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Stephanie Lynn, age 26, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

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Stephanie Lynn, Snowed In!

On the cover this month ... it's me! For the second straight year, I've chosen to appear on the February cover because it marks our magazine's anniversary - our fourth, to be precise. Plus, I got to do a photo shoot in the snow ... and do we have snow!! Here in Massachusetts, we received about 62 inches (157 cm) of snow from December 26th to January 27th, 22 inches (56 cm) of which fell on January 12th. That's more than five feet (1.5 m) of snow in about a month's time!

A lot has happened within the past year. I started taking college business courses again last October. Let me say that college the second time around is very different. My first semester I took an economics and a management course, and I loved being back in the classroom. I learned a lot, and I will be writing more about my college experiences in the coming months.

I also learned how to crochet this year. Well, in all honesty, I first picked up a crochet hook in 2007, but mostly I only practiced simple chains and slip stitches until this past year. When I heard that a couple I'm friends with was expecting a baby girl, I decided to make a blanket. I delivered it at their surprise baby shower (yes, on time!), and I've made two more blankets since! (Now, I'm halfway through my fourth.) Plus, I've made other cool gifts, like iPod sleeves and baby hats, mittens, and booties. It looks like I may never have to buy another baby gift again ... I'll just make it! I'm thinking there are a few cool things I can crochet as Christmas gifts too.

When not doing any of the above, I've somehow found the time to read for fun, be with awesome friends, and volunteer with a local youth group.

Happy Fourth Anniversary!

Our February issue marks the start of our fifth sweet year. We've come such a long way, and we're growing in quality and readership each month. None of this would have been possible without such a terrific team of writers and contributors, to whom I'm always grateful.

We have 36 awesome articles and features this month, so browse around and check out the issue! I wrote two articles this month, one about my new favorite old television show American Dreams and an especially cool feature called "A Girl's Valentine's Day Wishlist". I hope you enjoy.

Plus, Stephanie (from New York) has a Beauty Product Giveaway for you! She'd like a few brief opinions, and will be rewarding two lucky readers with some really cool products. And ... if you really get behind this and support it, there may be more to come!!

May Cupid's aim be right on target this Valentine's Day. And if his arrow misses your heart and strikes you instead in the butt, just remember, you can always write about it for Sweet Designs Magazine!! :)

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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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