Easy Thanksgiving Home Decor

11 Easy Thanksgiving Home Décor Ideas from Pinterest

Easy Thanksgiving Home DecorJust a week until the big day and your home could use a festive touch. Even if you don’t have much time, you’ll be thankful that these Thanksgiving decor ideas we pulled from Pinterest are so easy!

Feeling like Thanksgiving has already passed you by? You’re not alone. The pumpkins, scarecrows, and assorted fall décor seems to have been replaced just a little too soon with everything you can imagine (and more) for decking the halls for Christmas.

Before you give up or give in to the crush of red and green, these are some easy ways you can add a timely and festive touch to your home for Thanksgiving. You’ll find plenty in home magazines, but these we snagged from Pinterest are probably your best bet if you’re feeling pressed for time.

Flowers and Nuts: Fill clear vase with acorns, chestnuts, berries, or some other appropriate filler, then top with a fall-colored or seasonal flower. If you forgo the flower, add an elegant touch by adding burlap and tying a ribbon around it.

Thanksgiving Placemat: Save those fancy placemats for Christmas and opt for these simple coverings made of brown paper or a recycled bag. Before or after the meal, ask everyone around the table to fill out a few of the things they are thankful for and discuss over dinner.

Painted Acorns: Dressing up your home for Thanksgiving could be as simple as going for a walk around your year. You can even get the kids to help with this project, then use the finished product to display in clear vases or other pretty decorative dishes.

Cinnamon Candles: Tie cinnamon sticks around a candle to release a sweet-smelling scent that can take your home from Thanksgiving right into Christmas.

Thankful Tree: Prepare a “thankful tree” to display in your home, then ask guests to share their blessings and attach them to the branches of the tree. It functions as both festive décor and a conversation starter.

Turkey Apple Dip: Speaking of functional, who says your appetizers or treats can’t serve a dual purpose? We love the fun presentation of this chocolate fruit dip and sliced apples to look like a turkey!

Pilgrim Hats: If you prefer an even more chocolatey treat, try these cute Pilgrim Hats. Chocolate wafer cookies topped with a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Attach the two with frosting and add a decorative buckle.

Candles and Wine Glasses: Put the wine glasses you’re not using to good use. Turn them over, add a seasonal filler (like maybe those painted acorns), and top with a votive candle for an interesting tablescape.

Pumpkins: Placing pumpkins on the table adds an instant festive touch, but make them look even more elegant by displaying them on candlesticks, serving bowls, and small pedestal dishes.

Chalkboard: If you’ve already got a chalkboard, this one’s super easy. Get creative with artwork or seasonal quotes, menus, or a welcome for your guests.

Pine Cone Garland: This is another idea that can take your home from Thanksgiving into Christmas. Attach ribbon to pine cones and hang in front of a window or mantel for a new twist on garland.

See more about each of these ideas on our Pinterest board here.

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Magazine Subscription Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List for Just $1 or Less Per Issue

One Dollar or Less Per Issue Magazine Subscriptions Discounts Deals Holiday Shopping Christmas Deals Looking for a great gift at a great price? Get any one of these magazine subscriptions for just $1 or less per issue—and give a gift that can be opened all year!

As of today, there’s 40 shopping days ‘til Christmas (and that includes Christmas Eve for all you last-minute shoppers). With our help, you can get something for everyone on your list—and get a great deal now before the holiday rush begins.

Through Nov. 28, get a subscription to each of these magazines (and plenty more) for just $1 or less per issue. There’s enough variety to find a gift anyone on your shopping list would enjoy all year!

For the Sports Fan

Keep your favorite sports fan up to date on all the big games in every sport with a subscription to Sports Illustrated, an authoritative resource for more on all the latest headlines. If your recipient prefers playing rather than watching, Golf Magazine is a great gift for golfers.

For the Crafter

Got a friend or family member who’s hooked on crafting? Crochet Today! delivers helpful crochet techniques and easy-to-follow patterns for yarn enthusiasts of all skill levels and experience.

For the Fashionista

Give the gift of glam to your best fashion-forward gal with subscriptions to top fashion magazines, like InStyle, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar. For the up-and-coming fashionista, Seventeen magazine provides age-appropriate style inspired by the latest trends.

For the Health Nut

Whether you’ve recipient keeps a healthy regiment year ‘round or is looking to start the new year off right, magazine subscriptions to either Cooking Light or Health would help. Cooking Light is packed with nutritious—and delicious—recipes in every issue, and Health is full of healthy eating tips and fitness regimens.

For the Domestic Diva

From time-saving advice on removing stubborn stains and keeping the house in order to money-saving tips on style, beauty, and home décor, subscriptions to Good Housekeeping or Redbook magazines have got it all.

For the Road Warrior

Got someone on your list who loves the open road? For car enthusiasts, Car and Driver magazine offers helpful reviews on the latest models to fulfill a need for speed. Motorcyclist magazine provides the same information for anyone who enjoys their freedom on two wheels.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

It’s no surprise hunters and fishers love the great outdoors. For them, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazine subscriptions make great gifts for their hunting and fishing advice, equipment reviews, and other helpful tips. Outdoor Photographer is ideal for the nature-loving shutterbug.

For the Water Lover

Water enthusiasts can get their fill of their favorite pastime with subscriptions to either Sail or Boating magazines. Anyone who loves the coast—or at least daydreaming about it—would find plenty of inspiration in a Coastal Living magazine gift subscription.

For the Big City Type

Know someone who’s wants to make it in the big city—or at least enjoys a peek into big-city living? Subscriptions to magazines in some of the U.S.’ major hubs—Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia Magazine—would provide an insider’s peek into their bustling culture.

For the Spiritual

Anyone who treasures their faith would enjoy gift subscriptions to any one of these spiritual magazines: Guideposts, Charisma, or Angels on Earth. Each magazine provides heart-warming real-life experiences in every issue intended to provide inspiration and hope for overcoming challenges.

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People, Time Magazines Show Two Perspectives of Royal Family

People Royal Christening Baby Magazine Cover Collage Prince William Prince GeorgePeople and Time magazines gave us two different portrayals of the royal family this week. In some cases, they may also reflect the clash of generational changes and the monarchy.

The royal christening of Prince George didn’t come with the fanfare of the royal wedding or even the anticipation of the royal birth, but the British royals did manage to snag two magazine covers during the week that offered different perspectives of the monarchy.

Most are perhaps aware of the special issue People magazine cover featuring doting parents William and Kate with baby George from his recent baptism. Perhaps fewer are aware of the Time magazine cover featuring Prince Charles, ironically with the headline “The Forgotten Prince.”

Royalty in America is roughly the equivalent of celebrity here. We’ll indulge in the pomp and circumstance of the monarchy as a guilty pleasure, but otherwise the majority of people likely aren’t as interested in the inner workings of palace life—if at all.

In that case, the People cover portraying a close-up of both Prince William and Kate beaming with pride over a smiling baby George is the most recent royal cover that best resonates with the reading public. It even calls to mind a 1982 People magazine cover featuring a baby Prince William and the beloved late Princess Diana on the occasion of his christening.

Inside People’s recent issue, there were plenty of images of the extended royal family, from Queen Elizabeth on down. It was a rare peek into the palace, but much of the buzz was about what Kate was wearing, what Pippa was wearing, what baby George was wearing.

Time Magazine Cover Prince Charles Royal FamilyThe Time magazine cover, on the other hand, featured a close-up of Prince Charles with an expression representative of the monarchy’s typical stoicism.

Essentially, the article tells us that Charles is somewhat reluctantly assuming more of a kingly role as the queen ages and prefers to limit her travel. It makes mention of some of his fatherly moments with his son, but it lacks the paternal warmth that was captured on People’s cover.

Instead of the doting father, Time did manage to portray Charles as a champion of charities and social causes—something most often associated with Diana. It may come as a surprise that Charles’ involvement in or creation of such organizations pre-dates his and Diana’s royal wedding.

Here, as in Britain, William and Kate are enjoying a wave of popularity, due in part to their youth, the fascination with their love story, the arrival of the new prince. Lost in that shuffle is Charles, who though next in succession to the throne, doesn’t get the attention the “new” royals are.

Comparing the magazines, there may be another more fundamental difference in the two portrayals. People’s cover image includes William, perhaps an indication that he will be an involved father. Diana was pictured alone with William on his christening cover; other family portraits printed in that magazine included Charles.

Whether that can be attributed to Diana’s influence, Kate’s background as a “commoner,” or just a changing approach to parenting that’s reached all the way to the palace, it may be another indication that these “new” royals are sending a message that they won’t be bound by tradition.

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Buy One, Give One Magazine Subscription Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Buy One Give One Magazine Subscription Deals DiscountsDon’t miss our BOGO sale with a holiday twist—buy one great magazine subscription for yourself, then GIVE one to a friend at no extra charge! Here’s just a few suggestions that would make great gifts!

Soon, the spirit of giving thanks will give way to the season of giving, and we’re going to help you get an early start with our Buy One, Give One Sale.

Typically, BOGO means you get two of the same item, but in keeping with the generosity folks start feeling this time of year, our BOGO promotion means you get a great magazine deal for yourself and you can give one to a friend or family member at no extra charge!

With a selection of more than 50 diverse magazines, you’re sure to find a great gift for the person who has everything—or the person who might otherwise be difficult to buy for. Either way, it’s something your recipient can look forward to “opening” all year long!

Before these deals end on Nov. 8, we thought we’d highlight just a few of the magazine subscriptions that would be perfect for you and your recipient based on these common interests. (Each gift subscription comes with a holiday gift announcement.)

The Gourmet

If you and your fellow foodie love great recipes, you’ll also love subscriptions to either Food & Wine or Louisiana Cookin’. The former gives the lowdown on wine pairing, too, while the latter celebrates the delicious regional cuisine down on the bayou.

The Outdoorsman (or Woman)

There’s no place you’d rather be than on the water or in the woods with your hunting or fishing buddy. If so, both of you would find useful tips, equipment reviews, and buying advice in subscriptions to either Field & Stream or Outdoor Life.

The Traveler

Want to see the world? Whether it’s close to home or across the globe, strike off with your favorite travel partner when you both enjoy a subscription to Travel + Leisure magazine. Even if you travel separately, you can live vicariously through each others’ stories—or get trusted firsthand advice!

The Business Leader

Whether you’re business partners or just have bonded over your entrepreneurial interests, subscriptions to either Fast Company or Inc. make excellent choices. Both magazines highlight strategies for success and emerging business trends.

The Photographer

If you and your fellow shutterbug are looking for instruction or inspiration, you’ll find it in a Popular Photography or American Photo magazine subscription. The former also reviews equipment and compiles a buying guide, while the latter showcases outstanding photography.

The Adventurer

Love to get your adrenaline pumping? If you and your buddy are thrill seekers, you’ll get ideas on where to go next with an Outside magazine subscription. If speed is more your thing, Motorcyclist and its road tests and how-to’s will help get you going.

The Little Learner

No matter the age of your little learners, you’ll find a range of kids magazines appropriate for their age group. In our BOGO sale, you’ll find everything from Zootles, a magazine written for preschoolers, to Cobblestone, an award-winning history magazine for ages 9-14.

Favorite Halloween Magazine Covers

Our 6 Favorite Halloween Magazine Covers

Favorite Halloween Magazine CoversWith Halloween just a day away, we’re taking a break from the Thanksgiving and Christmas prep that’s everywhere by savoring the moment with our favorite magazine covers of the season.

‘Tis the season for that weird holiday mashup that occurs this time of year, part Halloween, part Thanksgiving, part Christmas. In the magazine world, most of the latest covers—the November issues—are adorned with turkeys and pecans in preparation for that most thankful of days.

Already, stores are stocking their shelves with wreaths and trees and ornaments and the like, and Pinterest pinners are getting busy filling out their holiday prep boards.

So rather than get caught up in the (too?) early hustle and bustle, we thought we’d just enjoy the moment with our favorite Halloween-inspired magazine covers of the season. There’s plenty of time for the rest, right?

Real Simple: Our top pick of all the October covers, this reader favorite incorporates the black cat and carved pumpkin in one eye-catching image and throws in some fall leaves and seasonally-hued background for good measure.

Martha Stewart Living: For its elegance and artistic quality, of course Martha Stewart’s magazine gets the nod as one of the season’s best. Though not particularly spooky, the brighter yellowish hues of the scored design and masthead pop against the eerie shadows of the background.

Coastal Living: Staying on the subject of carvings, this magazine gave its pumpkins some personality by using the coast as its muse. Fish, shells, starfish, and compass designs adorned the assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins on its cover.

Sports Illustrated Kids: Three NFL stars get in on the fun of Halloween by dressing up like the mascots of their respective teams. It’s a playful reminder that you’re never too old to trick or treat, but it also points to an article inside of theirs and other stars’ costumes as kids.

Southern Living: Not all pumpkin carvings have to be scary. This Southern lifestyle magazine drew inspiration from some of the most popular signs of the fall season, showcasing a collection of pumpkins with cutouts of different leaf patterns.

YUM Food & Fun for Kids: Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the treats, right? Next to the costume, it’s probably the most important ingredient. That’s why this cover featuring lots of creative candies made the cut.


Ad Age 2013 Magazine A-List Magazines to Watch

Magazines to Watch from Ad Age’s 2013 A-List

Ad Age 2013 Magazine A-List Magazines to WatchThese days, magazines must embrace identities beyond print in order to survive. So which ones are doing it best? Here are our picks of the ones to watch from Ad Age’s 2013 A-List.

The magazine industry isn’t just about magazines anymore. Sure, that original wireless device (that needs no charging, ever, by the way) is at the heart of it all, but more and more publishing companies are transitioning to media companies—meaning there’s digital and tablet editions, even branding opportunities and merchandising partnerships.

When Ad Age set out to determine its 2013 Magazine A-List winners, it considered magazines not just for their success in print, but also their willingness to innovate beyond the traditional medium. Of the ten titles that made the list, these are our picks of the ones to watch.

Men’s Fitness: This men’s magazine vs. competitor Men’s Health has been a longstanding battle since both were established in the ‘80s. For the longest, Men’s Health held the upper hand across the board, but under the guidance of former editor David Zinczenko, Men’s Fitness is emerging as a force to be reckoned with, thanks to surging newsstand sales and ad pages.

EatingWell: This food magazine has been one of our favorites since before Meredith took ownership. With the backing of the bigger publisher, EatingWell is hitting its stride, and the July/August issue is on pace to set a record with newsstand sales. As the former indie title takes its place in the national food and health conversation, its partnerships with health-care providers and major brands have been a major source of growth.

Women’s Health: This women’s fitness magazine made Ad Age’s A-List in part for its editorial excellence, but maybe even more impressive is its attempts to reach readers and potential readers in unlikely ways, such as through its Run 10 Feed 10 fitness-fundraising push that teams up with FEED projects to provide meals and raise money to help end hunger.

InStyle: One of the two repeats from last year’s Ad Age A-List, this fashion bible continues to test the potential of social media. It’s providing tablet-exclusive content and asking readers to weigh in on its Social Media Awards. The popular women’s fashion magazine is also entering into branded merchandise. It’s “Perfect White Shirt” measures fit by bra size, meaning no more tugging or unsightly gaping.

Esquire: There’s digital, then there’s what this men’s magazine is doing. While most publications have revamped resources to invest into websites and tablet editions, Esquire goes out and creates its own television network. It might sound kind of out there, but there are several tie-ins with the magazine. For example, reader-favorite sections “Women We Love” and “Best Bars in America” are being adapted into network specials.

Bon Appetit: The other repeat from Ad Age’s A-List from a year ago seems to have put the controversial editorial changes of a few years ago behind it. The food magazine boasts an increase in ad pages—counting several luxury brands among them—a redesigned website, and events that unite top chefs and restaurants. For its all-around success, Ad Age dubbed Bon Appetit its “Magazine of the Year.”