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BDSM Product Review: Beautiful Sensations Embers Flogger

Slowly but surely Joy and I are working our way through the plethora of fun new items that St. Nick brought us over the holidays. And slowly but surely I’m working on reviews of the products. At the rate of 1 per week that I’m currently traveling, I ought to be caught up by about Halloween!

Today’s review is of the Beautiful Sensations Embers Flogger, our new favorite “good girl spanking” tool. For those who are not aware, Beautiful Sensations is owned and operated by the illustrious blogger Conina, and each of the floggers she sells is handmade by her. We purchased a lovely red-and-black model, and after having test driven it a few times now, it far surpasses the previous commercially-made product we owned previously.

For more detail and to see a picture (the flogger is gorgeous), please take a look at the full review. And in the meantime, I’m going to go open up the toy chest to see what it may have in store for Joy tonight…

Enjoy Yourself,


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New BDSM Product Review: Viper’s Tongue

Whew! The holidays are a busy time, aren’t they? Between Christmas and family obligations, and now the upcoming New Year’s Day, it’s been quite a whirlwind around here at LCSB. However, fortunately Joy and I have been able to find time after the hustle and bustle of the daylight hours to spend some “quality time” together in the playroom. And that has allowed us to experiment with some of the holiday purchases we made this year!

Because of this, expect a flurry of product reviews over the next couple weeks. As usual, each will include a picture, a brief vignette to illustrate potential uses of the product, a summary of our experiences when Joy and I have put the product into use, and an overall rating. If we judge a product ranks higher than any others of the same type that we’ve reviewed, I’ll elevate it to the “best” ranking and drop the former best product into the other options list.

First out of the gate is the Viper’s Tongue leather slapper, a wicked-looking little item I’ve been eyeing for over a year. You should read the full review for details, but I’ll share that after having finally purchased it, we have found that it definitely lives up to it’s evil appearance. Just like it’s namesake, it has quite a sting. Joy’s bottom has now been bitten by this slapper on three different occasions, and it has become one of those items that holds both cold fear and strange fascination for her. Rather severe, but recommended!

Hope every one else is having as much fun with their naughty gifts as we are! Take care, all, and…

…enjoy yourself!


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Jake’s 2013 Christmas List

It’s been a rather Christmas-focused weekend around here at LCSB. We attended an office holiday party, did some joint baking in the kitchen (traditional Christmas cookies from Joy’s side of the family), wrapped gifts and did a little shopping. It’s cold so we had a fire in the fireplace each night, and it was pretty sitting in the living room with the tree lights on and the flames burning on the hearth. A little eggnog, one of the aforementioned Christmas cookies, and then off to bed. What more could anyone want?

There is only a little over a week left before Santa comes down the chimney bearing gifts, and therefore it’s imperative to have one’s Christmas list complete. Else, how will the old Elf know what to pack on his sleigh? With that in mind, I’ve finished up the “adult” section of my list for this year, and I thought I’d share.

Bear in mind that like any list for Santa, this is a wish list. Santa won’t be bringing all of these items, but I think it’s important for him to have a selection from which to choose when he decides what to leave under the tree, don’t you? Any of the gifts listed here would be welcome. And as for those that he does not leave…well, perhaps I’ll have to take matters into my own hands come spring.

Anyway, here is Jake’s Christmas list for 2013:

  • Hood with built-in blindfold: We have a spandex hood already, and the depersonalization and anonymity it provides can be very useful, but one of the drawbacks is that it lets in too much light. While it’s not transparent, it’s translucent, and Joy can see shapes and movement when she wears it. Because of that, I often blindfold her before I put it on. However, this model comes with a blindfold built right in! Sounds like it has to be an improvement!
  • Better locking cuffs: There’s a certain magic in the idea that Joy really can’t escape from her cuffs, and the click of the padlock locking always adds a nice touch of atmosphere to a “strict” evening. However, the locking cuffs we have are a little abrasive around the edges, so I’m looking for a softer leather. Hopefully these will fill the bill!
  • Bondage Tethers: I’m not a rope guy. I can admire the artistic way that the experts can weave a web to hold their partners, but for me…well, it takes too long. For me, the bondage is a means to and end, rather than the end itself. Therefore, I tend to stick to cuffs and chains. However, while chain brings a solid and unbreakable feeling to the adventure, it’s not particularly easy to adjust the length or take up slack in a bondage situation. These tethers are adjustable and hopefully will fill in during those situations when chain isn’t the best option.
  • “Hitching Post” (BDSM Furniture): Clyde makes so many fun and interesting pieces of BDSM furniture–I had to include one on my wish list. Out of all of them, I think the hitching post is the one that most catches my fancy. Not exactly sure where we’d put it–the playroom’s already crowded enough–but I’m sure it could fit in somewhere!
  • Flogger by Conina: Joy and I are flogger novices, but we’ve been experimenting, and I think it’s time to upgrade our equipment. How better to do that than purchase a handmade flogger from Conina? There are so many lovely models to choose from! I think this one is my favorite.
  • Viper’s Tongue Slapper: I’m always in the market for implements to create new and interesting sensations on Joy’s backside, and this just may do the trick. Hard to tell from the picture whether it will be severe or not, but the name and the description both bring the word “sting” to the forefront of the mind.
  • Tawse: Speaking of spanking implements, I’ve wanted an English Tawse for awhile. Not sure what the magic is here, but it looks like it might be rather effective. Anyway, feel free to slip this in my stocking, Santa!
  • Nipple Hugger Nipple Clamps: This particular item was a reader suggestion, and is unlike anything Joy and I own. The sweet part about this pair of nipple clamps is that they appear to be wearable long-term and out and about. I can just picture adding these to our “date night” costume collection. Joy will be both excited and terrified.
  • I was going to add a refill of our favorite sensitizing lotion, Flower Balm by Hot Pants, when I realized to my horror that it appears to have been discontinued! If anyone has a recommendation on another, effective sensitizing lotion for women, please let me know. Joy will be most appreciative!

    Enjoy yourself,


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The Chain Hoist in the Garage

We have a chain hoist in our garage. The garage is detached from the house, and serves more as a workshop than for automobile storage, though garage was its original purpose when it was built. Anyway, because of this, it’s not the dingy, dirty place you might envision when you think of parked cars and clutter. Instead, it’s well-lit, has heat in the winter, and even the floor is neatly swept to make sure wood shavings, sand, sawdust and any random insects that crawl in are evicted.

The chain hoist is set into a beam in the ceiling. It is basically a system of pulleys with a chain run through them and a hook attached at the end. Chain hoists come in a wide variety, and are used for all sorts of heavy-lifting purposes. I use mine for lifting up my lawn tractor to be able to change the mower blades and for lifting heavy projects when I work. Ours is the 1 ½ ton model, rated to lift that amount of weight, though I’ve never really tested its limit.

Hmmm…chain with a hook on the end…set in the ceiling…what does that possibly bring to mind?

Yes, you’re right. It brings bondage to mind. At least, it brings bondage to my mind. Others may not have quite the same thought process as me!

Anyway, Joy has, upon occasion, spent a fair amount of time in the garage with her wrists cuffed and pulled above her head, attached to the hook on the end of the chain hoist. Sometimes she has been blindfolded or gagged, and sometimes not. Regardless, it is quite exhilarating to have her standing there, bound and helpless, as I strip off her clothing piece by piece. The garage feels somehow much more exposed than the bedroom, and consequently fear, humiliation and arousal mix within her, creating a potent cocktail of excitement.

Of course, if I’m going to tie her hands overhead and then remove her clothing, I need to be sure that she’s wearing exactly the right outfit or we’ll run into trouble with getting the shirt and bra off. Halter tops can be a blessing sometimes! The alternative, which I’ve tried precisely once, is a nice pair of scissors and utter disregard for the state of the clothing after it has been removed. It was fun, but bras are expensive!

While hoists like ours can come with a motor to automatically raise and lower the hook, I don’t regard those as safe for bondage purposes (I envision the engine somehow getting stuck on). Ours is manual. I pull on one side of the chain to take up the slack, and the pulleys overhead transfer and magnify the force I exert. If I put together the proper bondage rig, there is no doubt that it could be used for full suspension. However, to date I have not gone there.

To be honest, suspension bondage doesn’t call to me. I tend to want to focus on practical bonds that allow me to make Joy physically helpless and take full advantage of that fact, and while the idea of suspension increases the helplessness aspect, it seems to trade off the practicality. I think suspension might be one of those things that appeals more to bondage purists, who regard the bonds and ropes themselves as the ultimate goal. For me, bondage is more of a means to an end. I don’t know what Joy would think of it–perhaps I ought to ask her.

Instead, we have focused more on spanking and corporal punishment. It is delicious to be outside of our house in a more “exotic” location. Joy definitely feels out in the open, even though all doors are closed and no one can really see. And there’s something about the hoist itself and the clacking noise it makes as the chain runs over the pulleys, taking up the slack and drawing Joy’s hands inexorably higher and higher, until she must stand on tiptoe. She cannot move much at all, and as the switch or paddle or crop comes down across her bare bottom, she can only dance slightly on her toes and await the next stroke.

When we are done, I usually settle for a nice blow job, typically with her on her knees and her hands bound behind her back. The floor is clean, but it’s still bare concrete, and it would be awfully cold to lay Joy down and use her more fully. Not that I haven’t been tempted, mind you.

I think part of the lure for Joy of being bound, spanked and used for sex in the garage/workshop is that it is such a man’s place. The idea of being taken to my lair, where she is surrounded by tools and wood scraps and enveloped by the scent of oil and sawdust, makes her feel small, out of her element, and overpowered. There’s a tinge of fear there for her, I think, but it’s the good kind of fear, the kind that informs her she’s lost control and cannot regain it. Atmospheric touches like this are small, but carry more weight than one might think.

I have considered many times installing a smaller chain hoist in the playroom ceiling to replace the hook we have there. It’s over kill, I know, and so far I’ve resisted the urge, but it certainly sounds fun.

Enjoy yourself,


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Soliciting Suggestions

I’m looking for fun ideas for Christmas presents for Joy. Well, let me clarify: I’m looking for a few, fun ideas for naughty Christmas presents for Joy and I to share this holiday season. While it’s certainly possible for me to browse the various different BDSM equipment, lingerie and sex toy sites, I thought there might be a better way to hone in on “interesting” products we might like. I thought I’d ask you for help!

Is there a vibrator that absolutely drives you crazy? Or a set of nipple clamps that sends you right over the edge? Do you have a particular paddle that you swear by, or a set of comfortable-but-inescapable cuffs that you use to make your partner helpless? If you do, or if you have some other fun toy or tool or piece of lingerie you think is great and that we might like, would you please suggest it in the comments to this post?

I’ll take a look at all suggestions–links would be appreciated if they are available. Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas to surprise Joy with! And feel free to browse other comments when you leave your own–there might be ideas for you to consider as well.

Thank you in advance to all who make suggestions! Joy and I will be very appreciative!

Enjoy yourself,


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