Book Giveaway: Colorado Kids and the Art of Making Memories


Dear friends,

Could you use some fun new ways to engage with the children in your life? 

Gail Riley
Author Gail Riley

My friend Gail Riley, proprietor of the award-winning Highland Haven Creekside Inn in Evergreen, CO, has just released her latest book Colorado Kids: The Art of Making Memories ($22.95, Highland Haven Press).

This beautifully-designed book is packed with captivating

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Book Giveaway: Edible Landscaping

Edible Landscaping book


UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments, and congratulations to the winner Heather.

Dear friends,

This month I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of Rosalind Creasy’s terrific book, Edible Landscaping:  Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too! ( Counterpoint Press, $44.95). Rosalind is a landscape designer, garden writer and photographer, and she is considered by many to be the leading authority on landscaping with food plants.

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Welcome and Win a Weed Torch

torch performer

Dear friends,

Sometimes I really struggle with change.

When I was setting my goals for 2018 about thirteen months ago, I had no idea that I would decide to close my blog Happy Simple Living at the end of the year. But late in November, after writing 800 posts over 12 years, I began to sense that it was time for a new direction. I wrote my final farewell post on January 1.

Change can be so good, and we all know that sometimes we have to end one thing to make room for another thing. I just couldn’t have imagined the blank screen—literal and figurative—I’d face at the beginning of 2019.

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