The Dating Divas: An Upbeat Blog With Date Ideas, Romantic Gifts & Other Fun Suggestions to Strengthen Your Marriage

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The Dating Divas: An Upbeat Blog With Date Ideas, Romantic Gifts & Other Fun Suggestions to Strengthen Your Marriage

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 6/08/17

The Short Version: Happy marriages don’t just happen — it takes work and commitment to keep the romance going through the years. When love starts growing stale or routine intrudes upon romance, the Dating Divas offer couples valuable resources to rekindle the spark and grow closer together. The comprehensive blog is full of creative date ideas, exclusive marriage programs, and unique gift suggestions brainstormed by a team of 30 married women. From DIY craft projects to in-depth marriage courses, the Dating Divas empower couples to show affection and strengthen their bonds in meaningful and inexpensive ways. If you’re looking for romantic inspiration, the Dating Divas site is a terrific place to browse, learn, and start planning your next date night with someone special.

A few years ago, Tara Carson felt her marriage could use a little more excitement. She and her husband Jamie had started taking one another for granted as they went through their daily routines. In the early days of their romance, they went on amazingly fun and creative dates, but now they spent most nights in sweatpants in front of the TV.

Photo of Tara Carson, Founder and Owner of the Dating Divas

Tara Carson, Founder of the Dating Divas, draws inspiration for dating ideas from her own marriage.

Tara realized she and her husband had stopped wooing one another, stopped trying new things, and stopped making their love a priority. She decided to make a change. Thrilling and romantic dates had made her fall head over heels for Jamie in the first place, so she figured that was how she could revive those good feelings.

To help her shake things up in her relationship, Tara called upon her close friends, who were also married women. She suggested they each contribute to a blog where they would take turns posting a unique date suggestion every Monday. Her friends jumped on board, excited to try out some fun and wacky date ideas.

Soon word spread about Tara’s dating project, and the website gained traction among wives and husbands looking for some DIY fun. The Dating Divas blog took off from there. Over time, Tara expanded the site’s down-to-earth dating services to include an assortment of suggestions, programs, and products intended to revitalize the love lives of married couples.

Thousands of readers find the website’s tips extremely valuable and follow the Dating Divas on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to discover new date ideas, relationship exercises, and gift recommendations. Currently, the Dating Divas have a total of 634,448 followers on social media. In the coming months, the Dating Divas will be launching their own app to better keep up with couples on the go.

“The Dating Divas mission is to celebrate the gift of marriage while inspiring others to do the same,” Melissa Hunt, Assistant Site Director for the Dating Divas, told us. “It is our goal to provide creative and inexpensive ideas that will bring joy, fun, and excitement back into a marriage.”

Marriage Counseling Programs Tackle Relationship Stressors

The Dating Divas provide various toolkits to spice up your marriage. These craft ideas will get your creative juices flowing and provide you with some fantastic conversation starters, intimacy shortcuts, and personalized gifts. If you want more in-depth guidance, you can sign up for one of the site’s exclusive marriage courses.

As Melissa said, “The Dating Divas are in the business of strengthening and saving marriages — no matter what your current marriage circumstance is.”

Members of the site gain access to marriage programs that suit the needs of a variety of couples. Maybe your marriage is already great but you want to make sure it stays that way in the long run. In that case, the Dating Divas recommend joining Diva Central to get a monthly dose of romantic tips, discounts, and content designed to add some fun and excitement to any relationship.

If your marriage has grown a bit stale, and you want to turn back the clock to the butterflies-in-your-stomach feelings of your first few dates, the Dating Divas offer the Marriage Masters Program. This 26-week course gives you and your spouse the tools to rekindle your romance.

Finally, for couples struggling to stay together, the Reclaim Your Marriage Program can help you, well, reclaim your marriage. This 10-week program offers can-do solutions for couples on the brink of divorce. When you join the program, you’ll gain insight into common stressors in relationships — such as intimacy, communication, self-esteem, goals, respect, forgiveness, and teamwork — and find out how to overcome emotional strains and become closer to your husband or wife.

“Their Reclaim Your Marriage program is a 10-week comprehensive course that dives deep into the 10 most crucial marriage topics,” Melissa explained, “and helps you tackle and overcome the problem areas in your relationship.”

Want to learn more? You can get a sneak peek at the Reclaim Your Marriage Program by signing up with your email address. The Dating Divas will send you a free copy of “10 Days to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage Workbook,” which has 10 days of exercises to help you reconnect with your loved one.

Helping Newlyweds & Empty Nesters Keep the Romance Alive

The Dating Divas cultivate a young audience of mostly women ages 20 to 35. Wives come to the blog in search of creative date ideas, craft projects, and gifts for their husbands and families. A decent number of empty nesters also turn to the site for help reconnecting with a longtime partner.

Whether you’re newlyweds or seasoned couples, the Dating Divas offer plenty of romantic resources to jump-start your marriage.

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The Dating Divas recommend taking conscious and proactive steps to sustain a marriage.

Many thankful wives and husbands write to the Dating Divas to thank the team for bringing life back to their relationships. “What you provide is so wonderful! It’s really an ingenious idea,” Rachel M. wrote in a testimonial.

When asked for a favorite testimonial, Melissa passed along a message written by an anonymous wife who found her way back to a loving relationship by enrolling in the 7 Days of Love program. Marriage counseling wasn’t working, and the woman felt at a loss to fix the relationship. “Our marriage was in an awful place,” she recalled. “I was desperate to find the marriage help we needed if it even existed.”

“I could spend forever browsing for date ideas, but I love that this gives you a whole month’s worth of suggestions.” — Laura S., a Dating Divas reader

The answer came from Pinterest, of course. She was browsing for preschool lesson ideas when she happened to see a snippet about the Dating Divas’ seven-day program to renew a marriage. “The cute daily printables with all the instructions were right up my alley,” she said. “Service is one of my love languages.”

Over the next few days, the woman began taking the suggestions of the Dating Divas and leaving loving notes for her partner. It was a simple and easy way to reconnect. She said putting together little questionnaires and thoughtful gestures brought back a rush of old memories and feelings she hadn’t felt for her husband in a long while.

“Kindness began to replace my annoyance… by the end of the week, the intimacy day came totally naturally,” she wrote, “and we were actually happy to talk to each other. It was seriously miraculous!”

An Energetic Team on a Mission to Enrich Marriages Everywhere

What began as a pet project among friends has now grown to a comprehensive dating blog maintained by a team of 30 married women. Talented writers, designers, photographers, and marketing gurus come together to the make the site’s content stand out. This all-women team of mothers, sisters, friends, and wives takes a vested interest in their work providing couples with innovative and inexpensive dating ideas.

A photo of the Dating Divas on a business retreat

The team’s Diva Retreat in San Diego was filled with silliness and laughter.

Dating Divas team members work remotely from across the country and refer to their virtual work environment as Divaland. On the web, they come together to laugh and bat around ideas. Team members bond over their shared enthusiasm for romantic subjects. Every year, these ladies take a break from doling out sensational dating advice and enjoy one another’s company at the Diva Retreat.

“Working for the Dating Divas is a dream job,” Melissa told us. “Not only do you get a built-in group of fun girlfriends — you also get to take part in one of the most rewarding lines of work, helping strengthen and save marriages.”

The Dating Divas work hard to understand what makes committed relationships work. Part of the reason their dating advice is so effective is because it is tailored to the needs voiced by the site’s audience. Recently, the Dating Divas surveyed their readership to find out what everyday husbands and wives viewed as the number one pain point in their marriages. The top answer was communication, followed by lack of time together and lack of romance. These insights help the team better serve married couples struggling to communicate and connect.

“The Divas are truly grateful for how much their readers trust them and open up to them,” Melissa said. “Because of that, they are able to better pinpoint the needs of their audience and can change up exactly what they create and put out there to continue to help couples!”

The Dating Divas Inspire Readers to Fall in Love All Over Again

From pin-worthy date-night crafts to 26-week marriage-boot-camp courses, the Dating Divas offer a variety of helpful marriage resources to get you and your partner back on track. The tips, techniques, products, and programs endorsed by the blog support couples looking to escape their routines and find their way back to love.

Whether you want to surprise your hubby with an active date in the park or show your wife you care with a special anniversary present, the thoughtful suggestions on the Dating Divas blog can inspire you to recapture the romance in your marriage (just like Tara did).

“The Dating Divas believe that by putting our spouses first, we are taken back to the simple magic of being head over heels in love again,” Melissa told us. “Happily ever after really does exist — if you want it and are willing to work for it!”