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    How to Create a Romantic Valentine's Day Evening.

    How to Create a Romantic Valentine's Day Evening.

    Doesn’t it seem that every year it’s the same story? As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, the majority of us wait until the last minute to run to the store to grab a card, chocolate and “grocery store” flowers. Planning for Valentine’s Day can be tough, especially while juggling the regular day to day tasks. Now, there are those that make the rest of us look bad. The hopeless romantics that go above and beyond every year while the rest of us hold our stale chocolates, cards, and flowers.  Planning for a romantic night with your special someone doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are some simple and inexpensive ideas to make the night memorable for you and your loved one. Here are some ideas that you can incorporate.

    Think outside the box...or in the box... 

    There are numerous subscription box companies out there that can curate a beautiful box filled with different themed items. However, you have to stick with the subscription. If you want to put together a unique box just for Valentine's Day you can take a note from those subscription box companies. 

    Spa Day Box 

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    Imagine your loved one coming home to a candlelit bath and this box waiting for them. Instead of heading down the chocolate aisle of the store, head down the beauty aisle. Grab a bathbomb, a face masque, and some fancy lotion. Throw some soothing tunes on while they are taking their bath and welcome them with a nice glass of wine or champagne. 

    Conversation In A Box 

    Not going to lie, we are a little bias on this one, considering we were the ones who created Rehab-after dark. However, hear me out. We created this game for occasions like Valentine's Day. This game is and a great bottle of wine go hand and hand. Turn the tv off and put your cell phones away, take the time to reconnect as a couple. Rehab-after dark explores the topic of intimacy in a fun, non-intimidating way and you'll find out things about each other that you may or may not know about each other. Buy your deck here for only $11.95

    Sushi Making Together 

    Cooking together can be...exhausting. Cleaning dishes, trying to figure out what to make, cooking in small quarters, sometimes it doesn't seem so romantic. However, making sushi together is something that you probably don't do often. It's unique and if neither of you has done it before, can be a fun experience. Who cares if it doesn't come out right, take the opportunity to do something different together. Open a bottle of wine, turn on some music and see where it takes you two. 

    These are just some ideas that you can incorporate this year to make Valentine's Day stand out from the normal chocolates, cards, and flowers. They don't take too much effort and are very affordable but the outcome will create an incredibly unique and romantic Valentine's Day.

    The Monster-In-Law

    The Monster-In-Law
    We all want the fairytale, and you’re kidding yourself if you say you don’t. It would be great if I had the loving mother in law that dotes after me and wants to be apart of my life, but the facts are I don’t

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    5 Ways To Avoid Technology Addiction

    5 Ways To Avoid Technology Addiction

    Let me start by saying, we’re ALL guilty of this. I don’t know about you, but having Google in the palm of my hand has made me feel like my knowledge is UNLIMITED. That’s a powerful feeling, people. I hate when I am pressed with a question that I don’t know the answer to. With the use of my iPhone in hand, it takes me a few short moments to answer the world’s most perplexing questions- “Siri, do toilets flush counter clock-wise in Australia?” They were right when they said, “knowledge is power!”  However, in my quest for unlimited knowledge, it is becoming more and more clear that the grasp that technology has on me is quite a big one.

    Just like you and everyone else I know, when I get a notification that I have another “like” on my Facebook picture, or a text message comes through, every inch of me needs to check and see who liked what or what was that text was about. I can’t think of anything else but what is on that phone! It’s like the phone is calling my name, “Ashley!!!! Look and see what I have for you…You need to look at me!”  I start to itch, feening for a hit of tech. The only thing that satisfies it is if I stop what I’m doing, pick up my phone, unlock my screen and check it.

    We may not be doing our deeds in dark alleyways or curled up with heated spoons in seedy motels. Instead, we are getting our fix out in the open and everyone around us is doing the same thing. So, is it really a problem? Let me ask you this, how many times have you gone out to dinner to find everyone around you nose deep in their phones? How many times have you and your family been guilty of doing the same thing? The answer is probably more than we would like to admit. We always have an excuse as to why we need our phones with us at all times- “I’m waiting for this really important email from work.” “The kids are with the babysitter, what if something happens?” I know this is hard to believe, but there was a time when emails weren’t answered at all hours of the day and kids were left alive and well with the babysitter. The world didn’t end by not having a mobile device on you! I know, crazy, right?!

    I could go on and on and show you all the stats that mental health professionals are coming out with on technology abuse. I could even say how technology is negatively affecting our children and so forth. However, I’ll just keep it simple and urge you to just look at your day. If you are getting the “itch” when you get a little notification on your phone, you’re addicted to your technology. So, the question is, how do we break the addiction? Here are 5 things that we have found helpful in our household. Just to be clear, we are NOT mental health professionals. We are just every day, regular people who are trying to break our addiction to technology. For the record, my husband is more addicted to his phone than I am mine, but I am working on him.

    1.) Have a no technology rule at the dinner table.

    We know that life is hectic and that regular family dinner time may be a dying fad, however when your family does decide to gather, make sure to institute a “no technology rule” at the dinner table. Leave your phones in the car when you are out to dinner. Treat date night the same way. If you do have to bring your phone with you for whatever reason, the person who looks at the phone the most must pay the bill at the end. The family dinner table is an important pastime that we need to bring back to the forefront. Dinner time should be where everyone talks about their day, what they have going on in the week and anything in between. It is the time where we re-connect as a family and the only way to do that is if we put down the phones, turn off the TVs and talk with each other…FACE TO FACE.

     

    2.) Keep your phone out of your bedroom.

    Using your phone as an alarm clock is not an excuse to have it in your bedroom. They have these things that are called alarm clocks…They have numbers on them, tell time and you program them to go off when you need to get up in the morning. Look them up, they are pretty incredible. Bringing your phone into the bedroom causes A LOT of issues. One-your sex life goes down and no one wants that. Two-you don’t just use your phone as an alarm clock, you use it to play Candy Crush or surf Facebook which overstimulates you and makes it harder to fall asleep. All things that are not good for you. The last thing you should be doing before you go to sleep is kissing your spouse, not checking Instagram.

     

    3.) Limit your time on your smartphone when in line or in the bathroom.

    This may come as a shock to some people, but it’s ok to be bored. Think of when you were a kid in school. When you were bored, you daydreamed. You were able to think up the most fascinating things. Channel your inner 10-year-old when you’re in line waiting for your Starbucks, or better yet, strike up a conversation with a stranger, be neighborly. People watch-hopefully not in the bathroom but in line at Starbucks-and make stuff up about them. Use your brain to entertain yourself. Break the knee-jerk reaction of reaching for your phone when you’re bored of something and start relying on your imagination, you’ll be surprised by how much fun it is.

     

    4.) Disable notifications on your smartphone.

    If you don’t have something that goes off causing the “itch”, then you won’t have the need to have your “fix”. After all, you wouldn’t pour an alcoholic a glass of wine and give it to them, treat your addiction to technology the same way. Turn off all notifications, including text messages. If someone is trying to get in touch with you, they will call you. Give yourself “tech checks” where you allow only a few times a day to check social media or your text messages. Find other things to do instead of scrolling Twitter- like reading a book or enjoying a game with the family. Disabling notifications won’t cause you to constantly check your phone, in fact, it allows you to ignore it, relax and forget about it.

     

    5.) When all else fails, use technology against technology.

    The beautiful thing about technology is that there is something for EVERYTHING, including breaking your tech addiction. There are multiple apps out there that track the amount of time you spend on your phone and your time on social media. Download one and start seeing how much time you are spending on your phone. Give yourself a daily limit and if you hit that limit, unplug and put your phone away until the next day. We use “Moment for Apple.” It tells you how much you’ve been on your phone and locks it when you go over your daily screen time limit- giving you no choice but to put your phone and other devices away.

    Look, we get that technology isn’t going away anytime soon. The last thing we are is a bunch of hippies that think we should unplug from the World completely. But we can’t deny the fact that there is a problem. Prioritizing the importance of technology over anything else in life is just a recipe for disaster. Hopefully, you found these tips and tricks helpful so you can focus on something other than the “itch”.

     

    Much love,

    Rehab Gaming USA

    My Partner And I Created Card Games That Help “Rehab” The Art Of Conversation

    My Partner And I Created Card Games That Help “Rehab” The Art Of Conversation

    How We Came Up With Rehab.

    About 6 years ago, my boyfriend, James Schlimmer, had his best friend and his wife over for drinks. At the time, the friend and the wife were having some communication issues. James realized that the night ahead was going to be awkward and stale if his friend and his friend’s wife weren’t on good terms. So what did he do? He broke out a legal pad and a deck of playing cards. On the pad of paper, he wrote down 52 open ended questions that corresponded to the cards on the table. Each “game player” had to pick up a card and answer the question that matched on the pad.

    As the night went on, James’ friend and his friend’s wife were opening up those lines of communication. At times even, both of them would reach over and touch the other on the arm or kiss on the cheek. By the end of the game, the wife said “Wow, I feel like I just went through Rehab, you know, couples therapy.”

    The idea of the game stuck with James and it wasn’t until he met me (Ashley Chaffee) that we took that idea and made it into a tangible reality thus the birth of Rehab Gaming USA™ and our first game; Rehab-a couples release™.

    Here’s the skinny on our games.

    In a society that is controlled by smart phones and instant gratification, we have lost sight of the importance of face to face communication. Whether it is communication with your partner, family, or friends, we feel more comfortable expressing our thoughts behind a keyboard and screen instead of verbalizing our ideas in person. We created Rehab Gaming USA™ to address these issue. Our card games are designed to help “game players” focus on communicating with each other in a non-intimidating way by asking fun, serious, and sometimes silly questions. Thus ‘rehabbing’ the art of communication and getting back to basics.

    Rehab-a couples release™, is a couple’s card game that is designed to promote genuine interaction and entertainment between couples. A couples release™ can be played one on one for date night, or in a group setting. The game is 100% PG rated so feel free to play it with the in-laws or when your adult children bring over their significant other(s). The game asks relevant questions that were created by us, a real life couple, that allows each player to discuss topics that our partners want to hear. The game is guaranteed to bring you closer and help spark the conversations that get lost in the normal day to day tasks.

    Why this game is so relevant? We had a lady buy our deck, she has been married for 55 years and came back and told us that after playing with her husband, they remembered why they fell in love. We are also a lot cheaper than couples therapy. In all seriousness, we want couples to open those lines of communication and get closer.