Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek

Mary Zalmanek
Founder, Adventures of the Heart 

Mary Zalmanek

Mary Zalmanek founded Adventures of the Heart to help people in love have new "best ever" days, year after year. Yes, even if you've been together for ages and the spark has fizzled, you can heat things up.  If you're in a new relationship, Mary wants to make sure things never get dull.


In 1997, after friends and even a few strangers asked for help staging the type of celebrations that had become the hallmark of Mary's long and successful marriage, she turned her passion for romance into a business called Adventures of the Heart. Mary is the author of the award-winning The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures



Creative Celebrations

Adventures of the Heart is a company devoted to creative celebrations.  Those celebrations come in many forms:

  • Romantic adventures with your beloved, which is the subject of The Art of the Spark
  • Special celebrations for loved ones — children, parents or friends — for birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, graduations, or retirement
  • Building camaraderie in groups in professional, social or family settings
  • Marking a goal off of your "bucket list"   

Celebrating Our Lives Newsletter

The Celebrating Our Lives Newsletter addresses all of those topics.  If it's a feel-good story, it's worth sharing.  Past issues include:

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Bucket List

Two goals on Mary's "bucket list" were to visit Costa Rica and ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail.  Mary and her husband Jim jumped at the chance when friends asked them to run their bed and breakfast in the Costa Rican rainforest for two months. Riding the Great Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico presented more challenges, but they did it.  Well, most of it.   


The Art of the Spark: The Art of the Spark12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures

The Art of the Spark offers simple, easy-to-use ways help you communicate and have fun with the one you love.  You'll learn how to speak your sweetheart's love language, based on Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages. 


The Romance Pyramid helps you build a foundation for romantic adventures with frequent loving gestures and regularly scheduled dates.  Mary merges the Love Languages with the Romance Pyramid to spark your creativity.  Get ideas for the types of romance and fun specifically suited to you and your sweetheart.


You'll discover how to accommodate your beloved's Surprise Tolerance.  And you'll be amazed that romance is possible on any budget.


Couples who practice these 12 simple habits can make romance a way of life, whether they are in a new relationship or one that's measured in decades. It takes more than love and good intentions to keep the spark alive. This book ignites the spark.



 "I'm jealous of Mary.

I'm jealous that I didn't think up the concept of 'Romantic Habits' first."
          - Gregory J. P. Godek,

            Best-selling author of 1001 Ways To Be Romantic



Romance Profile

A Romance Profile can customize the perfect romantic adventure for you and your sweetie.   If you want help, we'll email you the Romance Profile (23-page pdf file).  You fill it out and mail it to us.  We'll make a telephone appointment to review it and plan a customized adventure especially for you and your sweetie.


The price for the Romance Profile is $12.50, and a planning session is available at $50 per hour.  If you have a coupon for a free Profile and 15-minute planning session ($25 value), please mention the source.


Romance Bingo: A Lively Icebreaker for Parties and ShowersRomance Bingo

Planning a party? Have fun discovering romantic facts about your friends, like who has kissed his or her lover below the Equator, who considers ears to be an erogenous zone, and who knows how to tango.