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Creator & Publisher of Lake Wedowee Life Friday Night Life & Southern Holiday Life Showcasing the community is what Neighborhood Publishing has done since 2008 with its signature product, Lake Wedowee Life. In the course of this journey we have realized our neighbors need more than the lifestyle magazine we publish six times a year. Three years ago we started a special edition for the holiday season, Southern Holiday Life. Highlighting local events & artisans has been our focus over the past few years along with giving our readers holiday stories, craft ideas, recipes and decorating tips. This year we are branching out to a regional level by bringing in writers from all over Alabama and Georgia. Our free print publication will be made available to the public in early November. We also post a digital edition that is available online. This digital issue has interactive links on your advertisements that will direct our readers to your website or Facebook page. Something new we are also taking on this year is an online interactive gift guide. Our Southern Holiday Gift Guide will be advertised in our print edition and will feature unique gifts from Southern crafters & businesses. Our goal for the gift guide to help bring more exposure to Southern writers/bloggers/ artisans and help build up your small business as well as ours.

We have a few sample pages of our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide included in this interactive media kit. Flip through and see how this format may work for you and your small business.

General Manager

Throughout the Gift Guide we will have holiday projects, free printable downloads, holiday tips written in collaboration with our Southern Blogger team along with many other things to inspire you through the holiday season.

LEISEL CALDWELL 334.863.0932


256.276.7959 We are excited to offer this Holiday Gift Guide for all things Southern and help promote small busi- nesses like us in the South. We hope that you would like to be a part of this new venture and we Advertising Sales will help each other grow! LAVOY CALDWELL 334.863.0737

Writer/Photographer AMANDA CAUSEY 404.216.5144 Works great with tablets & ipads!

Gift Guide Advertising Rates @Holiday_Life

7.5” x 10”

7.5” x 4.93”





Product Prices 1 item $15 2 items $ 30 1 Page $50 (up to 6 items) 2 Pages $100 (up to 12 items)

Format: 300 dpi, CMYK preferred for ads & advertorials. All product photos must be emailed in high res format with web links for each product to

Ad & Product deadline is October 10th. Kelly Caldwell 256.276.7959

Lavoy & Leisel Caldwell 334.863.0737 334.863.0932

Amanda Causey 404.216.5144

Holiday Photography The problem with most photos taken during the holidays or

by Amanda Causey

other special celebrations is that they don’t capture the special feeling of the season or event. Here is a photo checklist, along with five tips to help you photograph your holiday season. 

Don't be afraid to get up close. Almost every digital camera has a Magnify or Macro button that lets you get close and create a much more interesting photo.

There's nothing wrong with pictures that are posed, but you can create variety by taking candid shots of family and at social gatherings. Capture people while they’re engaged in conversation or as they’re opening a gift. Keep your camera batteries charged up and your camera nearby so you can catch spontaneous moments.

Try to tell a story. Don’t just photograph the opening of the gifts. Photograph the process of selecting the gifts, wrapping them, and the mess that is left over after they are opened. This process is called photojournalism and has been growing in popularity in photography over the years.

If you are shooting indoors during the day, make your portraits with your subjects standing near a window or door instead of relying on the flash. The flash can cause red eye and give your subject a harsh appearance.

Looking at rows of people staring at the camera and smiling at you head-on can be a bit boring. If you want to take a photo of your family or friends, simply changing the angle and looking at a familiar scene from a new perspective can give it a brand new look.

Santa’s Magic Key How does Santa get in a home or apartment with no chimney? He needs a magic key! At our house we do not have a fireplace for Santa to come down the chimney, and we can’t just leave the door unlocked! For the past 5 years I have hung the Santa Key that I made outside the front door on Christmas Eve so that Santa can get into the house and deliver his gifts. If you have a chimney, but are worried that Santa might not be able easily fit without getting stuck, this would also be a good alternative. I have designed a printable exclusively for Southern Holiday Life. You can download print your own by clicking the template to the right. I have also included a “magic key” in case you cannot find one. Enjoy!

Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast recipes and this breakfast would be great for holiday mornings. Whenever blueberries are in season, I always pick as many as I can and put them up for pancakes, muffins, and smoothies This recipe will make about 12 blueberry pancakes. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 3 eggs 2 cups milk 1 cup organic blueberries (fresh or frozen) 2 Tbsp melted butter (plus more butter for cooking)

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Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Beat the eggs thoroughly. Combine the milk and melted butter, and add it to the beaten egg. Then add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently until combined. Thin the batter with a little additional milk if necessary, but don't over mix! Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Melt butter on the griddle or pan. It should foam and sizzle. For each pancake, ladle ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle or pan. Cook until the tops of the pancakes are full of bubbles and the bottoms are golden brown. Flip the pancakes and cook until the tops are golden brown.

Southern Holiday Gift Guide Media Kit  

This is the media kit that explains our Southern Holiday Gift Guide for 2012.