Elizabeth Jardina Elizabeth Jardina is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Alta, Real Simple, Cooking Light, and the Oakland Tribune. She won a James Beard award for blogging in 2009. Elizabeth writes about gardens and culture. Highlights: * Work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Alta, Real Simple, Cooking Light, and the Oakland Tribune * Won a James Beard award in 2009 for blogging About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.