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I recently discovered this magazine while standing in line waiting to pay. I noticed it due to the very delectable deserts that were on the cover. I thought they looked amazing and was very excited to buy the magazine and get it home and try to make my own versions of these deserts. I put the magazine in my basket and got back in line. I could not wait to get home and read that magazine. I put my grocery's in my car and got on my way. I arrived home and put away my grocery's and sat down at my kitchen table and started to read my magazine. I flipped through the pages looking to see if this was gonna be a worth the money mag or a waste of money mag. As I flipped through the pages I was thrilled to see that there was a great offer to subscribe to the magazine. 2 years for the price of one. How could I not take the offer and run with it. I filled out my card and mailed it that day. As I neared the back of the magazine I discovered that not only did I have what was pictured on the cover but about 20 other recipes for me to try out. There were some for dinner ideas as well as side dishes and deserts. I was amazed at how many different recipes there were in that small little magazine. I took more time to go back over the book and was very happy to see that there were informative aritcles as well not that I read them I was more concerned about the food side of the magazine. I have been getting my magazine with out any problem for about 6 months now and I have to say I would be so lost with out it. They really give you some great dinner ideas as well as many other ideas. This is a functional magazine. One I cant do with out.
Despite not have the requisite family or, for that matter, circle, I’ve been a reader of this magazine ever since I was a little girl and used to pinch it from the collection in my mother’s bedroom, sitting on her bed having my hair dried. I read the same issue week after week for ages, never tiring of it. Times changed, I had my hair cut short and stopped reading this magazine, but re-discovered it a decade or so later when I started uni and began to take annoyingly long train trips. It’s called “Family Circle” but in my mind that “Family” could be replaced with “Mothers’”. I don’t mean this in a sexist way, but I do believe that no matter how many house husbands there are out there, this magazine is read by very few men. The first page of the issue in front of me (it’s an advert for L’Oreal Anti Aging cream) reinforces the idea that I’ve been hatching that I’m pretty far off their target audience. I’m not wrinkly, I can’t afford L’Oreal and I don’t have any kids. I’m nearer in age to the readers’ children than to the readers themselves, and yet top of the list of things I need my mum to bring to Rome for me is the latest issue. The magazine is published monthly and costs about 1.85 GBP although occasionally they have cheaper special offer months. Each issue has the same basic structure but with different articles, offers and so on. ooo YOUR HEALTH A mixture of traditional and alternative approaches, this section has articles, problem pages and A-Zs on topics appropriate to both adult and child health. This is one of my favourite sections, not least because compared to the case studies presented, I’m remarkably healthy :-) It often includes summaries of latest studies too, a bonus since, apart from a moment of madness a few years ago, I don’t read the Lancet. My latest discovery? That you sho uld put honey on cuts as it offers 4 times the antibacterial activity of normal antiseptics. ooo YOUR FAMILY A mixed bag of reader interviews (typical topic, a non alarmist “Why I love being an older mum”), debates (whether or not children should wear school uniform) and panel advice articles (an expert’s view on how to deal when your kids fall in with the “wrong crowd”) ooo YOUR HOME Another section I like, this has Changing room style makeovers, solutions to common problems e.g. how to fit in more storage space when you’ve no visible room for it, and the latest news from the world of home improvements. ooo YOUR LOOKS The only section I don’t love, I usually end up skipping 99% of this as it’s the one part I find totally irrelevant to me – beauty tips for middle aged skins, and the best clothes for toddlers don’t really apply. ooo REAL FOOD Another part I like, quite surprising considering the fact I won’t eat most of the dishes they offer. This is a pull out mini magazine with the emphasis on life savers for busy mums – quick meals that are nutritious, food that you can prepare in advance and freeze, but which also appeals to the little ones and so on. Each month they offer a guide to one specific food too, for example a look at the different types and shapes of pasta, and how each should be served. As well as all these the magazine offers horoscopes, letters pages, travel guides, crosswords, film and book reviews and special reader offers, though I’ve never been tempted by their “super hard wearing multi purpose all weather garden furniture” and the like. Though there are a lot of adverts scattered among the pages, these are usually well placed – bacofoil in the food part, varnish in the home section – and so don’t seem as intrusive as in some other publicati ons. It’s an interesting, intelligent read and gives those 65p / week women’s mags a run for their money. Not only is this better written, but there’s less repetition since it’s only published once a month, and it works out cheaper. You’ve just missed one of the best freebies of the year, but look out next November for their free diaries – packed full of useful info, and cheaper than buying one from a shop, plus you get the magazine included in the price. Definitely worth a try.
Whilst waiting at the supermarket checkout recently, I glanced at the magazines. Placed selectively to attract attention, of course. The usual home, tv and food magazines, didn't attract me but surprisingly I was attracted to Family Circle. "By what", I hear you say. Firstly - the price - ONLY £1.60, what can you buy for that these days. Secondly - the Front Cover - Numerous items, all sounding interesting. Thirdly - I was moving up the queue and had to make a decision. SO I BOUGHT IT. I READ IT LITERALLY COVER TO COVER OVER A PERIOD OF A WEEK. I picked it up and put it down on numerous occasions, and every time I picked it up, I found something of more interest than the last item. I even caught my husband glancing through it a couple of times. The index is split into 6 categories and each is elaborated on to whet your appetite. The most appealing and appetizing has to be the 26 page "Real Food" insert.(sorry for the pun). It caters for all age groups, male and female and it certainly was £1.60 well spent. So if you're looking for a holiday, a crossword, a short story, a new recipe, gardening tips, advice on how to deal with teenagers, etc. etc. pick up Family Circle you won't regret it, I didn't. I won't tell you anymore or you won't want to buy it will you. P.S. the new issue was released on the 12th July, how do I know? I've just bought it, of course.