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The Newlywed Game…

November 13, 2009

I’ve been married for a month now, so I would hope that we would pass this game show! People all want to know how I like being a newlywed..well, I love being married. It’s fun — I’m even tempted to pull out that whole Suzy homemaker thing and bake apple crisps and oatmeal cookies until my husband rolls out the door.

It’s strange — now that the wedding and planning is all done, I find myself itching to print an invitation or tune into some wedding show to cheer on a bride on her last ten pound weight loss. Now that I am settled into marital bliss, I made a note to check out a few shows that deal with not the wedding, but after the wedding….

Newlywed Nearly Dead

In Rich Bride Poor Bride or even Bridezilla, I was used to seeing whiny, crying brides get what they want — I just figured it would end once all the wedding stuff was done. Apparently,  it doesn’t. It seems that the whining and stress only gets worse. In Newlywed Nearly Dead, newlyweds are each given a camera to capture their significant other’s major faults and then have a therapist tell them what they are doing wrong. “Marriage is work,” one exasperated spouse says, while her husband looks on with a glazed expression..and that’s only after three months of marriage.  And, I’ve learned, that the dirty sock rolling thing is pretty common….

*Note: three of the episodes include couples who were on Rich Bride Poor Bride….uh oh..

Tune in Wednesdays starting at 8:30pm on Slice Network

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Til Debt Do Us Part

I think this show is meant to drive the fear of debt into anyone! My gosh..watch this show and you’ll never spend money again.. Either that or you’ll be thankful you are the cheap one everyone makes fun of. In each episode, financial expert Gail Van-Oxlade walks couples through their money issues, which usually turns into tackling communication issues and marital riffs. Some of the situations are a bit scary…the credit cards, the unpaid bills and the out-of-control spending.

Watch it on Friday nights starting at 8:30pm on Slice

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For Rent

Not quite there with the down payment yet? It’s okay to still rent and now you can get HGTV to help you find that perfect place. Not only will they give you tips on finding the perfect rental, but they’ll also help you understand space and how to decorate without sinking tons of money into a place that isn’t yours.  Jodi Gilmour, as host, is a little annoying with her bland narrative, but she makes valid points about budget and the renter’s ultimate wish list.

Monday nights at 8pm on HGTV Canada

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Property Virgins

Once you’ve lived in that mice-infested apartment (not that I’m speaking from experience) for too long, and you’ve saved up enough money for a down-payment on your first house, visit HGTV and get advice from Sandra Rinomato, a Real Estate veteran who will either bring you down to earth on your expectations or guide you to the best deal for your money… Always think resale!!

Wednesdays at 9pm on HGTV

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For Fun…

First published in the  ‘Good Housekeeping Magazine’, May 1955

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THE GOOD WIFE’S GUIDE
  • Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious dinner ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. he has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him but the moment of is arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. have a warm or cool drink ready for him.
  • Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. remember he is the master of the house and as such will always excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.

Newlywed Nearly Dead images via slica.ca; For Rent and Property Virgins images via HGTV.ca; Good Housewife image via http://www.blogcadre.com

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordana permalink
    November 14, 2009 6:27 pm

    Although I love the fashion and design that came out of the 50s, I can’t imagine ever following that Good Housekeeping guide.

  2. November 15, 2009 10:02 pm

    So funny that clip you posted!! Newlyweds are special people :)
    -J.

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