For many years my greatest source of inspiration for new ideas has been through magazines that I receive. There is nothing like cozying up with a magazine in front of the fire on a cold winter day, flipping through recipes for hearty dishes like soups and roasts or a satisfying rich chocolate cake. Or thumbing through a magazine filled with gardening ideas that inspire me to try something new in the spring (ideally something that the deer won't devour!). Below is a list of magazines that I regularly turn to for maximum inspiration…..
This has to be hands-down the best magazine there is to find great ideas for crafts and outings for your kids. And I also find some fun recipes in there as well. Every time I see a new issue in the mailbox, I read it that very evening and cut out tons of ideas to use. Many of these I file away and they become part of my summer “game plan” for my family.
This is a great resource for all kinds of things- from recipes to ideas of how to re-purpose something I already own, to decorating. I don't find as much in here to do with the kids, so this one is all for me!
I think this is simply the best cooking magazine there is. I have been receiving this for over 20 years now- and I absolutely love it. As my friend Meredith said the other day, “You know when you are cooking something from Bon Appetite, you just know that they get the cooking times and temperature right, and it is going to turn out perfectly.”
This is another magazine that I have been receiving for many years now, and I still do enjoy it. Although now that my babies are growing up, I am finding less ideas in it for me, than I used to. (And I am still mourning the loss of what I believed to be the greatest parenting magazine ever- Child. It stopped publishing a few years ago- but I still use some of the crafts and articles that I had clipped from it).
Parenting- the School Years
This publication did a great thing a year or so ago- it split into two separate entities- one for the “early years” and one for “the school years”. I find great ideas here for crafts and things to do with the kids.
There are many more magazines that I also read through, but I find that I don't tear as much out of them, including: Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living. (Truthfully, I used to love this magazine, and have gathered so many ideas from it in the past. But lately I feel that the crafts and recipes have become too complex for me- and I don't have the time necessary to tackle them. The problem most likely lies on my side: more kids=less time!)