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    65% of Marriages End in Divorce...What do you have to lose?

    65% of Marriages End in Divorce...What do you have to lose?

    NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Couples across the U.S. are discovering the secret to falling even more in love (or back in love) with each other. Want to know what it is? A simple, yet effective card game, called Rehab-a couples release.

    About six years ago, real estate executive James P. Schlimmer of Naples, FL, needed a way to help his best friend through some marriage troubles—he and his wife were struggling to communicate healthily and productively. Schlimmer came up with a fairly simple way to change the couple's relationship for the better.

    Schlimmer decided to write and number questions such as, "What was the funniest moment of your relationship?" and "Describe the last time you were proud of your partner," on a legal pad of paper to correlate with a deck of cards laid out in the middle of the dining room table. Playing the game helped the couple stop bickering, and start remembering happy moments in their relationship and why they fell in love in the first place. At the end of the evening, his friend's wife told him "I feel like we went to Rehab, you know, couples therapy."

    Years went by and Schlimmer kept noticing how many couples could benefit from a PG-rated ice-breaking card game, designed specifically for couples. "I was able to see that most games marketed to couples were raunchy, and did nothing to address the true problem facing couples," said Schlimmer. According to health professionals, lack of communication is the number one reason why relationships fail and leads to 65 percent of all divorces.

    It wasn't until Schlimmer mentioned the game to his girlfriend, sports marketer, Ashley Chaffee, that the idea turned into something they could sell—and that people would actually buy. "It was obvious to see that a couples game that had the flexibility to be played at home dinner parties among friends, with in-laws over the holidays, or even one-on-one over a bottle of wine, didn't exist," said Chaffee.  And that's how their card game, Rehab-a couples release™, was born.

    How does the game work? There are 52 cards: 48 cards with questions on them and four "social cards" that give the players time to clink glasses, or even share a kiss. Whether you're looking for a relationship fix, or you just want to get to know your partner in a deeper more meaningful way, Rehab-a couples release™ is the bridge to bring you closer.

    "With our culture's reliance on texting, smart phones, and tablets. The art of communication, is evaporating," says Chaffee. "Rehab-a couples release™ forces couples to look each other in the eyes, and genuinely interact. "In a way, it is magical to see couples of any age play the game, and over the course of an hour, watch them inch closer and closer together, laugh uncontrollably, and cement their bond."

    Better than a Plant-Housewarming gift idea!

    Better than a Plant-Housewarming gift idea!

    Your best friends or a couple you are just getting to know moved into a new house/apartment. You want to give them something nice for their new home but the typical plant just won't do. Rehab Gaming has come up with a great gift package that is easy to do and costs under $100.00. An added bonus, the uniqueness of the gift will make a lasting impression for years to come making a great housewarming gift idea that will surely make a lasting impression. Here is how to put the gift together:

    Start with a box: You will need a sturdy gift box to hold all the essentials. Target has great ones that have some nice design on it so you don't have to wrap it which is key. For a sweet touch, add a large sticker to the cover. A "welcome home" sticker or if you want to get really fancy, you can have their monogram done. That way the can keep the box for a nice storage piece after they use the contents. 

    Filler: We used typical shredded filler for our box, but you can use faux flower petals, newspaper clippings from the day they bought their house, or anything that adds some color and protection to the items in the box. 

    Gifts: Now to the fun part! Our box contains a bottle of wine, a wine opener, a candle, 'thank you" notes (for them to use after the housewarming party), fancy ballpoint pen, a nice notebook and a deck of Rehab- a couples release. Most of these items can be purchased at Target or your local grocery store. 

    An added touch: To make your box really stand out, try to find some local goodies. Go to your local paper merchant and find some unique "thank you" cards and other stationary items. If you have a local winery, go there an pick up a bottle of wine. Try looking for a local soap company to put in a bar of soap/candle. This is especially nice for a couple that may be completely new to the area, you are giving them a piece of the neighborhood. If they have a pet, find some organic pet treats, or make your own! Oh- and don't forget the deck of Rehab- a couples release!

    Buying a new home and moving is stressful, your friends will be totally blown away that you took the time to curate this "housewarming party" in a box for them. Ease the stress for them by opening up that bottle of wine and getting to know each other more by playing Rehab- a couples release with them in their new home, it's a night none of you will forget! 

    Outside the BOX gift ideas for Valentine's Day

    Outside the BOX gift ideas for Valentine's Day

    Another Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you'll wait till the last minute to run to the grocery store to pick up flowers, chocolate and a card...right? Why don't you let someone else do the work for you? All you have to do is point, click and pay and they do the rest, plus these gifts are really "outside the box" when it comes to traditional Valentine's Day gifts. Your sweetheart will love them and so will you, here are a few companies we came up with:

    For the Ladies:

    Crated With Love Monthly Date Box Subscription:

    For $19.99 a month, you can receive a monthly date box subscription. These boxes are themed each month to create a spontaneous and unique date night. This is the gift that keeps on giving and your loved one will appreciate the fact that you want to create a date night at least once a month. Get yours here: www.cratedwithlove.com

    BOXFOX:

    The thing we love about BOXFOX is that you can create your gift box from their array of gift options they have on their website. You pick the ones you want or you buy from one of their curated themes. Once you choose what you want, they pack it and ship it directly to your loved one. Shop now and receive free shipping of your first box with code FREESHIP11 www.shopboxfox.com

    For Him

    Harry's Truman Shave Set

    For $15.00 you can get your man started with Harry's Truman Set which includes:

    • 1 Truman Razor Handle
    • 1 Foaming Shave Gel (4.0oz)
    • 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
    • 1 Travel Blade Cover

    All orders over $10.00 have free shipping, get yours today here: www.harrys.com

    Man Crates

    Man Crates are the male equivalent to the female BOXFOX. We love that these gifts come in wooden crates and a crowbar for your guy to chip open like a man. You can choose from an array of options and price ranges or create your own personalized box. Get yours here at: www.mancrates.com

     

    And last but not least, don't forget to add to your Valentine's Day gift a copy of Rehab-a couples release, with code BEMINE you receive FREE SHIPPING until the 15th of February: www.rehabgamingusa.com

    How to Do Date Night

    How to Do Date Night

    I don’t know about you, but with the kids and schedules and life in general, it’s hard to do a date night. By the time Friday night comes around, both of us are wiped and the last thing we want to do is get all dolled up for a night on the town. I know from experience, I’d rather go to bed by 8:30! And let’s not even get started on the babysitter issue! Date nights takes work, A LOT OF WORK! Work that, at the end of the day, I really don’t want to put in.

    But I do…and its ESSENTIAL to any relationship. Taking the time for just the two of you to reconnect and have a moment away from the kids and schedules and life in general. I’m not saying every date night has to be some extravagant night on the town, but if you are not doing date night at least once a month, you need to start! Couples nowadays get so caught up in life that they forget about each other. They forget that they have a partner to help them through the crap of every day. We have all these things that take our attention away from our relationships that we suffer overall. Married couples become “roommates” instead of lovers, we lose the spark if we don’t take the time and the effort to invest in our relationship.

    Date night is one of those tools that helps us reinvest in our relationship.  It helps us generate the spark and keep the intimacy going and if you aren’t doing it, I encourage you to start today. Here are some ideas to help you get the date night going:

    -Dinner and a movie

    -Night out for drinks

    -Go to a local concert

    -If you live by the beach, have a picnic at sunset

    -Do a night in without the kids there, where you rent your favorite movie, open a bottle of wine, and play a couple’s game

    -Go for a scenic drive

    -Try something that neither of you have never done

    Your relationship with thank you. Your intimacy level will increase and you will have a new level of respect since you both took the time to MAKE TIME for each other. I hope this helps!

    The Reason You Haven’t Earned That “Perfect” Relationship & Family

    The Reason You Haven’t Earned That “Perfect” Relationship & Family

    Let’s face it, we live in a World that is ruled by our technologies. Whether its posting things to social media, or communication, we have been overtaken by our devices. It’s sad to think that generations after us will have limited face to face social skills. How do we get back to real genuine talk? Not texting, not instant Facebook messenger, but real social engagement, with a person, and not a device?

    It’s not that cell phones are bad. They have become a safety device that helps us find our way when we’re lost, they assist us in keeping up with new trends, allow us to follow our favorite sports team, the list goes on and on. The problem with these “electronic leashes” is that we rely so heavily on them for COMMUNICATION that we go stupid when we should be able to talk face to face. We don’t feel safe expressing ourselves without the protection of a screen and a keyboard to act as a shield to hide our flaws.

    Relationships with our partners will deteriorate if we’re not careful. AND THEY ALREADY ARE. When was the last time you went out to dinner with your family and looked at the table next to you to see both kids on iPads with headphones, the Dad scrolling through his phone, and the Mom sitting their exhausted wondering how this became her life? We all wanted and intended for our family to be the exception. Our family is supposed to be the family that sits at dinner, shares their day, and grows closer over the meal you personally made with love and affection. Sadly, society has forgotten one key point about this long sought after fairytale.

    Communication is a skill. A skill that needs to be worked on continuously to achieve one’s desired results. Phones, tablets, video games, even the Internet, all act as distractions which prevent the modern family from cultivating the skill of communication. There is a solution and it starts at the head of the household.

    How do we get our partner to start talking to us again? Do we even want talking? Or do we want SHARING?

    Partners need to share with each other. Sharing will allow you learn those tiny details that no one else knows. Sharing trigger memories, tastes, smells, EMOTIONS. Sharing makes you grow closer, grow stronger, and ultimately fall asleep next to each other that night knowing that your relationship practiced the skill of communication, and put forth the necessary effort to forge into tomorrow as a family, and not as roommates.

    Tips for practicing Communication and Sharing

    • Leave your phones in the car. However, if you’re in a situation where you need a cell phone on your date (kids at home with the babysitter, etc.) then make a fun competitive game out of not looking at your cell phones. Whoever goes the longest without looking at their phone wins, or whoever looks at their phone less throughout the night wins. Make it fun and worth being the winner. You could have a sexy prize for the winner or the loser must buy dinner, etc. Keep it light. This allows you two to pay attention to the amount of times you WANT to look at your phone instead of engaging with your partner.
    • Schedule Technology Free Times. One hour a day of no internet, no phones, and no technology may seem awkward at first. That awkwardness is exactly why you need to institute this policy today. (Tip* changing or disabling the Internet password helps your cause)
    • Be the Champion in your neighborhood or amongst your social circle. The truth is most households are dealing with this very issue. YOU CAN HELP!
    • MAKE IT A GAME. GAMES ARE FUN. There are a ton of resources out there that helps couples to break the ice, re-engage, and begin sharing. One of newest icebreaker games which can be played at parties is called “Rehab-a couples release.” For $17.95, the game presents open-ended questions that each player takes turns asking the other. It encourages you to dig deep, and get to SHARING. No technology needed. For couples who have been together for a long time, it gets them to reminisce on the past. For couples who have just started dating, it allows you to uncover and learn things about each other. It’s a very non-threatening game geared towards true social interaction. Host a dinner at your place, offer some good wine, invite other couples who may be interested and play “Rehab- a couples release.”

    Rehab- a couples release, is available at www.REHABGAMINGUSA.com