Laken Howard
NU/Medill alum; Brooklynite; sex/dating/relationships contributor; win my heart with cat pictures and eggs benedict

How Trauma-Informed Yoga Can Be Healing For Survivors Of Domestic & Sexual Violence

When you picture a typical yoga class, you probably envision a room full of flexible folks being taught and having their form corrected by a very hands-on instructor while some ambient music plays in the background... but at an Exhale to Inhale yoga…
By Laken Howard

7 Ground Rules You Should Set When You First Move In With Your Partner

Of all the relationship milestones out there, moving in with your partner for the first time is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things you can experience as a couple. But as much fun as it is to imagine the endless nights of cuddling, cooking…
By Laken Howard

9 Questions To Ask Someone On A First Date If You've Never Met Them Before

If you're someone who tends to get nervous on first dates, imagining how well — or not well — the conversation with your date might go can be a major source of pre-date stress. The good news? As long as you have an idea of some questions to ask on a…
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The One Sex Position You Need To Try In August

The last full month of summer is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s the perfect time to try out some of the best sex positions for summer before it’s too late! Once winter hits — and believe me, it’ll be here before we know it — sex is all…
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Here's Why Focusing On Orgasm Too Much Can Actually Be Bad For Your Sex Life

Each year, July 31 marks what is possibly the sexiest holiday of the year: National Orgasm Day. But, while orgasms are certainly a wonderful thing worth celebrating any day of the year, it can actually be harmful if we as a society put too much…
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7 Valid Reasons To End A Relationship, Even If You Love Your Partner

When you're head-over-heels in love with your partner, it can be hard to even imagine the possibility of breaking up — but the unfortunate truth is that many long-term relationships, even the ones most filled with love, aren't always built to last.…
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Here's What To Do If You And Your Partner Want Different Amounts Of Physical Affection

When it comes to expressing and receiving love, we all have different preferences — and not everyone is the super touchy-feely, cuddly type. So what should you do if you and your partner disagree on the ideal amount of physical affection in your…
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8 Signs Being Single And Not Dating Is The Right Choice For You

For some singles, dating and pursuing relationships — either in a casual or more serious context — can be a fun and fulfilling experience. But being single and not dating is a totally healthy lifestyle choice, too... it just isn't one that's often…
By Laken Howard

12 Ways To Change Up Your Masturbation Routine If You Feel Like You're Stuck In A Rut

Aside from how amazing it can feel, one of the most wonderful things about masturbation is that there’s no wrong way to do it. As long as what you’re doing feels good for you, it’s totally fair game — but even if you’re comfortable in your…
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7 Unexpected Benefits Of Being Newly Single

When you've recently gone through a breakup, it's totally understandable if you're having a difficult time looking on the bright side of life and finding things to be excited about. Breakups are painful, emotional experiences that will take time to…
By Laken Howard

The Best Sex Toy Deals To Snag On Amazon Prime Day

After a bit of a rocky start, Amazon Prime Day 2018 is now back in action, bringing Prime members stellar deals on everything from cookware to electronics to beauty must-haves. Personally, though, my favorite way to spend this blessed,…
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7 Dates To Take Yourself On This Summer

While most people probably hear the word "date" and immediately picture an amorous, candlelit outing between two people, a romantic date isn't the only kind of date you can go on. Going on dates by yourself is a great way to practice self-care: you…
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7 Subtle Signs Your Date Isn't Being Genuine, According To Experts

If you're in the market for a serious, long-term partner, there's nothing more annoying than going on a date with someone who seems great in the beginning, only to later find out they were being fake AF on the first date. But the signs your date…
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9 Millennial Pink Sex Toys That'll Make Your Dreams Come True

There's something innately beautiful about the concept of female masturbation: it's a way for women to explore their bodies, get in tune with their sexual desires, and experience serious pleasure in the process. And, while it might sound silly to…
By Laken Howard

7 Little Ways To Have More Meaningful Dates With Online Matches

If you're single and dating, chances are that you've been on your fair share of online dates that can best be described with one word: mediocre. Sure, bad dates are inevitable, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to have a meaningful date with…
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Here's The One Thing A Dating Coach Wants You To Know About A Good First Date

Even if you're pretty sure you're hitting it off with someone, the signs of a good first date aren't always easy to recognize (especially when nerves are involved). But while most people probably define a "good" date as one that leads to more dates…
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9 Summer First Date Ideas That Actually Help You Get To Know Your Date

There's something undeniably sexy about dating during the summertime: thanks to the sunshine, you don't have to hole up in your apartment, order takeout, and watch TV — instead, it seems like the whole world is your oyster. Having more daylight…
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9 Tips For Online Dating After You've Been Through A Breakup

Online dating can be tricky to navigate at the best of times, but if you just went through a breakup, the idea of swiping, messaging, and meeting new people can feel even more overwhelming. But is using dating apps after a breakup an inherently bad…
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8 Subtle Signs You'll Have Chemistry When You Meet An Online Match IRL

As much fun as online dating can be, there are still plenty of aspects of it that can be nerve-wracking — like not knowing whether someone you matched with will turn out to be a total dud or the next love of your life. Of course, it pretty much goes…
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8 Painful Truths About Going Through Your First Breakup That You Need To Hear

If there’s one thing that pretty much everyone can agree on, it’s that going through your first breakup sucks. When you haven’t experienced heartbreak before, the mess of conflicting emotions swirling around can be a shock — plus you’re faced with…
By Laken Howard