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Entries in magazine for kids (2)


Discovery Girls Magazines and Fab Girls Guide Books are Perfect for Tweens

The Twofer are turning the corner into tweendom. It's evident not in their age (8) but more in their attitude. They want more independence, they are asking difficult questions, and they are wanting to spend more time with friends than with me! (How dare they!)

Their world is getting more complicated every day. They are kids, but they want to be more grown up. They have issues with friends and they are learning to work them out. They are starting to look at themselves more and compare differences.

So when Discovery Girls asked if I would like a sample of their magazine to review I was thrilled.

Discovery Girls Magazine and Collector's Edition

The Discovery Girls issue I was sent has articles that cover everything from spending versus saving money, to shopping for your first bra. Each story has quotes from real girls discussing their experience, or how they dealt with a particular situation. The theme is that whatever you are feeling about the topic (nervous, scared, excited) it's NORMAL. If I squint my eyes and try to remember back to that age when everything around you seems like it's would be nice to read about other girls who are feeling the same way.

(The silver issue in the photo is a Collector's Edition that is filled with 10 years of Discovery Girls history from fashion to embarrassing moments to quizzes and advice.)


I was also sent a set of the Discovery Girls' Fab Girl Guides

Fab Girls Guides book collection

The Fab Girls are twins Carmen and Dallas. They are about as different from each other as night and day. The guides are written to help girls get through the difficult middle-school years and you can see by the book titles they cover everything.

How to deal with mean girls & frenemies

What do you do if you show up at school in PJs for pajama day...and it isn't pajama day?!?

How to get your mom to stop listening to your phone calls

And what it's like when a family is going through a rough time.

I was not going to let the Twofer dig into these books just yet but they picked them up before I could say anything and they haven't put them down. Some of the topics are tough...losing someone your love, being cyber bullied, having an alocholic parent. I realize this is a great opportunity to set the example that in our family we TALK about those things. If they have questions after reading a book, I will answer it. Starting the dialogue now about tough topics will hopefully show them they can come to me when they really need to.

WIN a Discovery Girls magazine subscription and Fab Girls Guide book set!

One lucky TwoferMom reader will be chosen at random to receive a Discovery Girls prize package valued at $70 including a 1-year subscription, the collector's edition, and all 4 Fab Girls books! All you have to do is enter here to win.

How to enter: (leave separate comment for each)

1. Leave a comment telling me who you would give the magazines and books to

2. Tweet a link to this giveaway on Twitter and include me @JanineNickel

3. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email (click on the coffee mug in the right column)

4. Include a link to this giveaway on your own blog

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011. Winner will be notified via email and prizing will be handled by Discovery Girls.

Good luck to all who enter!

Want to order the books now? Head on over to Amazon!


Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the the magazines and books for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being posted.


KNOW Magazine is Perfect for Curious Kids

In our school system second grade is THE year for science. Not only do they switch teachers for this subject, but they do all kids of cool things like raise a caterpillar then release a butterfly. Everyone loves the 'butterfly' project and it's the perfect project to get kids excited about science.

KNOW Magazine knows science for kids

I was approached to review KNOW Magazine for Mom Central and I was excited to keep The Twofer's interest in science going at home. Plus, what kid doesn't love getting their very own magazine subscription? KNOW Magazine has 6 issues per year with no advertising. Children 6-9 will enjoy playing games, doing puzzles, and learning about astronomy, dinosaurs, the human body and more. For me, it will hopefully answer all those questions I get that I have to Google. It's also another fun way to get them to keep reading!  

Get a FREE Sample of KNOW Magazine

Check out the September/October issue of KNOW Magazine right now to see what you think. Visit and read it along with your child. If you like it, an annual subscription is just $24.95. What I love about magazines is that my girls keep reading back issues as much as they enjoy getting a new issue. So, the shelf-life of magazines in my house is actually a lot longer than that of a new book!

I'm curious - when do your kids have a regular science class in school and what cool projects have they done?


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mad Science and received the products necessary to  facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me  for taking the time to participate. All opinons expressed are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved by Mom Central or KNOW Magazine prior to publishing.