Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sex toys get high-tech

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

About 10 years ago, I began a stint as an independent consultant for Passion Parties. Women invited me into their homes to showcase and explain a variety of sexual enhancements - everything from lingerie to board games to cock rings to $200 vibrators. It didn't matter if it was a group of young college co-eds or a bible study group, the women got pretty rowdy. The parties were a safe, educational and supportive space for women to ask questions, get advice from friends, hear about new things to try, and touch, taste, and feel the products. I never made much money at the parties, but I had a great time and speaking about sex became second-nature to me.

Sex toys have been around, in one form or another, for thousands of years. Dildos were originally made of stone or wood, which I guess would make them eco-friendly before that was a selling point. Still, not that long ago, sex shops were hidden in dark alleys and were the supposed domain of bachelorette parties or horny old men. Today, there's an Adam & Eve store next to my favorite Mexican restaurant, and Amazon lists hundreds of toys in its inventory - nipple clamps, pocket rockets, butt plugs, and everything else. Now, the problem isn't where to find what you're looking for - it's how to decide among the many options.

What catches my attention is sleek design and tasteful marketing. I'm still a "good girl" at heart and I like my naughty play-things to look nice - sleazy '70s packaging is just not sexy. So I was pleased when at a conference last year, I came upon the We-Vibe table. The products are pretty to look at, thoughtfully designed and have some serious vroom! They are high-quality and a bit pricey but worth the investment if you're a fan of toys. Plus, some of them are pretty high-tech. Ladies, start your engines.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10 dates for $10 or less

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps I'm naive, but I think dating should actually entail, you know, dates. It has been my experience, however, that guys are interested in the first few outings, but after that they prefer to stay at home on the couch, remote firmly in their grip. That's not to say that a quiet night in watching a game or a good movie can't make for an enjoyable evening, but I wouldn't necessarily call that a "date."

Dating should be about getting to know each other, and a good way to do that is to be active. I used to be one of those people who complained that there was nothing to do in Charlotte. Untrue! There are plenty of places to explore, restaurants to try, and events to enjoy - and the dates don't have to be expensive. In fact, in an informal poll of my Twitter and Facebook followers, singles say that they prefer affordable dates because the focus remains on the moment, the connection, and the person you are with.

Here are some date ideas that should help get the creative juices flowing:

Love dont cost a thing
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