Self-care Tips:

Show Yourself Some Love

You don't need a special holiday to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.

Here are some tips on how to "Show Yourself Some Love":

Exfoliate:

Out with the old and in with the new!

Exfoliate your skin to encourage the production of new skin cells.

You can find different recipes on Pinterest that you can use for your skin type.
 
Face Masks:

Whether you DIY or buy, get a face mask to hydrate your skin. 

A face mask will help your skin feel rejuvenated!

It's important to listen to your skin and what it needs. 

Drink Water:

Last minute breakouts aren't fun, neither is being dehydrated.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and apply this to your daily routine, not just for special occasions.

Make that Appointment:

Adulting is hard. It's easy to get caught up in your life and to avoid taking care of yourself.

So schedule that appointment you've been dreading to make.
 
Treat Yo Self:

Whether you want to splurge on a box of cookies or on something you've always wanted -- show yourself some love.

Get a journal and write down your thoughts and goals. This will help you organize your ideas and express your emotions.

It may not seem like these steps are difficult tasks to do, but ask yourself when was the last time you completed any of these.

#NationalSingleAwarenessDay

While Sept. 23rd is National Single's Day, Valentine's Day can be a reminder that you're single.

We all have friends who spend Valentine's Day differently. We might even spend Valentine's Day differently every year -- depending on if Cupid struck us with love or not.

We all have friends who watch sappy rom-com's and end up ugly crying the night away:



We have friends who stuff their faces with sweets:




We have friends who go watch 50 Shades of Grey alone:

  

We have friends who "Shop Till They Drop" their feelings away:



Those friends who have "Just One Glass":
 


Whatever way you're spending your Valentine's Day, our Cookiegazm team hopes your heart is filled and your tummy is full!

First Kisses

Pucker up!

We all experience our first kisses at a different age.

Contrary to what some may believe, there is no right or wrong way to kiss.

Our Cookiegazm team hopes that your first kiss was memorable!   



First kisses can be magical and make us feel butterflies in our tummy.

Kissing in the rain can make us feel like we're in a movie.



Kissing isn't always magical. Its can be awkward for different reasons.

Maybe you were extremely nervous or sneezed in the middle of kissing.

Maybe you got mono from your first kiss (yes this actually happens!).

Or maybe all of these scenarios happened to you and you believe your first kiss was just as magical.

Whatever the case may be, first kisses are what you make of it. They can be monumental moments or can be blown out of proportion.


How to Kiss

Every one has their own preferences on how they like to be kissed, or if they even like being kissed at all.

Some like to have their lips bitten and some feel like their lips might be snatched off.

Other like to use lots of tongue, a little bit or even none.

Some like to show PDA and others are completely against it.

Don't be afraid to talk to the person you want to kiss to discuss how they liked to be kissed.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Ever practiced kissing? It seems awkward to ask someone if you can practice on them.

A cookie wouldn't say no to those lips! Pucker up those lips with your favorite Cookiegazm cookie!




Sexual Frustration is a Killer

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Lots of things in life are frustrating: phone bills, dishes, especially those incompetent customer service employees that work for your local cable company and don’t speak a word of English – but none are as frustrating as wanting sex and not getting it. Better known as sexual frustration, this phenomenon has recently been found to cause several health problems in its sufferers, as if being sex-deprived wasn’t bad enough already.

In a 2014 study at the University of Michigan, researchers genetically modified male fruit flies to have them secrete female sex hormones. The other, non-modified males around them were turned on 24/7 by the hormones, but not a single female was in sight.

These sexually frustrated flies "experienced rapid decreases in fat stores," showed signs of stress more often than usual, and ultimately lived shorter lives than their counterparts who were getting lucky on the regular. Similar results were found in female fruit flies, as well as in longer-living species like mice.

There is a cure, though – sex. Lots of it. Mating “partially reversed the negative effects on health and aging” in all studies performed, which basically means that sex is not only fun, but helps slow aging and reduce stress. Like our cookies. Sex and cookies – the recipe to a great night and a long, healthy life.

 

 

When it Comes to Sex Ed., We're Doing it Wrong

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We all remember those embarrassing sex ed. classes in biology, the ones where the teacher put up a picture of a naked body and was interrupted with those uncomfortable giggles and gazes as you and your fifth-grade classmates saw a pair of boobs or balls for the first time. It’s an awkward situation, to say the least – but it shouldn’t be.

When it comes to Sex Ed., no one does it quite like the Dutch. Every spring, students spend a week learning about their sexuality, not just their anatomy – and they start at four years old. My four-year-old self barely even knew what it was I was carrying around between my legs, let alone what a relationship was, or how to set personal boundaries – but these are topics kids in the Netherlands are exposed to not too long after speaking their first sentences.

In the Netherlands, speaking about sex and one’s sexuality is encouraged, unlike the U.S., where a recent CDC study showed that nearly 80% of American children and teenagers do not receive any formal sex and sexuality education before having sex.

In fact, not only do we rarely speak about sex in the states, but in most cases we discourage it, encouraging abstinence instead – a policy that’s repeatedly proven itself to be an epic failure. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that that’s probably why we in the U.S. have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the entire developed world – 8 times higher than the Dutch’s.

Not only do the Dutch encourage open conversations about sexuality at school, but sex is a common topic at the dinner table as well. Parents answer their children’s questions as they arise, keeping nothing from them. Teen sex isn’t encouraged, but it’s allowed, preferably in a controlled environment – which is why most Dutch teens have their first sexual experience under their parents’ own roof, with nearly 75% using a condom their first time.

For those of you who are wondering, all this sex-talk doesn’t turn Dutch kids into sex-crazed beasts. In fact, Dutch teens have their first sexual encounter at around the same age as most American teens: around 17 years old. The only difference is that they have condoms readily available in most vending machines, free birth control until they turn 21, and actually have half a clue what they’re doing, thanks to 13 years of talking about it. But hey, at least our cookies are better.

 

 

Cookies (and orgasms) are Good for You

There aren’t too many things that feel as good as biting into the warm, gooey goodness of one of our cookies – except orgasms.

The two often come hand in hand, though, which is exactly why you should keep eating our cookies (and keep having orgasms). Here are a few of the health benefits that eating our cookies (and the orgasms that will probably come with them) can bring you:

1.     A curbed appetite

Orgasms stimulate the release of oxytocin – the love hormone. Not only does oxytocin help battle anxiety and depression by cutting cortisol levels in the body – high levels have been linked to increased carbohydrate consumption and belly fat – but it also shifts our behavior from a desire to eat to a desire to reproduce. One study even found that mice bred without the oxytocin-producing gene stuffed their faces with “significantly more” carbs than those who were born with the gene.

2.     Boosted testosterone levels

Many studies have shown increased testosterone levels in women after sex, specifically after orgasming. When present with other hormones (and cookies) in the proper balance, magic happens: sexual desire is amplified, our sex appeal increases, mood and memory are improved, and the accumulation of abdominal fat is prevented.

3.     Better sleep

The oxytocin released after orgasms creates a feeling of relaxation in some. When paired with vasopressin, a sleep-related chemical that’s also released during an orgasm, you’ve got yourself some all-natural NyQuil. So next time your partner falls asleep right after the act, don’t take it personally – a recent study at the University of Michigan found that “the tendency to fall asleep first after sex is also associated with greater partner desire for bonding and affection.”

4.     An improved sense of smell

Orgasms also release the hormone prolactin, which causes stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the brain’s smell center – temporarily improving your sense of smell. The more satiating the orgasm, the more prolactin is released, which is why intercourse-related orgasms release an average of 400 percent more prolactin than masturbation.

5.     Pain relief and a better social life

Though these two may not seem related, they in fact are. Turns out oxytocin doesn’t just double as a Jenny Craig diet and NyQuil, but also works as morphine and a few shots of tequila – all in one. The rush of oxytocin during an orgasm has been reported to temporarily alleviate aches and pains, while also making you feel more social, enhancing your trust and improving your bond with others.

Save some money. Have a cookie. Have an orgasm. Have two cookies and an orgasm. You deserve it.

Better Tasting Body Fluids are a Few Bites Away

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Cookies aren’t the only thing that are fun to put in your mouth – a survey from Esquire reported that 35% of people see oral sex as a necessary part of foreplay. But more often than not, genitals taste like anything but cookies. Here are some tips to improve the taste of your body fluids.

 

For her:

Vulvas get their taste from several different factors: your body’s natural odor, the scent of your detergent, the soap you use, and the foods you eat. That being said, the obvious first step is to wash and wear clean laundry. You’ll get the best results from detergent and soaps that are minimally scented – it’ll keep them from clashing with the natural scent of your body. The same goes for douches – the less ‘fruity’, the better. Wearing cotton underwear, or other breathable material, is also a must in order to prevent the growth of odorous bacteria from your sweat.

When it comes to food, anything that tends to make your gas or burps smell will probably also make your woman parts smell: beer, coffee, alcohol, asparagus, most dairy, onions, shallots, meat, and fish. Also smoking – it’s even less cool in bed than it is in the Tobacco Free Florida commercials.

And now for the fun part – here are some foods you should chow down on if you want to make oral sex as appetizing as late-night Cookiegazm: pineapple, apples, celery, yogurt, red grapes, cranberry juice, lots of water, mint, watermelon, strawberries. Basically, any fruit that you can also find as an air-freshener in a gas station will pretty much do the same for you.

 

For him:

Guys, we’ve got it easy. No need to douche, just use soap. Daily. It’s really not that hard. And trim down there occasionally. Think of it like this: jungles support much more life than deserts – if you’ve got a jungle in your pants, you’re going to have much more bacteria than guys who’ve got deserts, or even prairies. I’m sure you get the point. Plus girls like the desert/prairie look much more – according to a survey from Maxim, 70% of women surveyed said they preferred it when their partners were trimmed. And just like the girls, stick to cotton underwear or other breathable fabric. Our balls already stick to our legs; the last thing we need is our sweat stench sticking to our underpants, too.

As for the food, the Kinsey Institute recommends fruit (especially citrus, bananas, and papayas), spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppermint, among others), parsley, wheatgrass, and celery to up the flavor of your semen. Stick away from cigarettes, caffeine, red meat, onions, and garlic. Unless you’d rather get Cookiegazm than head. In that case, cigarettes, caffeine, red mead, onions, garlic, and a few Slutty Macaws are the way to go.

 

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