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Green Living

Gettin’ Our Craft On with Green Kid Crafts

We are gettin’ our craft on with some fun, silly, and slimy discovery crafts! I’m happy to be partnering with Green Kids Crafts to showcase their fun and creative crafts in a box, mailed right to your door every month. All… Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Magazines

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… Continue Reading →

Save Energy & Your Valuables

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… Continue Reading →

3 Earth-Friendly Resolutions to Make This Year

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… Continue Reading →

Dish Up Some Pet Friendly Home Cooking

Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more pet friendly for Fido. “Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and… Continue Reading →

If You Do Just One Thing for a Green Thanksgiving

Turn Down Your Thermostat. Yes, you read that right. See every year I scour the web for new ideas on how to have a green Thanksgiving. Here are some of my old reliables… How to Plan a Green Thanksgiving Plan for… Continue Reading →

The Dish on Sustainable Fish

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, not sustainable fish. Seduced by the… Continue Reading →

Host a National Costume Swap for Halloween

As many of you know, each fall at our household we try to find new 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… Continue Reading →

Quick Parenting Tip: Eat More “Fast Food”!

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… Continue Reading →

4 Easy (and Green) Back to School Tips

Looking for ways to make your back to school transition a little more Earth-friendly? Here are a few “green” back to school tips you can make happen at your home! 4 Easy (and Green) Back to School Tips 1. Lunchbox-Love Let’s leave… Continue Reading →

DIY Ombre Napkins: Great Upcylce Project!

We stopped using paper napkins in my home about 8 years ago. Both my husband and I felt like it was not only a “greener” move but also, cloth napkins work so much better. Plus, they are prettier too! Sometimes… Continue Reading →

Refreshing Clean & Green Drinking

Tomorrow’s Summer Solstice! That means the longest day of the year is finally here. How fitting that this month’s green drinking challenge can be a month, week, or even a day in length (might I suggest  starting tomorrow – what… Continue Reading →

3 Simple Ways to Save the Planet

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… Continue Reading →

Line Drying Your Clothes: Drip Dry DIY

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,… Continue Reading →

Easy Dish Towel Wrapped Housewarming Gift

Giving gifts to friends and neighbors is one of my very favorite things to do. What can I say, it’s one of my love languages. Can you think of a better gift to give or receive than a nice warm… Continue Reading →

Be (more) Green in Twenty-Thirteen

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… Continue Reading →

Gobble Up the “Green” This Thanksgiving

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… Continue Reading →

Costuming with a Conscience for Halloween

When you’ve got a pre-schooler at home and it’s “Baby’s First Halloween,” there are plenty of decisions that are taking our time. With Hallow’s Eve approaching, our big decision means what to be for Halloween! Last year, around this time… Continue Reading →

Super Tuesday is Coming, Place Your Vote

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”… Continue Reading →

Getting the Grass a little Greener

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… Continue Reading →

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