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Tend Magazine (+Giveaway!!!)

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Days with a toddler are loooooooong. Days with a toddler that is with you or his Papa 24-hours, except for the one day a week he’s at daycare for 4 hours, are especially long. So, once he’s all p.j.’ed up, and read a story or two, and snuggled down snoring gently in his “little guy bed” at night,  you know what I like to do? Nothing, that’s what! Nothing aside from read.

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I put on p.j.’s of my own, slap some rose oil under my eyes and some coconut oil on my face, and sink into quite repose in bed. On my nightstand, a stack of books and magazines waits for me (taunts me, also, on those nights I am far too exhausted to read). Sometimes, though, my laptop accompanies me. That’s because my after-Huxley reading also includes blogs and online magazines. Tend is a new one that has me completely enchanted.

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A UK-based quarterly publication based around the seasons, here’s how Tend describes itself:

This magazine hopes to nourish the head, the hands and the heart – by providing articles for our intellect, projects to keep our hands busy, and moreover beautiful, aspirational things to inspire our hearts.

Tend aims to nurture the bond between a parent and their child, between families and the earth, and between individual households to form communities, recognizing and nourishing our natural dispositions to care for and educate our families and communities in the ways that seem right to us. We aim to stir an awakening for the need to slow down, consume less and walk gently on the earth.

We aim to be aspirational and utterly beautiful and design-led. We like to grow some of our own food, support local farmers, eat as much healthy organic produce as we realistically can, gather with friends to enjoy home-cooked meals and to enjoy the bond of community.

We encourage the need to consume less and make more, to envisage homesteading and sustainable living as realistic aspirations. We seek to encourage everyone to walk in tune with the seasons and nurture and nourish an authentically mindful life full of mindful choices.

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See why I like it so much? Not only is its mission laudable, its content and imagery are spot on and stunning. There are recipes (pickled dilly snap peas!), projects (blending your own herbal tea!), education (bird anatomy and classification!), book reviews (The Seed Underground!), and so, so much more. It is pretty much everything I love, in magazine form. And did I mention how gorgeous it is? Because that deserves a big high five.

On this first day of spring, I have a treat for you! Debbie, Tend‘s editor and a fellow blogger, contacted me last week, offering a giveaway. YES! One lucky small measure reader will be gifted a complimentary issue of Tend, their spring premiere. Also, because she is so very generous,  Debbie has offered to give all small measure readers a 20% off discount on subscriptions. The discount will last through the end of June. At checkout, simply enter code: SMALLM20.

So, to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below sharing what you’re looking forward to doing in spring. Me? Planting peas, picking daffodils, putting together an Easter basket for Huxley, splashing in puddles, searching for toads-all of it! I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, March 27th, midnight EST. The subscription is digital, so it’s open to readers everywhere, domestic and international.

Whether you win or not, do stop by and take a peek at Tend. I think you’ll be as equally taken with it as I am. And if you happen to take that peek while wearing your p.j.’s, all the better.

*UPDATE: The giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winner, Anke! Massive thanks to all who entered. It was a pure delight reading about your spring enthusiasm. Don’t forget to pop on over to Tend and subscribe. All small measure readers receive a 20% discount through the end of June. Use code “SMALLM20” at checkout. 

64 Responses to Tend Magazine (+Giveaway!!!)

  • Nasly says:

    I’m smitten by debbie and her crew’s work on this ezine, if only by the small peeks here and there she’s given on her blog. .. I can’t imagine when I actually dive in and have the pleasure to read it… maybe in pjs :)

  • Michelle says:

    Looking forward to planting the garden, sitting on the screen porch in the warm evening, just feeling the sun on my face.

  • Terry Lillie says:

    wow…looks like an awesome magazine! thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

  • Looking forward to checking out this magazine! Love their mission!
    I am so excited to start our garden this weekend (excited for all the heirloom seeds we have), looking forward to Easter, Magnolia blooms and cherry blossoms, and running in the warm sunshine in shorts! :) Happy Spring Everyone!

  • Kristin says:

    That magazine sounds amazing!! I’m most looking forward to (attempting to) planting a gardening in my window sills – realistically I’ll be making trips to the farmer’s markets once they open back up. I’m so excited for fresh produce!

  • Kim says:

    Yes please! What I am looking forward to…walking barefoot on the grass, I can’t wait to feel the earth under my feet :)

  • Cat K. says:

    Oh, Spring! I’m looking forward to exploring our new yard, planting some veggies, cutting some flowers and soaking up the sunshine!

  • Meg says:

    looks great – and Spring – looking forward to a new season of bees – the polar vortex was not good for overwintering bees in NE MN this year. – thanks for the chance – tend looks beautiful!

  • Susan says:

    Tend, what an evocative title! I’m looking forward to daylight and breathing in fresh Spring air and all the hope and energy of the season. And of course lambs, bunnies, blossom and chocolate …

  • Jen says:

    I’m looking forward to my first spring season with my canner. Learning to can in late fall does have its limitations… but peach season is coming and I am PREPARED.

  • Sarah M says:

    This mag. looks absolutely delightful! The first day of Spring is always my favorite because it’s my birthday!!
    I love just smelling spring. I tend to want to cook more fresh and healthy foods, eat more simply for some reason….even if the summer produce is far away…my body is ready for it!
    Sarah M

  • Melissa says:

    looking forward to the farmer’s market and making some jam!

  • Rebecca says:

    Looking forward to beach days and park days with my babes.

  • Brigitte says:

    I would really enjoy the inspiration of this magazine and look forward to sharing it with my daughters who are all budding homemakers, and soon-to-be mom. Please include me in the give away draw.

  • chandra says:

    I am so excited for my little seedlings to continue growing into plants big enough to put outdoors. I can hardly wait to get the little ones and myself back into nature for more hours of the day.

  • Jessie says:

    I’m looking forward to being able to be outside for more than 10 minutes, and to see a little green on the ground! We are still covered in snow up here in Vermont and I’m dying for fresh grass….which for us won’t actually happen until after the mud. However, I most look forward to outdoor running, not wearing mittens, and feeding the birds with my little girl this Spring!

  • Nikki says:

    Being outside after a really cold winter, camera walks, hikes in the woods, and digging up the garden beds.

  • Beth says:

    This looks lovely.

    • Beth says:

      Sorry. Hit send before adding…I’m looking forward to long days outside, watching the slow progression of familiar blooms make their grand entrance.

  • Kara says:

    Looking forward to feeling the warm sun and gentle breeze, seeing the buds pop, and smelling all the wonderfully familiar flower bulb smells!

  • Sacha Joy says:

    Playing outside with my toddler and baby in the North Cascadian sunshine.

  • This spring I’m looking forward to warmer days with baby boy sleeping in his pram, and me getting ready in the garden, planting and weeding and teasing the chickens! Can’t wait!

  • Caroline says:

    Tomatoes! I’m longing for the taste of homegrown heirloom tomatoes…

  • Rhee says:

    The northern Spring is our Autumn and here in the Southern Hemisphere I’m looking forward to cooler weather and planting our winter garden.

  • Anke says:

    Being outside more and starting to work in the garden! :-)

  • Nancy says:

    Spring! After this very long and cold winter in the U.P. of Michigan, I am looking forward to everything here on the farm! Planting the gardens, the spring rains, then that smell of the first cutting of hay!

  • Shelby says:

    I am looking forward to camping on the beach as a family and planting my garden. What an awesome looking magazine-thanks.

  • Lindsay BL says:

    Spring gardens here we come! Thanks for the offer.

  • Kim says:

    The sun on my face….I am even relishing the idea of humidity this summer, after this long, and cold, and icy winter…..Love Tend; thank you for the offer.

  • New house = new yard. Can’t wait to see what pops up. I love surprises!

  • Tracey says:

    I am looking forward to strawberry picking, sitting on the porch to knit, digging in the dirt, hatching baby chicks and walking on the beach more.
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  • jule says:

    ahh…spring! i know its coming soon…just to see the tiny crocuses in our yard. that does it for me. then the overpowering smell of lilacs. YES! thanks for the chance. gorgeous photos from TEND!

  • Tina A says:

    I am looking forward to walking barefoot in the grass and digging in the dirt.

  • T. says:

    I’m looking forward to walking down to my yard without worrying about slipping on ice! Also, I miss green and can’t wait to see grass and start gardening.

  • Stephanie says:

    Looking forward to watching the garden grow and the kids playing outside more this spring.

  • Adelle F. says:

    I can’t wait to just get outside again! It’s been such a cold winter in the Northeast that we’ve been all cooped up. And to plant peas and greens just as soon as possible!

  • Elizabeth G says:

    So excited about Tend! I’m excited about the over-sized looms I’ve built into our Victory Garden at camp and teaching the campers about weaving recycled fabrics into artwork outdoors. The garden is already green and pretty, the peach tree blossoms are beautiful and I saw the first tomato flowers yesterday!

  • Karina says:

    Digging in the dirt and dinners outside. Thanks for the new reading material.

  • Tara says:

    Tend is just beautiful and I can’t wait to check it out in more detail!

    We didn’t get much winter here this year (unfortunately, we really need the rain) but I am looking forward to pruning lots of fruit plants, starting a row garden, replanting my raised beds, watching my baby goats grow up and continuing to clean our new parcel on this earth.

  • Tend sounds great – head hands heart is such a great way to structure a publication for me!

    This spring I’m looking forward to gardening with my little one, who is finally old enough to really get that whole seed to table idea (and also help more than hinder my own gardening work!).

  • Adrie says:

    I’m excited to plant more fruit trees. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Andrea says:

    I’m really looking forward to being in the garden and smelling the hyacinths I planted last year.

  • Ashley says:

    We are gearing up for lots of camping trips with the family, and springtime camping is my favorite! So excited! Thanks for a chance to win…this looks like a lovely magazine.

  • Rebecca Hill says:

    Yay spring! I’m very much looking forward to hauling out my bike, to fix it, and then to ride, ride, ride!

    Also, ambient flowers are great.

  • Claire says:

    I have a garden for the first time in seven years and I am looking forward to growing an abundance of tomatoes and sunflowers and whatever else I can get in the ground. And barbecues. Can’t blimmin’ wait!

  • This magazine looks really lovely!

  • Lisa C says:

    Strawberry picking and being able to enjoy the sunshine and cool breezes!

  • Megan says:

    I can’t wait to walk in the woods to look for ephemerals!

  • Dawn says:

    I actually look forward to the muddy knees and hands my two boys constantly sport in Spring because it means no more mittens or heavy clothes. Yeah! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Tend. Have been to their site and love everything they are about.

  • Kara says:

    Great giveaway! I am most looking forward to simply spending some time outdoors with my son this spring… it has been an exceptionally long winter! We are excited to plant our gardens, and several fruit trees, while we are out and about.

  • Almeta says:

    I would love to win this :) Just found your blog and am looking forward to slurping my coffee and browsing.

  • Megan says:

    Looking forward to playing at the park and building our own playset. Can’t wait to put some flower plantings around it as we have a veggie garden and only shrubs/trees in the yard now.

  • Sarah says:

    I am looking forward to planting peas, cilantro, spinach, and potatoes in the garden. Walking in the woods surrounded by redbuds, dogwoods, and trillium. Waiting for the perfect day to find morels.

  • Trina-Lea says:

    Wow…perusing all of the online sneak peaks this magazine looks totally like my cup of tea…thank you!

  • Leigh says:

    Digging in the dirt and visiting the beach would be wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tia Bednar says:

    Garden, garden, garden! I am excited about getting my gardens and orchard going at my new homestead.

  • Meg says:

    Ahhh spring! The garden calls! This spring we’re taking up the remainder of the grass in our backyard and working toward a completely edible landscape. We’ll see if the chickens cooperate! Thanks for offering a taste of Tend!

  • Nicola says:

    I am looking forward to getting my garden sorted. It needs some work to get it how I want it. I am looking forward to my son being off school for the Easter holidays so we can get outside for some adventures. Planning on picnics, Easter egg trails, a trip on a steam train and a trip to the beach xx

  • Krystal says:

    Oh, how lovely to read all these springy things. I am looking forward to walking in the rain, catnappin in the sun, planning my garden and starting a kitchari cleanse. (and hopefully beginning my blog…)

  • Hazel says:

    The magazine looks fabulous.

    Hopefully we’ll be in a new house with a lovely big (and very overgrown) garden this spring- very exciting.
    I’m looking forward to making dandelion wine this spring.

  • Holly Henderson-Fisher says:

    Looks great! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  • Angela says:

    I can’t wait for outside play with my one year old! Sunshine and birds and green…

  • Sarah says:

    would love a copy… especially to remind me of spring, when the snow continues in Fairview this afternoon!

  • Anke says:

    I received the issue two days ago and love it! Thank you so very much!!