Summer Makeover: Inside & Out

By Allison, age 13, Florida

I love getting haircuts. The idea of being able to change with just a snip of the scissors has always been appealing to me. When I was little (true story!), I cut my Barbie's hair up to her ears, and then proceeded to dye it green. My mom probably thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to give my Barbie a new look.

On most magazine covers, you can see articles promising ways to improve yourself - perfect skin, flat abs, and so on. The key to everything you need to become is right inside those covers ... or so they say.

But not all ways of changing and improving yourself are about looks. Some are about what happens inside. If you want to give yourself a complete makeover for the next school season, first off, make a list of what you would like to change about yourself. This list should not include any impossible things (different eye color, straighter nose, etc..). If you're a little lost, here are some ideas:

Break Bad Habits

This summer I decided I was going to stop biting my nails ... cold turkey. To make sure you don't stray, make a goal you can strive for. If you tell your parents that you've decided to quit a bad habit without any prompting, they'll probably reward you, or at least see you as more mature. At least, let's hope so!

Change Your Attitude

If you had bad grades last school season, maybe you need to improve your state of mind. If you're always thinking negatively of yourself and others, how will you ever motivate yourself to work harder?

Develop a Hobby!

Instead of sitting around moping and being bored, focus on one of the activities you enjoy doing. Studies show that hobbies actually help fight and slow the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. (Source: USA Today)

Make a fresh start this summer by getting organized, having fun, and most of all by being yourself! Remember, it's better improving who you are than getting caught up in who you aren't. Have a great summer, and use sunscreen, chicas!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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