What makes a marriage stronger? Sure, a romantic weekend away or a fancy dinner out is nice, but cutting down on the everyday annoyances that cause strife goes a long way, too. Take a hint from these couples. They turned to a simple product or device to help them solve an exasperating problem — and drew closer as a result. Check out eight gadgets that can help you and your marriage.
1. Heating Blanket
HE: Is always cold
SHE: Is always hot
SOLUTION: "We got a heating blanket last year, and it has made us both less cranky. The blanket stays on my side. It has stopped my whining about how cold I am — which was irritating him." — Lauren Gard, 32, Oakland, Calif.
2. Sleep Mask
HE: Loves to go to bed early
SHE: Loves to stay up late
SOLUTION: "We used to argue over the lights. He'd go around shutting them off, and I’d follow behind, turning them back on. So I asked him to put my sleep mask over his eyes. That suggestion changed our lives — it's a miracle mask!" — Lesley Dwyer, 33, Sarasota, Fla.
TRY IT: Sleep masks at Target
3. TV Sleep Timer
HE: Sleeps with the TV on
SHE: Can't sleep if it's on all night
SOLUTION: "We have a TV in our bedroom with a timer setting. When [my husband] is in the bathroom brushing his teeth, I grab the remote and set the timer, and he is none the wiser! I set it for the amount of time it takes him to drift off to sleep. Then the TV clicks off, and we are both happy and getting good rest!" — Cathi Carpenter, 44, Marietta, Ga.
HE: Drives on road trips
SHE: Is a backseat driver
SOLUTION: "I have trouble knowing north from south, east from west. To stop the arguing and save our relationship, we bought a GPS device. It turned out to be one of the best purchases we've made. We arrive at our destination with a lot less aggravation." — Enid Schwartz, 65, Sierra Vista, Ariz Keep reading ...
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