Food Is Love

By Lauren, age 17, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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There's one thing I'm delighted to say this year: I'm thankful my mom has time for me. Really. Over the past few months her help and support have meant so much to me - I can't even express my gratitude in words. I've been through college applications, launching a school newspaper, competing in drama competitions, and so much more. Any other year I would have gone insane, or been so exhausted that no one would want to hang around me. This year has been different - it's been delicious.

My mom always cooks with either sugar, salt, or butter. Her motto is "chocolate has all the answers," and who am I to disagree? Hot cocoa, cookies, cakes - they just never end in my house. (She actually just walked up to me to ask if I wanted a bowl of popcorn, since she decided to make some. This is the life.) But most of all, she's available. I can talk to her anytime. Even though she has a job right now, we still have time to laugh at each other, tell jokes, and deal with the ants that just invaded our house. She knows what my dream career is, and she believes in my ability to achieve it. This alone has been a huge boost to my confidence this year.

I'm blessed to have her undivided attention my senior year. With the way things have been going, this will be my best year in high school. I can't take credit for that - it's the actions of my peers, teachers, friends, and family that keep a smile on my face.

Don't just celebrate Thanksgiving this year with food - say it aloud. Thank someone - anyone - who has brightened your day. It's never too late to appreciate.

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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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