Month: September 2013

I have a new sex-positive friend!

A lot of my offline friends are uncomfortable talking about sex and/or sex toys, but I recently made a new sex-positive friend! Woohoo!

Well, I guess I have another one besides her, but my new friend is super open about her sexuality (the other one is more private). Being private is totally okay if that’s what makes you feel comfortable, but it’s nice for me to have someone to talk openly to.

Oh, and by the way, I’m friends with her for many other reasons besides her sex-positivity. Like she’s nice. And funny. And super awesome. (She’s a great cook too!)

But anyway, last night while drinking with some friends, and after talking about all sorts of sexual topics like Kegel balls, vibrators, anal sex, etc.,  I told them that I have a sex blog! They seemed pretty chill with it! I didn’t give any more details about it to the group, but my new sex-positive friend asked for the link, which I sent her.

So she’s now officially my second offline friend to know the URL of my blog! (The first is my boyfriend, and he sometimes gets uncomfortable reading it since he’s kind of prudish.) Which means she could be reading this right now!

HEY THERE BUDDY!! You rock.

So, to everyone wondering why the hell I posted this: this is basically a PSA on how having sex-positive friends is awesome.

Hope you’re having a great day!

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Blogging update + the giveaway winner!!

So I’ve been super busy the past week: my boyfriend came into town last weekend (we tested some toys together!), and I had three exams and a project this week, but I’m excited to get back into blogging mode!

Here’s an update on my toy testing progress (this stuff is listed in no particular order, since I’m too lazy to do that):
Tantus Ryder Silicone Plug – 3/5 done
Wisteria Breeze Power Bullet G – 2/5 done
We-Vibe Salsa – 1/5 done
Lelo Luna Beads – 1/5 done
Spunk Lube Pure Silicone – 1/5 done
Njoy Pure Wand – 2/5 done
Sliquid Naturals Sea Water-Based Lubricant – 1/5 done (I have been using this with all the toys I’ve been testing, but the only time I’ve taken notes and evaluated it was for vaginal sex)
Liberator Bed Buckler Restraint Set – 1/2 done (since it’s just a restraint set, I feel like I don’t need to test it more than 2 or 3 times)

I’ll be publishing my Tantus Ryder review first, and then who knows what will be next?? Probably not the restraint set, since I don’t feel like testing that on my own, and my boyfriend won’t be back for about a month. Maybe the Luna Beads, since I don’t need to be horny to test them!

Oh, and the winner of the Ultimate Bondage Kit Giveaway is…… dv8! (Like deviate! *chuckles*). Congrats!!

Hope you all are having a great day!

More blog news!! *excitement*

Hey everyone!

My first review will be coming out soon! I am 3/5 done with testing the Tantus Ryder, and once I test it two more times, I will be compiling my notes and posting a review! Yay!

Also, I have recently received clarification from the WordPress support people, and it turns out I can participate in programs that give me sex toys in exchange for unbiased reviews, disclose this (as required by the FTC and my own conscience), and link back to the companies, as long as I don’t use affiliate links or have paid ads! WOOHOOOO!!! Once I pop out a few reviews of products I already own (so companies have samples of my writing), I’ll be applying to some review programs! I’m super excited about this!

After the Ryder, my next review will likely be Spunk Lube Pure Silicone (since I’ll hopefully be using it plenty with my boyfriend this weekend), or Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples (since it’s a video and not a toy, I don’t think I’ll need to watch it 5 times to write a good review).

Oh, and I’m 1/5 done with testing the Njoy Pure Wand and 2/5 done with testing the Wisteria Breeze.

I can’t wait to start my reviewing adventure!!

Hope you all are having a great day!

HedoVibes Round Up #8

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Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition use the submission form. Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups.

Contests

Dildos

Vibrators

Anal Toys

Rings & Strokers

Impact/Fetish Gear

Harnesses

Lubes & Condoms

Lingerie & Shoes

Erotic Books

 

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So I called in to Sex Out Loud Radio…

…and they picked up! Yay!

I got to talk to Tristan Taormino and Cleo Dubois, and I got to ask Cleo a question! It was brief but still super awesome. Cleo answered my question very thoroughly, and pretty much everything else she said on the show was thorough and very informative!

If you weren’t listening in live, you can check out the episode here!

Oh, and because I called in, I got FREE PORN! They’re shipping me Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples***, which is awesome because A) I love bondage, B) Anything Tristan makes is amazing, and C) Danny Wylde and James Deen are in it! YAY!!

I’m still having a serious fangirl moment over here, but I have a legit reason for it! Over the past month or two, I’ve been reconsidering my life path. Through my involvement in the sex blogging community, and becoming an avid consumer of sexuality related information, I’ve been thinking about maybe becoming a sex educator or sex therapist! I told my boyfriend this and he said he’s been thinking that I might end up on that path since January. Don’t worry, I’m not drastically changing my education path or anything. I’m still a psychology major! (And I’d probably still be one even if I go down the sex educator path – I could go to grad school for that.)

I’ve got enough time to think about what I want to do with my life – I’m just a sophomore in college. But it’s cool that I saw this new opportunity open up for me!

Oh, I still haven’t explained how that’s related to my fangirl moment; it’s because Tristan Taormino is a huge inspiration, as a strong, confident, intelligent, feminist sex educator. Hopefully that makes sense.

So, did you listen to Tristan and Cleo on Sex Out Loud Radio? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

***Update: They actually ended up sending me Chemistry, Vol. 1.

GIVEAWAY: Win an Ultimate Bondage Kit!

Hey y’all! So I won this Fetish Fantasy Series Ultimate Bondage Kit in a giveaway from Safeword Magazine, and while I’m super grateful for that, my boyfriend isn’t kinky enough for half the stuff in the kit (and I’m not into putting a ball gag in my mouth when he’s not there), so I decided that I’d give it away to one of you sexy people! You guys are awesome, so I’m super excited about hosting my first blog giveaway!

Here’s the link to the kit on Pipedream’s website (the box looks different on the website, but the kit itself should be the same). Personally, I think the name of the kit is a bit misleading, since the kit consists of lots of different items for BDSM play, not just bondage. It includes a ball gag, butt plug, mini vibrator, “love mask”, handcuffs, nipple chain clips, hot wax candle, feather tickler, cat o’ nine tails, grey silk tie, and Ben-Wa balls. It’d make a good starter kit!

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You can enter using the awesome Rafflecopter widget, and there’s multiple ways to earn entries! You can do as many or as few as you like (as long as you do the mandatory entry, which is telling me your thoughts about bondage). Since WordPress doesn’t support Javascript, you’ll have to click the Rafflecopter link to get to the widget.

This contest ends September 27, 2013, at 12:00 EST. Due to shipping costs (which I will pay), this contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. You must be 18 or older (or whatever the legal age is for owning sex toys in your area) to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 5 days to respond, or I will choose another winner.
I will publicize who the winner is on Twitter and/or my blog. If you do not want your real name to be revealed to the public, don’t enter it into the widget. Just use a pseudonym.
This giveaway is not sponsored by Pipedream, Safeword Magazine, or anybody else. Just me. And Rafflecopter’s awesome widget made it possible!

Good luck! Click on the link below for the widget.

Check out my Rafflecopter giveaway!!

Sex Ed #3: Where to buy your sex toys (because some companies are assholes)

You like sex toys? You like supporting nice companies who aren’t assholes? Then this post is for you!

I refer you to Epiphora’s list of sex shops and manufacturers she supports. Although to throw in my two cents, my all-time favorite sex shop is the Smitten Kitten. I’ve never physically been there (they’re in Minnesota, and I’m not), but they are committed to selling only non-toxic (and not shitty) toys. And they’re feminist, queer-friendly, progressive, and all that other cool stuff! They also have all sorts of educational resources available for free on their website (EDUCATIONAL PORN!), a podcast, blog, and awesome customer service people. Their stuff can be a bit pricey, but search for a coupon code online (using a sex blogger’s coupon code is a great idea!) to get a good deal and take advantage of sales. Also, most of the time I’m totally okay with spending a bit more because I’m supporting an awesome business! (WHY CAN’T I LIVE IN MINNESOTA?!!)

Oh, and time for the shitty companies you shouldn’t buy from. Here’s Epiphora’s list.

I do have an under-bed restraint set from Liberator (one of the companies on the shit list), but at least I bought it from (guess who?) the Smitten Kitten, so it balances it out.

Oh dear… I love you, Smitten Kitten. Please open a store near me? All we have in my city are shady places. And a Smitten Kitten in my city would become like my second home.

Latest blog news!!

I have some exciting news for you all! (Multiple pieces of news, actually)

Firstly, the winner of the poll is…….. the Tantus Ryder Silicone Plug! Therefore, it will be the first item I review! It should be arriving in the mail tomorrow, and then I’ll begin the period of testing it and taking notes, and soon enough, I’ll be publishing a review of it! I’m super excited!

Also, I just won a bondage kit giveaway from Safeword Magazine! I don’t know what’s in this bondage kit (besides a t-shirt and tote), but I can’t wait to get it and find out! If anything in the kit is too extreme for my boyfriend and I (meaning if I can’t see us wanting to use it in the near future), I will have a GIVEAWAY so one of you lucky people can have it!! I would love to show my gratitude for my wonderful readers by giving away some sexy prizes for you all, so I hope Safeword includes some very kinky stuff!

Lastly, my boyfriend will be visiting in about 2 weeks, which is awesome because A) I miss him and his awesomeness, B) I miss being tied up, and C) he’s going to use my new Pure Wand on me! I can’t wait to see how the Pure Wand feels when he’s wielding it.

Yay! It’s an exciting day. Hope you all are having a great day too!