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!

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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.

Verily

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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A Lovely List

A Lovely List

As many of you who follow me know, the last two weeks have been rough. Not just a little rough, but the kind of rough that saps your energy, works you half to death and leaves you collapsed on your bed completely exhausted.  Between car problems, flea problems, child care problems, as well as starting a college course in addition to working, blogging, helping to launch a book, and being a mom, my heart was heavy and my body worn out.

Saturday we officially were rid of the flea problem after bombing the house for hopefully the last time. Once again I washed load after load of laundry and vacuumed.  I wanted to be happy the fleas were gone but honestly I was so exhausted I couldn’t look on the bright side.

Bella Grace Vol 1aBy that evening I was finally able to sit down and catch my breath. In the process of cleaning the entire house from top to bottom, I stumbled upon a wonderful magazine I had purchased about four months earlier called Bella Grace.  I had found it while browsing the magazine rack at Meijer.  I almost didn’t buy it because it was $19.99.  It seemed an insane amount of money to spend on a magazine but it was filled with so many uplifting and inspiring photos and stories that I couldn’t resist.

I spent hours reading and rereading that issue of Bella Grace during the summer and now it was in my hands once more almost as if fate had intervened. If ever I needed to be uplifted and inspired it was now.  I flipped through the beautiful photographs and stories until I came to one called The Lovely List.

I read the comments different women had listed as things they thought were lovely. It was in that instant that I knew I needed to pick up a pencil and start a list of my own.  I needed to remind myself that even in the most trying times there is still something lovely in every day.  Here is my version of a Lovely List, a reminder that in the darkness there is happiness, light and love (even if sometimes it is hard to find.)

  • My husband, there through the good and the bad
  • My boys laughing
  • A soft scarf
  • Pajamas
  • Leopard print accessories
  • Socks-colorful, funky, and fuzzy
  • A trip to the farmer’s market
  • Fog, thick as pea soup on a misty morning drive
  • Thunder that rolls on and on
  • Pretty paper
  • Colorful ink pens
  • Homemade chicken soup
  • Autumn in all its glorious splendor
  • The sound of dry leaves blowing across the lawn
  • The smell of baking cookies
  • Strawberries dipped in sugar
  • A blanket fresh out of the dryer
  • Clean sheets
  • Music that matches my mood
  • Photographs
  • Snail mail
  • Lipstick
  • Lying in a hammock under our oak tree reading
  • Yellow roses and star gazer lilies
  • Homemade popcorn made on the stove top
  • A warm fire
  • A glass of Riesling after a long day
  • The sound a new book makes when you break the spine for the first time
  • Apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts
  • Sunshine after the storm
  • Snow days
  • Picking raspberries and eating them fresh off the bush
  • Fleece
  • Sitting and watching the waves roll in and out
  • My friends (Suzie, Julie, Elizabeth, Missy, and Kathy life would be awful without you)
  • A scented candle
  • A scary movie
  • Feeding the squirrels and chipmunks
  • Lazy Sunday mornings
  • Teacups
  • White raspberry tea
  • Hugs
  • Pink, peach and sunshine yellow
  • Book stores
  • Fresh bread
  • Sweater weather
  • A giant pot of beef stew
  • The excitement I feel when I write something I am really proud of
  • Bonfires
  • The excitement I feel when someone comments on my writing

I hope this post inspires other to create a list of their own.  Everyone needs to have a Lovely List to look at when times are tough.

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