Here you will find the status of current magazine subscriptions, whether they change price, frequency, go digital only, or become discontinued all together.  We will also highlight special offers.

Top 5 Magazines for Waiting Room Audiences

Posted Mar 23, 2015

It only makes sense to buy magazines that appeal specifically to your waiting room audience. For example, no pediatrician’s office is complete without a well-thumbed stack of Highlights magazines for children. Hair and nail salons look to publications such as Marie Claire to offer their clients the latest in beauty and fashion. And body shops know that Car & Driver resonates with road warriors needing a tune up.

But which magazines do you select when your business caters to men and women of all ages and interests? What will best serve your customers—and your budget?

EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services (ERRSS) has the purchasing power to offer the top titles at drastically reduced rates. The following magazines, now available for $1 or less per issue, engage a wide audience with useful articles and dramatic photography. Make your reception room a space that’s both welcoming and entertaining with these general interest publications.

From politics and scientific breakthroughs to the latest events in art and business, Time covers national and international news that impacts the entire family. A recent article, How to Tell Which iPhone Apps Are Killing Your Battery, gives practical solutions to a common problem.

Entertainment Weekly
What’s happening in movies, videos, books, and more? Entertainment Weekly has the answers. Read what expert reviewers have to say before you buy pricy tickets at the box office. Also, get top stories on Hollywood stars and enjoy recaps of your favorite TV shows.

Conde Nast Traveler
Each page of Conde Nast Traveler transports readers to faraway destinations where the fragrance of exotic spices lingers in the air. Start planning your dream vacation with articles such as 10 Iconic New Orleans Dishes, 2015 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For, and Top 10 Island Beaches for Swimming and Snorkeling.

Keep up to date on the latest research on health, nutrition, fitness, and psychology. Prevention magazine offers ideas to make your life lighter and brighter, including 7 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism and Simple Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence Fast.

Sports Illustrated
Take the whole family out to the ballgame with Sports Illustrated. The magazine’s action photography and in-depth coverage of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, and more are unrivaled. Follow basketball? Check out the NBA Power Rankings and March Madness TV Guide.

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The Anti-Cancun: Alternative Spring Break Destinations

Posted Mar 18, 2015

Alternative Spring Break Destination

Written by Natalie Laseter

Want to avoid the crowds and skip the spring break clichés? Take a detour from the tourist hotspots and discover unique and enchanting locales with numerous entertaining diversions and opportunities for relaxation. Travel magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) pinpoint tucked away retreats that will leave you both refreshed and mesmerized. Come explore the world with five alternative destinations for your dream spring break vacation.

Island Luxury: Paia-Makawao, Hawaii

Escape it all at the Lumeria Maui resort in Paia-Makawao, Hawaii. Eight beautiful acres of gardens and meditative yoga classes make this island retreat one of Outside magazine’s favorite vacations. Take in views of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains from the hotel’s saltwater pool, or surf the world-famous Honolua Bay with an experienced instructor. Complete your restorative journey at one of the island’s farm-to-table restaurants, which offer delicious, good-for-you dishes that are sure to delight.

European Allure: Florence, Italy

Discover the many marvels of Florentine culture with Travel + Leisure magazine. Begin your travels at the Mercato Centrale and sample delectable gourmet ricottas, savory pine-nut gelato, and handmade tortellini from area chefs. Experience the old world charm of the Italian opera at Opera di Firenze, which welcomes visitors to its 2,000 seat open air theater on warm summer nights. Peruse magnificent modern artwork at the Museo Novecento before retiring in one of the city’s many chic hotels.

Family-friendly City: Toronto, Canada

National Geographic Traveler invites you to explore the culturally diverse city of Toronto, Canada, in its latest issue. Visit the car-free streets around Kensington Market and watch as performers sing and dance to a wide variety of musical styles. Go ice skating in Nathan Phillips Square, and grab a plate of fish-and-chips at Chippy’s restaurant to appreciate the province’s British connection. As the most populous city in Ontario, this unique getaway offers lots of eclectic fun for both families and nightlife-seeking students. Everyone will love visiting lively Mirvish Village and Queen Street West.

Caribbean Haven: Port Antonio, Jamaica

Nicknamed “The Peaceful Parish,” Port Antonio, Jamaica, is an oasis for travelers who want to bypass the busy beaches of Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, and Negril. Quiet shores, crystal clear waters, and nearby Blue Mountains are among the attractions featured in the recent Condé Nast TravelerRent the whitewashed, eight-room Trident Castle and feel like royalty for the duration for your stay. The scenic castle overlooks the Caribbean, giving guests romantic starlit ocean views each evening. Even if you choose more cost-conscious lodgings, anyone can feel like a star here. Walk the pristine sands of Frenchman’s Cove Beach and discover why celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Errol Flynn loved this secluded spot.

Can’t Pick One? Globe Trot!

Our final location isn’t really is place—it’s an adventure. AFAR magazine highlights 25 spectacular cities in its latest issue. From Copenhagen, Denmark, to Cape Town, South Africa, there’s something here for every excursionist. Pedal the bike-friendly streets of Copenhagen to the trendy Meatpacking District, alive with talked-about restaurants and boutique shops. Relish sumptuous truffles from chocolatier Honest in Cape Town, South Africa, and purchase inventive South African artwork from Old Biscuit Mill—a quirky vendor that erects masterpieces from recycled materials.

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Get in Shape for Spring with Top Health Magazines

Posted Mar 4, 2015

Get in Shape for Spring with Top Health Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

Swimsuits, spring break, and the approaching summer vacation—with the weather warming up, it’s time to get healthy. If invigorating exercises, health-conscious recipes, and advice for ridding your home of springtime allergens are what you need, then health and fitness magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) are here to help. So get ready for fun in the sun with our five favorite spring-inspired health tips.

1. Don’t let allergies dampen your spring excitement. Combat them with Health magazine’s tips for allergy proofing your home. Plug-in air fresheners smell great, but actually emit volatile organic compounds that aggravate respiratory issues—so toss these in the trash. If redecorating your living room is an option, purchase a leather couch, which is less likely to trap allergens than a fabric one. Dust mites thrive in warm climates, so keep your thermostat below 68 degrees to ward off those troublesome, sneeze-provoking bugs.

2. Interval training is the best way to flatten your tummy, boost your metabolism, and lose weight, says Prevention and Dr. Oz, The Good Life magazines. If making time for a workout seems impossible, the good news is that short, high-intensity exercises actually burn more fat than longer ones. Want to tighten those abs? Get into plank position and make your abdominal muscles work twice as hard as when doing crunches. Incorporate strength training, such as push-ups, wall sits, and reverse lunges, into your routine to burn extra calories.

3. Remake your body with the Anarchy Workout, the latest fitness fad featured in this month’s issue of Men’s Health. The 30-minutes workout combines cardio, weights, and calisthenics to tone muscles and reduce fat. Begin with compound sets (i.e., lunges and squats), which target your muscles from different angles. And remember to switch directions (side-to-side, rotational, front, and back) when doing strength training to get a full range of motion.

4. Hours spent sitting at work could hurt you, says Weight Watcher’s magazine. Prolonged sitting actually increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, back pain, and depression. And hitting the gym after work isn’t enough to reverse these effects. Counteract “sitting disease” by taking walk breaks, using a standing desk, and sneaking in activity whenever possible. Purchase a pedometer to remind yourself to get up and move, and kick your sedentary lifestyle to the curb.

5.Think again before banishing fat from your diet. This month’s issue of Shape magazine dissolves myths about this commonly misunderstood food group. Red meat lovers will rejoice over the Annals of Internal Medicine’s recent discovery—there’s no link between saturated fat and heart disease. However, nutritionists and doctors still agree that unsaturated fats are better for you than saturated. In fact, the linoleic acid found in unsaturated fats reduces cholesterol levels and may improve insulin sensitivity. So make vegetable oils, nuts, and fish part of your regular diet.

Act now and get in shape for spring with discounted health and fitness magazines!

And the Oscar Goes to…Best Magazines for Movie Lovers

Posted Feb 24, 2015

Best Magazines for Movie Lovers

Written by Natalie Laseter

Lights, action, camera! The 87th Academy Awards aired this past Sunday, so it’s time to binge-watch every movie that made the Oscars list. Before you make your picks for Best Picture, turn to entertainment magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) for reviews from movie critics. You’ll also get behind-the-scenes coverage on your favorite movies, stars, and directors. Whether you love dramas, comedies, indies, or chick flicks, these magazines bring Hollywood magic alive.

1. Every Oscar season, critics discuss Academy snubs—and this year, several omissions are being hotly contested. Entertainment Weekly explores the debate, calling out the Academy for its lack of diversity. Selma, which recounts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march to Montgomery, was overlooked for Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Director (Ava DuVernay). Another notable omission was The Lego Movie—a huge blockbuster in a year when the box office suffered.

2. Gone Girl, based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, was one of the most anticipated movie releases of 2014. And this month’s issue of Vanity Fair features the film’s leading lady, Rosamund Pike, who received a Best Actress nomination for her role as Amy Dunne. The former Bond girl and Pride and Prejudice beauty describes her character’s manipulative traits: “she smiles, but her eyes are always scanning you, assessing, seeing if you can play the game."

3. The Sundance Film Festival introduces fun, quirky, and avant-garde movies to a large audience of movie lovers every year. Variety magazine offers comprehensive festival coverage. Breakout favorites include Dope, a comedy that pokes fun at teenagers obsessed with ’90s hip-hop; Sleeping with Other People, a When Harry Met Sally–style romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie; and Mistress America, which brings together director Noah Baumbach and actress Greta Gerwig for their second indie flick after the 2012 hit, Frances Ha.

4. Rolling Stone is known as a music magazine, but it’s also one of the best publications for staying up-to-date on pop culture phenomenon. This month, the magazine reviews the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? The film offers a close look at the artist’s life, including her rise to fame, involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and struggle with depression. If you’re a music lover who enjoys movies like Searching for Sugar Man and Twenty Feet from Stardom, then What Happened is the perfect film to add to your queue.

Subscribe now to Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Variety. Or browse our extensive collection of discounted magazine titles at EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

5 Magazine Subscriptions for Kids of Every Age

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Magazine Subscriptions for Kids of Every Age

Written by Natalie Laseter

Every year of a child’s life brings changes in his or her interests, development, and knowledge base. The material that a 6-year-old understands and enjoys will be too advanced for a 3-year-old and too boring for a 10-year-old. Luckily, children’s magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer something entertaining and educational for every age group. From newborns to preteens, we've compiled a list of the best magazines for your pediatrician’s, dentist’s, or optometrist’s office.

1. Want a magazine targeted toward girls that isn’t solely about fashion? Girl’s World offers crafts, recipes, and party ideas for girls ages 7–12. Recent issues include articles on self-confidence, friendship, and entrepreneurship—topics that teach girls important life lessons. The magazine also introduces young TV and movie stars who share relatable stories preteen girls will appreciate.

2. A mix of news, nature, sports, history, and science, Boys’ Life offers informative content that sparks curiosity in young males. Published by the Boy Scouts of America, this publication offers practical “how-to” articles on topics including choosing a campsite, setting up a tent, and buying a first-aid kit. Fictional stories, easy-to-follow project instructions, and video game reviews are a few reasons why Boys’ Life is the premier publication for boys ages 7–14.

3. Animal Tales provides engaging content to kids ages 6–12 who love exploring the wild kingdom. Each issue includes educational articles, pet care tips, and cute animal posters children can collect. With articles such as “Learn How Animals Communicate” and “What You Need to Know About Pets in Summer,” your child will discover plenty of fun facts about their favorite animals.

4. Colorful illustrations and age-appropriate stories fill the pages of Ladybug magazine—a publication for children ages 3–6. Ladybug teaches children about their world, with stories about table manners and welcoming a new sibling home. Sheet music with lyrics and an interactive online site give kids a sing-along experience. Plus, the magazine offers easy-to-memorize poems kids can recite.

5. Introduce your little ones to reading with Babybug magazine—created for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Made with nontoxic ink, rounded corners, and no staples, Babybug is safe for young children to open on their own. You can teach little ones about shapes, sounds, numbers, and more with age-level stories, poems, and nursery rhymes. Perfect for new parents, the magazine offers child development insights on the last page of every issue.

Does your waiting room host children? Subscribe to Girl’s World and Animal Tales—recent additions to our catalog. Or browse the wide variety of children’s magazines available from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

Most Talked About Magazine Covers of 2014

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Most Talked About Magazine Covers of 2014

Written by Natalie Laseter

Eye-catching, evocative, and forward-thinking—magazines held our attention this year with covers that made a statement. From the controversial Kimye Vogue cover to Time magazine’s inspirational salute to Ebola fighters, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services has compiled a list of the most talked about magazine covers of 2014.

1.Vogue’s Kimye Cover

The April 2014 issue of Vogue featured one of Hollywood’s most contentious couples—Kim Kardashian and Kanye West—with plenty of backlash from celebrities offended by the magazine’s departure from haute couture. Despite the criticism, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was right about the Annie Leibovitz-shot photographs of the duo—the issue was a big newsstand seller.

2. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: Ebola Fighters

Nothing captured the world’s attention this year as much as the Ebola epidemic, which swept through parts of Africa and infected several U.S. aid workers and medical professionals. In honor of the brave people who treated this dangerous disease, Time magazine chose Ebola fighters for its annual Person of the Year award.  The magazine produced five different covers featuring Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, Salome Karwah, Ella Watson-Stryker, and Foday Galla.

3. People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman: Lupita Nyong

The Oscar-winning actress took home another significant honor this year: People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman. Raised in Nigeria, Nyong’o recounts her struggle with European standards of beauty: “the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love” pervades the predominant worldview, and “Africa is no exception.” Lovely and philosophical, the actress represents a new standard of beauty that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity in our world.

4. Wired Magazine’s Edward Snowden Cover

Wrapped in an American flag, Edward Snowden donned the cover of Wired magazine’s September issue. After leaking top-secret documents on NSA surveillance activity, the former National Security Agency contractor found political asylum in Russia where people rarely recognize the self-proclaimed whistleblower. The controversial cover photo signifies Snowden’s idea of himself: a patriot who felt his act was in the best interest of his country.

5. Marie Claire’s Denim Issue

Who says print magazines are dead? Not Marie Claire. The fashion magazine offered a unique, tactile experience with the zipper-pull cover on its August Denim Issue. This experimental design revolutionizes the traditional magazine cover, allowing it to transcend the purely visual realm. So while other magazines featured denim in their fall issues, Marie Claire came out the winner.

6. Time Magazine’s Laverne Cox Cover

Netflix broke the mold with its highly popular drama Orange is the New Black, while one of the show’s stars—Laverne Cox—shattered stereotypes, opening up a dialogue about LGBT rights in America. The transgendered actress appeared on Time magazine’s cover a month after fans expressed outrage when she did not make the magazine’s list of the year’s most influential people. In the June issue, Cox relates her story of growing up transgendered in Alabama, and the happiness she feels at finally accepting herself.

7. Men’s Health’s Ultimate Men’s Health Winner: Noah Galloway

Facing life as an amputee hasn’t kept Noah Galloway from achieving Men’s Health magazine’s Ultimate Men’s Health Guy award. The Iraq-war veteran makes history as the first reader to grace the Men’s Health cover, which typically showcases celebrities and athletes. After battling depression and gaining weight as a result, Galloway eventually dedicated himself to getting fit, competing in multiple marathons, Tough Mudder events, and Spartan races to inspire others.

Join the water cooler talk and determine the best magazine covers of 2015 for yourself. Subscribe today with EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

New Year, New You! 9 Resolutions to Get Physically and Financially Fit

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Subscribe to Health and Financial Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

A new year signals new beginnings—and setting resolutions is the perfect way to start fresh! Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your finances, or climb the corporate ladder, lifestyle magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer practical health and fitness, finance, and business advice for anyone on the path to self-improvement. We’ve consulted our favorite subscriptions and compiled a list of nine resolutions that will get 2015 off to a successful start!

Get Healthy

1. Stay connected. And no, we don’t mean via social media or your smart phone. Being healthy isn’t just about physical fitness. It’s also about mental health. Health magazine found that interpersonal relationships were important to achieving better health and happiness. So, reconnect with old friends or establish new bonds through volunteering—either way, you’ll experience the heartwarming effects of engaging with your fellow man.

2. Maintain healthy habits. Achieving optimal health sometimes requires simply following the advice medical professionals harp on every year. The latest issue of Men’s Health offers its list of “10 Things You Should Do Every Day, But Don’t,” which includes flossing, cutting back on TV time, and getting plenty of shut eye. Have trouble falling to sleep? Practice self-hypnotic techniques (imagine yourself diving into dark water) to increase the time you spend in deep sleep.

3. Make resolutions stick. Anyone who has seen the statistics on New Year’s resolutions knows that only a small percentage of the population actually sticks to their goals—but Women’s Health, Natural Health, and Dr. Oz The Good Life magazines are here to help you keep your commitment. It’s easy to give up on your goals if they aren’t realistic. So start small, even if that means resisting the urge to go home after work and driving to the gym instead.

Be Financially Fit
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4. Improve your credit score. A good credit score is essential for any big purchase you plan to make this year or in the future—and Money magazine offers practical steps to get you there. Develop a strategy for paying debt off on time and use credit cards wisely. Missing a payment can drastically hurt your credit score, so sign up for automatic bill pay or text alerts to ensure you never suffer late fees again. If your credit score has improved in the last year, try negotiating for a lower interest rate on your auto loan, mortgage, and credit card payments.

5. Invest in stocks. Make your money grow with smart investment advice from Fortune, Success, and Kiplinger’s magazines. Want a low-risk fund with high returns? Kiplinger magazine’s Steven Goldberg recommends the FPA Crescent, which uses a “free range” approach to selecting stock, bond, and real estate investments. Rather invest in well-established companies? The Vanguard Dividend Growth holds one-third of its assets in consumer staples and health care—making it a stable selection for any new investor.

6. Buy a home wisely. Forbes magazine suggests looking to the suburbs—instead of your popular downtown district—to get more real estate for your money. Interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages are historically low (4.3 percent on average) making it the perfect time to buy if you’re looking to stay in same location for more than 10 years. Whether this is your forever home or a starter, buy a house that appeals to wide market in case you need to lease or resale in the future.

Become Business Savvy

7. Ask for a raise. Feeling appreciated for a job well done contributes to job satisfaction. So, ask for a raise whether your boss mentions it or not. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, women are less likely to bring up money than men. And for this reason, they are often the last ones in the office to see a change to their paycheck.  Don’t feel pushy for asking—more than likely, your colleagues have already done the same.

8. Mentor your employees. The success of your business depends on the hard work of your employees, so make it your objective to empower them. Entrepreneur, Home Business, and HR Magazine offer guidance on mentoring seasoned veterans and new hires. Help your employees set challenging yet achievable goals that encourage growth in their field. And recognize how their achievements contribute to the overall success of your company’s mission.

9. Spend money. Black Enterprise magazine explores the old adage that sometimes you need to give in order to receive. Invest in your business by spending money on training and the latest software. Upgrade your company’s website or hire a life coach to get your priorities for the new year in order. If your start-up has little to spend, access free resources via Youtube, Coursera courses, and other online options. Knowledge is power, so add new skills to your metaphorical tool belt.

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6 Top Holiday Decorating Ideas from Home Magazines

Posted Dec 30, 2014

Holiday Decorating Ideas from Home Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

From “Deck the Halls” to “O Christmas Tree,” holiday songs prominently feature festive, wintertime décor. And nothing creates holiday spirit more than wrapping up in a warm blanket in front of a beautifully adorned mantel and Christmas tree. Spruce up your house this holiday season with decorating ideas from home magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) and feel the magic of this special time of year.

1. Real Simple draws holiday inspiration from designers, bloggers, and event planners who offer creative ideas for celebrating the season. If space for a tree is limited, stick evergreen branches in large cylinder vases and decorate with ornaments. Designer Jonathan Adler recommends hanging a disco ball instead of mistletoe to make your festivities truly sparkle.

2. Pay homage to various U.S. regions with Country Living magazine. Hang cactus, tepee, and dream catcher ornaments on your tree to represent the Southwest desert country. Set out farolitos—brown paper bags filled with sand and a small votive—to recognize a Christmas Eve custom in New Mexico that dates back to the 1500s. Or incorporate the preppy style of Kentucky horse country into your design with a wreath made from red vintage horse ribbons and chairs trimmed with green tartan slipcovers.

3. Nothing’s cozier than a holiday sweater, so why not bring that same warmth into your décor. Better Homes and Gardens offers step-by-step instructions for DIY garland, wreaths, and table toppers. Our favorite idea: mini trees cut from Fair Isle sweaters and stuffed with polyfill. Simply drill a hole in a wooden base and insert a dowel. Stick the dowel inside the sweater tree and hot-glue the material together. Then display your handcrafted holiday accents around your home for festive, Scottish style.

4. Martha Stewart Living appeals to the senses with aromatic and edible holiday garnish. Her citrus and bay leaf garland harkens to the Victorian tradition of placing oranges in Christmas stockings. The sweet fragrance emitted by this fruit mixes nicely with the warm pine scent of your evergreen tree. Enliven your taste buds and establish a woodland motif with Martha’s edible ornaments, which include meringue mushrooms, acorn-shape sugar cubes, and gum-paste snowflakes.

5. For a glamorous gathering, take your style cues from entrepreneur Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of cosmetics mogul Estée Lauder. Elle Décor features her Hanukkah celebration in this month’s issue. An arrangement of deep red peonies and berry branches welcomes guests to her Manhattan apartment. But her 9-foot-tall evergreen adorned with golden ornaments is the true focal point of her elaborate holiday parties.

6. Don’t forget the outdoors when fashioning your winter wonderland.  HGTV magazine contains festive front-porch decorations that are both cute and classy. A snowman made from three faux evergreen wreaths allows children to clothe this melt-free Frosty without braving the cold. Place small glass vases filled with snowy, white salt and candles along the path to your door—an invitation to carolers to perform your favorite Christmas classics.

Deck your halls this holiday season with décor ideas from home and garden magazines. Subscribe today with EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

10 Best Magazine Holiday Gift Guides

Posted Dec 16, 2014

10 Best Holiday Gift Guides

Written by Natalie Laseter

Does holiday shopping overwhelm you? Commercials, catalogs, and malls stocked with holiday merchandise—it’s hard to select the perfect gift with so many options available to you. Let our selection of magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) help you find something special for everyone on your gift list. Each year, magazine editors compile a list of the best products for their holiday gift guides—and we’re providing our top 10 favorites below.

1. Get your holiday gift ideas from the best gift giver we know—Oprah! The talk show queen samples hundreds of products to bring you Oprah’s Favorite Things, featured in this month’s O, The Oprah Magazine. For a one-of-a-kind surprise, creates thoughtful, heart-shape collages from pictures of your friends or family. Or consider giving a holiday tin of the “part graham cracker, part toffee bark,” Oprah calls, “buttery, crunchy, addictive deliciousness."

2. Martha Stewart, another famous insider to everything luxe, celebrates American-made craftsmanship with her holiday gift guide. From handmade jewelry and home goods to handcrafted heirloom toys and dolls, Martha Stewart Living covers gifts for men, women, and children. And with specialty treats from businesses including Blake Hill Preserves and TruBee Honey, you can shop local without leaving home.

3. Fashionistas trust Glamour magazine for stylish trends year-round, so why not consult their pages and become a sartorial Santa. Glamour’s gift guide includes options for every price range and interest. Cozy, chic faux-shearling slippers from TOMS make cold winter days warmer. Plus, your purchase ensures a child in need receives a new pair of shoes. If your favorite girl loves sampling new cosmetics, give her the best of beauty with Sephora Favorite Superstars. This 12-piece set contains makeup, fragrance, and skin care essentials from brands including Benefit, Nars, and Urban Decay.

4. Pamper your man with suede shoes, cocktails, and cologne—all from Details magazine’s masculine holiday gift guide. Boost his Mad Men image with 500 cocktail recipes from Death & Company, a popular New York City bar. Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection adds to his allure with six irresistible fragrance options he can throw in his briefcase at a moment’s notice.

5. The world traveler in your life will appreciate Condé Nast Traveler’s eclectic gift guide. Perfect for the bath or beach, Turkish Pestemal towels from Poketo, Turkey, are a luxurious yet practical stocking stuffer. Add a tube of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment for the beauty lover on your list. Made from fermented papaya, this Australian product protects skin and heals blemishes.

6. Outside magazine contains gifts your rugged, thrill-seeking friends will love. The Klecker Knives Klax Lumberjack is better than your average Swiss Army knife. This versatile utility knife includes a detachable ax head, five wrench sizes, a bottle opener, and a ruler. For days spent skiing or hiking, the Stanley Coffee System gives adventurers fuel to keep going. The one-liter system includes a tiny French press, an integrated water pot, and two cups.

7. If your music-loving teens spend the holidays hidden beneath headphones, consult Rolling Stone magazine for gifts that will rock their world. Complete their concert poster collection with psychedelic ’60s- and ’70s-era reproductions from Wolfgang’s Vault. Vinyl lovers will rejoice at the sound of the warm, rich tones produced by the affordable U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable.

8. Your marathon-running mother can stay fit and fashionable with Fitness magazine’s health-conscious gift guide. Burn off those holiday calories with a Tory Burch for Fitbit bracelet or pendant necklace that tracks daily activity. A haute look for hitting the gym, Nike’s Victory Bag offers spacious storage to keep shoes and clothes separate from other workout necessities.

9. All About Beer magazine suggests giving beer enthusiasts a holiday gift pack from their favorite brewery. You can pair it with the perfect meal using recipes from The American Craft Beer Cookbook. For apartment-dwelling home brewers with limited space, Box Brew Kits offers a small-scale solution. Available in one to three gallons, each rustic wooden kit includes easy-to-follow instructions and inventive recipes.

10. Tech-gurus tested the latest devices for Wired magazine’s gadget-filled gift guide. Take beautiful filter-free photos with your phone using 18-mm wide-angle and 60-mm telephoto lenses from Moment Lens. Or capture the imagination of anyone who’s a big kid at heart with the reasonably priced Parrot Rolling Spider Drone. Large wheels protect the drone from falls and the tilt-sensing app keeps its flight stable.

Find something for everyone on your holiday list. Browse the wide variety of magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

Gluten or Rice, Which Is More Dangerous?

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Written by Shawn Pearson

I don’t know about you, but as of lately I’m beginning to feel like there are too many generalizations on what we should and should not eat. The studies out there appear to be all over the place. And when you truly apply the scientific method to dietary studies I would think that there are just way too many unknowns among the participants to make an actual definitive scientific correlation.

Unknowns among dietary study participants include undiagnosed genetic problems, fudged/omitted meal journal entries, hormonal changes, environmental factors, pre-existing vitamin deficiencies, and stress levels. And we can't forget media exaggeration, bandwagon effect, and conflict of interest issues where many "scientific studies" (at least many meant for the mainstream media) are usually paid for by businesses who have more interest in selling you something. Don’t believe it? It’s actually pretty easy these days to insert a biased article into the 24 hour media cycle.

Consumer Reports on Gluten and Rice

The January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports has two very interesting articles on gluten and rice. I tend to agree with their assessment on gluten. As for their take on rice, I still need to do more research to form my opinion as I did not realize it was a problem.

Let’s talk about gluten first.

Gluten has gotten a bad rap over the past decade, but that is to be in the world could we have a brand new diet come out every one to two years if we didn’t have a new food martyred publically on a regular basis? Don’t get me wrong there are food allergies and real diseases like celiac disease, but for the general public...your own diet is way too customized to your genetics and lifestyle habits to be generalized to just one culprit. The article on pages 37-40 from the January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports finds that those gluten-free foods you are eating are probably doing more harm than good.

One of the big things they point out is when the gluten protein is removed; the manufacturer has to fill in that gap with something. This is where they use increased fats and sugars to fill in that gap. Nobody likes "diet foods" that taste like cardboard. Okay, you say...I switched to rice, no big deal. I thought the same thing. It’s no big deal if you don’t mind ingesting heavy metals.

The rice plant is great at filtering water of the heavy metal arsenic. Unfortunately, when absorbed into the plant arsenic isn’t broken down into anything so some of that arsenic ends up in the grain which we consume. That article on rice is found on pages 41-42. The rice article does state that you can eat alternatives like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. According to the infographic on page 41, brown rice is higher in arsenic as well as rice from Texas. Basmati rice from California is low.

Wow, it feels like we can’t win...doesn’t it?

Now before you get depressed and feel like you can’t enjoy anything this holiday season. Maybe it’s best if we take all this kind of dietary news with a grain of salt. The key to a better diet is reducing stress and learning to listen to your body’s intuition to see what is really causing you to be overweight or just feel out of sorts. More than likely, your body is out of whack from too much stress and anxiety.

Try taking these next holidays to avoid TV news, relax, meditate/pray, live in the moment and find gratitude for the things in life that give you peace. Once you are "de-stressed" begin listening to what your body is telling you it needs and do that. Make this an ongoing habit and you will find you feel healthier and happier each day. You’ll find that your body will crave the foods that help bring you back into balance and help filter out the unhealthy metals, bacteria and viruses it doesn’t need.

You can always find more quality food articles like this in each issue of Consumer Reports magazine, but we’ve got some shopping to do this holiday season. So make sure you are gifting the best for your friends and family by adding a subscription to Consumer Reports into your own stocking this year.

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