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[16 Mar 2015 ]

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Written by Renee Taft
You may have found yourself the perfect partner, and it’s all going great. Then you meet his friends, and suddenly all is no longer hunky-dory. What went wrong? While your boyfriend’s friends are not a total deal breaker in a relationship, it’s definitely something that can come in the way of your happiness.
I’m thinking back to my ex-boyfriend, who was a lovely guy with varied interests and a mature outlook on the world. His friends, on the other hand, seemed to be single minded in their …

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[9 Mar 2015 ]

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Written by Carly C.
My husband and I made a drastic decision before we got married: the week before we got married, exactly. Based on our religious tradition, a bride and groom shouldn’t see one another or speak to one another for an entire week before their wedding. I can hear you thinking, “What? But there’s so much to be done! What about last-minute wedding decisions? RSVP’s? Gifts? How on earth does it work to not speak to each other for an entire week before you spend the rest of …

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[2 Mar 2015 ]

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Written by Renee Taft
It’s every girl’s nightmare, and still, something every girl has to learn how to deal with – the infamous mother-in-law. Now I’m not married yet, and I love to believe that a tough mother-in-law is one of those stereotypes that is just exaggerated for humour’s sake, but I’ve heard some true horror stories about mothers-in-law that make me want to cringe. Additionally, my own experiences with my various boyfriends’ mothers makes me think that knowing how to deal with an adverse mother-in-law might be more important …

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[23 Feb 2015 ]

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Written by Renee Taft
Being an extroverted person myself, I sometimes find it hard to deal with my partner’s more laid back personality. I like to go out, meet new people, and visit new places, whereas he’s more of a “let’s stay in and watch a movie and order takeout” kind of guy. Don’t get me wrong- who doesn’t love the idea of cuddling in bed all day and hanging out?
More often than not, though, I find that these clashing personalities not only apply to our social lives, however, but also …

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[16 Feb 2015 ]

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Written by Carly C.
After Jonathan and I had travelled the globe, made the transition halfway around the world, and had fairly settled into an apartment that was roughly the size of our old master bedroom – we may have done the most reckless thing of our relationship: we adopted a puppy.
Don’t get me wrong, we both LOVE dogs. And it had been a goal of ours for some time. So when someone posted on Facebook about a 4-week-old male puppy they’d found on the side of the road, we …

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[9 Feb 2015 ]

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Written by Renee Taft
My best friend and her boyfriend were literally all over my Facebook newsfeed when they started dating. It started out cute, but slowly turned to nauseating as endless albums of Photobooth pictures, mushy Facebook posts, and vomit-inducing Facebook statuses for every week’s anniversary began to make my feed look like some corny Valentine’s Day movie. Eventually, as these posts dwindled, so did the strength of their relationship.
There are many couples who find it important to share their love for each other on Facebook. I’m not one …

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[26 Jan 2015 ]

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Written by Carly C.
Right before we got married, Jonathan asked my dad for his best marriage advice. It was simple. No matter what you do, don’t forget the two magic words of a happy relationship. “Yes, dear.”
While my dad might have given some contrived advice that isn’t always practical, the bigger message was out there. Sometimes, being on the right side of an argument is not as important as being on the right side of your relationship. And it’s okay to give up a little bit in order to …

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[19 Jan 2015 ]

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Written by Renee Taft
Unless you’ve had one of those ideal, high-school relationships, you’re likely to have to deal with both, your own and your boyfriend’s emotional baggage. Past relationships are of course, a subject that come up with time in any relationship, but there’s always a mature way to have this conversation.
I first learned about my boyfriend’s ex a few months into our relationship. They dated for six years, and he had broken up with her once things soured beyond all redemption and there seemed to lie no future …

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[12 Jan 2015 ]

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Written by Carly C.
The day before I got married, a few of my girlfriends got together to throw me a small “last hurrah” luncheon. We got dressed up, ate egg salad and tuna fish, gobbled down a fair share of bread and sushi, and I listened while my friends offered well-wishes and advice for the new adventure on which I was about to embark.
My mom and sister were both in attendance, watching from the sidelines for a little while as my twenty and thirty something friends were giving me …

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[21 Jul 2014 ]

Written by Carly C.

(Courtesy www.mauriejmanning.com)
Before I met my husband, I had never chopped an onion. Rather, I’d chopped one, but not correctly, causing many a pileup of mangled produce on the kitchen counter. Jonathan, on the other hand, had chopped countless onions and other vegetables; the kitchen was where he felt mostly at home. Jonathan, who had lost his father when he was seven, was the patriarch of his family, caring for his mother, brother, and sister. His mom later told me story after story of finding an elementary-school-sized Jonathan perched …

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