Daters: Emma & Denis Merkas

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It All Started With a Massage…

I still remember the first massage Denis gave me. We were good friends at the time. Sure, we’d flirted a little but nothing more. “I’m writing a couples massage course,” he told me. “I need someone to try these techniques out on.” What a line, right? Certainly more appealing than: “Do you want to come [...]

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Why You Should Make Out. Like, Now.

I don’t know about you, but I love to kiss. I could happily make out for hours and hours – though, it’s been years since that happened. We just don’t kiss enough as we get older. Remember the hot and heavy sessions you had as a teenager? Too naïve to go any further, you’d simply [...]

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Grand Designs Live: $30 Date Night Deal

We said we’d never renovate. Who the hell were we kidding? Years ago, when Den and I were ensconced in our cozy, new high rise CBD apartment (renting, of course) we saw friends who had bought their own places going through renovation hell. The arguments, the fatigue, the dust… We, we smugly affirmed to each [...]

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Can You Be in Love With Two People at Once?

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” Forget Browning and all her permutations of love. What about counting the amount of people you can love all at once? Whatever number that is, surely it can’t take more than the fingers on one hand to sum them up (?). Is it possible to [...]

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The Three Stages of Love: A Transcript

This is an adapted copy of a speech I gave the other night at my Toastmasters club on the three stages of love. How do you measure love? It’s a tough question, isn’t it? Love is not something you can see, something you can pin down. Love and science aren’t two things we see in [...]

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Listen: The Bash Radio Show

If you missed it, last Thursday night I did a segment on The Bash Radio Show on North West FM with host/actor/man about town extraordinaire James Liotta, talking all about first dates. Specifically… Are first dates dead? What should one do on a first date? What should one not do on a first date? Do [...]

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Want to be Happier? Try This Today

Looking for a happiness boost? I just had to share this video. First, watch. Then let’s talk about how we can apply this to our own relationships. Isn’t that beautiful? Being grateful for things we already have is free. But it’s something we often forget to do in our everyday lives. If you could do [...]

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3 Easy Solutions to Common Relationship Problems

Every relationship has obstacles to overcome. Some of them can be easily solved while others have a tendency to niggle. And niggle. And niggle. The relationship website eHarmony Australia knows a thing or two about what makes relationships work, having brought together many compatible singles over the years, and the below is some advice for [...]

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“You’re my wife? Holy sh*t! I hit the jackpot!”

This is absolute gold! It’s like a grown up version of David after Dentist. Jason Mortensen is waking up from an operation and due to heavy sedation, he doesn’t recognise his gorgeous wife who is standing right in front of him videoing the whole thing. At first, he thinks she’s a nurse sent by the [...]

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Interesting: Will Smith Speaks About His Marriage

People are fascinating, I love that everyone has their own approach to marriage… in particular Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith. This is an old clip, but a good one if you’ve never seen it. They speak about managing their marriage/family as a business plan; at first glance this sound manufactured, cold and boring but as [...]

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20 Beautiful, Inspiring Relationship Quotes

One of my most fervent loves is language… I love to read, I love seeing words arranged in beautiful sequences, written so perfectly that they make your heart skip a beat. After years of seeing tacky, cheesy and downright soppy relationship quotes, I thought it was well overdue that I put together a collection of [...]

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Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Viral Vegetable Video

Porn sex versus real sex, as explained with vegetables. There’s a reason this video is going viral. Every single person who’s had sex, or even just thought about having sex needs to watch this. Things are never quite as they seem when it comes to the magic of movies. Especially if they’re porn movies.

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Should Girls Ask Guys Out?

Equality between the sexes has come a long way. But even after decades of increasingly fairer pay, job roles, rights and more, we’re still stuck on one area in particular… Love. The big question is: should girls ask guys out? As a woman, I think I can safely speak for a vast majority when I [...]

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Do You Need a Sex Date?

There’s no doubt that sex is a great cure for what ails you. Even the medical science boffins will attest to that. Sex is reputed to fix everything from high stress levels to blood pressure, to boosting immunity, increasing self-confidence, helping lose weight and of course, giving you that hard-to-replicate glow we all covet. But [...]

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How Big Is Your “Too Hard” Basket?

I used this speech earlier this week on a new candidate that had applied for a job with Merkas Health (a massage business I own). She was given the role and then declined after the first day of training. There’s something great about her I know it, but I could tell she was lacking confidence [...]

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We Don’t Want Your Money, Just Your Kisses!

I LOVE this. Metro St James Cafe in Sydney is giving away free coffee in the month of June, all in the name of love. Couples can pay for their morning coffees simply by kissing in this charming French cafe. The kiss must be real. In the clip, this waiter warns one couple that he [...]

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Does This Sound Familiar?

It’s the essence of all female/male arguments… it’s not about the nail! The newest viral video to hit the web.

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3 Date Ideas Beginning with Z

Omigosh guys… You made it! Congratulations, really. If you have done an entire alphabet worth of date ideas with your partner, you are amazing. Stop and give each other a literal pat on the back, or maybe a fist bump: Without further ado, I present to you the last letter of the date night alphabet… [...]

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3 Date Ideas Beginning with Y

You’re nearly there, daters! How exciting! This letter doesn’t yield (ha) many great ideas, though we’d love to hear any you might have to add. Here are 3 Date Ideas Beginning with the letter Y for you to use in your ABC Dating Challenge. Yoga There are so many different types of yoga you can [...]

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Couples Photography Session: Date Night Review

We went on the most beautiful date recently. It was an afternoon spent at one of our favourite places - the Fairfield Boathouse. We got dressed up, we took out a rowboat, we walked memory lane... and we just happened to have a photographer with us too to capture all the fun!

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3 Sexy Date Ideas Beginning with X

Oooh X and its crafty ways. There aren't a lot of date ideas you can shoehorn into this letter but you can get creative with these letters that don't give you much. And if anyone else has some genius ideas, we’d love to hear them!

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9 Wonderful Date Ideas Beginning with W

Wonderful date ideas that start with the letter W. These posts are specifically created as inspiration for our daters who are taking on the ABC Dating challenge, but really it's just a list of damn good date ideas.

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9 Vivacious Date Ideas Beginning with V

Date Night is about getting creative. Take a look at these 9 date ideas starting with V!

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Bending The Rules

It may not be politically correct of me (and it won’t make me popular), but you should know that I’m a Rules girl. If you’re not familiar with the popular but exceedingly sneered-upon franchise, The Rules has alternately been called a Dating Bible for single women

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6 Date Ideas Beginning with U

U is one of those tricky letters you have to be a bit clever with! Here are six date ideas I could muster up to get you thinking. We’d love to hear yours! USA Cuisine Classic American-style diners aren’t everywhere here in Australia. So it’s a novelty when you find one – usually still stuck [...]

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10 Terrific Date Ideas Beginning with T

Ten Pin Bowling Oooh, it’s an oldie but a goodie. This is the very first date Den and I went on when we kicked off $30 Date Night. Sure, it’s cheesy. Sure, the shoes are ugly. But you know what? It’s a heap of fun, it gets you active, you can pig out on fries [...]

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The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship

I just stumbled on this TED Talk last night and had to share it. I have nothing to add really, just the below text from the TED website and the talk itself. Grab a coffee and sit to watch. It’s well worth it. “In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best [...]

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Why Pick Up Lines Don’t Work

My last few weekends have been spent on many a dancefloor at many a club, burning up the kind of energy usually reserved for singles on the prowl. It’s not often you find a married, with-a-mortgage female out dancing until 4am on a chilly night when DVDs and the couch are putting up a damn [...]

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Welcome to $30 Date Night

This blog comes to you from Australian-based newlyweds Denis & Emma Merkas, reviewing date ideas taken from their $30 Date Night site, giving you new date ideas and offering a tiny insight into day-to-day dramas of life as a couple.

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Are You Kind of a Jerk to Your Partner?
April 4, 2013
By Emma
Why First Loves are Special
Why First Loves are Special
April 2, 2013
By Emma
Regrets of Relationships Past
Regrets of Relationships Past
March 27, 2013
By Emma
When You Don’t Want to Pick Up at Bars
When You Don’t Want to Pick Up at Bars
March 26, 2013
By Emma
A Beautiful Love Story
A Beautiful Love Story
March 4, 2013
By Emma
Ideas: Valentine’s Day on a Budget
Ideas: Valentine’s Day on a Budget
February 13, 2013
By Emma
Nostalgic Songs from Relationships Past
Nostalgic Songs from Relationships Past
January 16, 2013
By Emma
New Year <del>Resolutions</del> Goals
New Year Resolutions Goals
January 4, 2013
By Emma
The Break Up We Have to Have
December 21, 2012
By Emma
Merry Christmas, Lovebirds!
December 21, 2012
By Emma
10 Topics to Avoid on a First Date
November 28, 2012
By Emma
How to Make Your Relationship Last
How to Make Your Relationship Last
November 14, 2012
By Emma
How to Chat Up Women Right
How to Chat Up Women Right
November 9, 2012
By Emma
You Sent Me What? (Why Dick Pics Are Not Okay)
You Sent Me What? (Why Dick Pics Are Not Okay)
November 1, 2012
By Emma
10 Sensational Date Ideas Beginning with S
10 Sensational Date Ideas Beginning with S
September 25, 2012
By Emma
Is 50 Shades of Grey Just the Same as Porn?
Is 50 Shades of Grey Just the Same as Porn?
September 13, 2012
By Emma
Like Poison for Relationships…
Like Poison for Relationships…
September 6, 2012
By Emma
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Do You Have It?
July 29, 2012
By Emma
Add Some Sizzle to Your Night with a Backyard Barbecue
Add Some Sizzle to Your Night with a Backyard Barbecue
July 24, 2012
By Emma
6 Rad Date Ideas Beginning with R
6 Rad Date Ideas Beginning with R
July 2, 2012
By Emma
2 Quick Date Ideas Beginning with Q
2 Quick Date Ideas Beginning with Q
June 29, 2012
By Emma
How to Tell When You’ve Crossed the Line
June 28, 2012
By Emma
Are You Having an Emotional Affair?
Are You Having an Emotional Affair?
June 7, 2012
By Emma
The Male Contraceptive Pill Breakthrough
The Male Contraceptive Pill Breakthrough
May 30, 2012
By Emma
When the Eiffel Tower is Just Too Small
May 8, 2012
By Emma
Fifty Shades of What Women Want
Fifty Shades of What Women Want
May 4, 2012
By Emma
Are the Days of First Dates Over?
Are the Days of First Dates Over?
April 16, 2012
By Emma
Missing You
Missing You
March 15, 2012
By Emma
Who Has Your Ex Been Poking on Facebook?
Who Has Your Ex Been Poking on Facebook?
March 5, 2012
By Emma
How You’re Probably Killing Your Libido
How You’re Probably Killing Your Libido
March 1, 2012
By Emma
Relationship Advice? Never. Do. This.
Relationship Advice? Never. Do. This.
February 27, 2012
By Emma
What to do When You Hate Valentine’s Day
What to do When You Hate Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2012
By Emma
Those Three Words
Those Three Words
February 6, 2012
By Emma
Has True Love Officially Carked It?
Has True Love Officially Carked It?
February 1, 2012
By Emma
Giveaway: The Vow
Giveaway: The Vow
January 30, 2012
By Emma
If Your Days Really Were Numbered…
If Your Days Really Were Numbered…
January 25, 2012
By Emma
How to: Support your partner when they’re stressed
December 8, 2011
By Emma
Weddings & Princesses
Weddings & Princesses
October 25, 2011
By Emma
He Loves Me? He Loves Me Not? Why Women are Suckers for Mixed Messages
He Loves Me? He Loves Me Not? Why Women are Suckers for Mixed Messages
October 11, 2011
By Emma
50% off Couples Massage Courses
50% off Couples Massage Courses
October 10, 2011
By Denis
The Sad Truth About Online PDAs
The Sad Truth About Online PDAs
August 29, 2011
By Emma
A Million Years Ago
A Million Years Ago
August 25, 2011
By Denis
Giveaway: Friends with Benefits In-season Passes
Giveaway: Friends with Benefits In-season Passes
August 8, 2011
By Emma
The Dos and Don’ts of PDAs
The Dos and Don’ts of PDAs
August 1, 2011
By Emma
Supporting Your Partner Through Times of Stress
Supporting Your Partner Through Times of Stress
July 18, 2011
By Emma
Intimate Moments in the… Kitchen?
Intimate Moments in the… Kitchen?
July 14, 2011
By Emma
How to Impress the Parents
How to Impress the Parents
July 13, 2011
By Emma
An Open Letter to Ms. Julia Gillard
June 30, 2011
By Emma
Why You Should Try a Wingwoman
Why You Should Try a Wingwoman
June 7, 2011
By Emma
The Walk of Shame
The Walk of Shame
May 25, 2011
By Emma
The Movie Trailer Marriage Proposal
May 22, 2011
By Emma
Now This is a Wedding Video!
May 16, 2011
By Emma
The Truth About Nice Guys
The Truth About Nice Guys
April 6, 2011
By Emma
Win a Date Night with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
Win a Date Night with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
March 16, 2011
By Emma
Are You a Relationship Chameleon?
Are You a Relationship Chameleon?
February 25, 2011
By Emma
Surviving Valentine’s Day for Singles
Surviving Valentine’s Day for Singles
February 18, 2011
By Emma
Who Lies About Money?
February 12, 2011
By Emma
5 Perfect Date Ideas Beginning with P
5 Perfect Date Ideas Beginning with P
February 8, 2011
By Emma
Where Did All the Men Go?
Where Did All the Men Go?
February 7, 2011
By Emma
Date Ideas and The Circle
February 3, 2011
By Emma
What They Don’t Tell You About Summer Romances
What They Don’t Tell You About Summer Romances
February 2, 2011
By Emma
Can You Define Romance?
Can You Define Romance?
January 27, 2011
By Denis
5 Outstanding Date Ideas Beginning with O
5 Outstanding Date Ideas Beginning with O
January 19, 2011
By Emma
Co-dependent Couples
Co-dependent Couples
January 12, 2011
By Denis
Revenge: A Dish Best Served Cold
Revenge: A Dish Best Served Cold
January 12, 2011
By Emma
6 Nifty Date Ideas Beginning with N
6 Nifty Date Ideas Beginning with N
January 5, 2011
By Emma
Do You Scare Potential Relationships Off?
January 4, 2011
By Emma
Is Your Partner Snooping On You?
Is Your Partner Snooping On You?
December 8, 2010
By Emma
Tips for Working Together as a Couple
Tips for Working Together as a Couple
December 6, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Couples Who Argue in Public
mX Column: Couples Who Argue in Public
December 3, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: The ‘We’ Couple
December 2, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Do You Play Together Anymore?
mX Column: Do You Play Together Anymore?
December 1, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Tips for Travelling as a Couple
mX Column: Tips for Travelling as a Couple
November 30, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Is Love Costing You Your Friends?
mX Column: Is Love Costing You Your Friends?
November 29, 2010
By Emma
Is Sleeping with a Stuffed Toy Creepy?
Is Sleeping with a Stuffed Toy Creepy?
November 18, 2010
By Emma
Love Language: A Jubilee Film
November 16, 2010
By Emma
Our Vegas Wedding Album
Our Vegas Wedding Album
November 8, 2010
By Emma
All Hallows’ Eve
All Hallows’ Eve
October 30, 2010
By Emma
Our Vegas Wedding (Video)
Our Vegas Wedding (Video)
October 19, 2010
By Emma
Lessons from a Long-Haul Flight
October 16, 2010
By Emma
What Do You Wear to Your Vegas Wedding?
What Do You Wear to Your Vegas Wedding?
October 12, 2010
By Emma
Is This Blogworld’s First Vegas Wedding?
October 11, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: The Back-Up Guy
mX Column: The Back-Up Guy
October 5, 2010
By Emma
Iron & Candy (6th) Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
Iron & Candy (6th) Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
September 30, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: The First Date
mX Column: The First Date
September 28, 2010
By Emma
San Francisco, Here We Come!
San Francisco, Here We Come!
September 24, 2010
By Emma
Revealed: What Relationships Really Cost You
September 21, 2010
By Emma
5 Marvellous Date Ideas Beginning with M
5 Marvellous Date Ideas Beginning with M
September 21, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Innocent Flirtations?
September 20, 2010
By Emma
5 Lovely Date Ideas Beginning With L
5 Lovely Date Ideas Beginning With L
September 20, 2010
By Emma
The $30 Date Night US Mini-Tour
The $30 Date Night US Mini-Tour
September 17, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: I Can’t Believe I Went Out With You
September 15, 2010
By Emma
All You Need to Know About Gift-Giving
All You Need to Know About Gift-Giving
September 8, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Clap if You Believe in Soulmates
mX Column: Clap if You Believe in Soulmates
September 7, 2010
By Emma
4 Kooky Date Ideas Beginning with K
4 Kooky Date Ideas Beginning with K
September 1, 2010
By Emma
Danny & Annie: A Love Story
August 31, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Can Men and Women Be ‘Just Friends’?
mX Column: Can Men and Women Be ‘Just Friends’?
August 30, 2010
By Emma
5 Great Date Ideas Beginning with J
5 Great Date Ideas Beginning with J
August 24, 2010
By Emma
mX Column: Wooing Women Right
mX Column: Wooing Women Right
August 23, 2010
By Emma
Everything You Need to Know About Budgeting as a Couple – Part 3
Everything You Need to Know About Budgeting as a Couple – Part 3
August 19, 2010
By Emma