First things first: serious kudo’s to Make and Takes for this month’s Earth Day kick-off of 22 Ways to Save Mother Earth. As I was thinking about what challenge to share for the month of “Easter & Earth,” it made me all-sorts-of-nostalgic for when I officially joined as Make and Takes resident “green” writer. Earth […]

Yes, we all know that reading our favorite publications online saves more paper than having a print copy in hand; but the reality is, sometimes it’s nice to curl up with a copy of celebrity gossip (if you’re my husband on a plane trip), a parenting pub or check out the latest in design or […]

Save Energy & Your Valuables

by Sabrena on February 20, 2014

It sounds cooler to say “I was robbed,” but I guess if we’re being grammatically correct, the term would be “burglarized.” I don’t tell you this to put a damper on your mood. Make and Takes is a place we come to for joy and to find fun and positive ideas for our kids and […]

Whether or not you’ve been a stickler for your Resolutions, have already fallen off the band wagon or are holding out to kick them off in February, I’ve found three little changes that can make a HUGE impact for your home and the planet. Interested in adding these to your New Year’s Intentions? 1. Get […]

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full effect! At this time of year, it seems especially odd to think of raising kids in a time when parents worried about children “getting enough stimulation.” With a two year old that is more-than-comfortable with a smart phone and a four year old who already battles […]

Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more eco-friendly for Fido. “Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and for all family members, “ authors Alexandra Zissu and Jeffery Hollander, Seventh Generation Co-founder write in […]

Turn Down Your Thermostat. Yes, you read that right. See every year I scour the web for new ideas on greening up Thanksgiving. There’s the old reliables: Plan for leftovers: I even wrote and article about it. Buy local! We’ve talked about it, but so has everyone else! Go organic: too many to name but […]

The Dish on Fish

by Sabrena on October 17, 2013

In a moment of what is best described as “parental weakness,” I made the mistake of promising my precocious four year old that once he had his shots he could go to Red Lobster. Seduced by the cartoonish bright logo lobster, those claws had sunk deep into the marketing savvy yet impressionable mind of my […]

As many of you know, each Fall at the (Suite) Mangum household we try to find news ways to put a little more GREEN in our HALLOWEEN!  In year’s past, we’ve focused on the trick-or-treaters. Something about giving out apples, play-dough and fruit leather seems to serve as both trick AND treat. My better-half says […]

It’s true. One of the greatest discoveries I made as a parent was when I unlocked the power and precision of “fast food”. As Moms, we’re expected to pack 36 hours worth of activity into 24 hours. We need a “Time Turner” more than Hermione Granger. Before my kids were born, too often I’d settle […]

September is National Yoga Month and it’s time to celebrate! We’ve talked about the benefits of yoga for the entire family and know it can be especially helpful for children. From Yoga Cards, videos and games to a plethora of books, yoga really is accessible no matter where you live – you don’t have to be enrolled in […]

Looking for ways to make your Back to School transition a little more Mother Earth friendly? Here are 4 ideas you can make happen at your home: Gettin’ on the Lunchbox-Love Bandwagon. Let’s leave the brown paper sacks to the Fandango Puppets. Think about investing in goods for lunches you can use and reuse: from thermoses […]

I started swimming competitively when I was ten years old.  Twenty five years later–after Country Club Meets, swim team in high school and a few triathalons in my history–I can also add more than 10 years teaching swim lessons as part of my resume. During that time, I’ve seen first hand how water independence can […]

With a simple Google Search for “Best Sunscreens” I find fashion mag “Allure” saying: “SPF is just one factor in choosing (and wearing) a sunscreen. How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup determines whether you’ll actually rub it in” and lists their “ten dream creams to try this summer.” Personally I look […]

Tomorrow’s Summer Solstice! That means the longest day of the year is finally here. How fitting that this month’s challenge can be a month, week, or even a day in length (might I suggest  starting tomorrow – what with all the extra time we’ll have to fill up, and all – wink, wink. ) It’s […]

Oh sweet Mamas (and crafty Papas) out in the blogosphere, am I getting too esoteric? Perhaps in my quests to get a little greener, I may forget that it really is the little things that count. So it’s back to basics. So here’s my list of three EASY things you can implement NOW to make […]

Drip Dry “D-I-Y”

by Sabrena on April 18, 2013

A few years ago, our dryer broke. And because our dryer broke twenty-plus of my sons “nappies” suddenly needed to find a home before they were useable again. It was also early Spring. Since it snows well into May in Utah, I set up make shift clotheslines in our sun room and let nature do […]

This is not a joke.  I double-chocolate-bunny-dare you to think beyond plastic pastel eggs coupled with yellow and pink Peeps this year and incorporate a little more green into your celebration of Spring. Let’s give our Easter baskets a makeover! The Grass is Always Greener It’s unfortunate that so many of us associate that creepy […]

Yoga A-Go-Go

by Sabrena on February 21, 2013

Namaste friends! I’ve been basking in post-yoga sweet-savasana-bliss since the weekend. Hubs and I celebrated a belated Valentines “date” Saturday night with an AcroYoga and Thai Massage Couples Workshop: talk about a perfect heart-opening experience! For our family, February is a blissful and busy time. Besides the festivities that accompany the 14th, both my son […]

The new year can be a time of undue stress and anxiety for me. I’m a goal setter, a list maker AND an altruist: which basically means I could be the poster child for “Resolutions.” There were plenty of articles about goals for greening up your New Year, but one that stood out – Kiera […]

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