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Brother-in-Law Surprises Groom in Wedding Dress During Couple’s First Look: ‘It Was So Funny!’

Heidi Zherelyev, of Tempe, Arizona, has always been a prankster. So she just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a laugh out of Val Zherelyev before they wed on June 30.

For the couple’s first look — just before they said their “I dos” in a sweet ceremony at The Gathering Place — Heidi enlisted the help of her older brother, Eric Dodds, to slip into a wedding dress, stand in her place, and surprise her unsuspecting husband-to-be. Photos of the funny moment showed Val laughing with a shocked expression when he saw Dodds in the white, form-fitting gown and brown tennis shoes.

“I was totally convinced it was gonna be Heidi. As I turned around, it was just so unexpected. It took me about five or six seconds to process what was happening. It was just so funny,” Val, 26, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve known Eric almost 10 years … seeing him like that was totally out of his character. It was hilarious.”

Heidi says she and her friend Chelsea had been cooking up the prank for several months before the big day, intending for the joke to “break the ice and get rid of the wedding-day jitters.” Chelsea even lent her own wedding dress from her big day for the joke, and Dodds didn’t join in on the fun until the day of the ceremony, Heidi, 25, says.

“I sprung it on him last minute,” Heidi recalls. “He was a little apprehensive at first, but of course he obliged. Because he’s my big brother and he has to. Once he started putting on the dress, he transformed into the character of the bride.”

She adds: “He had fun with it. We were making jokes. He was putting on my deodorant and perfume so he’d smell more girly.”

In the silly shots, Eric is shown playfully touching the gown. And he and Val even posed for a wedding photo of their own.

“I’ve never seen him do anything remotely close to something like that,” Val tells PEOPLE. “Being a big brother, he kind of stepped up. I was anxious to see … and having that happen threw everything off the rails for a second. But then it put the cherry on top of the day.”

The photos quickly made their way around the interview, amassing thousands of “likes” on Facebook since they were first posted last week.

But Heidi says Dodds still doesn’t understand just how “famous” he is as a result of the viral photos.

“He’s in disbelief,” Heidi says of her brother. “He hasn’t even really seen how far this has spread. We tried to explain to him … girls are even asking who the guy in the dress is. He can’t believe that something so silly and normal for our family, that people think it’s so great.”

She adds: “He’s always been such a good older brother to me. This was just natural of him to help his little sister out and make her wedding day the best that he possibly could and do his part, as silly as it may have been..”


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One body positivity advocate, wife and mom is inspiring others with a viral Instagram post about growing to love her body just the way it is ― curves, stretch marks, rolls and all. 

On Friday, Instagram user Jazzy (@a_body_positive_jazzy) posted a photo of her and her husband in their bathing suits holding hands on the beach. In the caption, Jazzy opened up about what it’s like to be married to someone with a different body type (her husband was “born fit,” as she puts it) and how she struggled for years to embrace her larger frame. 

“Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body,” she wrote on Instagram. “I never understood why! How could he love something that isn’t ‘perfect?’ How could a man who was ‘born fit’ love someone like me!”

Since embarking on her body positivity journey, Jazzy’s confidence has soared. 

“I don’t have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk, hell if I run up the stairs too fast my body claps (lmao)!!” she continued. “But now I see I do have the ‘perfect’ body!! Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!!”

Some commenters fat-shamed her and condemned her for “promot[ing] being physically unfit” (insert eye roll here), but many others shared their support and words of encouragement.

“Girl, my body claps too, can I get a round of applause?! Love this,” one commenter wrote. 

“I also have a very fit husband, and I’ve always been very insecure about it,” another woman wrote. “Especially when meeting all of his fitness friends for the first time…I know he loves me and my curves, and I’m slowly accepting myself for all that I am! Thanks for the wise words!”

“You’re beautiful. It’s plain to see in everyone’s eyes, not just your husband’s,” another said.

We couldn’t agree more. Keep doing you, Jazzy! 

HuffPost reached out to Jazzy for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication. This story may be updated. 

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This Couple’s Splash Mountain Proposal Is A Disney Fantasy Come True

Nothing quite says true love like a thrilling plunge down a waterfall ― at least for Eugene Williams and his new fiancé, Chris.

Williams popped the question during the couple’s Monday visit to Disneyland, and his proposal was not for the faint at heart. While many couples opt to use Sleeping Beauty Castle or other Disney landmarks as a backdrop for the big moment, Williams asked Chris to marry him with a handmade sign on Splash Mountain’s climactic, 50-foot drop, and made clever use of the attraction’s on-ride camera to capture the moment for posterity with a souvenir photo. 

Williams told HuffPost that he “always knew” that he wanted to propose to Chris at Disneyland, as the California-based couple visit the Anaheim theme park at least once a month. He said he chose Splash Mountain specifically after seeing a viral photo of a 16-year-old Disneyland visitor, who came out as gay to her parents in a similar fashion. 

Despite Williams’s best effort, there were a few unexpected twists and turns along the way, as one would expect of a thrill ride proposal. “I wanted to get to the park before it opened, but Chris and I overslept and ran into traffic on the way. I was very angsty and nervous the whole time leading to him seeing the photo,” he explained. “I was worried my plan wouldn’t work and the park would be too crowded to get our own log ― after all, it was a hot day.”

Fortunately, a polite request to a Disney cast member ensured that Williams could pull off his plan without a hitch after all. “I was nervous the whole time on the ride, but just kept giving him hugs and kisses on the ride,” he said. “I told my boyfriend that we should pretend to be shocked for the photo. When the ride was over we walked to see our photo and he said he immediately knew when he saw the sign in the photo what it was and he cried!”

Williams uploaded the photo to Reddit Tuesday, where it had racked up over 1,200 comments as of Wednesday afternoon. “We are big Disney park fans, and now every time we go we’ll be reminded of that one time I proposed and he said yes,” he told HuffPost. “My fiancé means a lot to me and seeing the joy on his face when he saw the photo was priceless.”

May you live happily ever after, gentlemen! 

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8 Things The Happiest Couples Do Before Bed

We live in a busy world and between work, kids, bills and other daily stressors, many couples struggle to find time to connect.

That’s why it’s so important for couples to make the most of whatever alone time they have together ― whether it’s an hour or just 10 minutes. We asked relationship experts to tell us what the happiest couples do before bed to keep their bond strong. See what they had to say below.

1. They exchange “I love yous.”

“Despite all the hassles of the day, the quirks and annoyances you experience from one another and ominous feelings about the day ahead, make the effort to let your partner know they are loved. And rather than just heave it out with your last sigh of the night, say it like you really feel it.” ― Ryan Howes, psychologist

2. They go to bed at the same time if possible.

“Too many couples go to bed at different times, leading disconnected lives in the evening after already having spent all day apart. Happy couples, however, are intentional about coming back together at bedtime and reconnecting, if only for the few minutes of brushing teeth and getting under the covers. Going to bed together builds connection and provides opportunity for more intimate connecting.” ― Kurt Smith, therapist who specializes in counseling for men

3. They unplug from their phones and other devices. 

“We live in a wired world, and more often than not, this takes away from the time couples could spend connecting through dialogue, affection or intimacy. What’s more is that when your partner is on their phone, you feel like they’re not in the room and are somewhere else instead. In my therapy practice, couples who become aware of this intrusiveness sometimes create general rules such as ‘no phones past 9 p.m.’ or ‘no phones in the bed’ to counter such dopamine-inducing but oxytocin-suppressing social media habits. This can really set a couple up for feeling close throughout the entire next day.” ― Kari Carroll, couples therapist

4. They prioritize getting a good night’s sleep.

“Although this isn’t very romantic, beyond the usual advice ― i.e. kiss goodnight, have sex, and say, ‘I love you’ ― getting a solid night’s sleep fosters good mental health, which in turn, makes people more emotionally available during the day. If sleep is hard to come by, get professional advice to develop good sleep habits.”  ― Michele Weiner-Davis, therapist and author of Divorce Busting

5. They take a few minutes to practice gratitude. 

“Gratitude has been shown to have a wonderfully positive effect on mood and mindset, so why not share that together? Whether it’s something specific you appreciate about one another or a positive experience from the day, share something you’re thankful for to end the day on a bright note.” ― Howes  

6. They don’t try to settle arguments that aren’t easily resolvable. 

“It may not seem logical, but happy couples don’t actually settle disagreements before going to bed. We’ve all heard the adage, ‘do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,’ but it’s actually misunderstood. Trying to address heavy subjects, especially those you disagree on, at the end of the day when you’re both tired and short on patience is not smart. Too many couples make the mistake of starting fights at this time of day when they should be building connection ― not creating division.” ― Smith 

7. They set aside time to chat about the day and open up about their feelings. 

“The happiest couples regularly discuss the external stressors in their life and allow their partner to vent often. This doesn’t mean going into negativity overload all evening, but it does mean setting aside 15 to 30 minutes to unwind and lean into the relationship by showing support for the other relationships and experiences in your partner’s life. In my practice, I help couples listen to their partner’s stresses without feeling the need to take them on or problem-solve. Their partner tends to be appreciative of this opportunity and just feeling understood empowers them to be ready to tackle the next day’s stresses.” ― Carroll

8. They keep the kids out of the bedroom. 

“Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for the two of you. Although nightmares and illnesses might trigger children to climb into bed with you, in general, if intimacy and connection is your goal, encourage children to stay in their own rooms. Couples need privacy and boundaries to stay connected.” ― Weiner-Davis

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These days, more couples are putting on sexy outfits, stripping down to their undies or ― if they feel so inclined ― going buck naked for a photo shoot that’s all about kindling passion and keeping their connection strong. 

“With couples boudoir, it’s all about the connection the couple shares in the present,” wedding and boudoir photographer Mike Allebach wrote in a blog for Offbeat Bride. “We take the love, feelings and emotions of the couple and make them come to life on camera.”

Below, we’ve rounded up 28 boudoir photos from real couples that beautifully capture the sensual side of love. 

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An impassioned fan letter inspired electro-pop trio A R I Z O N A to cast a real-life Michigan couple in the music video for “Electric Touch,” the first single from the band’s hotly anticipated debut album, “GALLERY.” 

According to singer-songwriter Zachary Hannah, he and bandmates Nathan Esquite and David Labuguen received an email from fan Hailee Ritcey prior to a performance in Seattle earlier this year. In it, Ritcey explained how the band’s music helped her and her girlfriend of four years, Carly, navigate challenges they’d experienced as a same-sex couple.  

“We had some on and off moments… coming out was just part of the struggle,” she wrote in the email. “We had to learn what a serious relationship was about. We are strong now.” 

Hannah, who hails from New Jersey, told HuffPost that Ritcey had asked the band to dedicate a song to her girlfriend at a recent Seattle concert. But the guys were “so touched” by the couple’s story, they decided to film the women as they explored Seattle and the city’s waterfront for the new video instead. They also incorporated segments from Ritcey’s original email to punctuate the song’s more tender moments.

A R I Z O N A hopes viewers ultimately see “Electric Touch” as a simple love story rather than a political statement of any kind. Of course, Hannah said the band was aware that featuring a same-sex couple in their music video would resonate on a deeper level with their audience “because of what’s going on” in the U.S. politically.

“I don’t think we gave much thought to trying to hit a mark with it,” he said. “[But] to see the world now that doles out so much hate and misunderstanding to communities, especially the [LGBTQ] community, is disheartening. It doesn’t have to be this big, misunderstood concept ― that people love each other no matter who they are.”  

According to press notes, Ritcey has felt “so much love” in the wake of the video’s release. Calling “Electric Touch” an “incredible opportunity” for her and her girlfriend, she added, “I knew it was a long shot to even get a response, but then they took it one step further.”

“Electric Touch” kicks off a busy spring for A R I Z O N A, with “GALLERY” set to hit retailers May 19. The men are also in the midst of a national tour, with upcoming concerts slated for New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, among other cities. 

Hannah hopes “GALLERY” is reflective of the band’s multicultural backgrounds. “As long as it’s honest to us, and as long as we feel it really resonates well with us, we put it out into the world,” he said. He went on to note that he was proud of the response “Electric Touch” has generated so far. “If we can do something that can influence someone’s way of thinking or help them through something, I think that’s the biggest goal,” he said. “If this has done that in even a small way, that’s good for us.”  

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For some couples, romance means roses and sweet nothings whispered over a fancy candlelit dinner. For others, it involves Netflix marathons, eating pizza on the couch and most importantly, a shared offbeat sense of humor. 

If you and your boo fall into the second category, then we’ve rounded up 18 alternative greeting cards tailor-made just for you two. 

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Even strong relationships are susceptible to marriage mistakes, particularly if the marriage is relatively new, according to Pastor John Gray of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Gray often counsels couples and newlyweds in matters of marriage, and he says there are three particular marriage mistakes that are toxic enough to tear two people apart.

MISTAKE #1: Holding your spouse hostage to past mistakes.

People make mistakes. When your partner says or does something that offends you, it’s important not to harp on that mistake in the future. Instead, Pastor Gray says, you must give your spouse the opportunity to learn and grow. “That can mess up a young marriage because nobody knows how to do it right at the beginning,” he points out.

MISTAKE #2: Assuming married life won’t be different from dating.

What does a little piece of paper end up changing? A lot, says Pastor John. “When you engage another human being willingly with the opportunity to walk away, which is what dating is, there’s less pressure,” he explains. “When you get married, now you’re saying, ‘I’m building with this person.’ … There will be tension.”

MISTAKE #3: Telling your business to your parents.

Pastor John calls this one of the biggest mistakes young married couples make. “Lady, if he offends you, don’t tell your mama. Because when he ends up apologizing and getting it right, and you’re healed from it, the mother still remembers it,” Pastor John says. “Keep your business to yourself.”

Pastor John’s new series, “The Book of John Gray,” premieres Saturday, April 15, at 10 p.m. ET, but you can  watch the first episode in full now on WatchOWN.tv.

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8 Things The Happiest Couples Do Every Morning

Mornings can feel frantic with everyone trying to get out of bed and out the door on schedule.

But making time ― even just a few minutes! ― to connect with your partner before the chaos of the day sets in can make a big difference in your relationship. Here’s what the happiest couples do daily, according to Huffpost readers and marriage experts.

1. They make eye contact. 

“We brush our teeth together. For those few minutes we look into each other’s eyes. We touch each other, a hand on the waist, hand on the cheek, head on the chest.” ― reader Brandi W. 

2. They cuddle. 

“My husband leaves for work before I can even imagine getting up and being a fully functional human being. So every morning after he’s gotten ready, he climbs back in bed and pulls me in close. And that five minutes, being close to one another, breath by breath, it’s the best way to start our day.” ― Meg Conley, marriage blogger 

3. They try to get up around the same time when they can. 

“Too many couples have two completely different morning routines and often barely see or speak to each other in the morning. I know of many partners who don’t even get up before their significant other is out of the house for the day ― and it’s not because he leaves at 4 a.m. or because she worked a swing shift. They just sleep late. As a couple, they don’t make it important to connect at the beginning of the day.” ― Dr. Kurt Smiththerapist who specializes in counseling for men

4. They enjoy a cup of coffee of tea together. 

“My wife and I have breakfast together sitting on the front porch, side by side on the love seat. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, we have our coffee and talk about plans for the day and watch the birds.” ― reader Steve T.

5. They kiss goodbye. 

“It so important to us that we always show affection before one of us leaves. Usually he leaves for work an hour before I wake up so he always says goodbye with a kiss on my head. It’s not about me needing the affection but more so knowing he is thinking of me before he heads to work.” ― reader Rebecca C.

6. They put down their devices. 

“Even if we only have five to 10 minutes before one or the other of us has to rush out the door or get on the phone, we sit down to have tea. No phones or iPads allowed. No claiming we don’t have time. Maybe we talk about something coming up in our day or something in the news. Maybe we just sit quietly. With life being as crazy busy as it is, it’s a way to slow down and connect before we launch into the day.” ― Winifred M. Reilly, marriage and family therapist

7. They divvy up the morning chores. 

“Getting the kids up, ready and off to school every morning can be a real chore. Nothing says that this has to be the mom’s job, but frequently it is ― or at least the majority of it. Couples who are happier share these kinds of family and parental responsibilities. Working as a team in the morning builds connection and relationship happiness that carries through the day.” ― Dr. Kurt Smith

8. They smile, no matter how tired they are. 

Mornings can be hectic for most people but it’s important to be able to at least smile at your partner. Even when trying to get ready and out the door, many happy couples find it natural to give a quick smile when interacting with their partner.” ― Dr. Marie Land, psychologist 

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Couples Were Asked If They’d Have A Threesome. Here’s What They Said

Like anything sex-related, you’ll never know if your partner is into threesomes unless you ask. 

In the video above, the team over at WatchCut got the conversation started, asking couples if they’d ever be down to share their partner in bed. Some of the pairs have already done it.

“We don’t do it with people we know,” one boyfriend explains. “No kissing! And no spending the night ― [it’s] a one and done kind of deal.” 

Some couples aren’t exactly on the same page.

“My wife is for me; I don’t want to share or be part of somebody else’s fantasy,” one husband says. “I’m just not that into that.” 

His wife, on the other hand, seems a bit curious about the possibility. 

“I don’t know about now but I probably would have before?” she says. “I don’t know! I’d definitely have to be drunk.”

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These Inspiring Couples Are Fighting For Women’s Equality Together

Having a partner who understands the importance of women’s equality and feminism means everything, especially in these politically charged times.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we rounded up 13 couples who are allies in the fight for women’s equality. 

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Here’s What Disney Couples Would Look Like Older And Still In Love

Your favorite Disney couples really did get their happily ever afters. 

In the illustrations below, Pedro Fequiere of BuzzFeed imagines what Disney pairs would be up to after the credits rolled.

Cinderella and Prince Charming, for instance, are still making goo-goo eyes at each other and throw a damn good royal ball for their subjects. 

Belle and Adam ― yeah, we forgot that was the Beast’s name, too ― continue to live in their castle with Cogsworth, Lumière and Mrs. Potts, who are thankfully now all retired. (They deserve it.)

Mulan and Shang and are still as sassy and competitive as ever. 

“I could imagine them being really competitive at this age and training kids who want to be in the royal army,” Fequiere told The Huffington Post. 

Now that Ariel and Eric’s daughter Melody is all grown up (yes, they had a kid. See: “The Little Mermaid II”), the empty nesters are busy traveling the world. 

As for Aladdin and Jasmine, they’re in power following the death of Jasmine’s dad. (RIP, Sultan.) The Genie pops into the palace every now and then to sleep on the royal couch. (And of course Jasmine is still rocking the crop top and giving us major hair goals.)

Fequiere said he created the illustrations so fans could get a sense of closure over the fate of their favorite characters.

“Most stories start off with ‘once upon a time…’ and end with a ‘happily ever after…,” he said. “I thought it would be really interesting to see what that looked like.” 

Head over to BuzzFeed to see the rest of the illustrations.

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Couples Get Candid About Their First And Last Time Having Sex

You never forget your first time having sex with your spouse or significant other ― though depending on how awkward it was, you may wish you could. 

In the WatchCut video above, long-time couples are asked to describe their first time getting busy in as much detail as possible. 

“It was on a love seat in my living room,” one woman recalls of her first time with her girlfriend. “There was somebody sleeping relatively right next to us and somebody in the bedroom and then some other people had passed out, in the hallway-dining room area.”  

Ah, young love. 

When asked about the most recent time they had sex, every single one of the couples had to push themselves to remember.

“That’s by appointment nowadays,” one wife and mom of two young kids jokes. 

Watch the video above for more.

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11 Comics For Couples Who Are Basically Two Big Kids At Heart

Life is easier when you and your partner are more or less two big kids at heart. Just ask illustrator Caitlin Quijano.  

On her site Anemone Lost, the 26-year-old Canadian artist draws witty, semi-autobiographical comics about adulthood and everyday life with her husband. They’re also super relatable; who hasn’t gotten peeved at their partner for the sin of Netflix adultery

Quijano’s illustrations have netted her over 7,000 followers on Facebook, but her biggest fan is still her hubby. 

“He’s been my biggest cheerleader since the beginning,” she told The Huffington Post. “When I draw a comic, my goal is always to make him laugh ― if I can do that, I know I’ve done my job.” 

See more of Quijano’s endearing comics below or head to her site to see them all. 

 

 

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One Move From Trump Could Mess Up This Couple’s Wedding Bigly

Roozbeh Aliabadi, 32, spoke out via Twitter on Wednesday to put a face on President Donald Trump’s forthcoming executive order on immigration, which would temporarily ban the issuing of visas to people from certain countries.

Here’s what it looks like for this U.S. citizen: 

Aliabadi, who has lived in the U.S. since he was a teenager, is a managing partner at a consulting firm. He met his wife, Zhinous, two years ago, at a party at his aunt’s house in Iran.

“I was a little tipsy, but I saw her from across the room and went up to her and said ‘I don’t even know your name or who you are, but I know you are going to be the mother of my children,’” Aliabadi told The Huffington Post.

Zhinous, an architect, just laughed, Aliabadi says.

But the two began a relationship, and last June they were legally wed before a notary in Iran. That’s when Zhinous applied for her permanent residency card for the U.S.

Their plan, Aliabadi says, was to have a small formal wedding ceremony in the U.S. to celebrate with friends and family, and then drive up the California coast in an old classic car for their honeymoon.

“She got notice on Jan. 17 ― while Obama was still president ― that [U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services] approved her for permanent residency,” Aliabadi said. “We were thrilled ― we even made jokes about getting in under the wire of Obama’s presidency.”

In order to come to the U.S., Zhinous would need an immigrant visa, and the issuance of those visas could be put on hold thanks to Trump’s expected executive order.

“In a nutshell,” Aliabadi said, “it will mean no entry.”

He says he and his wife haven’t sought legal advice, and they have no idea to what extent the order might be enforced. “Trump is signing the executive order as a national security matter,” Aliabadi said. “He is acting within his authority… [There’s] not much we can do to challenge it, although Congress can overturn it.”

“This is really impacting us,” he added. “I was upset. I don’t usually tweet out personal stuff. But I figured that if Trump can tweet, so can I.”

His message to the new president: “Thanks to you, I can’t have my wife here. One day we will tell our kids about what President Trump did to us as newlyweds. I hope that in the end, we can say kind stuff.”

His tweet, which as of Thursday had more than 100,000 impressions and had been retweeted more than 1,000 times, clearly touched a nerve.

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What Happens When Couples Pick Surprise Tattoos For Each Other

Choosing a surprise tattoo design for your partner just might be the ultimate test of trust in a relationship. (It’s also the ultimate taste test ― pick the wrong font and you’re in trouble, buddy.)

In the BuzzFeed video above, two brave couples do just that. 

“I’m hoping I really love this tattoo because I’m going to be walking down the aisle with this tattoo,” one nervous bride-to-be says.

See how it all goes down in the video above. 

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15 Holiday Cards For Couples That Might Land You On The Naughty List

For couples who are more naughty than nice, a corny “Merry Christmas, sweetie pie!” card just won’t cut it. 

Instead, spread some holiday cheer with one of the 15 cheeky greeting cards below.

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These 13 Happy Couples Sleep In Separate Beds. Here’s Why

A 2015 National Sleep Foundation survey found that as many as 25 percent of couples reported sleeping in separate beds ― and 10 percent of couples reported sleeping in separate bedrooms. But don’t assume it’s sign of relationship trouble.

While sleeping separately may sound like a 1950s “I Love Lucy” throwback, sleep experts say it might be the best thing you and your partner can do for your shut-eye. 

Snoring, overactive sleepers, different temperature preferences or opposite sleep/wake times can ruin a partner’s rest, Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, told The Huffington Post.

And while bed sharing does help build emotional comfort and closeness that benefits relationships, sleeping side-by-side is not the only way to achieve that, Zee said. (Couples who sleep apart can try a morning or nighttime routine for cuddling and sex, she added.) 

“Getting good quality sleep is important for relationships ― bed-sharing or not,” she said. “It’s a personal decision, not necessarily a sign of marital problems.”

Below, 12 people share why they made the decision to slumber apart and how it’s benefited their relationship. 

“We’re both introverts so it’s nice to have our own space.”

“We’ve slept in separate rooms from the start. I have insomnia and I’m an extremely sensitive sleeper, everything wakes me up … We have different sleep/wake schedules ― I go to bed early and wake up late, he stays up late and gets up early. Things are much more peaceful having our own beds. We get much better rest and we still cuddle a ton and are very affectionate when we’re awake. We’re also both introverts so it’s nice to have our own space sometimes. We wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Erin Lidia

“I have severe insomnia and he snores like a beast.”

“I have severe insomnia and he snores like a beast. We typically watch TV/lay in the bedroom together ― then when its time to sleep, he goes to his room. Now I sleep when I am able fall asleep and he sleeps more because I’m not constantly hitting him to roll over.” – Sandie Massagli

“We sleep better.”

“Me and my husband sleep in separate rooms. We have twin boys and started sleeping separate when they were born two years ago. Then every minute of sleep was precious and necessary. We still do because we sleep better ― and he snores like a freight train.” – Brittany Hamrick Mazur

“This is what works for us.” 

“My husband and I have slept in separate beds nearly our entire 15-year marriage. He snores, so I don’t sleep. I move around a lot and we have a firm mattress, so he doesn’t sleep. This is what works for us. It doesn’t mean we don’t love each other and aren’t intimate. We have two daughters and he still gives me butterflies.” – Katie VanVleet

“He is late to bed and late to rise, where I am early to bed and early to rise.”

“We have separate rooms. We love it. He is late to bed and late to rise, where I am early to bed and early to rise. I invite him up for sleepovers, but inevitably he heads down to his room. In the morning I take him in a cup of tea and hop into his bed. We just prefer this arrangement ― it does not mean we don’t love each other.” – Nicki Macrae

“I can read and write to my heart’s content.”

“When I worked I had to get up early and go to bed early, it made sense to let each other have that space. When I retired I looked forward to be able to read until I’m good and ready to put my book down. If that means the lights are on and I read all night, so be it. We both sleep better.

“I can go to my room and read and write to my heart’s content. We have been married for 16 years and love each other more than we ever thought possible. Both in our 60s and loving the liberation!” – Sheryl Perez

“We don’t argue about each other’s snoring anymore!”

“For the last year my husband and I have slept in separate beds and it has been amazing! Our relationship is stronger than ever and we don’t argue about each other’s snoring anymore!” – Tracy Ann

“We just sleep so much better without someone else in the bed.”

“Sleep is incredibly important to us both so, yes, separate beds in the same room. We have different mattress preferences, I’m a very light sleeper while he’s a deep sleeper who moves around a lot, I like lots of blankets and he does not, and we just sleep so much better without someone else in the bed to consider.

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“I like to hop in his bed in the morning to snuggle (and our beds aren’t that far apart from one another). We love it! I know people think it’s weird and think we don’t love each other or something, but it’s quite the opposite!” – Kelsey Smith

“He works early, I work late.”

“Best move I ever made! He works early, I work late. We are respectful of each other’s schedule. My bedroom is my girl cave, complete with an essential oil diffuser and heated mattress pad (that he preheats for me before he turns in). It is in no way reflective of our love for each other ― in fact quite the opposite. We have very limited time off together and that is [when] we have to get creative. But in the meantime, we sleep like babies.” – Linda Shaffer Fleming

“We really appreciate having our own space.” 

“My husband and I have slept in separate bedrooms for the last five years. We both sleep better! We have different waking cycles and temperature fluctuations. And though we adore each other, we really appreciate having our own space.” – Diane Dunnington Hill

“[It’s] really considerate of the other person.”

“We have been married for 35 years ― we [have slept] in separate beds in the same room [for] the last 10 years or so. We are both up and down all night long at different times ― using the bathroom, dealing with some pain or another ― and this way we don’t wake the other one up every time since we sleep so little anyway.

“It doesn’t reflect how we feel for each other ― actually this is really considerate of the other person. We sleep when we can and we both completely understand that. Being together is all that matters. Separate beds might be the key to a long and successful marriage.” – Robin Thomas

“I feel overall more alert and happy.”

“My sleep is MUCH better and I feel overall more alert and happy. I think people assume there are problems in a marriage when you sleep apart. But honestly it’s made our marriage better, and there’s a certain maturity that comes with being able to say I love you and our life together, but from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m, I really need my quiet rest away from you.” – Elle O’Keefe

Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com.   

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8 Comics That Long-Time Couples Have Lived IRL

One of the best perks of settling into a long-term relationship is the ability to be totally, unabashedly yourself ― quirks and all. And the doodles below, by illustrator Enzo of the comic series Cheer Up, Emo Kid, capture that perfectly.

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21 Couples Who Decided To Elope And Are Damn Glad They Did

There are those who dream of throwing a big blow-out wedding with tons of guests, a fairytale dress and fancy centerpieces. Others fantasize about eloping in a no-frills ceremony instead with only a few close family and friends present — or perhaps no one at all.

One choice isn’t inherently better than the other; it’s an intensely personal decision that the couple must make together. We recently asked 21 couples why eloping was the right choice for them. Read on to see what they had to say: 

**Some responses have been edited and condensed for clarity. 

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Later to Launch? Why Couples Should Get Married Later…

So, the other day, I felt like a total adult. Like, so adulty, that it made me feel uncomfortable. Why? Well, my hus and I took a long overdue trip to the attorney’s office to sign our wills, health care proxies, and other important documents so that we could protect our kids from any additional anguish should the worst case scenario become a reality. Wouldn’t you say that I am officially an adult? I know! Right? Ugh. It was a tough day, but necessary!

The reason I’m writing about this? Well, Mr. Attorney said something to me that I couldn’t shake in regards to when my kids should have access to their trusts (when we actually have $ $ to give them!). He said that age 35 is the new 25. What does that mean? Well, depending on how my kids develop (and who they develop into), giving them access to a decent sum of money without a chaperone (the executor), could be a mistake. I mean… Who’s to say that my future, 25 year-old daughter wouldn’t blow it on shoes or, gulp, drugs, instead of a wedding or down payment??? Right? When I went to fight him on this point, he said that “kids these days are later to launch…” That phrase totally stopped me (and my argument) dead in my tracks. Why? Because he’s right!

I’m in my late 30s, and my parents and most of my friends’ parents got married and had kids by 25(ish). Seems totally insane, right? Seriously, I couldn’t even imagine having a kid in my 20s, let alone being responsible for his/her well-being! And, when you look at the trend as far as age in relation to weddings these days, people are getting married later in their lives because, they are later to launch! They are leaving their parents homes later, they are settling into their careers later, they are finding love later. So, it makes sense that they are getting married later. And later is better for a lot of reasons. Why?

1. You’re done weeding. Huh? You’re done weeding out the bullshit. You’ve dated and dated, and now you know what you want. Gone are the days of sowing oats… Now, you’re aged to perfection, and you only want one oat to sow.

2. In the same way you know what you want in a partner, you have a better understanding of what your wedding will look like. More of what you want, less of what other people want, and most likely, more of your own money. You begin to think practically and take responsibility for that practicality.

3. Perspective. Yup! My favorite word. You care more about the person you’re going to marry, and your life after the wedding, than the wedding itself. I mean, you’re excited about your wedding day, but it’s not the only day you will look back on fondly… Especially when you have your whole lives to look forward to!

4. It’s not your parent’s wedding, it’s yours, and the people on the “A” list are on the only list. Not to mention, they actually want to be there. An added bonus? You know everybody who’s coming.

5. You’re used to yourself, and you like who you’ve become. No more “faking it until you make it”. Or settling. You’d rather be alone than settle for the wrong dude (or lady).

So, later to launch…? Okay Mr. Attorney, I understand what you’re saying, and now that I’ve had time to let it marinate, I’m going to rest my case.

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All Couples Fight. Here’s How Successful Couples Do It Differently.

All couples argue, but it’s the way they argue that determines if their relationship will go the distance.

“Instead of attacking the other person’s character, happy couples color inside the lines and express their own feelings,” psychotherapist Vikki Stark, director of the Sedona Counselling Center of Montreal, told The Huffington Post. ”It’s fine to say, ‘I’m furious with you right now!’ It’s not fine to say, ‘You’re a sorry excuse for a human being.'”

What else stands out in happy couples’ approach to arguments? Below, Stark and other relationship experts share eight ways healthy couples argue differently. 


1. They don’t run from fights. 

Couples in it for the long-haul don’t shy away from discussing topics that could just as easily be swept under the rug. They ask the big, scary questions ASAP — “When, if ever, are we going to have kids?” “What are we going to do if you get that job in another state? I don’t want to move to there!” — so they don’t become bigger isssues in the relationship later on, said Diane Sawaya Cloutier, an author and relationship expert.

“When taboo or uncomfortable topics remain unaddressed, they can turn any benign event into a big drama that could have been avoided in the first place,” she said. “Couples who talk about it can manage potential dramas.” 


2. They start slow and take turns talking.

Arguments generally end the same way they began, said Bonnie Ray Kennan, a marriage and family therapist based in Southern California. Couples who’ve mastered the art of arguing fairly take things slow, addressing difficult conversations with a soft, reassuring tone and dialing it down whenever things get too emotionally charged.

“Starting a difficult conversation softly and respectfully dramatically increases the chances of a good outcome,” she said. “Conversely, a ‘harsh start-up’ is very hard to process well, especially for men.”

Couples who argue with finesse also know the value of give and take: “One person speaks and the other person truly listens,” Ray Kennan said.


3. They don’t name call. 

Happy couples in long-term relationships rarely get into knock-down, drag-out fights because they don’t lower themselves to school-yard tactics: no matter how heated things get, there’s no name calling, eye rolling or biting sarcasm.

“Both partners understand that contemptuous behaviors are hard to take back and have a corrosive impact on a relationship,” Ray Kennan said. “Over time, they’ve become mindful of the effects of such dirty fighting and so they take it out of their repertoire.”


4. They know how to cool down. 

When things do get out of hand, savvy arguers know how to get a grip on their emotions. They value taking a time out, whether that means counting to 10 and taking slow, deep breaths or simply telling their spouse, “Hey, can we revisit this in the morning?”

“These couples know how to acknowledge and honor their emotions without getting overrun by them,” Amy Kipp, a couples and family therapist in San Antonio, told HuffPost. ”They use self-soothing skills to make sure they’re at their best. When both partners are able to soothe themselves and take breaks, they’re usually able to reach a resolution (or agree to disagree!) with more ease.”


5. They set ground rules for arguments. 

It’s not that long-time couples have never resorted to low blows or have said something regrettable during an argument. They have in the past — and then they learned from the mistake. Once the emotionally charged fight ends, smart couples lay down some ground rules for arguing so it never gets out of hand again, said author and relationship expert Mario P. Cloutier.

The ground rules could be specific — ”We will not interrupt each other when one is giving his or her perspective” — or more big picture: “It’s not about being right. It’s about getting to a common ground and resolving the problem,” suggested Cloutier. 


6. They acknowledge each other’s feelings and points of view.

They may be bumping heads but couples in happy, long-time relationships try their best to see the other side of the argument, Kipp said.

“They may say, ‘I know you see it differently than me, but I appreciate that you are listening to my perspective,'” she said. “These positive moments decrease defensiveness and allow for a more productive conversation.” 


7. They give each other the benefit of the doubt. 

Partners who are able to have healthy and productive arguments don’t jump to conclusions in the middle of fights. They aren’t quick to assume their S.O. wants to jump ship and leave them just because he or she is a voicing a concern. They quiet their insecurities, listen and try to give their partner the benefit of the doubt, Kipp said.

“Healthy relationships mean that people assume their partner is doing the best they can at the moment,” she explained. “In an argument, this means assuming both partners have the same goal: a mutually beneficial resolution. This allows arguments to be a team effort to achieve the goal rather than an adversarial ‘fight.'”


8. They never forget that ultimately, they’re a team. 

Even during their most tense arguments, healthy couples never forget that they’re a team: for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…  and until the argument exhausts them and both parties agree that they’d rather call a timeout and get a bite to eat. 

“Couples in satisfying long-term relationships are able to remember that, no matter how angry they may be, life will continue after today,” said Stark. “Because of that, they don’t want to do lasting damage. Even in an emotional state, they are able to hang on to the long-term value of the couple. They’re a team, protecting their future together.”

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Matt Damon And Jimmy Kimmel Reveal The Reason For Their ‘Feud’ In Couples Therapy

The Martian” star Matt Damon has had it easier surviving on Mars than getting on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, so on Monday the pair finally tried to resolve their issues.

In couples therapy, Damon reveals he’s been trying to get on the show for about 12 years because he actually likes it. He has been on before, but apparently he’s now living there and still tries to get on it every night. In fact, Damon even admits Kimmel was the reason for some of his career choices, including the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” (Rough one, dude.)

Kimmel also talks about how he’s been trying to get Damon on the show, but it’s hard because, you know, it just is.

Will they ever work out their issues? Eh, probably not. But at least we should get another 12 years to watch the attempts.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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18 Out-Of-The-Ordinary Wedding Venues For Unconventional Couples

So many lovely weddings have been held in hotel ballrooms — but that traditional type of venue isn’t right for every couple. 

With that in mind, we dug up 18 beautiful, quirky and unexpected places real brides and grooms have tied the knot. Check them out below. 

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Tandem Surfing Couples Are The Definition Of #RelationshipGoals

Surfing and romance, it turns out, go hand in hand. 

In ancient Hawaii, catching the same wave on separate boards was considered a highly romantic gesture.

According to Ben Finney’s and James D. Houston’s Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport, “Hawaiian legends abound in tales of thwarted and successful love affairs, and surfing played a part in many of them. Great romances could blossom or fade with the rising and falling of the ocean swells.”

As the photos below show, tandem surfing — when two people catch a wave on the same board — can be even more intimate. Being simultaneously in tune with both your sweetheart and the ocean is as exhilarating as it is picture perfect.

So next time a dinner and movie just isn’t cutting it, grab a (very big) board and float out into the waves with your love.

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Here’s What Happened When The Internet Was Asked To Photoshop A Couple’s Kissing Photo

They probably should’ve seen it coming. 

Imgur user damnfiddles took to the photo sharing site last week, and asked netizens to “please Photoshop away the kid” in a picture showing a couple locking lips.

 Let’s just say the request wasn’t exactly heeded.

Click through the gallery below to see the Photoshop magic:

 

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Same Sex Wedding Tips for All Couples

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Marriage equality is flourishing across the United States, yielding more same-sex weddings than ever before. But unlike “traditional” straight couples, same-sex couples have no templates or roadmaps to fall back on when planning their nuptials. Here I share a few ideas – some from my own experience – for navigating the unknown terrain of same-sex weddings, all of which will help any couple (gay or straight) who want to celebrate individuality over tradition.

Your Wedding Challenges are Opportunities
With no GPS to lead the way, you and your fiancé are forced to ask yourselves three important questions:
1. What are we doing?
2. Why are we doing it?
3. How do we make it happen?

Same-sex couples have always been forced to be awake at the wheel of their relationships and marriages. I feel it’s because they have had to fight for recognition in the face of adversity. So – along with straight couples who deviate from the norm – think of your wedding-planning challenges as opportunities to create meaningful celebrations on your own terms.

Incorporate Guests Into Your Story, Not the Other Way Around
Assemble a menagerie of faces that make you feel like you. And choose not to invite anyone who might compromise your event with what I call ‘Overtly Toxic Prejudice’: a reflexive, pernicious need to induce shame in those they do not understand. Anyone down with OTP does not have a place at your wedding.

By taking charge of your guest list, you also empower yourself to bring people into your world, on your terms. For instance, when family members slip up and call your event a “party,” just remind them how important the day is for you, how important the word “wedding” is, and how meaningful it will be for you to share it with them.

Remember, you are inviting them into your story as a couple, not contorting yourself to fit into theirs.

Personalize, Rewrite, or Create New Rituals
You get to think about which wedding rituals you like, which you do not, and which are rooted in the tradition of brides as property (which are many of them). You then get to decide which of those rituals, if any, tell your story. If none do, you can always create your own, and then celebrate them in your own way.

Here are some examples:

The Proposal. You can reenact a “traditional” proposal where one proposes to the other on bended knee. But you can also invent a refreshing proposal of your own. And you can cast yourself in the role of proposer, proposed to, or both.

For example, my husband and I invented Proposal Week: a mini-vacation during which we agreed to psyche each other out with almost-proposals at various dinners and excursions until it spontaneously happened for real. Instead of exchanging rings, we created a symbolic video featuring the people in our tribes and emailed it to them. It served as both our engagement announcement and our save the date.

Parties. Have a shower, a bachelor(ette) party, or any other pre-wedding bash if you want. Whatever you end up doing (i.e., cake decorating classes, wine tasting, bar hopping, or bungy jumping) just make sure you actually have fun and that the party symbolizes who you are, independent of your spouse-to-be.

The Wedding Party. And speaking of parties, you get to decide who you want to represent you on the big day, without the gender binary getting in the way. That means that unlike many brides and grooms in the past, you get to choose bridesmen, groomsgals, or any other attendant in your wedding ensemble without the oppressive rule of “boys on this side of the aisle, girls on that side.”

What is also trending is not settling on any specific color theme for attire; don’t feel the pressure to have everyone in the wedding party match ensembles. For example, for our New England fall wedding, my husband and I chose to wear non-matching brown suits and asked our parties to wear any fall leaf color of their choosing. It was wonderful to watch the autumnal ensemble flurry their way down the aisle.

The Ceremony. Don’t feel as though you have to abandon tradition altogether. There may be aspects of sectarian customs that inspire you. For example, my husband and I both grew up going to Christian churches, and though we are not religious now, we liked some of the aesthetics of the services. We chose classic texts that reflected stories like ours – drawn from Gilgamesh and Plato – as well as church-like music selections that felt personal, from Philip Glass and Sinead O’Connor. Our spiritual guests not only got to reflect on our love, but also had no idea the service wasn’t taken from the Bible.

The Reception. Do you need to smash cake in each other’s faces? No. So if you don’t want to, don’t. If you want a first dance, do it: fast or slow, just the two of you, or with everyone as a big group. And if you want to dance with parents, why not go ahead and dance with your same-sex counterpart?

Your Wedding is a Performance
Don’t be afraid to embrace the limelight. It’s your day, so you should enjoy it.

That being said, you’ll want to prepare for show time the way actors do for a play. Allow yourself to daydream about each stage of the wedding ahead of time. Fantasize about the attention you will receive each step of the way, and how nice it will be to take that in. The more you are prepared to enjoy the attention, the better time you’ll have and the better time your guests will have. Trust me.

Also, don’t be thrown by relatives who may cringe at the sight of you kissing your beloved at the altar, your PDA in photographs or on the dance floor, your choice of outfit, or any other way in which you choose to enjoy the spotlight. These “traditional” or conservative relatives might induce inhibiting shame in you. Don’t let them. They are not the arbiters of appropriate. They simply suffer from what I call ‘Spotlight Ambivalence’: mixed feelings about exposing truth when it challenges the norm, causing folks to object when you take center stage. It’s about them, not about you.

But you might be able to actually glean tips from these same relatives. Ask them about their weddings and conflicts they had with their relatives when planning them. You might disarm them and find connections in unexpected places.

What You Take In Is More Important Than What You Put Out
Whether we’re straight or gay, we all face the exact same wedding dilemma: How to celebrate who we are and who we love, and how to take our crucial people along with us for the ride. The ensemble you assemble will nourish you – if you mentally prepare to take them in.

*This post has been adapted from Mark O’Connell, LCSW’s book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First Century Weddings.

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Why Couples Fight: The Top 5 Issues

I love to talk about love — even some of the darker parts of coupledom like arguments, fights and problems. After all, without the dark we wouldn’t have the light!

Most of us don’t realize that there are patterns to how we fight…and make-up if we so choose to work at it. Ask yourself:

Are you having the same fight over and over again?

Your arguments might be more common than you think. Can you relate to this awesome video?

The Science of Fighting

According to Marriage and Family counselor Dr. John Gottman, a true expert in this field, 69 percent of marriage conflicts are never solved. Yes, 69 percent!

That means that we are often having the same fight over and over again.

This is actually good news. Why? If we have similarities or patterns to our fights it means a) we are not alone and b) we can study, predict and course-correct our arguments before they explode.

Dr. John Gottman has over 40 years of research with over 3,000 married couples. He calls these unresolved issues ‘gridlocked’. Watch this video for more:

Gridlocked Issue: A common topic that comes up for a couple that cannot be resolved and typically devolves into a nasty argument.

The Top 5 Issues Couples Fight About:

What do most couples fight about? Here are the 5 most common issues:

  • Free Time

  • Money

  • Housework

  • Physical Intimacy

  • Extended Family

Fighting Solutions:

Here are some ways you can use the science of couples to help your relationship:

1. The New Mindset

How to Fight Better: I want us to shift the focus to fighting ‘better’ as opposed to fighting less. Why? Fighting better is about having discussions, not arguments. It is about respectfully hearing the other person when perpetual problems come up. It’s also a lot of pressure to try to fight less. We all want to fight less, but the point of this article is to deepen understanding and that can mean discussing more.

2. Identify Your Issues

One of the most interesting discussions I have ever had with my husband was identifying our ‘perpetual issues’. We sat down and thought about the problems and topics that have come up recently and looked for patterns. Did any of them fall into the top 5 above? Were there any common threads or underlying themes to our arguments. The answer — yes. We didn’t realize it at first, but we were basically having the same 3 arguments over and over again with different dressing.

  • Sit down with your partner (or with a journal by yourself) and review all of the arguments you have had recently or any big blow-up fights over the last few months. Try to identify the patterns under the arguments.

  • Once you have identified your patterns, clearly delineate each partner’s side of the argument. Do this in non-judgmental terms. For example, an issue could be ‘spending.’ Husband likes to treat himself to little dinners out regularly, whereas Wife likes to save up for big treats. Neither is ‘wrong’ but this way you know where you both stand.

3. Localize Don’t Globalize

One reason that little arguments can erupt so quickly is because a small disagreement can be tagged onto one of your larger arguments and immediately explode into the big fight. You already know your issues and where the other stands, so it is very important to keep small arguments compartmentalized and specific to the situation. This can help you focus on the issue and keep the discussion as just that — a discussion. Since you know you have fundamental differences on the larger argument, there is no reason to bring it into everyday discussions.

  • Try to avoid globalizing the other person or their behavior. Try not to say “You always do this” or “This is your pattern” or “You never…”

  • Don’t call up past arguments or offenses. I know it’s hard, but it will only exacerbate an issue that is gridlocked (devolving into a larger fight).

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4. Start with Agreement

If a gridlocked issue comes up on a daily basis and you need to approach it, start with agreement. Dr. Gottman noticed that successful couples who have been together for a long time master gentleness. They present issues in a soft way by never starting with criticism. In fact, starting with agreement is the best way to avoid an argument and start a discussion. Find something you can agree upon and start there.

  • For example, if you have family coming in for the weekend and Wife wants a hotel, but Husband wants house-guests, Wife could say, “I know we can agree that family time is important and I know we can both get a little annoyed when we are overrun with nieces and nephews. Let’s try to think of a way to make this weekend work.”

5. Look Underneath the Argument

This is the hardest one, but the most important. Sometimes there are underlying issues beneath the gridlocked issue. I want you to think about what’s happening behind the argument. Are there value-based differences? You might actually be arguing about basic philosophical concepts like someone’s sense of self, power, freedom, care, what family means, what home means or control. Look at your gridlocked issue and ask the question “Why?” 5 times. *Be sure to get buy-in to do this from both people, so it is exploratory not antagonistic. For example:

  • Wife: I am very upset right now.

  • Man: Why?

  • Wife: I need more help around the house.

  • Man: Why do you feel that way?

  • Wife: I feel overworked and overwhelmed with the stuff that needs to be done.

  • Man: Why do you feel overwhelmed?

  • Wife: It just feels like it all lands on me at the end of the day.

  • Man: Why do you feel it all lands on you?

  • Wife: I don’t see you offering to help and that makes me frustrated.

  • Man: Why does that happen?

  • Wife: It makes me feel under-appreciated.

Ok, now they are onto something! Yes, help around the house is great, but it all boils down to feeling under appreciated. If the husband were to make the wife feel more appreciated — perhaps thanking her for what has already been done, that might be even more beneficial than helping. Combining help and gratitude could be the ultimate healer in this fight.

6. Acceptance

Knowing your issues and where you stand can help prevent you from having the argument over and over again. Agreeing to disagree and naming the issue can prevent arguments in the future. For example, I was walking a couple through this exercise and this process happened:

  • Common Issue: Vacationing with the in-laws. Husband doesn’t like to vacation with his in-laws, Wife does.

  • Localize: Trip to Hawaii over Thanksgiving

  • Agreement: We both know we need a vacation and we are due for an in-law visit.

  • Why’s: Wife learns that the reason Husband doesn’t like to vacation with the in-laws has nothing to do with them. He loves the in-laws! But he wants more couple time. “We are so busy during the work week that our vacations are the only alone time we get together.”

  • Acceptance: This is a difference in preference — it is not an attack on the in-laws or a desire not to vacation together. A possible compromise to recognize the underlying need for alone time could be to go on vacation a few days early before the in-laws arrive.

  • Success!

You want your perpetual issues to be more like the crazy uncle who shows up unannounced and less like the hidden rabid dog in the closet. In other words, the more your issue is talked about, tolerated and discussed, the easier and less trap-filled it will be.

Sometimes it feels like talking about the nitty-gritty side of romance is taboo, but I think when we explore the issues we learn and benefit. Let’s bring the light to the dark.

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Photographer Murad Osmann is famous for following his girlfriend around the world. Last weekend, he made a promise to hold her hand forever.

Osmann’s “Follow Me To” project began in 2012, when he started capturing images of girlfriend Natalia Zakharova holding his hand in different locales around the globe. After rising to Instagram fame and publishing a book in January, the two married on Saturday, June 6 in a gorgeous ceremony.

Osmann shared a snapshot from the nuptials along with a sweet message to his bride, writing, “I promise to hold your hand and tell you I love you every day for the rest of our lives.”




“We were all waiting for the moment to do the #followmeto shot right after the ceremony,” Osmann told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday. “After we both said ‘yes,’ we [decided] to ask all the guests to participate in our photo … In the shot [on my account] I am reaching her hand and trying to follow her to the big red door that was a part of the ceremony decorations and we [used] it instead of the typical wedding arch. She is leading me to the new life and in the picture she is inviting me into it.”




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Last week, Ireland made history by becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, giving gay people the right to marry once the law is written into the legislature in the next couple of months.

The European country is now one of 19 international territories that have legalized gay marriage, along with 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

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When it comes to wedding planning, many of the standard matrimonial traditions simply don’t work for same-sex couples. Psh, who likes rules anyway? BuzzFeed reached out to Kate Schaefer, founder of H & H Weddings, to provide some insight on how same-sex couples are making their big day different. “LGBT couples are faced with a unique set of challenges as they plan their weddings; there are no rules! None. Zilch,” she says. “This can leave couples feeling overwhelmed, or unsure of what traditional elements of weddings to include. The best way to plan is to do whatever feels the most you.”

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Let’s face it: sexting is a reality of the 21st century. But how that dynamic plays into your romantic relationships is completely up to you.

In this awkward but funny video from BuzzFeed, three couples sext on camera with one another for the first time, including one gay couple. If anything, all three couples look like they’re having an immense amount of fun throughout the whole process.

Maybe sexting is good for some relationships after all? Check out the video above.

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12 Couples That Almost But Never Were Actually Couples

Remember the time that C.J. and Toby finally realized they were madly in love and began a romantic relationship that went down in favorite-TV-couples history? No? That’s because it never happened. It should have, but alas, “West Wing” mastermind Aaron Sorkin doesn’t really care what you want. Sorkin isn’t the only writer/producer/creator who kept some of our favorite almost couples from having beautiful and meaningful relationships. Occasionally, audiences were treated to, say, an awkward kiss never to be repeated, an “I love you” that was quickly taken back or — at most — one night of romance.

In a match-making collaboration with Juicy Fruit, we’re recapping some of our favorite never-were couples from film, television and literature — the ones that left us wishing the love birds would all realize their true feelings, leading to an ending filled with both figurative and literal fireworks. Warning: this list contains spoilers.

Will Truman and Jack McFarland (“Will & Grace”)

Jack was there for Will when he came out of the closet. There was also that almost romantic night they didn’t actually spend together on Karen’s boat. Will supported Jack financially and Jack reminded Will when he needed to hit the gym. Isn’t that the very definition of a couple? Despite the zings about Will’s weight and hairline, and Jack’s spazztic personality and frequent unemployment, these two really cared for each other and found ways to show it, including that one time Jack told Patti LuPone to shut her “beautiful brassy trap.”

Hermione Granger and Harry Potter (Harry Potter books)

Plenty of readers thought that something more should have blossomed between Potter fans’ favorite witch and wizard. Ron always seemed a bit too dim for Hermione. But her relationship with Harry displayed respect, kindness, love and a deeper understanding of one another. Ron and Hermione constantly bickered. Plus, Ron was incredibly awkward and had zero game. But there was a comforting shoulder to cry on and blue eyes for days with the ever-sensitive Harry.

Peggy Olson and Don Draper (“Mad Men”)

Peggy Olson: a great example of a strong woman who wouldn’t be afraid to tell a man what’s up and to get his act together. The recent downward spiral Don experienced would never have happened had he been involved with Peggy Olson. She would not have put up with that crazy business. And when it comes to their work, they make each other better. We’d also love to see Peggy with someone who won’t cut his nipple off and give it to her in a box.

Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy (“30 Rock”)

They decided in Florida that their untraditional friendship was too interesting to become romantic and ruin everything. But that didn’t stop many fans from wishing sparks had flown between “sister-ployee” and “work oracle.” Jack suffered from major mommy issues and Liz, a serious cheese problem. Despite their flaws and differences (and there were many), the two looked out for each other. Remember in season three when Liz flashed an entire room at a business retreat to pull the attention off of Jack when he forgot to remove his mic? While they were certainly not the best people in the world, Jack and Liz weren’t the worst, either. “Graduate students are the worst.”

Willow Rosenberg and Xander Harris (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

Everyone loves to watch lifelong best friends fall in love. The only hitch for Willow and Xander was, the sparks started while they were in love with other people. They kissed in episodes throughout season three (including one where Cordelia nearly died trying to rescue them while they were getting cozy). Guilt-ridden by their betrayal and the hurt they caused, the two never developed a long-term romantic relationship. Eventually Willow fell in love with another witch and Xander fell in love with an ex-demon and almost everyone died.

Frasier Crane and Roz Doyle (“Frasier”)

Work relationships in TV shows are a breeding ground for sexual tension. Straight-shooter Roz was never afraid to get into a verbal battle of wits with Frasier. As his producer for his radio show she freely mixed her own two cents in to his advice for callers. The zings about her healthy sexual appetite and his pretentious yet childish demeanor flew back and forth throughout the series. Still, there were plenty of warm moments between the two of them. They slept together once, and it made things super weird, but in the end they smoothed it all over and restored a solid friendship. They were both complete messes (he had a crazy ex-wife and her baby-daddy was a college undergrad) but they created a perfect balance at the same time.

Leslie Knope and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (“Parks and Recreation”)

Strictly speaking pre-Ben, here. Despite the soft spot we all have for Jean-Ralphio’s shenanigans and the way he sings the end of every other sentence like he’s Mary J. Blige laying down a track at Columbia, Ben Wyatt trumps Jean-Ralphio any day. That being said, we think Leslie and J-R could have had an interesting connection, not too dissimilar from the time that Ann and Tom dated. Leslie would have been an organizing influence on him — and his fake death in the series finale would have gone a lot smoother because of it.

Dottie Hinson and Jimmy Dugan (“A League of Their Own”)

There may not be crying in baseball, but we’re crying over the fact that she didn’t stay in Rockford. Imagine the career the Peaches’ starting catcher would have had if she’d left her dairy farm and her World War II-wounded veteran husband for her coach. Like any queen of diamonds, Dottie knew how to put a washed-up, occasional misogynist like Jimmy in his place. Not to mention, her command of the field earned his respect. It’s hard to say how a romance would have changed things, but there definitely would have been a new generation of insanely talented ball players who could catch foul balls in mid-splits and bat over .500.

Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister (“Game of Thrones”)

He saved her life at the cost of his own hand, and she managed to reunite him with his indifferent family. Arguably, Brienne is the only person with whom Jamie has been truly open, which shows his trust and respect for her. Likewise, she has shown the same for him. He’s beautiful and rich, and she, well, isn’t … but it could work. Mr. Martin, if you’re reading this, incest is so two season ago. Bring on the Tarth.

Edith and just about ANYONE (“Downton Abbey”)

Aside from the dead ones, Edith is probably the unluckiest character in Downton. Her demeanor and untraditional look regrettably marks her as the “other” daughter when introduced at dinner parties. First, we saw her jilted at the altar by an old dude with whom no one was really hoping she’d ride off into the sunset. And just when we think she’s found true love with married man Michael Gregson — so many things wrong with that scenario to start — he goes off to Germany, gets murdered and leaves her pregnant with his child out of wedlock. At this point, we’d settle for any well-meaning, age appropriate suitor for Edith. Not an easy task when it literally feels like the eligible bachelors on this show keep dying off or heading across the pond to America (in which case, they may as well be dead).

Dr. Ian Malcolm and Dr. Ellie Sattler (“Jurassic Park”)

If it weren’t for that pretentious, awkward-around-children Dr. Grant, perhaps Ellie would have taken Ian’s flirting more seriously. Who can resist a chaos theorist who knows how to rock a black leather blazer to a field expedition? She definitely wouldn’t have lured him back to another dino-filled island in the second movie. If only love — like life — found a way.

Mindy Lahiri and Peter Prentice (“The Mindy Project”)

As Peter left for Texas to follow love, he told Mindy she is his best friend. And when he came back just before his wedding, he asked her to be his best man (cue the sappy noises from the audience). They share a lot more in common than she and Danny, and how adorable were they as a fake couple at Mindy’s ex’s wedding? If they ever got together, we bet they’d spend weekends picking out cute outfits for Nicole the dog, reading gossip magazines and crashing weddings of professional athletes.

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This Is What Happens When Couples Try To Wear ‘Undies For Two’

Ever thought about what it would be like to actually wear Fundies, aka couples’ underwear with four legs holes? We didn’t think so.

BuzzFeed asked four couples to try out four rather bizarre “couples” products, including The Armadillow (couples’ pillows), Smittens (shared mittens), matching sweatshirts and Fundies.

The results were interesting. For the most part, the couples had awkward and strange experiences, but one pair did say the Fundies “kind of brought us together in ways we didn’t expect.”

Hey, that’s something!

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17 Honest Valentine’s Day Cards For Couples With An Unusual Take On Romance

Just because you’re married doesn’t mean that you and your boo are huge proponents of Valentine’s Day and all of the mushy-gushy, red rose B.S. it typically entails.

That being said, there’s no reason happy couples shouldn’t find a less nauseating way to celebrate their love. Below we’ve rounded up 17 alternative V-Day cards for couples with a less traditional definition of romance.

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Are These Random New Celebrity Couples Really Dating?

Maybe they've all been bitten by George Clooney's love-bug, but the following celebs have been fueling the rumor fire with their latest alleged romantic endeavors. Nobody's professing their feelings yet on a televised stage, but…




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Check It Out: Couple’s Chic Library Wedding Reception One For The Books

Since medical professionals Michelle Ciarlo and Christopher Jones met as passionate academics, their wedding reception in a majestic library proved to be an appropriate chapter in their love story.

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8 Things Married Couples Get Wrong When It Comes To Sex

By Jillian Kramer, BRIDES

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“A healthy sex life is a key ingredient to a happy, loving, and lasting marriage,” says sex expert Nikki Ransom-Alfred. Yet, “after the excitement of the wedding day and settling into marriage, couples will often find that the quantity and quality of sex will take a downturn.” So what’s a married couple to do? Check out these eight things you’re likely doing wrong without even knowing it, and have fun correcting the problems beginning tonight!

You’re not doing the deed often enough.
“Sex is how you express love and desire for each other, and connects the two of you on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level,” Ransom-Alfred says. What’s more, when you orgasm, your brain releases dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin — the love hormone — that keeps you crazy about your guy. “Discuss with your partner how often he would like to have sex and then see how you two can compromise so that all parties are satisfied,” Ransom-Alfred suggests. Hint: The more often, the merrier you both will be.

You’re not openly discussing what you want.
“Couples are often embarrassed to discuss sex with each other, even though they have it with each other,” explains Ransom-Alfred. “Some are nervous to talk about their wants and desires for fear of being judged or turned down by the other.” Start by telling your significant other that discussion about sex and sexual desires are a safe zone. Then, “talk with each other about sex acts that you’ve always wanted to try, new sex positions, what turns you on, what turns you off, and more,” Ransom-Alfred says. “This will only enhance your sex life together and enhance your marriage overall.”

You’re playing it safe — and repetitive — when it comes to sex.
“It’s common to become so comfortable in our relationship that we neglect we need to keep our sex lives new, fresh and exciting,” says Ransom-Alfred. “Marriage is forever, and you can’t expect to have the same kind of sex for the rest of your lives. You will indeed get bored in the bedroom and that spells trouble for the marriage.” Ransom-Alfred suggests cracking open the Kama Sutra for inspiration and new positions you could try.

You’re wearing your sweats to bed.
“We definitely need to keep it sexy in the bedroom, whether we’ve been married for two months or two decades,” insists Ransom-Alfred. “Taking the time to be appealing for your partner shows them that you really care about them, about looking good for them and about your marriage.” Make it a habit to slip into something silky when you get under the sheets. “Or wear one of his T-shirts to bed if that’s what he finds sexy,” she says. Of course, you can also go naked, too, and we doubt your husband will complain!

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You’re not taking your time with foreplay.
“Discuss foreplay with your partner and ask what they like, what really gets them hot and also how long he wants foreplay,” suggests Ransom-Alfred. “Sexiness starts in the mind, so foreplay should begin well before taking your clothes off.”

You’re not spontaneous enough.
“Sex does not always have to happen at night, nor does it always have to be in the bedroom,” Ransom-Alfred says. “Keep things spontaneous by surprising your partner with a sex session in the morning, in the shower while you two are getting ready, or the middle of the day.” Another tip to keep things extra-hot? “Call your spouse right before lunch and have them meet you at home for a quickie!” she suggests.

You’re not making your bedroom a pleasant place to make love.
“Many couples do not realize it, but the décor in your room will have either a positive or negative effect on your mood,” explains Ransom-Alfred. “If your bedroom looks bland and boring, you will feel the same when you enter it. Your bedroom is your sensual space, so you want to feel sensual when you walk inside of it.” Up the sex factor in your personal space by investing in fresh flowers, scented candles and plush pillows that beckon for romance.

You’re not showing enough non-sexual affection.
“While a slap on the bottom or a sexual grope is hot, be sure to still show your partner affection and love in non-sexual ways such as hugging, massaging and holding them,” advises Ransom-Alfred. That kind of physical love and affection translates outside the bedroom, and last until your next sex session. “The more loved a spouse feels, the more open he or she will be sexually.”

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Clooney! Jolie! Elton! Kimye! 19 Celeb Couples Who Wed In 2014

Something must have been in the air during 2014; the year that’s just about to wrap up had a bumper crop of A-list weddings — some that were a little more private than others. Here’s a look back at some of the big names who tied the knot, sent with our best wishes for their happily ever afters!

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Same-Sex Couples Are Less Likely To Divorce Than Heterosexual Couples, New Study Shows

This post originally appeared on Bustle.

By Pamela J. Stubbart

Opponents of gay marriage, this one is for you. New evidence from the Williams Institute suggests that same-sex couples are less likely to divorce than heterosexual couples, so anyone who has ever argued that gay couples are “ruining” the sanctity of marriage, well, it looks like you’re totally and completely wrong. Oops.

According to data gathered and analyzed by the Williams Institute (a research group focused on “sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy” at UCLA), within the first four years or so that same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire and Vermont, just 1.1 percent of same-sex marriages have ended in divorce. If you include the data from six more states regarding same-sex civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, the same-sex dissolution rate per year ticks up to about 1.6 percent of all legally-recognized partnerships. Both of these same-sex splits per year rates are lower than the 2 percent of heterosexual marriages which dissolve per year in the United States.

As the Williams Institute also points out, the number of same-sex couples choosing to get married following the Supreme Court’s 2013 Windsor decision is rising quickly — even in states where same-sex marriage was already legal. This suggests that as public opinion of same-sex marriage continues to improve, more and more couples will be drawn into the institution (even those couples who were previously unsure about marriage), though these couples may or may not be more likely to divorce in the long-run, so continued analysis is required.

Unfortunately, persisting inequality in marriage laws also makes it more difficult for same-sex couples to separate: as a same-sex spouse, you can’t get a divorce in your home state unless that state recognizes your marriage in the first place, which could partially account for why divorce rates are so low.

But as long as we’re talking about positive news, here’s some more food for thought: according to another recent study published by the University of Melbourne earlier this summer, children of same-sex parents may fare better than those of similar heterosexual couples too. So advocates of “traditional” marriages and families, take that.

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You’re Invited To This Gay Couple’s Countryside Wedding — And It’s Beautiful

Get the tissues ready!

In this adorable video documenting the wedding of gay couple Matthew and Tom, the viewer is transported to the idyllic countryside along with the couple’s family and friends.

It’s always nice to be reminded that despite all of the conflict in the world, two loving queer individuals can now wed one another in more states than ever before.

Congrats, guys!

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Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples, Including Some ‘Living In Sin’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.

Francis in his homily likened families to the “bricks that build society.” Among the couples, all from the Rome area, is one in which the groom’s first marriage was annulled by the church and the bride has a daughter from an earlier relationship. Some of the other couples already were living together.

The Vatican views sex outside marriage as sin, but Francis stresses the church should be a forgiving one.

He said marriage was “real life, not some TV show.” He told the couples love of Jesus can help whenever their love “becomes lost, wounded or worn out.”

Many rank-and-file Catholics have pressed the Vatican to allow divorced faithful who remarry to receive Communion. The Vatican has stood firm, contending only if remarried Catholics forsake sex can they receive Communion. Catholics can only remarry in the Church if their first marriage is annulled, essentially a declaration the initial union never existed.

Some hope a major Vatican meeting next month on family concerns might lead to permission for divorced Catholics who remarry to receive Communion. Francis has reportedly told a woman in his Argentine homeland whose husband’s first marriage wasn’t annulled she was free of sin and should take Communion anyway. The Vatican quickly clarified that the pope’s private conversations don’t reflect church policy.

Sunday’s weddings performed by Francis could also be seen by status-quo defenders as the Vatican’s way of stressing that marriage, because it is a sacrament, should endure. One by one, the 20 couples were called by name by Francis, who asked if they’d be faithful for the rest of their lives.

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These Are The Top U.S. Cities For Couples, According To Rent.com

Living in a big metropolis like Manhattan, Los Angeles or Chicago can an awesome experience for young lovebirds. But there are plenty of other smaller, lesser-known cities that have a lot to offer.

Rent.com recently compiled a list of the best U.S. cities for couples based on factors such as a high percentage of married adults, a low percentage of divorced couples and a variety of dining, entertainment and other activities available nearby. Find out if your city made the list below:

1. Newton, Massachusetts

2. Staten Island, New York

3. Edison, New Jersey

4. Fremont, California

5. Arlington Heights, Illinois

6. Sunnyvale, California

7. Troy, Michigan

8. Irvine, California

9. San Mateo, California

10. Bellevue, Washington

11. Woodbridge, New Jersey

12. Columbia, Maryland

13. Newport Beach, California

14. Farmington Hills, Michigan

15. Torrance, California

Rent.com considered cities with populations of at least 75,000, where more than 25 percent of households are rental properties and where the crime rate was lower or equal to the national average. All stats and demographics were provided to Rent.com via Onboard Informatics, a data and technology company.

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12 Couples Who Totally Defy The Annoying Couple Stereotype

When people think engagement photos, they usually envision couples standing in an open field, sucking face and holding a bunch of baby pink balloons.

If that’s your thing, power to you. But there are plenty of other couples out there who are doing some awesome things with their engagement photos that completely debunk that stereotype.

Below we present a carefully curated selection of couples who are so ridiculously cool, you’d happily agree to be their third wheel any day of the week.

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13 Secrets Of Happily Married Couples

It’s often said that marriage is a lot of work — so it’s refreshing to hear from couples who not only figured out how to make their love last, but are having an awesome time doing it.

On Sunday, a Redditor posed the question, “Why are you still married?” The replies, from real-life couples who are just as in love now as when they said “I do,” give a glimpse into the makings of a lasting marriage.

Below, 13 secrets of happily married couples:

1. They trust each other.

“We don’t judge each other. We trust each other. We don’t have one of those wild tempestuous marriages. No one will ever write a book about us and there will never be a Lifetime movie based on our relationship. But I am in exactly the kind of relationship I have always wanted.”

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2. They take the good with the bad and become stronger for it.

“We are coming up on 19 years next week. I am still married because I totally respect him for how he has held my hand through the bad times. The good times were good, but the bad times were 10x worse. His friendship and commitment never wavered.”

3. They respect each other.

“Married for 39 years. Why? I still get that funny warm feeling in my stomach when I hear his car drive into the driveway. He treats me with respect and he’s a hell of a lot of fun on a road trip.”

4. They’re honest with each other.

“11 years together, two years married … he provides me support when I need it and tells me when to ‘suck it up, princess’. He deals with all of my family bullshit and brings me ice cream … he gives the best hugs and is amazing in bed.”

5. They find joy in the little things.

“He’s the person I most want to hang out with whether it’s going out eat, acting like an idiot at a concert, or just sitting together watching TV. And he feels the same way about me. It’s great. No matter what life throws us (and it’s thrown a lot so far!), we always know we will be there for each other.”

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6. They embrace each other’s differences.

“I love being married. My wife and I are opposites. I am impulsive, she is detailed. I am aggressive she is reserved. Together we are like a fucking superhero, winning and conquering all!”

7. Sure, they argue, but they always fight fair.

“[My husband] never has unkind words for me, even when he’s upset. It means the world to me that we can ‘argue’ and still say ‘I love you.'”

8. They have fun, even when doing absolutely nothing at all.

“The most important thing starting out was that we loved being with each other. We made each other laugh. We could do something or nothing and have a great time because we were together. We just fit.”

9. They cheer each other on.

“Married for 25 years. She is a force of nature, all 104 pounds of her. This woman does everything, sings like an angel, dances, cooks, mixes cement, lays tiles, does woodworking, quilts, builds mosaics, gardens, runs her own restaurant and bed and breakfast. She is so alive. She lights up the room every time she walks in with her joy.”

10. They love each other — flaws and all.

“[My wife] made a man out of a mess. She allowed me to make mistakes without hating me for it … she loves me when no one else does … she made me whole.”

11. They feel lucky that they found each other.

“We’ve been together for 10, married for three. He is literally the best person I have ever known. I would do anything for him. We make each other ridiculously happy, it’s kind of gross … We play video games together, go climbing together, cook together, you name it. Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am because this relationship is so damn easy.”

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12. They support each other.

“[My husband] is so supportive in everything I do. He lifts me up when I’m down, always encourages me when I feel discouraged and when I need to talk about my feelings, he’s always there to listen. I mean it when I say I married my best friend.”

13. They understand that “in sickness and in health” is more than a phrase — it’s a promise.

“We’ve been married nine years, together for 13. Eight years ago I became significantly disabled. We were a two income house and I took care of pretty much everything at home. And then I couldn’t work anymore. I couldn’t cook or clean. I couldn’t do our grocery shop or pay our bills. I know he didn’t think he could do it, but he does it all. He finished his PhD while still working and having to do all the housework and even down to having to bathe me when I couldn’t … He’s a remarkable man and I adore him.”

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$89 and Up for a 1-Night Couples Package or Family Package in Niagara Falls with Dining Vouchers (Up to $400 Value)

City: Toronto
Start Date: June 16, 2014
End Date: June 23, 2014
Value: $ 275
Price: $ 89
Purchases: 10
Purchases required: 1

Highlights:

  • Options available to travel in June, July, or August.
  • Dining credits include $ 70 to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the Couple’s Package, and $ 30 to the Outback Steakhouse for the Family Package.
  • Hotel is conveniently located across the street from Fallsview Casino and just 1 block from the Falls.
  • Stay in a spacious room with 2 Double beds and your own private balcony!
  • Perfect getaway suited for Couples or Families.

Buy Details:

  • Includes a choice of:
    1. $ 89 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in June.
    2. $ 119 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in July.
    3. $ 129 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in August.
    4. Tax of 17.24% is not included and payable to the hotel.
  • Couples Package Includes: a $ 70 dining voucher at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 2 select drink tickets Ruth’s Chris Lounge, $ 10 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant, and 2 tickets to the IMAX Theatre: Niagara Miracles, Myths & Magic.
  • Family Package Includes: $ 30 dining voucher at Outback Steakhouse, $ 10 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant, $ 25 game play card at Captain Jack’s Pirate Cove,
    60 tokens to the Brand New Fun Zone Arcade, Admission for 4 to the Brand New Galaxy Quest Lazer Tag.
  • Please select package and travel window at checkout.
  • Reservations required and are subject to availability.
  • After purchasing your voucher reservations must be made online. Instructions for booking will be sent to you one hour after purchasing when your voucher becomes active.
  • All accommodations are for 2 people in a Standard Room with 2 Double beds and a private balcony.
  • Blackout Dates: June 27-29, July 1-5, 26, Aug. 1-3.
  • Dining vouchers are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value, cannot be combined (alcohol and gratuity not included) and are dine-in only, one voucher per restaurant per stay, valid with purchase of two adult entrees.
  • Valid to book and travel until Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Refund Policy: within 14 days of purchase only. No refunds if room has been booked with hotel.
  • Unlimited buys and unlimited gifts.
  • TeamBuy TICO # 50019980.

Description:

Best Western Fallsview:

  • $ 89 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in June ($ 250 Value)
  • $ 119 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in July ($ 325 Value)
  • $ 129 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in August ($ 400 Value)
  • Tax of 17.24% not included and payable to the hotel.

Hotel Info:

Self Parking is $ 20 per night.
Max 5 person occupancy. Additional adults are $ 12 per person per night (children 12 and under are free).
Check in 4pm, Check out 11am.

Room Amenities:

All Rooms have a Balcony or Patio, Flat-Screen TV, Coffee Maker, Irons and ironing board,
Hair dryer.

Dining Onsite

Free Shuttle Service provided to: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, East Side Mario’s, T.G.I.Friday’s, and IHOP.

Entertainment and Recreation

Located across the street from the Fallsview Casino & 1 block from the Falls.
Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Business Center, and 24-hour Mini Mart.

Expires: August 28, 2014
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Merchant: Best Western Fallsview
Merchant Link: http://www.bestwesternfallsview.com

Merchant address: 6289 Fallsview Blvd Niagara Falls Ontario L2G 3V7
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$79 and Up for a 1-Night Couples Package or Family Package in Niagara Falls with Dining Vouchers (Up to $400 Value)

City: Toronto
Start Date: June 12, 2014
End Date: June 16, 2014
Value: $ 275
Price: $ 79
Purchases: 1
Purchases required: 1

Highlights:

  • Options available to travel in June, July, or August.
  • Dining credits include $ 70 to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the Couple’s Package, and $ 30 to the Outback Steakhouse for the Family Package.
  • Hotel is conveniently located across the street from Fallsview Casino and just 1 block from the Falls.
  • Stay in a spacious room with 2 Double beds and your own private balcony!
  • Perfect getaway suited for Couples or Families.

Buy Details:

  • Includes a choice of:
    1. $ 79 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in June.
    2. $ 109 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in July.
    3. $ 119 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in August.
    4. Tax of 17.24% is not included and payable to the hotel.
  • Couples Package Includes: a $ 70 dining voucher at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 2 select drink tickets Ruth’s Chris Lounge, $ 10 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant, and 2 tickets to the IMAX Theatre: Niagara Miracles, Myths & Magic.
  • Family Package Includes: $ 30 dining voucher at Outback Steakhouse, $ 10 dining voucher at IHOP Restaurant, $ 25 game play card at Captain Jack’s Pirate Cove,
    60 tokens to the Brand New Fun Zone Arcade, Admission for 4 to the Brand New Galaxy Quest Lazer Tag.
  • Please select package and travel window at checkout.
  • Reservations required and are subject to availability.
  • After purchasing your voucher reservations must be made online. Instructions for booking will be sent to you one hour after purchasing when your voucher becomes active.
  • All accommodations are for 2 people in a Standard Room with 2 Double beds and a private balcony.
  • Blackout Dates: June 27-29, July 1-5, 26, Aug. 1-3.
  • Dining vouchers are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value, cannot be combined (alcohol and gratuity not included) and are dine-in only, one voucher per restaurant per stay, valid with purchase of two adult entrees.
  • Valid to book and travel until Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Refund Policy: within 14 days of purchase only. No refunds if room has been booked with hotel.
  • Unlimited buys and unlimited gifts.
  • TeamBuy TICO # 50019980.

Description:

Best Western Fallsview:

  • $ 79 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in June ($ 250 Value)
  • $ 109 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in July ($ 325 Value)
  • $ 119 for a 1-Night Stay on Sunday-Thursday in August ($ 400 Value)
  • Tax of 17.24% not included and payable to the hotel.

Hotel Info:

Self Parking is $ 20 per night.
Max 5 person occupancy. Additional adults are $ 12 per person per night (children 12 and under are free).
Check in 4pm, Check out 11am.

Room Amenities:

All Rooms have a Balcony or Patio, Flat-Screen TV, Coffee Maker, Irons and ironing board,
Hair dryer.

Dining Onsite

Free Shuttle Service provided to: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, East Side Mario’s, T.G.I.Friday’s, and IHOP.

Entertainment and Recreation

Located across the street from the Fallsview Casino & 1 block from the Falls.
Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Business Center, and 24-hour Mini Mart.

Expires: August 28, 2014
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Merchant: Best Western Fallsview
Merchant Link: http://www.bestwesternfallsview.com

Merchant address: 6289 Fallsview Blvd Niagara Falls Ontario L2G 3V7
Merchant phone: (905) 356-0551


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New Survey Sheds Light On What Married Couples Fight About Most

It is said that money is the root of all evil, so it’s no surprise that married couples fight over money more than any other subject, according to a new survey.

Money Magazine polled 1,010 married adults ages 25 and over with household incomes above $ 50,000 to find out how couples manage their finances once they’ve tied the knot.

Survey results showed that 70 percent of couples argued about money more than household chores, togetherness, sex, snoring and what’s for dinner.

So what exactly are those financial fights all about?

Couples cited frivolous purchases, household budgeting and credit card debt as the biggest sources of friction.

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The survey also revealed that husbands are happiest when their wives earn the same amount or more money than they do. Men with high-earning wives also reported hotter sex lives.

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Now for the not-so-fun facts: 60 percent of husbands and wives said they check their bank accounts more than they have sex and 22 percent said they hide purchases from their spouses.

Head over to Money.com for the full report.

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The Way Couples Divide Household Chores Can Make Or Break A Marriage

Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, or doing laundry may not seem like make-it-or-break it moments for marriages — but according to a new study, how household chores are divided greatly affects relationship satisfaction.

In the study, recently published in Sex Roles, researchers examined 220 newlywed couples who had married within the last 24 months.

Participants were given an online questionnaire that measured two things: cognitive egalitarianism (meaning how couples perceive male and female household responsibilities) and behavioral egalitarianism (how couples actually divide household responsibilities). The participants were asked not to discuss the answers with their spouses.

After examining the results, researchers found that an uneven division of household chores negatively affected wives’ marital satisfaction, especially when wives felt the roles should be more equal. The same was not true for husbands.

“These results were interesting because usually marital satisfaction is studied in only one spouse. Here we were able to see what happens when there’s a discrepancy in spouses’ attitudes on this issue,” Brian G. Ogolsky, a lead author of the study, said in a press release. “If a woman believes that household chores should be divided equally, what happens if they adopt a traditional approach to the matter? The most satisfied couples have similar expectations and follow through on them.”

“For husbands, sharing household tasks isn’t as directly related to their satisfaction. Either they don’t perceive that there is a discrepancy or they have bought into the idea that the [housework] belongs to women,” he said.

The takeaway? Ogolsky notes that since expectations play such a large role in marital happiness, couples should discuss these matters early on. “Newlyweds need to thoughtfully plan how they can make their expectations about sharing chores work out in real life, especially if the new spouses strongly value gender equality in household labor. This issue will only matter more after children start arriving,” he advised.

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Wonderful Weddings for Cost-Conscious Couples

Wonderful Weddings for Cost-Conscious Couples


Foolproof advice from wedding planners featured on For Better or For Worse, the popular TLC television show about wedding preparations on a limited budget and timeframe.Strategies, projects, hints, and tips aimed at helping engaged couples save money and have fun planning a spectacular event.Full-color 16-page insert featuring doable, affordable projects and ideas such as veils, floral arrangements, and invitations — along with easy-to-follow instructions.Five interactive quizzes, wedding-day dos and don''ts, and other fun-filled features sure to ease any wedding planning stress.Money-saving ideas for theme weddings, such as fairy-tale, exotic, or 1930s chic.Helpful information to assist the cost-conscious couple in all aspects of wedding planning, including selecting a reception location, hiring a photographer, creating a guest list, buying a dress, choosing food and favors, and more!Convenient planning sections including a budgeting worksheet, space for recording important information such as measurements, contact information, or anything else that needs to be recorded.
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HBO’s ‘The Case Against 8’ Screening Features Reception For Gay Couples At Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Though they are not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO’s promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, “The Case Against 8.”

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, chronicles two gay couples battling against Proposition 8, the California law approved by voters that banned gay marriage. It was eventually declared unconstitutional. After the documentary’s debut, a reception was held featuring the two couples at the center of the legal fight, along with the film’s directors, Ben Cotner and Ryan White. The reception also featured gay couples at the center of a gay marriage battle in Utah. There was champagne and a wedding cake celebrating their unions, although the legality of them is in dispute.

“The timing is great to have the film released now, in the wake of the ruling here,” said Matthew Barraza, who attended with husband Tony Milner and their young son Jesse.

Last month, more than 1,000 same-sex couples wed in Utah after a federal judge declared the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The state is appealing, and the Supreme Court put a halt on same-sex weddings until the case is resolved. In the meantime, Utah is not recognizing those marriages, although the federal government does.

Milner has yet to see “The Case Against 8” but said he appreciated the struggles of the couples featured in it.

“We’ve learned that it’s a battle, but it takes time. There are setbacks, but we think the inevitable result is that we’re going to have marriage equality for all Americans,” he said.

Acclaimed director Rob Reiner was also at the reception. Reiner was active in the battle to overturn Prop. 8 in California and is featured in the movie. He said he was blown away by “The Case Against 8.”

“I knew we had a good movie, but I was just stunned at how impressive it was and the reaction to it. It was amazing,” he said. “It really tells the journey that we went through to overturn Prop. 8.”

The film will air on HBO in June.

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Fitness Journal for Couples

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This book was written and designed to help those struggling with the challenge of working out as well as crossing the hurdle of being stagnant and leading to discouragement. Many programs has been designed and laid out but not quite like this one that is structured for you from the beginning to the end. Each book is charted for a two/three month program which also help you to monitor your progress and to keep you accountable to your workout, you can always look back three weeks ago to see how well you progressed and where you use to be as far as the condition of your body. The books are designed in a format that once you enter your first desirable weight for that routine, you can’t go back through the course and do less than that. You can go back once or twice and do the same weight at the beginning stages but you have to push to do more. The program is designed to change you but you have to have determination to make a difference. Last you have to find a manageable diet during the program and make it as strict as your workout. Remember we age day by day and our bodies will tell it first.

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The Gay Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning: Everything Gay Men Need to Know to Create a Fun, Romantic, and Memorable Ceremony

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Ferti-Boost Reproductive Health For Couples 1 Kit

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Ferti-boost Ferti-Boost is a dietary supplement program developed by Dr. Colin LaGrange for use within his successful, wholistically oriented fertility clinics in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa. Ferti-Boost is a Natural hormone regulating and stimulating formula for Male and Female infertility. This product is designed to help couples suffering from ‘unexplained infertility syndrome’ where more aggressive therapies are not indicated. It is imported and distributed within the United States by Vibrant Health. Ferti-boostTM supports normal reproductive health*Ferti-boostTM and its mechanism of actionFertility is a complex interplay between many organs, systems, glands, chemicals and tissues. Precise timing and balanced biochemistry within these fertility factors in two separate individual must occur for conception to take place. It is therefore possible for couples to struggle with infertility where mild to no pathology exists. The problem can simply be a poorly balanced interplay of all the factors.Restoration of balanced functioning in the human system is the purpose of natural and holistic alternatives. Quite often, systems need support and assistance rather than the overwhelmingly powerful force of medication.Ferti-boostTM has taken into account the requirement for the body to have all necessary nutrients and efficiently coordinated systems in order for fertility to occur. We have examined many of the areas of potential breakdown that may prevent healthy fertility, and created Ferti-boost to restore, balance and enhance the funtion of all these areas.*Factors necessary for healthy fertilityNothing in the body occurs in isolation. As a consequence, nurturing a system as diverse as the reproductive system calls for a multifaceted approach influencing many areas simultaneously. Ferti-boostTM is just such a coordinated program.Eacxh box of Ferti-boostTM contains 6 formulas; three for the man and three for the woman. Each of them will find a Regulating, a Nourishing, and a Stimulating formula designed just for them.*Ferti-Boost provides appropriately formulated Homeopathic, Western Herbal, and Chinese Herbal dietary supplements to:Nutritionally support endocrine function related to fertility. Restore normal biochemistry within glands, reproducitve tissues and their related systems.Balance and enhance the function of hormonal secretions and tissue biochemistry within the reproductive system.
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Beautiful Photo Captures Elderly Couple’s Enduring Love

If there’s a photo out there that more beautifully captures enduring love, we’re not sure we’ve seen it.

Redditor downvotestickle writes of the photo below, “My 91-year-old grandfather is dying. Caught this beautiful moment between he and my 92-year-old grandmother in the hospital today.”

And if that wasn’t proof enough, their grandson added in the comments that the pair — who have been together 68 years — “still kiss 15 times before bed every night (and will until he can’t any longer).”

“I’m hoping to love my wife as deeply and long as he’s loved his,” he says.

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