Friday, September 7, 2012

Carina's first magazine: Highlights Hello - Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

When I was young, I loved the Hidden Pictures pages in Highlights magazine. Whenever I found myself at the dentist or doctor's office, I reached for Highlights and had at it. Truth? Whenever I'm there waiting for an appointment today I will still opt for Highlights over Lucky or People magazine. What can I say? I prefer locating hidden utensils and tools to viewing much-too-skinny models or reading about Tom Cruise's latest dose of crazy. 

Magazine for babies, Highlights, Highlights hello
I had the opportunity to meet the Highlights team during BlogHer and had such a wonderful time! They threw a lovely brunch to celebrate the upcoming launch of their magazine for babies ages 0-2 and their caregivers, entitled Highlights Hello.

Receiving the advanced reading copy of the magazine was absolutely perfect timing for us, as I left New York City immediately after BlogHer and drove straight to Virginia Beach (yep - 6 hours in the car with a 19 Month old!) for vacation with Mike and Carina. I gave her her very own copy of Highlights Hello after she woke up from a nap and she had a blast reading it! She calls it her "magazine", although I have to admit it sounds more like "mah-ah-zee". 

Reading her magazine (PS - no, that's definitely not her binky anchored to her sun hat...oops)
Highlights Hello is printed with non-toxic ink that contains soy and/or vegetable oils, so no need to worry about your little one trying to eat the pages. The paper itself is durable and washable, and even has rounded corners. Basically? It's indestructible. Baby can attempt to rip it, chew on it, or even throw it in the toilet and you can just watch, giggle, and feel proud about how smart you are for giving them something that they can't destroy. There may or may not be a few bite marks on ours, although our cat might actually be to blame for that... ;)

With colorful images, simple stories, and fun activities, Highlights Hello is perfect to share with your baby. I sit with Carina in my lap and read her the stories as she points out items in the pictures. "Birdy! Bunny! Ball!" she really gets going. Highlights' mission for their new magazine:
  • Introduce the joy of reading
  • Encourage quality time together
  • Offer helpful tips for parents
  • Engage young children visually
  • Support early language development
Additionally, expert advice from pediatricians, psychologists, and educators is printed inside the envelope of the magazine to provide support and encouragement for new parents.

Hidden pictures for babies!
Reading her magazine
As you can see above, Carina really enjoys "reading" Highlights Hello. I can't wait to receive future issues! The only room I see for improvement would be making the magazine a little longer. I think Carina would appreciate a few more pages to peruse ;)

Would you like to see more of what's inside? Check out the sneak peak of Highlights Hello!

Highlights Hello releases in December! It ships worldwide, and there are special discounts for 2 and 3 year subscriptions. **If your little one will outgrow the magazine (geared for ages 0-2) before your subscription ends, you can simply switch it to Highlights High Five (ages 2-6) at any time!** And as an extra bonus, you'll receive a Hidden Pictures calendar and stickers with each subscription ::squeee!::

Highlights is generously offering one of my readers a 12 Month subscription to Highlights Hello!

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Click "Read More" below and then follow the instructions on the widget. Make sure to click "Enter!" after you complete each entry. All currents count! The giveaway is open Worldwide and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, September 17th.

The first entry is mandatory - Leave me a comment (or put in the extra info box in Rafflecopter) telling me for whom you'd like the subscription (son, daughter, grandchild, niece/nephew, etc.)! Once you complete this entry, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

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