The Dating Divas http://www.thedatingdivas.com Strengthening Marriages, One Date and Anniversary Idea At A Time Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:34:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 “100 Reasons Why I Love You” DIY Book http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/valentines-day/100-reasons-why-i-love-you-diy-book/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/valentines-day/100-reasons-why-i-love-you-diy-book/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=51709
Simply print out and fill in the blanks in this gorgeous and memorable 100 Reasons Why I Love You book. Perfect for your next anniversary, birthday, Valentine's Day, or a 'just because' special occasion.]]>

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Lists. I LOVE them. Starting one on a fresh piece of paper, adding to it, crossing things off, and the best…seeing one through to completion! I wanted to make a list this year for my husband. It’s our anniversary coming up and I wanted a nice loooooong list of all the reasons why I am still so in love with him. I was totally inspired by this beautiful poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

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Erin with Strawberry Mommycakes designed this beautiful book. She did such an amazing job, I just love how pretty it is! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Erin!!

When you print your book out, make sure you do the whole thing since you want to have all 100 numbers in it. {wink}

Now is the time to let the brainstorming begin!! Start thinking about the reasons you fell in love with your husband in the first place…was he an amazing kisser, was it his eyes, or the way he gave you butterflies in your stomach? I’d suggest jotting notes down on a separate piece of paper while you get your thoughts together.

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 Even with as amazing as all of our husbands are, 100 reasons why you are in love with them is still {gulp} a lot- but never fear- the Dating Divas are here to help you out!

I asked the Dating Diva team to list a few reasons why they are so in love with their husbands and we have compiled a lists of over 180 reasons! Check them out below and use any that work for your relationship, feel free to modify some, or just use them to help you in your own brainstorming.

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A Few Reasons Why We Love our Husbands

Diva Julie

1. You picked me!

2. Together we are raising our children in a very happy home.

3. You love to share your thoughts on books that you are reading with me.

4. You teach our children fun and crazy things.

5. You care about how I feel.

6. We spend lots of time talking about decisions we need to make together.

7. You tell me I am beautiful!

8. You take out the garbage so I don’t have to.

9. You are my best friend.

10. You encourage me by always eating my cooking and telling me it is good!

Diva Emily

11. Your eyes smile when you laugh.

12. You kiss me goodbye when I’m still asleep in the morning.

13. You busy into song around the house and you have the most beautiful voice.

14. You watch my girly shows with me.

15. You let me talk out loud in movies to you.

16. You always open the car door for me.

17. You eat everything I cook with zero complaints!

18. You’re always saving funny memes on your phone to show me later because you want me to laugh too.

19. You tell me I’m the most beautiful woman in the world.

20. Your face on our wedding day was the purest bad happiest face ever.

Diva Jennifer

21. When I say “Let’s run errands, you go here, I’ll go there,” you say, “nope, let’s just go together.”

22.  You made chocolate chip pancakes for everyone on Sunday… again!

23.  You unflinchingly help me untangle the last 10% of every project I undertake

24. You told me I looked pretty yesterday

25.  You made a musical instrument with our daughter, of which she is SO proud!

26. You never give up on me, even when I’m at my worst.

27. You turn on the seat warmer in the car for me

28. Because you always swap the wet towels for dry ones when you know I’m showering after you.

29. Because when things don’t go as planned, you roll with it, instead of getting stressed.

30. Because I miss you… even when you’re in the next room.

31. Because when I fell running, you were kind to my knees.

32. I love you every time you reach across our giant bed to pull me close.

33. Because you’d rather come to bed with me than watch a tv show

34. Because when I finish yet another road race, I’m always greeted by your text, “did you win?”

35. Because without you, the tv, thermostat, and wifi would never actually function.

36. You have done an amazing job with every one of our kids, on their own terms.

37. You are my intellectual equal, you meet every challenge I present with wisdom and insight that astounds me.

38. Because your dreams are my dreams.

39. You stop and treat me to Starbucks!

40. Because even at 51, you are the sexiest man I’ve ever, ever seen!

Diva Kari

41. You know me better than I know myself.

42. You are always willing to help me accomplish my goals.

43. You put my needs before your own.

44. You have an inner strength that helps keep me calm when my life is in chaos.

45. You have the ability to comfort me simply by your touch.

46. I love how are able to make me laugh, even when the situation shouldn’t be funny.

47. I love how you put so much thought into everything you do for me.

48. You have an innate ability to protect and take care of me.

49. You are always pushing me to be better and my biggest fan in all that I do.

50. You make all of my dreams come true, no matter how small they are.

Diva Tara

51. You inspire me.

52. You are my best friend!

53. You are my other half.

54. You believe in me.

55. You make the dark a little less scary.

56. You love me even when it’s “that time” of the month!

57. I love that your hand fits perfectly with mine.

58. You make me feel so safe.

59. You don’t just tell me you love me, you show me.

60. You know how to cheer me up when I’m sad.

61. You’re always there when I need a shoulder to cry on.

62. I love that you can make me laugh… REALLY hard!

63. I love that you ask about my day.

64. Your kisses make me weak in the knees.

65. You are everything I never knew I needed.

66. If all I had was you, it would be enough.

67. I love that you let me cuddle up REALLY close to you… even when you are dying of heat.

68. I love that you make my fears melt away.

69. I love that you love me back.

70. I love that you take care of me when I forget to.

Diva Paige

71. You wake up with the kids so I can sleep in every weekend!

72. You know when to help and when to let me do it myself!

73. You work hard so that I can stay home and enjoy raising our children!

74. You’re the calm to my crazy!

75. You go shopping with me and are super patient as I take my time and try things on!

76. You compliment me (and mean it)!

77. You do the dishes (yuck!).

78. Your patience is unreal!

79. You always keep a promise.

80. You may not always agree with my decisions but you always trust me to make them!

81. You’re a realist.

82. You love me for the good and the bad!

83. You’ll do anything to make me happy!

84. You’ll give me a massage anytime I ask (and I ask a lot).

85. You make the best homemade milkshakes!

86. You allow and engage when you can in my Starbucks addiction!

87. You are the only person I can eat Sushi with!

88. You love unconditionally.

89. You love being a father (and you’re pretty good at it {wink wink})!

90. You have passion in all that you do!

100. I love that you are the person I get to spend the rest of my life with because with you I know that no day will be the same (or easy) but it will always be filled with love and effort!

101.  You keep the thermostat set warmer than usual because you know I’m cold year ‘round!

Diva Chrissy

102: You take SUCH great care of the kids.

103: You rub my feet on Friday nights.

104: You support all of my personal interests & hobbies.

105: You give me heartfelt compliments when you think I look pretty.

106: You encourage me after I feel like I’ve failed.

107: You eat whatever I make, even when it’s a complete disaster.

108: You love my family, even though they’re crazy!

109: You take care of your health.

110: You teach our kids how to be respectful.

111: You make delicious desserts!

Diva Hilary

112:  You always give me the benefit of the doubt

113:  We have a blast just being together

114:  You get in the kitchen and cook with me, and lots of times without me

115:  You are an awesome daddy!!

116:  You are a hard worker

117:  You always support me

118:  You know how to do anything electronic

119:  You are smokin hot!

120:  I love your snuggles

121:  You always open my car door

Diva Stacy

122: You carry the heaviest groceries in yourself

123: You know how to put me first.

124: You’re a big softie when it comes to kids

125: You treat my family like your own

126: You have given me spectacular memories.

127: Your hugs can always make me feel better.

128: You give sincere compliments.

129: You treat me like a lady, even when I look like a hobo.

130: You’re not afraid to be silly with me

131: You have the courage to chase your dreams

Diva Becca

132.  You can always make me laugh even when I want to cry.

133.  You still give me butterflies.

134.  You freely share everything you have with me.

135.  You know the secret, little things that cheer me up and make me happy.

136.  You only seem to notice my strengths and always have confidence in me.

137.  You always have an idea of something fun to do.

138.  You make me feel completely cherished and adored.

139.  You make me feel like I can get through anything, as long as I have you.

140.  You sacrifice and work so hard, without even realizing that you are.

141.  You take care of me and spoil me when I’m sick.

142.  You always make time for just the two of us.

143.  You look at me like I’m the most beautiful person in the world.

144.  You can fix ANYTHING that breaks!

145.  You always ask my opinion.

146.  You still kiss my forehead, open doors for me, and kiss me at red lights.

147.  You check on the girls and give them kisses every night before going to bed.

148.  You always smell good!

149.  You always help with the cooking, cleaning, and diaper changing.

150.  You make ordinary, extraordinary!

Diva Ferren

151. You always help me see the silver linings when my sky is full of gray clouds.

152. You laugh at my jokes, even if they aren’t that funny.

153. You support me in all my crazy endeavors such as work, school and running!

154. You work so hard so that I can be a stay at home mom and go to school!

155. You say I look beautiful even when I don’t think I do.

156. You always ask for my opinion before making big decisions.

157. You help out with diapers and a crying baby at night.

158. You make me smile and laugh, even when I’m down.

159. You are still just as chivalrous as when we were dating.

160. I love that our love grows every day!

Diva Wendy

161. Your charming ways! It doesn’t matter if we are laughing or arguing, it comes out and makes us both smile!

162. Your unconditional patience with everything!

163. You can cook! YEP you might be better than I am!

164. Your testimony of the gospel and dedication to family and work that allows our family to be successful and for me to stay home with my kids!

165. Your complimenting me 24/7, on my best and worst days.

166. You are undeniably in LOVE with me and prove it in every way!

167. You are most definitely handsome/hot in every way!

168. You are the best dad any kid could ask for! Getting down in the rubble to be a kid again.

169. You are incredibly hot while doing the dishes!

170. Because you waited for me (in a sense) until I finally decided it was time to say I do!

Diva Candice

171.  You can fix anything!

172.  You never complain or roll your eyes when I ask you to get rid of a spider.

173.  I know that I can come to you with a request to fix or build something for an upcoming party and you will always find a creative solution.

174.  You are an incredible father and provider for our family.

175.  You always offer to bring me soup if I’m not feeling well.

176.  You are a gentleman!

177.  You are always up for a travel adventure– love creating memories with you!

178.  You believe in my creative talents and support my hobbies.

179.  You give amazing hugs.

180.  You make me pancakes even though you can’t stand them and would prefer waffles.

181.  You genuinely want to hear my opinion and value my perspective.

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As much as each of the Dating Divas love their husbands, not one of us can say we are married to a perfect man, and we don’t claim to be perfect wives either. We all experience the ups, downs, and challenges of married life just like each of you. We each have realized though, that the more we focus on the positive aspects of our spouse and marriage, the better each of our marriages become:) I hope you enjoy creating this book for the love of your life and find new ways to show your love for each other every single day!

Print out your own copy of 100 Reasons Why I Love You

If you love this idea, Michelle has a post teaching you how to create an ABC’s of You Photo Alphabet Book and Sarina created an Exploding Love Box that is sure to dazzle!

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Mark your calendars for APRIL 29th!

Spring Has Sprung! It’s that time of year… time for some Spring Pinning!

We are SO pleased to announce the FIRST EVER

Spring Fling Party ON Pinterest with your Favorite Bloggers!

Remember that MUST-FOLLOW Pinterest Group Board filled with extreme craftiness, beauty & fashion tips galore, genius organizational & DIY ideas, plenty of kid-entertaining and hubby-lovin’ suggestions, and ways to SAVE more moo-lah?  Basically EYE-candy at it’s finest! (Following this board ensures your Pinterest feed will be on a balanced diet of daily inspiration!)

Well, we have all gotten together again {with 6 FANTASTIC new guest bloggers} to throw another LIVE PARTY on PINTEREST!

OH! And…

We should mention, there is a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY too, of course… with TWO winners!! {Keep scrolling down to enter!}

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So, mark your calendars for APRIL 29th!

…and check out all of bloggers involved in the meantime! You are gonna fall in LOVE with them!

The Dating Divas / The 36th Avenue / Somewhat Simple / Lil Luna / I Heart Naptime / One Good Thing / Maskcara / HowDoesShe / Twist Me Pretty / Living Locutro / The Crafting Chicks / Living Well Spending Less / Kids Activities Blog

AND get ready for a FUN Spring-themed pinning party that all of you can attend from home!! We hope you can all party it up with us on Pinterest for this once-in-a-lifetime kind of SPRING FLING!

**IMPORTANT: Fill out the form at the bottom of this post to get your OWN invite to the Spring Fling Party on Pinterest and information on how it all works! You’ll also receive a few reminders to make sure you don’t forget! Registering will automatically hook you up with the AMAZING free digital party favors that you’ll receive at the close of the party!**

**All you need to worry about today is entering this FABULOUS KICK-OFF giveaway below and RSVPing for the party!** 

#1) ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

**Winners will be announced at the close of the party.**

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It’s SUPER easy to enter!
 
1. Follow ALL of the bloggers in the widget below {you get entries for each blogger you follow}  2. Be present at the party to claim your prize!

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#2) RSVP FOR THE PARTY BY FILLING OUT THE FORM BELOW

**You will get to see your “official” party invite AND read all about how this works once you click “submit”.**






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Plane Crazy About You http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/plane-crazy-about-you/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/plane-crazy-about-you/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=50672 This plane crazy you date night will have you two flying planes, enjoying a picnic, joining the mile high club, and grabbing baggage claim. *Free printables*]]>

Are you ready to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather?! We’ve been cooped up all winter long and we are busting at the seams to get out! With this date you will be frolicking in the grass, making googly eyes, and soaring in the clouds together! On top all of that, this is a man-approved date!

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Not only is this a fun date but this is also going to be a romantic date that will have the two of you sitting on CLOUD NINE! Most of us are just “plane” crazy about our spouses and this is the perfect date to express just how much!

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There’s a lot of little pieces to this date. You can pick a couple of things to do one day and finish another day or jump right in and do it all!!! Whatever you choose to do, you’re going to make your spouse swoon!

Before we get started, I have to give a huge shout out to Whimsicle Design Studio for making these adorable printables! If you love them as much as I do, please leave a little thank-you message for Whimsicle Design Studio on her page!

Are you ready?! Let’s get you two soaring…
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Crazy About You Airlines

About a week or so before date night, send your spouse a boarding pass invite asking him to fly away with you.

In the printables you will find an invite and a map envelope. Fill in the date, time, and location to meet on the boarding pass. To make the envelope, fold along the lines on the map and use a glue stick to glue the corners together. Place the boarding pass in the envelope, seal it up, and hand it over.

Prepare for Date Night

 To prepare for this date you will need to make paper airplanes, pack a picnic, set up a photo booth, join the mile high club, and put together a memorable gift. No worries, this sounds like more work then it actually is.  I’ve done most of the work for you, all you need to do is grab the adorable printables, set a few things up, and enjoy a fabulous date!

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On Cloud Nine

In the printable pack there is one full map page and one full vintage book page. Use these pages to make your airplanes. Follow the easy DIY tutorial below to make your airplanes.

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DIY Paper Plane:

1. Print out the vintage page or map page printable. Or you can use a blank 8×10 piece of paper.

2. Write a romantic love message on the blank lines.

3. Fold paper in half lengthwise. Lay blank side up.

4. Fold down upper corners, to meet the middle crease to make a triangle

5. Fold the triangle down.

6. Fold down the upper corners to make another triangle. Folds will meet at the middle crease.

7. Rotate the paper sideways and flip the paper over.

8. Fold in the crease to meet square ends together.

9. Fold upper flaps down so that the angled edge meets the bottom edge.

10. Lift the top flaps just a little bit to create your paper airplane.

11. To fly the plane, hold the lower flaps at the bottom of your plane in the center and toss it to begin flight.

These planes can be used during your flying date and also as a decorative banner for your photo booth and your bedroom. While searching for ideas for this date I found the cutest paper plane banner that is a perfect addition to this post. Take a peek HERE for instructions on how to make your own.

If you aren’t interested in making these planes you can purchase a few really cool planes that your husband is sure to love!

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Electric Plane Launcher Kit

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Sky Streak Wood Plane

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Sky Riders Glider Air Plane

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In Flight Refreshments

You can’t have a flight without refreshments! Pack a little picnic for the two of you. I didn’t want to eat only the treats you get on the plane, so I made a little meal the two of us would enjoy.  I put together chicken breast sandwiches, trail mix, cotton candy, kettle corn, and a fizzy drink. I placed them in a cute suitcase to add to our theme! Label your food and drinks with the “Cloud Nine Refreshment” printables. Use double sided tape to glue the tags to the items. Be sure to take your refreshments out when you leave on your date.

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Kick this date off right by setting up a photo booth. Grab some props HEREHERE, and HERE. Use the paper airplane banner to decorate your photo booth, grab a big map for the background, and be ready to get silly!  Don’t forget to bring your camera along so you can capture all of your fun moments!
 
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Mile High Club

We don’t want the two of you to miss out on this monumental experience!!! Prepare for the mile high experience by decorating your room with the airplane banner and you could even hang clouds from the ceiling to add to the decor.  Make sure to grab the airplane note and write a romantic note full of  all of your intentions for the night. Place the note in a bag, fill with blue tissue paper. Grab the “Crazy About You Mile High Club” printable and tape it to a dowel, stuff it in the bag, and place it on the dresser for your honey to find once you arrive home from your plane flying adventures.

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You are going to want to remember this amazing date and I’m going to help you do just that! “Grab the Come Fly With Me” printable, place it in an 8×10 frame, grab one of your paper airplanes and glue it to the frame with a hot glue gun. Tie the baggage claim printable to a suitcase or tape it to the frame and set this out for the morning after your date to be discovered by your sweetheart! 

Plane Crazy About You Date

Now that you’re all prepared let’s tell you a little about the date!

A few ideas are:

Go to a park and fly planes.  Make a bet before flying, the winner gets a wish!

Take a walk around an airplane museum.

Get tickets to watch an air show.

Take time to sit together and enjoy your picnic and each other.

Ready for your gorgeous printables? Grab your “Plane Crazy About You” printables below:

Boarding Pass and Food Labels

Intimate Love Note Air Plane and Tag for Picnic Basket, Mile High Tag, and Envelope for boarding pass. 

Map and Antique Book Pages for Airplanes

Come Fly With Me Memory Decor

Such a fun date, right?! I’m excited for the two of you to enjoy being “plane” crazy about each other!

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Dating Divas Central: Simply The Best http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/diva-central-simply-the-best/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/diva-central-simply-the-best/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=52763
Over at Diva Central, we are constantly posting new content, creating fun new printables, and finding new resources for you to master your marriage! We've developed new ways to strengthen your marriage, romance your spouse, and finally achieve the marriage of your dreams! ]]>

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Over at Diva Central, we are constantly posting new content, creating fun new printables, and finding new resources for you to master your marriage! Just BEING here, you are already a “Diva Fan” – so hop on over to become an exclusive member of our DIVA CENTRAL!! A members-only community where we provide exclusive giveaways, printables, articles, and MORE! We’ve developed new ways to strengthen your marriage, romance your spouse, and finally achieve the marriage of your dreams! Here are just a few of the NEW posts that have aired in the past few weeks. If you aren’t already a member of Diva Central, you can join HERE today!

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Is your spouse your top priority??  In this Diva Central article we explain why your spouse should come first and how to do just that.  If you have a happy, fulfilling, connected, and strong relationship you will be a better spouse, individual, and parent.  We also share our top 10 marriage commandments that will help you to put your spouse first.  The key to transforming your marriage is by putting in a little effort, eliminating unimportant stuff, and making small changes.  Remember, you are in this adventure with your spouse, right now, enjoy it and live it to the fullest!

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What a simple and sweet way to start your spouse’s morning off right!  Simply attach this adorable Diva Central Exclusive printable to a bottle of Simply Orange Juice {or any Simply juice product} and watch your spouse smile from ear to ear! It’s a quick and easy way to show your spouse some love at the beginning of the day.

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Easter is not just for the kids! There are plenty of ways to show your spouse some love in true Easter fashion!  We’ve rounded up some of our FAVORITE Easter dates, printables and romantic ideas to make this year the best Easter yet!  Use a a combination of these ideas and have your spouse feeling EGGstra special this Easter holiday!

Coming Up This Week:

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Dating Divas Central is hosting a giveaway from Agnes & Dora, exclusive to our community members! The winner will get to choose one of Agnes & Dora’s super soft leggings or skirts. If you aren’t already a community member, sign up today and enter to win! We have plenty more Diva Central Exclusive Giveaways to come, so join now and don’t miss out! And… because Agnes & Dora love all of our readers, they are also offering a 15% Off coupon code to all of our Dating Divas readers! Yay!! The code is “DATINGDIVAS15″ and is valid from April 14th to April 20th. Get yours today!

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Crack Me! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/easter/crack-me/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/easter/crack-me/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=51684
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Are you ready for the easiest AND cutest craft EVER??

You have found it right here! I am going to show you how to put sweet little notes into blown-out eggs AND give you some free printables too!!

I had so much fun doing this and my husband thought I was so creative when I gave it to him. This is DIY easy-style, ladies!!

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Grab an egg- or two-or three- however many you want to create! I used simple white eggs, but you can go all out and jazz them up with some Easter Egg colors.

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Next, use a pin from your sewing basket (gotta use them for something, if your sewing machine is anything like mine, it is gathering dust… a lot of dust!). Poke a hole on each of the ends- I made mine a little wider than the pin size so that I could blow the yoke and white out a lot easier. Once you have your holes, put your lips on one end (I washed my egg really well first!) and blow! Make sure you do this over a bowl or sink so that your egg innards don’t go all over the table or carpet:)

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Once your egg is cleaned out, rinse it through with water and let it dry. Print out your free printable notes and choose which ones you’d like to use in your egg. Aren’t they darling? Kristin did such a fab job making these look perfect for Easter!

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Next up comes the hard part. Choosing which gorgeous petal envelope you would like to use to hold your egg. Kristin at CdotLove is such an awesome designer that she made different sizes AND different colors of boxes. How fun is that?! You have got to check out what she can do! I found the bigger sized boxes worked best for my eggs, but I was using the giant Costco ones, so if your’s are a little smaller you may want the smaller sized box.

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Once your egg is dry inside, roll your note up and squeeze it through one of the holes. Tuck some paper shreds or colorful Easter grass into your petal box and add your egg. Then pop the ‘Crack Me’ note inside.

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Pick some fun ribbon to weave through the holes in the petal box and attach the ‘Open Me’ note onto it. Then leave it somewhere that your spouse will find it. :)

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They will open up the bright box and see the ‘Crack Me’ sign inside.

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A smile is guaranteed when they whack open their egg and find the sweet note inside!

GET YOUR FREE NOTE AND PETAL BOX PRINTABLE HERE

If you are loving this Easter idea and are looking for some more, you need to check out Chalkboard Message Eggs and a great idea for some Easter Family Fun!

Happy Easter to you and those you love!

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Easter is 9 days away! Need help with the people on your list? Here is a fun round up of ideas for everyone!]]>

 

20-THEMED-EASTER-BASKETS

 

 I always panic about 3 weeks before any holiday BIG or small… so as you can imagine finding all these ideas in ONE place was just what I needed!! Find the perfect basket ideas for EVERYONE on your list! Let’s go get it done!

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1. For the Baker and/or Wife! {A Night Owl Blog} – I think this Easter basket would be so much fun! Being a baker at heart, I would fall in love instantly with the goods in here!!

2. For the Trickster in the family!! {A Night Owl Blog} – Add some tricks to the tricksters stash this holiday! Give them what they really want!

3. For the Grand-babies!! {KKYR} – You know this looks LARGER than life to those little ones in your life!

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4. For the adorable Toddler! {DIYn Crafts} – This is so cute for a little walker! Switch out the truck for a baby bed or something super fun for a girl! You’re all set!

5. For a Baby!! {King Kid and I } – Ideas for the perfect baby basket! They need to feel the lovin’ too!!

6. For your Furry Friend! {Real Dana Gentry} – Isn’t this perfect!?? If you are looking to show love to your cute little fur ball, this is a great idea!

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7. For a Daddy or Hubby! {Real Dana Gentry} –  The way to a man’s heart! Food and snacks! Come on ladies, hook him up!!

8. For a Neighbor or Friend!! {The Dating Divas} – Looking to do something special for someone you care about? THIS IS PERFECT! Not too much but enough to say you care!

9. “Adult” Basket for Him!! {The Dating Divas} – Want to set the mood? Or hint at a few ideas? OR just make your man blush?! This is it!

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10.  For the Health Nut! {Squidoo} – This would be MY perfect basket next to baking (makes no sense, I know!) BUT I love healthy snacks! Pick this for the health nut in your life!

11. For the Sports Fan!! {Super Moms 360} – This one does not matter what age! It can be your cute 5 year old, sassy teen, OR hot hubby! Make him smile with this awesome basket!

12. For the Romantic!! {Pottery Barn} – Looking for a romantic night at home? Set the mood with this cute basket for your honey!

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13. For the Teen Beauty!! {Super Moms 360} – Make up, nail polish, hair spray and MORE! This will make your princess smile!

14. For the Religious at Heart!! {Happy Home Fairy} – Books for church, Easter lessons, Coloring pages! Find it here!!

15. For the Married Couple!! {The Dating Divas} – This just posted this week from our cute adorable Paige! This basket is surely going to win over your better half!

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16. For the College Student!! {Zagleft} – Send some food, cleaner, clothes…WHATEVER to the college student you love!

17. For the Tween Boy!! {Living Lux But Lighter} – NINTENDO! Need I say more? Ok iTunes, games, boy stuff! It’s all here!

18. For the Movie Lover!! {Faithful Provisions} – Movie, popcorn, favorite snack! Make it a date night baby!!

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19. For the Artist!! {Super Moms 360}- I.AM.IN.LOVE.WITH.THIS.BASKET! And my kids would be tickled too!! Give their imaginations a gift!

20. Their FAVORITE color!!! {My Pookie Designs} – Pick their favorite color and make it a cute basket! Orange is adorable!

 

I love how creative other bloggers are! I hope you found the perfect basket for the person you were looking for! I sure did!!!

Have your baskets ready? Need some Easter fun for the family?? Better head HERE to find a good Easter party idea!

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“Would You Rather…” Printable Love Notes http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/would-you-rather-printable-love-notes/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/would-you-rather-printable-love-notes/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00:52 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=51722 Download your copy of these fun and flirty love notes for a daily dose of quick and easy romance!]]>

You think your hubby is one in a million, right?  Wouldn’t trade him for anything?  Tell him so today with this collection of fun love notes!

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Kristen, of CdotLove, designed an amazing collection of free printables to show your sweetheart how much you care.  These notes are fun, flirty, and will definitely let him know he is a top priority!  Each note takes a spin on the classic multiple choice format.  The first set of notes asks him to pick an answer to the age old question: I love you more than…. (Hint, the correct answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE!)  The second bunch of notes asks him to guess what you love more.  Kristen included several blank cards in the set so you can personalize all of your answer choices!

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*Download Printable Love Notes Here*

Simply print out page 1 and then run it through your printer again (on the opposite side) so your card has the front choices and corresponding back answer.  Complete the same process for the second style of cards featured on pages 3 and 4.  Then, have a blast leaving these notes in a special place for him to find!

If you loved this post, check out our round-up of 50 Love Notes for additional ideas for quick and easy romance!

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You Are Just What the Doctor Ordered! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/you-are-just-what-the-doctor-ordered/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/you-are-just-what-the-doctor-ordered/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=51730 Download these free printables for quick and easy romance after the baby arrives! This darling set features love notes and a fast DIY gift.]]>

When I was pregnant with my first, I kept running into the same suggestion across different message boards and Pinterest articles: bake brownies as a sweet surprise for your nursing team during the early stages of labor while you are still at home.  Today, we are featuring another idea to honor a different VIP of your hospital support team: the Dad-to-be!

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Even under the best circumstances, expanding your family is a definite adjustment!  I remember wishing that I had something ready to let my hubby know what a gem he was throughout the labor process and the early days of being a new father.

Tasha of Whimsicle Design Studio helped us create a fabulous quick and easy printable set to accomplish just that!  This “love prescription” is the perfect way to show your hubby that you care as you begin a new parenting adventure together.

*Download Printables Here*

This darling set includes a prescription note, a prescription label, and a blank card to write out important patient information.  On the prescription note and label, fill in all your sweetheart’s data.  You could add a handwritten message in the center of the note telling him that he was “just what the doctor ordered” during this major life transition.

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Cut out the label and adhere it to an empty pill container filled with his favorite candy.  M&Ms, Skittles, or Jelly Beans would all work great!

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While he’s munching on this sweet treat, he can read the “patient information” card.  Use this space to document your gratitude, your hopes, and your thoughts on what an amazing Dad he is from Day One.

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Cheers to a quick and easy gift for him during the joyful chaos of adjusting to life with a newborn!  For more great ideas on showering him with love after having a baby, check out this information packed and thoughtful post: After the Baby.

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  Spring into bed this Easter with a basket full of intimate treats!

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The kiddos shouldn’t be the only ones with a full basket this Easter!  

THIS YEAR, give your man a basket full of items he can’t wait to enjoy! 

Create a more intimate Easter basket full of these fine goodies:

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Lingerie Tags:
Using curling ribbon to tie the “Yours” and “Mine” tag around a pair of his underwear and your favorite lingerie!

2. Bedroom Game: Sneak in a fun Bedroom game, like our Deal or No Deal, to get things started!

3. Chocolates: A little aphrodisiac never hurt any one {wink, wink}.  Take turns feeding each other these delectable treats!

4. Peep Show Ticket:  Invite {ONLY} him to your very special Peep Show!

5. Lotion: Be sure to include your favorite bedroom lotion for a relaxing massage that might have a very happy ending!

6 & 7. Coupon Tag and Love Coupons: Place this tag on top of your coupon filled eggs. 

8. DIY Chocolate Body Paint: If you missed our AMAZING DIY Chocolate Body Paint by Cami, it would be a TASTY addition to your intimate Easter basket.

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 For more goodies you could include in your basket, check out THIS POST by Kiirsten and for more game ideas try our Bedroom Value Menu or Strip Trivia Game!  

DOWNLOAD YOUR INTIMATE EASTER BASKET PRINTABLES HERE!!

Happy Easter!!

 

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The Puzzle Date http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-puzzle-date/ http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-puzzle-date/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.thedatingdivas.com/?p=51738 Create a night of fun and mystery for your spouse with these puzzle themed ideas and gifts.]]>

If your hubby enjoys solving riddles and puzzles, we have the perfect date for you!

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Marriage is a complicated, wonderful journey and this date will help you celebrate all the pieces of your love.

The Invitation

Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes designed this adorable invitation to set the mood for an unforgettable night of fun and a bit of mystery!  This is no ordinary invite, friends… it includes a space for you to write a secret message!!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLES HERE!

Inspired by a cute Valentine featured on Teach Mama, you will invite your sweetheart to decode his PERSONAL SECRET NOTE using watercolors!  For this project, you will need our downloadable printable note, liquid watercolors, a white crayon, a paintbrush, and a glue dot or piece of tape adhesive.

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You can find a set of liquid watercolors at your local Michaels/Hobby Lobby craft store or online through Amazon.  Place a small dab of this paint medium on a paper plate or wax paper.  Load up a paintbrush with paint and create a small heart at the top of the page underneath the text.  I ended up adding 2 more pink hearts to complete my design (just add a bit of white to your red watercolor palette to get a brilliant shade of pink!).

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While that is drying, think of what you want your sweetheart to read.  Ideas on what to write: a joke that only he would understand, details for when and where your date will take place, or simply words of love!  Write your message using a white crayon in the empty space.  Note: I didn’t have a white crayon but I did have a colorless blender pencil, which worked like a charm!

To finish up this invitation, rinse out your paintbrush from the first step and attach it to the side of the invitation using a glue dot or a piece of double sided tape.

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When your sweetheart wets the brush with water and picks up paint from your hearts, he will be able to read your message!

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Easy DIY Gift Ideas

You are going to surprise your love with not just 1, BUT 2 creative DIY gifts!  On the second page of Erin’s printable invitation, she designed a special puzzle themed love note.  All you need to do is fill out which qualities you adore in your mate!

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Can you image the smile on his face as he reads a personalized “best qualities” list?  You could leave this note out for him to find on the day of your date or even wrap it up in a simple frame as a instant gift!

Our second DIY gift suggestion is an actual mini puzzle!  Head over to this post by All for the Memories for the full scoop on creating a simple photo puzzle made out of popsicle sticks!

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After making one myself, here are a couple of tips:

  • Line your popsicle sticks up closely– but not too close!  You want an X-Acto knife to easily fit between each piece so you can cut them apart.
  • Write your message on the back first before you start applying Mod Podge.
  • I found it somewhat difficult to write my message on the back without it looking messy– talk about an uneven surface!!  Use a light hand to help glide across the bumpy surface!
  • Place an old magazine underneath your puzzle as you are cutting apart the Popsicle sticks.  It will save your table from unintentional damage!
  • Start this project at LEAST the night before so your Mod Podge has a chance to dry overnight.
  • Consider spraying your finished project with an acrylic sealer (this will remove the stickiness of the Mod Podge glossy coat).  If you complete this extra step, make sure you start at least 2 days in advance to take into account each drying step!

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This was such a fun and EASY project.  Go find your favorite pic and start crafting!  :)

Bonus Idea: create a photo mosaic for your sweetheart by following the instructions in this post!

Date Activities

This date is all about keeping your hubby guessing.  Here are a couple of suggestions on fun things to do on your date:

  • Have your hubby guess the flavor… your lip balm flavor that is!  (See Wendy’s fun post for the full scoop.)  Warning: this puzzle might involve lots of kisses!
  • Dinner is served with a twist: blindfold your hubby and see if he can correctly guess the different meal courses!
  • Watch a fun mystery movie like The Da Vinci Code where the characters have to decode a series of riddles or puzzles!
  • Complete a puzzle together in front of a cozy fire while talking about your favorite relationship memories.
  • Race each other to see who can complete a Sudoku puzzle the fastest!  (See Stephanie’s Sudoku Date post for more ideas.)
  • Have your hubby put his detective skills to good use in the bedroom!  See Paige’s round-up of 75 Bedroom Games for more inspiration on how to spice up your evening! (wink!)

There you have it- a puzzle date that’s worth solving!

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