Booze

Rule 038 | Proper Hand-Holding Takes Years Of Practice

Gerard divulges the back story behind his drinking habit, while the duo invites you to join them in making their signature drink, a Pepper Margarita. Jessie craves a certain kind of physical touch... as long as it means her fingers don't go numb.

Hard to believe we're nearing the end of another season, but that means we're now accepting sponsors for our next round of the show!

Contact us directly for more info, and be sure to save the date for our finale party on May 29th.
 

QUICK BITES:

  • We’re almost to 96 ratings on iTunes! Help us pass 100 this week? We'd love to have your support, and you can head over here for instructions on leaving a review.
     
  • The recipe for a Pepper Margarita: Take 2 slices of jalapeno (seeds removed) and muddle in the bottom of a shaker. Add 1.5 oz of tequila, 1 oz of triple sec and 1 oz of lime juice (from a REAL LIME), shake and pour over ice in your favorite glass with a salted rim!
     
  • Just in case you live nearby and want to try the pineapple-infused tequila that Jessie tried recently… Head to Agaves Kitchen in Long Beach!
     
  • Jessie’s narcolepsy might have been contagiously caught from this character back in Season One.
     
  • The Peppers may have met at a school with strict rules, but that hasn't stopped them from embracing the joy of a nice glass of tequila. 
     
  • Share a virtual drink with The Gang on Cinco de Mayo! Make yourself a Pepper Marg, snap a pic and share with us on social media using the hashtag #GreatLoveGang.
     
  • Jessie admits that she loves holding hands, but Gerard hasn't always believed in the importance of using the right technique.

 

TRIGGER QUESTIONS:

  1. Who are your top three favorite people to share a cocktail with?
  2. What version of physical touch makes you feel most connected to your partner?
  3. Do public displays of affection make you feel uncomfortable or incredibly loved?

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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?
     
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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

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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 we're sending big bear hugs to the dear friends who are helping us celebrate this week:

QUICK BITES:

  • Would you ever have guessed the most requested topic of all time? Jessie spills the beans and then promises to talk about kiddos in the near future.
     
  • Our Great Love Getaway is coming in Spring 2016! Sign up at meetthepeppers.com to be the first to know about dates and details.
     
  • We finally found a place to live and are loving our little bungalow in Long Beach (especially because the owner has turned out to be our fairy landlordmother). Back in Episode #5, we talk about how it never hurts to ask for a price cut, and recently had a big win by following one of our own rules.
     
  • Gerard has started traveling a lot more with his new job, and Jessie is getting used to being home alone with nothing but reality TV and a queen-size bed to keep her company. #heavenonearth
     
  • Our trip to Guatemala with Unbound.org was a huge blessing, but Jessie’s animal-arch-nemesis kept crawling right up and creeping her out.
     
  • Gerard brags on Jessie for finishing her first triathlon, and then calls her out for waiting to learn her road bike until the last minute.
     
  • Sadie gets major surgery and we end up learning what it’s (probably) like to take care of a drunken toddler.
     
  • Gerard admits to getting 7 bottles of fancy liquor in his Christmas stocking. (Thanks, Santa!)
     
  • Hosting big parties make the Peppers happy, so we use Epiphany as an excuse to throw the biggest bash of the year.
     
  • Gerard is obsessed with ambiance and has learned everything he knows from party expert (and comedian) Todd Glass.
     
  • More backstory (and unexpected challenges) from the wacky costume party that we talked about in Episode 20.
     
  • Jessie’s friend Erin created a helpful guide to use as the day-of timeline for a big party
     
  • Gerard shares the traditional meaning behind why we celebrate the ancient holiday of Epiphany. Prepare yourself for a little preaching.
     
  • Our special guests weigh in on the following prompts:
    • What does Great Love look like within your own marriage?
    • What is it about your partner that makes you better together?
    • What makes up the right mix for your own marriage recipe?

 

Trigger Questions:

  • Which is more embarrassing: Accidentally showing up to a dinner party an hour early or an hour late?
     
  • What songs were your favorite additions to the dance jams of 2015?  
     
  • Describe your idea of the perfect "party ambiance"... Do you and your partner have differing views?

 

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Rule 020 | Champagne Bottles Are Always Meant To Be Popped

The Peppers are celebrating their first season finale with a bottle of bubbly and a bungalow full of new friends on the last stop of their tour.

THIS WEEK’S EPISODE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY AIRBNB! JOIN US BY LISTING YOUR OWN SPACE ON THE SITE, AND NEW USERS WILL GET A $25 CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE. 

TRIGGER QUESTIONS: 

  • What is your all-time favorite beverage to celebrate a special occasion?
  • What is one expectation that you currently have about the upcoming week? How can you communicate that fairly and gently to your partner?
  • If you could pick the theme of our next Valentine's Day progressive dinner party, what would it be? (Submissions welcome.)

Don't forget... Our Season Two premiere will go live on January 6th, but since that feels like EONS away -- We've made it easy to keep in touch in the meantime:

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