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Unconventional Candle Scents (That Can Recall Memories) You May Have Never Imagined

Unconventional Candle Scents (That Can Recall Memories) You May Have Never Imagined

Smell is one of the most powerful scents we have. And because smells are detected and registered in the upper part of the nose — which then passes them along to the brain — memories are commonly tied to distinct smells. In fact, it could be argued that smell is more closely linked with memory than any of the other senses. If you’re unsure about whether or not this is true in your life, just invest in some of these unconventional candle scents and see if some old memories come roaring back.

1. Old Books

Library nerds and book geeks will appreciate this soy wax candle that smells like old library books. It has notes of white tea, timber, musk, and, you guessed it, newsprint. While non-readers may think the thought of an old book smell seems strange, those who love cracking open a novel and curling up by the fireplace will be amazed at how this scent helps them connect with old memories.

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2. Girl Scout Cookies

Are you the person that can’t wait until Girl Scout cookie season each year? Well, there’s good news and bad news. We’ll start with the bad news: Girl Scout cookie season isn’t getting any longer. Now for the good: You can pretend like it’s cookie season all year round with Girl Scout cookie candles that smell like Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Coconut Caramel Stripe. Now, that’s amazing!

3. Pure Peach

For many people who grew up in rural farm areas, summer memories include sitting on the porch eating fruit, sharing laughs, and playing games. Well, few fruits are so firmly tied to summer as peaches. That’s why this Pure Peach Candle is so incredible. It perfectly embodies the ripe fragrance of a summer orchard and helps people of all ages recall distinct memories from the past.

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4. Popcorn

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a movie? Even if popcorn isn’t your favorite food, you can’t deny the fact that the popcorn smell at a movie theater is part of the experience. But, unless you want to continuously pop fresh popcorn in your home, it’s difficult to replicate this lovely aroma. The solution? Use this Popcorn candle to set the mood. The good news is that it’s also a little healthier for you. Less salt and butter and more fragrance means everyone can enjoy the memories of the movie theater.

5. Campfire

Few smells are as distinct as a burning campfire. That smoky, warm smell is one of a kind. Unfortunately, building a campfire isn’t always practical — and can leave you smelling pretty smoky afterwards. Well, if you love the smell, but don’t want to waste time building a fire or risking smelling like one yourself, then you need this campfire-scented candle. There’s nothing else quite like it if you want to recall campfire stories from previous years.

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6. Fresh Cut Grass 

The smell of freshly cut grass is very distinct. There’s no mistaking that scent when you catch a whiff. Well, this candle evokes memories of summer, even when it’s cold or rainy. As the candle maker suggests, the candle gives you a sort-of “It’s sunny, the lawn is mowed and you deserve a rest,” vibe. Now, that’s something we can all get behind!

The Power of Smell

It’s clear that smell is a very powerful sense and plays an interesting role in a person’s ability to recall distant memories and relive particular moments in the past. Do any of the scents above seem like scents that would connect with you? You’ll never know unless you give them a try!

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Featured photo credit: Jimmy Cardosi via flic.kr

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Anna is a freelance writer, researcher, and business consultant.

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Last Updated on August 13, 2018

5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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    1. Cardio for Stamina

    If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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      • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
      • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
      • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
      • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

      The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

      These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

      2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

      The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

      Barbell squats
        • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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        Zercher squat
          • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

          Glute bridge
            • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

            Hyperextensions
              • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

              Ab wheel rollout
                • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                Cross body crunch
                  • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                  Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                  3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                  Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                  Plank exercise
                    • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                    Close grip pushups
                      • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                      Chin ups
                        • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                        These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                        4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                        You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                        5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

                        Lion stretching

                          If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                          Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                          With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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