Let’s Do a Holiday Audit!

(Is that the worst headline in blog history?)

Dear friends,

I hope your holidays were very happy. While the celebrations are still fresh in your mind, would you like to join me in an exercise?

Even for those of us who try to simplify, Christmas can often consume a lot of time in . . . → Read More: Let’s Do a Holiday Audit!

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.

7 Ways to Slow Down and Savor These Precious Days

Peace sign Christmas ornament | Happy Simple Living blog

 

With 12 days remaining until Christmas, it can be easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and miss the simple pleasures of the advent season.

If you long to slow down a bit, here are some ideas:

1. Get up 15 minutes early. I love the quiet of the morning, when . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Slow Down and Savor These Precious Days

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.

12 Days of Holiday Stuff for 2016

Christmas tree toilet plunger

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, when our friendly retailers try to convince us that every surface is fair game for Christmas decorations.

Back by popular demand, we present our annual “non-shopping guide” to help you resist the retail call and enjoy the gift of a simple, peaceful Christmas season.

Here are this year’s picks . . . → Read More: 12 Days of Holiday Stuff for 2016

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.

Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 4 and a Plan for Holiday Meals, Food Gifts and Christmas Goodies

Photo: Dan McKay

Welcome to the fourth installment of “All Done By December 1,” our group effort to get organized for the holidays early so we can enjoy the month of December and actually experience the joy and wonder of the season. Last week, we worked on wrapping, packaging and Christmas cards. . . . → Read More: Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 4 and a Plan for Holiday Meals, Food Gifts and Christmas Goodies

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.

Water for Christmas and a Really, Really Great Thing to Do With $20

Twenty dollars.

I confess, a twenty dollar bill doesn’t always last long in my wallet — especially during this season of holiday shopping. But what if a mere $20 could literally change one person’s life?

Charity: water is a wonderful organization that uses 100% of its donations to drill for fresh water . . . → Read More: Water for Christmas and a Really, Really Great Thing to Do With $20

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.