Incontinence Recipe of the Month: Pesto Chicken with Blistered Tomatoes

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What if we told you there’s a sauce that is not only delicious, but also acts as the perfect nutritious binder for whole-wheat panko-crusted chicken? Made primarily from basil, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese, pesto can be included in a well-balanced diet as a source of healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins C and B6. Although many sauces have reputations for being high in bad fats and calories, this pesto chicken recipe is rich with health benefits and flavor. Here’s how to say goodbye to plain, flavorless chicken breast while staying on target with your healthy diet:

Yield:

  • Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast and about 1/2 cup tomato mixture)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1-in. thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons spinach pesto (from Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp)
  • 3 cups multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chickenwith 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Combine panko, cheese and butter in a bowl. Spread pesto evenly over chicken in pan; top with panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place pan in oven; broil 2 minutes or until browned.
  4. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add tomatoes; cook 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and vinegar. Serve with chicken.

Presto! You’ve just made a light, heart-healthy dish perfect for the summer months ahead. View the full recipe here for additional details, and happy cooking!

Some Antidepressants and Incontinence Drugs Have Been Tied to Dementia

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In a recent study, a variety of commonly used antidepressants and incontinence prescriptions have been found to increase the risk of dementia in patients. Many researchers even claim that the connection between these two medications and dementia is still prevalent even if the medication was taken 20 years before the diagnosis was made. This startling discovery was made in a study conducted by researchers from the United States, Britain, and Ireland.

A Substantial Increase In Dementia Risk

In this extensive study, researchers looked at the 27 million prescriptions that were given to the 40,770 participants (that were over the age of 65) who were previously diagnosed with dementia between April 2006 and July 2015 (source). After carefully collecting and examining this data, the researchers compared their results with 283,933 elderly adults who didn’t have dementia. From that comparison, they found that there was a 30% increase in the risk of developing dementia after taking the prescribed medicine.

The Effects of Anticholinergics and Antidepressants

However, there was a drug that stood out the most amongst the rest: anticholinergics. Anticholinergics are prescribed to those for a variety of diseases such as depression, gastrointestinal disorders, urinary incontinence, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. Anticholinergics work to block acetylcholine–a nervous system neurotransmitter–and have been known to contribute to various cognitive impairments.

Also found in their study, 35% of participants with dementia and 30% of participants without dementia were found to have at least one prescription that contained anticholinergics. Additionally, researchers found noticed another link to dementia: the consistent exposure to antidepressant, urological, and antiparkinson drugs. In addition to this finding, researchers noted that participants noticed signs of dementia at least 15 to 20 years before the actual diagnosis. Even more startling, at the start of drug treatment for depression, only 12% of patients developed dementia; however, during drug treatment, that percentage increased to 20%.

With these findings, many researchers and doctors are recommending for medical providers to avoid prescribing any medications that might contain anticholinergics.This includes Dr. Ian Maidment, a senior lecturer in clinical pharmacy at Aston University.

Dr. Chris Fox, a professor of clinical psychiatry at UEA’s Norwich Medical School explains, “We don’t know exactly how anticholinergics might cause dementia. Further research is needed to understand possible reasons for this link. In the meantime, I strongly advise patients with any concerns to continue taking their medicines until they have consulted their doctor or pharmacist.”

Although the relationship between dementia and anticholinergics haven’t been clearly defined, researchers are diligently working to discover it’s exact link. In the meantime, it’s pertinent for patients to pay close attention to the contents of the depression or urinary incontinence medications.  

How Urinary Incontinence Can Affect Sexual Health

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In a recent study, a link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes was discovered. In a BJU International study, many women with urinary incontinence problems discussed their decline in sexual activity and sexual arousal over the past year or so. Additionally, men with urinary incontinence troubles also noted a decrease in sexual desire as well as difficulties with different sexual functions.

The English Longitudinal Study Of Aging

In light of these problems, these individuals were invited to participate in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) that consisted of 3,805 participants. This study looked at aging, retirement, and health within middle-aged and older men and women who live in the England area. 20% of the women participants and 7% of the men participants reported issues with incontinence within the last 12 months. The results of their study showed that in fact, there was a significant link between declining sexual health and urinary incontinence problems.

Dr. David Lee, lead author of the study and doctor of Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses his findings. He explains, “Our findings highlight strong links between urinary incontinence and a number of negative outcomes regarding sexual health. Both urinary incontinence and later-life sexuality remain taboo subjects in society and are likely to be under-reported as coexisting health problems. Given the relatively high occurrence of incontinence, particularly among women, healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential impacts on quality-of-life and well-being, and recognize that sexual activity and satisfaction are key factors in this equation” (source).

The Silence Factor

Far too often, men and women dealing with incontinence and the decline of sexual desires are too ashamed to speak up about the problems they are experiencing. By keeping such a significant health problem a secret, these men and women are only reducing their overall quality of life. In that, researchers observed that signs of depression were greatly increased–strongly associating with the effects of lower sexual health due to urinary incontinence. Additionally, researchers also noted that many of the participants experienced high levels of anxiety and embarrassment due to the leakage, odor, and other effects that come with urinary incontinence. Luckily, with the right medical guidance, urinary incontinence and related sexual problems can be lessened and even cured.

In an additional study published in Sexual Medicine back in March of 2017, results showed that women with urinary incontinence were more likely to abstain from sexual activities far more than women who had little to no problems with incontinence. This stems from the embarrassment and bladder sensitivity that comes with urinary incontinence problems. Additionally, women who struggled with urinary incontinence also experienced less sexual desire, increased sexual discomfort, and less sexual satisfaction–more so than the men who dealt with incontinence issues as well. However, men with incontinence did admit to experiencing trouble with arousal, erectile dysfunction, and even the ability to orgasm during sexual activities.

Many doctors and physicians can’t stress enough the importance of speaking up; one should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about their experiences with urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunctions. The earlier you see a doctor, the better and faster they can come up with a treatment plan that will help you regain your normal desires.

Get Your Summer Reading List Ready for These 2018 Book Releases

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It’s not quite summer yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for it! This means planning your summer reading list, because summer is filled with R&R opportunities that seem so rare during any other season. If you feel like there are too many good books being released and too little time to read them all, we’ve got you covered. From heartwarming memoirs to chilling mysteries, we’ve put together a list of some of the most highly anticipated books coming out this summer.

“The Seasons of My Mother,” by Marcia Gay Harden (May 1)

An Academy Award-winning actress shows that her talents go much further than acting in this touching memoir by Marcia Gay Harden, written as a tribute to her mother who struggled with Alzheimer’s. Her writing captures the unique mother-daughter bond they shared, a connection that is sure to touch the hearts of every reader. “The Seasons of My Mother” is available for preorder on Amazon.

“The Outsider,” by Stephen King (May 22)

This novel is about the investigation of a gruesome crime and, in true Stephen King fashion, ends with a twist that even the biggest mystery fans will never see coming. Will this book leave us shocked and a little horrified? Probably. Will we be able to put it down? Absolutely not. If the suspense is already driving you crazy, you can preorder it today!

“The President is Missing,” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 4)

What happens when a former U.S. president and award-winning thriller author team up to write a novel? We get a shocking mystery about a president gone missing and a nation in panic. Clinton provides the inside details while Patterson does the storytelling, resulting in “the most gripping and surprising thriller in years.” Preorder on Amazon if you’re looking to dive into the latest mystery-thriller novel!

“Clock Dance,” by Anne Tyler (July 10)

This bittersweet novel tells the story of a Willa Drake, a widow who drops everything after a rattling and unexpected event. She begins a whole new life at an age when most people would never dream of starting over. In a story filled with ups and downs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler reminds us that it is never too late to start over and find fulfillment in our lives. Preorder this book to enjoy it as soon as it comes out!

Are you as excited for these books as we are? Now that you have your reading list out of the way, you’re ready to start “booking” the rest of your summer! Remember, you can stay dry all summer long while curled up with your favorite books thanks to our discrete incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads. Happy reading!

Three Tips for Picking the Right Doctor for You

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The transition to a new primary care physician can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Your doctor is the person you trust to listen to your health questions and concerns, give the right medical advice and correctly diagnose your illnesses. When you’re selecting a doctor, you definitely want to cover all of your bases. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re picking the right doctor for your specific health needs.

  1. Talk to Your Insurance Provider

Call your health insurance provider or visit their website to find out what offices, physicians and services are covered by your plan. When you visit a doctor that is in your health insurance’s network, you can expect your insurance to cover part or all of the visit’s cost. You’ll pay less out of pocket and avoid having to start your search all over again if you confirm with your provider that the doctor you’d like to see is “in-network.”

  1. Get Recommendations

Make sure to ask people in your social network about their experiences with recent general practitioners. While any online review can be helpful, a recommendation from someone you trust is always more reassuring. Some of the best doctor-patient relationships result from referrals. When consulting friends, you should always keep in mind that your specific health needs may differ from those of a friend or family member.

  1. Make Sure Your Needs Match Up with Their Expertise

Everyone’s health needs are different, so there are several different types of primary care physicians. Picking a doctor that specializes in your age group, gender and specific health concerns will ensure that you’re getting the best possible advice and treatments. Many primary care physicians have special areas of expertise that may not be inferred by their title, so make sure to ask which doctor is most skilled in your needs when booking your appointment.

Choosing the right doctor for you is imperative because a trusted primary care physician can become one of your most important professional relationships. Following these simple steps will ensure that you receive the specific care you need when selecting your new doctor. You can also visit our website for more information about our Wearever incontinence products and how they can protect you from light to heavy leakage.

A Stroke May Increase The Risk of Urgency Urinary Incontinence

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Both doctors and scientists alike have discovered many different causes of urinary incontinence. However, recently, research results from a Medical Research Council National Survey for Health and Development birth cohort, discovered the risk of developing urinary incontinence after experiencing a stroke. The researchers behind this study believe that strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) could be a significant risk factor for urgency urinary incontinence (source).

The Study

The 1,762 participants for this study needed to be over the age of 68 with a previous history of stroke or TIA–a temporary block of blood flow to the brain, also known as mini strokes–at the age of 60 to 64 years. Researchers discovered that these participants were actually twice as susceptible to developing urgency urinary incontinence in comparison to those who didn’t have a history of strokes or transient ischemic attacks.

Additionally, their research also lined up with previous studies that looked at BMI (body mass index) as a contributing factor to forms of urinary incontinence. Their results showed that with each standard deviation increment in a participant’s body mass index, their odds of contracting urgency urinary incontinence was 19% higher. However, in female participants who showed signs of stress urinary incontinence, they were 1.8 times likely to develop forms of urgency urinary incontinence. In total, their study determined that the prevalence of developing urgency urinary incontinence at the age of 68 in their male participants was 12%, while their female participants of 68 years of age was 19%.

Researchers also noted that in cases of severely debilitating forms urgency urinary incontinence, the above-defined risk factors were actually much stronger. Even before experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attacks, participants were still at 3.6 times greater risk of developing symptoms of severe urgency urinary incontinence. However, researchers never found the same association with mild forms of UUI. Although, they did discover that forms of hypertension (high blood pressure) in men 60 to 64 years of age contributed to a 1.6 greater risk in developing urgency urinary incontinence; this statistic was not found in women.

Taking a closer look at their women participants, researchers concluded that there was little to no association between urgency urinary incontinence and menopause of hormone replacement therapy. They also determined that there was no connection between smoking, physical activity, and UUI.

As you can see, there are very many contributing factors to signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence, especially in urgency urinary incontinence. Although previous history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks plays a significant role in one’s susceptibility to urgency urinary incontinence, factors such as hypertension and BMI can also determine one’s vulnerability to UUI.  

Incontinence Recipe of The Month: Veggie Burger

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If you’re a fan of burgers, you probably know they contain large amounts of fats and calories, making it hard to fit them into a healthy diet. Veggie burgers are an easy and delicious alternative, as they have about three times less total fat than beef burgers. The best part of this recipe? You can grill this veggie burger, so you’ll get that same char-grilled taste that makes a hamburger so irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup raw walnuts (or substitute breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grape seed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon each: chili powder, cumin powder and smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or substitute organic brown sugar or muscovado sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (if gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs)
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegan barbeque sauce

Instructions:

  1. If your brown rice isn’t cooked yet, start by following this method for the best results. Otherwise, move onto the next step.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until fragrant and golden brown. Let cool and move onto the next step.
  3. In the meantime, heat the same skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon oil and onion. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once walnuts are cooled, add to blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and coconut sugar. Blend until a fine meal is achieved. Set aside.
  5. To a large mixing bowl, add drained, dried black beans and mash well using a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
  6. Next, add cooked rice, spice-walnut mixture, sautéed onion, panko breadcrumbs and barbeque sauce. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes or until a moldable dough forms. If dry, add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of barbeque sauce. If too wet, add more panko breadcrumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. For larger burgers, divide into 5 patties (1/2 cup in size), or form 10 smaller burgers (1/4 cup in size). To help form the patties, line the 1/2 or 1/4 measuring cup with plastic wrap and pack with burger mixture. Press down to pack firmly, then lift out by the edges of the plastic wrap and slightly flatten with hands to form a 3/4-inch thick patty. Set on a baking sheet or plate for grilling.
  8. If grilling, heat the grill at this time and brush the grill surface with oil to ease cooking. Otherwise, heat the same skillet you used earlier to medium heat.
  9. Once skillet is hot, add just enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of your skillet, then add your burgers. Add only as many patties as will comfortably fit in the pan. Otherwise, add burgers to the grill and close lid.
  10. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until well browned on the underside, then flip gently. Although the veggie patties are not as firm as meat patties, they will definitely hold their shape. Reduce heat if patties are cooking or browning too quickly. Cook for 3-4 minutes on other side.
  11. Remove patties from heat to let cool slightly. Prepare any other toppings or side dishes at this time.
  12. Serve patties as is, or place them on toasted buns with desired toppings. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Grilling season is just around the corner, and this recipe will help you enjoy it with a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers. For additional suggestions and nutrition information, see the full recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Oscars 2018: Predictions to Watch

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Awards show season is just beginning, and with an average of 40 million viewers each year, the Oscars is easily one of the most anticipated. We’re all excited to see the eye-catching red carpet outfits and watch some of our favorite performers take the stage, but we’re even more excited to find out which films were deemed the best of 2017 by the voting members of the Academy. Nominees for all 24 Oscar categories were announced on January 23, and movie fanatics everywhere have been talking about which movies they think will take home Academy Awards ever since. We won’t know anything for sure until the show takes place on Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. PST, but that doesn’t stop experts from making their best predictions. Here are the official nominees in the Big Five Academy Award categories, along with the most common predictions of who will win:

Best Picture

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Darkest Hour”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “Phantom Thread”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Best Lead Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Prediction: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best Lead Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Prediction: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Prediction: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best Original Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

While we found that most experts and film critics predicted these nominees to win, we can see any one of the nominations taking home an Academy Award. If there’s one thing we do know for sure, it’s that the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be another one for the books!

The vSculpt May Help Women With Stress Incontinence

female-incontinenceAs we enter into the new year, doctors and medical researchers are discovering more and more ways to treat and relieve stress incontinence in both men and women. In their research, they noticed that stress incontinence and forms of sexual dysfunction are quite common in many women and even–on occasion–go hand in hand with one another. However, in the past few years, doctors have discovered a plethora of ways to treat both of these common afflictions, allowing women to find the reprieve they so desperately need and, ultimately, improving their overall quality of life.

A Common Occurrence In Women

Currently, 40% of women will experience some form of urinary incontinence at one point in their life, with the most common form being stress incontinence. Leaks from stress incontinence typically occur from coughing, sneezing, or from different forms of exercise or for many women, after childbirth.

As women age, urinary leakage tends to get worse, especially after menopause. To correct this troublesome issue, many doctors tend to recommend two different forms of treatment; conservative treatment such as lifestyle changes, weight loss, or medication, pelvic floor exercises or a more intense treatment course such as surgery.

Although pelvic floor exercises yield the highest results, it requires the training and monitoring of a physician or physical therapist to ensure that the patient is executing them properly. However, in light of the high demands of the NHS, many physiotherapists are overworked and boast long waiting lists and follow-up lists, which proves to be a problem for patients who desperately need help in controlling their urinary incontinence problems.

The vSculpt May Help

Due to the sheer number of women that deal with the issue, there have been recent  developments of medical devices that assist women with incontinence, with the latest device being the vSculpt.

The vSculpt is a device that’s inserted vaginally and uses multi-modal technology to improve the strength of a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. To do this, the vSculpt uses a combination of light therapy, heat, and therapeutic vibration. This combination works to restore both the tissue and the muscle of the pelvic floor and promotes better control over leaks and natural lubrication; both of which can help to improve not only urinary incontinence, but minor forms of sexual dysfunction as well.

To support this claim, the International Urogynecology Journal published a study that was conducted by doctors of Seattle, Washington. This study evaluated the patients who used the vSculpt for 45 days, 55 women total. At the end of the study, researchers examined the results by using a 1-hour pad weight test, pelvic floor muscle strength test, and a series of questionnaires that looked into the patient’s quality of life–with a concentration in stress incontinence and sexual function issues. Their studies yield significantly high results and showed that with this new device, women actually saw a vast improvement in both their urinary incontinence and sexual function problems, significantly improving their overall quality of life.

With these results, more and more doctors around the country are recommending the vSculpt as a minimally invasive treatment for urinary incontinence.

vSculpt is not available yet in the U.S, but you can learn more information about it here.

Five Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and planning a romantic evening for you and your significant other can seem harder as the years go by. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to plan an elaborate, expensive Valentine’s Day date to show someone you truly care about them. Here are five thoughtful ways to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day (and for a small cost)!

  1. Dinner and a Movie

This one may sound cliché, but there’s a reason that dinner and a movie is the go-to Valentine’s Day date. Make a reservation at your partner’s favorite restaurant and buy tickets to that movie you’ve heard everyone talking about. You can chat and catch up over dinner, and you’ll always share romantic memories from the movie you saw together.

  1. Movie Marathon

An at-home movie marathon is one of the best ways to have a great Valentine’s Day with very few expenses. Whether you spend the evening watching romantic chick flicks or nerve-racking action films, a movie marathon is really about putting aside the time to have a relaxing, stress-free day with your partner. Try going off the grid by turning off cell phones and computers; you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted time together!

  1. Cook Together

Whether you love cooking or hate it, you’ll find that making and enjoying a delicious meal with your partner can be one of the most satisfying and romantic things to do. Find a unique recipe you’ve never tried before, and head to the grocery store to get everything you need. Don’t forget: Shopping together for ingredients is a part of the experience, too! Cooking doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with someone you love, and you might just surprise yourselves by how good dinner turns out!

  1. Take a Day Trip

Every couple has a list of destinations they’ve always talked about visiting together. Show your significant other your spontaneous side and plan a day trip to one of these destinations. If you’re within a couple hours from the beach or the mountains, both destinations make great day trips! Wherever you choose to visit, set aside an entire day for your trip. Perhaps the biggest perk of a day trip? It’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but you still get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day!

  1. Go to a Show

Treat yourself to some live entertainment! Pick a comedy act, concert or whatever captures your interest. Wherever you’re located, there are always couple’s events going on around Valentine’s Day. Going to a show is a unique experience and a great alternative for a couple who is bored by the typical movie date night. Surprising your partner with tickets to an event they’d love is a great way to show how well you know their interests.

Regardless of which Valentine’s Day activities you decide to plan, we hope you have a great holiday with your special someone! Happy Valentine’s Day!