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Marriage Is Funny

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Rank #137 in Personal Journals category

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Health & Fitness
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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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318 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

318 Ratings
Average Ratings
288
14
5
5
6

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 051 | Everything Is Annoying When You're Already Irritated

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This week, Gerard fesses up to a bad habit that we thought he had kicked, only to find out that Jessie has known about it the entire time. The Peppers are peeling back the curtain on how their podcast is recorded, and you’ll hear about how painful this particular episode has been to produce. Come hang out with us in between episodes by watching our day-to-day stories on instagram and don't forget to join The Gang on FB! QUICK BITES: Gerard realizes that the cell-phone addiction that he talked about in Episode 9 has reappeared in the form of checking the news about this year's presidential election. Jessie uses the example of a bad habit we discussed in Episode 30 to illustrate her effective, yet gentle strategy to stop annoying behaviors. Gerard wishes that Jessie would stop painting her nails right before they leave the house, but they agree that it’s WAY better than painting them in the car, and they learned that lesson the hard way in Episode 15. We’ve talked about podcasting before ( in Episode 4 + Episode 17 ), but we’re giving an even closer inside look at why and how we bother to produce this show for you every week. Jessie shares her full-time podcasting dreams in Episode 35, and Gerard blurts out his big-time fitness goals to make her feel better. The Peppers are wrapping up Season Three on Thanksgiving Week, and we’re excited to launch our new show The Perfect Wife at the same time! TRIGGER QUESTIONS: 1. How many times a day do you check the latest news headlines? 2. Do you have a go-to trick for pulling your partner out of a bad mood? 3. What's the crappiest Valentine's Day gift you've ever received?

Nov 02 2016

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Rank #2: 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. ♥︎


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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 #3: Rule 021 | You Don't Need An Excuse To Throw A Big Party

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We're back and we missed you guys more than you know! It's finally time for Season Two, and there are a lot of reasons to party so we're diving right in. Be sure to listen for our very special guests, and stay tuned for the official announcement of our Great Love Getaway. Big bear hugs to the friends who are helping us celebrate this week: Joanna + Ric Shewell, Ryan + Jen Hansard, Jeremy + Kathleen Shannon, Jennifer Giles Kemper + Grant Kemper. In Episode 21, The Peppers fill you in on the last four months, and share their excitement about their biggest bash of the year. You are invited to celebrate Epiphany 2016 with us, but please promise that you won't show up early. Special thanks to Simple Green Smoothies, The Sacred Ordinary Days Planner, The Being Boss Podcast. & Todd Glass.

Jan 06 2016

46mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Rule 026 | Keep Your Marriage Spicy By Heating Up The Kitchen

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Gerard and Jessie are joined by Sonja and Alex Overhiser who share their story of going from being a fast-food duo to becoming the bloggers and podcasters behind A Couple Cooks. In this episode, you'll hear us chat about shopping carts full of cereal, adopting a flexitarian eating style, and how to form some serious solidarity around food. Connect with the Overhisers at the following links, and let us know if you have suggestions for a couple you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show! Recipes: www.acouplecooks.com Podcast: www.acouplecooks.com/podcast Instagram: @acouplecooks Facebook: @acouplecooks Twitter: @acouplecooks SONJA'S ROUND-UP OF HEALTHY COMFORT FOODS: Crispy Baked Fries So Cal Pizza Healthier Chocolate Milkshake Raw Brownies Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese MORE QUICK BITES: Getting shamed in the check out line at Trader Joe’s... Is this a thing? Jessie can’t live without this pantry staple, and Gerard freaks out when he finds out that she’s secretly been buying in bulk. Cereal stands in as the "crouton" in the healthy Vegan Kale Ceasar recipe on S+P! Sonja + Jessie geek out over a reality show indulgence, but the inspiration for their kitchen success is much more refined. Decoding dietary restrictions for dinner parties is not always easy. Listen in for tips from two couples who are quite familiar with this delicate dance. Alex suggests letting veggies be the star, and Jessie is always getting inspired by the meatless ideas at A Couple Cooks. Flexitarians need friends too. The Peppers are pleased to know they're not alone when it comes to opinionated eating. Picky partners are pulled apart by pulp preferences. We’re all still figuring out how to navigate eating and cooking choices when our families are regularly confused. (Parents: If you’re listening, we love veggie burgers just a little less than you think.) Jessie spills the beans about loving her greens. (Or anything that grows out of the ground, really.) The Overhisers answer a question sent in by a listener named Jeff. He asked about how to best support his spouse through her healthy eating and weight loss changes. Roasted celery IS delish. Chop coarsely with onion and cauliflower, add turmeric, garlic + salt/pepper. Pop under the broiler for 25 mins. (Add cannelini beans at the end, throw the whole thing onto a bed of fresh greens, and you've got Jessie’s favorite weekday lunch!) Turgor Pressure: The pressure of water pushing the plasma membrane against the cell wall of a plant cell. (You might be surprised at which Pepper turns out to be this week's biggest nerd.) Lentils are one of our favorite superfoods! The recipe for Lentil + Artichoke Stew on ACC is a staple at Casa de Pepper. If you’re looking for something that feels a little more splurgey, go for Sonja’s crispy baked french fries without the guilt. Listen in to hear why The Overhisers kicked calorie counting and ignoring the nutrients in order to prioritize a healthy relationship with food. Back in Ep 11, we talk about how much we suck at cooking together, but Sonja + Alex have inspired us to try again! (Will report back on how that goes.) Sonja grew up training to be a classical musician, and Alex’s creative childhood makes him a little more "freeform" in the kitchen. Great Love looks different for everyone, but our favorite couple that cooks have some pretty beautiful things to say about what it means for them. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: If you could fill an entire Trader Joe’s shopping cart with one item (completely free), what would it be? Have your eating habits changed at all since getting together with your partner? Which indulgent comfort food needs to be "healthified" next? (Share your answers with Sonja + Jessie in the FB group and we'll try to whip up a recipe for an upcoming episode!)

Feb 10 2016

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: Rule 053 | You’re Not A True Adult Until You’ve Hosted Holiday Dinner

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This week, The Peppers chat about weird turkey traditions and upcoming holiday travel. Gerard is looking forward to “digging in” with his Arizona in-laws, and Jessie stresses out about impressing her family with something more exciting than green beans. The duo gushes about their hot sauce obsession and quickly realizes that not everyone you meet can take the same amount of heat. Come hang out with us in between episodes by watching our day-to-day stories on instagram and don't forget to join The Gang on FB! QUICK BITES: Download Aaptiv and get a free month of fitness on-the-go by using our special code: “marriageisfunny” when you sign-up for a subscription! Gerard challenges The Gang to a facebook giveaway! Share the Marriage is Funny page with your online friends, and email a screen-grab to yesmarriageisfunny@gmail.com. The first three to land the message in our inbox will win one of our Great Love letterpress prints! Don’t forget to snag your Great Love Gangster merch, and use this as a way to represent the Marriage is Funny crew! Apparently, holiday turkey can be turned into a delicacy when it’s cooked in a dirt hole, you can probably guess which one of us is more disgusted at the thought of such a barbaric act. The Peppers stake their claim of a true Friendsgiving, and then tell the story of how their own tradition came to be. Jessie is giving up control of the dinner this year, and she’ll be celebrating with a large pile of kale at her parents house in Arizona next week. If you happen to be a baking expert, please send all crust-advice to Gerard for his inaugural cherry-popping pie-baking adventure. The Peppers share about how they decide to spend certain holidays with certain family members, and while they’ve always tried to keep it simple, explaining things here gets a leeeeetle complicated. Jessie redirects her emotions by trying to make others happy when she feels sad around the holidays. Piling her plate high with vegetables also happens to help. The Peppers chat about giving homemade hot sauce to their friends and neighbors for Christmas this year, and you can find the recipe for Jessie’s spicy sauce right here. (FYI, it’s a 3.5 - 3.75 on the spiciness heat index, and five is obviously medium.) Visit our favorite salsa spot in Kansas City and send us a few bottles of your favorite! Anyone one can own blistered shishito peppers at home, but make sure to nibble the ends to be sure you don’t get hit with a spice bomb. Gerard’s favorite youtube show is called Hot Ones, and you can watch his favorite recent episode with DJ Khaled right here. Jessie spills the beans about yet another spin-off show for The Peppers... Spoiler Alert: It is NOT going to be called The Terrific Husband. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Who is your favorite person to sit by at holiday family dinners? What was the best handmade Christmas gift you’ve ever received? If you had to pick ONLY one brand or flavor of hot sauce to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nov 16 2016

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Rank #11: Rule 023 | There Is No Such Thing As A Free Date

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The Peppers learn that leaving your wallet at home when you go to the flea market is a lot like working an 80-hour week... Either way, your wife's definitely going to find a way to b*tch about it. QUICK BITES: An update on our budget-building drama... Three words: store brand pickles. The FB group exploded with suggestions and ideas for managing personal finances! Hop over there to learn and share your own. Financial Goals for The Peppers: Building up our emergency fund, buy Jessie a pair of rollerblades (because G already got his new belt), and start saving up for The Great Love Getaway. Join in the conversation by tweeting us (@meetthepeppers) while you listen! Jessie made a special present to commemorate a random anniversary... Get your reminder of Great Love over at meetthepeppers.com. Gerard wants to go to the Flea Market, and Jessie shoots him down because she has no self control. (Get caught up by listening in on our budget discussion in Episode 22.) Jessie is on the hunt for the perfect new coffee table, an antique watch, and a handful of other things… ADD ‘EM TO THE WISHLIST. Coffee-shopping might soon become the most romantic moment of our month. Jessie checks in with Gerard about his busy week, and is surprised to find herself feeling a little bit stung. Gerard is learning to balance client work and self-care. It's much harder to get used to than he thought it would be. We changed our lives after reading The 4-Hour Work Week a few years ago, but based on the current situation -- It might be time for a little refresher. Jessie's admits to how her recent business changes have made her crave the career momentum she's used to. The Peppers are reminded of the main reason they call the West Coast "The Best Coast" and Gerard gets angry (and curses!) for the very first time on the show. We're pumped to invite you to join us on the Great Love Getaway! SAVE THE DATE for April 7-10 of 2016, and get excited by grabbing one of our new goodies at meetthepeppers.com. TRIGGER QUESTOINS: Re-tell the story of your first kiss and share us with it in the FB group! What would your all-time DREAM DATE be if money were no object? Do you or your partner ever feel burned-out in your jobs? How does the other person react when that happens? Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, sign up for our mailing list and blow us away by sharing this show with a friend!

Jan 20 2016

38mins

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Rank #12: Rule 048 | Fly Traps Are Not For The Faint Of Heart

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Jessie diagnoses herself with something called The Mercy Curse, and Gerard grapples with being a high-maintenance patient. Find our real-time stories from the Great Love Getaway by following @meetthepeppers on instagram. We’d love to hang out with you in Nashville next week… Happy hour starts at 4:30 pm at Pinewood Social, and we can’t wait to hug you soon! Share your feedback with us by leaving a review on iTunes and find out how you can support our mission of Great Love right over here! QUICK BITES: More about how the 90’s hits of Gloria Estefan was truly the soundtrack of Jessie’s childhood. Potato Bug or Roly Poly? You be the judge. Jessie delves deep into a dark corner of her childhood, and recounts a recent breakdown that connects with some past hurts. Gerard gives his advice about how to be an empathetic listener without feeling all the feels. Get Jessie’s vegan spider repellant packets and join the ranks of highly sensitive people who oppose insect genocide. The Peppers recently discovered termites at their bungalow, and are dreading the process of tenting the house like a neighborhood circus. Efficient fly traps are not for the faint of heart, but Jessie is pushing past the pain by pretending that she’s not involved. When Gerard is sick The Peppers are more aware of how differently they deal with various symptoms. (This is also discussed in the chronic pain episode.) Jessie realizes she does in fact have a tiny sliver of nurturing within her personality, but it does have an expiration date and a handful of exceptions. TRIGGER QUESTIOns: What is the one thing that is always sure to make you cry? Do you have a designated bug manager or pre-determined insect removal policy at your house? Which partner is a more high-maintenance patient? How many days go by before things get annoying to the other person?

Oct 12 2016

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Rank #13: Rule 047 | Gluten Free Tortillas Are Very Expensive

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Gerard finds a stack of unused coupons in the junk drawer, and it prompts him to proclaim that they need to cut back on the grocery bill. Jessie’s new love affair with music is snazzing up her song library, and she's shyly sharing the secret of pursuing her inner DJ. Share your feedback with us by leaving a review on iTunes and find out how you can support our mission of Great Love right over here! QUICK BITES: Gerard thinks that the duo is overspending on food supplies, but Jessie assures him that she hasn’t changed a thing since their bill has gone up. Jessie loves to take care of the groceries and cooking, but threatens to stop because her shopping skills are being questioned. You’re probably not surprised that our budgeting conversation from Season Two is coming back to bite us in the butt. Long Beach has an extensive list of weekly farmer’s markets, but Jessie wishes that they had grocery carts AND carried her favorite healthy ice cream. Jessie has a love/hate relationship with music, but things are improving thanks to Brother Joey’s introduction to The Big Music Library in the Clouds. Both of The Peppers have music-library-dysmorphia but thankfully their personal tastes are complementary enough to co-exist. YES Gerard was in an all-male a capella group in college, and YES you can listen to his hit solo song right here. How did we miss the fact that Sia has such an incredible body of work? (If you happen to know the answer, does that mean you ALSO know why she wears her hair over her face?) The set of Sonos speakers that Gerard bought himself as a birthday gift have truly been a fun addition for the whole household. Blaring a little bit of Flo Rida is the only way Jessie can pump herself up enough to use the vacuum cleaner. The Peppers covered dinner music AND bedroom music in Episode 2, but Jessie blurts out an update to her current faves for The Kissing Playlist. This week’s show wraps up with what are likely the silliest show outtakes that you’ve ever heard on Marriage is Funny... Please don't say we didn't warn you. Because we know you’re curious: Gerard is partial to a specific type of gluten free tortillas that have both helped his tummy AND nearly broken our bank. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Do you know (or can you guess) the most expensive item on your family's last grocery bill? What is the most embarrassing song in your entire music library? Which Disney character is your ultimate alter-ego? If you had to pick one for your partner, who would it be?

Oct 05 2016

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Rank #14: Rule 049 | Pacifists Fight With Puns Not Guns

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One of our listeners is concerned that Gerard is the brunt of every joke, but he assures you that his love of comedy is keeping his mood afloat. Pacifism puts the Peppers in an awkward position, and Jessie explains why she sleeps with a baseball bat underneath her bed. QUICK BITES: Jessie thinks back to Episode 45 when she learns that calling Gerard an idiot is off-limits but teasing about his gray hair is completely fair game. Gerard shares about his past stand-up performances, and Jessie tries to persuade him to keep stepping up to the mic. We haven’t explained it recently, but here is a reminder about how/why we have a conjanglement of last names. (Easily one of our most frequently asked questions!) Gerard recalls the details of an ancient twitter war between them, and Jessie is relieved that she’s much quicker to laugh than she used to be. A late-night neighborhood crime proves that Gerard cares more about protecting Jessie than he normally admits. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Are there any subjects that are completely off limits when you and your partner are joking around? When was the last time you dialed 9-1-1? Have you and your partner ever been in a position where one of you had to physically protect the other person?

Oct 20 2016

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Rank #15: Rule 029 | Salads Aren't Meant To Make You Feel Guilty

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In this week’s episode, Jessie professes her commitment to the grocery store up the street. While she’d rather stroll the aisles than make a trip to the spa, we learn that Gerard definitely prefers the spa, but expects to get his massages from within the comforts of his own home. QUICK BITES: A Marriage is Funny proposal! What the what?! Help us celebrate with Ashley and her man in the private MIF Facebook group! Jessie kicked her commitment issues and joined the frequent shopper club at her fave local grocery store. Listen in for her prioritized list of supermarket criteria, and get her expert instructions for buying the best type of kale. Gerard’s healthy eating goes out the window when Jessie leaves town. How does that saying go? When the wife’s away, the husband eats junk food... Jessie would easily drive across town for her favorite fake ice cream. Arctic Zero and a piece of dark chocolate is a nightly ritual at Casa de Pepper. Gerard shares a special recipe for something that only HE can create: Guilt Salad. (With extra parmesan and a side of preservatives, please.) The last thing Jessie needs before leaving on a trip is another to-do item… As you may have heard in Episode 8, we’re still working on smoothing out our pre-travel send off. The Melt Massage courses have significantly upped our back-rubbing game. Now all we need to do is harness a bit of heartfelt motivation. Gerard bounces back from a bad massage experience, and now Jessie is stuck bearing the brunt of his trauma. Give Jessie a head of cauliflower and a fully stocked pantry, and she'll gladly make you a healthy feast! TRIGGER QUESTIONS: When it comes to grocery stores, are you more of a “wander the aisles” kind of person or do you prefer to make a plan and have your list delivered? What is your favorite way to receive physical connection from your partner? Would you rather have a fully stocked fridge filled with all of your favorite ingredients or a super-luxurious back rub that you never have to reciprocate?

Mar 02 2016

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Rule 024 | Use Caution When Giving Your Real Last Name To Strangers

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This week, The Peppers are chatting with a dynamic duo that they know you will love! Michelle + Kelly DLux are fellow love enthusiasts, and the husband / wife team behind a new photo series called Creative Marriages. We are so excited to introduce you to two of our favorite friends, and can't wait to have them share the heart behind their own search for Great Love. In this episode, we talk about taking an intentional approach to a weekly sabbath, what it means to balance social media with being an attentive spouse, and how interracial relationships can be the cause of both blessings and challenges. The Peppers AND The Dluxes would LOVE to hang with you over the upcoming weeks, so join us for the Creative Marriages gallery showing on Sunday, February 14th and get excited for the Great Love Getaway coming up in April! QUICK BITES: Having an altar-ego keeps things spicy... It can also keep away they identity thieves. In case you’re curious, here is the 90’s throwback coca-cola commercial that inspired Kelly's personal brand. Check out Kelly and some of his hot DJ moves right here. Michelle decides to embrace the Dlux handle after reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Hear the story behind how Gerard and Jessie became The Peppers, and you'll also get some background on Gerard’s corresponding break-down. Kelly + Michelle tell us how the idea for a #DLUXSABBATH came to be... Follow along with the hashtag in order to live vicariously through their weekly adventures! They recently visited the Rancho Bernardo Winery and filled a random Monday with taste-testing and hot tubbing and traipsing around in the rain with friends. Find Michelle on snapchat by searching the username: michellekphoto Find Kelly on Periscope by searching the username: @kelly_dlux Jessie’s snapchat is styleandpepper and our collective Periscope handle is @meetthepeppers! In Episode 9, we talked about our own struggles with social media. (So glad to know we're not alone.) Having an interracial relationship has provided the Dluxes with both challenges and blessings, but their efforts to convey grace (no matter what) is so inspiring! Michelle shares honestly about feeling like her wedding doesn't always match up to what she’s exposed to in her day to day business. TRIGGER QuestionS: Does your partner have any major fears that you've learned to accept? How do you and your partner prioritize rest together? What would your own version of a #dluxsabbath look like? Do you believe in the concept of having one singular soul mate on the entire planet? More Dlux Details: Kelly is the owner of the DJ/MC company Dlux Entertainment, and is currently pursuing his masters degree in Apologetics at Talbot Seminary. Michelle is a wedding and portrait photographer who you may also recognize as a former Nickelodeon star (on Ned's Declassifed School Survival Guide). They both love exploring Southern CA and volunteering their time on the leadership team at Emmaus Church in Santa Ana. Say hello to Michelle + Kelly on Instagram: @creativemarriages @michellekimphoto @kellydlux @dLUXent @kelly_dlux @streetphotoist @roamingnatives @broamingnatives Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, sign up for our mailing list and send us a tweet if you have something to share while you listen!

Jan 27 2016

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Rank #18: Rule 062 | It Only Takes One Spouse To Change A Lightbulb

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Jessie admits to a birthday wishlist that is “dirtier” than most, and Gerard is determined to wiggle out of cleaning the house. Conflict bubbles up from the home management department and both Peppers decide to toss the “honey do’s” straight into the compost pile.

Nov 01 2017

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Rank #19: Rule 054.5 | At Least We Started With Good Intentions

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In this special episode, the Peppers explain why they haven't resumed the show as planned. For more information on Jessie's new project, visit seasoneveryday.com!

Mar 30 2017

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Rank #20: Rule 032 | Separate Closets Are The Key To A Happy Marriage

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You might already know our guests Damien + Grasie from their pop-culture status, but The Peppers simply know them as a couple of fun friends who are always loaded with laughs. Listen in as Jessie + Gerard chat with them about improv comedy, mischievous cats, and that one time when Damien got mad enough to throw a chair. CONNECT WITH THE DUO ONLINE: Find Damien on Twitter / Snapchat / Instagram - @damienfahey Find Grasie on Instagram / Snapchat / Twitter - @grasiemercedes (+ be sure to check out her style blog for endless amounts of inspiration!) QUICK BITES: The fun in the FB group included words from Mark the mailman, a fairy-godcouple that sent us on our flea market date, and FINALLY the recipe for Jessie's eggplant tacos. Save the Date for our big party in Long Beach on May 29th! The Peppers will be celebrating the wrap of Season Two, and we can't wait kick off the summer together. Damien tells us what it's like to always and forever be "The MTV Guy." (Among other things!) Consider this a friendly reminder that your husband might be funnier on twitter than he is in real life. Being coupled-up has given this pair a serious advantage on the comedy stage. (More proof of our theory that things are better when we're together!) This duo AND their friend Dave Holmes recommend iOWest for improv classes in LA. The Faheys biggest fight involved a chair being thrown. But other than that, they hardly ever argue... A neo-neat-freak admits she has a problem, and that is the first step. The secret to a happy marriage is most definitely keeping separate closets. The collective form of the word "MY" applies to parents, weddings, bedrooms and favorite pets. Cats are nearly impossible to control. Cute as they may be, having one at home is not for the faint of heart. TRIGGER QUESTIONS: Who is funnier, you or your spouse? Team Dog or Team Cat?

Mar 23 2016

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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. ♥︎


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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!

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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!

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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

55mins

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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 🆒