It’s Time for a Better Magazine

It's Time for a Better Magazine

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HeadlinesFor a couple of decades now I have been reading women’s magazines with gusto.  Cosmo promised me the power to have better sex.  Ladies Home Journal told me how to create the perfect house…if you have enough money.  Glamour, Elle, and Women’s Day all had advice on the quickest and best diets.  Vogue, Lucky, and all the rest were busy keeping me up to date on the latest fashion.  People, Us Weekly, and the gossip rags allowed me to get a hair cut like Rachel’s from Friends, use the same skin care products as Cindy Crawford and learn what was in Drew Barrymore’s bag.

As I have gotten older, however, I have gotten wiser.  I now know these magazines don’t really offer the promise of a better future.  Really, if you stop to think about it, most of these magazines are making money by playing on women’s insecurities and fears.  The real message that women are told again and again is that they are not good enough, not thin enough, not working hard enough, that they are just NOT ENOUGH as they are now, but with a little help from Cosmo or Glamour they can fix themselves and be just as perfect as the actresses and models who have been photo shopped to the point of ridiculousness.

Magazines today set standards that are not attainable by anyone, and more importantly, we shouldn’t be trying to obtain them anyway.  Instead of living life like Angelina Jolie or Taylor Swift, I should be living my life, just as every woman needs to live her own life the way she sees fit.

Does that mean I can’t wear a hot red lipstick like Taylor Swift or a nude one like Kylie Jennr?  Well, that depends on whether I think that lipstick would look good on me and if it would bring me happiness.  I have finally learned to take these magazines for what they are, giant advertisements designed to make me buy stuff.

But, when I really want to read a magazine that can offer me inspiration, creativity, information about better living, better parenting, finding my Zen or filling my soul, I have found a better group of magazines and I am eager to share them with you!


Bella Grace  

This magazine is very new.  Their second issue just came out on December 1, 2014.  I absolutely love this magazine.  It is more like a book with its firm covers and good binding.  It is filled with inspiring and empowering articles and beautiful photographs.  I find myself rereading both issues over and over.  When I am at a road block or feeling low I pick them up and let them work their magic.  Bella Grace is a magazine and workbook in one.  There is room in the magazine to write your own thoughts, scribble a note or two, and write down your favorite quotes.  My fingers are crossed that this publication starts putting out more frequent issues.  Click the pictures if you would like to order your own copies.  Both issues are still available for purchasing.

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Darling  Mag4a

Darling comes out four times a year, spring, summer, fall, and winter.  It’s fresh, a little funky, and best of all they do absolutely zero photo shopping on their models.  Finally there is a magazine that shows beautiful women just as they are~flaws and all.  Just like Bella Grace I find myself picking up this magazine often looking for inspiration and ideas.

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Darling also offers an online magazine with different content from what is in the print issues.  I love to read my print issue in bed at night with a cup of tea, and I find myself clicking on the web magazine on weekend mornings when I have some time before having to start my day.  I really love their original series Mom’s the Word.

One perk of Darling magazine is that when you subscribe to receive the print issues, you automatically receive an email with a link to the digital copies of their past print issues, so buying one magazine unlocks all ten of their issues to date!!  That’s $20 well spent when you think that it comes to $2 an issue.


This magazine is on line only and offers an amazing web magazine filled with great articles, practical fashion and make-up tips, video tutorials, and just like Darling, none of the models have been photo shopped.  In fact, most of the models aren’t models at all, just regular women.  There content is wide, covering fashion and beauty, lifestyle, culture, healthy living, and relationships.  Verily is all about empowering you to be your best authentic self and a bonus, a lot of the articles are about finding that balance that so many of us long to achieve.

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So if you are tired of magazines filled with women who look like wax figures, or tell you to lose weight to gain confidence, or just make you feel like something is wrong with you, I really think you should give these a try.  Click on the pictures in this post to link to the homepages for these magazines as well as their online versions.

After you have a chance to check out these sites please let me know what you think of them down below. 

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Taking Care of Mom: So Mom Can Take Care of Everyone Else

Taking Care of Mom

It is no secret we are all tired.  If you are a mom with or without a forty hour a week job you are exhausted.  If you are like me you are only getting about six hours of sleep a night…on a good night!  If you are like me you are only getting about four of those so called good nights a week at most.  So what can we do to cope with our sleep loss?  What can we do so we don’t look like an extra from The Walking Dead?

Here you will find a list of things that has helped me to make it through the day.  Hopefully some of these will help you too!

Get as Much Rest as Possible:

I know what you are thinking.  Duh!  If I were getting enough rest already I wouldn’t be wasting my time reading this blog.  But are you really getting the most rest that you can?

  1.  Stop drinking caffeine around noon.  I know this is a hard one, but I recently gave up all my caffeine drinks after lunch time and I have noticed a difference.  My brain seems to quiet down faster once I go to bed at night instead of replaying the day over and over or worrying about all the things I need to do the next day.No-caffeine after 222
  2. Take a melatonin supplement with dinner.  Melatonin doesn’t work like a sleeping pill, and it is all natural so you don’t have to worry about dependency.  However, it does take several hours to kick in so if you take it at bedtime it will be too late.
  3. Consider buying a white noise machine or downloading an App.  I have an actual white noise maker in my room but it is too loud for my husband.  Instead I use the App “Relax Melodies” which is free through the iTunes App Store.  I set it on my bedside table on a volume that is just loud enough for me and it works great.  The two sounds I use each night Relax Melodies 2are Thunder and Oscillating Fan.  For me just the sound of my husband breathing is enough to keep me awake at night, not to mention every time one of my boys cough, sneeze, or talk in their sleep.  I just don’t need to hear all that.  So a white noise machine blocks those sounds out for me.  Now if I can just find a way to block his snoring.

Take Care of Yourself:

 I know you hear this one all the time too, and trust me I have rolled my eyes more than once by some of the helpful articles I have read.  Here is the truth, I don’t have time to cook from scratch daily.  I don’t have time to buy fresh produce every couple of days.  I can’t afford to buy 100% organic all the time.  Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking AGAIN!  And exercise! Hah!  Screw that.  However…

  1. Probiotics are our friends.  I love all those little active bugs.  They keep things on track.  I have been eating Greek yogurtNaked Juice 2 for years, but recently I added Naked Juice to my morning breakfast and I buy the ones that are Boosted with Probiotics.  Both of my boys just had colds with fevers.  Usually I catch everything they get.  Not this time.  I was shocked.  My class has had some kind of bug running back and forth through it and I have yet to catch it.  I am giving full credit to my Boosted Naked Juice along with my Greek yogurt.
  2. Turn on the music and turn it on loud.  It just happens.  Before you know it you are tapping your toes, shaking your rear, and bopping along.  As far as I am concerned any movement is good movement, even if it is just my bad dancing.  Plus loud music will help to drown out your children’s whining.
  3. Take your vitamins.  Many vitamins actually make me sick because the doses are too strong for my system, but I love my Flintstones with Iron.  It is just enough to stop my anemia (which is a side effect of my Rheumatoid Arthritis) but not make me positively ill.  Even better, toss in a Krill Oil supplement.  All the benefits of fish oil but no yucky fish burps!!
  4. Stick a banana or an apple or a Kind Bar in your purse when you leave the house.  It helps you to avoid a quick pop-in to the drive thru or shove a candy treat in your mouth.  If you are PMSing, though, just eat the chocolate and call it a day.
  5. Drink lots of water.  I have learned from experience that it is really easy to confuse dehydration for exhaustion.  I keep a refillable water bottle on my desk at all times and I never leave the house without one.

Get Yourself the Right Tools

  1. Dry Shampoo!  Seriously, I don’t know how I ever lived without this stuff.  I used to use my Treseme all the time but Rockaholic Dirty Secret 2recently I discovered Bed Head’s Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo.  OMG!  This stuff is amazing.  I use it on clean hair to add volume and texture as well as on three day old hair to keep it fresh and looking good.
  2. Concealer.  I love the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser.  It is a great little product that is super cheap and super effective, and it fights fine lines.  I actually buy two shades of this.  I use the one called Brightener for highlighting and then Light Pale to cover any imperfections.  The little sponge applicatorsInstant Age Rewind2 make using it a piece of cake.
  3. A small emergency kit for your purse.  I used to carry my PAK with me where ever I went but there is no denying that the PAK is rather large since I had purchased the original version.  Then one day I found the perfect replacement.  Pinch Provisions make a tiny little bag that fits in the size of your palm filled with mini-emergency items for her.  I then took a couple of their items out that I don’t really use and swapped them for items I need all the time, like my eye drops and nail clippers. It’s perfect for the busy mom on the go!
  4. Eye serum and face cream.  I am currently using a really fancy eye serum thanks to a Fabfitfun box, but trust me once itRoc runs out I will not be buying another since it costs $88.  Usually I just use Olay Regenerist products and Roc Retinol for my day and night moisturizer.  Whether you have wrinkles or not that stuff works incredibly well and I am a big believer that it is never too early to start.  Life is rough.  Life is exhausting, and all those sleepless nights and times spent worrying over one problem or another will begin to show up on your face.

So there you are.  My attempt to share a little knowledge gathered from forty years of life experience and time spent being really, really tired and still having to go to work.  Let me know if any of this advice helps you.  It’s nice to know I am not just talking to myself.  Also, if you have any great suggestions please share!

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Fabfitfun Winter 2014

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Today was the day I was waiting for.  My new Fabfitfun Box arrived.  I had been tracking it for a week through the mail and today when I walk to the door there it was!  Fabfitfun is a seasonal box that comes four times a year, which is more practical than some of the other monthly subscription boxes.

I really love the Fabfitfun boxes because they always have an amazing selection of items for a tired working mommy!  There will almost always be a moisturizer, anti-aging product, or make-up item of some kind, which is great for making an exhausted mom look a little younger and more refreshed.  They have healthy and nutritious snack options which is nice for trying new products without committing to an entire box.  Plus, there is always some kind of exercise items in the box which is great because honestly, how many working moms really have time to run to the gym? Just like my fall box, this one did not disappoint!  So let’s get started.

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When you open the box you see tons of goodies waiting for you.

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The first item is a Zumba DVD and a $25 gift card to Zumba Wear.  I know a lot of people might not be excited about this but I actually am.  My favorite kind of exercising is just dancing (in the privacy of my own home), and I know I love Zumba.  Since I am too busy for a gym this is perfect!  Plus I am need of a new sports bra so this gift card has perfect timing!!  It even includes free shipping and handling as well as your $25 off. Retail value of two items combined=$55

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The next item is three months free to a website called Salted.  The code is right here for you to use.  (I love when I can share a code!)  I really like this idea.  How many times have you watched a show on TV and they go to fast?  Or you have a question but there is no one to ask?  This site supposedly takes care of all of that so I will give them a try.  Plus I am always eager for a new dinner idea.  I know I tend to get stuck in a rut of cooking the same ten dinners over and over again and again until I am sick of my own cooking!  Retail Value=$29.97

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The next three items in the box were sponsored items, which means they don’t apply to your grand total.  These are samples for you to try with the hopes you will like them and buy them again in the future.  First is Justin’s Almond Butter which I already know tastes fabulous.  I buy these little packs at Target and stash them into lunch boxes.  The Special K bar is something new for me but I am sure I will like it.  Chocolate, pretzels, and salt…what’s not to love?  Finally there is a product I am excited to try.  I love the Organic Valley milk boxes but this protein shake is new and I plan to have for breakfast tomorrow.  I’ll let you know in the comments if it is yummy or crummy! Retail value of three sponsored items=$4.06

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This product I am eager to try since it costs $88 and supposedly fights wrinkles.  I don’t really have wrinkles but I am also really determined to not get them any time soon, so I welcome this little bottle and all its anti-aging properties.

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Usually I love a clay mask or a nice oatmeal mask in the evening but again, I am willing to give this a try.  The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive skin retails for $39.

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I love make-up.  I especially love mineral make-up.  I can’t wait to apply my new Swedish Beauty eye shadows tomorrow.  They swatched beautifully. Retail value=$44

IMG_1919This is the one item I am not sure about in the box.  I believe in fighting hunger and I am glad the proceeds go towards feeding the hungry, but I am an elementary teacher.  I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to wear a bullet necklace to school even if the bullet was collected from a firing range.  Retail value=$34

IMG_1925While I admit I have a ton of hand creams due to holiday sales at Ulta, Sephora, and Bath & Body works, I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as too much.  So I will put this away until I need it, or maybe I will stick this in my desk at work! Retail value=$30

IMG_1941The last item in the box is this pretty candle from COCO.  It is the first candle I have ever owned made from coconut wax which is earth friendly and renewable resource.  The scent is soft and subtle and very pretty.  Retail value=$42

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So there you have it.  The grand total for the entire box is an amazing $383.59 and it only cost me $49.99.  Plus there are always codes to save $10 off your first box.  Just click the link below and enter the code included!!!

Click this link and enter code WINTER10

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