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Magazines for Mother’s Day

Reading togetherTrying to find a special Mother’s Day gift for your mom? Why not consider giving her a gift that will last all year long? Magazines are the perfect Mother’s Day gift because they are uniquely tailored to specific interests. Whether your mom’s hobby is cooking, gardening, traveling, or exercising, you can easily find a magazine that she’ll love. Additionally, the magazines will be delivered to her doorstep year round, giving her something new to look forward to and enjoy. Here are a few magazines that will make a great gift for Mother’s Day:

1.) Health and Fitness Magazines

Does your mom enjoy keeping up with health and fitness trends? Does she look forward to learning more about the latest nutrition breakthroughs? Then she’ll benefit from a subscription to Health magazine. Every issue is filled with exercise routines, healthy food options, and informative articles about heath geared specifically towards women. Another great option is Shape magazine, which focuses on food, exercise, and mental health. Both magazines are perfect options for women who take their personal health seriously.

2.) Food Magazines

Women who are connoisseurs of the finer things in life will enjoy a subscription to Wine Spectator or Saveur magazne. Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine with in-depth reviews of wines and wineries around the world, as well as advice on which wines to pair with various foods. Saveur is the perfect choice for foodies who are interested in authentic cuisine from various cultures.

If your mom loves creating culinary masterpieces, give her a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine. The magazine highlights culinary trends and gourmet recipes alongside beautiful photography. If she enjoys simple, down-to-earth meals, Taste of Home would be right up her alley. Featuring magazines from over 1,000 field editors, Taste of Home is filled with simple yet delicious recipe options. 

3.) Outdoor & Travel Magazines

Does planting a garden fill your mom with delight? If so, Fine Gardening or Garden & Gun will be right up her alley. Does she love arranging freshly picked bouquets of flowers from her flower garden? If so, Birds & Blooms will be the perfect option for her. The magazine is filled with colorful photos and engaging articles about the most beautiful gardens and interesting birds in the United States.

If she enjoys visiting new places, Travel + Leisure will give her plenty of great ideas for new travel destinations. Whether she’s planning a simple daytrip or an extensive overseas vacation, Travel + Leisure will give her all the information necessary to plan the perfect trip.

Does your mom have a hobby or special interest that isn’t listed here? Visit to see all the magazines that we offer. Whether your mom enjoys making crafts, watching soap operas, keeping up with celebrity gossip, or anything else, you can find a gift she’ll love at!


Best Vacation Destinations

iStock_000009958489SmallSt. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” From the wind-whipped prairies of Kansas to the majestic remains of the Roman empire to the turquoise water surrounding tropical islands, the world is filled with stunning views and breathtaking scenery. Travel expands our horizons as we experience new cultures and meet people in lands far from our own. As Mary Anne Radmacher said, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” If you have the desire to leave your footprints all across the globe and make friends in foreign places, why not take some time this summer to travel to a new location? Exploring a new place will widen your understanding of the world and enable you to experience the beauty and diversity of cities different from your own.

If you’re not sure where to visit, you can find tried-and-true suggestions from one of these popular travel magazines:

1.) Travel & Leisure


Each issue of Travel & Leisure magazine features stunning photography, reliable destination guides, and engaging features. The magazine is a must-read for anyone interested in leisure travel. Whether you want to stay local or travel internationally, Travel & Leisure is filled with information about countless dream destinations. With special sections devoted to the most delectable restaurants to eat at, the top hotels to stay in, and the best activities to participate in, Travel & Leisure is a relevant and reliable resource. The magazine provides plenty of invaluable suggestions about the top places to visit, as well as what to do once you’re there. Travel & Leisure is also filled with practical advice on packing, traveling, and sightseeing. Popular special issues include “The Hotels Issue,” “The Food Issue,” and the “World’s Best Awards Issue.” Want information about the top cities, islands, cruises, hotels, spas, and family vacations? Travel & Leisure will quickly become your go-to guide.

2.) Sunset Magazine

7951-MA-1-hiresIf you’re looking for the best of the west, Sunset magazine is the perfect resource for you. The regional lifestyle magazine highlights the western United States. Whether you’re planning a trip to a National Park or thinking about finding a secluded cabin in the woods, Sunset magazine is brimming with great ideas. From the best vineyards in Napa Valley to the most unforgettable views of Yosemite, Sunset magazine outlines the region’s best travel destinations, weekend getaway guides, and hot new cities to visit. Whether you want to visit the beach, mountains, or quaint towns, Sunset magazine has plenty of great ideas. Other features include seasonal gardening guides, recipes and wine pairings, and photos of beautiful homes. If you’ve been wanting to visit the western United States, this magazine will help you plan the perfect trip.



3.) National Geographic

7210-MA-1-hiresA trusted magazine for over a century, National Geographic features breathtaking images and riveting articles about science and travel. If you’re trying to figure out where to vacation this summer, a subscription to National Geographic will give you a plethora of wonderful ideas. Its sister magazine, National Geographic Traveler, is is a comprehensive travel magazine that will help you plan a trip from start to finish. The magazine is filled with suggestions on how to navigate a new area like a native. Whether you want to plan an international expedition or a day trip to a nearby city, the magazine will tell you everything you need to know about the best places to visit.

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3 Great Magazines for Spring

Are you looking for the perfect magazine to read this spring as you lay outside in the hammock or relax on freshly cut grass? Here are three wonderful magazines you’re sure to love!

1.) Good Housekeeping

Ready to tackle your spring cleaning checklist? A subscription to Good Housekeeping will provide you with plenty of helpful tips and suggestions on how to clean and care for your house. The easy-to-read articles give plenty of advice that will help you easily master any home maintenance projects on your checklist. The magazine is filled with product reviews about household items, organizational tips, craft and decorating ideas, and renovation techniques. It’s also brimming with delectable recipes, flawless beauty and makeup tips, diet advice, and relationship and parenting columns. Good Housekeeping also contains literary pieces and essays that are sure to entertain and delight. If your ideal magazine is filled with plenty of inspiring articles about home and family, then you’re sure to love Good Housekeeping!

2.) Family Handyman

Are you a bona fide home improvement guru? Do you spend your Saturdays tinkering in your workshop? If so, you’ll enjoy a subscription to Family Handyman magazine. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you can achieve your dream house through following the easy-to-understand instructions and how-to photos in each monthly issue. The magazine is filled with home improvement ideas, advice about repairs, and new product reviews. If you relish fixing up your home and redesigning individual rooms, you’ll look forward to each new issue of Family Handyman!

3.) Garden & Gun

Eager for a taste of the South? You’ll love the compelling articles and breathtaking photography in the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine. Whether you’re looking for surefire gardening tips, mouthwatering recipes, prolific interviews about noteworthy Southerners, or reviews about current books and music, you’ll enjoy Garden & Gun magazine. The special issues are dedicated to subjects such as “Southern Food,” “Southern Style,” and “Southern Homes,” so you can enjoy the South all year long. Although the magazine focuses on Southern living, it is incredibly popular all throughout the United States.  If you love gardening, cooking, or decorating, you’ll enjoy this Southern-inspired magazine.


Spring Recipes

The arrival of spring means that seasonal fruits and vegetables like asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb are finally in season. We’re scoured some of our favorite cooking magazines to find the perfect spring meal. Begin by serving the chicken and asparagus dish alongside a flavorful strawberry spinach salad. Finish with a sweet yet tart rhubarb crumble for a satisfying finish to the meal. Your family will love this colorful, delicious meal so much they won’t even realize how healthy it is!


Roasted Chicken with Asparagus:

roasted-chicken-asparagus_300For a delicious meal-in-one, try this simple yet flavorful dish. With only six ingredients, it can be prepared in mere minutes. You can substitute other spring vegetables, such as new potatoes or mushrooms, in place of the asparagus. This is the perfect dish to serve when you want a meal that highlights the new vegetables you got from your garden or farmer’s market.

Source: Real Simple

Serves: 4


1 tablespoon olive oil

8 bone-in chicken thighs

Salt and pepper

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

1 pint grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, plus more for garnish


1.) Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In batches, cook the chicken, skin-side down, until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

2.) To the skillet, add the asparagus, tomatoes, and thyme. Top with the chicken and roast until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve sprinkled with thyme.



Your family will love this vibrant, colorful strawberry spinach salad. If you want to make a meal out of it, add some chopped cooked chicken. The salad is also delicious when served with pecans instead of walnuts.

Spinach-Strawberry-Salad-1Spinach Strawberry Salad

Source: Taste of Home

Serves: 8-10


1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/3 cup canola oil

3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Feta cheese, optional



1.) In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, spinach, strawberries and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk the canola oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.


rhubarb-crumble-ck-665505-lHoney-Rhubarb Crumble

Source: Cooking Light

Serves: 6

Rhubarb is the perfect change of pace from more traditional fruits. Many people pair the tart fruit with raspberries or strawberries for a tangy yet sweet dessert. This rhubarb crisp is a unique, delicious alternative to a more traditional apple or cherry crisp. Because it’s made with low-fat ingredients, it’s something that the entire family can enjoy.


5-1/2 cups sliced rhubarb

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon grated lime rind

Vegetable cooking spray

1/3 cup regular oats

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons chilled stick margarine, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, optional


1.) Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl, and toss well. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

2.) Place oats, flour, and sugar in food processor, and pulse 2 to 3 times. Add chilled margarine, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal; sprinkle over rhubarb mixture. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Serve with frozen yogurt if desired.


Spring Activities

After an especially harsh winter, spring has finally arrived! To welcome this new season, there are a few activities you won’t want to miss:

1.) Visit a botanical garden or arboretum

tulipsSpring represents a time of new life and growth. So why not celebrate its arrival by visiting a botanical garden or arboretum in your area?  If you’re not sure where to go, check out this list of must-see gardens in the United States. You’ll love admiring the beautiful, breathtaking flowers. Visiting a botanical garden is the perfect way to mark the end of a long winter. Pack a picnic lunch, find a friend to go with you, and spend some quality time resting, relaxing, and soaking in the warm weather.

Tip: Bring spring to your workplace by buying tulips, daisies, or other flowers for your office. If you’re really inspired, you can even plant your own flower garden. For ideas on how to get started, consider subscribing to Birds & Blooms magazine.

2.) Try a new outdoor adventure

If you’ve been coped up all winter, spring provides a welcome opportunity to take advantage of beautiful, warm weather. It’s a wonderful time to resume your favorite outdoor activities, such as jogging or hiking. However, it’s also the perfect time to try something new. This spring, why not participate in a new activity you’ve never done before? Whether it’s sailing, horseback riding, rock climbing, or planting a garden, outdoor activities are a wonderful way to celebrate the weather.

Tip: Find an activity that your family can do together. Everyone will benefit from the exercise, sunlight, and shared memories.

3.) Go to a baseball game

baseballSpring wouldn’t be complete without a night out at the baseball park! Whether it’s a professional game or a grandchild’s game, nothing says “spring” like baseball. Gather some friends together and enjoy a night filled with sunflower seeds, hotdogs, and baseball!

Tip: Use Groupon or other deals sites to find reduced ticket prices. To keep up with your favorite professional sports team, subscribe to one of our sports magazines.


Magazine Trivia

In 1731, the first modern magazine, The Gentleman’s Magazine, was published in England. Edward Cave, editor of the magazine, coined the term “magazine” from the Arabic word makhazin, which meant storehouse. The magazine contained essays, poems, stories, and political commentary, so it was indeed a storehouse of knowledge and information.

Benjamin Franklin planned to publish the first American magazine, General Magazine, in 1741. However, Andrew Bedford beat him to it by publishing The American Magazine three days earlier. The magazine, which lasted for only three months, covered the activities of colonial America. The first women’s magazine, The Lady’s Magazine, was published in 1770. The magazine featured embroidery patterns as well as literary stories and fashion advice.

sciIn 1845, publisher Rufus M. Porter created Scientific American, a weekly magazine highlighting new patents, inventions, and theories. When the magazine’s readership declined after World War II, three partners who were planning to start a new science magazine bought the assets for Scientific American and merged the two magazines together. As a result, Scientific American is now the oldest continually operating magazine in the United States.

National Geographic was published in 1899, and soon became famous for its awe-inspiring color photographs. Reader’s Digest was created in 1922, and is now loved for its cultural commentary and enriching stories. The first weekly news magazine, TIMEbegan in 1923. Today, it is one of the most timefamous and well-respected magazines in the United States. The first  magazine for adolescents, Seventeen, was founded in 1944. TV Guide, now famous for its listings of popular shows, began in 1953.

While magazines initially covered broad topics, they began focusing more on niche audiences as time went on. The invention of Rolling Stone in 1967 proved that special interest magazines could become incredibly successful. Today, magazines are read by millions of people around the globe. They continue to live up to their meaning by being wonderful storehouses of information.