I am happy to report I placed an order for our family’s bird for Thanksgiving dinner, and will be picking it up on Tuesday. It’s a ritual (now in it’s third year) at the Mangum casa. Now, lest you think me more of a domestic diva than is prudent, I do not cook an entire […]

Costuming with a Conscience

by Sabrena on October 18, 2012

We are just a few weeks out from “Decision 2012.” And with my plug last month for making sure you’re registered to vote, you may think I’ve still got the Election in my frontal lobe – and tis true, tis true my friends. But when you’ve also got a pre-schooler at home and it’s “Baby’s First […]

Super Tuesday is Coming!

by Sabrena on September 20, 2012

Growing up I thought Labor Day meant we got one last break from our labors at school to have a BBQ. My Grandmother also pointed out it was the ushering in of a moratorium on white pants. (Thank you “Glamour” for giving us all permission to debunk that myth). Eventually I learned about the history […]

Admittedly, I’m a wanderlust. Years spent working in aviation and moonlighting as a travel writer in my past life (ie. pre-Mom days) gave me a thirst for exploration. I’ve traveled throughout North American, across the pond to England and explored in Europe and Japan. Back in those seemingly carefree days, I still cared about the […]

I consider my grandparents the “O.G’s” of environmentalism. Just to be clear, that’s “Original Green.” The current battle-cry/sustainable-speak of “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle” was merely a way of life for those who lived through world wars and the Great Depression. My Grandma, 92 when she passed away 4-years ago, taught me all the best […]

Mary’s contrary, but how does your garden grow? It’s our third year with planter boxes; though the strawberry patch, rhubarb, grape vine and fruit trees have been serving up delights since we bought the property. Another “amusement” we inherited is the mint patch that now consumes a third of the backyard lawn. I don’t mind, […]

I grew up hating yard work. Being raised in a family with three sisters and NO brothers meant that “women’s work” definitely extended outside. I still joke with my parents about having us mow the lawn as 10 year olds — seems insane to me now. Today I love growing veggies and reaping the harvest […]

I’m not ready to go all “Julie-Andrews” on you and start singing about raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens or the like (truthfully, I’m not really a cat person). But I am happy to extoll on a few of my favorite things (in no particular order): entertaining and saving the planet! The great news is […]

The title of the Grateful Dead’s greatest hits album seems appropriate at the moment: “What a Long Strange Trip it’s been.”  For me, it’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since I started this official journey of sustainable living with Make & Takes. But then I look outside – delighting in daffodils and […]

A Greener Cleaner

by Sabrena on March 15, 2012

“We are an awesome team,” Holden my three year exclaimed. “Like ninjas!” He told me proudly. I had just thanked him for his help with mopping our hard wood floors. And yes, he really does help. He squirts the Method wood floor cleaner, and I wipe it down. It’s a really great system. And I […]

The 14th has come and gone, but it’s still the Month of Love. Unfortunately for my husband, I’ve got Baby on the mind. (Our little Zoë was born December 7th). So it seemed fitting to explore a few keys areas on being green with baby. Not surprising, we’ll focus on what occupies a newborn’s time: namely […]

The kitchen – seriously how much of a Mom’s time is spent here? For me, it’s where my three year old’s education primarily takes place. Eg. “We need six cups of flour, count with me: one, two, three…” Or there’s learning the colors with fruits and veggies: “What color is the banana? And the avocado? […]

Nix the Pancake Mix

by Sabrena on January 19, 2012

We’re more than half-way through January. I have almost worked through the last of the snowman sugar cookies stashed in my freezer which means a couple of things: The holidaze have come and gone I’m most likely looking fat-tastic (that is not actually a good thing) It’s time to start my New Year’s Resolutions Wait, […]

With the countdown to Christmas approaching single digits tomorrow, chances are that at this point you’re not obsessing about how to make things more eco-friendly (that’s not a judgment, just an educated guess). Life has a sneaky way of trumping altruism, but there’s still time to make green choices before the Fat Man descends down […]

Thanksgiving is just a week away. And while the holidays often seem choc full of consumerism and wastefulness, Turkey Day is one holiday with plenty of easy and accessible ways to Go Green. I know it sounds crazy – the gluttony, the consumption (oh my the consumption!); but the traditional Thanksgiving meal is in itself […]

Remember the ‘cool house’ that gave out full-size candy bars on Hallow’s Eve? I do, and once I got married I was determined to be “that house.” My husband thought it was ridiculous we were spending so much money on Trick-or-Treaters, but I hit up Costco and rationalized it was only one time a year.  […]

“And I don’t eat meat cause I’m a veterinarian,” sayeth a ditzy blonde on what I recall being a teaser ad for HBO in the late 80s. Back then I was just beginning my conscious eating quest. I remember taking a bite of hamburger at age 12 and thinking, “I don’t ever need to eat […]

Nice Cans!

by Sabrena on August 18, 2011

I played around with the title of this post in my head for the better part of the past month. Reminiscing about the winters of my childhood when we’d enjoy Grandma’s canned concoctions so delicately preserved. Flashbacks to the bounties of stone fruits like plum jam, canned apricots and peaches had me toying with the idea […]

Did you ever watch Fraggle Rock? Sunday nights at the Suite household made the close of the weekend bearable because of Jim Henson’s zany creations. How could we be upset at the prospect of an inevitable Monday, when metwith the spunk of Red, the angst of Weebly and the wisdom of Madame Trash Heap? Sunday […]

I used to be funny. No seriously, when I was chunkier, single and a lot more self deprecating – you might have even said I was “a hoot.” (For proof, I dare you to check out this little ditty). But there’s nothing really humorous about a declining planet. And somehow, when I slip into Save-the-Planet-Mode, I […]

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