5 Secrets to Living Together (Blissfully!)

You’ve done it. You’ve taken your relationship to the next level and moved in together. Since comedian Michael Ian Black is an expert at, well, everything, here are his personal tips for domestic domination.

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You're living together now, guys; nothing is off-limits. Nobody likes to hold it in just because their partner is within the blast radius. So the sooner you start lettin' 'em rip, the happier both of you will be. Plus, farts are funny.

–Michael Ian Black (Follow him on Twitter @michaelianblack)

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12 Easy DIY Ways to Transform Your Walls

Sticking close to home for the holidays? Keep busy (and get crafty!) with one of these 12 easy DIY decorating ideas. Simply choose some color inspiration below, pick up your favorite paint from Home Depot and start getting creative:

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Magnetic Paint

Who said magnets are only for refrigerators? Instead of hanging a message board that can easily be knocked down, designate an area on your wall for magnetic paint. The home office or kitchen is a great spot for creating a hasslefree message center for photos, postcards and personal notes. Paint an entire area or do a bold stripe.

Find the perfect paint color at Home Depot

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Need a change? Borrow a design cue (or two!) from these chic living rooms and remake your space. Click through for six looks we love:

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Bold Accents

Make a bright statement with punchy throw pillows and colorful flowers.

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9 Celeb Couples Who Should Never Get Back Together

Who says royal love can’t be rekindled? If you believe this week’s buzz, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who divorced in 1996 after a decade of marriage, may be getting back together. Here’s to hoping the Duke and Duchess of York make it work (if the rumors are true) –  without inspiring certain celeb couples to rekindle their past relationships. (Hey, there’s a reason you guys split up in the first place!) Click through for the worst-ever celeb match-ups:

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

Ah... K. Stew and R. Patz. The crabby couple. Pouting partners. Scowling soul mates. Whatever you call them, this young and in love duo look downright miserable together.

Are there any that we missed? Tell us in the comments section!

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4 Couples We Loved from Last Night’s Video Music Awards

Sure, there was lots to buzz about on stage at last night’s VMA awards: *NSYNC’s reunion! Miley’s raunchy dance moves! Katy Perry’s grill!  But another part we loved? Checking out the different couples who showed up together; click through for four match-ups we loved — and tell us which one you like best.

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

We knew these two would show up together (remember Robin bragging about giving Paula multiple orgasms?!). Props to Paula for standing by during her husband's raunchy performance with Miley.

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Weeknight Dinner Ideas: 5 Garden-Fresh Dishes to Try Now

Your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, right? Well, they’re too good to waste. Make the most of them (and your farmer’s market finds) with these fresh meal ideas:

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Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with Arugula and Balsamic Aioli

Why we like it: A garlicky mayo topping and garden-fresh arugula make these flavorful mushroom burgers perfect for Meatless Monday.

Grocery list: Portabello mushrooms, kaiser rolls, arugula, garlic, shallot and mayo; pantry staples: balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, olive oil and black pepper

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Glam Retreat

Punch up neutral decor with a bold color that goes from your accent wall to smaller details, like wall art.

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House Hunting in 5 Cities: What Can You Get for $300,000?

The apartment you rent is so small you can see the bedroom and the front door from your living room couch. The good news: You’ve been saving up to buy your own pad. But should you stay in the same town, or relocate to a new city?  We comparison shopped real estate to see what we could get for $300,000. Click through to check out our five very different finds (and tell us which one you’d live in):

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Ozark, MO

You know that shoebox you live in? It could fit into the living room of this place -- it's huge!

The digs: 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home located 5 minutes from Springfield

Space: 3,600 square feet

Listing price $300,000

The deal: $83/square foot

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4 Confessions of a Horrible Houseguest

Remember that houseguest who threw an all-night rager (without asking) and trashed your place? We’ve found a houseguest who’s even worse. His rep is so bad he’s been disinvited more times than he can count (You can imagine how horrified his wife is). In the interest of changing his ways — and maybe getting invited back for a change — he agreed to fess up about his worst-ever deeds (you won’t believe  #3!) and share the lessons he’s learned. Click through for his confessions, and share your houseguest horror stories in the comments section!

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Obey the Unspoken Curfew

Last year, my wife Diana and I had fun over the holidays, staying with our friends in their huge NYC loft. We haven’t been invited back. Diana says I blew it the night I went out with some guy friends, lost my key, and ended up waking our hosts and their baby at 4 a.m. It also didn’t help that, in my drunkenness, I teased my bleary-eyed friend mercilessly about his bedhead and then proceeded to raid the fridge. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have stayed out so late in the first place. Next time I’ll ask my hosts about their nighttime schedule and obey the law. It limits my barhopping hours, but when I consider the alternative—a cot at Motel 6—I know it’s a smart move.

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7 Secrets to Marital Bliss (and Why They Work)

You’ve heard the same marriage advice over and over: “Don’t go to bed angry!” “Make your sex life a priority!” “Fight fair!” In fact, your parents and grandparents heard it too, back when they were newlyweds. So why are there certain secrets to a happy marriage that people swear by from generation to generation — and why do they actually work?  Check out what the pros have to say:

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The advice: Make your sex life a priority.

What it means: If sex isn’t at the top of your list, it will never happen (and we’re guessing it’s not happening since you’re reading this). So move sex up a few notches -- like before that True Blood finale you DVRed, not after.

Why it works: “Sex reaffirms your bond,” explains Kimberly Dawn Neumann, a relationship coach and co-author of Sex Comes First: 15 Ways to Help Your Relationship -- Without Leaving Your Bedroom. "Even if you have to schedule it, a quality quickie will do the trick.”

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