Get the recipe for Strawberry and Cream Tart.

15 Tips for Creating a Great Organic Garden

A woman holding a garden basket filled with radishes, onions, lettuce and artichokes.

Depending on where you live, you may be starting to plant your garden… or starting to plan.

Either way, we’ve got 15 great tips for you if you want to garden more organically this season.

The Easiest Way to Clean Your Own Windows

A woman cleaning a window with DIY vinegar window cleaner.

Washing the windows is one of my favorite spring cleaning rituals. It’s such a treat to have sunshine streaming through sparkling windows.

Check out these tips to make your own non-chemical DIY window washing solution and how to avoid streaks.

More Simple Living Ideas on Pinterest

I’d love to connect with you over at Pinterest, where we have dozens of boards with thousands of easy recipes and simple ideas to make your life easier!

Strawberry pie, daffodils, ginger crinkle cookies, a flowering branch, Greek yogurt, and a china teacup.

Your Exclusive Invitation: Join the Simple Life, Happy Home Group

pansies, a front porch, and yogurt with berries.

This special private Facebook group “Simple Life, Happy Home” is for members to share favorite recipes, gardening tips, simple living ideas, money saving strategies, pretty photos, pets, and more.

Request your membership and I’ll make sure you’re approved quickly.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

1 thought on “Easy Times, April 1, 2024”

  1. I love strawberries! I’m so looking forward to the summer berry season. Thank you for your blog posts. It’s such a treat to read on the first of every month.


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