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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Zinio - Making Keeping Up With Magazines a Breeze (And Expanding my Reading)

I have to share about my latest obsession - Zinio! Zinio is a digital magazine provider, that readers can access from their computer, smartphone, Kindle, iPad, etc.

I've been able to find most of my favorite magazines on their service, and get them at great prices (often they have wonderful sales that single issues and subscriptions REALLY affordable.

Something REALLY fun? I've found some great new international magazines I would normally NOT be able to subscribe to or find in my area. Some of my current favorites are Super Food Ideas (from Australia), Food Heaven (From England) and Hello! magazine (similar to US Weekly, but the English version - I love following Kate Middleton, so it is a fun read).

 Here is a peek at my current reading list:

I was really skeptical at first to move some of my subscriptions over to digital, but honestly, I like it better.  Fewer magazines cluttering up my coffee table, and I can take virtually all my magazines with me on my Kindle, anywhere I go!

One I was careful with was the first craft magazine I purchased.  I wasn't sure I would be able to follow instructions from my Kindle or my computer screen, but again, I love that I don't need to keep booklets open to a specific page - I can have a TON of fun projects ready to go on my Kindle without losing them or creating a mess.

Plus, I can print as many of the pages as I want and I can open them on almost any device I've got.

What's not to like??

Check out this wonderful looking salad from the April 2013 Edition of Super Food Ideas (I can't wait to make this one, and hope it is a family hit):

This great-looking salad is Thai Beef and Rice Noodle Salad, and can be found on page 40.

Have you tried out digital magazines yet?  If so, what are some of your favorites?

*Disclosure: I am a Zinio Blog Ambassador. :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I think it is safe to say that everyone has their own story of how they came to know the works of Dr. Seuss, and a few probably have yet to discover his stories.

For me, I can tell you I'm no expert, and my walk with Seuss has been short.  You see, I grew up WITHOUT the influence of Dr. Seuss in my life.  My family seemed to think that the books were nonsense, so it wasn't until a VERY heated discussion many years ago with my future sister-in-law and husband that I became intrigued by his books.  They brought up many examples of hidden meanings and we had a lot of fun with our discussions.

Today I am happy to announce that I am filling in our children's bookshelves with many of Dr. Seuss' books... it is with a happy heart and a smile on my face that I wish a VERY happy birthday to Dr. Seuss' memory.

Do you have a fun memory of Dr. Seuss?
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