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trust blog sex with emilyThere’s a lot that goes into forming a healthy relationship. There’s compromise, establishing boundaries, and of course choosing a Thai take out place you both like. Underneath it all, however, is a foundation of trust.

Trust and honesty ensure that you and your partner can be on the same page through the good times, and the not so good ones. (Like when you’re fighting about Thai takeout places.) 

People talk about trust all the time. But what does it really mean? Let’s break down the building blocks of trust in a healthy relationship. 

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listening blog sex with emilyListening. Seems simple, right? Well, if you’ve ever had a single conversation, you know that it’s not that easy. Anyone can stop talking long enough to give someone else the mic, but really listening is a totally different story.

It’s safe to say that most people don’t really know how to effectively listen. It’s more involved than you think! Now that we’re in close quarters with our loved ones, knowing how to lend an ear is more important than ever.

So we at Sex With Emily decided that we’d give you some tips on how to tune in, when tuning out is ever so simple. So, listen up, because it’s time to level up your listening game!

 

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cabin fever blog sex with emilyIf you live…anywhere in the world, you’re probably practicing social distancing. If you live with your partner, you might be craving a little social distance from them.

Around the world couples are being kept in a pressure cooker called… our homes.

Depending on your dynamic, it might be a little harder than you thought to keep things sailing smoothly.

It’s perfectly normal to experience a little cabin fever at this point, but don’t let isolation turn you and your beloved against one another. Like a research team on Antarctica, you’re going to have to work together to get through the winter til the snow thaws. No matter how annoying your teammates snoring gets. 

Here are some key points to battling cabin fever as a cohabitating, quarantined couple.

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No better time than the present to spruce up your love life, single life, and reflect upon yourself. There are so many ways to go about it, but we can all agree that our past affects out present.

Let’s throw it back to childhood, because what is adulthood without working through childhood conflicts? Probably chaos and a lot of repression…

As children we all developed attachment styles that contribute to the way we behave in all of our relationships. What does it all mean? Let’s dive in!

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at home blog sex with emilyIf you’re anything like half of the world right now, you just might be stuck at home.

For a while.

Potentially, a long, long while.

But even though we’re homebound, life goes on! Bring some joy into your life by appreciating the extra time you have with your sweetheart. If you’re single, treat yourself to any of these activities and have a date with yourself!

Here’s some at home date nights to use in this time of social distancing, or just to have a cheap, but sweet, date at home.

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money blog sex with emilyWhether you and your partner are in a similar income bracket or not, it isn’t easy to know how to talk about money. Money can be a sensitive topic, and feelings can get hurt. Even the strongest couples can find themselves fighting over savings accounts or frivolous spending.

While you may never look forward to having a money talk with your partner, there are ways to make the conversation a lot less painful. 

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make-up sex blog sex with emilyAh, make-up sex. One of the greatest joys in life. Like a fine wine, sex is best after you’ve just had a horrible argument about the dishes (there’s clean and then there’s CLEAN).

Maybe you broke up, maybe you fought like cats and dogs, maybe you took a break. Whatever led you and your sweetie to distance yourself from each other, coming back together is always the best part.

Here are some tips and tricks for how to get it in, after you and your cutie have been on the outs. 

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resentment blog sex with emilyLike a Chia Pet you totally forgot about, resentment can grow without anyone really noticing. One day, over coffee and bagels, seemingly out of nowhere, you realize you can’t stand the way your partner chews. Not only that, you can’t stand how they never help with dishes. They take up so much space in your house and made you cancel plans to go to their work event. You love your partner and have no plans on calling it quits, and yet, you can’t help but notice that resentment is there in full force. 

Maybe you keep asking your partner to help around the house and you keep getting ignored. Maybe you can’t stop wondering if you would quit your job and move to another city to be with your boo. Even the best relationships have their bitter moments. 

Though inspirational memes and canvas tote bags worn by women at the farmers market may tell us to “Speak Our Truths”, the truth is, being honest with the people you love can be really frickin’ difficult. And when you’ve been dealing with the same problem over, you just noticed that you’re feeling kind of off about something, or you’re so far deep into a relationship conflict you’ve given up hope — it can feel impossible to know how to come clean about your feelings and move forward together. 

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cohabitation blog sex with emilyHave you ever heard the saying “You don’t buy the car without taking it for a test drive”? Most of the time, this age old adage is used in favor of premarital sex… An important topic for another day, no doubt.

In this moment, however, I’m applying it to living with a significant other—A journey I recently embarked upon. And let me tell you, if I didn’t believe in the car theory pre-cohabitation, I certainly do now. Continue Reading

honeymoon phase blog sex with emilySo, you and your sweetie have been lovin’ on each other for a while now. That spark turned into a fire, that fire burned down your (downstairs) house, and now…the fire’s starting to die down. The honeymoon phase might be over.

In all seriousness though, if you feel the passion starting to fade, don’t panic. You might be leaving the “Honeymoon Phase” of your relationship, but there’s plenty you can do to make sure your relationship stays not only afloat, but as wet as ever. 

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