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Marriage Is Funny

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These are honest conversations from a married couple who is trying to figure it out like everybody else. The best recipe for a healthy marriage is the right mix of love + laughter, and we believe that talking things out and tight bear hugs fix [almost] everything. Join us on the journey and we'll show you that there is humor in every mess. Co-hosted by husband and wife duo, Gerard Brown and Jessie Artigue.

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These are honest conversations from a married couple who is trying to figure it out like everybody else. The best recipe for a healthy marriage is the right mix of love + laughter, and we believe that talking things out and tight bear hugs fix [almost] everything. Join us on the journey and we'll show you that there is humor in every mess. Co-hosted by husband and wife duo, Gerard Brown and Jessie Artigue.

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334 Ratings
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Really good!

By GrampsWooha - Nov 16 2019
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Just listened for the first time and we both loved it! Keep going guys!

Funny and Neat

By PLNU alum Dave Spaite - Aug 20 2019
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This podcast is really very funny and neat and great and 🆒

iTunes Ratings

334 Ratings
Average Ratings
297
18
6
5
8

Really good!

By GrampsWooha - Nov 16 2019
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Just listened for the first time and we both loved it! Keep going guys!

Funny and Neat

By PLNU alum Dave Spaite - Aug 20 2019
Read more
This podcast is really very funny and neat and great and 🆒
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Marriage Is Funny

Latest release on Dec 31, 2019

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These are honest conversations from a married couple who is trying to figure it out like everybody else. The best recipe for a healthy marriage is the right mix of love + laughter, and we believe that talking things out and tight bear hugs fix [almost] everything. Join us on the journey and we'll show you that there is humor in every mess. Co-hosted by husband and wife duo, Gerard Brown and Jessie Artigue.

Rank #1: Rule 069 | An Irish Goodbye Is The Best Way To Leave A Party

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The Peppers begin to realize that one of them is a party animal and the other one usually tries to sneak out early with an Irish Goodbye. Jessie tries to explain her fitness-overdose to Gerard, but she ends up feeling both physically and emotionally tender. (So, of course this means we're talking about it.) 

Ps. - Want to come on vacation with us? We’re headed to Mexico with some of our favorite listeners, and you can find all the info at greatlovegetaway.com!

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Gerard brings up a new social trend that he’s noticed lately, and Jessie defends herself against an accusation of ghosting.

Jessie tried to make a case for skipping Gerard’s company Christmas party this year, but the allure of getting dressed up got her out of the house.

Our annual 12-hour party is right around the corner and you can hear about the backstory of all things epiphany back in Episode 21.

Some couples have a safe word in the bedroom, but we are instituting a safe word for various preferences within social settings.

Tone it Up is the at-home workout program that has whipped Jessie’s butt into shape over the past several months.

The Peppers recently purged their closets (episode 65) and had somewhat surprisingly different reactions to trying on all of their clothes. 

Gerard has a hard time understanding Jessie’s deep seated body insecurities. We talked about bikinis back in episode 7, but Jessie still puts a lot of stock in how Gerard sees her outward appearance.

The Pepper Dress that Jessie launched earlier this year was born from the desire to wear something that makes her feel beautiful despite the bloat.

Letting your most shameful bits show can bring a ton of healing if it’s done correctly. A particular  instagram post by Jen Gotch provided a ton of inspiration for Jessie this week.

Jessie is sick of standing in front of the mirror alone, so she’s starting a new podcast instead of a support group. Stay tuned here

Jessie’s chronic pain (episode 33) can be confusing when it comes to feeling healthy vs. looking healthy, but she's trying to be better about discerning between the two.

Dec 29 2017

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Rank #2: Rule 082 | Always Prune Your Bushes Before A Big Party

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This episode features an in-depth look at The Pepper’s end-of-year traditions. Jessie is on the fence about their big epiphany party plans next month but Gerard has ulterior motives because he loves her festive cooking. Pruning the garden happens in conjunction with pruning our calendars for 2019 and both can be painful if you don’t keep an eye out for the thorns.

Thanks to PrepDish + Zola for making this episode possible! Click right here to learn more about our sponsors and head to our site for more info about how to support the show.


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The backstory of our big Epiphany Party can be found by listening here. Our new year doesn’t technically begin until the day-after-party debrief, but hosting parties together is one of our favorite pasttimes

Did you hear that our stove saga has been solved? Jessie’s new kitchen appliance has seriously changed the dinner-party game..

Jessie’s grocery store pals make a reappearance from Episode 47.

Purging the garage resulted in a loss of important paint cans.

The infamous armoire has finally been around long enough that it needs to be snazzed up with some organization.

Our mattress history gives some context about why a bedroom swap is impending.

Gerard is in charge of our green thumb duties and follows pruning rules to a T when it comes to his show-stopping roses.

We’ve purged our closets in the past, but lately this project has felt a little too bristly to feature on the show.

Gerard’s busy work schedule has made it difficult to connect amidst an already very busy season.

Travel has been a very big part of our relationship and we’re craving it as a chance to reconnect with one another. Hear more about our tips, tricks + justifications by listening to the Summer Travel Series from 2017.

The new year is a great time for dream-lining, and you can listen to us practice that together back in Episode 35.

Jessie launched a new business a few years ago and you can get the backstory from our archives and then take a peek at her website for more info.

Get focused for the new year by checking out the Essentialism book right here.

Here is a description of the Tim Ferriss Year in Review process that we typically follow for our pre-January pow-wow.

Listen to the tear-jerking episode that provoked the latest one-star review.

Dec 20 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: Rule 003 | No One Likes to be Woken Up by a Vibrating Floor

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This episode is (partially) about sleep, which is ironic because Jessie is up working on this at 3:16am, and Gerard is busy getting his beauty rest. G & J also discuss what spending quality time together means.

May 26 2015

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Rank #4: Rule 039 | When In Doubt, Just Ask A Sexpert (Part I)

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This week, Jessie and Gerard are chatting with Sex & Relationships Expert, Kate McCombs. They excitedly pepper her with a handful of questions submitted by the Great Love Gang, but you'll also hear a tiny bit about their own intimacy adventures as well. (If you enjoy this conversation, be sure to subscribe to Marriage is Funny on your favorite podcast player, and listen in for Part II that will go live on Friday!) Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, and send us a tweet if you have something to share while you listen! QUICK BITES: You guys blew us away with your 70+ responses to our sex survey! Missed the chance to weigh in? Feel free to share your thoughts right here and we’ll do it again if there’s enough interest. The Peppers are currently sleeping in separate beds, and Kate confirms that there’s nothing wrong with a good night’s rest. Q1: How can a couple make time for sex when they both want it, but one (or both) partners feel tired or blah? Kate (figuratively) drops the mic with a helpful tip about reframing the way you set up a sex date. Gerard blurts out his own secret idea for how he setting the scene in order to get busy. Q2: How can someone overcome the challenge of painful sex? The best lube is made from Good Clean Love. (And that's probably the only thing about us that you’ve never wanted to know.) Finding the right Dr. or physical therapist should be the first step towards treating painful sex… Check the National Vulvodynia Association to find a practitioner near you. Q3: I like making love, but can rarely get myself to make the first move. How am I supposed to initiate sex when I never feel horny? The book Come As You Are by Emily Nagaski is next up on The Peppers “to read” list. Q4: I’m anxious about having sex, and we hardly do it anymore. How can I get back to actually craving physical intimacy with my husband (as much as I used to)? Q5: How does hormonal birth control have an impact on a women’s libido? Q6: What are some ways to try and reverse a low libido? Q7: Is there any way to intensify a man’s orgasm? Q8: How can my partner and I climax at the same time? Kate confirms that eight out of every 10 women need clitoral stimulation in order to achieve an orgasm. Jessie and Gerard read YOUR sex-related wish-list in a rapid fire succession. In many cases, having a conversation about what you want out of sex can actually feel more intimate than actually having sex. Q9: What are some ways we bring up sex with our partner without making things awkward. Start small and share things that give you some context for your chats! Kate's website is a great resource and we love her rundown of how to add more empathy to your everyday. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Name one thing that tends to "press down on the brakes" of your sexual desire. What is your favorite (most optimal) time of the day to have sex? Describe your experience of sex-education (either at home or school) from when you were young. We're celebrating the official start of summer AND the end of Season Two at our finale party on May 29th! Find out how to join us right here and we would LOVE to see you then.

May 11 2016

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Rank #5: Rule 004 | Never Air Your Dirty Laundry in Public

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This show was supposed to be about laundry, but Jessie has a melt down, so Gerard throws in the towel.

Jun 02 2015

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Rank #6: Rule 039.5 | Talking About Sex Makes It Even Better (Part II)

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Part II of the sex series on Marriage is Funny! Gerard and Jessie share their thoughts on important things like abstinence, foreplay, and experimenting in the bedroom. The Peppers are joined by expert Kate McCombs, and her wisdom continues to inspire the Great Love Gang to be more intentional toward intimacy. (Be sure to listen to Episode 39 for Part I with Kate!) Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, and send us a tweet if you have something to share while you listen! QUICK BITES: Q1: My husband says he isn’t a kissing guy, but I need foreplay in order to have sex. How can I fulfill his needs without making him do something that he doesn’t want to do? Cooking is like sex. Creativity and variety are two ways to be very good at it. AASECT.org is a great resource for finding a sex therapist that you can visit with your partner. Jessie’s adventures in finding a counselor continue to be entertaining. (You may notice that Ep 9 in Season One is starting to sound familiar.) Q2: How can we build up more courage in the bedroom? Is there an easy way to tell my partner I think they are boring in bed? Creating a “sex lab” could be the best way to start experimenting in the bedroom... Check out Kate's article about how to set the mood in your own home. Q3: Is there a right way or a wrong way to suggest the use of toys and tools? Never break the laws of bad sexual etiquette... The pleasure of your partner matters just as much as your own. Gerard and Jessie were sure to park in the back when they drove to the sex shop in Episode 20. Q4: What do I do when my husband wants it and I don’t? Is faking it ok? It’s important to tell our partners exactly when and how they’ve blessed us in order to build up their "cushion" when times are good. Q5: How can I initiate sex when I know my partner doesn’t feel like it? Kate explains the difference between justification vs clarification when it comes to turning down your partner when they’re making a move. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: What is the most surprising thing that your partner has ever done in bed? When was the last time you talked to your partner about sex? When was the last time you talked to someone besides your partner about sex? What was the most intimate moment that you had with your partner this week?

May 13 2016

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Rank #7: Rule 005 | It Never Hurts to Ask for a Price Cut

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Minimalists we are not, but give us a chance to scale back on our bills, and we’ll take it. Episode 5 includes a round-up of our current TV favorites, tiny house daydreaming + coming up with ways to get rid of clutter in order to live more simply. Ref: The Minimalists, Marie Kondo, KonMari Method, Moffat Machingura, Jess Lively

Jun 09 2015

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Rank #8: Rule 014 | Connection Is Easier When You Have A Good Cushion

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Another mid-week quickie that features three listener questions: How-to, when-to, and why-to connect with your partner. In this episode, The Peppers also announce the first six cities of their MIF On the Road tour, and talk about how having a good cushion is important when setting out on any adventure.

Aug 11 2015

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Rank #9: Rule 096 | Saying No To Sex Is Not The End Of The World

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This week, we are joined by friends Ron + Morgan Day Cecil! They are the creators of a movement called Romance + Adventure and we have enlisted their help with our ongoing and sometimes wobbly quest for intimacy. Whether you’re seeking a deeper connection OR trying to wiggle your way out of a back-rub (ahem) these two are experts when it comes to heartfelt connection and we are SO ready to learn the magic of their ways.

Meanwhile, do you want to grow a relationship that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Marriage Summit in Feb 2020! Head to our site for more event info and click right here to support the show. ♥︎


QUICK BITES:

Book recommendations: The Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch, Intimacy And Desire by David Schnarch, Wired for Joy by Laurel Mellin.

The miracle of love isn’t in the falling, it’s in the remaining. Morgan shares this quote with us as a reminder to keep making the choice, even though it’s not always easy!

The Cecils remind us of the distinct importance of understanding, defining and communicating what we want by sharing it regularly (and openly) with our partner.

Regardless of gender, remember that your sexual energies are meant to be complementary to one another and do not need to be identical.

The person with the lower desire can “take back the lead” in order to feel empowered. The Cecils share a positive and proactive solution for couples who have libidos that land on completely different levels!

Morgan explains why having “order” in the house is something that helps her feel free enough to get lost in a moment of passion. (Ron promptly begins clearing the space around her, just in case.)

Talking about sex when we’re already laughing or having a good time together is what starts to normalize the conversation and remove potential triggers. Morgan reminds us to “Stay in the heart instead of letting ourselves get stuck in the head.”

The Cecils teach us about brain state awareness. It is important to know that prioritizing personal growth is what allows you to show up for your partner as your true self. Relationships become dangerous when you to expect or rely on the other person to fix you.

Oct 29 2019

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Rank #10: Rule 092 | Every Couple Needs At Least One Jackass

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This week, we’re learning that ideas are like rabbits... Leave them alone for five minutes and you’ll have way more than you bargained for. Jessie’s enormous pile of topics is causing a log-jam and it’s going to take a miracle (or a bonfire) to burn through the logistics of daily life in an effort to reconnect. We may be breaking the rules of our usual podcast format, but it’s taken us back to the original roots of this show.


Do you want to grow a marriage that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Summit in Feb 2020! ♥︎ A special thanks to ThirdLove + Native for making this episode possible. Check out our site to find out how to support the show!

Quick Bites:

As we game plan the house projects for our recent move, it has crowded out some of the things that are actually FUN to talk about.

The Peppers stay connected through three specific things: Travel, Shared Projects + Heartfelt Conversations.

Our Wheel of Fortune discussion gave us a chance to determine how to spend time together after we eat dinner.

Gerard’s busy work schedule rears its ugly head yet again.

Trigger Questions:

Which partner is more of the conversational enthusiast?

Share one topic you’d like to talk about with your partner from both the logistical and life-giving categories.

How do you organize the list of things that you need (or want!) to talk about with your partner?

Aug 07 2019

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Rank #11: Rule 083 | The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Street

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In what could possibly be known as the longest-shortest move of all time, The Peppers have now (nearly) landed in the house across the street. This week they learned that leaving in a hurry is less than ideal, but that nothing says “home” like a block full of generous neighbors.

There was SO much to say in the Season 7 premier, so we’re hosting a live post-game recap on Wednesday, June 5 at 5pm PT! Tune in to FB for some exclusive deleted scenes and in the meantime, get excited for the Marriage Summit that we announced for Spring 2020!

Thanks to OpenFit + Warby Parker for making this episode possible! Click right here to learn more about our sponsors and head to our site for more info about how to support the show.

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DISCLAIMER: Anything that might accidentally sound like legal advice in this episode is NOT actually legal advice.

Jessie never wants to see another cardboard box as long as she lives, and you can find out why by reading this post about Love As Big As A House.

The Pepper’s lose their home to a landlady with no heart, but they are trying to be gracious despite the desperate wishes to stay put.

Jessie claims that she’s not planning on speaking to “the woman who shall not be named” but you can place your own over/under bets on how long it takes before they’ve officially made amends.

Learn more about the magic of The Three Kings in Episode 21.

This is not the first time that Jessie has had woes about moving her toiletries… Listen to Episode 16 for the backstory and say a prayer for her skincare if you think of it this Summer!

No surprise here, but the generosity of our neighbors is one of the things that makes us so resistant to leave!

The Peppers realize they’re second-guessing the security of having a real home-base. As usual, clinging to each other ends up being the best way to stay rooted in Great Love.

Don’t forget to follow along with our adventures on instagram and if you’re having as much fun as we are, please share this show with your favorite married friends!

Jun 05 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: Rule 097 | Intimacy Is Easier When All The Chores Are Complete

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Jessie + Gerard share a “sexy” debrief about their recent interview with friends Ron + Morgan Day Cecil. (Listen to Episode 96 for the backstory!) The result is an honest conversation about pursuing sex and intimacy in a healthy way, and if you’re interested in our new approach just head to romanceandadventure.com for details.

To hear more from The Cecils and their deep well of wisdom, be sure to join us at the Grounded Marriage Summit that we’re hosting next February! Ron + Morgan will be speakers at the upcoming event, and we promise it’ll be an experience that you do not want to miss.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #13: Rule 007 | Putting On A Bikini Is the Best Way to Cheer Up A Crying Husband

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The Peppers are pro-bikini, but there are plenty of folks out there who might disagree. Jessie + Gerard open up about how body image affects their marriage, and why the idea of modesty means something different to so many people. Gerard is reminded that we are blessed to be a blessing, and realizes that being a bi-vocational pastor is more ingrained in his life than he originally thought.

Jun 23 2015

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Rank #14: Rule 033 | Never Forget That You're On The Same Team

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The Peppers get real about their vows and open up about the challenge of living with chronic pain. Jessie woos Gerard with some baked salmon and a basketball game, but when the going gets tough he throws her under the team bus. If you happen to have a friend who experiences or is married to someone who has chronic health issues, would you please consider sharing this episode with them? ​ We're happy to pour out our hearts as a way to encourage others, and we would love your help in making sure that this show reaches exactly the right ears. QUICK BITES: A General Note: Our marriage isn’t perfect, but our commitment is real. Hear the full run-down in the first few minutes of this week’s show. Jessie didn’t get invited to fill our a March Madness bracket this year, and the Jayhawks will probably win because of it. Becky Murphy Simpson and her YAY SPORTS t-shirt. The Sweet Sixteen tournament has nothing to do with the MTV show of the same name. (Most wives would be way more excited about watching sports if there were fireworks and fancy parties involved.) The Peppers very first Valentine’s Day together set a precedent for our sports watching habits, and you’ll hear why Gerard has been trying to make up for it ever since. Because we love you, here is the upgraded (healthy!) version of our beloved (currently forbidden) Rice A Roni mix. Jessie pulls a Barney Stinson by wooing Gerard with a homecooked meal and a half-time make-out session. His and hers henleys… Are these still a thing? We should make these a thing. The Jayhawks mascot is NOT the same thing as Foghorn Leghorn from Looney Tunes. Jessie apologizes in advance to all of our fellow Rock Chalk fans. Picture of Gerard in his white track jacket? For the record: There is a distinct difference between “not loving a sport” and “hating a sport.” Gerard throws Jessie under the bus when it comes to whether or not she really loves the teams that have his heart. Social media makes it a lot easier to keep up with the commentary, but nothing beats plopping down in a recliner to enjoy your favorite teams. Do they still make TVs with picture in picture? Thank goodness for the ability to watch sports on our special “appy-things.” Jessie’s chronic pain has been a part of The Peppers relationship for longer than they’ve even been married. Science Mike + The Liturgists Podcast Jessie describes her own Six layers of Chronic Pain Rachel Dratch on SNL video The book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown gives us helpful language around identifying and dealing with our emotions of shame. Jessie learns that noticing patterns within her interactions with Gerard can teach us a lot about how to heal the mishaps. (No matter how annoying they may be.) We promise that Jessie has not actually ever received medical treatment from a man standing on a corner. Please consider sharing this with anyone you know who experiences pain on a regular basis. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Does your spouse have a special interest that you could bless them by getting excited about? Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, sign up for our mailing list and tweet to us at @meetthepeppers if you have something to share while you listen!

Mar 30 2016

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Rank #15: Rule 013 | Airplanes Are Not The Place To Point Out Gray Hairs

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Gerard freaks out about his new pair of glasses, and finds deeper meaning in the panic behind a couple of gray hairs. Jessie remembers that forgiveness is a gift everyone deserves, but wishes that hurt feelings were easier to brush under the rug.

Aug 04 2015

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Rank #16: Rule 018 | Cute Haircuts Are The Way To A New Friend's Heart

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This week, The Peppers learn a few do’s and don’ts of connecting with strangers. Jessie finds out why hot-shotting in a different language can easily end up in embarrassment, and then explains to Gerard how generous compliments are an easy way to break the ice with new friends. This episode is brought to you by Airbnb.

Sep 09 2015

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Rank #17: Rule 060 | Don't Get Your Bikini Waxed The Day Before A Beach Trip

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The big finale of our special Summer Travel Series! Jessie + Gerard dive deep into their hardshell rollerbags to bring you the absolute best of their biggest travel tips. This episode is all about efficiency while adventuring, and please consider it a personal survival guide packed with resources just for you!

Thank you so much for tuning in this Summer... We would LOVE to have your support for our upcoming episodes and you can find out how to get involved with the show right over here!

In the meantime, come hang out with us on twitter or instagram and head to meetthepeppers.com for all of the things that we talk about in today’s episode!

Aug 02 2017

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Rank #18: Rule 009 | Use Caution When Pouring Your Heart Out to a Narcoleptic

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The Peppers begin by talking about cell phones, but much to Gerard's surprise, they end up talking about Jessie's hurt feelings stemming from his addiction to Angel's Baseball. While Gerard insists his attention is just a glance away, Jessie explains the feelings of being replaced by something else. Instead of trying to check in on what the world is experiencing, they seek to experience the world together. Jessie tells Gerard why she wants to go back to therapy, but Gerard isn't so easily convinced that this is anything more than an expensive hobby.

Jul 07 2015

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Rank #19: Rule 006 | Never Serve Deli Meat to a Vegetarian

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A timely episode, because most summers are filled to the brim with family time, picnic sammies, and lots and lots of weekend naps. Jessie and Gerard discuss the strategies of sleeping on the job and visiting your in-laws.

Jun 16 2015

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Rank #20: Rule 017 | Don't Get A Puppy Unless You're Ready To Be A Parent

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The Peppers are in the middle of their On The Road tour, and this episode comes to you from the basement of some of their gracious hosts. Gerard tells Jessie he wants to add another member to the family, but she explains why she's not so ready. They discuss how co-hosting a podcast about marriage has impacted their own life, and agree that taking a quick break in the fall will give them a chance to get caught up on creating season two.

Sep 02 2015

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Rule 103 | Asking For Help Is Not Everyone's Cup Of Tea

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The Season Eight Finale is here and Jessie + Gerard are using it to uncover the truth about why it’s ok to admit when your marriage isn’t perfect. Tune in for more details about our Grounded Marriage Summit and in the meantime, we’re wishing you a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Dec 31 2019

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Rule 102 | Envelopes Are The Safest Place To Keep All Your Cash

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The Peppers are pulling back the curtain for a behind the scenes look at their latest budgeting woes. As they give a debrief of episode from their recent interview with The Vreelands (Ep 101), you’ll hear them using financial goals and an “abundance mindset” as they try to whip their bank account(s) into shape.

Want to learn more about growing together in Great Love? Join us at the Grounded Marriage Summit we’re hosting in Long Beach next February! With expert speakers and authentic Mexican food in the heart of Southern California, we promise it will be an event that you do NOT want to miss.

Nov 21 2019

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Rule 101 | Building A Budget Is Tough Unless Both Partners Are On Board

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This week, we’re joined by our friends Lauren + Jeremy Vreeland! They recently paid off OVER 230K dollars of debt and we have enlisted their help with some of our own (less-noble) budgeting woes. Whether you’re looking for financial clarity OR wish your spouse would quit bugging out about your spending habits, these two have tons of insight and we are SO ready to learn the magic of their ways.

Meanwhile, do you want to grow a relationship that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Marriage Summit in Feb 2020!

QUICK BITES:

Looking for a naturopathic doctor who is located in Southern California? We’re both big fans of Lauren’s practice and if you happen to be a parent, she also does pediatrics!

Curious about our past budgeting conversations? Check out episodes 22, 47 and 57 for more backstory.

Nov 19 2019

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Rule 100 | Always Save Your Best Stories For An Audience

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Celebrating a BIG milestone on Marriage is Funny this week! We’re 100 episodes in and that means we’ve got plenty of stories to show for it. Tune in for a look back at how starting a podcast has saved our marriage and be sure to join in the discussion over in our private facebook group.

Meanwhile, are you looking to grow a relationship that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Marriage Summit in Feb 2020! Head to our site for more event info and click right here to support the show. ♥︎

Nov 13 2019

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Rule 099 | Sometimes Fighting Fair Means Walking Out The Door

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Jessie + Gerard are sharing an exclusive debrief about their recent interview with marriage experts Les + Leslie Parrott. (Be sure to get the backstory in Episode 98 before you listen!) Hear about how we’re putting their advice into practice, and come share your thoughts about healthy conflict over in the MIF facebook group.

Want to learn more about growing together in Great Love? Join us at the Grounded Marriage Summit we’re hosting in Long Beach next February! With expert speakers and authentic Mexican food in the heart of Southern California, we promise it will be an event that you do NOT want to miss.

Nov 07 2019

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Rule 098 | It's OK To Take A Time-Out Every Now And Again

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This week, we’re joined by marriage experts and co-authors Les + Leslie Parrott! They are the brains (and hearts!) behind the Better Love marriage assessment, and this week we’ve enlisted their help with how to approach conflict in a healthy way. These two have massively shifted our perspective when it comes to fighting fair and you’ll love this episode if you want an excuse to send your partner to their room.

Meanwhile, are you looking to grow a relationship that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Marriage Summit in Feb 2020! Head to our site for more event info and click right here to support the show. ♥︎

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Follow Les + Leslie on instagram for marriage advice on the go!

The Better Love marriage assessment is meant to help you love more deeply, every day.

Books mentioned in this episode: The Good Fight, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Healthy Me Healthy You (coming out in 2020)

Learn more about The Parrotts and their upcoming events at lesandleslie.com!

Nov 05 2019

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Rule 097 | Intimacy Is Easier When All The Chores Are Complete

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Jessie + Gerard share a “sexy” debrief about their recent interview with friends Ron + Morgan Day Cecil. (Listen to Episode 96 for the backstory!) The result is an honest conversation about pursuing sex and intimacy in a healthy way, and if you’re interested in our new approach just head to romanceandadventure.com for details.

To hear more from The Cecils and their deep well of wisdom, be sure to join us at the Grounded Marriage Summit that we’re hosting next February! Ron + Morgan will be speakers at the upcoming event, and we promise it’ll be an experience that you do not want to miss.

Oct 31 2019

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Rule 096 | Saying No To Sex Is Not The End Of The World

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This week, we are joined by friends Ron + Morgan Day Cecil! They are the creators of a movement called Romance + Adventure and we have enlisted their help with our ongoing and sometimes wobbly quest for intimacy. Whether you’re seeking a deeper connection OR trying to wiggle your way out of a back-rub (ahem) these two are experts when it comes to heartfelt connection and we are SO ready to learn the magic of their ways.

Meanwhile, do you want to grow a relationship that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Marriage Summit in Feb 2020! Head to our site for more event info and click right here to support the show. ♥︎


QUICK BITES:

Book recommendations: The Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch, Intimacy And Desire by David Schnarch, Wired for Joy by Laurel Mellin.

The miracle of love isn’t in the falling, it’s in the remaining. Morgan shares this quote with us as a reminder to keep making the choice, even though it’s not always easy!

The Cecils remind us of the distinct importance of understanding, defining and communicating what we want by sharing it regularly (and openly) with our partner.

Regardless of gender, remember that your sexual energies are meant to be complementary to one another and do not need to be identical.

The person with the lower desire can “take back the lead” in order to feel empowered. The Cecils share a positive and proactive solution for couples who have libidos that land on completely different levels!

Morgan explains why having “order” in the house is something that helps her feel free enough to get lost in a moment of passion. (Ron promptly begins clearing the space around her, just in case.)

Talking about sex when we’re already laughing or having a good time together is what starts to normalize the conversation and remove potential triggers. Morgan reminds us to “Stay in the heart instead of letting ourselves get stuck in the head.”

The Cecils teach us about brain state awareness. It is important to know that prioritizing personal growth is what allows you to show up for your partner as your true self. Relationships become dangerous when you to expect or rely on the other person to fix you.

Oct 29 2019

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Rule 095 | It’s Harder To Delegate Tasks Than it is To Do Them Yourself

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Jessie + Gerard are sharing some behind-the-scenes thoughts on the recent interview with The Shinabargers and the result is a conversation filled with stories they’ve never told before on the show. Andre + Jeff are fellow podcasters and the duo behind a show called Love or Work. Make sure to tune in to episode 94 to get the backstory before you listen!

Here’s the Dish:

G shares more about giving up on professional ministry.

J causes some bristling with her masculine energy.

The Peppers share an upcoming chance to find great marriage mentors!

Meanwhile, do you want to grow a marriage that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Summit in Feb 2020! ♥︎

Oct 24 2019

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Rule 094 | Your Partner Is Not To Blame For Unused Vacation Days

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This week, we’re joined by Andre + Jeff Shinabarger! They are the hosts of a podcast that is aptly named “Love or Work” and we’re excited to get their advice about what it looks like to pursue both values at the very same time. Whether you’re trying to build a bookcase together or running a full-blown company with your spouse, these two are teaching us that healthy communication is at the heart of it all. Be sure to check out their show and come say hey on IG while you listen: @meetthepeppers + @loveorwork!

Meanwhile, do you want to grow a marriage that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Summit in Feb 2020! Head to our site for more event info and click right here to support the show! ♥︎  

Oct 22 2019

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Rule 093 | Every Marriage Is Better With A Little Mediation

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A marriage in isolation is a difficult place to thrive. The Peppers are back for Season Eight of the podcast, but this time they’re enlisting the help of some very wise friends! Tune in to hear about the upcoming episodes and find out how to attend the Grounded Marriage Summit in 2020!

Tickets are going live TODAY and the early bird price is available until November 1st. Act now to hold your spot because space is limited and it’s going to be FUNNNNNNN.

Don’t forget: go to GroundedMarriage.com for all the info!

Oct 16 2019

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Rule 092 | Every Couple Needs At Least One Jackass

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This week, we’re learning that ideas are like rabbits... Leave them alone for five minutes and you’ll have way more than you bargained for. Jessie’s enormous pile of topics is causing a log-jam and it’s going to take a miracle (or a bonfire) to burn through the logistics of daily life in an effort to reconnect. We may be breaking the rules of our usual podcast format, but it’s taken us back to the original roots of this show.


Do you want to grow a marriage that’s rooted in Great Love? Join us in Long Beach for the Grounded Summit in Feb 2020! ♥︎ A special thanks to ThirdLove + Native for making this episode possible. Check out our site to find out how to support the show!

Quick Bites:

As we game plan the house projects for our recent move, it has crowded out some of the things that are actually FUN to talk about.

The Peppers stay connected through three specific things: Travel, Shared Projects + Heartfelt Conversations.

Our Wheel of Fortune discussion gave us a chance to determine how to spend time together after we eat dinner.

Gerard’s busy work schedule rears its ugly head yet again.

Trigger Questions:

Which partner is more of the conversational enthusiast?

Share one topic you’d like to talk about with your partner from both the logistical and life-giving categories.

How do you organize the list of things that you need (or want!) to talk about with your partner?

Aug 07 2019

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Rule 091 | Don't Show Up To Your Anniversary Empty-handed

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This week, we’re hashing out the meaning and the messes behind our recent anniversary gifts. Gerard makes a strong impression with something silky and then Jessie (accidentally) breaks his heart with a failed scavenger hunt.

Thanks to Grounded (our Marriage Summit!) for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to join us in Long Beach on Feb 20-22, 2020 and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

We stand by our warning about Summer weddings (and backsweat).

The backstory about our flower failure is blooming yet again.

The list of anniversary materials is helpful when you’re searching for the perfect gift.

Gerard treats Jessie to the most luxurious way to sleep. We talked about her lost pillowcase earlier this season and now thankfully the silk situation has been solved.

Jessie nearly burns Gerard’s face off with a new habanero “exfoliator.”

Gerard’s hot sauce habit is something that jessie always appreciates at dinner time.

Jessie wonders if she inspired the recent suitcase shenanigans by griping about Gerard’s unclaimed denim jacket.

Birthdays (or really any special occasion) can be sticky situations when you come from different frames of reference... We’ve discussed this in the past but it remains to be a challenge!

Trigger Questions:

What is your fondest anniversary memory together?

Have you ever had a “date night fail” or special occasion gone wrong?

What is your favorite errand to run with your partner?

Jul 31 2019

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Rule 090 | There's A Thin Line Between Word Play And Foreplay

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The Peppers have a long history with their favorite game show, but now they’re ready to take it to the next level by becoming official contestants. Jessie may know her way around a dictionary, but Gerard is the strategic gambler of the family. They both agree that Wheel of Fortune makes great background music for dinner, but weeknight quality time feels like a prize all on its own.

Thanks to Ritual + Native Deodorant for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

We’re signing up to become Wheel of Fortune contestants!

Jessie hates listening to Gerard’s mouth noises during dinner, so her solution is tuning in for the primetime game shows.

Visual proof that game show presenters might be stronger than they look.

Here’s a fun article about the Samsung v. Vanna White lawsuit.

TRIGGER QUESTIONS:

If you could be on any game show (past or current) which one would it be?

Do you have any TV watching guidelines when it comes to quality time as a couple or as a family?

Are you and your partner bold enough to leave the house in matching outfits? If not, which person usually ends up changing?

Jul 24 2019

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Rule 089 | Backyard Jungles Are Not Meant To Be Tamed

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The Peppers are discussing backyard security after a raccoon tries to sneak in their bedroom window and an army of ants sets up camp in the kitchen. Tune in as they make a defense plan against household pests and the corresponding (stinky) antics.

Thanks to Noom for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Didn’t catch our past convos about Jessie’s ubiquitous Mercy Curse? You can catch up by listening to Episode 48 (termite trauma) + Episode 67 (spider woes).

Here is the pet-safe and kid-safe bug repellent that Jessie tried... So far, the ant spray has not worked, but we’re hopeful about the fly traps.

Bug-A-Salt 2.0 comes highly recommended from a gadget-centric friend.

Gerard may claim to be a pacifist, but that has nothing to do with his vendetta against household pests.

One of the many benefits to having super close neighbors is that they can easily pop over to help secure the perimeter in the middle of the night.

Trigger Questions:

What is the absolute worst pest infestation that you can possibly imagine?

Have you ever been startled by an out-of-place animal at your home?

What is your least favorite way to be woken up in the middle of the night?

Jul 17 2019

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Rule 088 | Keep Your Shoes Close And Your Flashlight Closer

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The two recent earthquakes in Southern CA have kept The Peppers on their toes. A rumbling house has led Jessie to believe that they’re living on a fault line, while Gerard realizes that growing up in California didn’t really teach him very much about earthquakes.

Relaxing on the 4th of July was interrupted by Jessie’s voice from upstairs AND the house shaking beneath their feet. (Verdict is still out on which of the two events might have caused the other to occur.)

Tune in as they navigate the ins and outs of emergency preparedness and find out what to do amidst the corresponding marriage conflict.

Thanks to OpenFit + ThirdLove for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Gerard might be married to a psychic, but he has enough of his own powers to know that Jessie’s been a part of Team Nap all along.

Following random bursts of inspiration during the occasional “cat think” is what leads Jessie to some of her best works.

Doorframe or duck-and-cover? The Peppers try to decipher which is the best approach during a 45-second earth-shattering alarm.

Gerard’s seismic past does not make him a convincing expert when it comes to tectonic activity.

Jessie’s note to news reporters: Please refrain from using dumb words during a life or death experience!

Gerard is not the only one who has a crush on lead seismologist Lucy Jones.

Wonder what you’re actually supposed to do after surviving a natural disaster? Avoid screaming to conserve your energy, use text messages instead of phone calls, and always make sure your family knows the master plan.

Jessie’s predisposition to conspiracy theories is very possibly going to turn her into a doomsday-prepper.

Trigger Questions:

Which partner is most likely to be overly prepared in the face of a natural disaster?

Did you ever have to learn or practice any type of emergency drills as a kid?

Design your perfect storm bunker together... don’t forget amenities, snack foods + entertainment!

Jul 10 2019

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Rule 087 | Illegal Fireworks Are Always Overrated

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Summertime certainly has it’s pros and cons, but The Peppers try to balance each other out while they cover the nitty-gritty. We’re celebrating the holiday with a special episode of the show and be sure to follow along on IG to see the real-time action from our festive neighborhood this week!

Thanks to Cove for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Jessie loves: Bae Days! Sand coasters, pool floats + sunscreen for all.

Gerard loves: Cornhole Tournaments! Spoiler alert: he may have a trophy for his form, but don’t expect to see him in the finals anytime soon.

Jessie loves: Fresh Produce! Sign us up for fruits + veggies for every meal.

Because we know you’ll ask: Jessie is working on recipes for the blackberry feta dip and watermelon fizz this week and they will hopefully be posted over on Style + Pepper soon!

Gerard loves: Sunset Happy Hours! A chance to connect with each other while he practices his mixology.

Jessie loves: 4th of July Bloody Mary Bar! On our block, the festivities get kicked off with tons of fixings + flavor.

Gerard loves: Horny Corner in Belmont Shore! Sand couches, beer hats, and more bikinis than you’ve seen all year.

Jessie dislikes: Fireworks. They stress out the dog and you can hear about her past anxiety issues back in Episode 73.

Gerard dislikes: Excessive Amounts Of Dog Hair. Might be time to get a Roomba? Either that, or Sadie needs to borrow the hair supplements we talked about last week.

Jessie dislikes: Body Hair Maintenance. When you show more skin it means you have more surface area to shave.

Gerard dislikes: Sweating In Bed. Our house without AC means a total lack of privacy and a robust fleet of fans.

Gerard also dislikes: swarming flies. The key is to steer clear of the alley and keep all the screens closed.

Jessie dislikes: Tourists. Specifically – sandy towels, illegal parking, and husbands who wear tank tops.

TRIGGER QUESTIONS:

What are your favorite and least favorite things about Summer?

If you could only eat one fruit or veggie for the entire season, which one would it be and how would you prepare it?

Men in tanks tops… Yes or No?

Jul 03 2019

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Rule 086 | Medicine Cabinets Make Great Housewarming Gifts

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The Peppers recent move has majorly shifted ownership of the bathroom-counter real estate. Gerard is ready to revamp his grooming routine and is willing to accept help with the hair on his head AND his face.

Meanwhile: Jessie wants straightening trays, but Gerard is concerned that it will drain their bank account. After having braces for nearly a decade, it seems like her little chompers should be as straight as they come.

Finally, The Peppers discuss how investing in personal appearance can be balanced out by the other ways that they both save (or spend) their money. Jessie’s wrinkle cream currently takes up a decent percentage of the total amount, but her recent discovery in Mexico might be the way to cut corners on the cost.

Tune in for post-game with the Peppers on Friday, June 28th at 5pm PT! Be sure to join the gang over there to hear all our juicy stories that didn’t make it onto the air.


Thanks to Noom + Ritual for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Our “June Boxes” have been retrieved and the corresponding toiletries are taking up some serious space in the breakdown of who gets which beauty cabinet.

We’ve talked about our skincare regimen on several past episodes: sunscreen, wrinkles, and the best travel toiletries.

Because we know you’ll ask: here is Jessie’s favorite exfoliator, the moisturizing serum that she gave Gerard, and the skin oil that combats facial redness.

Gerard’s facial hair makes a repeat appearance (from both Ep 28 + Ep 67) on the show. Jessie admits that his beard-to-mullet ratio is one of the ways she determines her opinion of how he keeps his look.

Is it a naturally high hairline or male pattern baldness? Either way, we’ve found a fix and now Gerard has a much healthier head of hair that is more full than when we met.

Can extreme stress cause hair loss? 👈🏼 Check out this article that makes a fairly convincing case.

The bruush has caused some segregation in the dental care department of our bathroom and now the toothbrushes must be kept separate so that their bristles never touch.

Has anyone else had a palate expander that ruined their life? The Peppers are thinking of starting a petition to get them banned by the Geneva Convention.

Gerard got an urgent phone call in Guatemala when Jessie got bad news at the orthodontist.

Does wrinkle cream deserve its own category in the family budget? Tune in to find out how we’re cutting down on skincare costs by crossing country borders.

Jun 26 2019

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Rule 085 | A Scratch On Your Suitcase Is The Sign Of A Good Adventure

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This week, The Peppers are trying to decide on colors AND quantities of their impending suitcase purchase(s). Jessie learns that Gerard is QUITE generous with his gift-giving, but certainly much stingier with his exit row on an airplane. Tune in for a lively recap of our latest listener-vacay to Mexico and we’ll send bonus points to anyone who can find us the bubbly water (and silk pillowcase) that we sadly left behind.

We had SO much fun in the live FB hangout last week, so we’re doing another post-game recap on Wednesday, June 19th at 6pm PT! Be sure to join the gang for all our juicy stories that didn’t make it on the air.

Meanwhile, thanks to Third Love + Care.com for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Suitcase drama abounds. Scuffs! Torn corners! Sticky wheels, OH MY!

There’s a bit of confusion about coupon expiration dates. What the statute of limitations when it comes to unclaimed gifts?

The Peppers can’t seem to agree on this one: Are suitcases meant to be pristine or patina-ed?

Jessie is tempted to match her new Away suitcase to her silk Pepper dress, but thankfully it appears as though Gerard has backed her off of that ledge.

Currently looking for an attorney who is well-versed in special occasion coupons.

If you’re looking for related conversations, you might enjoy our Summer Travel Series from 2017.

Valentine’s Day has had it’s fair share of mishaps: gifts, dinner parties

Since when does the gift-giver decide how the giftee uses the gift?

Gerard’s sunscreen habits rear their ugly head, yet again.

A recap of the Great Love Getaway, including highlights + mishaps!

The Peppers fess up about how to get away with a beach club birthday.

Jessie’s favorite cocktail is set to take the world by storm but La Jessie Especial will always have roots in Puerto Vallarta.

If anyone knows where to get Penafiel in the US, please let us know and we’ll love you forever!

The Peppers have a history of smuggling things in from other countries, and Jessie narrowly avoids getting flagged on our latest Mexico trip. Her bags got searched multiple times in May, yet no one seems to care that her bag was full of suspicious items.

Gerard encounters a nut-job on our recent Southwest flight. His pacifism finally has a reason to come into play, but it certainly doesn’t stop him from sticking up for our flight attendants.

Trigger Questions:

Have you ever accidentally regifted something to your spouse for a special occasion?

How many suitcases do you think one avid traveler needs?

What is the weirdest (or most dangerous) souvenir that you’ve ever brought home from a trip?


Don’t forget to follow along with our adventures on instagram and if you’re having as much fun as we are, please share this show with your favorite married friends!

Jun 19 2019

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Rule 084 | Never Shove A Metal Object Into A Hot Microwave

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The Peppers have been living with Jessie’s family for five weeks, and let’s just say there are many reasons why they’re happy to finally be “pushed” out of the nest.

There are plenty of pros and cons about having parental roommates but no matter how you slice it, the abundance of quality time takes the cake.

We had SO much fun in the live hangout last week, we’re doing another post-game recap sometime this weekend! We’ll post it on instagram when we pick a date and time, and be sure to join the facebook group for all the juicy stories and behind the scenes dish!

Thanks to Ritual + Noom for making this episode possible. ♥︎ Click right here to learn more about our podcast partners and head to our site for more info about how to support the show!

QUICK BITES:

Confused about our living status? Listen to Ep 83 for the backstory and to find out why we’ve been living like gypsies.

The Peppers discuss the dangers of overstaying their welcome, and hope that their efforts of pitching in will make it easier to have them around.

Gerard has gotten used to having a short-order cook and Jessie compulsively cleans the kitchen while everyone else rolls their eyes.

Treating the family for dinner is not as easy as it sounds… most of the time our Dad’s are too savvy to let us snag the check!

Jessie fesses up to being the microwave delinquent and Gerard gets heated about his in-law’s cabinet habits.

Spoiler Alert! Gerard was right: There is a “THE” in front of Usual Suspects. Also, maybe skip this episode if you don’t want to ruin the movie?

Jessie has spent the last several months figuring out how to survive as an introvert who has been thrust into non-stop family time.

Martha + Ray have adopted The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but now the closet cast-offs seem to be clogging up the guest room.

The Peppers finally realize that THEY are actually horning in on the lives of their gracious hosts. Guess that means it’s time to get going!

Trigger Questions:

Which partner’s family would be most easy for you to live with?

Does your family have an obvious weirdo? (If you’re looking around, it might actually be you!)

What is your favorite way to spend an unexpected burst of alone time?

Jun 12 2019

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Really good!

By GrampsWooha - Nov 16 2019
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Just listened for the first time and we both loved it! Keep going guys!

Funny and Neat

By PLNU alum Dave Spaite - Aug 20 2019
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This podcast is really very funny and neat and great and 🆒