Laken Howard
NU/Medill alum; Brooklynite; sex/dating/relationships contributor; win my heart with cat pictures and eggs benedict
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7 Tips For Taking Your Tinder Game To The Next Level While You're Traveling

If you're single and looking to mingle, using dating apps while traveling can be a serious godsend. No matter where you go, dating apps give you the power to connect with locals, whether it's for a one-night-stand, a whirlwind romance, or even just a…
By Laken Howard

4,000 People Ages 19 -36 Just Ranked This Sex Position As Their Favorite

We might catch a lot of flak from other generations, but personally, I'm not ashamed to be classified as a millennial: we're a generation that's embraced the sex-positive movement, talked openly about the importance of consent, and shown that we acce…
By Laken Howard

7 Expert Tips For Talking To Your Partner About Money For The First Time

In a long-term relationship, there will inevitably be occasions when you and your partner need to have difficult (or even downright unpleasant) conversations. One thing that can be particularly tough for couples? Figuring out how to talk about money …
By Laken Howard

11 Tips For Communicating More Effectively In Your First Real Relationship

When you enter into your first ever real, long-term relationship, there's a huge learning curve. Even if you're totally smitten with your new partner, transitioning from being just a "me" to being one half of a "we" takes some serious getting used to…
By Laken Howard

7 Sex Toys That Look Like Everyday Objects

I'll never forget the first time I went shopping for a sex toy. Naively browsing the aisles of an ~adult~ store, I remember feeling distinctly overwhelmed by the many brightly colored, phallic objects waving in my face from every direction. Even thou…
By Laken Howard

9 Love Experts Reveal Their BEST Tip For Having A Successful First Date

If you worry about impressing someone on a first date (particularly if you have a hunch that you and your date might really hit it off), you're definitely not alone. But it's important to remember that, at its core, a first date is really no big deal…
By Laken Howard

How To Firmly But Respectfully Turn Down Someone Who Won't Stop Asking You Out

There are plenty of things in adult life that get easier with time and practice — like filing your taxes or going to the doctor all by yourself — but trying to figure out how to turn someone down when they ask you out is one of those things that just…
By Laken Howard

This Household Chore Is Most Likely To Ruin Your Relationship

As much fun as the freedom of adulthood can be (like being able to decide that sugary cereal is a totally acceptable dinner food) there's also the unfortunate reality that at any given moment, there are about a zillion chores and household tasks that…
By Laken Howard

Here's Why You'll Want To Wait Until April 15 To Get Engaged

If you set store by the stars, you're likely already well aware of how Mercury retrograde can affect your love life — which means you can probably imagine why proposing during Mercury retrograde might not be the best move. When you're in a long-term …
By Laken Howard

11 Warning Signs There's An Unhealthy Power Dynamic In Your Relationship

If one of your goals is to lead a happy, fulfilling love life, learning to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics is a crucial first step — because no one deserves to be trapped in a toxic relationship. A tradem…
By Laken Howard

Couples Who Do These 7 Things Together, Stay Together

There's nothing better than the feeling of being totally head-over-heels in love with someone — except during those fleeting moments when you imagine the frightening possibility of someday breaking up. Figuring out how to make a relationship last isn…
By Laken Howard

The One Sex Position To Try In April 2018

Now that we've officially left the cold winter months behind and moved into the fun, springy month of April, it's the perfect opportunity for us all to hit the refresh button on our sex lives. Don't be overwhelmed, though: helping your sex life to ~b…
By Laken Howard

People Are Tweeting Their Best Piece Of Advice In 3 Words & It's Actually Really Inspiring

The older you get and the more people you meet, the more you start to realize that tween paragon of wisdom Hannah Montana was right all along: nobody's perfect. Part of ~adulting~ means finding new ways to improve yourself all the time — because self…
By Laken Howard

The One Sex Position NOT To Try, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Everyone has a few favorite, go-to sex positions — you know, the ones that never fail to turn you on and always get the job done — but on the other side of the same coin, it's totally normal to have some least favorite sex positions, too. No two bodi…
By Laken Howard

9 Hacks For Spring Cleaning Your Sex Life

It might have felt slow in coming, but spring has finally, officially sprung, which means it's also time for everyone's least favorite task of the year: spring cleaning. But the goods news is that spring cleaning doesn't *have* to be dusty and boring…
By Laken Howard

9 Little Ways To Help Your Partner Feel Less Stressed When They've Had A Bad Day

Wouldn't it be great if life were just one long, blissful expanse of time, free of worries and anxieties? Unfortunately, for one reason or another, we all experience stress from time to time — and when you're in a relationship, it's not just your own…
By Laken Howard

People On Reddit Are Sharing Their Flirting Fails & It Will DEFINITELY Make You Cringe

Is there anything more cringe-inducing than witnessing a good old-fashioned flirting fail — or, even worse, having one of your own? Trying to get the attention of someone you're interested in takes a lot of guts, and we're all familiar with the feeli…
By Laken Howard

9 New Sex Toys You'll Definitely Want To Try This Spring

The weather hasn't exactly been cooperating thus far, but spring has officially sprung — and what better way to celebrate the (eventual) end of the icky winter weather than by heating things up in the bedroom? Adding a few of the best new sex toys to…
By Laken Howard

If You're One Of These 3 Signs, This Mercury Retrograde Will MAJORLY Affect Your Love Life

Mercury is in retrograde once again, so if you thought the start of spring would be nothing but smooth sailing, there's a good chance that you were sorely mistaken. The March 2018 Mercury retrograde will run from March 22 to April 15, so for the next…
By Laken Howard

Living Abroad Can Benefit You In This MAJOR Way, A New Study Says

If you've always dreamed of living abroad, even for a short time, now might be the perfect time to turn that fantasy into a reality. Why? Because according to a new study, living abroad can help you gain a clearer sense of self — and if you ask me, g…
By Laken Howard