Love This Mag, part 2

My two favorite magazines, Life:Beautiful and Garden & Gun arrived in the mailbox the other day. I wrote about Life:Beautiful here. Today I want to share with you a different kind of magazine.

Unfortunately, I believe the south has an image problem. The media likes to portray the people as confederate flag waving- toothless-overweight-uneducated-rednecks eating pork rinds and marrying our cousins. Honey Boo Boo doesn’t help this image much.

I was born in Chicago but moved to South Carolina soon after. Growing up we never had sweet tea, boiled p-nuts or okra. In fact, the first time I ever had grits was when I met Superman’s family in college. I met his kinfolk, rode a pickup truck and thought I was in heaven, eating homemade pimento cheese, peach cobbler and banana pudding. I love the south!

Garden & Gun Magazine is a bi-monthly publication out of Charleston, S.C. that defines “the soul of the south”.

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Like supermarket magazines, G&G has recipes, celebrities, entertainment and homes to look at. But what makes it different is that the recipes might be about Sapelo Island Clams, small batch spirits, or fresh caught quail. As for celebrities, you won’t hear about their latest exploits. In the Feb/March 2012 issue, Morgan Freeman takes you to his southern Mississippi roots.

20130328-115829.jpgArtists like this leather bag maker are highlighted. I love reading about the men and women who hand carve boats, grind steel into oyster knives, and throw clay to create beautiful pottery.

20130328-120327.jpgThe latest music born in the south.
G&G taps into the southern music scene featuring artists you may not hear on your local radio station but are so worth hearing.

20130328-120519.jpgHaving “gun” in your title, you must talk about Ihunting, right? I had never seen a gun before I met Superman. I was totally against them only because I didn’t have a clue about them. Now I appreciate the tradition of hunting, the skill in shooting and the fascinating work of the dogs.

20130328-122519.jpgI love this….”There’s more to being Southern than just living below the Mason-Dixon.” Yes, there is! I love it here and reading this magazine makes me proud of my home.

Do you have a favorite magazine that you look forward to reading each month? Tell me about it in the comment section below. I’d love to discover new reads! Thanks for stopping by:)

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Love this Mag, part 1

I am so excited! I am planning on where I will sit, (inside or outside?) The blanket I’ll use to snuggle up in. And what will be my beverage of choice? (A hot cup of tea or coffee? A glass of wine?). My two favorite magazines have arrived in the mail.

These two are not to be read nilly-willy, on the run or with a quick flip of the pages. Oh no. They are to be slowly devoured page by page, soaking in the photographs, admiring the beautiful pictures. Time needs to be taken to actually read the articles. Yup! They have articles that are masterfully written and are longer than the one paragraph insights of most magazines.

The first of my favorites is Life:Beautiful.

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It is a family run magazine with Mom, Dad, daughters, son-in-laws and children contributing to the final product. It is published quarterly, which makes it even more special when it comes in the mail. You won’t find how to’s for your sex life, celebrity updates, the newest fads or -get this- Advertisements! How do they do it without? I have no idea, but I like it!

Each issue has recipes, decorating, crafts, monthly calendars for reading scripture and columns for your health, money and marriage. Each article is thoughtfully written to glorify God. I don’t find it preachy, but more showing this beautiful life that God has created. I finish reading with a renewed sense of peace. You won’t want to throw this magazine away!

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I want every woman to have this magazine in their hands. Since I can’t possibly give one to every woman, I will give a one year subscription to a random chosen reader. Just leave a message in the comment section and you will be put in the drawing!