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I came across this post "Ten Signs of Real Love" on StumbleUpon the other day and having been in phony love more times than I care to count and real love twice in my life (lucky me), it struck a chord.

How do you know when you're in real love?

The post, from Penelope's Oasis, describes ten signs of a good relationship. The overwhelming theme is one of mutual respect, acceptance, and that intangible but hard to ignore excitement you get at the thought of seeing the one you love. Real love means confidence in your relationship, fighting like adults (and yes, fights do happen), and being present in the moment for this relationship now, not any that came before.

Coincidentally, Truly Engaging recently asked "what is love?" but chose to get their answers from little kids. Our favorite entry? 6-year-old Chrissy described love as “when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”

Yup, that's about right.

So, please take a moment between pinning wedding inspiration, calling vendors, DIYing escort cards and arranging seating charts to remember what it's all about: love.