Who Reads Cookie? The Cookie reader is a busy and discerning parent who is interested first and foremost in her family’s well-being, but also in maintaining her sense of style and her interests in adult, pre-baby pursuits. The first lifestyle magazine for families, Cookie understands that parenting is a study in extremes—equal parts unbridled joy and abject terror, exhilaration and exhaustion, unconditional love and moments of resentment. As the modern parents’ guide to travel, food, fashion, health, home, and more, Cookie breaks the mold. With a voice that’s as candid as it is celebratory, its mission is to offer inspiration and information to a generation of moms and dads whose balancing acts between work and family is ever more challenging—and in so doing, to give them enough confidence in their instincts (which can be hard to make out, amid the deafening chorus of parenting advice). Through a unique combination of reporting and first-person observation and a visual language that is whimsical yet sophisticated, Cookie reminds parents that taking care of themselves—their relationships, their minds, and their bodies—and being a good parent are by no means mutually exclusive.
What You Can Expect in Each Issue: Regular Departments include:
Smart Cookie: The place for tips, tricks, and products that help readers save time, money, and space while doing it in style.
Dressing: The best of clothing and accessories for moms and kids.
Taking Care: Beauty tips for mom and health advice for the whole family.
Traveling: Road trips and city guides to make any destination family-friendly.
Eating: Recipes and strategies to help readers create easy, delicious, and healthful meals.
Celebrating: Kids' birthday-party ideas.
Nesting: The best stuff for the home and nursery, as well as storage and organization strategies.
Gearing Up: Road tests of baby gear and kids' toys.
Figuring it Out: Essays on subjects ranging from loss and nannies to how to deal with the grandparents and competitive mothering.
Reviews: The best of kids' books, TV, movies, music, games, toys, and DVDs.
Features: As a lifestyle magazine, Cookie covers many subjects in its well: home, food, fashion, beauty, travel, how other families live, relationships, health, books, and shopping. Cookie is especially proud of its packages, which include its Best of Family Travel; Underrated, Under-the-Radar Children's Books; Developmental Toys; and Home Storage.
Contributors: Cookie has purposefully sought out writers who do not usually cover the subject of parenting and family, but are best known for thoughtful prose on subjects ranging from politics to sex. Regular contributors include Eleanor Casey, Heidi Julavits, and Lori Leibovich. Cookie is also proud to have tastemakers in its corner like Veronica Webb, Mary Alice Stephenson, Helen Schifter, and Lucy Sykes. To round out the mix, Cookies has parenting experts who offer relief for the anxiety and questioning of parenthood.
Magazine Layout: Breaking from the parenting category's familiar tropes, such as pastel colors and cutesy, childlike design elements, Cookie’s pages combine clean, structural elements with traditional typographics and fresh motifs, with the express purpose of appealing to moms—not kids. With a highly original mix of lifestyle, travel, fashion, and still-life photographic styles, the magazine offers a well-paced design experience that feels comfortable yet fresh. The logo, display type, and folios are custom fonts created by Cookie’s art department. Unique type treatments on feature stories provide visual commentaries, complementing the mood of the editorial content. And hand-drawn illustrations infuse the pages with warmth and whimsy. The magazine’s overall design delivers a healthy balance of white space on information-packed text and visuals, while bold colors and oversize numerals serve as clear, convenient navigational cues throughout.
Comparisons to Other Magazines: Cookie has no direct competitors. Cookie is not a parenting magazine, although it addresses parenting issues and is targeted to moms. As a lifestyle magazine for parents, it alone populates its niche. The mom filter that Cookie applies to the subjects it covers (food, fashion, travel, home, health, and relationships) speaks to the woman within the mother, and makes her feel chic, in-the-know, and part of a community of caring, unjudging peers sharing the same experience.
Advertising: Cookie aims to get a range of advertisers as diverse as the editorial content. And from pantry staples to high-end fashion brands, it has been successful at getting all types of ad pages. The Cookie ad team has even broken into such lucrative categories as automotive and beauty.
Awards: In 2007, after Cookie’s first full year of publication, it was nominated for General Excellence by its peers at the American Society of the Magazine Editors (it's comparable to being nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award). In 2008, Cookie was again nominated in the same category. In 2007, Cookie was named Ad Age's Launch of the Year. In 2008, Cookie made Adweek's Hot List. Also, in 2008, editor-in-chief Pilar Guzm¨¢n was named one of the Crain's "40 Under 40"—the only publishing executive to make the prestigious list this year.
Cookie is the new magazine that celebrates the joys of parenthood. Each issue brings you the best of everything for you and your child ? fashion style, travel gear, books, toys, music and design...plus parenting advice from the world's leading experts. Cookie is full of fun and inspiration to lead a rich, wonderful life with your children!
Fun, interesting, kind of upscale parenting magazine Some people say it's pretentious, but after getting a free subscription to Cookie, I really find I enjoy it. No, I'm not going to buy a $400 shirt for a toddler, but I'm not going to buy a $30,000 gown featured in Vogue either, and I enjoy that magazine as well.
This is a pretty magazine, with interesting articles and some reasonably-priced ideas and features. I really like the food sections. It's probably not good for organic parenting or anyone trying to simplify their lives, but I find it a source of good ideas and a little bit of escapism. If you're a parent who likes travel, gourmet food, and appreciates the existence of a sex advice column in a parenting magazine, check it out....more info
just the right mix This magazine may not be for everyone, but I find it just the right mix of parenting, baby and relationship information with a fun contemporary spin. I don't expect to be able to afford or even want everything or anything in most of the magazines I pick up, but I like seeing what cute stuff is out there and getting ideas for the nursery and baby. Especially now that Domino is gone - I really look forward to Cookie. ...more info
if i could give it zero ... every magazine strives to have an "editorial voice" -- the feeling that as you read, it's one individual speaking to you the whole time. and when i put this magazine down, i had the feeling that i would not want to be in the same room with that "editorial voice" for a moment.
if i could give this magazine zero stars, i would. i wanted to add to the pile of negative reviews ... i wish i would have counted the number of indignant "hah!"s that came from my mouth as i read the december issue. the kicker, as "busymom" stated before me, being the birds-and-bees author's horrifying perspective on her daughter's future intimacy -- to know there are moms who actually think that way about their elementary-school-age children makes me want to cry.
this magazine is written for the moms in "the nanny diaries" to read at the salon while the nanny takes their kids to "mommy and me."
to sum up, it was disgusting and snobbish, it made me sick and i never want to see it again....more info
Great "eye candy" but don't bother unless you make a million a year I agree with other reviews. I thought it was going to be a fun alternative style parenting mag. When I got it and saw that
"oh so cute" INFANT faux fur for ONLY 395 bucks I knew this was NOT the kind of magazine for me.
I hope they have enough celebrity subscriptions.....because for "normal" people this magazine is a total waste of paper....more info
Coo-Coo Magazine I received a free promotional subscription with a purchase of something. Now I regret I agreed to it. This magazine is a waste of time and money (and we, consumers, directly or indirectly pay for it). A few comments in addition to other negative reviews: in one of the last issues I read about a stubborn boy wanting to wear a dress/skirt to school and confused parents allowing him to (now they are facing a problem of maintaining a separate wardrobe with girl clothing for their son); and an article on what porno videos to watch and when. "Very insightful" publications. Oh, last issue had a simple trout recipe. I saved the recipe, the rest of the magazine went into recycling bin the very same day. ...more info
So pretentious I had hopes that this magazine would be a nice alternative to the others out there. From the moment I opened it, it felt so smug. I gave it a chance and read it cover to cover (the April issue). But what finally did me in (after having read that I could buy an $800 blouse to make me feel pretty in that after pregnancy stage, that I could match my children's shoes to my Jimmy Choo's and finally that I could buy my child the latest $300 tricycle) was the article entitled "Normal" about a child who was misdiagnosed with Autism. The article discussed how distraught the mother was after her child was diagnosed with Autism to the point that she tried to committ suicide. The article ended with the fact that the child turned out to be a genius. What was the point of this article? To say thank God it wasn't true? What about those parents out there who have an autistic child, how does this article make them feel? The article was painful and insensitive. There are better ways to spend you $10 than on Cookie....more info
Not your typical parenting magazine I can understand why some people don't like this magazine. I enjoy it. I also enjoy Parents magazine. But they're very different. Cookie has some practical kids articles, dinner ideas, etc. But it also reads more like a women's fashion magazine. The products featured (especially the clothing) is really expensive. I enjoy flipping through, but would never actually buy anything. But that's how most women's magazines are so I don't necessarily find it pretentious, just different from typical parenting magazines. ...more info
Fun, modern approach to family lifestyle; nice alternative. I have never written a review but felt very compelled when I read all the negative comments on this magazine. Currently, I receive Cookie free but when my subscription expires, I will happily pay to renew it. Every month, I look forward to my next issue of Cookie. As the Amazon product description states, this is a lifestyle magazine and hooray to that! I WANT to see stylish families with babies strapped to their hips. For me it means that my life doesn't have to be so darn practical. Cookie should not be compared to mainstream parenting magazines. If you want a parenting magazine packed FULL of practical advice, Cookie is not it. While I do like the practical magazines for keeping me informed of things I should know, I enjoy Cookie for its blend of family topics. I'm a full-time working mom and I have used many, many of their quick-to-make recipes with unexpected yet simple ingredients. Cookie is a fun alternative. Regarding the high-end children's fashion, I love flipping through those pages! Does this mean I can afford to buy most of the fashions and/or products advertised? NO, but I like to see what's new and find my own versions. Does everything have to be functional and practical?? If so, then I might as well wear a sack for a dress and strap on a fanny pack; the same for my daughter. Come on ladies, mommy wants to have fun as well!!
Throwing it out I was given a free subscription to this magazine, and it is obviously biased. If you believe in liberal values you'd probably eat up this crap but for my conservative self it is in-your-face offensive. It goes in the trash now whenever it arrives....more info
not realistic on this planet I ordered this mag because my nephew was selling subscriptions for a fund raiser. Boy howdy, did I waste my money. The articles are absolutely absurd. I agree with all the other reviews that this is a extraordinarily pretentious magazine. Do yourself a HUGE favor and get Wondertime instead....more info
Trash I ordered this magazine to use some frequent flyer miles. I agree with other readers that it is targeting an upscale market. That did not bother me as much as the lack of morals the magazine promoted in my first issue. Page 193 December 2007 "The idea that Lucie "Save" herself for marriage and then risk marrying someone who sucked in bed scared me more than teen pregnancy". Yes the author was an advocate for premartial sex for her children. As a mother of two teens this will be the first and last issues that enters my home. It will be cancelled even though it was FREE. Don't waste your money!...more info
I love it and... I am a typical mom...This magazine is not for Betty Crocker type moms, but it is for 21st century moms who want a parenting magazine that speaks to us like we are still thinking and intelligent women. I find the articles very interesting (they are on topics that I am thinking about in my everyday life, living "greener", childhood vaccines, etc.), and love the Cookie Dough section (where you get coupons or deals for on-line stores). I read it cover to cover. Got it for free from Amazon and am thinking about re-subscribing. I really don't understand all the negative reviews....more info
Ugh. I will just ditto what everyone else says. I gave it a chance since it was a free subscription, but I'm still canceling. WAY too pretentious -- I highly recommend "Wondertime" instead!...more info
Completely Ridiculous I subscribed to this magazine on a trial offer and was thankful it was easy to cancel. That's about the only positive thing I can say about it. The articles were ridiculous, impractical, elitist and materialistic garbage. Definitely NOT recommended. ...more info
Entitled and Mean Spirited I was going to buy this and then stumbled on it in the doctor's office. I love InStyle, Lucky and other shopping mags, but the tone of this is mean and snooty. There are too many ads, and very little content. There's a Q&A section about sex after baby that's just mean, threatening that if you don't jump back in, "one of you will start sleeping with the girl in marketing..." Way to put an anti-feminist tone on sex after baby. Yuck. ...more info
Fantastic - not pretentious I view this magazine differently than many of the other raters, apparently. I have not found it to be the least bit pretentious. In fact, I prefer it to the other parenting magazines to which I subscribe. I find it intelligent and well written for an educated reader. Granted, I do not necessarily agree with every article, but I've always believed that it's important to be aware of the pros and cons of all approaches, including the beliefs of others, and I'd rather read new and different views than read the same story regurgitated 1000 times over. I also find the ads and recommended products inspiring - I might splurge on one or two items or simply find similar versions elsewhere at lower prices. ...more info
LOVE IT! Makes me feel (for the 1/2 hour i spend reading it) that it's still possible to be Glam, even w/ jelly stuck in my hair! LOVE the fashion layouts and interviews w/ celeb moms. This magazine is geared towards those who read fashion magazines in their young childless years. ...more info
Great if you are a filthy-rich unrealistic parent! Of all the parenting mags I've read or casually looked at, Cookie is the worst. In fact, it could quite possibly be the lamest magazine across all genres.
Initially, Cookie was advertised as a magazine for moms and their kids, for the trendy, modern mom. Okay, I'm a young, (in my own mind) hip mom. The mag sounded great. So I, like a fool, subscribed based on a little 4X6 card that came in the mail.
Whoa is me! Cookie is 1/3 advertisement for items far, far, far, far to pricey for your average (or even above average) family income. Baby shampoo at 60 dollars a bottle? A five thousand dollar crib that isn't a standard size so you have to purchase the four hundred dollar sheet sets as well?
Don't even get me started on the vacations. "Mommy Bikini Bootcamp"? A mama and baby getaway geared to whip post-baby mom back into shape with packages from $5000 to $10000.
So one can only imagine, at this point, the food ideas, the decorating tips, the clothing spreads . . . call me old-fashioned, frugal, without culture, or whatever, but this mag is ridiculous. I'm sure there is a wealthy New York mom that is so happy that a parenting magazine with some class is finally available, but the best thing about this magazine is that you can gawk and giggle at the ads and articles with your (humdrum penny-pinching) friends every month!...more info
Pretentious, yes... Sure, the advertisements cater to a wealthier crowd... but it's still a very cool, well-written publication. As a stay-at-home-mom who couldn't afford a single thing in the magazine, I still really enjoy the articles & layout. Who says one has to be rich to enjoy a good flip through a mag? I think it may also bother some that it caters to a "younger, hipper" crowd. Some of the articles come from an alternative point-of-view, but I happen to really dig that.
I recommend it to all of my friends and will continue to subscribe!...more info
Had to cancel after the first issue... I get Vogue, Harper's, etc. and was looking forward to a more "upscale" mag for parents...but this is chock-full of meaningless drivel and eyeball-rolling articles that took me about 2 minutes to skim through. It's pretentious - but not in a fun way. I just discovered "Wondertime" and it's all that I wanted Cookie to be. Intelligent, modern, thoughtfully written...ads that appeal to a different demographic than some of the other parenting mags...articles that make sense to a modern mommy without the need to roll your eyes as you read it...not overwhelmed with the horrible advertising that Cookie inundates you with...realistic for most demographics including higher tax brackets...
I don't see the point for Cookie magazine to exist. I had to cancel my subscription, and I'm someone who LOVES getting mags (I subscribe to about 15, several being parenting magazines). I felt myself becoming a worse parent and human being for reading Cookie's drivel....more info
Love cookie mag!!! If you prefer the ultra-conservative, Midwestern approach to parenthood then continue to read "parenting" or "American baby". I feel that these magazines are so narrow and honestly every month do I need to be reminded of the simple mundane things (such a routine vaccinations or caring for your newborn?!). The wal-mart and minivan loving moms may not dig cookie but I adore this magazine. From cute clothes for your kids to keeping things fresh with the hubby, it encompasses all things that come with being a parent such as wanting an occasional baby- free shopping day to planning your childs birthday party. Yes its geared to people who are better off, but honestly why does this offend people? And seriously if you are looking to a periodical for deep parenting and budget advice try Dr. Sears or money magazine...not cookie!
No useful content Yup, I got this as a free subscription too. It has no useful content to me. In the latest issue I flipped through it page by page and there was only one article that I found interesting. The magazine just seems to be like a shopping magazine geared towards high end kids items. I could not relate much to anything. One article had a mom writing about how sleep deprived she was because both her kids did not sleep through the night until 6 months! She had to take 4 days to go to spa retreat. Please! I know so many mothers myself included who would thank their lucky stars if their babies slept through the night at 6 months (mine still doesn't and is 12 months)!...more info
Yes, cool, for the modern parent For $10 a year, at least I can look at a magazine that isn't dominated by SpongeBrand Squarepants or Dora the Commercialized Explorer and that realizes not every parent thinks the Disney Princess pastel hegemony is the only way to go for a nursery. Will I pay $200 for a sweater? Very doubtful, but if I did it would be something I could pass down as an heirloom. True, I may spend more per item on my daughter's clothes and toys than most, but I also limit the number of things she does receive. I'd rather spend $100 on one unique toy I found in Cookie than give her twenty pieces of plastic at $5 a pop from some toy megapolis. Cookie covers quality over quantity, style over branding, modern over mainstream and for that I'm grateful....more info
Totally commercial-don't waste your money This is basically a magazine of advertising. Even the articles are advertising. It's horrible. I got it for free and tried to cancel just because I hate just throwing it in my recycle bin. They still send it. It's junkmail they are asking you to pay for. ...more info
Good Recipes, Nice Articles, Tons of Advertisements Pros:
-If you are not planning on saving the world, or hurting your brain, you will enjoy the simple articles.
-They have good recipes that show you how to work with common ingredients. Gives you an idea what to do with your leftovers, and how to feed your kids healthy snacks without overwhelming them.
-You also will find helpful coupons, and valuable family vacation ideas.
-This is a very thick magazine, much of which is advertisements. It contains only about 45 minutes' worth of reading material.
-Many of the items advertised are quite pricey, and not ideal for the average family dealing with childcare, tuition, mortgages, gas prices etc. ...more info
not COOL I have to agree with those who didn't care for it. the only thing I liked was one article written by a Dad who was skateboarding with his son. It was witty, insightful and inspirational. the rest of the mag just seemed totally irrelevent to my life. It is aimed at people who dry-clean their childrens clothes. Does anyone do that? I don't want my kids to be that concerned with clothes and money. the few issues I read made me mad and depressed. I've never written a review before but felt compelled to do so regarding this lame magazine. Give me break with that $400 cashmere hoodie for my son! my son likes his vilified character t-shirts and that is what matters. He is not a reflection of my style, he is a reflection of his own. Get over yourselves!...more info
LOVE this mag! Finally a modern parenting magazine! This magazine is great for expectant mothers and mothers with babies or young children. I even enjoy reading it for the information for adults - recommended vacation spots, beauty advice, etc....more info
Save your money This magazine is materialistic. Save your money, invest it and have a kid that can go to college worry-free instead of one that looks great but is in debt! This magazine shows how low our society has sunk. Actually, yes, I can afford nice things for my child, I just prefer to use my money more wisely...more info
Seems cool to me I've read everyone's reviews then I received my own copy in the mail. I like it. It's for parents who read Vogue, In Style- stuff like that. I don't want magazine advise on my kid. I get enough unwarranted advise already. Yes there are plenty of things I cannot afford, but like when I read fashion magazines in the past- I found a way to get the look I liked without coughing up so much I-need-to-pay-the-utilities dough. You can always DIY or knock off. I read to relax. The layout's nice. Lush colors. Fashion, decor, food and fluff articles. Hope Cookie hangs around for us parents who don't find they fit the Parents/ Good Housekeeping crowd....more info
A parenting magazine for the rich and famous---or just for gawkers like me! If you are like the vast majority of us and don't have unlimited money, you will not actually be able to BUY anything featured in this magazine, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to look at! I was a charter subscriber because I love kids clothes, especially boutique fancy ones. That doesn't mean I buy them, at least new, but I like knowing what the expensive brands look like for when I find them at the Goodwill! That about sums up Cookie Magazine for me---I can read about what I would do if I had the money.
This really isn't that different than reading a regular parenting magazine like Parents. Most of us don't really rush out and do all the crafts they show, or cook all the recipes, but it's still fun to know what we MIGHT do some day. I guess Cookie just lets me dream a little bigger.
My least favorite part of the magazine are the profiles of famous parents and their kids, mainly because they are rarely very insightful, mainly they are just used to model clothes. I don't mind the clothes, but why pretend it's an interview?
My latest issue of Cookie seems to be half recognizing today's financial situation---it actually has an article called Money-Saving Vacations! I actually hope they don't keep going in that direction---I want to read about THRILLING EXOTIC vacations that I will never take!
If you are looking for useful down to earth parenting tips and what K-Mart is selling this season, this is not the magazine for you. If you want to indulge in parenting fantasies for a while, look no further!...more info
not realistic, but fun to look at It is an upscale magazine, and I would never and could never buy any of the designer clothes, but it does have nice pictures and does give you an idea of what is popular, so that you can get the look with other less expensive brands. I also like the articles about travel, they show you fun family friendly places to take your kids in differnet cities and countries, some are reasonably priced. It had a 20% off coupon for Gymboree that made it worthwhile to me and I am considering renewing....more info
All ads I guess it is worth the $10 subscription. However this magazine was filled with ads, 75% ads 25% articles about things i already knew!! I learnt nothing from this magazine!...more info
Horrible Like the others, I received this magazine for free via Amazon. It is not a magazine for your typical mom. If you have a ton of money to spend on designer clothes for your child than this magazine is for you. Otherwise save your money and time and buy a subscription for a more useful magazine designed for real moms, personally I am a fan of Parent Magazine. I do not predict that this magazine will do well or last long. I too would like to cancel my free subscription but I have not had luck in doing so. Some other reviewers stated that this magazine was pretentious and I think that is the perfect description. I do not recommend this, even for free.
Who are the parents they designed this magazine for? Amazon "gave" me a subscription to Cookie free for a year. IMO that is the only way they could distribute it. I gave it a couple of months of reading then decided it was a waste of time for me to read, I didn't identify with anything in the magazine. It is a pretentious magazine.
Now when I get it in the mail, I toss it in the trash without reading it first. It is time for me to renew...they couldn't pay me to read the magazine and renew. It is that boring of a read....more info
Feed for the recycle bin So we got a free subscription, and I thought we'd give it a try. With a name like "Cookie" it had to be at least cute, right? Wrong! I flipped open to the article and photos about the children living in their own five-story grass frou-frou house behind their parents', along with their designer clothing and blonde good looks, and was sickened on a different level by the article written by the mother who supports open talk about sex with her children, including graphic explanations to her young son about her vibrator. It was the description, however, of her encouraging her daughter to enjoy the water on her private parts that completely turned me off, and that deal was sealed with the condemnation of the nanny, who does not support sex before marriage, because she's a CHRISTIAN! Oh, my, guess this wasn't written for me, becasue I'm a - gasp! - CHRISTIAN too!
I could cancel, but hey, if I just dump it into the recycle bin when it comes, maybe the company will go broke from postage. I should have known it was garbage when it was packaged with a complimentary issue of "Hollywood" magazine. Sheesh!...more info
bait and switch tactics make me sick i was looking forward to getting my free issue of Cookie along with the promised "stylish" diaper bag and then making my decision on if i would subscribe. but today i recieved my bill stating that after i sent in my $15, then i would be sent the diaper bag. the original offer was clear in it's intention, and i am disdainful of these techniques. i called the magazine and told them if they didn't honor the obvious tone of the orignal offer they could lose my information. after reading the other revues, i am glad i did....more info
I love this new magazine. I loved this new magazine. It's like Vogue meets Parenting magazine. The ads were beautiful, you cannot dispute that as with all magazines there were way too many. And they had a few great articles... the article about the make a mess birthday party in a backyard with paint and rolls of paper and feathers was really inspiring. I really enjoyed this magazine and look forward to the next issue....more info
For the busy business mogal mom My mom got me this mag for a christmas present. I loved the first one that had a whole section of the best kids books. I thought it was a feature but it wasn't. They do have a section that I love that puts new (and some old) music, books, movies, and toys into color schemes for different ages and a review of these products. They also have some great features about how to plan a unique party and some dinner ideas as well as some cover articles that I enjoyed, but so much of it is fashion and makeup and things that are so expensive (some of it kids clothes and yes the models look cute but for my daughter who likes to be able to move and get dirty, it just isn't for our family.) Even before I was married I never wore make-up and yes I like to look good but the fashion tips aren't why I want a family mag. (If so I would get a fashion mag) I want to learn what other families are like, and what solutions others have but this one just seems a little snooty. I think that is because it is aimed at the moms who are super successful business women who need to look perfect while being the best mom ever. But it still is a cute one and I like some of the features that is why I gave it three stars....more info
Tricky tactics I was excited to see what this magazine was all about, so I sent in a postcard saying that I could try an issue free and if I liked it, it would be $12 for a year's subscription, plus you would receive a free diaper bag even if you cancelled. Shortly after, I received a payment invoice that said they would send me the diaper bag only after they received my payment AND the price was $15 instead of $12! They had added $3 for shipping and handling that was not originally indicated. I know $3 isn't much, but it does end up making the price 25% more than they lead you to believe. I just felt like it was an really dishonest way of doing business, so I immediately cancelled my subscription online....more info
Great mag This is my favorite magazine. I always find out something new and useful. For example, a few issues ago there was a great explanation of term and full life insurance. There are also great articles about traveling with kids abroad (in style) and product reviews of new high end baby and kid stuff....more info
Agree with other reviewers - save your money! I also received this as a free gift. I love magazines and this was promoted as a family magazine, but it doesn't apply to any of the families I know, so I can't even pass it on to someone else.
A section on purses includes great bags - for $1,000+. Their kids' fashion ideas include a $500 leather jacket for a preschooler and a $500 designer outfit, accented with $1,600 diamond locket for your tween to go horseback-riding in. An article on wives overspending and lying to their husbands started out saying this was dishonest and bad for a marriage, but then ended by saying it was okay for one woman that had "reformed" to buy a $5,000 designer coat because she put it aside as a Christmas present to herself.
Obviously, I won't be renewing this magazine!...more info
"The Ultimate Indignity" What planet do the editors of Cookie hail from? They recently ran an article stating that mothers should get breast implant surgury after pregnancy, calling post-pregnancy breasts "the ultimate indignity". (The photo with the article was of droopy water balloons.)
If that kind of pretentious, ludicrous advice sounds like your cup of tea, then Cookie is for you... and you can keep it....more info
Not for the average mother I received this magazine as a gift subscription and am not really happy with it at all. Unless you are a celebrity mom or a mom on an unlimited budget most of this magazine will be worthless to you. It is mostly a fashion magazine for babies and toddlers from what I can see. Not really relevant to most mom's. We are a fairly well to do family and yet I have no desire to read about adding bling to my baby. Use your money for a better magazine such as Parents, family fun or parenting. The articles, recipes and fashion advice in those magazines are so much more realistic. ...more info
Not for families with realistic budgets. I subscribed to this mag because I like Parents mag and thought it would be along those lines. It is a snooty magazine and everything featured in it is way out of my price range! My husband is our sole wage earner because we thought it more important for me to stay home with our sons. We are not hurting for money, but we have to be careful. This magazine makes it seem like you're a good family only if you lavish expense items on your kids and spouse. I can't afford one item in this magazine. It's just not realistic. I will never renew!...more info
Highlights cool stuff for parents and kids Yeah, some of the stuff is way too pricey for me, but there are some really great ideas and articles in this magazine. I have the March-April issue, and among my favorites this month are: an article about how to diplomatically discipline other people's kids, a gifted child who was misdiagnosed with autism, best adult friendly children's music to download, and suggestions for artistic children's books. Furthermore, there is a price range for suggested products, some of which would fit most people's budgets. An article on make-up features products from $8 - $65. There is also an article on how to make a room habitable for 2 children, which is hardly targeted towards people who live in huge estates. Do you buy Vogue magazine and expect to be able to afford everything in it? It's not for some people, but it is for me, and I hope it does well....more info
Delicious mom fluff I just started a subscription, and find this a great replacement for the fluffy escapist fashion mag subs I let run out. Of course, I don't expect to buy any of the over-priced clothing in here, but it's still nice to look at! And now I can look at eye-candy in my daughter's size, too. The articles can be superficial, but the viewpoint is miles hipper than most mom mags. If I had to see another article about decorating birthday cupcakes with clown faces I would have had to down a whole bottle of baby Tylenol. My husband gives it the thumbs-up after I suggested we take up their relationship challenge for last month and have s*x seven nights in a row. He he! Give them a break- magazines like this are for fun!...more info
Fun...Not Practical (Moms Need More Of That) This is a great magazine to flip through with a cup of coffee while my daughter is napping. If you are expecting deep parenting advice, realistic shopping options, and practical ideas this magazine would be a disappointment. An example - In a recent issue there was a page of gorgeous shoes. The price range topped out at $525. I don't think most moms can or would spend $500 on shoes. I did appreciated that they threw in a $28 pair from Payless. Now and then they have some good articles on relationships, but all in all the articles are mostly fluff. For the most part this magazine is more eye candy than substance. If you are looking for the deep parenting advice, realistic shopping options, and practical ideas I'd check out Real Simple's Family special....more info
Save the trees - don't buy it! Teaches about valuables instead of values! I got a free subscription to this magazine. Needless to say, I won't be renewing my subscription. My first gripe is that it is full of ads. Literally, every other page is an ad for something glitsy & up-piddy
My second & biggest gripe is that I, as a normal, middle class mom, cannot relate to the pretentious nature of the magazine. In this day & age when we can hardly pay for gas and food; this magazine still maintains its elitist character. I really wonder, aside from Jennifer Lopez & Gwen Stefani, if any woman can relate to the lifestyles that are presented in Cookie.
This magazine promotes what is bad about our country. It creates an 'air' that people should be concerned more with clothing & stuff than building relations with our family & friends or protecting the environment.
I do have to say that the photographs are beautiful & the magazine is well written. But I need more than sparkles & pretty colors to be inspired.
If you dream about 'all that glitters' you might like this. But for those realists out there who are trying to teach their kids values instead about 'valuables', avoid this magazine!...more info
incredibly out of touch with reality as others have stated, this publication is full of items that are way out of the price/practicality range of most families. i was offered a free subscription to this magazine based on other purchases and refused it. they sent it anyway and it only served to confirm the poor reviews written here....more info
Loved It! What I liked most about this magazine that it had great buying guides and unique clothes that have style for my daughters not all of that cheap glitter and tacky stuff you find in most run of the mill department stores as I said clothes with style, and shoes. No I don't agree with everything in this magazine but I have yet to agree 100% on the other magazines that I have read and will read. ...more info