Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Magazine Junkie (and a giveaway!!)

Magazines are like my crack. Could I read them on my Kindle Fire? Of course, but there is just something about coming home to a new mag in the mailbox and flipping through the pages.  If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should!), you'll often see that I'm sprawled out enjoying coffee and magazines on Saturday mornings, rainy afternoons...pretty much as often as I can swing it. This love of magazines is nothing new.  When I was a teenager, the days that YM or Seventeen showed up on my doorstep were like Christmas to me.  So to celebrate my addiction, I thought I'd share some of my favorite mags with you....and offer a giveaway subscription to one lucky reader!

First up are my trashy celebrity news magazines.  Call me shallow, but I love me some celebrity gossip, as well as seeing pictures of their families, fashions, purse contents...whatever.  My favorites are Us Weekly and People magazine. I'm too cheap to subscribe to People, but I do buy the occasional issue at the grocery store if the headline catches my eye.  I stumbled upon a Groupon for a $34 Us Weekly subscription last year and having each issue come to my door has been AMAZING.  I was thrilled to find that it was almost always delivered on a Friday, making it a fabulous 'cheers to weekend' present enjoyed with a glass of wine on many a Friday afternoon (don't judge).  Sadly my subscription is coming to an end, and I won't renew unless I can find a similar deal, so I'm enjoying my last few deliveries of happiness on Friday afternoon.

 There's nothing like some Friday afternoon escapism. Or wine.

I'd love to tell you that I have a ton of recipe/cooking magazine favorites, but I don't.  For me, it's all about Simple and Delicious. I love it so much that I refuse to throw back issues away.  Instead, I meticulously file them on my cookbook bookshelf like some kind of hoarder.  I can't help, I love Simple and Delicious! And who knows when I might want to flip through a back issue for menu inspiration?! Each issue filled with easy, real-people recipes that use ingredients that I often have on hand.  They feature reader submissions, tons of pictures, and almost every recipe I have ever tried has been great. Plus, a year-long subscription is about $10.  I highly recommend it!

And of course, there are my home and garden magazines.  Which of course are my personal favorites.  I subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens and HGTV magazine.  Both are great, but in different ways.  HGTV delivers home decor and room inspirations that are closer to my style, but Better Homes & Gardens offers amazing recipes, gardening info and reader-submitted DIY projects that I love to read about.  Plus BHG prints twelve times a year to HDTV's ten, so it seems like I'm always getting a happy surprise from them in the mailbox!  The bottom line for me is that I need both of them in my life.

And so do you!  So to help someone get started, I'm giving away a one year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens.  Use the Rafflecopter below (it may take a second to load, but will appear shortly) to earn up to three entries.  The giveaway will run until the end of the day on Wednesday, September 25th, and is open to residents of the US only.  Good luck!!

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