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    Okay, want to see the most adorbs newlywed photo two people can possibly take? Here's Jill Dillard giving Derick a haircut. Everyone: Aww! Jill used the clippers to groom her guy and the hashtag "#savemoneylivebetter" to share. It's hard to tell if this is before or after the already clean-cut Derick got trimmed, but he sure looks happy with a towel over his shoulders and his new wife attending to him. But this photo isn't just about saving money -- it's also a great way for a new couple to bond.

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    This piece is part of an ongoing series featuring real people's epic love stories. Each one is a poignant reminder of true love's power to conquer almost anything.

    Everyone who knows Julie and Karl will tell you they had an amazingly close, passionate, harmonious marriage. It was the kind of relationship everyone wants. But it was a union that should never have worked in the first place.

    When they met, Julie was a 20-year-old sheltered girl from a large, prominent Washington, D.C.-area family. Karl was an 18-year-old rebellious, pot-smoking biker from a middle class, emotionally abusive one. Both were gorgeous. But Julie was a happy young woman, while Karl was in a tremendous amount of pain. He struggled with severe depression and thoughts of suicide, and turned to drugs and alcohol to escape.

    Not surprisingly, Julie's parents didn't approve of their relationship at first and were worried about their daughter.

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    Ah, vacation time is finally here. Time for some rest, relaxation and ... an epic brawl with your husband over whether you should have turned south at the fork in the road or if it was actually quite obvious that you should have kept going EAST, YOU IDIOT!!

    Deep breath. Does that sound familiar? It's amazing how a vacation that's supposed to be fun and rejuvenating can also be so stressful, especially for couples. But with the right strategy, you can restore peace to your holiday. We all want to know how to avoid fighting with our spouse on vacation. Well, here's three of the most common fights couples have on a trip and how to deal with them.

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    In the early months of dating, we spend a lot of time searching for clues about the other person. He wears pink. Does that mean he's comfortable with his sexuality and open to all things? Or is he just preppy (or gay)? He opens doors for us. Is he a chivalrous, loving person or someone who thinks women can't fend for themselves? There are so many pitfalls, so many little we do that could take on "meaning" for the other person -- justified or not.

    Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to the gifts he gives us and we give him. Ask any new couple celebrating their first Christmas or their first birthdays together and you will hear about the ultimate new relationship conundrum: What can I give him that says what I want it to say about "us"? Equally important is this: What does what he gives ME say about "us"?

    Good question -- and we just might have the answers for you. Here are nine gifts men give and what each one means -- about how he feels and what kind of person he is. 

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    The average couple dates for two to three years before getting married. But on a new show, six people will marry each other on the first date. Arranged marriages are back, and this time they're on TV! It's all happening on the reality show Married at First Sight.

    Matchmakers will use science to find the perfect match for a few willing singles, and those brave souls will meet each other for the first time at their wedding. We'll get to see their first weeks together and find out which marriages stand the test of TV-time and which fall apart under the pressure.

    Now what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?!?

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    Imagine getting a letter in the mail informing you that your marriage was no longer legal. That under the eyes of the law, your union simply doesn't exist anymore. For most of us, that seems like a total impossibility; however, that is precisely what happened to Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. Though they say Proposition 8 didn't just ban gay marriage in California, it also meant they were second class citizens. It meant their love didn't matter.

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    What do you wear to sleep when you go to bed at night? Are you in sweatpants or an old T-shirt like me? Or do you have specially made pajamas that keep you warm and cozy? Would you ever be willing to change up what you wear? What if I told you that what you wear to bed might actually be the difference between you having a successful marriage and ending up unhappy?

    A new poll from Cotton USA (because sheets are made of ... cotton?! Or??) shows that the secret to a happy marriage is found in sleeping naked. The poll of 1,004 people showed that 57 percent of those who sleep in the nude said they were happy in their relationships. Just 48 percent of those who wore pajamas said the same. Even worse, only 43 percent of nightie wearers and 38 percent of those in footie PJs reported being "happy." (Although, really? Who sleeps in those past the age of 6? NOT sexy at all.)

    Who knew it could be so easy? Except that it isn't. At all.

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    My husband and I have always had epic fights. There was the time he flipped the mattress over early in our marriage. Or the time he broke the heater in my car after he smashed it with his palm. I have broken a mirror, and once when we were engaged, I threw my engagement ring so hard that one of the platinum prongs bent. It's still warped 14 years later. Yep. When we fight, we do it up right.

    So when we got the idea to challenge ourselves to a week with NO fights, we both really wondered if we could do it.

    We fight about dumb things. The dishes. Or the cat litter. Or me leaving the lights on (AGAIN!) in the bathroom. Or him eating all my peanut butter cups when I'm jonesing and nine months pregnant.

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    Leo Tolstoy famously writes in Anna Karenina that, "all happy families are alike." But are they? The fact is, no matter how many smiles and hugs and functional interactions families have, no two are exactly the same.

    That also applies to marriages. We see examples of happy marriages all around us, but the reasons they work vary as much as the people themselves. One person's joy might be another's misery. We all have different love styles and things that matter to us. To give you an example from my own relationship, gifts aren't important to me, and I don't care if my husband brings me baubles. But I definitely care if he forgets to tell me that I'm beautiful or that he loves me. His words make me happy. Jewelry and other material things don't do as much.

    So in our quest to find out some secrets to marital satisfaction, we asked 10 married couples to define a "good marriage." Their answers were poignant, funny, true, and sometimes surprising ...

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    When it comes to marriage advice, it's pretty clear that Michelle Duggar -- mother of 19 children and wife to Jim Bob Duggar for over 30 years -- would have the best there was to offer. Sure enough, just two days before her daughter Jill walked down the aisle to marry Derick Dillard, Michelle gave the couple some words of marital wisdom on her blog.

    It's hard to imagine what it must feel like to be the mother of the bride. I can only dream about what I would want to say to my daughters before they join hands with someone for life. I am sure that when the time comes, I will have quite a bit more experience and may be almost as wise as Michelle when it comes to marriage. At least I hope I will.

    Michelle Duggar's 3 marriage tips are deceptively simple, yet brilliant. She credits a friend with passing them on to her. And they really do work if you try them yourself!

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