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Real Couple: Charlene & Jason

Their Digs: Just sold their condo and purchased their first home

Ages: Both are 27.

How They Met: Mutual friends set them up, and the rest is history.

Together: 4 years

Married: 1 year and 3 months

Career: She’s a brand manager; he’s an associate director for a market research firm.

Baby Clock: They do want to have kids. It’s in their 5- to 10-year plan.

Fight Most About: Charlene’s inefficient way of loading the dishwasher; whether to have two or three kids; which shows to watch (they only have one TV...yikes!)

Biggest Worry: Not having enough time to do everything they want

Fantasy Buy: Vacation home on a beach in some exotic locale

Interests: Sports, traveling, photography, and working out

Favorite Sports Team: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State, Xavier, and Indiana

Who Cooks: Jason loves to cook -- "he’s really quite good", Charlene says.

Splurge: Travel, home furnishings

Guilty Pleasures: Her -- celebrity gossip; him -- ESPN Classic. “These games already happened!” says Charlene.

Decorating Style: They joke that it’s "Yuppie Chic" -- simple and clean.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach

Spend the Weekends: They used to travel a lot, but now they’re busy setting up their home.

On Weeknights: They relax, go for a run, and cook dinner together.

More About Charlene & Jason: They have accomplished quite a lot in their first year of marriage. They've traveled to San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Grand Cayman, and London. Not to mention they just purchased their first home together and are finally going to have the space to do what they do best -- entertain! They're just excited to tackle new adventures and challenges together.

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-- Caitlin Losey

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