Summer Reading with Disney Story Central!

Summer Reading with Disney Story Central!

Summer’s here get hot and even though we are barely into June we’re already experiencing temperatures over 100 degrees!  It’s pretty miserable especially when we’re also in a drought and can’t head outdoors to play in water to cool off.  So with an active four year old I’m having to find fun things to do indoors to keep him entertained.  I try to keep him busy with painting, playing with playdough, building indoor forts, reading books, dancing to music etc.  Like a normal 4 year old these days though he really enjoys watching T.V. or playing on an iPad.  Since we limit his technology time we try to make sure we don’t over do it with this.  When he does get technology time, we try to make sure that it’s learning centered.

Lately we’ve been enjoying allowing him to read interactive books on Disney Story Central.

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Toddler Tuesday – Encouraging Reading in Kids

Toddler Tuesday – Encouraging Reading in Kids

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Toddler Tuesday!


The Love Nugget is a huge book worm and we LOVE it!  It’s so fun to see him engaged in stories as we read them, choosing books over toys in the store, and sitting in his chair going through baskets of books rather than watching T.V.  We encourage reading in our house in many different ways and so far it seems to be helping.

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Go Green with Next Issue!

Go Green with Next Issue!

I love to read magazines.

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The problem is, I don’t have as much time to spend browsing them like I once did.  I used to look forward to my monthly magazine subscriptions like it was my birthday!  They would arrive and I would park it on the couch to skim the pages, marking what I liked, cutting out recipes, or clipping workouts I wanted to try later.  Now, when my magazines come they sit on the table for days, weeks sometimes over a month before I have time to look through them.  They also contain so many ads these days that I feel like I’m wasting my money on useless paper that is just going to end up in the trash.  Not very eco friendly at all 🙁

Even though I don’t have as much time to browse them at home, there have been plenty of times when I’m waiting somewhere like the Doctors office, my hair salon, etc. where one of my magazines would come in handy.  So when I heard about Next Issue, an app that offers unlimited access to a very large magazine selection, I knew it would be perfect for me!


I signed up and right away began choosing the magazines I wanted in my library.  It was extremely easy to navigate and choose which magazines I was interested in reading.  Once they are added, new issues will automatically appear in my library which I thought was pretty cool!  I also like that you can download magazines for offline reading so you’ve always got something to browse.

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Like I mentioned above with the paper magazines, I was getting really tired of all the endless pages of advertisements.  Next issue still has these ads but they also allow you to quickly skip ahead with one swipe of the page or to just tap the page to reveal a shortcut tool that will allow you to jump ahead to where you’d like to be.  So much easier than turning page after page of advertisements!

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As you can see from my magazines above, I like to read fitness related ones to learn about new trends, health news and new workouts.  I’m a visual learner but sometimes the pictures describing the workouts don’t cut it for me.  What’s really cool about reading fitness magazines on Next issue is that they include a short video for the workouts.  So much easier than trying to figure out how to go from A to B to C and back to A!

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The pricing is fairly reasonable when you think about the money you’ll be saving with multiple magazine subscriptions.   For an Unlimited basic package you pay, $9.99/month and have access to all 84 monthly titles including current and back issues, e.g., Cooking Light, Esquire, Real Simple, Vanity Fair, Wired, etc.  For their Premium package, you pay $14.99/month which includes unlimited access to all monthly and weekly titles including current and back issues, e.g., The New Yorker, People, Time, etc.

Next Issue is currently available for Apple iPad, iPad mini, Android tablets, Windows 8 PCs and tablets.  I’m hoping it becomes available for iPhone soon!  If you’re interested in trying it out, they are offering a free 30 day trial where you will be able to access over 90 different magazine titles.  You can see a complete list here but just a few  included are, Cooking Light, ESPN, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Health, Men’s Fitness and much more!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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