Friday, October 24, 2008

Wondertime & Family Fun Magazine

Everyday Lydia and I take a little jaunt out to the mailbox to get "her" mail. I am always able to figure out something for her. "Look Lydia! A paper with a photo of a pizza! Wow!" Sometimes she even feigns enthusiasm. What she is looking for are "her magazines".
Those would be Family Fun and Wondertime. When these little treasures arrive we quickly retreat to the front steps of the house to read. She loves to see the little craft ideas scattered throughout Family Fun and likes all the "pretty pictures" in Wondertime. For the next few nights we even use those magazines as part of our nighttime reading. (Which is a wonderful respite for me, as you can imagine.)
Both issues are a treat for me as well. Family Fun is a bright cheerful publication focused on families with elementary age children. Kid friendly recipes, games and crafts fill the colorful pages. I loved this month's article on easy to create costumes. Is it weird I kind of wanted to be this Sushi Roll myself? The other day I went into the garage and found Shane spray painting small pumpkins blacks. He explained that he was going to turn them into bats. "So Shane. Where did you get that idea?" He smiled sheepishly. "That magazine of Lydia's".

I would describe Wondertime as being a little more "my style". It focuses on parenting babies and toddlers and has a very urban feel to it. The very first article in the November issue "Playover" hit home as it discussed the agony of traveling, long layovers and toddlers in tow. That, for the record, is my own personal hell. I loved how the author wrote about the child's perceptive of exciting train rides throughout the airport and even getting to stay in a hotel when the flight was canceled. What joy! Having experienced every flight nightmare save crashing and high jacking - it eased my mind (a tad) in regards to the 14 hour flight Lydia and I will be talking in a few weeks. The graphics and photography in Wondertime are very modern and clean and the articles are relevant to things I am actually interested in. This month's issue addressed helping toddlers with their fears, what baby babble really means, and why pregnancy dreams are so freaking weird. (Anyone else have that experience?)

Want to get in on the reading fun? Disney Family (the publishing house behind both magazines) has graciously offered 6 readers a year long subscription to either Family Fun or Wondertime!

Contest Rules:

1. Go to Family Fun and Wondertime and check out the sites. Between now and Thursday, October 30th, let me know in a comment on this post which subscription you would like to win.

2. For a extra entry, let me know in a separate comment that you are a subscriber or follower (see right hand sidebar) of Natalie's Sentiments.

3. For a third entry, let me know in a separate comment that you have blogged about my Fall Giveaway Soiree and that you have the icon on your side bar.

The winner will be announced on Halloween by random generator. Good luck!

Winner!!!

The Hand Picked Daisy winner is H2oh. Email me and I will get you the info you need to claim your prize. Congrats!

65 comments:

jenni said...

I have never heard of Wondertime, it looks great!

Becky said...

Looks like Family Fun would be perfect for us!!

Becky said...

I'm also a follower!!

Sallie said...

I love Family Fun and my subscription just ran out!

Sallie said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Helen said...

Family Fun, definitely.

Helen said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Loralynn said...

Family Fun! They have great projects!

Loralynn said...

I also am a follower!!

Becky said...

Well since I already subscribe to family fun, I will have to say Wondertime.

Becky said...

I'm a follower

Lannae Johnson said...

As a mother of two little boys and a preschool art teacher, I think a subscription to Family Fun would be perfect. It seems like it is full of great ideas I could use both at home and at school. Thanks for such a great offer. I love your blog and for the life of me cannot remember how I ran across it!

Stohl Family said...

I would love a subscription to Family Fun!

Stohl Family said...

I am a subscriber!

~Wyatt~Brittney~Brecken~ said...

I would LOVE to have Family Fun! I love little crafty projects, such a great way to interact and have fun with your kiddies!

~Wyatt~Brittney~Brecken~ said...

Also there is a shout out and you are in my links and I am a follower!

The Pyper Fam said...

These magazines look so great! I'd love subscriptions to either one! Even if I don't win, I might start subscribing! :)

The Pyper Fam said...

And I'm also a follower! I love that picture of Lydia on your banner, btw!

Lyssa said...

I would love to have Family FUn since my oldest is getting at that age for crafts and school! Thanks!

Lyssa said...

I have your blog on my feeder:
stufflyssamakes.blogspot.com

Lyssa said...

I have blogged about the giveaways and have your button too!

Katie Stacey said...

I would love a subscription to Family Fun.

Katie Stacey said...

I subscribe to your blog.

Becky said...

I would love the Family Fun subscription!

Becky said...

I am also subscribed to your blog

krystyn said...

I would LOVE a subscription to Wondertime. I need all the tips on babies & toddlers I can get. :-)

krystyn said...

I'm also a new subscriber...heck, I live in Knoxville - does being a 'neighbor' count for anything? LOL!!! Thank you!

The Linabooty's said...

Everytime I go to the doctors office I read Family fun and steal the subscription card but never send it in I'll take that one please:)

jenstamps said...

This was a tough one both magazines are great but since I love all the craft and recipe ideas I have to go with Family Fun!

jenstamps said...

I am a subscriber!

Heidi Boos said...

I just signed up to receive Family Fun and a week ago I got my first magazine. Love it! So, I would definitely choose Wondertime. Sounds fun!

Heidi Boos said...

I am a subscriber.

Jess said...

I would love to get Family Fun. I visit their website often, but it would be nice to get the magazine too.

jenjen said...

I love Wondertime. It's great. Love your blog!

Dover Fam said...

I have had both and REALLY miss my Family Fun subscribtion so that is the one I would really love.
Thanks for the offer.

Dover Fam said...

I have your button on my blog.

Beth said...

I get both these mags & love them! Would love to win a renewal for either one!

SuperCoolMom said...

I LOVE FamilyFun!

SuperCoolMom said...

You're on my reader!

Anonymous said...

I would love Family Fun!
Thanks!
hayleemollerup@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm also a subscriber!
hayleemollerup@yahoo.com

Jodi Renshaw said...

I would love Wonder Time. Thank you.

jrenshaw at hotmail dot com

Jodi Renshaw said...

I'm a subscriber.

jrenshaw at hotmail dot com

PheMom said...

Hi Natalie! I am a total dork - I think I forgot to email you and tell you my BBM package arrived. I emailed Stephanie, but I don't think I let you know. Anyway, my post is going up today. Thanks so much for everything!! I really loved my package!

The Mitchell Family said...

I think Wondertime would be the best fit for my family.

The Mitchell Family said...

I'm also a subscriber!

Misty said...

I found your blog and I am so glad I did! I love it! I would like a subscription to Family Fun. You have a beautiful little girl!

Adam Archibald Family said...

We love to try new things!!! Family Fun would give us lots of opportunities to do just that!!!

Stacie Aho said...

I love magazines...

I would like to get Family Time!

The Jackson Family said...

Family Fun magazine would be wonderful!

The Jackson Family said...

I am also a subscriber!

The Jackson Family said...

I also a you on my sidebar:)

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

Family Fun For Us :)

Doty Family said...

I love both sites and I visit both often! Would love a subscription to family fun, because I have let mine expire!! Shame on me. And thank you!!

Jessica said...

Wondertime looks interesting.

Bianca said...

We would love family fun.

Bianca said...

Your in my google reader.

Bianca said...

I've blogged about the giveaway and have your icon on my sidebar.

Sarah S said...

I would love to win Wondertime!

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I would like the Wondertime subscription. I already receive Family Fun and I love it.

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I am a subscriber.

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I have a button on my blog and I blogged about you.

jennmom2000 said...

I would love wondertime since I already get family fun. I love it!

jennmom2000 said...

I subscribe

jennmom2000 said...

I blogged about you.

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