The Solution for Magazine Lovers Like Me…

Just wanted to share one of my “Favorite Finds” with you…

I have always, always loved to read, and one of my biggest “guilty pleasures” is enjoying a good magazine whenever I have the chance. In fact, one of the sweetest gifts I ever received was a subscription to People magazine that my husband surprised me with soon after we married. Not long after that, I started receiving these amazing deals in the mail that promised me subscriptions for $10/year or $12/year to all those publications I had always dreamed about. How could I pass that up? Before I knew it, I was overwhelmed with magazines that I never had a chance to read. The piles of issues that I wanted to read “someday” continued to grow until the thing that had once brought me such joy began to be a cause of stress!


Finally, a year or so ago, I came across a wonderful solution called Next Issue, which provides you with a digital copy of almost any magazine imaginable (include the current issue and many back issues of Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, and many many more). The “premium” package currently costs $14.99 a month (which is about $180 per year). Now, I know that sounds like a lot, but when you add up the cost of just a handful of the offerings, it makes perfect financial sense – you’re actually getting quite a bargain (at least that’s what I told my husband!). This is especially true if you include the price of many of the weekly magazines that are provided like my favorite People, Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated – in fact, definitely bring up Sports Illustrated to your husband! There are even some magazines for your children, like National Geographic for Kids and Sports Illustrated for Kids. It’s a win-win-win!

One of my favorite new features is the ability to save articles into customized collections so that you can refer to them later (or even print them!). I have sections like Recipes, Exercise, Fashion (you know, all those areas where I need a lot of advice!). One other cool feature: Next Issue is compatible with many iOS devices (like the iPhone and the iPad), Android devices, and Windows devices. If you’d like to check out the full details, head over to their website:  — and don’t forget to mention Sports Illustrated to your hubby!

(P.S. The website listed above is not an affiliate link — I just wanted to let you all know about this app that has saved me so much time, money, and space – and puts a smile on my face whenever a new issue becomes available!)

Helpful Holiday Hint: Take a Pic


Ever really loved how you decorated in the past but can’t remember exactly how you did it?  Well, this year, take a picture of all of your favorite holiday decoration set ups — and that way, next year, you will have a quick and easy guide for recreating it!

Back 2 School Survival Guide!

It’s back!!!  Lucas has already returned to school (say some prayers, friends!) and the big kids start next week!  We did it — we survived summer!!!  And when I look back on it, I can honestly say that summer was AWESOME!  (Not easy, but wonderful nonetheless!)

As we approach back to school, I came across a really neat “Back 2 School Survival Guide” by the Confident Mom.  To read all about it, click here:

My thoughts:

This guide was well thought out — and well laid out! It addressed the fact that every child is different and there is more than one way to accomplish every goal! It covered a wide variety of topics, from bedtime to homework to packing school lunches.  Although one guide can’t cover every situation, this one did a great job of making you think about most every imaginable aspect of back to school! As a bonus, it provided a nice set of printables for the whole family! Great job, Susan!

Congrats to all you awesome moms for surviving another summer!!!


Makeover your closet!

Alisha’s tip:

I clean my closet, it gets messy, I clean my closet, it gets messy again. It’s a vicious cycle that drives me crazy! One thing that helps me keep the clutter in check is using closet organizers.

I have a shoe organizer that stores most of my shoes, and keeps them from piling up on the floor. And I also have an over the door hanger that I use to hang my bags, belts, and purses.

By no means is my closet perfectly tidy, but these little organizers help me keep it clean enough that I can actually walk in it!

Question for you: What’s your trick to keeping your closet clean?

Alana’s tip:

I just read a wonderful tip from the “Inspired to Action” blog about creating a mom cave — and you can do it in your closet!

For her tip, click here.

Thanks for reading!