It's common to see book reviews, but I was recently thinking that it might be nice to see a magazine review every once in awhile. There are so many magazines out there to choose from - what's a mama to do?
(Well, for starters - you could subscribe to American Baby and BabyTalk...for FREE. No need to consider the pros and cons, just sign up and you'll receive free issues every month.)
For this review, I looked through the June, August, October, and December 2007 issues of Kiwi Magazine.
According to the website, "KIWI features the latest in everyday natural and organic style, geared towards helping moms and dads raise their families in the healthiest way possible." And the magazine seems to accomplish that mission. Kiwi is a niche magazine and they're focus is obvious - from the ads to the articles (recipes feature organic foods, ads spotlight healthy snacks, even the book reviews revolve around diversity and healthy living). I like that clarity.
The target audience appears to be families with toddlers to school age kids, although I was surprised to find a fair share of articles about infants and teens as well so it covers a wide spectrum.
My FAVORITE parts of the magazine are...drumroll, please...
(1) The Buzz: Oh, how I love to be "in the know." In this section, Kiwi highlights brand new info, products, events, and announcements that relate to healthy parenting.
(2) Kiwi Bookcase: These are kids books that don't feature same-old, same-old cartoon characters. There are beautiful books by lesser-known authors with amazing illustrations and important lessons.
(3) One-Page "tear-out" articles: I despise "run-on" magazine articles that spill over on to the next page. I want to be able to "tear-out" an article for my scrapbook or my "read later" folder...Kiwi offers plenty of these. I especially appreciate that the recipes are "one-column" recipes, which makes for easy cutting and moving to my recipe box.
If you'd love to "do" something right now as of result of this post (I'm a big fan of "action items")...
A. Join the Kiwi Parents' Advisory Board for a chance to sample free products and give feedback to shape the future of the magazine.
B. Nominate your child's school for a Kiwi Crusaders Award to reward them for "serving healthy food."
C. Check out the Kiwi Log blog.
D. Sign up for the KiwiScoop E-newsletter and enter to win a vacation for four to the Bahamas.
E. Subscribe to Kiwi Magazine for only $11.95 (or give a subscription as a gift).
WIN IT! One winner will receive a one year subscription to Kiwi Magazine. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Sunday, December 16, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, December 17.
* UPDATED * The winner is #48 shama-lama mama. Congratulations!
I wanna win! I could learn a lot from this mag!
This magazine sounds fantastic! Thanks for the info!
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I love reading magazines.
this sounds like a great magazine. I've never heard about it till now. Thanks for the review. And also, yes I would love to win a year! Thanks!
enter me please
I love magazines, too! Count me in!
Sign me up! I love baby magz!
I have been trying to find a good quality resource for healthy recipes, this would be great.
Sounds like a really fun magazine!
Great giveaway. Always looking for a good magazine.
I am moving over the holidays. What a great way to lift my spirits!!
OOO I've never even seen this magazine before and I'd love to add it to my subscriptions (im a magazine nut I think I have a subscription to almost everything...)
I blogged you too of course :)
Their mag. looks great! sign me up!
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Oooh, I have never heard of this one before. I would love to try it out! Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds like a great magazine! Thanks for this great contest! You have so many contests over here! Lucky gal~ :)
Thanks for the Lansinoh, it came today! :)
very cool! thanks
Awesome magazine!!! I've read it once or twice!
I would love love love to win this prize. I keep picking Kiwi up in different places and reading it, but have thus far denied myself a subscription....
What a great magazine!
Sign me up.
Me please :)
i would love this!
I love the treat of a good mommy magazine in the mail every month! [email protected]
This would be fun to win!
Count me in!
I'd love to have a subscription to Kiwi!!!
Woo Hoo! I *love* this magazine, but it's one of the only ones I don't subscribe to.
This looks like a great magazine. Love to have a subscription!
I love reading this magazine in dr offices! Please enter me!
This is a really fun magazine, I'd love to have a subscription!
sounds like a great magazine...
I haven't heard of this one, either, but it sounds good--thanks! [email protected]
This is my first time hearing of this mag, but it sounds great. If I don't win your giveaway, I'll definitely consider a subscription.
I love reading magazines! This would be great. [email protected]
Looks like a great one!! Thanks!!
i haven't heard of this magazine- yet. thanks for the post and giveaway!
I don't think I've seen this one yet, sounds great, count me in. Can always use a magazine subscription!!!
I've never heard of this magazine but your review makes it sound great! Would love to give it a try!
Great review - sounds like a wonderful magazine. Your work on this blog continues to be outstanding! Keep up the good work!
Your review of this magazine sounds awesome and I would LOVE to win a year subscription! Thanks!
I'm in. Thanks!
Great looking magazine!
Please randomly select me!!
I'd love to check this magazine out!
I'd love to try out this magazine. I had not heard of it before. Thanks.
Wow, this magazine looks great!!
Looks like a really interesting magazine! I'd love to win a subscription!
Oh this magazine sounds great! I'd love to win it! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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I hadn't heard of this one, but sounds like it'd be right up my alley! Thanks for entering me...
New Magazine to me- but the healthy living part definitelly appeals- sign us up=)
I have heard of this magazine but have yet to see it
Loving your blog! And the last wordless Wednesday had me in a "take-your-breath-away" moment!
Another product I have not heard about. I must live under a rock!
Your idea about a magazine review
is a great one. This magazine sounds marvelous. Please enter me in your
magazine subscription giveaway! Thanks very much, Cindi
I've read a Kiwi magazine before and it was great! I'd love to win this.
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I haven't heard of Kiwi before but it sounds really interesting. I will have to check it out!
Sounds like a great magazine! Great GIveaway!
Thanks for the giveaway :)
Thanks for such a generous prize. I'd love to win a subscription to Kiwi Mag!
Keep up the great work on the blog Stephanie, I enjoy reading it.