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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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Love Q&A: What's The Cutoff For A Housewarming Party?


We moved in six months ago and want to have our friends over, but don't want it to seem like we're just looking for gifts. What's the cutoff for a housewarming party?


There's no expiration date on hosting a housewarming party (though after two years, you should pick another party theme). Six months is definietly not too late- sometimes you have to wait six months for a new sofa to arrive!

Your friends will understand that it's taken you a little while to settle in, and they'll feel honored that you've invited them into your new home. Although it's not an absolute give, many of your friends will probably bring housewarming gifts (unless you were married recently, in which case most will feel that their wedding gift to you was a housewarming gift). If you don't want to look like you're soliciting loot, simply include a line that reads "No gifts please!" at the bottom of your invitation.

-- The Nest Editors

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