Posted Jul 29, 2015
Nothing’s worse to a child than waiting. Their natural impulse for discovery and learning often results in restlessness and boredom in places, such as the doctor’s office, that are designed for adults. Fortunately, kids’ magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Services) keep children entertained with stories, puzzles, and activities that spark their curiosity and satisfy their need to understand the world around them. Find the perfect discounted subscriptions for your pediatrician’s, orthodontist’s, or dentist’s office with our guide to the most popular children’s magazines for boys and girls of every age.
Educational Entertainment for All Ages
Highlights for Children
Hours of stimulating activities fill the pages of Highlights for Children magazine. From quizzes, jokes, and riddles to non-fiction stories about favorite animals, this unique publication hones critical-thinking skills and creativity through fun, interactive articles. Plus, kids can submit their own artwork and writing to the magazine for showcase in upcoming issues. Intended for children ages 6-12, Highlights also publishes the colorful storybook-style Highlights Hello for newborns and toddlers ages 0-2, and Highlights High Five (ages 2-6), an age-appropriate edition full of read-along stories and problem-solving puzzles.
Jack and Jill
Inspire ingenuity and promote learning with Jack and Jill magazine. Designed for children ages 6-12, this well-regarded kids’ magazine covers a myriad of topics. The latest issue includes an art-infused biography of Claude Monet, an adorable article on presidential pooches, colorful craft ideas for the Fourth of July, and much more. Jack and Jill’s commitment to healthy living contributes to the magazine’s appeal, with fun challenges to get kids moving and nutritious recipes suited to children’s tastes.
Stimulating Outdoor and Sports Stories
What’s the best way to treat chigger bites or repair a torn sleeping bag? Boy’s Life has the answers. Published by the Boys Scouts of America, this outdoor-centric magazine appeals to adventure-seeking boys with informative articles on a range of nature, sports, history, and science-related topics. From poisonous plant and animal track identification to pinewood derby and Eagle Scout project ideas, Boy’s Life encourages young men to become well-rounded, service-oriented citizens.
Explore the Serengeti’s diverse ecosystem, discover deep-sea creatures, and deepen their knowledge of the animal kingdom with Ranger Rick magazine. A publication of the National Wildlife Federation, this expert-written, ad-free learner and its precursor, Ranger Rick Jr., engage kids’ natural interest in wildlife with fascinating facts and thought-provoking quizzes, puzzles, and riddles. Winners of the 2015 Parents’ Choice Award, these fun-filled magazines are designed to prepare children for science and reading-based courses.
Sports Illustrated Kids
Young athletes savor the pro tips, game insights, and gear reviews inside every issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids. From the MLB and NBA to college football, world soccer, and the NFL, this magazine is jam-packed with thrilling articles for fledgling sports enthusiasts. Character-building features focus on teamwork, goal setting, and perseverance—traits that translate to life beyond the court or football field. Perfect for reluctant readers, Sports Illustrated for Kids reframes reading as recreation.
Created for girls ages 8 and up, American Girl magazine is a refreshing alternative to teen magazines. With the mission of affirming self-esteem and fostering creativity in young girls, this publication offers sage advice on growing up and inspiring real-life stories of girls who’ve accomplished remarkable things. Get craft tutorials, party ideas, quizzes, and award-winning fiction and non-fiction articles inside every issue of this premier preteen magazine.
Justine magazine offers more than just fashion and beauty advice. Dedicated to promoting positive body image, this teen magazine helps girls navigate pertinent topics, including dealing with bullies, preparing for the SAT, and choosing extracurricular activities. Packed with DIY projects, interviews with popular teen stars, and practical advice, Justine magazine is the go-to guide to teen life.
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Posted Jul 22, 2015
“Going green” is rapidly transitioning from the wave of the future to a mainstream practice for businesses and individuals alike. From fuel-efficient vehicles to energy-efficient products, leading personal finance and business magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) highlight the cost-saving benefits of sustainable living. With the increased popularity of organic and earth-conscious choices, this profitable new market is driving significant sales for eco-friendly businesses and entrepreneurs. Discover simple ways your business can conserve energy and save money with recent articles from the top financial and business magazines.
How did Jessica Alba go from Golden Globe-winning actress to successful businesswoman? Forbes interviewed the silver screen beauty to uncover how she built a $1 billion company, and $200 million fortune, based on sustainable practices. Recognizing the demand for “green” alternatives to chemical-based consumer products, Alba sought a solution for concerned parents. By using natural eco-friendly products, the Honest Company provides parents with peace of mind on purchases ranging from diapers to baby food for their children.
Looking to save money this winter on those dreaded energy bills? Start preparing now. This month’s issue of Money magazine shows you ways to slash your power bill by 20 percent using simple behavioral changes and energy-efficient products. With the rising cost of electricity, we could all use a little help when it comes to making those energy bills a little lighter, and Money magazine provides some clever tips.
Bloomberg Businessweek covers the energy debt crisis as U.S. companies consider investing in the oil and gas industry. Advances in fracking technology and increased shale production seem encouraging to some companies that feel U.S. energy will outperform the market as energy prices gradually recover. But the Energy Information Administration (EIA) maintains a more cautious outlook, speculating that U.S. energy production will peak at its current high and trail off into early 2016.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Did you know that the government will pay you to go green? According to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance article, Uncle Sam offers incentives on gas and electric utilities, amounting to a 30 percent tax credit. Many power companies also offer customers thousands in rebates to reward energy conservation efforts. Read the recent Kiplinger’s article here to find out if you qualify.
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Posted Jul 9, 2015
Preparing for your summer vacation? Let your taste buds guide your travels with foodie favorites from around the globe. Discover the best barbecue joints, food festivals, and exotic dishes with outdoor and travel magazines (available from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services). Whether you’re going out of town or out of the country, pick the perfect destination this summer with the following food tourism advice from leading travel magazines.
Best Food Travel in the U.S.
1. Hit every culinary hotspot in the U.S. with Travel + Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Cities for Foodies.” From Albuquerque’s spicy fire-roasted green chili to Philadelphia’s classic cheesesteak, Travel + Leisure cooks up the top 20 must-eat restaurants. Which city took the top spot? With national awards for their burgers, brunch, and specialty food shops, Houston is the winner by far. If you have a taste for savory entrees and a diverse menus, you’ll want to check out this mouth-watering article.
2. Go back to the basics with National Geographic Traveler’s guide to the five best states with top-tier produce. Vermont heads off the countdown with its wide variety of grade-A cheeses and annual Cheesemaker’s Festival—listed as one of the top 10 summer food festivals in America. July marks the beginning of cherry-picking season in Michigan, which offers some of the best cherry cheesecake and cherry wine in the country. Pick up National Geographic Traveler for the full list of delicious local produce.
3. Food and Travel magazine pays homage to everyone’s favorite backyard cuisine with “The Great BBQ Expedition.” From Victoria, Texas, to Montgomery County, Maryland, Food and Travel highlights five cities that infuse their own taste and culture into their saucy barbecue. Whether you crave white sauce and ribs or pulled pork and brisket, this collection of articles touts the top juke joints and for your food travels.
Best Food Travel Abroad
4. From fried ice cream to crèma fritta, Condé Nast Traveler serves up a goldmine of delicious cuisine with “The Best Street Food in Italy.” Wander picturesque Italian streets while sampling one-of-a-kind Sicilian fare with this gastronomic guidebook to the world’s favorite country for food connoisseurs.
5. Discover the best food festivals from around the world with Afar magazine’s recent article “Why Taking A Food Tour While Traveling Might Be The Best Idea Ever.” Soak up the culture and challenge your taste buds with crickets, fish and chips, and other distinctive local dishes from festivals in Mexico City, Saigon, London, and various international cities.
6. Enjoy intimate dining in breathtaking tropical locales with Islands magazine’s list of “5 Private Dinners to Add to Your Bucket List.” From quiet beachside spots in Thailand and the Dominican Republic to a private deck off the coast of Maldives, these resorts offer unbelievable views and the freshest seafood for vacationers seeking a romantic escape.
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Posted Jun 29, 2015
Written by Shawn Pearson
Of all the summer blockbusters coming out summer 2015, there is a huge one that’s missing. It was supposed to happen, but the script was having trouble even getting started. I was 5 when Star Wars Episode IV:The New Hope was released in theaters
There was a quote by JJ Abrams from the cover article in the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair that rang true with me. JJ said, “I just remember going into the theater and coming out with a larger imagination.” At age 5 obviously I couldn’t have made such a profound mental statement, but I do remember being simply amazed.
I do remember the characters being so defined and easy for a small child to follow. I think that is what made it so explosively popular at the time. If you think back to the 70’s the majority of movies were so dark.
The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, Jaws, were most definitely NOT made for little kids. Except for Disney films, like Herbie the Love Bug, The AristoCats, but even some of those were pretty intense like Escape from Witch Mountain and The Black Hole? Yikes!
The newest Star Wars isn’t scheduled to open until December this year. However, this summer does have some decent candidates. So far I’ve only seen The Avengers: Age of Ultron with my 8 year old. I had no idea it was 2 hours and 40 minutes, but it paced really well…even my son was able to avoid boredom.
In June we also have Tomorrowland, MadMax, Spy, Perfect Pitch, Entourage, San Andreas, and Jurassic Park. Disappointingly Tomorrowland had somewhat weak reviews while on the other hand MadMax blew the doors off. Isn’t San Andreas a remake of that movie 2012?
So far Spy has been a sleeper hit. The jury is still out on Perfect Pitch and Entourage. Out of the gate Jurassic Park is making quite the impression. But the one I am waiting for is Terminator Genisys; according to James Cameron, this was written to be the real Terminator III. The trailer is pretty exciting.
For a great article on the upcoming Star Wars movie get the June issue of Vanity Fair, but for movie suggestions and quality reviews subscribe to Entertainment Weekly.
Posted Jun 24, 2015
Bright summer days call for hours spent lounging at the pool, with a drink in one hand and a stack of entertainment magazines at your side. Whether you want to preview summer movies and season premieres or plan to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip, Entertainment Weekly and People magazines are your go-to guides for everything Hollywood. And this month, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services is offering an exclusive combo deal on these subscriptions (offer expires July 4, 2015). So pack a beach towel and a bottle of sunscreen, and enjoy the best of summer entertainment with your favorite celebrity magazines.
Must-See Summer Movies
From big-budget blockbusters to superhero sagas, this summer is sure to delight moviegoers of all ages. And Entertainment Weekly’s annual Must List Issue provides a comprehensive calendar of every release date. Return to the theme park that captivated us more than two decades ago with the long awaited Jurassic World, or follow the hilariously adorable escapades of the Minions in the prequel to 2010’s Despicable Me. For fans of Marvel Comics, the superhero team Fantastic Four reunites to save Earth in the recent reboot of the famed franchise, and the smallest of Avengers, Ant-Man, stars in his first feature film.
Top-Rated TV Shows Return
Binge-watchers rejoice! Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning dramedy Orange is the New Black returns for a third season on June 12. Catch up with Piper, Crazy Eyes, and the rest of the women at Litchfield Penitentiary as they form alliances and navigate the social oddities of prison life. HBO’s acclaimed crime drama, True Detective, premieres June 21, with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams as this season’s ensemble cast.
Highly Anticipated Tours
From 80s heartthrobs New Kids on the Block to the unexpected duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, this summer boasts the hottest tours for music lovers of every taste. Pop darling Taylor Swift performs songs from her recent album, 1984, in style, with a stunning lights show and multiple costume changes. For alternative rock fans, U2 and front man Bono will bring a pared-down set to several cities with their Innocence + Experience tour, which includes six sold-out nights at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.
Summer’s Best Celebrity Gossip
Find a sunny spot, grab a cocktail, and indulge in the juiciest celebrity gossip with People magazine. Keep up with the Kardashians as Bruce Jenner transitions to Caitlyn and Kim and Kayne announce their second pregnancy. Can’t get enough of The Bachelorette? Go behind the scenes with this season’s lucky lady Kaitlyn Bristowe and learn why certain guys just didn’t make the cut. Discover the latest trends, and find out who’s dating who inside every issue.
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Posted Jun 15, 2015
Grilling season is right around the corner. Look for your July grilling issues coming in the mail very soon. Bon Appetit magazine usually has a great grilling issue, but this time around I was lured in by the cover of Food & Wine. The burgers looked amazing, but what I really wanted was the secret to grilling ribs.
I’ve avoided ribs for years thinking it takes forever to prep them. Plus I felt that since I have a gas grill and don’t have a smoker that it was probably a futile adventure. It appears that my fears were unwarranted. Since my gas grill is on it’s last leg, maybe just this once I would invest in an old school kettle grill like my dad used back in the 70’s.
The June 2015 Food & Wine issue has the secret tips from a pit master on how to get that incredible smoky caramelized bark that Guy Fieri is always covets on his Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show. My mission this season is to replicate this food unicorn.
You’ll find the article which starts on page 75…it has a recipe for the rub on a full rack of St. Louis-style ribs that sounds delicious. It has cinnamon and coffee grounds to give it a richer taste when blended with the sweet notes of brown sugar and savory flavor of the chili powder.
The pit master also shows you how to set up the charcoal for indirect heat, topped with oak wood chips for just the right amount of smoke. It looks similar to the snake method found here…which is probably what I will try. Thank you YouTube! If you really wanted to make them with a gas grill, you could also try it this way.
Now when it comes to the holidays, we usually have a party with more than just the family. This means you better have something refreshing to drink. I found a Thai Basil-ginger spritzer in the June 2015 issue of Cooking Light that sounds pretty good, but Thai basil has a hint of licorice taste which I am not real fond of…however, this drink reminded me of a drink I had at Craft Street Kitchen in Trinity, FL. It was a sweet basil-mint infused lemonade, that was extremely refreshing.
For those of you that want a little more zip in the drink department, Craft Street also served an unbelievable Smokey Old Fashioned. Mix a cedar plank, fire, smoke, a twist of orange peel, bourbon, little simple syrup and you’ve got yourself one heck of a drink. The take the cedar plank, burn it, then flip the glass over the flame so that it goes out and “smokes” the inside of the glass. Then they mix the recipe for an Old Fashioned in that smoke infused glass.
Get your grill on this summer with these great food and cooking magazines. And if you have a great recipe for meat or spirits don’t be afraid to add it in the comments for others to enjoy. Have a great 4th of July!
Posted Jun 12, 2015
Written by Natalie Laseter
Doctor’s offices, auto shops, and salons face a common quandary—how to keep male customers happy while they wait. Luckily, the answer is simple. This Father’s Day, make them feel at home with the gift of entertainment. From the latest sports coverage to investment advice, men’s magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer insightful articles for guys of every interest. Sample recent issues below and discover the best men’s magazines for your waiting room today!
Want to join the talk surrounding this month’s NBA finals? Sports Illustrated analysts make their picks and discuss which players face the most pressure going into the postseason. Can LeBron James deliver a victory for the Cavaliers? Or will the Warrior’s Stephen Curry prove his MVP status with a championship win? Before placing your bet, make an informed decision with the latest stats and standings.
Select the perfect accompaniment to your summer barbeque with Men’s Journal’s list of the 101 Best Beers in America. This state-by-state synopsis includes the two best beers from every state, plus one from Washington, D.C. If ales and porters aren’t your thing, a savory cocktail, like the Jamaican Jerk Sangrita or Citronnade, might hit the spot.
Road & Track
Make his Steve McQueen dreams come true with Road & Track. From vintage automobiles to sleek sports cars, this magazine showcases every make and model. Get a first look at the 2016 Ford Mustang before it hits dealerships later this year. Or rediscover the legendary 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo—a compact “road rocket” that made a splash in its heyday.
Can’t find time for a workout? Feel overwhelmed at work? Men’s Health understands the importance of mental and physical health. Get 5-minute cardio and strength drills for those busy, nonstop days with the recent article The Workout You Should Do When You Don’t Have Time to Exercise. And in The Exact Number of Emails You Should Check to Avoid a Stress Meltdown, discover strategies for managing inbox overload.
James Bond, Christian Grey, Don Draper—these characters share an amazing sense of style. And GQ’s Rules for Building Your Business Wardrobe can help you replicate it. The article provides instructions for measuring shoulders, chest, and arm span, plus a guide for selecting buttons, vents, and lapels. They also recommend five essential suits for ever man’s closet: gray, navy, solid black, pin-striped navy, and khaki cotton.
Worried about retirement? Invest in your 401(k). According to Money magazine, workers forgo thousands of dollars every year because they don’t contribute enough to receive their employer’s full matching contribution. Financial planners recommend saving up to 15 percent of your income. But if this complicates your budget, start by increasing your contribution by one percent each year.
In time for Father’s Day, Bloomberg Businessweek identifies 10 U.S. Companies With the Best Paternity Leave Benefits. Google, Facebook, and Patagonia top the list with paid paternity leave, on-site daycare options, and family planning benefits among their offerings. And international law firm Arnold & Porter provides $10,000 worth of financial assistance for families that are trying to adopt.
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Posted May 15, 2015
Americans often celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, with a backyard or beachside barbeque. The holiday gives us a chance to spend time with friends and family, and it offers us all an opportunity to honor the military servicemen and women who protect our country. The following publications—available for less than $20 from EBSCO Reception Room Services (ERRSS)—feature fun, creative menu ideas for this year’s Memorial Day festivities.
1. 9 Make-Ahead Memorial Day Sides
People want to relax outdoors on Memorial Day, not labor away in a hot kitchen. This selection of recipes from Good Housekeeping shows you how to get the majority of the cooking work done the day before. Dishes include orzo salad with grape tomatoes, feta, and mint; Caesar pasta salad; pea and herb pilaf; and smoky corn salad. They are all easy to make ahead and transport.
2. Grilling Menu for Memorial Day
This menu comes from Elizabeth Karmel, born and bred in North Carolina barbecue country, Executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue and Hill Country Chicken restaurants and author of three grilling cookbooks, Elizabeth hosts a website called girlsatthegrill that features everything you want to know about grilling. In this article, she extolls the flavors of beer can chicken and gives great tips for grilling veggies.
3. Easy Memorial Day Desserts
This round-up includes a few favorite desserts for the first big cookout of the season. Pies are especially nice for summer cookouts. You want to make fruit pies like strawberry-rhubarb way ahead of time so that the filling can set. And don’t wait until July Fourth to make flag desserts. Honor those who have served our country with a patriotic cupcake flag. Check out the step-by-step instructions to see how simple and sweet it is.
4. Meatless Memorial Day Menu
Do you have friends attending your barbecue that don’t eat meat? Memorial Day is usually associated with burgers and hot dogs, but there are plenty of other options to satisfy hungry vegetarians. Try these recipes for turkey burgers, zucchini pizza, and glazed salmon.
5. Your Memorial Day BBQ Game Plan
Southern Living has the secret for smoked chicken so good you’ll want to kiss it. This chicken is guaranteed to satisfy any die-hard BBQ fan. The menu also includes fast, fresh, five-ingredient sides that celebrate summer ingredients, including hot bacon caprese salad, grilled Mexican corn salad, zucchini-potato casserole, and more.
6. Memorial Day Menu
Inspired by a party on the dock of a Chesapeake Bay yacht club, this menu offers recipes for jerk chicken, cornbread- and crab-stuffed fish, and seafarers’ cherries jubilee. Crab-stuffed seafood is a menu tradition on the Chesapeake; in season you may substitute rockfish for the bass or snapper called for in the recipe.
7. Summer Drinks and Cocktails
Keep cool on a hot Memorial Day with refreshing, delicious beverages. Marionberry mojitos, kiwi coladas, and Jamaica margaritas are sure to get the party started. And the whole family will enjoy kid-friendly options such peach lemonade and watermelon lime soda.
8. What We’re Cooking for Memorial Day
From ribs to potato salad to dishes that are decidedly more epicurean, this article features 12 cookout recipes Bon Appetit staffers are making for Memorial Day. Try the seafood dishes, including steamed fish with lime and chili, linguine and clams, and butter-basted halibut with capers.
9. 30 Memorial Day Side Dishes That Eclipse the Mains
Here are 30 dishes for Memorial Day that might even outshine your burgers, from slaws to salads to pickles. This menu includes lots of tasty appetizers such as crunchy sake pickles, party mix, and caramelized onion and shallot dip.
10. What to Do with Memorial Day Leftovers
From grilled chicken to pan-fried sausage, Bon Appetit tells you how to use up your Memorial Day leftovers. This field guide for reusing cookout leftovers includes a heavy emphasis on “tacofication.” Leftover chicken is especially versatile; just be sure to keep it moist with fats such as cheese for tacos or mayo for chicken salad.
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Posted May 8, 2015
Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, including everything from autos to health care. Women decide where to shop, what to buy, and who deserves their families’ hard-earned dollars. Making female customers feel at home in your waiting room is a smart marketing move--and good for business. This Mother’s Day, give a little something back to the ladies. The following publications--available at greatly discounted rates from EBSCO Reception Room Services (ERRSS)--offer the best in lifestyle, fashion, food, home, and entertainment.
People magazine reaches 44 million readers including 1 in 4 mothers, according to its media statistics. The magazine’s popularity is well deserved for its coverage of who’s hot in the arts, business, politics, television, movies, books, music, and sports. Check out People's Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now for tips from the stars on how to age gracefully. Style editors also give readers the inside scoop on The Best Face Washes Ever, Summer’s Must-Have Sneakers, 6 Hair Trends Worth Trying, and much more.
Women of all ages and backgrounds look to Oprah magazine for self-improvement, health, and relationship advice. A recent issue revealed What the Happiest People Do at Work. Did you know that taking five minutes to recap the Walking Dead or Downton Abbey finale with your colleagues could significantly boost your mood? Socializing at work is the only thing proven to make us almost as happy as we are when we're not at work, reports a study at the London School of Economics. Your office environment can also affect your wellbeing. Employees given freedom to personalize their surroundings are more upbeat, motivated, and 32% more productive than when working in the typical gray or beige box.
With 77% of readers raising kids in their household, FamilyFun has established itself as the trusted expert on family vacations, cooking, celebrations, play, creative projects, and learning--the full spectrum of fun times shared by loved ones. Start with step-by-step directions for easy-to-make crafts, such as outdoor art, string art, and thank you cards. Then learn How To Raise Happy Kids by teaching children to commit random acts of kindness, celebrate sunny thinking, and get serious about getting goofy. FamilyFun provides valuable information and entertainment for the whole family.
More magazine is written for sophisticated women in their 40s and beyond. With a 95% female readership, More appeals to those who like to be ahead of the curve on beauty, fashion, money, career, health, and relationships. In its Ultimate Anti-Aging Meal Plan, More teaches you how much of a given food must you eat, and how often, to get the most benefit. Try the two-week, maximize-your-health eating plan that conforms to the guidelines of the Mediterranean diet--heavy on olive oil, whole grains, nuts, produce, and fish--which has been shown to increase your life span.
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Posted Apr 23, 2015
Written by Sarah Brueggemann
Have you ever mistaken a trowel for a spade? Can you kill even the hardiest cactus? If your green thumb is more akin to the color of compost, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services (ERRSS) is here to help. ERRSS offers the best combo deals on home and lifestyle magazines that reveal how to keep your garden growing all season long.
If you intend to harvest blossoms from your backyard or gather a bunch from your local farmer’s market, be sure to check out 10 Things to Do with a Bucket of Flowers from Good Housekeeping. For late spring and early summer, stylist Paul Lowe recommends pairing dahlias, clematis, viburnum, chamomile, and eucalyptus berries with vintage containers for a look he calls “rustic elegance.” The article showcases the simplest, prettiest ways to use flowers in bouquets, place cards, edible treats, and creative wrapping.
Martha Stewart Living provides a gardening guide for beginners and pros alike with All About Easy-To-Grow Vegetables. Martha helps readers select hardy varieties and teaches how to nurture plants with her Vegetable Growing Guide. The guide teaches you exactly how to create the right conditions for vegetables with rich soil, plant diversity, and regular watering, weeding, and mulching. Use Martha’s expertise to ensure perfect produce throughout the season.
Herbs are more than medicinal aids and culinary delights,” says HGTV Magazine’s guide to How to Use Herbs in the Landscape. “Using herbs in the landscape is a way to add color, texture, and aroma while attracting bees and butterflies.” Herbs with bold color patterns or prolific blooms, such as purple sage, lavender, or golden oregano, mix well with traditional perennials. The article suggests growing herbs in containers to give you the option of moving them around on patios and balconies. HGTV also offers step-by-step directions for starting an herb garden and explains how to grow herbs from cuttings.
Garden Work Out
Family Circle knows that growing flowers can be a fun—and effective—way to exercise. “By weeding and digging in the dirt, a 140-lb. person will burn 300 calories per hour,” reports the article, How to Be a Fit Gardener. It’s important to take measures to prevent injury when gardening. David H. Baras, M.D., of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, gives great advice on how to prevent and alleviate soreness. He cautions gardeners to hydrate frequently and not push themselves past their limits.
Better Homes and Gardens shows readers how to enhance their curb appeal with the addition of colorful plants and practical furniture. The magazine’s smart landscaping tips can help you transform a nondescript bungalow into the best-looking house on the block. Better Homes and Gardens offers helpful garden planning tools, including a garden plan finder to determine the best plants for your sun, shade, and climate needs. The magazine also provides a plant encyclopedia, searchable by plant type and characteristic, with information on caring for annuals, shrubs, vines, and more.
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