About Us

Welcome to the Newlywed's Toolkit!

I’m genuinely SO EXCITED that you’re here. My name is Bryan. For more on who I am, feel free to read my bio here.

The Vision Behind the Newlywed's Toolkit:

The Newlywed's Toolkit was an idea which originated around the time I got married. My wife and I were immersed in wedding culture, registries for days, and all the stress that comes with it.

Shannon and me on our wedding day.

We were among the luckiest couples in the world because our wedding was in early March and was one of the last ones before COVID-19 forced wedding postponements everywhere. Even more incredible, we were still able to go on our two week honeymoon to Tahiti. The resort we stayed at closed the day after we left.

So yes, we consider ourselves very luck and are very grateful.

We started receiving gifts as soon as we were engaged. Most of them were for the kitchen—one of my favorite places in our home. Contrary to traditional gender roles, I do all the cooking — something I claim with enthusiasm.

I didn’t want everything I was learning about my newest kitchen tools/gifts to go to waste, though. And I was learning quite a bit: whether the Instapot is really worth it; which pots & pans are the best for their price; why a good chef’s knife is so important.

The list goes on.

Rather than hold all this information to myself, it dawned on me that I could share all of these insights with others.

So, here we are.

While I write these blogs specifically with newlyweds in mind who are putting together registries or thinking about what to buy for their kitchen, it’s really for anyone who in the kitchen.

One of my goals is to help you build your Newlywed's Toolkit when it comes to Your Kitchen.

Though the kitchen is an important component of life together, there is a lot more to your marriage.

I mentioned a vision earlier. Here's the rest of it.

I’m currently pursuing my master's degree in clinical psychology to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. My wife is already a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. We’re kind of psychology nerds and therapy junkies.

We’re not the psychology nerds who just live in theory, however; we’ve both been in our own therapy (as clients) for over 15 years between the two of us and we’ve been in couple’s therapy together for over a year now. Couple’s therapy is a challenging pursuit, by the way. But it’s easily been the greatest investment we’ve ever made.

We want to share with you tools we’ve gathered (and are gathering) from our relationship; tools informed by our psychological backgrounds — personal experience, academic and professional.

We’ll have newlyweds in mind, but again, I think these tools can be useful to anyone in a relationship.

My second goal is to help build your Newlywed's Toolkit for Your Relationship.

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to helping you stock your Newlywed's Toolkit one tool at a time.

Bryan Forbes
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