5 Things Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Sex

You are here for two reasons, either your parents breezed through the sex talk or they completely avoided it. Even if your parents had the sex talk with you, I doubt they went into details.

You are here for two reasons, either your parents breezed through the sex talk or they completely avoided it. Even if your parents had the sex talk with you, I doubt they went into details. Imagine how uncomfortable it is to have THE talk. I fondly remember my parents sitting my high school boyfriend and I down and repeatedly saying “You will not have sex.” And I can’t forget the “You will wait until marriage.” Needless to say, my parents didn’t offer anything useful but the abstinence speech. However, you can expect some useful information in this article.

1. Your first time does not have to hurt.

Chances are you’re expecting your first time to hurt, a lot. Your first time does not have to hurt necessarily. The key to a painless (or close to) first time is the preparation beforehand. You and your partner should partake in other sexual activities to prepare your body.

Another crucial detail is foreplay. You need to be in the mood to get down and dirty. If your mind isn’t feeling up for it, your body will show it.

2. Sex may not feel good the first time.

Many of us imagined our first time as this magical experience. Sometimes, (most of the time), it sucks. If you’re both new at this don’t have high expectations.

Like I mentioned in point number one, if you are not aroused enough it can make the experience more uncomfortable.

3. Always pee after sex. 

If you take anything away from this, let it be this point. Always, and I mean always, pee after sex. During sex, bacteria get all up in your business and in order to prevent bladder infections (i.e. Urinary Tract Infection), pee ASAP. If not, well…

“This can result in post-intercourse bladder infections,” -Robert Wool, M.D., ob-gyn

4. Always shower after sex.

Cleaning up down there can prevent any infections. You want to wash off any lube, sweat, and or bodily fluids. (This goes for both men and women!)

5. Masturbation is completely normal.

Lastly, don’t be ashamed to explore your body. It amazes me how many women will turn up their nose at the thought of masturbation. Let’s be honest, if you don’t know your own body, how do you expect someone else to? Unless you want to experience some unsatisfactory sex, then I suggest learning what you like.

Let me just say one thing, if you’re old enough to be having sex then you’re old enough to talk about it. Because if you can’t talk about it, you shouldn’t be having it. Now, your mom may not have told you these things but I did. Better late than never right?

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3 Must-Try Celeb Workouts

Summer is upon us and your summer body might not be where you want to be. Whether you’re putting in work at the gym or at home, spice up your routine with workouts from these ladies! (Even if the last time you worked out was jogging to the pizza delivery car.) Do you want a poppin booty like the Kardashians? Maybe the hourglass figure of Halle Berry? Or the lean figure of Alexis Ren? Challenge yourself with one of these workout routines and get ready to see results!

The Kardashian Workout Plan

Let’s face it, whether you love them or hate them, you want to be them. Okay…maybe not, but you do want a booty like them. Who wouldn’t want that? Amiright?

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Halle Berry’s Workout Routine

Now, don’t you wish you had Halle’s body? Halle Berry is 51 years old and looks better than all of us combined. If you want to age like fine wine, try out her work out routine!

 

Alexis Ren’s Workout Routine

You may not know of Alexis Ren, but you will want to thank her after trying out her workout routine. Alexis Ren has a great personality and an even greater body!

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Honey, I am right there with you, it’s been so long since I last worked out I can’t remember. Spice up your current workout routine or get inspired and start working out! Pace yourself and remain consistent, you will see results in no time. Good luck good lookin’.

4 Tips for a Better Morning

Imagine waking up in the morning feeling motivated and with a will to live? I know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t.

Imagine waking up in the morning feeling motivated and with a will to live? I know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. I’ve done the hard work for you, below are a few tips to get your butt from in the sheets to the streets.

1. Your bed is for sleeping.

Let me ask you this, do you do anything besides sleep and have sex in your bed? Eureka, I’ve got it! The reason you’re having a hard time falling asleep is because your brain subconsciously relates your bed to alertness and activation. Sleep researcher Ståle Pallesen believes if you engage in waking-hour activities in the bedroom you will begin to associate it with activating stimuli (in other words, you’re screwed.)

 

2.Whatever you do, do not press snooze.

Trust me, I understand how satisfying it is to press snooze, turn to your side, and fall back asleep. Have you ever noticed if you do fall back asleep after you press snooze you wake up feeling more tired? According to Adam Tishman, sleep expert, you’re tricking your brain into thinking its sleep mode.

3. Don’t check your phone notifications first thing in the morning.

Checking your phone notification sucks you into this social media bubble. You’re bombarded by texts, emails, likes, comments, shares, tweets, and so much more. Believe it or not, starting your day with scrolling can set you up for a day that is all over the place. If you have a habit of scrolling first thing in the morning, be prepared for scatter brain. 

4. Get some natural light!

You need to pull back your curtains, open your blinds, and let some light shine in. Natural light improves your mood, helps you sleep, and increases productivity. Fun fact: psychiatrists recommend that people get direct sunlight for at least 30 minutes a day to help prevent or treat depression.

If you want to start your mornings feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day I suggest you try a tip or two. If not, you can just return to your sucky life anyways right?

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According to Gynos’, You Need to Ditch Your Panties

I’m sure you’ve heard of the trend of going bra-less, well, what about going underwear-less? Wearing underwear seems necessary, turns out, it isn’t.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the trend of going bra-less, well, what about going underwear-less? Putting on underwear is as habitual as brushing your teeth. Wearing underwear seems necessary, turns out, it isn’t. Like me, you’ve probably only gone underwear less in the comfort of your own home and would probably feel very self-conscious should you leave the house without panties on. Turns out you should try it outside of the sheets and in the streets. Here’s why you should ditch your underwear more often:

1. Ditching your underwear can help prevent infections.

“If your vagina is constantly covered, more moisture collects down there, which cultivates an ideal environment for yeast growth.”-Dr. Alyssa Dweck, M.D., told Shape magazine

2. Wearing no underwear may improve existing conditions.

“Sleeping without underwear may be beneficial to women with vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina), and those who suffer from yeast infections. For women who have vaginitis, wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear or not wearing underwear while they sleep, may improve the condition.”- Dr. Vanessa Mackay (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)

3. Wearing underwear 24/7 can increase your likelihood of developing an infection.

“Wearing underwear day and night causes heat and sweat to build-up down there and that increases your risk of yeast or other types of nasty infections.” – Dr. Donnica Moore (a New Jersey-based gynecologist)

4. Wearing no underwear benefits infection prone women.

“You really should sleep without underwear if you’re prone to vaginal issues, allowing that area to get some air helps to keep it dry and clean. Giving your vagina some breathing room lets it better take care of itself.”-Dr. Nancy Herta, M.D. (ob-gyn at Michigan State University)

5. Wearing no underwear can improve current yeast infections.

“Going underwear-free is an especially a good idea if you have a yeast infection right now or are very prone to them and get them often.”- Dr. Pari Ghodsi, M.D. (board-certified ob-gyn)

With that said, everything has its time and place.

“Commando is safe as long as there is no other fabric causing friction on the vulva,”- Dr. Goist

I’m assuming, you, like me, are not going to throw all your panties away and cut up your Victoria Secret members card. I’m almost positive you’ve experienced the discomfort of a vaginal infection, so why not give this a try? What do you have to lose? I won’t tell if you don’t.

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5 Tips to Get Glowing Summer Time Skin!

I get it, this year you want to glow, shine, and glisten your way into your best summer ever. I am here for it.

Summer is around the corner and you can’t remember the last time you shaved… Girl, I am right there with you, let’s figure out how to get the perfect summer time skin together!

1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is key to remove the dead skin cells that accumulate on the body, try to exfoliate about twice a week. FYI loofah’s do not exfoliate well and are a breeding ground for bacteria, an alternative is a micro-exfoliation towel. If you’re looking for some extra oomph, try a body scrub. I’ve listed a few DIY body scrubs that can be made from ingredients that are right in your kitchen.

  • Option #1: You will need oatmeal, brown sugar, and olive oil. Mix 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal. Once all the ingredients are combined you are ready to exfoliate. Begin by wetting your skin and applying in circular motions, then rinse.
  • Option #2: You will need a banana and some brown sugar, that’s it! Mix 1 ripe banana and 1 tbsp of brown sugar till you have a paste like mixture. Begin by wetting your skin and applying the mixture and waiting for about a minute and then massage in circular motions.
  • Option #3: You will need brown sugar, honey, olive oil, and vanilla. Mix 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of honey, and a tsp of vanilla. Combine all the ingredients until fully mixed. Now get your exfoliation on!

2. Moisturize: I completely understand that moisturizing is a pain in the butt but done right, it can leave your skin glowing. Make you sure you moisturize before bed that way your skin rejuvenates to the max while you’re sleeping. I’ve listed a few highly rated body products if you’d like your skin to glow, and let’s be real, who doesn’t?!

  • If you’re looking for an all in one face and body product that hydrates dry skin then First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is for you. This product can be used with any skin type and provides instant relief for dryness. Let’s not forget to mention it has a 4.5/5 rating by 5,000+ reviewers.
  • If your skin is dull and has an uneven texture then maybe Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is perfect for you. Plus, this hydrating moisturizer provides a non-greasy feel, loved by 3,000+ reviewers with a 4.5/5 rating.

3. Shave: If you choose to shave, I am here to help. A good razor is crucial to a good shave. I’ve always heard men’s razors allow for a “closer shave” but in the mean time I cut myself a lot in the process. If you’re up for something new, try the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor. The razor itself moves with the curves of your body and gives you the best shave possible. Check out this article for more information on the best razors for women.

4. Sleep: I know its summer time and you want to “live your best life” but that includes getting adequate sleep. Here are some reasons why you should hit the hay at a reasonable hour, lack of sleep can cause increased acne breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, reduced production of collagen (which makes the skin look tired and dull), dark circles, bags underneath your eyes, and more visible wrinkles. Shall I go on?

5. Hydrate: I am almost positive this is not the first time you’ve heard this, but I’m going to tell you again, DRINK WATER! By drinking water, you are maintaining your skins moisture and delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. Hydrating your skin also improves skin elasticity which delay the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.

I get it, this year you want to glow, shine, and glisten your way into your best summer ever. I am here for it. Comment any of your personal tips and tricks on how to get that glow!

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How To: Prevent Pesky UTI’s

So, you are either a) currently suffering from a urinary tract infection or b) been there, done that, and don’t wanna go back.

So, you are either a) currently suffering from a urinary tract infection or b) been there, done that, and don’t wanna go back. First things first, I’m gonna tell you the ugly truth about those Victoria Secret panties, they are not doing you any favors. If you’d rather not wince every time you pee, I suggest you keep on reading.

Let me clarify what causes a urinary tract infection, either outside bacteria enters the urinary tract or the bacteria in your bladder multiplies to unhealthy levels.

1. Do not hold your pee. If you hold your pee for a long time you are making your body more susceptible to harmful bacteria which can cause a UTI.

2. Drink plenty of water AND pee often. By drinking a lot of water you are flushing out your system (literally) and decreasing the possibility of any bacteria lingering for long.

3. WASH UP BEFORE AND AFTER SEX. Please do yourself the favor of cleansing yourself relatively shortly after any sexual activities. Make sure you pee after sex (before you shower), that way you flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract.

4. Do not douche. Douching sends water and or antiseptics into your vagina to wash out bad vaginal bacteria BUT it also removes the good bacteria.

5. Incorporate supplements in your diet. Whether it’s cranberry juice or orange juice, both reduce risk of developing an infection.

6. If it ain’t cotton, don’t wear it. Polyester underwear traps moisture and bacteria against the body. Cotton is a more breathable fabric which allows air to circulate.

If you take away anything from this, please let it be to wash yourself after sex. I know far too many people who don’t think its a big deal, it is. I hope your bladder health flourishes!

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How I Wake Up Early & Work Out @ 8 AM

The end of February is approaching and your new years resolution of working out more is holding on by a thread.

The end of February is approaching and your new years resolution of working out more is holding on by a thread. Just like you, I have my mornings where I roll over, hit snooze, and head back to bed. And guess what? Skipping a workout is completely normal and OK. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to get back on track or how to start, here are some personal tips I’ve learned through trial and error.

1. Plan the night before. Remember when you were in 3rd grade and your mom planned your outfits for you? Planning for the morning before its here is a perfect way to ensure a great start to your day. I noticed that if I pack my gym bag the night before I have less to do in my sleepy state which makes me more inclined to hop out of bed and rush out the door. In my gym bag I include headphones, a lock, a water bottle, and lip  balm.

2. Place the alarm as far away as possible. This tip is for those people who hit snooze more often than they hit the gym. If you place your phone across the room then in the morning you are required to get off your lazy butt and turn it off. Challenge yourself to not press snooze when your alarm goes off, given it is much easier said than done. According to Lifehacker, hitting snooze on your alarm is likely to make you more tired because your body starts its sleep cycle all over again.

3. Turn on the lights! Letting some natural (or artificial) light in can make all the difference.

4. Try to workout with a friend. If you have to cancel on someone in the morning you’re more inclined to go through with it. My morning workout routines are almost always with a friend. Gym buddies are great motivation and companions.

5. Try to look forward to something in the morning. For some people this means a pre-workout shake, listening to their favorite music playlist, or listening to an audible book. I enjoy listening to an audible book as I get ready for the gym. I also listen to audible during my ride to the gym.

The most essential tip is will power. Let’s be real, you can follow my tips but what it comes down to is you. Aside from the health benefits, exercise also increases productivity. I like morning work outs because once 9:30 am rolls around I have already had a productive start to the day. Productive people wake up earlier. If you want to accomplish anything this year start by waking up earlier, even better if you incorporate a morning workout.

An alternative to a gym membership is at home workouts. A Youtuber that has inspired my healthier and happier life journey is Sam Ozkural. Sam has a variety of at home workouts inspired by famous celebrities like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Sam also does “eating like (insert celeb name) for a day.” Becoming happier and healthier doesn’t have to be a chore. If you think working out and eating healthy sucks, well then guess what, it’s gonna suck.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”- Zig Ziglar

 

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