• Cosmopolitan October 2011

    Sex Ninja Props

    Consider these your weapons of pleasure—knowing how to wield them will grant you bedroom superpowers.

    Finger VibeThe sly little silicone toy slips onto your finger and vibrates as powerfully as the full-size thing. You can use it during a hand job to make your touch more intense or to work your clitoris while he’s on top. We like the Nanovibe Finger Vibe ($9, babeland.com).

  • Shape September 2011

    XXX-tra Credit

    Your high school health class taught you the basics-now it’s time to learn some bonus moves

    Forget reading, writing and 'rithmetic. We've found a "school" where it's actually fun to do your homework: Babeland, an adult-toy store in Seattle and New York City, offers classes and workshops in the art of burlesque, improving orgasms, and more. "Even couples who start out with an amazing sex life can find themselves bored after years of doing the same thing," says Audrey McManus, education coordinator for the Seattle outpost. "That's where we come in-we help shake things up." The boutique offers about five different courses a month ($35 each, babeland.com for more information).

  • Glamour.com Smitten, August 2011

    Get a Grip With This New Vibrator!

    Introducing a vibrator into couple's play is all sorts of hot, but when it comes down to it, even the most tech-savvy guys can find themselves befuddled by a vibrator's control panel. There's a new vibrator on the scene that's ridiculously easy (and fun!) to use. Vibrations on the Minna Ola are controlled by your (or your partner's) grip. Simply squeeze the soft pad at the base of the toy to indicate what sort of vibration strength or frequency you'd like. Read More at Glamour.com.

  • Cosmopolitan-August-2011

    Summer's Top Sexual Health Hazards

    The last thing you want ruining your fun this season is a V-zone emergency. Avoid the following common pitfalls that could put your girl parts in peril. Underwater Sex: "When you have sex in water, your natural lubrication washes away, and that ups your odds of getting tiny tears in your vagina as your guy thrusts," says ob-gyn Lissa Rankin, author of What's Up Down There? The solution: Pack silicone-based lubricant (such as Sliquid Silver, sold at babeland.com) in your bag and apply it before you hit the water. The silicone-based kind will take longer to wash out of you during sex, and it'll prevent friction that can degrade a condom. 

  • Women's Health, July-August 2011

    Smooth Moves

    There's one place where it's OK to let your guy slide: in bed. Experts reveal why the right amount of lube can make lovin' even more amazing. Five hot new lubes to try: 2) Flavored lubes like dessert-y BabeLicious ($8, babeland.com) or herb-and flower-infused Good Clean Love ($14, amazon.com), an eco-friendly pick, take the "job" out of the BJ. Since they're glycerin-free, he won't have to rinse off pre-sex.

  • Redbook, July 2011

    Intimate Answers

    Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., weighs in on your hot-button health issues, including plastic surgery down there.

    Q. I'm thinking about having vaginal rejuvenation - things aren't the same in that area since I had kids. Am I insane? What are the risks?

    A. You might be sane, but in my opinion, this surgery is not! ... Or, for faster results, try vaginal weights, such as the Kegelcisor ($84, babeland.com), a small barbell that you place in your vagina to add resistance while you're doing Kegels. It works!  

  • Women's Health, June 2011

    Ask the Guy Next Door

    Q: I'd like to use sex toys, but how do I broach the topic with my boyfriend?

    A: Unless they're diesel powered or way too anatomically correct, most toys aren't a big deal for guys these days. But if you're worried about how he'll react, start with the simplest toy you have: you. Next time you're on top, reach down and lend yourself a helping hand. Afterward, size him up. If he seems weirded out, you'll have to be careful about busting out your toy box of fun. Otherwise, say, "That was great, right? I was thinking about doing some shopping. Want to help?" Then check out lelo.com, babeland.com, or Jimmyjane.com.

  • Cosmopolitan, May 2011

    Slippery Tricks You'll Both Be Into

    It's a proven fact: Women who bust out the lube experience more satisfaction than those who don't. Need some ideas for unleashing this lightning in a bottle? We thought of a few...

    Sources: Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning, authors of Moregasm; Sexologist Jessica O'Reilly; Sex Therapist Natasha Janina Valdez, PhD

  • Redbook, June 2011

    8 new things to try with your guy

    Shop in the "adult" department "I don't feel sexy" was exactly what I said as we walked in the door at the sex toy shop Babeland. My guy and I had both had horrible days at work, and thanks to a lingering cold, it had been two weeks since we'd had sex. So having to buy a sex toy seemed like a chore. Plus, I felt silly. I've always been too shy to tell him my fantasies, and I'd never been inside a sex toy store, so walking up to the massive gadget displays was making me blush. Finally, to break the ice, my boyfriend made a joke about a vibrator shaped like a rubber ducky. I laughed and thought about why I love him: He’s funny and he makes me feel comfortable. We browsed the shelves, discussing if something would be fun to use together. I loved how he knew my likes and dislikes. I felt closer to him than I had in days. So close, in fact, that I came out of my shell and remembered that it's actually not embarrassing to share my turn-ons with him. We left with a 'couple's vibrator' which gives simultaneous his-and-her stimulation during sex. We tried it the moment we walked through the door at home. The toy was amazing! We're talking instant O. I'm surprised to say so, but we'll be going back to see what else we might like. Passion factor: Sizzing hot

  • Women's Health, May 2011

    The ABC's of Sizzling Sex: W

    We Vibe

    The first vibrator that can be used during intercourse. Inserted into the vagina, the U-shaped device stimulates your clitoris and G-spot simultaneously, and it's narrow enough to allow your partner in. ($99, babeland.com)