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11 Ways to Sustainable You – Go Green

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 tulips that trim the landscape of our yard (otherwise in need of the upcoming Spring-Cleaning overhaul).

Yes my friends, writing from Salt Lake City – where the weather seems to enjoy a Jeckyl and Hyde sort of identity crisis until summer, I am reminded that a year ago prior to Earth Day, you and I began what I consider a special friendship: we launched a renewed commitment to the planet’s matriarch, our dear Mother Earth.

I thought about making a memory/photo book to commemorate our journey, but figured bullet points could suffice!

11 Ways to Sustainable You

With this past year chock-full of green tidbits, what could there possibly left to talk about? I jest, of course. So we’ll continue our monthly journey, but until then, might I suggest kicking off Earth Day this year by checking out the new-and-improved Practically Green website. “[Their] mission is to make living healthy and more sustainably easier, faster, and way more fun.” The site highlights 400+ actions that “make it easy to discover what to do and why it matters.” I’ve mentioned this place before, but it’s a nice resource for seeing exactly where you fit into the green landscape (yes, you get rated!) and where to go from there.

So we’ll continue this journey – and I’ll be back next month, but in the meantime I’m anxious to hear what everyone’s got planned for Earth Day. Maybe watching/reading The Lorax? Planting a tree or two, perhaps? The sky’s the limit – and together we can each do our part to protect it and the planet below.

photo via Ornella Binni



  1. Thanks Holt! (Can I say that here). I guess it’s technically longer because of the Yoga article, but a year as an official contributor.

    I am LOVING the opportunity. Thanks again.

  2. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. Feels like you’ve been writing here for years! I’m so glad to have you. I love what you’ve been sharing!!

  3. The Lorax is always a favorite on Earth Day, but I think this year we ight watch Ferngully instead. Also, we are going to be tree-huggers for the day. Literally.
    Love you and Make Takes!

    1. Love the Lorax (as you know.) Ferngully scared Holden (Stevie had it on VHS up at the Barn to watch)…so he didn’t finish. But it does have an awesome record.

      Let me know what your kids thought of it.

  4. This year we are inviting some of my son’s friends over (ages 5 months to 4 years) and we are painting terra cotta pots then planting herbs in them. We’re also going on a nature hike to find pine cones that we’ll turn into bird feeders. And, of course, we won’t be using any throw-away plates, utensils, napkins, cups, etc. for dinner!

  5. Hi Sabrena — I’m a freelancer working on a project for and wanted to touch base with everyone at Make & Takes but the contact form doesn’t seem to be working. Yours was the most recent post so I thought I’d try. Can you please drop me a line?



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