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Happy Fifth Anniversary, SDM!

By Stephanie Lynn, age 27, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

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The February issue of Sweet Designs Magazine, with 29 new articles and features, marks our magazine's Fifth Anniversary! Over the last five years, exactly 1,600 of your articles, features, and poems* have appeared in SDM. This is our 60th cover and 59th issue.

*All are still available in the Previous Articles section of the magazine.

First of all, I want to thank our faithful writers, past and present. I remain in occasional contact with several of our very first writers from 2007, including Kate, Mayra, Lauren, and Genny, and every so often I am surprised and thrilled when someone from way-back-then sends along a personal note or feature for the magazine.

Sweet Designs Magazine is privileged to have an amazing team of current writers, producing many of our best issues ever. Their commitment to quality writing provides teenage girls and young adult women the opportunity to express their viewpoints, creativity, and imagination in a supportive environment, and I am grateful beyond words to our writers.

I also want to thank our growing group of faithful readers and fans for spending time with us each month, for their feedback, and for telling others about a place where young women can come and write what's on their hearts, find respect rather than ridicule, and see their efforts edited, published, and read by peers and anyone else who stops by. Thank you.

In this issue, Joanna (UK) looks at "The Differences Between Men and Women." Jasmin (IN) shows us "How to Turn Not-So-Great Gifts into Perfect Presents," and Jayzle-May reminds us of "Ten Reasons to Love Being Single." Candace (CA) has 10 tips too - for smooth airline travel; good to know for when you're on the move without mom and dad there to take care of everything. Cindy (TX) will soon be on the move, "Taking the Big Leap" from small-town girl to a big city college, and reflects on her high school experience.

I have two Editor's Picks for February: First, "Life in the Dumps," by Danielle (SC). It's fun to be 17 and daydream about moving out and living on your own with your boyfriend ... but before you actually try it, be sure to read this!

Many of us believe there are "Angels Among Us," protecting us and guiding us through our lives. They may be ordinary humans who help us in extraordinary ways or invisible guardians from above. Rachel claims 13 angels have helped save her life and turn it into something beautiful, and she shares her gratitude in this Real Life story. Part one appears in this issue, and her story concludes in the next issue.

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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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