Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Two new parenting magazines

I am a big, huge fan of magazines. I'm a fan of reading in general, but ever since I've become a parent, I'll take any literary nugget that can be digested in 5-10 minutes (possibly why I embrace blogs). I present to you two new finds, and one glorious tip: Find One: I wish I never found this. It's probably the most pretentious parenting magazine ever published, Cookie Magazine. My mom found this magazine in Barnes and Noble not long ago, and brought it up here for me when she came to visit last weekend. There is an article about how a childs first birthday party should really celebrate the parents, and tips to make said party a cocktail themed party while still child-friendly. Huh? After looking at the pictures, I have to say a big NOT. Another article on the best strollers. I think the cheapest was $250. Others are in the $600-$900 range. Sweet! One of each, please! There were a couple good articles - one about a mom and pop flower show in SF that I found interesting. Generally, I rate this new mag with a big OH PLEASE. And the ads - oh the ads - Bloomingdales, etc. The ads are for a childs pair of jeans that cost $92 and a boys black hoodie that costs $110. What-eva. Find two: Brought to you by the Family Fun peeps is Wonder Time. This mag exists to "celebrate your childs love of learning" and is aimed at parents of toddlers and elementary school kids. I loved the article on the smart mom who turned her never used dining room into a playroom that I would love to have in my house! Stylin' and smart. Also, an article from Catherine Newman about parenting from a more mindful and present place. I've checked out one book she recommended from the library, Everyday Blessings, The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Of course, it's sitting with 6 or 7 other books in my library bag under the table I'm typing on. The only bummer about this mag: it's not published often yet. Tip: Buy magazines on e-bay. This was the best/worst advice I've ever heard, as I now subscribe to an obscene number of magazines and may single-handedly be destroying the environment. Tip #2: Some sellers offer a super low "buy now" price but charge a lot for shipping, which makes the purchase not worth it. If you look, you can find magazines that are super cheap with no shipping, or super super cheap with low shipping. I have gotten 2 years of Cooking Light for $10 (normally $15/year - savings of $20), three years of Parents Magazine for $5 (normally $12/year - but you can find deals for $12 for 2 years, so e-bay saves $19 - $31 here), and 1 year of Shape for free. Current examples that you could buy right now: Two years of Cooking Light for $12.88 FOUR years of Parents for $5.45 Two years of Family Fun for $4.47 And, for the pretentious reader I might have out there, two years of Cookie magazine for $5.89. These are FINAL prices, people! And you don't even have to bid and wait and cross your fingers - they're all Buy Now prices. Schweet.


At 3/16/2006 01:17:00 AM, Blogger Bek said...

Ha! My friends and I have divided up our subcriptions. I get People, someone else gets US Weekly, another gets Vanity Fair (so we like celebrity gossip...sue me) and we all switch around. Not because we want to save the environment, but because we are poor!

I have never used my dining room as a dining room. It has been a playroom the whole time. Do it. Especially with two so close together. It was the best thing we ever did. It was my favorite room in the house and it helped keep the clutter under control. Here are a few pictures......

Sorry I missed you tonight. I have been working on this darn report. I have stuff going on early, but I will call you in the afternoon.

At 3/16/2006 01:21:00 PM, Blogger Rachelle said...

Thanks for the tip to find magazines on ebay. that will fuel my addiction even more!

At 3/17/2006 01:16:00 PM, Anonymous amy said...

magazines on ebay! genius!!


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