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It's almost Fall Y'all!

And to celebrate, we've rounded up 50 Fun, Fall Date Ideas just for you!

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And- that's not all!  We're also hooking you up with this cute Fall Bucket List printable!  
 
After all, there are SO many fun ideas for fall on here I KNOW you're going to want to try.  So... why not write them down and check 'em off your list one date night at a time?!  
Free Fall Bucket List Printable
 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FALL BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE
And now... on to our favorite part- the fun DATE IDEAS!

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1.  Write your Fall Bucket List-  Why not make a date of it?  Sit down to write your "Fall Bucket List" together!  You could even take turns choosing something to put on the list.  (And the next 49 ideas are sure to give you plenty to choose from!) 2.  Go Berry or Apple Picking-  Then come home and make a pie together.  Yummy!  (The printable that goes with this date is pretty sweet too!) 3.  Have a Fall Photoshoot-  Grab the included printable signs, set the camera timer, and start snapping some photos!  What a clever idea for those pesky holiday cards. 4.  Go to the Pumpkin Patch-  Then come home to carve them together and roast the pumpkin seeds.  (Oh, and you've got to check out the tic tac pumpkin seeds Paige used to invite her husband on this date.  Super cute!) 5.  Decorate Pumpkins -  If you hate the messy "pumpkin guts" that comes with carving, try this fun alternative together!  It would make a fun fall centerpiece for your table, or a perfect gift for your friends and neighbors. 6.  Make Pumpkin Caramel Apples-  Caramel apples are always fun, but I especially LOVE this twist of the traditional treat!  

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7.  Make Pumpkin Dip-  Speaking of treats, how about a little fall dessert date for two with this festive pumpkin recipe?  It would be the perfect treat to nibble on while you snuggled up to watch a movie.   8.  Go to the Corn Maze-  You can even make a whole corn-themed night of it, like Lisa did, with a corn chowder dinner and candy corns to top it off. 9.  Go on a Hay Ride-  You're never too old for a hay ride.  In fact, it can be quite romantic without the kiddos climbing all over you.   10.  Make Fall Cookies-  Aren't these Fall cookies so fun?  I love baking in the kitchen together and this is the perfect recipe for fall. 11.  Make Apple Cider Floats-  The gals at Our Best Bites have the most divine recipe!  So pour two big glasses and go snuggle on the porch after the kiddos are in bed for the night. 12.  Rake and play in the leaves-  I don't think you're ever too old for that!  Lisa even shows you how you can turn it into a candid fall photoshoot, if you want!

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13.  Go Halloween Costume Shopping-  Or set aside a night to make them together!  Click on the link for TONS of ideas for couple's Halloween costumes. 14.  Watch a Scary Movie... on the Move -  Yep, taking your laptop and a bag of popcorn into a dark field or an abandoned building totally takes the thrill level up about a billion notches!  Are you brave enough to try it? 15.  Have a Thermos Picnic-   You've gotta check out this traveling thermos set.  It's perfect for a little soup or cocoa picnic for two on a chilly fall evening. 16.  Make-over your bedroom together-  Here are some fun DIY projects to get you started.  You could even pull out all your festive fall decor and set the mood for the season. 17.  Make S'mores- Yummy... the perfect after-dark dessert date.  Whether you roast your marshmallows over a bonfire in the woods or a candle in the living room, it's the perfect excuse to cozy up close.  (And Angie's hooked you up with the perfect S'mores love notes to complete the date.) 18.  Go to a Football Game-  Now I'm not a huge football fan myself, but the clever (and YUMMY) details of this date get even me excited about it.

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19.  Host Your Own "Pep Rally"-  And if you're going to a football game, why not host your own little "pep rally?"  I love the fun, football party foods on this. 20.  "Boo" a Family-  Have you ever been "Boo-ed" around Halloween?  It's a clever and cute way to spread some Halloween fun to your neighbors.  And this post even has a printable for you to use.   21.  Go on a Fall Foliage Drive- When the weather gets just a little too cool for a walk, hop in the car and drive to see all the beautiful colors of leaves.  You could even bring along some hot cocoa or cider and your favorite playlist.   22.  Pop popcorn on the cob-  Did you know that you can pop popcorn while it's on the cob?!  I love trying new things together, and this is a fun one.   23.  Have a Pumpkin Baking Party- There are SO many fun pumpkin recipes to try out in the fall.  It's one of my very favorite parts! Why not make a whole date of it together and cook up a storm in the kitchen?  Check out the link for lots of festive pumpkin recipes. 24.  Go to a Fall Festival or County Fair- Such a fun date idea, and this post even includes a printable invitation AND a County Fair Date Challenge!

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25.  Make a cozy fort for 2-  Fall is the perfect time for some cuddling!  Click on the link to grab your "Love Shack" printable and make a romantic, cozy fort for two. 26.  Go on a Bookstore date - Try your hand at the printable task cards and then grab some cocoa from the cafe. 27.  Go Park Hopping-  This makes a fun family date night, and the printable park hopping checklists are even included! 28.  Go Horseback Riding- Time to make good use of those cute fall boots and get all cowgirl'ed up! After some horseback riding, why not hit the town for some country dancing?   29.  Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride-  Now THIS is a date worthy of the Bucket List.  If you're looking for the ULTIMATE fall date and are willing to splurge- this is the date for you!  Totally romantic! 30.  Go on a Sunrise or Sunset Date-  Grab a blanket and a thermos of cocoa and head to the park for an easy & inexpensive, but totally romantic date.  

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31.  Plan a Cuddle Date-  Autumn is perfect time for some cuddling, don't you think?  Fill your "Cuddle Kit" with cozy slippers, a blanket, some cider or cocoa, and a movie.  Then settle in for a night of cuddling on the couch. 32.  Go Stargazing- Or take the blanket and cuddling outside with this fun stargazing date.  Michelle even tells you how to make your own telescope. 33.  Have a Spa Night-  If you need a little romance and relaxation, this is the perfect at-home date for you.  Oh, and in case you need it- here are 25 DIY Spa Recipes to try out together. 34.  Try Our Power Outage Date- You don't have to wait for the electricity to go out to have some fun in the dark!  Here's your chance to cozy up in the candlelight. 35.  Discover a New Town- If you're looking to try something new, then you need to try this spontaneous date idea.  (And I just love the little rhyme she used to get him out on the road with her.)   36.  Have a Ghostbusters Movie Night- With Halloween right around the corner, this 80's blockbuster is perfect for an at-home movie night.

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37.  Have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon- Or maybe Harry Potter is more your style.  You've got to check out the clever decorations for this one! 38.  Host a Black and Orange Party- Don't leave all the partying to the kiddos this Halloween! Get in on the fun with these cleverly Spooktacular Halloween treats and recipes. 39.  Eat Dinner out of Pumpkin Bread Bowls-  Okay this idea is SO easy but SO much fun!  Did you know most bakeries sell pumpkin bread bowls around Halloween? 40.  Host a Costume Party-  This is the perfect time of year to host a little costume party.  This Clue-themed date night should give you some inspiration! 41.  Go Trick-or-Treating Indoors - Nope, trick-or-treating is not just for kids!  You've gotta see how Paige turned it into a fun date night with her hubby.   42.  Play a game of Halloween Mad Gab-  Mad Gab always gets everyone laughing and here's a free, printable Halloween version! 

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43.  Play Halloween Peek-a-boo for 2- If you're looking for more of a "intimate" date to surprise your man, then you're gonna want to take a peek at this Peek-a-boo game for 2.   44.  Try this Love in Disguise Idea-  Why not turn this little love tip into a whole date?  Head to the Halloween aisle at the store and pick out a sexy costume for each other- for bedroom use only!! *wink* 45.  Make Haunted Gingerbread Houses-  Making these fun treats would be the perfect way to end the night after going to a Haunted House.  Don't you think? 46.  Cast some Love Spells-  This can of Love Spell Treats is way too clever.  Why not turn it into a whole date?  Take turns choosing a treat and casting a "love spell on each other." 47.  Do Service With Your Spouse -  If you want to feel closer to your spouse, I highly suggest doing service for others with your spouse.  And this post has lots ideas of "Random Acts of Kindness" you can do together.   48.  Play This Cowboy and Pilgrim Bedroom Game- A flirty, sassy game for 2 that's perfect for playing around Thanksgiving!  

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49.  Plan a Thanksgiving Prep Date-  Speaking of Thanksgiving, here are some fun ideas for turning all of that dinner prep work that must be done into a fun date.  The printable Turkey bag is seriously so much fun!   50.  Go Zip-lining Through the Autumn Leaves- If you live anywhere near a zip-line, Fall is the perfect time to try it out.  We just went and seriously had so much fun.

Now go get to work on that Bucket List! 

For TONS more date ideas, make sure to check out our ULTIMATE Date Night Round-up Post!  And if you want to keep up with all of the NEW date ideas that we find, make sure to follow our “Date Night Ideas” board on Pinterest.  And, of course, you’ll want to follow the board where we post OUR Dating Divas date ideas too.

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It's almost Fall Y'all!

And to celebrate, we've rounded up 50 Fun, Fall Date Ideas just for you!

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And- that's not all!  We're also hooking you up with this cute Fall Bucket List printable!  
 
After all, there are SO many fun ideas for fall on here I KNOW you're going to want to try.  So... why not write them down and check 'em off your list one date night at a time?!  
Free Fall Bucket List Printable
 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FALL BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE
And now... on to our favorite part- the fun DATE IDEAS!

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1.  Write your Fall Bucket List-  Why not make a date of it?  Sit down to write your "Fall Bucket List" together!  You could even take turns choosing something to put on the list.  (And the next 49 ideas are sure to give you plenty to choose from!) 2.  Go Berry or Apple Picking-  Then come home and make a pie together.  Yummy!  (The printable that goes with this date is pretty sweet too!) 3.  Have a Fall Photoshoot-  Grab the included printable signs, set the camera timer, and start snapping some photos!  What a clever idea for those pesky holiday cards. 4.  Go to the Pumpkin Patch-  Then come home to carve them together and roast the pumpkin seeds.  (Oh, and you've got to check out the tic tac pumpkin seeds Paige used to invite her husband on this date.  Super cute!) 5.  Decorate Pumpkins -  If you hate the messy "pumpkin guts" that comes with carving, try this fun alternative together!  It would make a fun fall centerpiece for your table, or a perfect gift for your friends and neighbors. 6.  Make Pumpkin Caramel Apples-  Caramel apples are always fun, but I especially LOVE this twist of the traditional treat!  

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7.  Make Pumpkin Dip-  Speaking of treats, how about a little fall dessert date for two with this festive pumpkin recipe?  It would be the perfect treat to nibble on while you snuggled up to watch a movie.   8.  Go to the Corn Maze-  You can even make a whole corn-themed night of it, like Lisa did, with a corn chowder dinner and candy corns to top it off. 9.  Go on a Hay Ride-  You're never too old for a hay ride.  In fact, it can be quite romantic without the kiddos climbing all over you.   10.  Make Fall Cookies-  Aren't these Fall cookies so fun?  I love baking in the kitchen together and this is the perfect recipe for fall. 11.  Make Apple Cider Floats-  The gals at Our Best Bites have the most divine recipe!  So pour two big glasses and go snuggle on the porch after the kiddos are in bed for the night. 12.  Rake and play in the leaves-  I don't think you're ever too old for that!  Lisa even shows you how you can turn it into a candid fall photoshoot, if you want!

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13.  Go Halloween Costume Shopping-  Or set aside a night to make them together!  Click on the link for TONS of ideas for couple's Halloween costumes. 14.  Watch a Scary Movie... on the Move -  Yep, taking your laptop and a bag of popcorn into a dark field or an abandoned building totally takes the thrill level up about a billion notches!  Are you brave enough to try it? 15.  Have a Thermos Picnic-   You've gotta check out this traveling thermos set.  It's perfect for a little soup or cocoa picnic for two on a chilly fall evening. 16.  Make-over your bedroom together-  Here are some fun DIY projects to get you started.  You could even pull out all your festive fall decor and set the mood for the season. 17.  Make S'mores- Yummy... the perfect after-dark dessert date.  Whether you roast your marshmallows over a bonfire in the woods or a candle in the living room, it's the perfect excuse to cozy up close.  (And Angie's hooked you up with the perfect S'mores love notes to complete the date.) 18.  Go to a Football Game-  Now I'm not a huge football fan myself, but the clever (and YUMMY) details of this date get even me excited about it.

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19.  Host Your Own "Pep Rally"-  And if you're going to a football game, why not host your own little "pep rally?"  I love the fun, football party foods on this. 20.  "Boo" a Family-  Have you ever been "Boo-ed" around Halloween?  It's a clever and cute way to spread some Halloween fun to your neighbors.  And this post even has a printable for you to use.   21.  Go on a Fall Foliage Drive- When the weather gets just a little too cool for a walk, hop in the car and drive to see all the beautiful colors of leaves.  You could even bring along some hot cocoa or cider and your favorite playlist.   22.  Pop popcorn on the cob-  Did you know that you can pop popcorn while it's on the cob?!  I love trying new things together, and this is a fun one.   23.  Have a Pumpkin Baking Party- There are SO many fun pumpkin recipes to try out in the fall.  It's one of my very favorite parts! Why not make a whole date of it together and cook up a storm in the kitchen?  Check out the link for lots of festive pumpkin recipes. 24.  Go to a Fall Festival or County Fair- Such a fun date idea, and this post even includes a printable invitation AND a County Fair Date Challenge!

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25.  Make a cozy fort for 2-  Fall is the perfect time for some cuddling!  Click on the link to grab your "Love Shack" printable and make a romantic, cozy fort for two. 26.  Go on a Bookstore date - Try your hand at the printable task cards and then grab some cocoa from the cafe. 27.  Go Park Hopping-  This makes a fun family date night, and the printable park hopping checklists are even included! 28.  Go Horseback Riding- Time to make good use of those cute fall boots and get all cowgirl'ed up! After some horseback riding, why not hit the town for some country dancing?   29.  Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride-  Now THIS is a date worthy of the Bucket List.  If you're looking for the ULTIMATE fall date and are willing to splurge- this is the date for you!  Totally romantic! 30.  Go on a Sunrise or Sunset Date-  Grab a blanket and a thermos of cocoa and head to the park for an easy & inexpensive, but totally romantic date.  

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31.  Plan a Cuddle Date-  Autumn is perfect time for some cuddling, don't you think?  Fill your "Cuddle Kit" with cozy slippers, a blanket, some cider or cocoa, and a movie.  Then settle in for a night of cuddling on the couch. 32.  Go Stargazing- Or take the blanket and cuddling outside with this fun stargazing date.  Michelle even tells you how to make your own telescope. 33.  Have a Spa Night-  If you need a little romance and relaxation, this is the perfect at-home date for you.  Oh, and in case you need it- here are 25 DIY Spa Recipes to try out together. 34.  Try Our Power Outage Date- You don't have to wait for the electricity to go out to have some fun in the dark!  Here's your chance to cozy up in the candlelight. 35.  Discover a New Town- If you're looking to try something new, then you need to try this spontaneous date idea.  (And I just love the little rhyme she used to get him out on the road with her.)   36.  Have a Ghostbusters Movie Night- With Halloween right around the corner, this 80's blockbuster is perfect for an at-home movie night.

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37.  Have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon- Or maybe Harry Potter is more your style.  You've got to check out the clever decorations for this one! 38.  Host a Black and Orange Party- Don't leave all the partying to the kiddos this Halloween! Get in on the fun with these cleverly Spooktacular Halloween treats and recipes. 39.  Eat Dinner out of Pumpkin Bread Bowls-  Okay this idea is SO easy but SO much fun!  Did you know most bakeries sell pumpkin bread bowls around Halloween? 40.  Host a Costume Party-  This is the perfect time of year to host a little costume party.  This Clue-themed date night should give you some inspiration! 41.  Go Trick-or-Treating Indoors - Nope, trick-or-treating is not just for kids!  You've gotta see how Paige turned it into a fun date night with her hubby.   42.  Play a game of Halloween Mad Gab-  Mad Gab always gets everyone laughing and here's a free, printable Halloween version! 

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43.  Play Halloween Peek-a-boo for 2- If you're looking for more of a "intimate" date to surprise your man, then you're gonna want to take a peek at this Peek-a-boo game for 2.   44.  Try this Love in Disguise Idea-  Why not turn this little love tip into a whole date?  Head to the Halloween aisle at the store and pick out a sexy costume for each other- for bedroom use only!! *wink* 45.  Make Haunted Gingerbread Houses-  Making these fun treats would be the perfect way to end the night after going to a Haunted House.  Don't you think? 46.  Cast some Love Spells-  This can of Love Spell Treats is way too clever.  Why not turn it into a whole date?  Take turns choosing a treat and casting a "love spell on each other." 47.  Do Service With Your Spouse -  If you want to feel closer to your spouse, I highly suggest doing service for others with your spouse.  And this post has lots ideas of "Random Acts of Kindness" you can do together.   48.  Play This Cowboy and Pilgrim Bedroom Game- A flirty, sassy game for 2 that's perfect for playing around Thanksgiving!  

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49.  Plan a Thanksgiving Prep Date-  Speaking of Thanksgiving, here are some fun ideas for turning all of that dinner prep work that must be done into a fun date.  The printable Turkey bag is seriously so much fun!   50.  Go Zip-lining Through the Autumn Leaves- If you live anywhere near a zip-line, Fall is the perfect time to try it out.  We just went and seriously had so much fun.

Now go get to work on that Bucket List! 

For TONS more date ideas, make sure to check out our ULTIMATE Date Night Round-up Post!  And if you want to keep up with all of the NEW date ideas that we find, make sure to follow our “Date Night Ideas” board on Pinterest.  And, of course, you’ll want to follow the board where we post OUR Dating Divas date ideas too.

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Free Printable September LOVE Calendar http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tips-from-the-divas/free-printable-september-love-calendar/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tips-from-the-divas/free-printable-september-love-calendar/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=56610 Free Printable September Love Calendar-

Your free printable September Love Calendar is here! 

And it's FULL of fun and flirty romance tips to help reconnect you with your spouse and strengthen your marriage this month!

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Yep, we promised it would be coming and here it is!  Are you ready for another month of intentionally loving your spouse?

Have any suggestions for future romance calendars?  We'd LOVE to hear in the comments!!  

And if you're new to our Love Calendars then...

Here's How It Works

Just download this darling calendar, designed by the lovely Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes.  Then simply check it every day for your little "love assignment."  It might be an small act of service to do for your spouse, a love note to write, or a quick activity to do together.  We've even included great date night ideas for each Friday night! {Don't worry, we've only scheduled one "Out on the town" date each month, so you only have to arrange for a babysitter once a month!  The rest of the dates are fun and creative at-home options.}  We've done all of the work for you, now you just have to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

**TIP:  I suggest that you print the calendar and stick it somewhere where you'll see it often.  That way you can check off the little "love assignments" as you complete them.  BUT make sure that you also save the digital file to your desktop.  Wanna know why?  The red text on the calendar are actually links!  If you click on them, it will take you to a post with more details and sometimes FREE Printables to go with your little love assignment.  So if you see a "red day" on the calendar, don't forget to check the link!

So, are you ready to join our Marriage Challenge?   

Just imagine what a whole month {or YEAR} of intentionally loving your spouse could do for your relationship!  

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE SEPTEMBER LOVE CALENDAR

And make sure to check in next month for your free printable October LOVE Calendar!

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Free Printable September Love Calendar-

Your free printable September Love Calendar is here! 

And it's FULL of fun and flirty romance tips to help reconnect you with your spouse and strengthen your marriage this month!

Printable September Love Calendar

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Yep, we promised it would be coming and here it is!  Are you ready for another month of intentionally loving your spouse?

Have any suggestions for future romance calendars?  We'd LOVE to hear in the comments!!  

And if you're new to our Love Calendars then...

Here's How It Works

Just download this darling calendar, designed by the lovely Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes.  Then simply check it every day for your little "love assignment."  It might be an small act of service to do for your spouse, a love note to write, or a quick activity to do together.  We've even included great date night ideas for each Friday night! {Don't worry, we've only scheduled one "Out on the town" date each month, so you only have to arrange for a babysitter once a month!  The rest of the dates are fun and creative at-home options.}  We've done all of the work for you, now you just have to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

**TIP:  I suggest that you print the calendar and stick it somewhere where you'll see it often.  That way you can check off the little "love assignments" as you complete them.  BUT make sure that you also save the digital file to your desktop.  Wanna know why?  The red text on the calendar are actually links!  If you click on them, it will take you to a post with more details and sometimes FREE Printables to go with your little love assignment.  So if you see a "red day" on the calendar, don't forget to check the link!

So, are you ready to join our Marriage Challenge?   

Just imagine what a whole month {or YEAR} of intentionally loving your spouse could do for your relationship!  

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE SEPTEMBER LOVE CALENDAR

And make sure to check in next month for your free printable October LOVE Calendar!

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25+ Sexy Love Letters http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/intimate-moments/25-sexy-love-letters/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/intimate-moments/25-sexy-love-letters/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=58836 All-Printables-Slider

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Tease your man with one, two or ALL of our 26 darling and sexy printable love letters!

Flirt and tease with our sassy cards, spicy notes and romantic DIY printable love letters that will have him begging for your attention! We’ve made sparking the passion easy, it's now on you to keep it going!  {wink wink} 

And a BIG thanks to Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes for these Fantastic printables!

15 Printable Sexy Cards
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In The Mood Creations, from the Dating Divas, brings you 15 different flirtatious and sexy cards, including 3 Birthday cards, that you can send to your spouse as an inviting greeting for a sweet and sassy evening!  Simply print, cut and adhere the message inside the folded card!

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10 Printable Sexy Notes

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In the mood? Sneak your man one of these enticing notes and wait for him in your favorite spot. Want to make him wait? Place it in his briefcase or lunch box and have his mind wandering all day! He might even make it home a little early tonight...!

Romantic DIY Love Note

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I'm sure you can't help but check your man out, right?!  We've got an AH-dorable way to let him know just how HOTT  he is AND that you've notice all the little things he’s been doing for you lately! Appreciation is a sure way to make him feel loved and he might just want to show you his love…if you know what I mean!

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DOWNLOAD ALL 26 SEXY PRINTABLE LOVE NOTES HERE!

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Tease your man with one, two or ALL of our 26 darling and sexy printable love letters!

Flirt and tease with our sassy cards, spicy notes and romantic DIY printable love letters that will have him begging for your attention! We’ve made sparking the passion easy, it's now on you to keep it going!  {wink wink} 

And a BIG thanks to Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes for these Fantastic printables!

15 Printable Sexy Cards
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In The Mood Creations, from the Dating Divas, brings you 15 different flirtatious and sexy cards, including 3 Birthday cards, that you can send to your spouse as an inviting greeting for a sweet and sassy evening!  Simply print, cut and adhere the message inside the folded card!

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10 Printable Sexy Notes

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In the mood? Sneak your man one of these enticing notes and wait for him in your favorite spot. Want to make him wait? Place it in his briefcase or lunch box and have his mind wandering all day! He might even make it home a little early tonight...!

Romantic DIY Love Note

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I'm sure you can't help but check your man out, right?!  We've got an AH-dorable way to let him know just how HOTT  he is AND that you've notice all the little things he’s been doing for you lately! Appreciation is a sure way to make him feel loved and he might just want to show you his love…if you know what I mean!

Romantic DIY Printable

DOWNLOAD ALL 26 SEXY PRINTABLE LOVE NOTES HERE!

If you just LOVE these sexy notes, you'll DIE for our Naked Night Invite...and so will your spouse!

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Tips For a Successful Marriage 

Planning for your wedding takes time & effort but so should planning for your marriage! So many couples put all their efforts into the wedding day and little thought to preparing for a marriage. With some planning and effort, you can start your marriage off with a strong foundation and here are some ways to do that! 

Plan Your Marriage

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This weekend I helped my brother propose to his girlfriend.  We spent hours brainstorming the ways to make the moment special and making all the arrangements. When the big day arrived, everyone involved was so nervous that everything would go as planned, but most of all we were so excited! I hid around the corner ready to capture every moment on camera as my brother waited on bended knee for her to arrive. It was exhilarating and it was perfect. Everything in his well-planned proposal went according to plan and she said "Yes!"

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The thrill of this special moment brought back so many memories of the day my husband got down on one knee. Watching my brother look at his future bride reminded me of the hopes, dreams and expectations I had for my future marriage. Unsure of what marriage would entail, our engagement began the journey of not only making all the wedding preparations, but preparing for our marriage and life together. 

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The engaged couple spends months, sometimes even years, planning the perfect wedding. Many brides start as a child dreaming of what their wedding day would be like. They even can have the dress picked out before they have a groom chosen! All the wedding preparations are time consuming and even stressful but my big question today is -

How much of the couple's time and energy goes into planning the actual MARRIAGE?

How many couples plan and plan and plan for the wedding day, say "I do!" and then start their marriage saying, "Now what?"

My point? Think about this:

If couples invested as much time and energy into preparing their MARRIAGE as they did in planning their WEDDING - what types of marriages would result? 

For those couples getting ready to tie the knot, consider this idea of preparing for your marriage now in every way possible so that you can start your marriage off right and have a strong foundation for the future.

To help you out - our Diva Team has collected our

5 Things Couples Can Do BEFORE They Are Married to Prepare For a Successful Marriage. 

I asked my fellow divas to share their advice for starting a marriage off right! I asked them: What are you glad they did before getting married? and What do you wish you had done prior to getting married to prepare?

Here is what they said:

Preparing For Marriage

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#1) Talk About Expectations 

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Communication is key in marriage and it starts when you are dating. Since you will soon be a team, it is important that you are able to talk openly together about anything and everything! As a couple you will need to communicate about finances, intimacy, household roles, expectations, inlaws, religion, children, and so much more!

When my husband and I were engaged, we lived apart and would often spend time traveling the 4 hour distance to see each other. I purchased a book called 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage by Shannon Alder. During our long drives, we would ask questions from the book. These questions led to important discussions about things we had never even thought to talk about. More importantly, it provided a safe opportunity to open up to talk about things that are difficult or uncomfortable {like intimacy!}.

Here are just a few things you will want to talk about with your future spouse to get you started: 

Future Family: 

  • Do you want to have children? If yes, how many? 
  • How long after getting married would you want to wait to have children? 
  • What kind of parent do you want to be? 
  • Will one of you stay home with the children or would you use child care? 
  • How do you plan to split holidays with each other's families? 

Finances: 

  • What are our financial goals? 
  • Together, how much do we owe in debts? 
  • How should money be budgeted in our family? 
  • Would you have joint banking accounts or separate? 
  • Are you a saver or a spender? 
Expectations in our Marriage: 
  • How do you plan to divide up the household chores? 
  • What are your expectations or each of your roles in marriage? 
  • How do you feel about maintaining relationships with friends of the opposite sex? 
  • How much time should be spend together vs. time spent with friends or family? 
  • Will religion play a part in your married life? 
Intimacy: 
  • What do you consider "cheating" in a marriage? 
  • How often do you expect sexual intimacy? 
  • What boundaries do you have when it comes to sexual intimacy? 
  • If physical attraction were eliminated, what would be left in our relationship? 
  • What would you need to feel wanted and needed sexually? 

These are just a few or MANY questions. Get started with these and start an open communication in which you can express yourself to your partner openly and honestly. 

#2) Take a Marriage Class 

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Many communities and religious groups offer free marriage classes. Even though you are not married yet, why not learn the skills for a successful marriage NOW? Many couples wait until there are problems to seek counseling and learn techniques to improve their relationships. If you can learn BEFORE you are married, the pitfalls and struggles many couples face you can avoid repeating them in your own marriage and/or use your learned skills when the issues surface.

One of the best marriage classes out there can be done online. It is called the Marriage Masters Program and it includes activities, dates, content pieces, marriage forum dialogues, quick and easy challenges and TONS of free printables. It is a 6 month step-by-step program that you and your partner can do at your own pace and according to your own schedules. This would be a fantastic thing to start with your future spouse to really learn what marriage is all about. 

Similar to a marriage class, you could even start going to counseling together. It is all about investing in your relationship right from the start! Counseling can bring growth, learning and improvement to your relationship at an early stage. Counseling does not have to just be for couples with problems. Attending something like this together will only strengthen and improve your marriage.

#3) Read Marriage Help Books

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There are so many wonderful books out there about marriage that you can start reading together as a couple. Read the books together and talk about what you are learning. Again, don't wait until you run into problems to start learning about successful marriages! 

Here are a few of the Diva's favorite marriage books:

Books about Intimacy:

Books About Communication: Books that Aid Communication: Books About Strong Marriages Other Favorites:

#4) Determine a Budget 

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One of the top causes for divorce among couples has roots in budgeting money.  Being on the same page when it comes to managing finances is so important to a successful marriage. Before you even get married, make sure to talk about finances. Sit down and create a budget together factoring in all of your expenses and income. I personally use and recommend mint.com for my budgeting. It is an amazing tool, easy to use and free!

Discuss with your future spouse where you are currently at financially and where you want to be.  You will also want to make financial goals and a plan to achieve them. If you have any debt - establish a plan now to get rid of it and, of course, determine a savings plan. Finally, you will need to make critical decisions about how (and if) you are going to join your bank accounts and who will be paying what bills.

Most importantly, talk about all of this BEFORE you get married so that there are no surprises after the honeymoon! Having open communication about finances and money early in your marriage will help to alleviate unwanted stress and prepare you for a strong financial foundation for years to come!

#5) Make and Set Goals Together 

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When a couple gets married their life changes from "ME" to "WE" and so do their goals. Your future is no longer just about you, but about your future family. Before you get married, you will definitely want to sit down with your future spouse and really talk about goals that you hope to achieve together.

First, what is the marriage you hope to have? Really talk about what you expect from the marriage and what your ideal marriage would like. You may even want to create your own  Marriage Mission Statement. You can include your marriage goals and promises to each other and sign it and hang it somewhere where you can both see it often throughout your marriage. I have a Marriage Manifesto on my fridge to remind me daily of the marriage I want to have.

Next, what goals do you have as a couple? Maybe you want to have date night once a week, take a trip somewhere, or purchase a home. Whatever goals you decide, Julie has a great printable goal sheet for writing your goals down and reminder cards too! You can set short, middle and long term goals.

More than just writing your goal down though, you need a plan to accomplish it! One diva shared that after writing down their goals, she and her spouse then listed any obstacles that may arise that would prevent them from achieving their goal. Once those potential obstacles are identified, they listed ways to overcome those obstacles. Writing goals like this really sets you up to achieve those goals! 

Finally, make sure that you review these goals often. You may want to have a set time (like every Sunday evening, or the last day of each month) that you review how you are doing and adjust as necessary in order to help you reach your goal. You can also put reminders in your phone to help you remember to review your goals often!

One of the greatest things about goal setting in marriage is that you have someone working towards the goal WITH YOU! You are held accountable and can help encourage each other along the way! Enjoy it!

5 Things Newly Married Couples Can Do To Start Their Marriage Off Right! 

Planning for your marriage will give you a great start and now it is time to implement those plans in your married life! The first few months of marriage can be the best years of your life, but they can also be extremely difficult. Adjusting to sharing a life with someone can be tricky. I asked my fellow Divas to share what advice they have for newlywed couples during their first few months of marriage. Here is what they shared with me:

Starting off Strong

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#1) Establish Good Habits

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What are things you’d LOVE to do your entire marriage? Eating all meals at the dinner table? Working out at the gym a few times a week together? Discussing your weekly events every Sunday? Going on walks in the evenings? etc. Start doing these things right away in your marriage and they will become GREAT habits that will continue throughout your whole marriage! 

One of the BEST habits you can start early in your marriage is establishing a regular date night. When you are newlyweds, every day can seem like date night, but it is important to get in the habit of regularly scheduling and blocking out time for each other BEFORE kids come along and it gets much more difficult. One great way to establish a regular date night is to put together a Year of Dates Binder so you have a plan for the entire year! This would be a great gift to give your spouse or another newlywed couple! 

#2) Make Traditions

One of the best parts about starting your marriage is that you can establish your own family traditions! Take time to learn about your spouse's family traditions, share your own and then together decide what traditions you want to have for your OWN family. Maybe you make pizzas every Friday night or have a waffle breakfast Saturday mornings. My personal favorite marriage tradition is sharing one thing we love about each other each night before going to bed. We call it our "I Love You Today Because" tradition. We also have a post that has over 60 Tradition Ideas you could have in your own home!

#3) Talk About Intimacy

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Intimacy is an important aspect of marriage and should not be ignored, ESPECIALLY in those first few months of marriage. Adjusting to your partners sexual needs, desires and expectations won't come without honest communication with your partner. Understandably, many couples can feel awkward or uncomfortable discussing these intimate aspects of their relationship and could feel afraid they might embarrass or offend. Using conversation starters like our Sexy Survey or A Private Affair can help facilitate these needed conversations in a safe and honest environment where you both can feel comfortable. Having these conversations will only help establish a strong, healthy and amazing love life right from the start!

#4) Establish Living Expectations

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Once living together, you’ll need to decide who wants to do what, and when? Will laundry be done once a week? How often will you clean bathrooms and who will be doing that? Who is handling finances and HOW will you be doing that? How much will you put away each month? Figure it all out at the beginning as SOON as possible. It’s easier to kick things off that way than to  go into marriage NOT having a plan and trying to set up responsibilities later.

Establishing a pattern for who does what early on will lead to less unspoken tension that emerges when one spouse feels overly burdened with tasks. If both spouses know what tasks are "theirs" then one spouse isn't constantly nagging the other. For example if the husband knows he agreed that taking the garbage out is his responsibility, if the wife reminds him, she is only reminding him of something that is already his own responsibility (rather than the husband feeling like the wife is always giving him jobs to do, because it already is his job). Taking the time to establish these living patterns early in your marriage will save a LOT of tension and arguments later!

#5) Ban the "D" Word

Be united in the idea that Divorce is NOT an option. Decide now that marriage is a commitment that you will prioritize until the end of your days. When the option of divorce is taken out of the equation, suddenly a drive to fix issues and resolve problems becomes the only option. Rather than turning to an attorney to fix a marriage, you work together to fix your marriage. There is a beautiful quote that I have seen floating around social media that hits this point exactly. Here it is:

Divorce is not an option

Unfortunately, we live in a time when the word divorce IS tossed around casually and divorce is all around us. Many statistics say now that HALF of marriages end in divorce. Decide now what half you and your spouse will be on. When times get tough (and I say WHEN not IF) fight for your marriage and give everything you can to fix it rather than throw it away. Look your spouse in the eyes and let them know Divorce is not an option and that you plan to work for your marriage. 

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Some Final Marriage Advice 

Finally, some last marriage advice! As I mentioned before, I sought input from the other Divas and their advice was right on! Here are just a few last tips from the Divas for a successful marriage:

"The last thing to remember is that we do things in marriage not because we have to, but because we genuinely love the other person. Whenever I feel like I am doing a ton of work, I just remind myself why I am doing it. If I constantly remind myself Im serving those around me because I love them, then I am so much happier to do even more. Serving others increases your love for them anyway!"  -Diva Emily

"I think the important part is remembering that marriages are hard, they are always changing. They take work and they aren't about you. Marriage is about the person you are saying yes to. It is about making them happy. It is about serving them. When you take YOU out of the picture, your spouse becomes your first priority. Service has a way of making everything amazing!" -Diva Michelle

Getting married is an exciting time in your life. It is something that you may have looked forward to for some time and that day is finally here! As you are swept up in the wedding plans just make sure that you take the time to plan your marriage with as much enthusiasm as your wedding and you will have a great start to what will hopefully be a successful marriage!

For more marriage advice AND adorable printable reminders check out our

50+ Secrets of a Great Marriage 

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Tips For a Successful Marriage 

Planning for your wedding takes time & effort but so should planning for your marriage! So many couples put all their efforts into the wedding day and little thought to preparing for a marriage. With some planning and effort, you can start your marriage off with a strong foundation and here are some ways to do that! 

Plan Your Marriage

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This weekend I helped my brother propose to his girlfriend.  We spent hours brainstorming the ways to make the moment special and making all the arrangements. When the big day arrived, everyone involved was so nervous that everything would go as planned, but most of all we were so excited! I hid around the corner ready to capture every moment on camera as my brother waited on bended knee for her to arrive. It was exhilarating and it was perfect. Everything in his well-planned proposal went according to plan and she said "Yes!"

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The thrill of this special moment brought back so many memories of the day my husband got down on one knee. Watching my brother look at his future bride reminded me of the hopes, dreams and expectations I had for my future marriage. Unsure of what marriage would entail, our engagement began the journey of not only making all the wedding preparations, but preparing for our marriage and life together. 

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The engaged couple spends months, sometimes even years, planning the perfect wedding. Many brides start as a child dreaming of what their wedding day would be like. They even can have the dress picked out before they have a groom chosen! All the wedding preparations are time consuming and even stressful but my big question today is -

How much of the couple's time and energy goes into planning the actual MARRIAGE?

How many couples plan and plan and plan for the wedding day, say "I do!" and then start their marriage saying, "Now what?"

My point? Think about this:

If couples invested as much time and energy into preparing their MARRIAGE as they did in planning their WEDDING - what types of marriages would result? 

For those couples getting ready to tie the knot, consider this idea of preparing for your marriage now in every way possible so that you can start your marriage off right and have a strong foundation for the future.

To help you out - our Diva Team has collected our

5 Things Couples Can Do BEFORE They Are Married to Prepare For a Successful Marriage. 

I asked my fellow divas to share their advice for starting a marriage off right! I asked them: What are you glad they did before getting married? and What do you wish you had done prior to getting married to prepare?

Here is what they said:

Preparing For Marriage

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#1) Talk About Expectations 

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Communication is key in marriage and it starts when you are dating. Since you will soon be a team, it is important that you are able to talk openly together about anything and everything! As a couple you will need to communicate about finances, intimacy, household roles, expectations, inlaws, religion, children, and so much more!

When my husband and I were engaged, we lived apart and would often spend time traveling the 4 hour distance to see each other. I purchased a book called 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage by Shannon Alder. During our long drives, we would ask questions from the book. These questions led to important discussions about things we had never even thought to talk about. More importantly, it provided a safe opportunity to open up to talk about things that are difficult or uncomfortable {like intimacy!}.

Here are just a few things you will want to talk about with your future spouse to get you started: 

Future Family: 

  • Do you want to have children? If yes, how many? 
  • How long after getting married would you want to wait to have children? 
  • What kind of parent do you want to be? 
  • Will one of you stay home with the children or would you use child care? 
  • How do you plan to split holidays with each other's families? 

Finances: 

  • What are our financial goals? 
  • Together, how much do we owe in debts? 
  • How should money be budgeted in our family? 
  • Would you have joint banking accounts or separate? 
  • Are you a saver or a spender? 
Expectations in our Marriage: 
  • How do you plan to divide up the household chores? 
  • What are your expectations or each of your roles in marriage? 
  • How do you feel about maintaining relationships with friends of the opposite sex? 
  • How much time should be spend together vs. time spent with friends or family? 
  • Will religion play a part in your married life? 
Intimacy: 
  • What do you consider "cheating" in a marriage? 
  • How often do you expect sexual intimacy? 
  • What boundaries do you have when it comes to sexual intimacy? 
  • If physical attraction were eliminated, what would be left in our relationship? 
  • What would you need to feel wanted and needed sexually? 

These are just a few or MANY questions. Get started with these and start an open communication in which you can express yourself to your partner openly and honestly. 

#2) Take a Marriage Class 

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Many communities and religious groups offer free marriage classes. Even though you are not married yet, why not learn the skills for a successful marriage NOW? Many couples wait until there are problems to seek counseling and learn techniques to improve their relationships. If you can learn BEFORE you are married, the pitfalls and struggles many couples face you can avoid repeating them in your own marriage and/or use your learned skills when the issues surface.

One of the best marriage classes out there can be done online. It is called the Marriage Masters Program and it includes activities, dates, content pieces, marriage forum dialogues, quick and easy challenges and TONS of free printables. It is a 6 month step-by-step program that you and your partner can do at your own pace and according to your own schedules. This would be a fantastic thing to start with your future spouse to really learn what marriage is all about. 

Similar to a marriage class, you could even start going to counseling together. It is all about investing in your relationship right from the start! Counseling can bring growth, learning and improvement to your relationship at an early stage. Counseling does not have to just be for couples with problems. Attending something like this together will only strengthen and improve your marriage.

#3) Read Marriage Help Books

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There are so many wonderful books out there about marriage that you can start reading together as a couple. Read the books together and talk about what you are learning. Again, don't wait until you run into problems to start learning about successful marriages! 

Here are a few of the Diva's favorite marriage books:

Books about Intimacy:

Books About Communication: Books that Aid Communication: Books About Strong Marriages Other Favorites:

#4) Determine a Budget 

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One of the top causes for divorce among couples has roots in budgeting money.  Being on the same page when it comes to managing finances is so important to a successful marriage. Before you even get married, make sure to talk about finances. Sit down and create a budget together factoring in all of your expenses and income. I personally use and recommend mint.com for my budgeting. It is an amazing tool, easy to use and free!

Discuss with your future spouse where you are currently at financially and where you want to be.  You will also want to make financial goals and a plan to achieve them. If you have any debt - establish a plan now to get rid of it and, of course, determine a savings plan. Finally, you will need to make critical decisions about how (and if) you are going to join your bank accounts and who will be paying what bills.

Most importantly, talk about all of this BEFORE you get married so that there are no surprises after the honeymoon! Having open communication about finances and money early in your marriage will help to alleviate unwanted stress and prepare you for a strong financial foundation for years to come!

#5) Make and Set Goals Together 

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When a couple gets married their life changes from "ME" to "WE" and so do their goals. Your future is no longer just about you, but about your future family. Before you get married, you will definitely want to sit down with your future spouse and really talk about goals that you hope to achieve together.

First, what is the marriage you hope to have? Really talk about what you expect from the marriage and what your ideal marriage would like. You may even want to create your own  Marriage Mission Statement. You can include your marriage goals and promises to each other and sign it and hang it somewhere where you can both see it often throughout your marriage. I have a Marriage Manifesto on my fridge to remind me daily of the marriage I want to have.

Next, what goals do you have as a couple? Maybe you want to have date night once a week, take a trip somewhere, or purchase a home. Whatever goals you decide, Julie has a great printable goal sheet for writing your goals down and reminder cards too! You can set short, middle and long term goals.

More than just writing your goal down though, you need a plan to accomplish it! One diva shared that after writing down their goals, she and her spouse then listed any obstacles that may arise that would prevent them from achieving their goal. Once those potential obstacles are identified, they listed ways to overcome those obstacles. Writing goals like this really sets you up to achieve those goals! 

Finally, make sure that you review these goals often. You may want to have a set time (like every Sunday evening, or the last day of each month) that you review how you are doing and adjust as necessary in order to help you reach your goal. You can also put reminders in your phone to help you remember to review your goals often!

One of the greatest things about goal setting in marriage is that you have someone working towards the goal WITH YOU! You are held accountable and can help encourage each other along the way! Enjoy it!

5 Things Newly Married Couples Can Do To Start Their Marriage Off Right! 

Planning for your marriage will give you a great start and now it is time to implement those plans in your married life! The first few months of marriage can be the best years of your life, but they can also be extremely difficult. Adjusting to sharing a life with someone can be tricky. I asked my fellow Divas to share what advice they have for newlywed couples during their first few months of marriage. Here is what they shared with me:

Starting off Strong

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#1) Establish Good Habits

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What are things you’d LOVE to do your entire marriage? Eating all meals at the dinner table? Working out at the gym a few times a week together? Discussing your weekly events every Sunday? Going on walks in the evenings? etc. Start doing these things right away in your marriage and they will become GREAT habits that will continue throughout your whole marriage! 

One of the BEST habits you can start early in your marriage is establishing a regular date night. When you are newlyweds, every day can seem like date night, but it is important to get in the habit of regularly scheduling and blocking out time for each other BEFORE kids come along and it gets much more difficult. One great way to establish a regular date night is to put together a Year of Dates Binder so you have a plan for the entire year! This would be a great gift to give your spouse or another newlywed couple! 

#2) Make Traditions

One of the best parts about starting your marriage is that you can establish your own family traditions! Take time to learn about your spouse's family traditions, share your own and then together decide what traditions you want to have for your OWN family. Maybe you make pizzas every Friday night or have a waffle breakfast Saturday mornings. My personal favorite marriage tradition is sharing one thing we love about each other each night before going to bed. We call it our "I Love You Today Because" tradition. We also have a post that has over 60 Tradition Ideas you could have in your own home!

#3) Talk About Intimacy

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Intimacy is an important aspect of marriage and should not be ignored, ESPECIALLY in those first few months of marriage. Adjusting to your partners sexual needs, desires and expectations won't come without honest communication with your partner. Understandably, many couples can feel awkward or uncomfortable discussing these intimate aspects of their relationship and could feel afraid they might embarrass or offend. Using conversation starters like our Sexy Survey or A Private Affair can help facilitate these needed conversations in a safe and honest environment where you both can feel comfortable. Having these conversations will only help establish a strong, healthy and amazing love life right from the start!

#4) Establish Living Expectations

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Once living together, you’ll need to decide who wants to do what, and when? Will laundry be done once a week? How often will you clean bathrooms and who will be doing that? Who is handling finances and HOW will you be doing that? How much will you put away each month? Figure it all out at the beginning as SOON as possible. It’s easier to kick things off that way than to  go into marriage NOT having a plan and trying to set up responsibilities later.

Establishing a pattern for who does what early on will lead to less unspoken tension that emerges when one spouse feels overly burdened with tasks. If both spouses know what tasks are "theirs" then one spouse isn't constantly nagging the other. For example if the husband knows he agreed that taking the garbage out is his responsibility, if the wife reminds him, she is only reminding him of something that is already his own responsibility (rather than the husband feeling like the wife is always giving him jobs to do, because it already is his job). Taking the time to establish these living patterns early in your marriage will save a LOT of tension and arguments later!

#5) Ban the "D" Word

Be united in the idea that Divorce is NOT an option. Decide now that marriage is a commitment that you will prioritize until the end of your days. When the option of divorce is taken out of the equation, suddenly a drive to fix issues and resolve problems becomes the only option. Rather than turning to an attorney to fix a marriage, you work together to fix your marriage. There is a beautiful quote that I have seen floating around social media that hits this point exactly. Here it is:

Divorce is not an option

Unfortunately, we live in a time when the word divorce IS tossed around casually and divorce is all around us. Many statistics say now that HALF of marriages end in divorce. Decide now what half you and your spouse will be on. When times get tough (and I say WHEN not IF) fight for your marriage and give everything you can to fix it rather than throw it away. Look your spouse in the eyes and let them know Divorce is not an option and that you plan to work for your marriage. 

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Some Final Marriage Advice 

Finally, some last marriage advice! As I mentioned before, I sought input from the other Divas and their advice was right on! Here are just a few last tips from the Divas for a successful marriage:

"The last thing to remember is that we do things in marriage not because we have to, but because we genuinely love the other person. Whenever I feel like I am doing a ton of work, I just remind myself why I am doing it. If I constantly remind myself Im serving those around me because I love them, then I am so much happier to do even more. Serving others increases your love for them anyway!"  -Diva Emily

"I think the important part is remembering that marriages are hard, they are always changing. They take work and they aren't about you. Marriage is about the person you are saying yes to. It is about making them happy. It is about serving them. When you take YOU out of the picture, your spouse becomes your first priority. Service has a way of making everything amazing!" -Diva Michelle

Getting married is an exciting time in your life. It is something that you may have looked forward to for some time and that day is finally here! As you are swept up in the wedding plans just make sure that you take the time to plan your marriage with as much enthusiasm as your wedding and you will have a great start to what will hopefully be a successful marriage!

For more marriage advice AND adorable printable reminders check out our

50+ Secrets of a Great Marriage 

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Celebrate Your Anniversary In A Special Way With These Date Ideas!

Anniversaries come once a year, they deserve quite a bit of attention, and a little spice to make your special day memorable!  We are helping you create the perfect anniversary celebration. You are going to find so many ideas in this post that you won't know which to pick!

Anniversary Date Ideas

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In this round-up you will find:

14 At-Home Anniversary Date Ideas

15 Adventurous Anniversary Date Ideas

14 Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

19 Intimate Anniversary Date Ideas

13 Additional Anniversary Date Ideas

At-Home Anniversary Celebrations

At Home Anniversary Date Ideas

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For those of you who struggle getting out, even on your anniversary, this selection of at-home dates are perfect for you. We are going to help you bring your anniversary celebration indoors!

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1. Shakespearean RendezvousExpress your undying love for each other with a romantic Romeo and Juliet themed anniversary date. 

2. Secret Message In A BottleUse these FREE printables as the start of a romantic anniversary date. Use invisible ink to send them on a scavenger hunt that leads to you and the start of your secret date. 

3. Je T’iame HotelIf you can’t get away for your anniversary, bring the vacation to your home for a STAYcation. Turn your home into a fancy french cottage for two.

4. Great Expectations Date NightA Victorian Themed date night that is sure to spark some romance! Includes FREE printables!!

5. Fondue Date NightHow glad are you that you found your mate?! Have a fondue date night celebration to remind them!

6. Love Sick DateFeeling Love Sick this anniversary?! This date is just what the doctor ordered!

7. I'll Love You Forever!!!Celebrate your forever love with this very romantic at home anniversary date idea. 

8. Crepes in Paris: No Ticket Required - Spend your anniversary in Paris right in your very own home enjoying create-your-own-crepes and creative spouse caricatures.

Top At-Home Anniversary Date Ideas

9.  Black and White Date NightHost a Black and White Roaring 20′s dinner and a movie anniversary celebration. Fabulous free printables and a ton of swanky ideas to make your anniversary the cat’s pajamas!

10. Power Outage DateTurn out the lights and turn the romance ON. What better way to fuel the fire than to turn off all electronics for the night and enjoy an anniversary evening completely focussed on each other?

11. Chocolate TastingWe’ve all heard of wine and cheese tastings. But how about a CHOCOLATE tasting?! Just download our free printables, grab some chocolate bars, and you’re set!

12. Bella NotteThe perfect Italian Stay-cation for Two.

13. Couple's CafeTurn your anniversary meal at home into a romantic dinner for two! Even if you just planned a normal dinner – spice it up with these darling printables!

14. The Vow DateRe-affirm your love by exchanging vows and remembering your commitments to each other this anniversary. 

Adventurous Anniversary Celebrations

Adventurous Anniversary Celebrations

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The two of you love trying something new, enjoying nature, being surprised, or getting active which is exactly why you are going to love these adventurous anniversary date ideas.

Adventurous Date Ideas

15. Anniversary Celebration IdeasThis post has EVERYTHING you would ever need to pull off the perfect Anniversary! It’s ALL planned for you!

16. Fantasy Date NightWe’ve created a truly indulgent fantasy evening for an over-the-top date that is full of all those things you fantasize about doing, but never actually do. Create this real-life fantasy date with our FREE printables!

17. Boys and Girls Night OutThis anniversary weekend celebration is all about a “Boys Night Out” and a “Girls Night Out” with just the two of you

18. 97 Of The Best Picnic Date Ideas We have gathered only the best picnic ideas and put them in one spot. Look no further everything needed for your next picnic date is in this picnic idea collection.

19. 12 SUPER Sporty Dates Your Man Will Love!Celebrate wedded bliss with this amazing sports themed anniversary date! Your hubby will LOVE this collection of sports dates for an entire year!

20. Blind DateReconnect with your spouse this anniversary in a unique way: Go on a blind date with each other!

21. Tie The Knot Anniversary Idea This date idea is the perfect way to celebrate "tying the knot."

22. Hijack and Kidnap HimGet a little closer and surprise him with a handcuffed date he will love. 

Top Adventurous Anniversary Date Ideas

23. 4 Year Anniversary DateCelebrate any year of your anniversary with a play on numbers date. Check out these ideas for your fourth year to help you prepare your date for any year. 

24. New York Date NightTake a trip to New York this anniversary without ever leaving your home town! 

25. Watermelon Date Night A SWEET date night that is perfect for your anniversary celebration with a free printable kit. Celebrate your anniversary with a full day of watermelon themed date ideas that your man will love.

26. 180 Experiences To Strengthen Marriages Celebrate your anniversary by creating an experience that will create a special connecting and make lasting memories! 

27. Go- Kart & Super Mario Kart Date NightFood, speed, and action…a recipe for a man loving date night! This anniversary date is going to get your hearts racing! Free printable pack included!

28. Discover a New Town This is a great idea for an anniversary on a budget. Head to a town in your state and have fun discovering all it has to offer. 

29. Creative Marriage Proposals Steal one of these fabulous marriage proposal ideas and transform it into a very creative anniversary date that your spouse is sure to remember! 

Romantic Anniversary Celebrations

Romantic Anniversary Celebrations

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You can't celebrate an anniversary without adding romance! These date ideas will have the two of you snuggling, kissing, and oohing all night long!

Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

30. Say Yes All Over Again Reconnect with your spouse as you re-create your proposal and remember why you said YES!

31. Spa DateIf you liked the idea of pampering your spouse – you are going to LOVE this idea! Enjoy the treatment of a spa right from your very home.

32. The Valentine Date We’ve got the absolute BEST DATE EVER for your anniversary and it’s ALL planned out for you! Dinner, games, and more!

33. Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue!Celebrate your lifelong commitment to your sweetheart with this “Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue” themed date! This date is a true celebration of love.

34. The Bachelor DateSurprise your sweetie in "Bachelor" style with 5 consecutive dates that lead up to your anniversary day!

35. Recreate Your First Date Make your anniversary special by celebrating your first date together. 

36. Romantic Rooftop DateSometimes the most romantic things are the most unexpected. Grab a ladder, find a stable surface and surprise your spouse with a romantic dinner for two on the roof. That will certainly be unforgettable!

37. The Love Shack Turn your bedroom into your very own Love Shack and escape for a night of romance!

Top Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

38. Plane Crazy About You This plane crazy about you date night will have you two flying planes, enjoying a picnic, joining the mile high club, and grabbing baggage claim. *Free printables*

39. Star Light, Star BrightYou don’t have to leave your home to take a step outside your back door and look up at the night sky. There is something SO romantic about cuddling under a blanket with your dream guy and wishing on a star.

40. “ROSE”-mantic Scavenger Hunt This date is perfect for your anniversary. It is full of roses, surprises, and romance.

41. The Ultimate Fire-Themed Date NightCreate blazin’ memories, come closer together, and turn up the heat with an ultimate fire themed date night that is right up your man’s alley.

42. Room ServiceTreat your spouse to the highest service possible: ROOM SERVICE.

43. Cuddle Kit For TwoLet your spouse know your intentions for a night of cuddlin’, snugglin’ and lovin’ with this cuddle kit basket.

Intimate Anniversary Celebrations

Intimate Anniversary Celebrations

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Remember those days when you couldn't keep your hands off each other. Rekindle the flames this anniversary with a little sass, spice, and sizzle to fire up your anniversary celebrations!

Intimate Date Ideas

44. Flirty Fun With CandyA flirty appetite and a little something sweet equals the before foreplay for an anniversary celebration. 

45. Suite Retreat Kit: A Romantic Basket For Two This little basket has everything you need for a night away with your honey in your own private suite for 2!

46. Fantasy Suite Date Night Surprise your spouse and spice up your marriage with this intimate moments suggestion!

47. Sizzling Truth and DareAre you ready to have a sizzling night with your heartthrob? It’s time for a game of Truth and Dare. Add a little excitement to an old time favorite!

48. Name That Treat End the night with a yummy taste testing that is sure to turn the heat up!

49. Sensual Touch Massage Set a sensual mood for date night that's full of touching and seducing! 

50. Anticipation Half the Fun Your honey will be craving you this anniversary week with these 7 teasing and pleasing date ideas.

51. A Game Of Love Bring a lot of romance to your anniversary with this bedroom game that will surprise your spouse and make the night sassy!

Top Intimate Anniversary Date Ideas

52. Follow Me Sexy Tease This fun little idea will surprise and remind your man about how fun and sexy his wife is! Every husband loves a little tease!

53. Smoldering Violation Ticket Tease and flatter your spouse with a violation ticket and get exactly what you want in the process. Cherry on top-Free printables.

54. 7 Days of Sexy Love Make love each night of your anniversary week using a pill box to shower your spouse with notes, treats, and a romantic rendezvous each night of the week.

55. Make the Night SparkSpark it up by playing dress up in the dark with these Hot Glow Bracelets, Hot Glow Bead Necklaces, and Pop Rocks! Add even more creativity and make jewelry for each other using glow sticks. Get ready to ignite!

56. Panty Gram Prepare a steamy night for the two of you and by sending your man a panty gram. Your panty gram experience will be soooooo hot!!! The perfect way to kick things off for a spicy night!

57. Go Picasso!A sassy black light celebration that you two will love! 

58. Simon SaysLet “Simon” dictate your night of intimacy! Play a game of Sassy Simon Says!

59. Strip Trivia, A Bedroom GameMake it a hot night with this sizzling bedroom game. Tease each other with one steamy question at a time to set each other on fire!

Anniversary Date Ideas

60. A Steamy Bucket List What intimate items do you want to fulfill? Steamy pleasures are a check away. Rev up intimate time with your spouse on your anniversary and the whole year through!

61. Dirty Deeds This anniversary increase intimacy and say hello to fireworks!

62. Bedroom Value Menu Spice at just the right price! Use our Bedroom Value Menu to add a little spice to the bedroom tonight!

More Anniversary Celebrations

We aren't done yet!!! We have collected a list of 13 fabulous date ideas that are perfect for any type of anniversary celebration.

63. Hot Air Balloon Ride Soar the skies with your love, take a picnic, and enjoy the ride!

64. Stay the Night In A Hotel Book a night in a hotel room with a beautiful view and with a hot tub! 

65. Dinner Theater Enjoy a dinner and a movie at the same time. Don't have one in town, attend a showing at a local theater that offers a meal during the show. 

66. Go To A Concert Are you fan of jazz, indie, or rock and roll? Check out the local concert listings and get tickets for your big day!

67. Couples Massage Hold hands and whisper sweet nothings while you both enjoy a luxurious massage together!

68. Horse Back Riding Take a horse back ride on the beach or in the mountains together. Pack a picnic and blankets and take along with you to enjoy during your ride. 

69. Outdoor Adventure A mountain biking, four wheeling, skiing, rock climbing tour would be an awesome way to celebrate your love and your hobbies! Turn these activities into a romantic outing by adding a picnic, blankets, and your favorite bubbly to enjoy after your adventure. 

70. Take A Dance Class Learn how to Tango, do the Cha-Cha, or the swing by signing up for classes. Take your first class on your anniversary. 

71. Rooftop Dinner Take in the view of your date and of the city while enjoying an elegant revolving rooftop restaurant. 

72. Sunbathe At The BeachEnjoy a relaxing day at the beach together. Get a couples massage on the beach, build sandcastles together, and read a book together. End the night with a bonfire, dinner for two, and slow dancing on the beach. 

73. Museum Hopping Visit a museum at night or talk a stroll down the art strip

74. Sunset Dinner Cruise Splurge this anniversary with an evening of elegance, romance, and a stunning sunset on a luxury mini cruise. 

75. Water AdventureTake a dive in love and in the water together! Go snorkeling, kayaking, boating, swimming in a secluded lake, water skiing, or surfing together! Kick up the romance by holding hands, setting out a romantic picnic, and kissing as often as possible! 

Now the hard decision is what are you going to choose for this anniversary. Bookmark this page for all of your future anniversaries to come!

Are you looking for gift ideas too? Check out Anniversary Gift Ideas and our Anniversary Section.

Happy Anniversary!!!

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Anniversary Date Ideas

Celebrate Your Anniversary In A Special Way With These Date Ideas!

Anniversaries come once a year, they deserve quite a bit of attention, and a little spice to make your special day memorable!  We are helping you create the perfect anniversary celebration. You are going to find so many ideas in this post that you won't know which to pick!

Anniversary Date Ideas

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In this round-up you will find:

14 At-Home Anniversary Date Ideas

15 Adventurous Anniversary Date Ideas

14 Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

19 Intimate Anniversary Date Ideas

13 Additional Anniversary Date Ideas

At-Home Anniversary Celebrations

At Home Anniversary Date Ideas

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For those of you who struggle getting out, even on your anniversary, this selection of at-home dates are perfect for you. We are going to help you bring your anniversary celebration indoors!

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1. Shakespearean RendezvousExpress your undying love for each other with a romantic Romeo and Juliet themed anniversary date. 

2. Secret Message In A BottleUse these FREE printables as the start of a romantic anniversary date. Use invisible ink to send them on a scavenger hunt that leads to you and the start of your secret date. 

3. Je T’iame HotelIf you can’t get away for your anniversary, bring the vacation to your home for a STAYcation. Turn your home into a fancy french cottage for two.

4. Great Expectations Date NightA Victorian Themed date night that is sure to spark some romance! Includes FREE printables!!

5. Fondue Date NightHow glad are you that you found your mate?! Have a fondue date night celebration to remind them!

6. Love Sick DateFeeling Love Sick this anniversary?! This date is just what the doctor ordered!

7. I'll Love You Forever!!!Celebrate your forever love with this very romantic at home anniversary date idea. 

8. Crepes in Paris: No Ticket Required - Spend your anniversary in Paris right in your very own home enjoying create-your-own-crepes and creative spouse caricatures.

Top At-Home Anniversary Date Ideas

9.  Black and White Date NightHost a Black and White Roaring 20′s dinner and a movie anniversary celebration. Fabulous free printables and a ton of swanky ideas to make your anniversary the cat’s pajamas!

10. Power Outage DateTurn out the lights and turn the romance ON. What better way to fuel the fire than to turn off all electronics for the night and enjoy an anniversary evening completely focussed on each other?

11. Chocolate TastingWe’ve all heard of wine and cheese tastings. But how about a CHOCOLATE tasting?! Just download our free printables, grab some chocolate bars, and you’re set!

12. Bella NotteThe perfect Italian Stay-cation for Two.

13. Couple's CafeTurn your anniversary meal at home into a romantic dinner for two! Even if you just planned a normal dinner – spice it up with these darling printables!

14. The Vow DateRe-affirm your love by exchanging vows and remembering your commitments to each other this anniversary. 

Adventurous Anniversary Celebrations

Adventurous Anniversary Celebrations

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The two of you love trying something new, enjoying nature, being surprised, or getting active which is exactly why you are going to love these adventurous anniversary date ideas.

Adventurous Date Ideas

15. Anniversary Celebration IdeasThis post has EVERYTHING you would ever need to pull off the perfect Anniversary! It’s ALL planned for you!

16. Fantasy Date NightWe’ve created a truly indulgent fantasy evening for an over-the-top date that is full of all those things you fantasize about doing, but never actually do. Create this real-life fantasy date with our FREE printables!

17. Boys and Girls Night OutThis anniversary weekend celebration is all about a “Boys Night Out” and a “Girls Night Out” with just the two of you

18. 97 Of The Best Picnic Date Ideas We have gathered only the best picnic ideas and put them in one spot. Look no further everything needed for your next picnic date is in this picnic idea collection.

19. 12 SUPER Sporty Dates Your Man Will Love!Celebrate wedded bliss with this amazing sports themed anniversary date! Your hubby will LOVE this collection of sports dates for an entire year!

20. Blind DateReconnect with your spouse this anniversary in a unique way: Go on a blind date with each other!

21. Tie The Knot Anniversary Idea This date idea is the perfect way to celebrate "tying the knot."

22. Hijack and Kidnap HimGet a little closer and surprise him with a handcuffed date he will love. 

Top Adventurous Anniversary Date Ideas

23. 4 Year Anniversary DateCelebrate any year of your anniversary with a play on numbers date. Check out these ideas for your fourth year to help you prepare your date for any year. 

24. New York Date NightTake a trip to New York this anniversary without ever leaving your home town! 

25. Watermelon Date Night A SWEET date night that is perfect for your anniversary celebration with a free printable kit. Celebrate your anniversary with a full day of watermelon themed date ideas that your man will love.

26. 180 Experiences To Strengthen Marriages Celebrate your anniversary by creating an experience that will create a special connecting and make lasting memories! 

27. Go- Kart & Super Mario Kart Date NightFood, speed, and action…a recipe for a man loving date night! This anniversary date is going to get your hearts racing! Free printable pack included!

28. Discover a New Town This is a great idea for an anniversary on a budget. Head to a town in your state and have fun discovering all it has to offer. 

29. Creative Marriage Proposals Steal one of these fabulous marriage proposal ideas and transform it into a very creative anniversary date that your spouse is sure to remember! 

Romantic Anniversary Celebrations

Romantic Anniversary Celebrations

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You can't celebrate an anniversary without adding romance! These date ideas will have the two of you snuggling, kissing, and oohing all night long!

Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

30. Say Yes All Over Again Reconnect with your spouse as you re-create your proposal and remember why you said YES!

31. Spa DateIf you liked the idea of pampering your spouse – you are going to LOVE this idea! Enjoy the treatment of a spa right from your very home.

32. The Valentine Date We’ve got the absolute BEST DATE EVER for your anniversary and it’s ALL planned out for you! Dinner, games, and more!

33. Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue!Celebrate your lifelong commitment to your sweetheart with this “Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue” themed date! This date is a true celebration of love.

34. The Bachelor DateSurprise your sweetie in "Bachelor" style with 5 consecutive dates that lead up to your anniversary day!

35. Recreate Your First Date Make your anniversary special by celebrating your first date together. 

36. Romantic Rooftop DateSometimes the most romantic things are the most unexpected. Grab a ladder, find a stable surface and surprise your spouse with a romantic dinner for two on the roof. That will certainly be unforgettable!

37. The Love Shack Turn your bedroom into your very own Love Shack and escape for a night of romance!

Top Romantic Anniversary Date Ideas

38. Plane Crazy About You This plane crazy about you date night will have you two flying planes, enjoying a picnic, joining the mile high club, and grabbing baggage claim. *Free printables*

39. Star Light, Star BrightYou don’t have to leave your home to take a step outside your back door and look up at the night sky. There is something SO romantic about cuddling under a blanket with your dream guy and wishing on a star.

40. “ROSE”-mantic Scavenger Hunt This date is perfect for your anniversary. It is full of roses, surprises, and romance.

41. The Ultimate Fire-Themed Date NightCreate blazin’ memories, come closer together, and turn up the heat with an ultimate fire themed date night that is right up your man’s alley.

42. Room ServiceTreat your spouse to the highest service possible: ROOM SERVICE.

43. Cuddle Kit For TwoLet your spouse know your intentions for a night of cuddlin’, snugglin’ and lovin’ with this cuddle kit basket.

Intimate Anniversary Celebrations

Intimate Anniversary Celebrations

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Remember those days when you couldn't keep your hands off each other. Rekindle the flames this anniversary with a little sass, spice, and sizzle to fire up your anniversary celebrations!

Intimate Date Ideas

44. Flirty Fun With CandyA flirty appetite and a little something sweet equals the before foreplay for an anniversary celebration. 

45. Suite Retreat Kit: A Romantic Basket For Two This little basket has everything you need for a night away with your honey in your own private suite for 2!

46. Fantasy Suite Date Night Surprise your spouse and spice up your marriage with this intimate moments suggestion!

47. Sizzling Truth and DareAre you ready to have a sizzling night with your heartthrob? It’s time for a game of Truth and Dare. Add a little excitement to an old time favorite!

48. Name That Treat End the night with a yummy taste testing that is sure to turn the heat up!

49. Sensual Touch Massage Set a sensual mood for date night that's full of touching and seducing! 

50. Anticipation Half the Fun Your honey will be craving you this anniversary week with these 7 teasing and pleasing date ideas.

51. A Game Of Love Bring a lot of romance to your anniversary with this bedroom game that will surprise your spouse and make the night sassy!

Top Intimate Anniversary Date Ideas

52. Follow Me Sexy Tease This fun little idea will surprise and remind your man about how fun and sexy his wife is! Every husband loves a little tease!

53. Smoldering Violation Ticket Tease and flatter your spouse with a violation ticket and get exactly what you want in the process. Cherry on top-Free printables.

54. 7 Days of Sexy Love Make love each night of your anniversary week using a pill box to shower your spouse with notes, treats, and a romantic rendezvous each night of the week.

55. Make the Night SparkSpark it up by playing dress up in the dark with these Hot Glow Bracelets, Hot Glow Bead Necklaces, and Pop Rocks! Add even more creativity and make jewelry for each other using glow sticks. Get ready to ignite!

56. Panty Gram Prepare a steamy night for the two of you and by sending your man a panty gram. Your panty gram experience will be soooooo hot!!! The perfect way to kick things off for a spicy night!

57. Go Picasso!A sassy black light celebration that you two will love! 

58. Simon SaysLet “Simon” dictate your night of intimacy! Play a game of Sassy Simon Says!

59. Strip Trivia, A Bedroom GameMake it a hot night with this sizzling bedroom game. Tease each other with one steamy question at a time to set each other on fire!

Anniversary Date Ideas

60. A Steamy Bucket List What intimate items do you want to fulfill? Steamy pleasures are a check away. Rev up intimate time with your spouse on your anniversary and the whole year through!

61. Dirty Deeds This anniversary increase intimacy and say hello to fireworks!

62. Bedroom Value Menu Spice at just the right price! Use our Bedroom Value Menu to add a little spice to the bedroom tonight!

More Anniversary Celebrations

We aren't done yet!!! We have collected a list of 13 fabulous date ideas that are perfect for any type of anniversary celebration.

63. Hot Air Balloon Ride Soar the skies with your love, take a picnic, and enjoy the ride!

64. Stay the Night In A Hotel Book a night in a hotel room with a beautiful view and with a hot tub! 

65. Dinner Theater Enjoy a dinner and a movie at the same time. Don't have one in town, attend a showing at a local theater that offers a meal during the show. 

66. Go To A Concert Are you fan of jazz, indie, or rock and roll? Check out the local concert listings and get tickets for your big day!

67. Couples Massage Hold hands and whisper sweet nothings while you both enjoy a luxurious massage together!

68. Horse Back Riding Take a horse back ride on the beach or in the mountains together. Pack a picnic and blankets and take along with you to enjoy during your ride. 

69. Outdoor Adventure A mountain biking, four wheeling, skiing, rock climbing tour would be an awesome way to celebrate your love and your hobbies! Turn these activities into a romantic outing by adding a picnic, blankets, and your favorite bubbly to enjoy after your adventure. 

70. Take A Dance Class Learn how to Tango, do the Cha-Cha, or the swing by signing up for classes. Take your first class on your anniversary. 

71. Rooftop Dinner Take in the view of your date and of the city while enjoying an elegant revolving rooftop restaurant. 

72. Sunbathe At The BeachEnjoy a relaxing day at the beach together. Get a couples massage on the beach, build sandcastles together, and read a book together. End the night with a bonfire, dinner for two, and slow dancing on the beach. 

73. Museum Hopping Visit a museum at night or talk a stroll down the art strip

74. Sunset Dinner Cruise Splurge this anniversary with an evening of elegance, romance, and a stunning sunset on a luxury mini cruise. 

75. Water AdventureTake a dive in love and in the water together! Go snorkeling, kayaking, boating, swimming in a secluded lake, water skiing, or surfing together! Kick up the romance by holding hands, setting out a romantic picnic, and kissing as often as possible! 

Now the hard decision is what are you going to choose for this anniversary. Bookmark this page for all of your future anniversaries to come!

Are you looking for gift ideas too? Check out Anniversary Gift Ideas and our Anniversary Section.

Happy Anniversary!!!

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The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/the-ultimate-mom-arazzi-giveaway/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/the-ultimate-mom-arazzi-giveaway/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:43 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=58427 momarazzi giveaway IG 2

Are you a Paparazzi Mom? Do you take a bajillions pictures of your beloved off spring?

Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway!

The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway

Its Back to School time…...which means there are so many important moments to be documented! And if you're anything like us, there will be thousands of pictures taken! So we partnered up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway to help you preserve all those awesome school memories this year!

Check out the drool-worthy prizes!

momarazzi giveaway

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 Mom-arazzi Prize Pack:

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That is a whole lotta happy right there!

This giveaway is going to make YOUR job as the 'Ultimate Memory Preserver' so much easier!

Here's a shout out to the awesome bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you! Go follow them on Twitter for fun and creative updates!

Awesome Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

  • Craftaholics Anonymous®- Craft Addicts unite! At Craftaholics Anonymous®, you can find new craft ideas, crafting tips, DIY's, Holiday ideas, and take tours of 45+ craft rooms!
  • The Dating Divas- Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
  • The 36th Avenue - The 36th Avenue is your number one destination for easy DIY projects, free printables, adorable handmade gifts and holiday ideas, delicious recipes and everything EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Somewhat Simple - Somewhat Simple is THE PLACE for creative inspiration. Get inspired by thousands of simple projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
  • Kara’s Party Ideas - Kara Allen is the party designer, author, dessert stylist & creator behind THE place for ALL things PARTY- KarasPartyIdeas.com. Kara’s Party Ideas holds millions of party ideas you can search, party recipes, a party supply shop, a fab party book, fun worldwide party workshops, an app & more!
  • Mod Podge Rocks - Mod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
  • One Good Thing by Jillee - One Good Thing by Jillee is dedicated to sharing one good thing a day that makes life a little more simple, affordable, wholesome, and joyful! Millions of people look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Learn how to enrich your life while conserving time, money, and resources.
  • Kids Activities Blog - Kids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
  • Living Well, Spending Less - Living Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
  • Remodelaholic - If your goal is to make your house a home, then come to Remodelaholic.com. They will teach you the best ways to update your house and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder grade to beautiful with their help.
  • Lil’ LunaLil’ Luna is the one-stop to find all things creative! Come on over to find inexpensive & unique crafts, DIY projects, recipes, gift ideas, and more for any occasion.

Enter below to win this awesome Mom-arazzi Giveaway!

Mom-arazzi Giveaway
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Are you a Paparazzi Mom? Do you take a bajillions pictures of your beloved off spring?

Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway!

The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway

Its Back to School time…...which means there are so many important moments to be documented! And if you're anything like us, there will be thousands of pictures taken! So we partnered up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway to help you preserve all those awesome school memories this year!

Check out the drool-worthy prizes!

momarazzi giveaway

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 Mom-arazzi Prize Pack:

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That is a whole lotta happy right there!

This giveaway is going to make YOUR job as the 'Ultimate Memory Preserver' so much easier!

Here's a shout out to the awesome bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you! Go follow them on Twitter for fun and creative updates!

Awesome Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

  • Craftaholics Anonymous®- Craft Addicts unite! At Craftaholics Anonymous®, you can find new craft ideas, crafting tips, DIY's, Holiday ideas, and take tours of 45+ craft rooms!
  • The Dating Divas- Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
  • The 36th Avenue - The 36th Avenue is your number one destination for easy DIY projects, free printables, adorable handmade gifts and holiday ideas, delicious recipes and everything EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Somewhat Simple - Somewhat Simple is THE PLACE for creative inspiration. Get inspired by thousands of simple projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
  • Kara’s Party Ideas - Kara Allen is the party designer, author, dessert stylist & creator behind THE place for ALL things PARTY- KarasPartyIdeas.com. Kara’s Party Ideas holds millions of party ideas you can search, party recipes, a party supply shop, a fab party book, fun worldwide party workshops, an app & more!
  • Mod Podge Rocks - Mod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
  • One Good Thing by Jillee - One Good Thing by Jillee is dedicated to sharing one good thing a day that makes life a little more simple, affordable, wholesome, and joyful! Millions of people look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Learn how to enrich your life while conserving time, money, and resources.
  • Kids Activities Blog - Kids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
  • Living Well, Spending Less - Living Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
  • Remodelaholic - If your goal is to make your house a home, then come to Remodelaholic.com. They will teach you the best ways to update your house and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder grade to beautiful with their help.
  • Lil’ LunaLil’ Luna is the one-stop to find all things creative! Come on over to find inexpensive & unique crafts, DIY projects, recipes, gift ideas, and more for any occasion.

Enter below to win this awesome Mom-arazzi Giveaway!

Mom-arazzi Giveaway
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Taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tara/als-ice-bucket-challenge/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tara/als-ice-bucket-challenge/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:00:53 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=58873 Ice Bucket Challenge

When all of these videos of people pouring ice water on their heads started circulating, I'll admit it... I was a skeptic. How on EARTH did freezing your bootie off help make a difference in the world?

I told my personal sports consultant, the hubby, that I just didn't get it and he then took the time to share with his sports-illiterate wife the story of Pete Frates... the inspirational former athlete who started it all. Intrigued, I wanted to know a little more and I looked up the clip that ESPN aired on him. You can watch it here.... if you are a skeptic like I was, it just might change your perspective. 

Pete and his family had been traveling around trying to spread awareness about ALS {also known as the Lou Gehrig disease}, one speech at a time, but it just wasn't enough. They wanted to do more, they wanted to see more results. And this challenge did exactly that! Pete and his family inspired ACTION! A visual representation of support for this disease that has yet to be cured. By extending the "24-hour" time limit, the chance to donate was offered and many individuals, teams, and companies are donating JUST BECAUSE they are inspired by all of this.

That's the category The Dating Divas fit into. 

You see, I do not personally know anyone who is dealing with this disease, yet this completely inspired me one I heard about his story. I am SO impressed with the power of one, so impressed with the change and the good this one man is doing, that he earned my respect and inspired me to take action.

Never, ever underestimate the power of one! 

You wanna know one MORE thing that inspired me? Pete Frates' love story!! He met his sweet wife 8 months prior to being diagnosed. The clip of them walking down the aisle together melted my heart. Love is so powerful... and I'm a hopeless romantic, so seeing those two together sealed the deal.

And THAT, my friends, is why I decided to freeze my bootie off, in addition to donating $100.  

Nominated by Danielle of Today Is The Best Day, I in turn, am nominating my cute friend Cara, found of Maskcara, ALL THREE of the ever-so-talented Crafting Chicks, and my adorable assistant Chrissy

If/when they post their videos... I'll link up to them below. Stay tuned! 

Here's to hoping for a brighter future and great strides towards finding a cure. 

If you would like to donate toward ALS research, please click over to ALSA.org

#IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS 

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Ice Bucket Challenge

When all of these videos of people pouring ice water on their heads started circulating, I'll admit it... I was a skeptic. How on EARTH did freezing your bootie off help make a difference in the world?

I told my personal sports consultant, the hubby, that I just didn't get it and he then took the time to share with his sports-illiterate wife the story of Pete Frates... the inspirational former athlete who started it all. Intrigued, I wanted to know a little more and I looked up the clip that ESPN aired on him. You can watch it here.... if you are a skeptic like I was, it just might change your perspective. 

Pete and his family had been traveling around trying to spread awareness about ALS {also known as the Lou Gehrig disease}, one speech at a time, but it just wasn't enough. They wanted to do more, they wanted to see more results. And this challenge did exactly that! Pete and his family inspired ACTION! A visual representation of support for this disease that has yet to be cured. By extending the "24-hour" time limit, the chance to donate was offered and many individuals, teams, and companies are donating JUST BECAUSE they are inspired by all of this.

That's the category The Dating Divas fit into. 

You see, I do not personally know anyone who is dealing with this disease, yet this completely inspired me one I heard about his story. I am SO impressed with the power of one, so impressed with the change and the good this one man is doing, that he earned my respect and inspired me to take action.

Never, ever underestimate the power of one! 

You wanna know one MORE thing that inspired me? Pete Frates' love story!! He met his sweet wife 8 months prior to being diagnosed. The clip of them walking down the aisle together melted my heart. Love is so powerful... and I'm a hopeless romantic, so seeing those two together sealed the deal.

And THAT, my friends, is why I decided to freeze my bootie off, in addition to donating $100.  

Nominated by Danielle of Today Is The Best Day, I in turn, am nominating my cute friend Cara, found of Maskcara, ALL THREE of the ever-so-talented Crafting Chicks, and my adorable assistant Chrissy

If/when they post their videos... I'll link up to them below. Stay tuned! 

Here's to hoping for a brighter future and great strides towards finding a cure. 

If you would like to donate toward ALS research, please click over to ALSA.org

#IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS 

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Couples Wacky Game Night http://www.thedatingdivas.com/four-or-more/couples-wacky-game-night/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/four-or-more/couples-wacky-game-night/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=57150 Wacky Games Night

Fun Date Night Idea with Your Favorite Friends

Are you ready for a memorable filled evening with your favorite people?  I thought so!  This group date night idea is sure to inspire laughs, silliness, and a bit of mischief!

Wacky Games Night

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An ordinary invite will simply not do for this wacky game night!  That's why Kristin from CdotLove designed a fun, interactive card that slides!

Wacky Game Night Invitation

To construct this one-of-a-kind invite:

  1. Cut out both invite panels.
  2. Center the smaller ice cream panel in the center of the larger one.  (You should be able to clearly see the turquoise border text of the bottom panel.)
  3. Keeping everything in place with one hand, use a punch to create a small hole in the top, left hand corner where the red dot is located.
  4. Position a decorative brad in this spot to bind both pieces together.
  5. Fill in all the WHERE & WHEN details of your couples game night.
  6. Send to your favorite peeps! Don't forget one for your hubby :)

Wacky Game Night DIY Invitation

Wacky Game Night Challenge 1: Pudding Pictionary

You will be testing your artistic muscles during this round!  Instead of using a normal pen and paper to draw out Pictionary clues, you will be using PUDDING!  It's bound to be messy AND delicious!  You will need:

  • A Large Batch of Pudding(1 bowl per couple)
  • Printable Pudding Pictionary Cards
  • Blank Paper (at least 10 sheets per couple to start!)
  • Timer
  • Small Prizes from the Dollar Store

Wacky Game Night Pictionary Materials

Before your wacky game night, print out our downloadable Pudding Pictionary Cards.  Kristin included several blank cards per category for you to fill in your own choices- make them as difficult or easy as you want!

Wacky Game Night Pudding Pictionary Cards

One person in each couple will draw shapes to identify the word on the card while the other person guesses!  Remember, the artist is not allowed to make hand gestures or say anything.  Take turns as each couple races to identify the correct object/person/place/animal within 60 seconds.

Wacky Game Night Pictionary

Bonus Idea: To shake things up, try a lightning round to see how many cards each couple can successfully complete in 1 minute!  Determine in advance what prizes winners from this challenge will receive.  Prizes can be super easy and inexpensive- perhaps just a treat from your local dollar store!  Wrap up the gift for added suspense!

Tip: If you are short on time and can't prepare the pudding in advance, try playing this game with prepackaged pudding pouches.  They are a LOT easier to draw with too!

Wacky Game Night Challenge 2: Ice Cream Sculpting

This challenge is inspired by an awesome sassy suggestion sent to us during our 2nd Ultimate Creative Ideas Contest.

Wacky Game Night Materials

We LOVED Debbie Le Starge's ice cream carving date idea and thought it would be the perfect challenge to round out this wacky game night.  For this activity, you will need:

  • 1/2 Gallon Ice Cream blocks (1 per couple) TIP: Use the kind in a box if available!
  • Assorted Candies
  • Printable Candy Labels
  • Sculpting Tools (1 set per couple): Knives & Spoons
  • Cookie Sheet (1 per couple)

Challenge Goal: Sculpt a masterpiece out of ice cream! Debbie explains:

*Place the ice cream on a cookie sheet and remove it's box so you are left with a block. Then, using your carving tools, sculpt your desired shape out of the ice cream. The fun part of this is that you can eat the ice cream as you carve! Next, decorate your creation to your liking. When everyone’s done, rate each couple's artwork, or elect a non-biased friend to judge them!*

Debbie and her spouse made a Medusa's head during their wacky game night... how creative!

Ice Cream Sculpting Game Night

To keep all your candies organized, we've included a blank sheet of labels in our printable download.  To spark everyone's creativity, you might want to include ideas for how each candy might be used.  We love how Debbie suggested using twizzlers for hair and fig newtons for roof shingles.  Definitely think outside the box!

Wacky Game Night Detail

There you have it...all the makings for a truly wacky game night!

Download all the amazing printables from CdotLove you will need HERE:

*Wacky Game Night Invite and Candy Labels*

*Pudding Pictionary Cards*

Cheers to an unforgettable couples game night where your guests are sure to leave with a smile on their face AND their sweet tooth satisfied (pudding AND ice cream!)!  Wouldn't this wacky game night be the perfect idea for your next MONTHLY Couples Date Night Group?

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Wacky Games Night

Fun Date Night Idea with Your Favorite Friends

Are you ready for a memorable filled evening with your favorite people?  I thought so!  This group date night idea is sure to inspire laughs, silliness, and a bit of mischief!

Wacky Games Night

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An ordinary invite will simply not do for this wacky game night!  That's why Kristin from CdotLove designed a fun, interactive card that slides!

Wacky Game Night Invitation

To construct this one-of-a-kind invite:

  1. Cut out both invite panels.
  2. Center the smaller ice cream panel in the center of the larger one.  (You should be able to clearly see the turquoise border text of the bottom panel.)
  3. Keeping everything in place with one hand, use a punch to create a small hole in the top, left hand corner where the red dot is located.
  4. Position a decorative brad in this spot to bind both pieces together.
  5. Fill in all the WHERE & WHEN details of your couples game night.
  6. Send to your favorite peeps! Don't forget one for your hubby :)

Wacky Game Night DIY Invitation

Wacky Game Night Challenge 1: Pudding Pictionary

You will be testing your artistic muscles during this round!  Instead of using a normal pen and paper to draw out Pictionary clues, you will be using PUDDING!  It's bound to be messy AND delicious!  You will need:

  • A Large Batch of Pudding(1 bowl per couple)
  • Printable Pudding Pictionary Cards
  • Blank Paper (at least 10 sheets per couple to start!)
  • Timer
  • Small Prizes from the Dollar Store

Wacky Game Night Pictionary Materials

Before your wacky game night, print out our downloadable Pudding Pictionary Cards.  Kristin included several blank cards per category for you to fill in your own choices- make them as difficult or easy as you want!

Wacky Game Night Pudding Pictionary Cards

One person in each couple will draw shapes to identify the word on the card while the other person guesses!  Remember, the artist is not allowed to make hand gestures or say anything.  Take turns as each couple races to identify the correct object/person/place/animal within 60 seconds.

Wacky Game Night Pictionary

Bonus Idea: To shake things up, try a lightning round to see how many cards each couple can successfully complete in 1 minute!  Determine in advance what prizes winners from this challenge will receive.  Prizes can be super easy and inexpensive- perhaps just a treat from your local dollar store!  Wrap up the gift for added suspense!

Tip: If you are short on time and can't prepare the pudding in advance, try playing this game with prepackaged pudding pouches.  They are a LOT easier to draw with too!

Wacky Game Night Challenge 2: Ice Cream Sculpting

This challenge is inspired by an awesome sassy suggestion sent to us during our 2nd Ultimate Creative Ideas Contest.

Wacky Game Night Materials

We LOVED Debbie Le Starge's ice cream carving date idea and thought it would be the perfect challenge to round out this wacky game night.  For this activity, you will need:

  • 1/2 Gallon Ice Cream blocks (1 per couple) TIP: Use the kind in a box if available!
  • Assorted Candies
  • Printable Candy Labels
  • Sculpting Tools (1 set per couple): Knives & Spoons
  • Cookie Sheet (1 per couple)

Challenge Goal: Sculpt a masterpiece out of ice cream! Debbie explains:

*Place the ice cream on a cookie sheet and remove it's box so you are left with a block. Then, using your carving tools, sculpt your desired shape out of the ice cream. The fun part of this is that you can eat the ice cream as you carve! Next, decorate your creation to your liking. When everyone’s done, rate each couple's artwork, or elect a non-biased friend to judge them!*

Debbie and her spouse made a Medusa's head during their wacky game night... how creative!

Ice Cream Sculpting Game Night

To keep all your candies organized, we've included a blank sheet of labels in our printable download.  To spark everyone's creativity, you might want to include ideas for how each candy might be used.  We love how Debbie suggested using twizzlers for hair and fig newtons for roof shingles.  Definitely think outside the box!

Wacky Game Night Detail

There you have it...all the makings for a truly wacky game night!

Download all the amazing printables from CdotLove you will need HERE:

*Wacky Game Night Invite and Candy Labels*

*Pudding Pictionary Cards*

Cheers to an unforgettable couples game night where your guests are sure to leave with a smile on their face AND their sweet tooth satisfied (pudding AND ice cream!)!  Wouldn't this wacky game night be the perfect idea for your next MONTHLY Couples Date Night Group?

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90+ Date Ideas: Printable Date Night Bucket List http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/90-date-ideas-printable-date-night-bucket-list/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/90-date-ideas-printable-date-night-bucket-list/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=56599 Fun Date Night Ideas

Are you tired of the "I dunno, what do YOU wanna do?" when date night rolls around?

Well then, this post is for YOU!  Just wait until you see our cute...

Printable Couples Bucket List with

OVER 90 FUN Date Ideas!

 

Date Ideas Bucket List

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Isn't it FUN?!  Just print it out, hang it up, and get ready for some seriously FUN and CREATIVE date nights!  And the best part is, most of these date ideas are cheap or free!  

Courtney, the crazy talented designer behind All Things Bright and Beautiful, even designed TWO printable versions just for you!  {I know, we totally love her too!}

Date Night Bucket List

The first version is completely filled out and DONE for you!  Just print it out and you're ready to go.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE DATE NIGHT BUCKET LIST

The second version is blank.  Just in case you'd rather personalize it with your own ideas OR if you want to fill it out together as a couple.  

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE BLANK DATE NIGHT BUCKET LIST

If you're not in the habit of having regular date nights, this is the perfect way to get started!  Just print this bad boy out and challenge your spouse to see how many dates you can check off of your bucket list before the end of the year.  

You could even turn this into a whole date to kick the fun off!  Just check out our Bucket List Date Night Ideas.  

And if you're looking for something a little more sexy, check out our Steamy Bucket List!  *wink*

Oh, and while you're at it, don't forget to check out our Seasonal Bucket Lists!  We currently have a printable Summer Bucket List AND a printable Fall Bucket List!

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Fun Date Night Ideas

Are you tired of the "I dunno, what do YOU wanna do?" when date night rolls around?

Well then, this post is for YOU!  Just wait until you see our cute...

Printable Couples Bucket List with

OVER 90 FUN Date Ideas!

 

Date Ideas Bucket List

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Isn't it FUN?!  Just print it out, hang it up, and get ready for some seriously FUN and CREATIVE date nights!  And the best part is, most of these date ideas are cheap or free!  

Courtney, the crazy talented designer behind All Things Bright and Beautiful, even designed TWO printable versions just for you!  {I know, we totally love her too!}

Date Night Bucket List

The first version is completely filled out and DONE for you!  Just print it out and you're ready to go.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE DATE NIGHT BUCKET LIST

The second version is blank.  Just in case you'd rather personalize it with your own ideas OR if you want to fill it out together as a couple.  

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE BLANK DATE NIGHT BUCKET LIST

If you're not in the habit of having regular date nights, this is the perfect way to get started!  Just print this bad boy out and challenge your spouse to see how many dates you can check off of your bucket list before the end of the year.  

You could even turn this into a whole date to kick the fun off!  Just check out our Bucket List Date Night Ideas.  

And if you're looking for something a little more sexy, check out our Steamy Bucket List!  *wink*

Oh, and while you're at it, don't forget to check out our Seasonal Bucket Lists!  We currently have a printable Summer Bucket List AND a printable Fall Bucket List!

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The Not-So-Newlywed Game Date Night Idea http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-not-so-newlywed-game/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-not-so-newlywed-game/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=57116 1-Sarina-NotSoNewlywedGame-Photoslider-WEB

The Not-So-Newlywed Game Date Night 

The Newlywed Game is back with a twist! Testing newlyweds on how well they know each other is fun and all, but the REAL test is the test of TIME! This classic Newlywed Game takes a twist in focussing on those who have been married for some time and are now NOT so newlywed!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables

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The Newlywed Game is a classic game that has stood the test of time for a REASON! Not only do you learn so much about your spouse but it is just plain HILARIOUS some of the answers & shocking stories that can come out!

With over 50 different questions available and some pretty amazing printables designed by Courtney {All Things Bright & Beautiful - we LOVE her!!} you have everything you need to play this game either in a group setting or for a couple's date night!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables

To Play in a Group Setting 

Start by inviting your favorite long-time married couples using this invite!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable invitation

 Isn't Courtney's design so fun? I love the retro look!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable answer sheets

Print and laminate enough of these answer cards for each player to have one. An ideal group for this game would be 3-4 couples.  You will also want to grab some dry erase markers so the players can write their answers on these during the game!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable question prompts

When your group arrives - the fun begins! Invite the wives away from the playing area to a place where they cannot hear their husband's answers. Ask the husbands a question and have them write it down on their laminated answer sheets. Then, bring the wives back & ask them the same question. If the couple's answers match - they get points {you can determine how many}!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable scorecard

You can use this amazing scorecard to keep track of each couple's score! I definitely recommend laminating this scorecard to be able to play again and again! The team with the most points at the end of the game - WINS!

The game continues with asking more questions but sending the husbands away while the wife answers! You can play as many rounds as you want and with over 50 questions to choose from it will NEVER get dull!

To Play as a Couple 

Playing with other couples is a blast, but this also makes a great date night at home too!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables to play as a couple

To play as a couple, simply choose 10 different questions from the question bank {without peaking!}. Read each question out loud and have you and your spouse write your answers down on the printable answer sheets at the same time. After you have written all your answers to the 10 questions - go question by question & compare answers!

***

So fun! Right? My husband and I still consider ourselves Newlyweds but we still played and had a blast! We just took out the questions about raising kids & such that don't apply {yet!}. I hope you have as much fun playing as we did! I DEFINITELY learned some new things about my spouse that I didn't know!

Not So Newlywed Game date night idea with Free Printable

Get your

Not So Newlywed Game Printables 

and have fun!

If you love games like this, you can also play the  The Getting to Know You Matching Game to get to know your spouse EVEN better!

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The Not-So-Newlywed Game Date Night 

The Newlywed Game is back with a twist! Testing newlyweds on how well they know each other is fun and all, but the REAL test is the test of TIME! This classic Newlywed Game takes a twist in focussing on those who have been married for some time and are now NOT so newlywed!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables

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The Newlywed Game is a classic game that has stood the test of time for a REASON! Not only do you learn so much about your spouse but it is just plain HILARIOUS some of the answers & shocking stories that can come out!

With over 50 different questions available and some pretty amazing printables designed by Courtney {All Things Bright & Beautiful - we LOVE her!!} you have everything you need to play this game either in a group setting or for a couple's date night!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables

To Play in a Group Setting 

Start by inviting your favorite long-time married couples using this invite!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable invitation

 Isn't Courtney's design so fun? I love the retro look!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable answer sheets

Print and laminate enough of these answer cards for each player to have one. An ideal group for this game would be 3-4 couples.  You will also want to grab some dry erase markers so the players can write their answers on these during the game!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable question prompts

When your group arrives - the fun begins! Invite the wives away from the playing area to a place where they cannot hear their husband's answers. Ask the husbands a question and have them write it down on their laminated answer sheets. Then, bring the wives back & ask them the same question. If the couple's answers match - they get points {you can determine how many}!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printable scorecard

You can use this amazing scorecard to keep track of each couple's score! I definitely recommend laminating this scorecard to be able to play again and again! The team with the most points at the end of the game - WINS!

The game continues with asking more questions but sending the husbands away while the wife answers! You can play as many rounds as you want and with over 50 questions to choose from it will NEVER get dull!

To Play as a Couple 

Playing with other couples is a blast, but this also makes a great date night at home too!

Not So Newlywed Game Free Printables to play as a couple

To play as a couple, simply choose 10 different questions from the question bank {without peaking!}. Read each question out loud and have you and your spouse write your answers down on the printable answer sheets at the same time. After you have written all your answers to the 10 questions - go question by question & compare answers!

***

So fun! Right? My husband and I still consider ourselves Newlyweds but we still played and had a blast! We just took out the questions about raising kids & such that don't apply {yet!}. I hope you have as much fun playing as we did! I DEFINITELY learned some new things about my spouse that I didn't know!

Not So Newlywed Game date night idea with Free Printable

Get your

Not So Newlywed Game Printables 

and have fun!

If you love games like this, you can also play the  The Getting to Know You Matching Game to get to know your spouse EVEN better!

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