Blog Posts by The Succulent Wife

  • Kama Sutra Basics

    With cold days limiting the variety of outdoor activities and Valentine's Day around the corner, 'tis the season to get frisky. The Kama Sutra , the most famous erotic book in all history, in all its wisdom, can certainly help us to to cultivate our knowledge and prowness in the Art of Love

    The Kamasutra, written sometime in the 3rd century by a north Indian scholar called Vatsyayana Mallanaga, means literally, the Treatise on Pleasure. Kama is the Hindu God of Love. Kama also means desire. Sutra refers to a narrative, manual or guide. The KamaSutra is a classic guide to lovemaking, reflecting the social and sexual traditions of the times. Many consider the Kamasutra to be simply a manual of athletic sexual positions, but scholars view it as having more historical importance than a simple guide would have. It is a book about the art of living; about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, and above all, it lays down the different positions in sexual intercourse. Thus Kamasutra is a guide towards sexual fantasy and satisfaction. (Source )

    Here then are some Kama Sutra inspired accessories, or shall we say, gift ideas?

    Kama Sutra Book Let's start with the basics! The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra . Note, it's illustrated. But let's all calm down, these are images of ancient Kama Sutra art seen in museums and private collections. The author, Lance Dane is one of the foremost scholar in the Kama Sutra. Of course, there are many modern interpretations of the Kama Sutra. Something to suit every taste. Just search Amazon for Kama Sutra in books and you will be sure to be met with quite a few choices. We thought this classic was risqué enough for these pages. Find it here .
    Kama Sutra Gift Set When The Succulent Wife had her gift shop, the Kama Sutra line was always a best seller. With reason. It's a high quality and high class line of sensual products that comes in pretty packaging that you wouldn't mind seeing displayed in the open. That is, until your daughter walks in and asks "Mommy what's in this box?". The Weekender Kit
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  • Light Therapy - The 'Prozac' for Winter Blues

    My family was in for a major shock when we moved away from 16 years of living in the sunny Southwest to the Midwest with its grey winters. People were warning us that winters would be hard. Yeah, right. I was born in Montreal, I remember winters. Pfffft.

    As we were visiting Chicago area homes in planning for our move, we scoffed at the particular homeowners that featured a closet with a standing tanning booth in it. "You'll need this in the winter" they said. Yeah, right. Pfffft.

    Well, pfffft on us as we found out by mid-December of our first winter in Chicago. We were all dragging and so tired and sluggish all the time. And craving orange juice! Yep, we were all afflicted by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). So, we got a light therapy lamp. And I only thought of sharing this story when I realized that most people living here still did not know about this easy, natural remedy.

    Why Light Therapy? Light plays a major role in the production of serotonin. It then makes

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  • Romantic Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day Gift IdeasIf I am to be honest, Valentine's Day is a far bigger deal for my daughters than it is for my husband and me. It seems that the school enjoys promoting this should-be celebration of undying love between two lovers as a vehicle to express friendship between classmates. Although we do not officially celebrate Valentine's Day in our home,

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  • A Romantic Dinner at a Serious Discount - Restaurant.com

    For many, going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day is a tradition but, what about if you made it a date night every month? Or even every week?

    restaurant_com I am not talking about a steak'n cheese burrito at Carls Jr, but a wonderful meal with that special ambiance at perhaps your favorite dining establishment. No way you say? Well, if you go to Restaurant.com there is a way to get significant discounts at restaurants in your neighborhood. Maybe even your favorite one.

    I thought that everyone knew about Restaurant.com , but in mentioning it to a few friends of late, I realized that it's still a well kept secret. Now that you know, don't wait a minute longer. Here's what you do: register and subscribe to email. You will receive emails that announce 60 to 80% off promotion. Usually sold in $25, $50, $75 and $100 gift certificates, these can now cost you only $2, $4, $6 and $8 respectively. Hard to believe but it is true! I have used the Restaurant.com certificates at the most

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  • Sealed With Your Kiss Portrait

    Personalized gifts are always popular. But dna11.com takes it to the next level as they use a person's DNA, finger prints and kiss prints to create VERY unique artwork.

    Kiss Portrait by dna11

    Just as we loved the DNA portraits we mentioned in our Family Gift Guide last month, we also love dna11's Kiss Portrait™ for Valentine's Day (or for a wedding or engagement), a very innovative and modern form of romantic portraiture! And, it does not require any undressing or silly posturing, head hanging off the fur or satin covered fainting couch…

    All you need to do is to order the Kiss Portrait kit. You will be sent a M.A.C. lipstick and kiss sheets to capture your lip print. Send that back, decide on color, style, size and frame and you've got the most uniquely romantic gift idea around.

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  • 5 Love Languages

    5 languages of love bookWith Valentine's Day around the corner and references to the celebration of love and romance to be seen everywhere, I thought that it was timely to finally read this book that has been - repeatedly - recommended over the years. Before I had my two youngest daughters, a girlfriend mentioned the "must read" book "5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. I must say that even though the book title kept popping up, I never paid much attention until I recently received a copy. I read it mainly to learn more about the relationship with my children - okay truth be told, for my teenage son - but also found it invaluable for my relationship with my husband.

    The premise of the book is that we all feel and know that we are loved by how people relate to us. There are five "languages" that we can fall under that make us feel truly loved. They are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Personal Touch. We, of course, will fall into more than one category but one will resonate more than the others. Finding the right language is the key to helping a person feel loved.

    Words of Affirmation

    This is really as simple as "to love me is to talk to me". My youngest daughter, who is only four, falls under this category. Although we may be baking, reading or playing a game together, it is the verbal communication that she enjoys the most. The key is to give her your undivided attention, plus be aware of the tone of your voice and the words that you use. This really goes for anyone, but what is different with people who resonate with this love language is that they take words personally. When I reprimand Adanna I have to be careful with my tone and words. Where I would need to give her siblings a strong tone in my voice and/or a time out, for her I just need to tell her what she did that was not okay. She gets it. We used to say she was so sensitive but after reading this book it is more that she hears the words I say and how I say it more clearly than her siblings. To her, when I say "I love you" she knows I mean it. One day she told me that she loved me to her heart. How can you beat that.

    Quality Time

    This is "to love them is to spend time with them". For my seven year old daughter Thea,

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  • User post: LittleMissMatched Socks - Solution for the Sock Lost in the Wash

    Over the holidays my family went to Downtown Disney, a street of restaurants and shops that links Disneyland, the Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park, to have lunch. While we were walking around my daughters noticed a store, LittleMissMatched that featured vibrant socks in the window and asked if they could go in. Why not? They can always use more socks, their sock drawer being filled with orphan, non-matching socks. Much to my surprise (and delight!), I found out that LittleMissMatched doesn't match socks either! All socks are sold in a pack of three non-matching socks . They are coordinated in either color or pattern, but not both, which makes them fun and creative to wear. These socks are not just for girls, but also for boys, babies and women (sorry men). Ankle, knee high, toes sock and more are all sold in three packs or gift packs of six, nine and twelve, perfect for birthday gifts.

    Little MisMatched Anklet Socks

    This unconventional way of selling socks is what made this brand explode. The

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  • Getting to College 101 - Finding the Parental Role

    There is no doubt that the transition from high school to college is a journey for both you and your teen. The magnitude of the move from 24/7 parent to empty-nester is not to be taken lightly, but your focus must be on helping your child in their journey. For many parents this requires a step back to allow your teen to explore their own needs and desires and take ownership of the process. But being involved without controlling the process can be a challenge.

    Please help find original source for this image!student. What TYPE of helicopter parent are you?

    One of the more interesting ways of describing levels of parental involvement in the college process, comes from an online college tool, Cappex.com. Once you have created a (free) profile on the site, you can find a parent worksheet that outlines different types of "helicopter parents". I know this term usually carries a heavy, negative connotation, but their premise that parents are essential to the college process, but can easily be out of line rings true. Being too involved

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  • Alexa Meade - A New Prespective in Portraiture

    synthesized with AlexaEvery now and then comes along an artist that offers a really new perspective. Alexa Meade , all of 23 years old and not even officially trained in art, is one such remarkable person. And when we say perspective, we mean that she completely toys with our notion of depth and volume as she paints 3D objects (people, mostly) into 2D tableaux.

    "Alexa Meade has innovated a Trompe-L'Oeil painting technique that can perceptually compress three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional plane. Her work is a fusion of installation, painting, performance, photography, and video art".

    "Rather than painting a representational picture on a flat canvas, Meade paints her representational image directly on top of her three-dimensional subjects. The subject and its representation become one and the same. Essentially, her art imitates life on top of life".

    Alexa plays a very clever visual mind game with the viewer. One that personally has me riveted. Her work, due to the very fact that she paints on actual people, is ephemeral, performance art that is, thankfully, captured on camera. Here are some fascinating examples of her work:

    "Aligned"
    Aligned with Alexa Meade

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  • Free Digital Magazines

    We know that the advent of electronic reading devices has put a serious dent on the publishing business. Newspapers, magazines, book publishers, bookstores are dropping like flies. It was shocking at first. But, typical of catalytic cycles, we will evolve our habits with the new technologies.

    Arising out of the publishing ashes is the next evolution of magazines: the independent digital mags. Where publishing was previously reserved for the elite few, it is now open to most anyone. And I have loved discovering the new wave of décor, fashion, craft & DIY, lifestyle indie magazines that hit the virtual shelves. Besides the fact that they are carbon neutral (no paper, no ink, no delivery), most of these are also free.

    Here are a few of my favorites of the moment:

    sweetpaul Sweet Paul Magazine is the work of food stylist Paul Lowe. It features fantastic photography, recipes and projects, and so does the blog , should you not be able to wait a whole month between
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