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    Fit Project Magazine Features Rehab-a couples release

    Fit Project Magazine Features Rehab-a couples release

    It is not only singles that struggle with Valentine's Day...

    Many coupled individuals will stand in the card aisle of the grocery store looking through the oozing romance and feel despair because they no longer look at their other half that way. Valentine's Day can be a sad and painful reminder that their relationships, once filled with so much love and adoration, have no been reduced to bickering, nagging and fighting. 

    Failure to communicate is the primary reason for relationship failure. Additionally, our societal changes over the past several decades have bred individuals whom believe that happiness and love are the same. However, it is impossible to be happy with your partner all the time. This does not mean that the love is lost; rather, it simply means that some of the original magic has waned. Sometimes, couples may only need a new or better way to communicate or they may need the opportunity to see their partner through the rose-colored glasses they wore upon first meeting. 

    A North Naples couple wants to help you bring back that loving feeling and reopen real communication instead of enduring the same argument for the millionth time. 

    James Schlimmer and Ashley Chaffee created a simple, yet effective card game, called Rehab- a couples release. 

    this easy, no pressure game includes 52 cards; 48 question cards and 4 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. 

    Fit Project Mag staff took the opportunity to play a round over dinner one night and found that it opened a different level of communication with questions that you may not think to ask another couple, such as if they ever doubted their relationship would work. Originally, one couple felt silly but once the barriers were down, it became enjoyable to learn about where their love started and prompted that loving feeling all over again. 

    Rehab- a couples release is available online for $17.95 at www.RehabGamingUSA.com 

    Gulfshore Life Features Rehab-a couples release

    Gulfshore Life Features Rehab-a couples release

    Reconnect with 'Rehab-a couples release'

    A Naples couple has developed a card game to rekindle communication in relationships. 

    By Justin Paprocki 


    When was the last time you were proud of your partner? What was the funniest moment of your relationship? What’s the one thing your partner does that makes you genuinely happy?

    The most important question at all: When was the last time you told your partner any of those answers?

    A Naples couple has released Rehab: A Couples Release, a card game that gets to the questions at the heart of any relationship. 

    “Couples sometimes forget why they fell in love. This is a chance to go back,” says Ashley Chaffee, who came up with the game with her boyfriend, James Schlimmer.

    The game isn’t so much a game in that sense of winners or losers, but more in a way that it’s a quiz in which, hopefully, a player comes out a bit more enlightened about his or her partner.

    The idea came about after Schlimmer came up with an exercise for a couple he knew who were going through a rough time. He wrote down 52 probing questions about the relationship, and the couple drew a playing card assigned to each one. By the end, the couple remarked it felt like they had just gone through rehab.

    Chaffee and Schlimmer, both Florida Gulf Coast University grads with marketing degrees, took the idea and ran with it. Within months, it went from concept to reality, with a manufacturer in Orlando producing the cards.

    The questions asked range from serious to lighthearted, so playing the game isn’t really like going through couples counseling. But it can be a way to really ask those questions that couples don’t think to ask. The game shifts the conversation away from “How did your day go?” or “Did you call your parents?” to “Describe your worst date,” or “Where is your favorite place to have a drink?”

    “We get so caught up in the day to day. We just don’t sit and pay attention to each other,” Chaffee says.

    The game sells on rehabgamingusa.com

    bestproducts.com Features Rehab-a couples release

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    18 Gifts Your Girlfriend's Sure To Love 

    -By Julia Horniacek 


    Finding the right gift for that special someone can be a project in and of itself — whether she's been your girlfriend for a month, one year, or 10. But take a breather, boyfriend, because we've rounded up a list of favorites to get and give every kind of girl.


    Naples Daily News Features Rehab-a couples release

    Naples Daily News Features Rehab-a couples release

    North Naples pair's 'Rehab' Card Game Gets Couples Talking and Kissing Again. 

    -By Laura Layden 


    Lost that loving feeling?

    There's a card game to help you find it again, created by a North Naples couple who recently started selling it online.

    The name of the game hints at its objective: Rehab-A Couples Release.

    It's the brainchild of James Schlimmer, 34, who developed a similar game for his best friend six years ago to help him communicate with his wife. The game got the fighting couple talking again and reminiscing about happier times. It worked so well, his friend's wife called it "couples therapy."

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, there might be something to this here. I know some couples are not communicating as well as they would like to,' " Schlimmer recalled.

    Life got busy — so Schlimmer filed his idea away.

    A few months ago, Schlimmer mentioned the idea he had for a game to his girlfriend of about a year, Ashley Chaffee, 28, as they chatted on a couch. From that conversation evolved a game they could sell.

    The couple came up with questions they thought would appeal to couples, new and old. They said it wasn't too difficult for them to think of questions that would get people talking and laughing — and maybe even kissing.

    "I guess this is what happens when two marketing brains get together — you create a business," Schlimmer said.

    Both have marketing degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University. Both have day jobs.

    He is a vice president of real estate at Cottrell Title & Escrow in Naples.

    She is a director of national accounts for sports events company Barnburner Sports & Experiential Marketing, based in Connecticut.

    In his first version of the game years ago, Schlimmer wrote questions on a legal pad and matched them with cards in a deck. Now the questions are on the cards.

    There are 48 cards with questions and four "social cards," giving couples time to cheers one another — or steal a kiss.

    Here are a few examples of the questions in the game:

    » Describe the last time you were proud of your partner. (Don’t be shy, explain the circumstances that unfolded that made you proud.)

    » What was the funniest moment of your relationship? (So far.)

    » What frustrates you the most about your partner?

    » What skill does your partner have that you are jealous of?

    The e-commerce site for Rehab went live in mid-October at rehabgamingusa.com. The game — printed in Orlando and packaged in Naples — also has been sold through social media and other online outlets, including Amazon.com. It costs $17.95, not including shipping.

    "We have sold just over half of our initial supply run," Schlimmer said, not wanting to share the actual number of games sold just yet.

    Orders, he said, have come from multiple states, including California, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and New York.

    Through a special promotion, couples are encouraged to host group parties and post videos of themselves playing Rehab at facebook.com/rehabgamingusa/. The video with the most "likes" will win, and its creators will get a $1,000 American Express gift card. The hope is to get at least 50 entries.

    Schlimmer and Chaffee have played the game themselves. It has helped them relive some of their first moments together and learn more about each other, he said.

    As part of their market research, they handed the game out to couples and then watched them play, at spots such as The Counter and Blue Martini at Mercato in North Naples. The couple liked the interaction they saw, especially when one girl kissed her guy's neck.

    Market research also included working with an online focus group with 250 participants, which made it clear couples aren't communicating and there is a huge need to open up that door of communication.

    Schlimmer and Chaffee said they're open books in their relationship and that it has built a stronger bond. They hope to encourage others to be that way with their game.

    "It's unfortunate we've lost the art of communication as a society, especially with our partners, especially with that person that is supposed to be our best friend," Chaffee said.

    At Schlimmer's company party at Cafe Alfredo in North Naples last week, he shared the game with his co-workers for the first time. Couples spread out to different tables to try the game.

    "They loved the idea of an icebreaker and thinking about old times,"  Schlimmer said.

    Other versions of the game are in the works — one for families and a one-on-one version for couples who want deeper conversations and a more intimate experience.

    Eric Nagel, who has been friends with Schlimmer since they met at Lely High School in East Naples, has played Rehab with his wife, Vanessa. Schlimmer gave them the game as a gift.

    "Immediately I thought it was a great idea," Nagel said. "We just loved the questions."

    The Nagels, who are in their 30s, have been married about a year, but they have been together about five years. The game uncovered stories they'd never heard about each other, Eric said.

    "You can play it for as long as you want," he said. "We probably spent about an hour or two playing it. If there was a bigger group, it would take longer."

    After Schlimmer gave her a game and asked her to try it, Brenda Fioretti, managing broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida, played it with her husband and two other couples around a fire pit. The average age in the group was 55.

    "We really enjoyed it," Fioretti said. "It created a lot of different emotions — based on the questions that were asked — and a lot of very open conversation."

    What's interesting, she said, is the different answers you can get from the same questions — and how different the answers might be depending on your age.

    She gave this example: When asked to talk about the worst day of their lives, older players might answer the day their mother or father died, while younger players might answer the day they learned their SAT scores.

    If a mix of generations played the game together, it would be very interesting to see the interaction — and the kind of conversations that are ignited, Fioretti said.

    She is eager to play the game again.

    "It's going to be a big hit," she said. "We will definitely play it again with our friends."


    Yahoo! Finance Features Rehab-a couples release

    Yahoo! Finance Features Rehab-a couples release

    Rehab Your Relationship This Valentine's Day. 


    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 amongst 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."

    Rehab-a couples release™ is available online for $17.95 at www.RehabGamingUSA.com.