environment

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 though, my napkins (as they are getting a little older) start to look a little […]

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 […]

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 […]

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