Video
13 Feb 2017

Invasion of Baby Jack!

BROOK: Our friends gave us their baby, nine-month old Jack, for 24 hours in our care. JILL: They were more than willing to get rid of their son for 24 hours.

Their Turn
10 Feb 2016

Jason and Nicole’s home search leads to bigger questions

Date #36 – House Hunting . . . After 18 months of dating we want to move in together but finding a home we both love looks tricky JASON: Nicole and I had been friends for a number of years before we started dating a year and a half ago, meaning a lot of stuff that might come up in the house hunting date we already knew...

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Video
05 Feb 2016

The Marriage Test on the TODAY SHOW

We stopped by 30 Rock to discuss the project with Matt and Savannah and dodge his question about who was responsible for our original break-up. Jill: “You’ll have to read the book!”

Credit: Samantha Okazaki
Book News
04 Feb 2016

6 Ways to Steal Our Date Ideas Without Buying the Book

We’ve been practicing clickbait headlines. How’d we do? Like any good clickbait, this post will sort of deliver on its promise: The Marriage Test has got a bunch of media coverage in the last few days and many of the stories have offered date descriptions–we won’t mention which outlet actually asked to publish all 40 dates on their website but… well, it was the Today Show....

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Their Turn
01 Feb 2016

Haylea and Matt swap credit cards

Date #4 – Trading Credit Cards We’ve been together for 4 ½ years, but during that time we broke up for 5 months and now live apart. Since we’re giving it another try, we thought doing one of these tests would be a good way to see if we are compatible! HAYLEA: When I proposed Matt and I swap credit cards, I did it via text...

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Video
01 Feb 2016

We would do ANYTHING for love?

BROOK: On a family vacation the week before starting college, I nearly drowned snorkeling. My mask broke in shallow water and I stood up in a bed of sea urchins. With each desperate step their needles filled my feet with unbearable pain; it got so bad that I couldn’t use my legs to kick. I held my mask with one hand, leaving me just one...

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Launch party February 4 in NYC
Book News
29 Jan 2016

Launch party February 4 in NYC

Get ready for an interesting night… Thursday, February 4, we’re celebrating the publication of “The Marriage Test” with a highly interactive launch party. You and someone special (or you and a stranger, or you and someone you sort of know, or you and someone you’d like to know better) will have ten relationship building, Marriage Test-certified activities to choose from. You can care for a crying,...

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Video
28 Jan 2016

We basically didn’t sleep for a week

BROOK: We found a random alarm app and set it to ring three times between 11 P.M. and 8 A.M. We also put fourteen scraps of paper in a bowl, each slip describing a task we’d have to complete when the alarm went off during the night. It was our way of mimicking the exhausted stress of raising a newborn: never letting ourselves sleep for...

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Their Turn
27 Jan 2016

For Greg and Heather, the pencil leads to the heart

Date #20 – Test Your Love We met at speed dating almost six years ago and spent a good chunk of our relationship dating long distance. Now we’re cohabitating. HEATHER: Greg and I spent a Sunday afternoon on the most literal date in The Marriage Test – “Test Your Love.” We used the suggested The 5 Love Languages personal profile and a “Rate Your Mate”...

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Their Turn
19 Jan 2016

David & Sarah learn from her grandparents’ missteps

Date #39 – They Made It Work The first two years of marriage were a breeze–then we had a baby and sold all our possessions. We asked my grandparents how their marriage survived the hard times SARAH: Like many longtime couples, my grandparents Judy and Ron Bertoch argue good-naturedly as they tell stories from their 58-year history together. When we asked if we could interview...

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Their Turn
14 Jan 2016

Grant & Jess have different sex every day for a week

Date #12 – Not That Again We started dating in 2011 and began living together almost immediately. We’ve always had a great sex life, but this was still a challenge GRANT*: This is a story about three platitudes “Have sex every day for a week without repeating the same act twice.” How hard could that be?  Well, turns out more difficult than you think. The problem wasn’t thinking...

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Book News
12 Jan 2016

How we made “The Marriage Test”

One night a bunch of nights ago, we met up with friends at a bar on 14th Street in D.C. and told them our idea: We were going to build a series of dating challenges to decide if we were truly right for each other. Most of our crew that night were in similar life situations—seriously dating, open to marriage but unsure how their relationship...

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Their Turn
21 Sep 2015

Couples try the 40 dates. Wish them luck.

One of the main features of the blog here will be something we’re calling “Their Turn.” We’re inviting couples to try one of the 40 dates from “The Marriage Test” and share their experience. If you and yours are interested in taking a turn, start with our quasi-scientific “2-minute relationship quiz” which will suggest some dates to try. Then, once you’ve braved a date or...

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We have a cover and publication date!
Book News
21 Sep 2015

We have a cover and publication date!

After two years of dating, writing and editing, we’re excited to share some publication details for “The Marriage Test.” Penguin/Berkley will release the book on February 2, 2016. There’s already an Amazon page… and a Barnes & Noble page. Artist Sarah Wilkins created the book cover, which we love. She even honored Jill’s request to give the woman curly hair. Brook didn’t ask for the...

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