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The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal Summer 2020

This magazine from TV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines focuses on seasonal ideas for life, garden, and home. Each quarterly issue identifies a thought-provoking virtue (gratitude, confidence, hospitality ...) and delivers stories that inspire readers to pursue it intentionally in their own lives. Regular features include personal essays by Chip and Jo, ideas for entertaining and family activities, recipes, gardening, decorating, and much more--all beautifully packaged with the signature Magnolia style.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
$11.70(Incl. tax)
$29.30(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the world needs risktakers

The world needs risk takers. The truth seekers and status quo resisters. Who ask the questions they really want to know. Who confidently pursue what is right even when it isn’t popular. No facades. No half-truths. No compromises. The life lovers and slow-song-in-the-kitchen dancers. Who smile at every stranger and wear their hearts on their sleeves. Who uphold authenticity time and again. No distance. No armor. No walls. The course changers and path makers. Who risk it all to follow their hearts and lead others to new places. Who steadily move forward without always naming the challenges they overcome. No compass. No safety net. No way to know where the road will go. The world needs risk takers. Like you and me. Who pave the way for others to follow. Or who tiptoe past their comfort zones to…

3 min
you’re probably forgetting to breathe.

There’s no use pretending our world is going to slow down anytime soon. But you can—anytime you want, anywhere you are, with a simple tool you were born with: your breath. On average, we take about 17,000 breaths a day, which can make it easy to say, “Um, pretty sure I’ve already got this.” If we’re honest, though, how many of us have thought about our breath today? Because it’s so innate to daily living, it doesn’t require extra thought. But there is value in pausing to take note of this elemental pillar of our health. Lots of people breathe using only the top one-third of their lungs without even realizing it. Those shallow breaths don’t give a body the oxygen it needs to thrive. But deep breaths reset the…

3 min
papered walls

In a world of white walls, wallpaper is an antidote rich in warmth, color, and texture, with the unique ability to imprint a room in a style that’s all your own. In a space that’s lacking character, wallpaper adds a layer of energy, warmth, expression—even storytelling. Wallpaper can also serve as a record of collective tastes and changing technologies. Peel back the layers and you just might uncover pieces of a home’s history. Early wallpapers originated in the 16th century with the widespread use of printing presses. By the 20th century, printed patterns became a design element incorporated into any and every room in the house. In the 1960s and ’70s, the rise of the do-it-yourself movement coincided with the introduction of prepasted papers, metallic finishes, and easy-to-clean vinyl surfaces. Wallpaper…

1 min
stepping into the unknown

THE DEFINITION OF RISK IS A SITUATION THAT EXPOSES YOU TO DANGER. BUT DANGER DOESN’T ALWAYS LOOK LIKE WE MIGHT EXPECT: You could be in danger of falling in love. You could be in danger of having the best day of your life. You could be in danger of getting everything you want. You could be in danger of laughing so hard it hurts. You could be in danger of finding a person who knows what you’re thinking before you say a word. You could be in danger of loving a song so much you have to sing it out loud, as loud as you can. You could be in danger of opening your heart instead of closing it. Just like risk can take lots of different forms, rewards often appear in…

3 min
letter from the editor

WE’VE ALL DROPPED ANCHOR IN PLACES THAT SUITED us for a time. Until, inevitably, the day came when we sensed something new stirring, and we recognized it was time to move past our comfort zones and walk bravely into the unknown. Trusting that instinct to move when we’re compelled, to try something that might scare us in exchange for the thrill that may await on the other side, to invite courage over comfort—these are the very moments we set out to celebrate in this issue. But I couldn’t have imagined how risk, and the many ways it can manifest, would change and evolve as it has in recent months. For many of us, reality has shifted. In light of what we’ve learned and experienced together, there’s a chance we understand risk…

5 min
the making of a chef

I fell in love with chef José’s cooking on a trip to Mexico that our family took with some friends. It wasn’t just the authenticity of the ingredients he used or even how delicious it all was—and it truly was delicious judging by the amount of his salsa verde we ate through. It was that plus the way we all felt around the table, sharing his food as he shared stories of where each recipe came from, mostly aunts and grandparents of generations past, that made every meal feel like one big family dinner. It was easy for us to see that food for José really is all about family. I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I did—and that you’ll try one of his delicious…