With the festive holiday spirit in the air and shopping and baking on your mind, be sure to not forget about cuddling up close this cold-weather season! It doesn’t have to be an entire evening in front of the crackling fire, gazing into one another’s eyes – you definitely don’t have time for that right now! Instead, look for other (faster) ways to inject some fun and romance.
Truly Spice It Up: Literally. Here’s a short list of spices that are meant to stimulate the sexual appetite: ginger, chocolate, and chiles. Why such a short list? Well, when brewing hot cocoa (made with 100 percent cocoa, milk, and brown sugar to taste, heated up and whisked in a small pot), toss in a few slices of fresh ginger or a pinch of cayenne for an aphrodisiac hot cocoa. Perfect for fireside foreplay.
New Lingerie: Yes, boys like it when girls dress up – some pretty new little things under your holiday dresses may prove very exciting for you both. Shop Christmas ideas here: www.figleaves.com
Music for Love: A little dancing in the dark is the perfect way to get in the mood. Blue Note’s Music for Lovers series captures all of Sarah Vaughan’s most romantic ballads (think “The Very Thought of You” and “Stella by Starlight” in one place.
‘Tis the Season for a Quickie: Between family obligations and Secret Santa sneakiness, sex may be the last thing on your naughty or your nice list. On the nice side, bust out your organizer and pencil in some alone time with your man. For the busiest of the busy, the bedroom may be out of the question. Get naughty by stealing cheeky kisses, squeezes, and more while wrapping presents, just before the folks turn up for dinner, well, whenever the fancy strikes!
Give a Sexy Gift: If you just can’t think of anything, chances are he’d be delighted with the classic ‘wrap yourself up with a bow and wait for him in the bedroom’ approach. That is likely his favorite kind of gift anyway!
Silk Sheets: Ooh, la la! Silky, sensual, seductive sheets will definitely trigger some naughty behavior every time you and your guy climb into bed.
Massage Candles: Keep the fire burning with these enticing candles. Alluring scents of cocoa and figs create a romantic setting for an innocent massage or something steamier. Candles come in gorgeous porcelain containers, each with a different subtle but sensual design. For some extra heat, blow out the flame and pour the wax over his body to use as massage oil. Click this link to see a sampler set – a perfect way to try them out: www.jimmyjane.com
Falling Asleep After Sex Is Normal for Men — and Women
There’s a reason you and your honey feel tired after sex (and it’s usually not because one of you doesn’t feel like reciprocating). “After sex, oxytocin is released and that hormone is responsible for calming you and even inducing sleep,” says Patti Britton, PhD, clinical sexologist, founder of SexCoachU.com and author of The Art of Sex Coaching. Next time he dozes off, don’t take it as a sign of boredom, but rather, that your lovin’ is the ultimate stress-release!CONTINUE READING
Having Sex Can Make You Look Sexier
When a woman does the deed, her estrogen levels double. This can make her hair shinier and her skin softer. “Estrogen seems to be the fountain of youth for women,” says Britton. “It can even keep the body enriched with more moisture in the walls of the vagina.” Think of sex as the ultimate beauty treatment and get them nice and often.
Women Can Orgasm an Unlimited Amount of Times
After orgasm, men experience a refractory period during which they lose their erection. Women don’t need the same recovery time. “Women have unlimited capacity,” says Britton. “Often they think that once they experience their first orgasm, that they are done. On the contrary, women have the ability to experience one orgasm after another.” Britton also points out that both genders can have multiple orgasms but that men must master specific techniques in order to do so. This means the man must understand his body enough to know when to decrease stimulation right before he ejaculates. Once he’s achieved this, you’ve got a partner to ride the wave of successive orgasms with!
Sex Can Actually Lower Stress Levels and Keep You From Getting Sick
Did you know that when you’re super busy, getting busy can be just the thing to keep you sane? That’s because intercourse can lower blood pressure levels, making you less prone to stress. Regular sex can also give you higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which helps ward off colds and other infections. So, in case you ever needed an excuse for nooky, there you go.
Strengthening the PC Muscle = Better Bladder Control and Better Sex
You do crunches for your abs, but when was the last time you did your Kegels? It’s an exercise (similar to stopping the flow of urine when you’re peeing) that tones the pubococcygeus muscle (or, the PC muscle). “The PC muscle can help with bladder control, but even better, it can make your orgasms more intense and help you grip his penis when he’s inside of you, giving him more pleasure, too,” says Amy Levine, another sex coach. So, why not squeeze this exercise into your schedule? The move: hold your PC muscle (like you were holding in urine) for 10 seconds, then release for 10 seconds. That’s one. Repeat 10 times. For optimal Kegels, do 3 sets a day.
Sex Usually Lasts Less Than 10 Minutes
We’ve all seen those montages where a couple stays up all night doing it on every available surface, not stopping to eat or even take a bathroom break. But, in reality sex is usually not an all-night affair. There is nothing wrong with your love life! “If you want it to last longer, your guy needs to get in touch with his body to be able to slow down his arousal arc,” she says. “He can use techniques such as breath control to help him last longer.”
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