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    Southern Living
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best
    Southern Living captures the very flavor of its namesake with its coverage of gardening, decorating and especially its recipes. Don't miss their annual Christmas book - it's well worth the money and subscriptions to Southern Living are always a wonderful gift

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite magazine of all time
    I subscribe to a lot of magazines. Southern Living, along with Cooking Light, are the two magazines I most look forward to arriving every month. It covers gardening, decorating, travel and entertaining. I remember back when my mom got this magazine in the 80s and it had black and white photos. Today, it is full of beautiful photography in full color, of course. The recipes are great - I have prepared many of them and not one has been a flop. By the way, you don't have to be southern to enjoy this magazine!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thick magazine full of color gardening photos and reviews.
    I just moved to the South so I thought I better learn about the area! This is a fun magazine. It's very thick, with sections on vacation spots, restaurant reviews, garden how-tos, home remodeling, and lots of recipes. I've already learned how to eat a steamed crab and that there are bed and breakfasts on islands off the Georgia coast. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005R8B5
    Sales Rank: 41
    Subjects:  1. Home (Houses, Homes)    2. Gardening (Garden, Gardens)    3. Food & Gourmet   


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    Texas Monthly
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars I like it, and I'm not Texan
    On february 2005 I went to Houston for a week, and I had heard of Texas Monthly, so I picked it up at the airport when I got there. It was a pleasant company during my laundry at the hotel I have to say! Beautifully designed, with interesting and thought-provoking articles. I am glad I got it, so glad I even got me a subscription. Highly recommendable.

    Pros: Great articles, photography; comprehensive dining guide.

    Cons: Too many advertising sections, the perfume samples make it look like Vanity Fair.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
    I agree with some of what all the other reviewers have stated.I, too, am a Texas native who has subscribed for nearly 15 years (and read my father's for 10 years before that) and have seen the mag's quality ebb and flo.As copyKat states, the magazine doesn't seem to know who its target audience is (i.e. upscale, politically savvy, middle-or-the-road, city dweller/suburban, etc.)The political and investigatory writing is still top-notch.This state has a lot of problems and the magazine does not try to simply gloss them over. However, some (ok, many) of the 'fluff' pieces leave me wondering why they were included in the first place. Like ducksquat, I also dislike having to stop an article in mid-paragraph to hunt down the continuation on page 97.

    I travel throughout the state and appreciate the restaurant reviews and cultural 'to-do' lists.I also enjoy the mix of current and historical events.I also very much like Kinky Friedman's Last Roundup (I think I'm in a minority, tho).The annual Bum Steer Awards are usually worth the subscription price alone.

    My biggest gripe is with the 20- to 30-page 'special advertising section' every single month.What used to be a once- or twice-a-year occurance is now in every issue.I know we (the subscribers) don't keep magazines afloat- the advertisers do - but still...The magazine at times looks (and smells) like my wife's Vogue.

    Overall, Texas Monthly is a good magazine.The state is so big (physically, culturally and politically) that I am sure it is hard to find a good balance of articles every month.Other than the politics-only rags like the 'Texas Observer' and the usually horrible 'city' magazines ('D' or 'Inside Houston') TM is all we have; they usually put out a good magazine.Changes in ownership and editorial staffs over the recent past have slightly changed the magazine's direction every couple of years, but I like the current editing team.And, Texas Monthly keeps winning awards.

    Consider my, dusksquat's, copykat's, Karen's, and Sheila's reviews before buying a subscription.Then subscribe anyway.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Magazine as opinionated as Texans...
    As a Texan, I find it refreshing to read this fine magazine. It keeps me up-to-date with the happenings in my state whether political, sports-related, recreation or any number of things. There are just as many opinionated editorials as there are factual-based articles and no punches are held back in trying to keep Texas looking like a flawless state.

    I have lived around the country and it certainly helped me to keep my feet rooted in my native state. Since then, I've returned, though temporarily. It now serves me well to give me ideas of things to do, see and experience.

    My main qualm with the magazine is that there seems to be as many if not more ads than stories and images. In addition, I'm not quite satisfied that many stories are continued towards the back of the magazine. This merely means that if I don't hold my place, I'll have to strive to find it again.

    It has been said that everything is big in Texas and the size of the magazine is certainly filled with enough reading material to keep you busy all month long. I have yet to read a rehash of stories such as a 1,000 different takes on the Alamo. If a story is "rehashed," it is from a totally different perspective so that the magazine never stays stale. Besides that, a fun read for all who have any interest at all about what this former independent country is all about! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005N7T3
    Sales Rank: 290
    Subjects:  1. History    2. General    3. United States (local). Central & South America    4. Regional    5. Southwest   


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    Cowboys & Indians
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Of My List
    A great magazine with all the info and not a lot of the garbage!
    My first choice magazine read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Escape
    Cowboys & Indians Magazine is one of the most enjoyable reads in magazine publishing.Each issue I look forward to escaping to the various destinations, events, and reading the articles regarding art and works of artisans.The beautiful photography and layout of the magazine lets you dream about the places you would like to be and the people / personalities you would like to meet.I would recommend this magazine to anyone who enjoys any aspect of Western Lifestyle.

    Hats off to a great Publication!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Pictorials
    Anyone who appreciates great photography, whether it's landscapes, people, places, events, artwork, etc. and has any interest in a western lifestyle will love this magazine! And their interviews with topical people are great too. Russell Crowe was outstanding, and came out right around the Oscars! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005UQ67
    Sales Rank: 781
    Subjects:  1. United States (local). Central & South America    2. Regional    3. Southwest   


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    Country Living
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I love this magazine.Itprovides great ideas that look good.Country is a lifestyle.This magazine exemplifies that.It shows all different styles of country.You don't have to fit into one look.I prefer this to Country Home, which generally is dated in their decorating.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too Many Ads
    I used to like this magazine. However,it is so difficult now to find the text due to the ad-heavy format.I would pay more for a subscription and have a cleaner, less cluttered format.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Country Living is geared Toward American Antiques
    and especially the family heirlooms that have been passed
    onto you. The ordinary everyday chairs,linens,and china that
    belong to the agarian era of the Family Farmhouse.
    In an inventive an unique way, Country Living uses the antiques
    to compliment our modern way of living.Nothing is wasted.
    Beauty can be found in the placement of objects.
    A kitchen will have a dishwasher camouflaged among a one
    hundred year old table and chairs.
    The pictures are beautiful and the price of the magazine is
    very reasonable.
    Usually there is an article for the 20 somethings. It
    is 60's retro, or how to be country in a city loft... ... Read more

    Asin: B00005N7PN
    Sales Rank: 218
    Subjects:  1. Home (Houses, Homes)    2. Interior Decoration    3. Decor   


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    Texas Highways
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    This magazine profiles various locations throughout the state of Texas with history, some politics, and lore.It is a great read with colorful maps and pictures.A good buy! ... Read more

    Asin: B00006KZEM
    Sales Rank: 548
    Subjects:  1. Travel & Leisure    2. Travel    3. Highway Engineering. Roads & Pavements   


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    Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Magaine
    I absolutely love this magazine! This is a wonderful read for any who like short stories and mysteries! The magazine includes new writers as well as more well known ones. A wonderful magazine!

    1-0 out of 5 stars A poor quality publication
    I had to wait for 5 five months till I got my first issue, imagine that! When the issue did arrive, I found it was very poor. I think that the publishers of Ellery Queen just don't understand that you have to provide value for the price they are charging.

    Most the stories were predictable and boring. After the first few pages you can tell where the author is going.

    I think I am going to use the magazine for recycling, I can't think of reading another copy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and reliable mystery tales
    Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) is the sharper image of its sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock's (AHMM).The stories are more polished, some have literary aspirations, and I'm more likely to find the well-executed twist in an EQMM story.While not every piece is a textbook mystery (some are police procedurals or psychological thrillers), all are good entertainment.

    Editor Janet Hutchings introduces each piece with a description of the story, or what the author is working on, or an introduction to the writer if this is a first story.Occasional pen and ink illustrations, while not required to enjoy any of the stories, add to the feeling that EQMM is richer than AHMM.Some authors appear every month (Edward Hoch, amazing!) or almost as much (Doug Allyn) and deliver a quality story every time.There are plenty of other writers to enjoy; some are series tales with a recurring character, some create new worlds but impress with their mastery of the short story form.

    EQMM relies on fewer gimmicky departments and more fiction.There is a book review column, calling your attention to novels worth reading.

    If you love mysteries you should be getting both AHMM and EQMM.

    Note: Starting with the 2004 issues, EQMM will publish only 10 issues a year; 2 will be "double issues" with almost twice as many pages.I remember when the Dell Magazines published 13 issues a year, including the "mid-December" one; back then the magazines came every 4 weeks.Those were the days and I have shown myself to be a certified grumpy codger. ... Read more

    Asin: B000066T06
    Sales Rank: 516
    Subjects:  1. Literature    2. General    3. American Literature    4. Literary    5. Entertainment   


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    Weight Watchers Magazine
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile for diet and nutrition newbies
    WW magazine is one of the best for those wanting sound and sensible advice on adopting a healhty lifestyle.The articles are well written and accessible, though at times a bit on the basic side.It's perfect for the clueless or confused and frustrated with all the diet hoopla.

    My only complaint is that I do wonder at times if the recipes are actually tested before publication.Sometimes, the technique used is inappropriate and renders an inedible product to my taste.I must admit I'm a foodie, and love to cook and bake, and am probably pickier than most.Be forewarned, and read through recipes before proceeding is my suggestion.You may choose to execute the recipes differently to get a better texture or alter the spices and herbs to add more flavor.

    I have lost 43 pounds with the WW meetings program, and have found the magazine helpful, motivational, and inspiring.I'd encourage a subscription for anyone who really wants to learn to change their lifestyle.The magazine will teach you how to do it right on many fronts, from fitness to food shopping to dealing with special ocassions, family and friends, work, you name it.Weight Watchers has a strategy for adapting your new behaviors to every situation.It's all addressed here!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for everyone
    I have been on weight watchers now for three years. However I just started subscribing to the Weight Watchers magazine in the past six months. In many ways it continues to inspire and jum start my motivation. When I am feeling frustrated I can look in the magazine to find something, ranging from recipes to great success stories, to motivate me. This months issue on vacations will be really useful for you in thinking about this summer. Even if you are not on wieght watchers and are interested in health living this magazine will be helpful to you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get WW, If Only for the Receipes
    I lost 34 pounds on Weight Watchers and part of that was because of their phenomenal publication. My wife and enjoy every issue, filled with new research, helpful facts, loads of coupons and those recipes.

    My wife enjoys cooking from the recipes. What I love about WW is that you can live a normal life and eat the things you want. You'll be surprised at how many calories you can cut out of a regular dish just by substituting certan ingredients. And you don't even taste the difference! Sometimes its even better.

    If you're trying to lose weight through WW, you really should have the magazine. It's inexpensive and it will help you along the way. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005NIPE
    Sales Rank: 32
    Subjects:  1. Food & Gourmet    2. Health & Fitness    3. Women's Health   


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    Woman's Day
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a magazine
    Woman's Day has the feel of a community with its intensely personal warmth. From parenting advice, health, cooking, crafts and homemaking and more, it bonds its target audience together whether you're a single mom, happily married, or even single. I enjoyed this magazine as a teen with my mom and love it even more as an adult. Highly recommend!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful Articles
    Woman's Day is a good resource for women. It covers a variety of topics, including health/beauty, diet/exercise, relationships, children. There are tips for getting organized, recipes, crafts and decorating tips also. There's a Tip A Day Calendar as well as a Day to Day meal planner. It relies heavily on reader's tips which are scattered through the magazine and in the various articles.Each issue tells you how to join the Woman's Day Readers panel to submit tips and maybe win a prize. And even if you don't want to join the Reader's panel, there are plenty of other prizes given away by Woman's Day.

    Woman's Day is well worth subscribing to!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Boring, Really Boring
    ....The articles and spreads are not at all remarkable; there's nothing here that will blow your mind.The projects are fun but they don't look good at all.The recipes are ok but nothing you couldn't find in any cookbook.I understand that for a very low price you get 17 issues but if you actually hold an individual issue, it's incredibly thin.I noticed that even the binding is bigger than the amount of paper!.... Woman's Day is the school marm of the bunch. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005N7TM
    Sales Rank: 133
    Subjects:  1. Fashion & Style    2. Women's Fashion    3. Home (Houses, Homes)    4. Health & Fitness    5. Women's Health    6. Women's Interest    7. Motherhood    8. Married women   


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    Family Circle
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars great recipes
    Family Circle has great recipes compared to other magazines.Right now, I have subscriptions to Southern Living and Everyday Food.I also frequently purchase Real Simple, and I have to say that compared to these other publications, Family Circle is kitchen-proof.Several recipes from this magazine I have added to my repetoire, one of which is a cake for which I get frequent requests from my husband.

    The articles are usually pretty ridiculous (particularly rated-PG ones about how to spice up your love-life), although there occasionally will be something useful, like about some rare disease you've never heard of caused by your hot water heater or something.However, I actually had to cancel my subscription after September 11th because the level of patriotic gore became untenable.Every page of the frigging magazine was red-white-and-blue, and I guarantee that you will never find a single article about, for example, "How to Deal With Domestic Violence when Your Husband Comes Home from Iraq and Starts Drinking Heavily" or "How to Get a Tombstone for Your Soldier AT COST and Save Your Family a Bundle!!!!"

    I still like the recipes, but I am still boycotting the magazine.Fortunately, old copies are easy enough to pick up at garage sales and Goodwill.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Good Stuff Inside
    Family Circle is aimed at female readers with articles focusing on topics like parenting, marriage, etiquette and beauty and fashion. Each issue also features an article on Women who make a Difference. There is also a Health Report article, fitness articles, and diet tips, including menus and recipes. There are lots of recipes, in fact, including pull out recipe cards that can be filed in your recipe box. There are also articles on gardening, decorating ideas, and craft ideas. A reader's tip column pays readers $50, if their tips are used.

    Family Circle is a good magazine for all women.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Home Economics 101
    Family Circle is a fairly good magazine that features articles on family life, raising kids, travel, personal finance, home improvements, and more. It is primarily directed at the female population, with articles that emphasize the roles that mother's play in household management.

    The articles that feature recipes and family life form the bulk of the stories in Family Circle. Less common are the articles involving personal finance and other topics. These financial articles are a nice addition, and I was surprised when I first saw them in this magazine. But potential readers should be forewarned that these articles are not very in- depth. They only skim the surface of finance, talking about such simple matters as balancing a checkbook, refinancing a home, and paying off credit card debt. You aren't going to find a story about purchasing stock options or selecting tech stocks. Family Circle keeps it simple and covers only those financial topics that are relevant to taking care of the home and daily living.

    Family Circle is published 15 times per year, with a low subscription cost. It may not cover topics as thoroughly as other, more specific magazines and it can sometimes get a little repetitive from month to month. But it's a pretty good magazine overall, with tips on cooking, cleaning, fashion, raising kids, and taking care of one's home. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005NIN0
    Sales Rank: 407
    Subjects:  1. Family & Parenting   


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    Real Simple
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Used to Be Good, But...
    Real Simple used to be a good, uplifting magazine that helped women streamline their lives.Now, it resembles every other women's magazine out there, full of fashion and beauty "advice" which inevitably urges us to spend more money than we have, more ads for high-end beauty and fashion products than we could possibly need, and so much emphaisis on "organization" that it's basically now a how-to manual for anyone who wants to become a neurotic, insecure, obsessive-compulsive woman in debt up to her eyeballs.No, thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Right on target for the target audience!
    Okay, so maybe this magazine isn't for the vegetarians and dedicated coupon clippers of the world, but Real Simple hits on issues that make it's target audience's lives a little easier. I'm an upper middle class, thirty-something woman, married with children, and every month I find relevant articles that genuinely help me with SOMETHING, be it finding a long lasting self tanner or managing my 401K. Real Simple helped me organize my mud room & home office, so that I can actually FIND things now. Why is it so hideous that I HAVE a mud room & home office? My "McMansion" (which is what any suburban home larger than a 700 sq ft studio apt seems to be dubbed these days) needs to be organized and cleaned, too, just like your farmhouse or urban apartment.

    Don't women like me deserve relevant content, too?

    Yes, to the more budget conscious in our society, it might seem a bit frivolous, but frankly, for those who lead the kind of lifestyle that I do, I have the money, and not the time, to deal with things. If Real Simple can tell me how to spend my money most effectively, find the best products and services for my money & my life, what's wrong with that? Why is a magazine being demonized for helping me spend money more effectively that I'm going to spend anyway? There is a lot of advertising content, but they are not indiscriminate advertisers (the advertisements are also very well targeted to my demographic) and I'm happy to see products that may be better than the ones I'm already using.

    It's about time someone decided to dedicate a magazine to women like myself. I'm not interested in Cosmo's Kama Sutra or Family Circle's recipes for 25 cents a serving. I'm interested inmanaging my time effectively, keeping my home organized & clean, and my husband & children fed and happy, and looking good with a minimum of time and effort. That is what Real Simple delivers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting better with every issue
    A few years ago, I subscribed to Real Simple magazine when it first came out because I liked the premise of this magazine - to help you streamline the ways you manage your life.I was disappointed with the initial product - which included articles without substance and tons glossy advertisements.So I never renewed the initial year's subscription.

    Flash forward a few years....I have been subscribing to the magazine for a little over a year, and I have to say that it has changed for the better. The articles cover so many areas of my life, from working to cooking to organizing everything in my life. And these articles have substance. Some of my favorite features covered during the course of a year include: tipping guides, gifts at each price range, and the nifty cutout backpage (in every issue) which includes small cutouts of recipes, lists, ideas, or instructions that have been covered in the magazine. I have saved each issue because I find this magazine very useful and relevant. ... Read more

    Asin: B00023J4H0
    Sales Rank: 47
    Subjects:  1. Home (Houses, Homes)    2. Lifestyle & Cultures (Guidance)    3. Interior Decoration (Decor, Decorator, Decorators)   


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    Organic Style
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars For wealthy organic types
    This magazine is almost geared toward people who have a lot of money who want to do the "in" things with their rich friends or have the "in" things.There is useful information for the common person (not wealthy) who is just interested in making positive changes for healthy living purposes, but more and more of the products featured in this magazine are way out of my price range.I keep resonating this "yuppieness" within my head when I read this magazine...seems geared toward yuppies.That pretty much sums it up, as well as the average rating.I will, however, continue to be a subscriber as long as there are useful articles for the average income person.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Magazine for the Organic Lifestyle
    If you love yoga and find yourself wandering in the organic product section of your local grocery store, then this magazine might interest you. If not for the amusing articles about learning ujjayi breathing; for all the information on food, beauty products and lifestyle choices included for the organically aware.

    In the June 2004 issue they featured an interesting website that shows you how toxic your zip code is. I was relieved to find that I had moved to an area with good air quality even though I keep an air purifier running constantly. They say the air inside your home can be more toxic than the air outside.

    This magazine makes you more aware of all the resources you really do have to enhance your life and the advertising is at least encouraging instead of annoying. I am now lusting after a Dyson vacuum, thinking about trying out some new Wai Lana Yoga workout videos and dreaming about buying all the natural skin care products featured throughout the magazine.

    Dr. Tieraona answers questions in a living well section. Although, I was wondering why she didn't recommend a product like Emer'gen-C "Lite" to the person asking about their afternoon slump.

    "Create a Butterfly Garden" will be an article to clip and save for future gardening projects. It may be time to buy some purple coneflowers. You can also read about nontoxic fertilizers and pesticides.

    Veronique Vienne has an article in the June 2004 issue about entertaining even if you're shy or broke. She recommends things like cooking with butter and fragrant herbs and lighting honeysuckle candles. Just reading about her adventures made me hungry. There also seem to be pages of decorating tips, sports features and information on lifestyle choices for families. This magazine promotes healthy life choices like balancing family and work or finding healthy food on the go. There "How to Pack a Picnic" gave me some great ideas for a summer picnic. Now if only I could escape into Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Landscape at St. Remy."

    If you enjoy using organic ingredients, you will find a few recipes and the Stuffed Summer Squash is a recipe I'll try as soon as I can find some small yellow summer squash. There were tips on how to save money on Organic foods, which yes are slightly more expensive in general. Although, you might notice you spend less money on doctor visits or other areas of your life because healthy choices do make you feel much more healthy over time.

    While this magazine is all about Organic, it is not Vegetarian focused. You will still find recipes for Crispy Chicken Drumettes to go along with your String Bean and Fennel Salad. They had a taste test for organic cookies and I have to agree the Country Choice Organic Sandwich Cremes are better than an Oreo cookie.

    Overall, I found this magazine to be highly enjoyable to read in the bath or out on the deck. If you have just returned from planting flowers by the light of the moon, you might enjoy reading this magazine while soaking in an Aura Cacia Purify Aromatherapy Mineral Bath scented with the fragrance of flowers and spicy wood.

    I've asked my husband for a subscription for my birthday because I thought this was a great way to remind myself to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Organic Style not only makes you more aware of your lifestyle choices, it presents some interesting options. You can now even buy natural wheat litter for your cat
    that is safe and non-toxic for kittens. I finally found some at Petsmart and plan to clip the dollar coupon. I'm dreaming of finding a new kitten.

    ~TheRebeccaReview.com

    4-0 out of 5 stars For the way we really are
    As a mother, wife, daughter and also balancing work, I want to do the best I can.In addition, I want to make a difference in this world.I care about the environment as well, and I want some help in how to do it.Since I'm new at it, but also want convenience and style, Organic Style is my magazine to tell me how.I love sections on how to live greener (e.g. how to grow your lawn organically, what washing machines to pick, laundry detergents) and food that is healthier but not sacrificing taste.I love to dream with the retreats and vacations the magazine features.It also portrays different women in all shapes, sizes and ages being unique and individual.I think this magazine is a breath of fresh air.It is exactly what I was looking for: a balance between who I am and who I want to become. ... Read more

    Asin: B0001BNQ5O
    Sales Rank: 388
    Subjects:  1. Health & Fitness    2. Lifestyle & Cultures (Guidance)   


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    Consumer Reports
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The resolute research team at Consumer Reports has broken, melted, disabled, and jacked-up almost everything that's been offered for sale in the last few decades. If you want to know, for sure, if a product lives up to its claim, Consumer Reports has the answer. In addition to providing unbiased detailed analysis of goods ranging from chainsaws to televisions to washable wool sweaters, the canny staff offers common sense advice. Consider this classic, their take on the efficacy of conditioning shampoo: Shampoo is meant to be rinsed out, any conditioner in a good shampoo will go right down the drain. --Edith Sorenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No Paid Advertising - Refreshing
    This magazine evaluates thousands of products including new and used cars without advertising and without the biases that go hand in hand with accepting advertising. Before one buys a car, TV, computer, fax machine, washing machine, dryer, vacuum cleaner, refrigerator, stereo and many other items one can gain excellent insight into the quality and value of the products by subscribing to Consumer Reports magazine or by looking it up in the library. It is so refreshing to receive information on products without all the usual distortions and lies that one finds in advertising.

    1-0 out of 5 stars RULE 1: CONSIDER THE SOURCE
    After decades of occasionally reading Consumer Reports at the public library and on newsstands, and after comparing my own experiences with the CR editorials and recommendations, I am forced to conclude that CR data are typically based on ignorance, laziness, or perhaps something less savory. Goods that are clearly and outstandingly best in class go unreviewed. Goods that have obvious problems with durability are rewarded top marks. I am forced to conclude that CR is essentially a channel for shilling certain manufacturers' goods, but the motives for and mechanics of their activity remain unknown to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars informative
    Consumer Reports is very informative. They test out different products and write up a review about them, the cool thing is they care about quality and not the brand name. I'd suggest this magazine if you frequently buy things and need to have a guide to inform you which product is the best. Sometimes the issues are filled with stuff that might not interest you, but don't give up because each month is different and overall its a very helpful magazine. This is one of those magazines where I keep the issues for a few months to refer back to when I am ready to make a purchase. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Business    2. Finance    3. Personal Finance    4. Retail   


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    O : The Oprah Magazine
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Motivates and Inspires You To Better Things

    Oprah is living testimony that you have to constantly strive to become a better person. There is no quick remedy to become a better and positive person, and instead you have to constantly work at it. Of course, we don't have Oprah's wealth and support system to help us, but what we do have is this magazine. This is a great self-help magazine.

    In today's world where we are constantly strapped for time, and our attention span cannot last more than 5 minutes, this is a great magazine to read and imbine motivation and inspiration.

    What makes this magazine a little different from others is that it has examples of real people that you and I can relate to. What I find very interesting is the last page where Oprah pens her thoughts, and reveals her inner-feelings. I remember that in one of the issues Oprah mentions that even though she can afford to buy lots of clothes, she still stops and asks herself if she needs to buy this new piece of clothing. You instantly know that Oprah does not believe in squandering away her wealth, but is careful but how she spends it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatness
    I love O Magazine because it really helps me to be the very best person I can be.

    I am continually striving to improve my life and my circumstance, and this magazine brings me fresh ideas and perspectives about that every single month.

    Some of the other greatest and most helpful items that I've discovered also include...

    GIANT STEPS by Tony Robbins

    The NEW SEX NOW dvd by New Sex Institute

    GODDESS WORSHIP video by Dr. Clarke

    SONICAIRE toothbrush

    THE BIBLE

    4-0 out of 5 stars Be the Advocate!

    Like millions of others I am Oprah follower. I do watch the show as often as my time allows. However, I think that the magazine is many steps behind the show. Maybe it is because we are all used to do some errands when the commercials come on TV during the show. Maybe because the show does not seem to be contracted out to other celebrities to fill the void...

    I am simply overwhelmed by the amount of advertising in the magazine.-- What a waste of paper! I imagined that "Oprah Inc." is rich enough to give up on some extra revenues for the sake of better content...

    I also find that it would be more interesting to diversify the articles with some not-so-accomplished authors as Dr. Phil. Why the magazine does not bring to the daylight some great books that deserve much more attention than they are presently given? It is a big mystery to me that such a great volume like "Can We Live 150 Years?" by Dr. Tombak, remains obscure, while other authors, are being thrown in our face day by day to the point of nausea... I'd imagine that this would be a great opportunity for such media like Oprah Magazine to step up and play the role of the advocate, discoverer, promoter, or whatever you call it. Some things simply need more publicity, so why pass on the opportunity and play the same old record again and again...

    So much critique and still 4 stars? Hey, I criticize to improve things that I like. Oprah magazine deserves 4 stars, but it can be even better...
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    Asin: B00079RO7G
    Sales Rank: 5
    Subjects:  1. Womens    2. General    3. Sociology: The Family. Marriage. Woman    4. Entertainment    5. Women's Interest    6. Self-Improvement    7. Self-help   


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    Self
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Covering women's fitness, beauty, health, nutrition, and style in a breezy but authoritative tone, Self is a handbook for self-improvement. The magazine reads quickly, featuring loads of lists and short segments garnished with bright graphics and numerous product images. The exercise features are outstanding--clearly explained and illustrated moves accompany inspiring photos. Every issue contains creative routines and practical advice for staying motivated and preventing injuries. Self's signature "Flash" pages offer bite-sized bits of the very latest findings and trends for busy women. Usable features such as "Style Lab," in which wearable clothes are mixed and matched on nonmodels, and the "Eat-Right Road Map," with tips and healthful recipes, make this magazine more practical than the standard women's glossy. --Amy Horn ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best magazine ever!
    I have been a faithful subscriber for approximately 10 years.This is the magazine that impatiently wait for every month.It has beauty tips, interesting articles, fitness information, etc.I even gave my mother a gift subscription.It's the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars inspiring and user friendly!
    Self is one of the most inspiring magazines I've ever read. Its gorgeous fitness photos make me want to go out and get moving, and its great variety of newsy health info is so user friendly, I feel myself getting healthier every day. It's totally fun and easy to follow the eat-right and beauty advice. Meanwhile Self just launched the selfdietclub, an online calorie tracking website, and I've already started changing the way I am eating and thiking about food. Hello energy! I love Self for the smart writing, beautiful photography and intelligent-woman approach to being my all-around best. It has everything I need: fitness, beauty, diet, health, happiness and style, and I really don't need any other magazine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Changing....
    I tend to favor Self magazine over the rest of the fitness magazines out right now.One reason is the variety.I love that Self doesn't just focus on physical fitness but also on your mental, emotional and inner fitness.I have had a self subscription for a little over 5 years and still am happy with the quality.

    I will say though if they keep turning it into a magazine about actresses (which my last 4 issues have been) then I will discontinue my subscription. As I already subscribe to those magazines already and I want my fitness magazines to be about fitness.

    **Also a warning I get almost all my issues the month after they have came out!This is new as they used to be one to two months early!**
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    Asin: B00005NIOS
    Subjects:  1. Health & Fitness    2. Women's Health    3. Women's Interest    4. Self-Improvement   


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    Cooking Light
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Focused on "healthy living" rather than chronic dieting, Cooking Light is geared towards both the veteran cook who wants to "lighten up" and the novice determined to give up prepackaged "diet" meals. Each issue covers a different theme, from "superfast suppers" to "pretty, easy fruit pies," and includes features on food-related health trends; fast, healthy meals; and original recipes from readers. We especially like it when the editors rescue a reader's favorite, albeit fatty, recipe, giving it a healthy makeover, showing before-and-after stats on calories, fat, and cholesterol. The message is clear: you don't have to sacrifice the foods you love once you learn to "eat smart." --Daphne Durham ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Light on the cooking
    I just started a subscription to this magazine and when I got my first issue I thought they had sent me the wrong magazine!There were no recipes or cooking articles in the first half of the magazine.There were fitness articles, organizing hints, and style sections, but no cooking until the second half of the magazine.There were a lot of ads- but that I can live with.I was just disappointed not to have more sections that are actually about cooking.The recipes and cooking sections in the second half of the magazine were really interesting and had lots of ideas I'd like to try.I just wish that the whole magazine could be about cooking and recipes rather than trying to be something else.That said, I think the cooking sections are worth the hassle of digging through the other articles- lots of ideas and mostly easy to prepare.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly advertising
    I just received my first issue and by the time I got to the middle of the magazine there was only 1-2 recipes.I was very disappointed.I was interested in mainly recipes not advertising or articles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read
    Being a mother of teenagers it is hard to come up with good recipes that can win-out over fast food in their mind. This magazine gives great healthy options that even picky eaters enjoy. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005R8B6
    Subjects:  1. Food & Gourmet    2. Health & Healing - Low Fat    3. Diet    4. Dieting    5. Weight Loss    6. Healthy Living    7. Cookery    8. Recipes    9. Nutrition    10. Cooking   


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