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    This year, make the most of your Valentine’s celebrations by extending them an extra couple of days. You won’t have to escape to Paris or book an expensive hotel to have your sexiest weekend ever - you can have just as much fun (if not more) exploring with your partner in your bedroom at home.

    If you’re new to the wonderful world of sex toys, broaching the subject of adding something new to bedroom play can be somewhat tricky. Some partners might feel inadequate for your needs, judged by their interests or not really understand the benefits of sex toys yet.

    A great way to open the discussion is to ask your lover if you can do anything to make sex better for them, or talk to them about activities you find arousing during masturbation to help them to open up.

    We've broken down the four stages of exploring sex toys within your relationship to make it easy for you. Just work out which level you're at now, and follow our guidelines for what and how to try something new.

    Most importantly, always respect your partner's wishes and never be offended if there's something they really don't want to try.

    Dr Adam Sheck Lovehoney Sexpert Interview

    Dr. Adam Sheck is a licensed psychologist, couples counselor, relationship coach, and sex therapist and has been in practice for over 25 years, supporting couples and singles in connecting to their passion and purpose.

    An MIT graduate and engineer, he pursued a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology later in life. His reputation as the "Passion Doctor" came early in his career when he discovered his gift for supporting long-term, committed couples reignite their romance, intimacy, sexuality, and passion.

    He's also coupled his engineering skills with his psychotherapy and counseling skills to create multiple websites and teleseminars to support people with their personal trust issues online.

    Dr. Sheck's practice is based in Los Angeles and he currently works with clients all over the world through telephone and Skype. Find out more about his work at thepassiondoctor.com.

    Position of the week: Tip to Toe

    Finally, it's here: the much-anticipated part 2 of our Sexy Valentine's Date Night ideas video!

    Last week we showed you sexy bath bombs and inventive ways to set the scene for romance.

    This week, we're looking at mutlitasking candles that do far more than just smell nice and make you look good, and fun ways to keep the intimacy alive all year round.

    Missed part 1? Watch it here.

    Shop the vlog and read the rest of the blog here.

    Lovehoney's 5 Best Valentine's Playlists

    When it comes to planning your sexy Valentine's evening, getting the setting right can be the difference between mind-blowing and mundane.

    Scented candles? Check. Clean sheets? Done. Sexy playlist? Hang on.

    Sure, it's easy enough to throw on your most-played tracks or your favorite 'Bangers 2017' , but you just can't trust that Spotify algorithm - no one needs to hear Call Me Maybe mid-coitus.

    (Not that there's anything wrong with that song getting you hot under the collar, of course - different strokes for different folks and all.)

    But not all sexy soundtracks are created equal, and everyone's definition of the perfect provocative playlist is different. So that's why we've created not one, not two, but five different sexy Valentine's playlists.

    From super-slow seduction tracks, to love-making ballads, to throbbing guitar riffs, we've got a playlist for every taste and occasion - and you can give them all a listen here.

    Are there any tunes that we missed? Which is your favorite playlist? Let us know in the comments below!

    Sensory Deprivation: What Is It and How Can It Improve Sex?

    Normally when you’re having mind-blowing sex, you don’t want to miss a thing.

    The way your lover looks, the feel of their skin against yours, the naughty words they’re whispering into your ear.

    So why would you want to try sensory deprivation?

    While the term suggests you’re missing out on something, sensory deprivation during sex is actually more like taking part in a trade.

    By momentarily sacrificing one of your senses, you could end up having the raunchiest sex of your life.

    When I read the words 'sensory deprivation', I immediately think about those tanks of salt water you can pay to float in at spas and shopping malls (I can't help myself).

    But this isn't the kind of sensory deprivation we're talking about.

    Lovehoney Presents Sex Map USA

    Have you ever wondered whether New Yorkers like their dildos as supersized as their skyscrapers? Or what a San Franciscan's favorite flavor of lube is?

    Well, now, thanks to our amazing map of Sex in the USA, you can find out exactly how kinky your hometown is!

    Based on sex toy buying habits across the country, we've rated the sex factor of 250 of the biggest cities, and given you a sneak peak into what your fellow Americans are REALLY into.

    Not only that, but you can compare how your nearest city rates compares to your neighbors or rivals, and find out exactly which region shares your sexy interests, too.

    Intrigued? Just click here to find out where your city came in, see who made the top 10, and find your sexy city soulmate.

    Lovehoney Sexpert Interview Michelle Hope

    Michelle Hope is not your average sexologist – she is an award-winning, passionate edu-tainer and combines her love of pop culture, entertainment, and sexuality into events and media content that educate and motivate.

    A speaker with over 15 years of experience, Michelle has delivered lectures nationwide, working to help contemporary millennials make healthy decisions for their sex lives in pursuit of successful, holistic living.

    She has trained and facilitated national programs for Harlem Children's Zone, Community Health Network, LAPD, Pacific Oaks College, and many others. Her sexual education seminars, lectures, and workshops educate on safe sexual practices and prevention, including therapeutic alliances dealing with trauma, reproductive justice, youth rights, LBGTQ inclusivity, parenting skills, and creating safe spaces and healthy relationships.

    Michelle has appeared on News One Now with Roland Martin, Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Lip Service, The Brilliant Idiots, and more.

    Position of the week: Head Over Heels

    Valentine's Day: love it or hate it, it's happening on the 14th of February.

    Now, we believe that being romantic shouldn't be limited to just one day, but who doesn't love an extra excuse to get sexy with a friend? (And yes, that friend can absolutely be yourself!)

    In this weeks YouTube video, Jess and Roy are looking at some of their favorite sex toy gifts for Valentine's Day, as well as some unique ways to present them to you lover.

    Think we missed a trick? Come back next week for part 2 where we come up with even more inventive ways to surprise your Valentine this year.

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