2018 Editorial Calendar

FEBRUARY/MARCH | Sweet Love 

AD CLOSE: 11/16/17 › ON-SALE: 1/09/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Sneaking stories under the covers
  • SHARE:
    First crushes
  • CREATE:
    Opener: Lunar New Year craft
    So Crafty: Cardboard playhouses
    Art Spark: Mini murals
    Baby Days: Crinkle toy
    Holiday Happy:
    Pop Up Valentine cards and decorations
    St. Patrick’s Day Fun
  • DIG IN:
    Spin It: French fries
    The Stir: Superbowl snackstadium; pasta workshop
    Adventures in Eating: Red curry
    Kids in the Kitchen: Kids’ Baking Challenge
    Let’s Eat: Soup swap party
  • NEST:
    Opener: Puppy party! (pet birthday ideas)
    Healthy Family: Better bellies after antibiotics
    Let’s Play: Best board games
    Happy Home: Garden-inspired home projects, plus seed starting
    Bookshelf: Sci-fi for kids
    Together Time: Snow much fun!
    Just for You: Getting cozy
  • EXPLORE:
    We Tried It: iFly
    City Guide: Santa Fe
    Amazing Places: Dream trips close to home
    Ready, Set, Go: Traveling with littles (baby too)
  • LAST BITE:
    Groundhog treat

APRIL/MAY | Happy Spring! 

AD CLOSE: 1/16/18 › ON-SALE: 3/13/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Playing in the rain
  • SHARE:
    #HowWeFun with pets;
    Best of YouTube for Kids
  • CREATE:
    So Crafty: Earth Day craft blogger challenge
    Art Spark: Petal collage
    Get Smart Special: Launchers!
    Hoppin’ Easter crafts
    Mother’s Day gifts that grow
  • DIG IN:
    Spin It: Pizza
    The Stir: Mix ‘n match grain bowls;
    best birthday cake toppers
    Adventures in Eating: Asparagus
    Kids in the Kitchen: Empanada party!
    Let’s Eat: TV dinners! Low-mess meals
  • NEST:
    Opener: Whine-free cleaning secrets
    Healthy Family: Drops, spray or liquid? Best allergy fix for kids; conquering stage fright
    Let’s Play: Birthday gifts under $20
    Happy Home: Kids’ room updates
    Together Time: LOL! Hilarious jokes, games, pranks kids love
    Just for You: Essay
  • EXPLORE:
    2018 Travel awards takeover
  • LAST BITE:
    April Fool’s treat

JUNE/JULY | Everybody Outside! 

AD CLOSE: 4/16/18 › ON-SALE: 6/12/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Catching fireflies or jumping in the waves
  • SHARE:
    Best summer movie sequels
  • CREATE:
    Opener: Shell mandala
    So Crafty: Camp crafts
    Get Smart: Nature school
    Baby Days: Paci clips
    Holiday Happy: July 4th Style
  • DIG IN:
    Spin It: S’mores
    The Stir: Grill gear; ice pop molds/recipes; edible container garden
    Kids in the Kitchen: Ultimate lemonade stand (treats + crafts)
    Let’s Eat: Cobblers and crisps
  • NEST:
    Opener: Backyard camp out/star gazing
    Healthy Family: Sun safety; summer pet tips
    Let’s Play: Ride on!
    Happy Home: Playhouse how-to
    Bookshelf: YA reads you can read together
    Just for You: Beach bag essentials
    Together Time: Play Like a Dad!
  • EXPLORE:
    We Tried It: Fly fishing
    Best Beaches: Car-free islands
    Amazing Places: Summer on the mountain (hot-weather activities at ski resorts
  • LAST BITE:
    4th of July treat

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER | Back to School 

AD CLOSE: 6/15/18 › ON-SALE: 8/14/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Jumping off the swings or chasing the ice cream truck
  • SHARE:
    Most-pinned BTS ideas; fun fashion and/or kids’ style contest
  • CREATE:
    Hands-on Learning Special
    This special BTS section will help parents teach their kids how to use the real deals via cool projects: drills, glue guns, craft knives, sewing machines, soldering iron or woodburner, etc.
    Big Art! Unique techniques and materials for making giant display pieces
  • DIG IN:
    The Stir: Readers’ best lunchbox hacks
    Adventures in Eating: Beets
    Kids in the Kitchen: Canning with kids
    Let’s Eat: Freezer dinners or kid-friendly dinner salads
  • NEST:
    Healthy Family: Better sleep; kombucha for kids?
    Let’s Play: Science kits
    Bookshelf: Picture books for big kids
    Together Time: Fun for everyone! Best accessible movies, theme parks, play spaces and more
    Just for You: Essay
  • EXPLORE: 
    City Guide: Minneapolis
    We Tried It: Traveling for a year
    Amazing Places: Best small-town getaways
  • LAST BITE

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER | Happy Haunting! 

AD CLOSE: 8/16/18 › ON-SALE: 10/09/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Trick or treating
  • SHARE:
    How kids’ help with holiday prep
  • HALLOWEEN:
    Readers’ best costumes, treats, and crafts
  • THANKSGIVING:
    Recipes: From our home to yours: staffers’ favorite dishes
    Crafts: Centerpieces kids can make
    Treats: Turkey treats
    Dare to Care: Kindness campaign
  • NEST:
    Opener: Table manner tips
    Healthy Family: Allergy-friendly pets you can cuddle
    Happy Home: Fun with temporary wall paper
    Bookshelf: Empathy builders
    Just for You: Fall makeup trends
    CEW awards
  • EXPLORE:
    City Guide: New Orleans
    Amazing Places: Best getaways for a group
    Best stops for funny photo opps
  • LAST BITE

DECEMBER/JANUARY | Happy Holidays! 

AD CLOSE: 9/17/18 › ON-SALE: 11/13/18

  • BIG FUN:
    Outdoor ice skating
  • SHARE:
    Kids’ New Year’s resolutions
  • CREATE:
    Holiday Handbook
    So Crafty: All the trimmings! Wreaths, garlands, tree toppers, skirts and more
    Art Spark: Blogger/family ornament challenge
    Holiday Happy: Handmade holiday cards
  • DIG IN:
    Spin It: Peppermint
    The Stir: Cool cookie cutters/decorating tools
    Adventures in Eating: Miso
    Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday treats kids can make (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa)
    Let’s Eat: Sheet-pan breakfasts
  • NEST:
    Opener: Xmas morning traditions or writing to Santa
    Healthy Family: When kids are sick for the big day; help for managing the gimmes
    Let’s Play: Best in Tech
    Bookshelf: Awesome gift books
    Just for You: Essay on slowing down time
  • EXPLORE:
    Amazing Places: Best b&bs/inns for families
    Ready, Set, Go: Keeping the peace
  • LAST BITE
    New Year’s treat

Awards and Accolades

2016

ELLIE
Winner, Personal Service – February 2016

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Honorable Mention, How to/Instructional, Make Life Easier — August/September 2016
Honorable Mention, Magazine Design/Single Issue, Consumer — August/ September 2016

FOLIO
Winner, Eddie Award: Consumer, Full Issue, Parenting/Family — May 2016

2015

ASME
Winner, Best Cover, Family and Home—August 2014

FOLIO
Honorable Mention, Eddie Award: Consumer, Full Issue, Parenting/Family—September 2014
Honorable Mention, Eddie Award: Consumer, Full Issue, Parenting/Family—May 2015
Honorable Mention, Ozzie Award: Consumer, Cover Design—August 2014

2014

PARENTS’ CHOICE
Winner, Recommended Award

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Honorable Mention, Magazine Design/Single Issue, Consumer—August 2014

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Honorable Mention,  Digital Magazine Edition—August 2014

FOLIO
Winner, Eddie Award: Consumer, Single Article, Parenting/Family—“Creating Creative Kids,” October 2013
Honorable Mention, Eddie Award: Consumer, Full Issue—September 2013

2013

FOLIO
Winner, Ozzie Award: Best Redesign—December 2013

ADWEEK HOTLIST FOR HOTTEST WOMEN’S MAGAZINE
Finalist

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Finalist, Best Redesign

2012

PARENTS’ CHOICE
Winner, Recommended Award

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Winner, Best Launch
Winner, Special Supplements, —Create & Learn SIP

2011

PARENTS’ CHOICE
Winner, Recommended Award

FOLIO
Winner, Best Launch
Bronze, Ozzie Award: Best Feature Design—“Tricks and Treats,” October 2010

MIN EDITORIAL & DESIGN AWARDS
Winner, Recommended Award