I love magazines. Yes, I also understand the global impact of all of that extra glossy-paged waste on our planet, but by-damn...there's nothing like leafing through a magazine in your free time. Sue me.
Throughout my life, (Hang tight, friends. I'm not going too far off topic here <this time>.), I've been a subscriber of many different magazines that suited my lifestyle at the time. I think my first subscription was Seventeen (the prom issue was the best). As I got older, I progressed to Cosmopolitan, then Self and Shape. More recently, I've subscribed to Everday With Rachael Ray, Cooking Light and Good Housekeeping. Unfortunately, more often than not, I'd find a few areas of interest, but I'd skim over the rest before donating it to my kids' school for the teachers to read or to use for arts and crafts.
Then one day, I discovered Redbook Magazine. Redbook has become my absolute favorite thing to find in my mailbox each month. I find myself devouring each issue in one sitting because every article is like it's written just for me. In fact, (if you don't mind indulging my inner narcisist) I firmly believe that I am Redbook's target demographic. There, I said it.
Case in point: Here's the November issue that arrived at my house a couple of weeks ago:
I mean, Connie Britton on the cover? (If you're watching Nashville, then you understand the relevence of this. If you're not watching Nashville, fix that, then maybe we can be friends.) I want to be her when I grow up and there she is on the cover. It's like they're listening to me and reading my emails over at Redbook.
I find Redbook to be the perfect mix of age-appropriate (30's and 40's) fluff, a little budget-friendly fashion, beauty, entertainment, marriage advice--even some politics in this November issue, which I enjoyed--and some recipes/home tips. If I had to choose just one magazine to subscribe to, it would (hands-down) be Redbook. But wait, there's more...
Speaking of the global impact of magazines on our landfills, get this: If you have curb-side recycling, check to see if you're eligible to join Recyclebank.com. It's free and super-easy to use. The idea is that you amass points every time your recycling is collected at your home (it's based on weight, I believe). These points can be used toward discounts, coupons and magazines (among other things. I cashed in some points recently for a $10 iTunes giftcard). Coincidentally, I get my Redbook magazine for FREE thanks to Recyclebank.
So tell us, what's your favorite magazine?
(Photo credits: Redbookmag.com and Recyclebank.com)