Tuesday, December 3, 2019

John Duggar the Nail Artist

John Duggar paints Abbie Duggar's nails

"I learned by going with her one time to a nail salon. I just watched the person do her nails, and I thought, 'You know what, that ain't that hard, and they're making a lot of money doing it.' I'd rather be the one spending time with my wife, versus paying somebody else to spend time with her."

-John-David Duggar

It's Duggar night! Be sure to tune in to TLC at 9pm ET/8pm CT for an episode featuring a garden party, a visit to the site of the Seewalds' engagement, a gender reveal gone wrong, and the early start of Jessa's labor. This evening's show, Counting On "Five Pregnancies and Counting," is already available on the TLC website for those who have login credentials from their TV provider.

In honor of tonight's new episode of Counting On, we're sharing this web exclusive video from TLC featuring John and Abbie Duggar. Who knew that John was such a good nail artist? We sure didn't.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

126 comments:

  1. That is too cute! πŸ’…πŸΌ

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  2. That's cute. My husband does most of the cooking, does all the oil changes and repairs on the cars (brakes, installs winter tires, changes spark plugs etc) and cuts grass in summer, shovels in winter. I do all the cleaning, laundry, food shopping, decorating for Christmas, and party organization. We're pretty 50/50. I have a really good hubby❤️

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    1. He doesn't do your nails? Oh well he's not "John Boy" so you get to go to the nail salon and have them done.

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  3. No thanks!! I want a trained nail tech!

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    1. MO- AGREE!! I wonder if he knows you're supposed to sterilize the cuticle clippers? There's a reason why nail salon techs need to be licensed. Since JD has so much time on his hands, he should get a job and happily pay for a relaxing manicure for Abbie. Now that would be a great husband- LOL :o)

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    2. Isn't the sterilization because of multiple customers using the tools, which doesn't apply in this situation?

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    3. You can still infect a single person with a dirty tool.

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    4. Response to 8:34AM- MO- Absolutely not! It doesn't matter if it's your germs and bacteria or someone else's, you can get a nasty infection if interments are not cleaned correctly. Let's face it, just because John saw someone giving a manicure doesn't mean that he knows what he's doing. The fact that he's cutting her cuticles is beyond just polishing her nails. :o(

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  4. I find this very controlling. Let your wife go get her nails worked on and have some alone time. Nobody is going to touch her hand who shouldn't be touching it.

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    1. I didn’t hear Abbie fussing about not having alone time. While I personally think some of these intimacies between a married couple should be kept private, I certainly don’t see John David as controlling.

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    2. Controlling? I think Abby enjoys her husband doing it for her.

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    3. Don't project. From the video, Abby obviously appreciates it.

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    4. I hadn't thought of it that way. I just thought he was being a cheapskate.

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    5. She looks like she enjoys having her husband do it for her. I don’t see what you’re seeing whatsoever!
      If my husband was up to it I would prefer having my nails done by him than paying a stranger.

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    6. I totally agree with you!

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    7. too Bad they don’t care what you think lol

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    8. When my elderly mom was in the care center, my dad did her nails for her. She always had beautifully manicured nails that she always did herself, but toward the end of her life she wasn’t able to do them. Not really knowing how to do it, my dad stepped up and kept her nails done, knowing how she felt about her nails. I loved him for it.

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  5. He is so head over heels in love. So cute.

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  6. This couple is too cute 😊

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  7. LOL. I think JD has too much time on his hands.

    I bet Abbie enjoyed going to the salon.

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    1. Yes. I always think of having my nails done as a special treat. I do them myself most of the time but having a manicure and/or m pedicure is so relaxing and such fun. I can't imagine having my husband doing that.

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    2. Hey, if that's what he wants to do in his free time, why not?

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    3. You bet she enjoys the salon? I don't enjoy the nail salon at all. It takes my valuable time to drive there and sit there, costs money I'd rather spend on clothes, and you have to wonder about sanitation of equipment. I'd rather do it myself and would be thrilled if a family member offered to treat me.

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  8. John painting fingernails? Are you serious? This is beyond silly.

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    1. Not really. Spending time doing a service for your spouse is an investment in the relationship, and that is never silly.

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    2. It's sweet, not silly!

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    3. Unless Abbie is unhappy with it, it's really sweet on John's part.

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  9. Abbie’s face (in the freeze frame for the video) does not look satisfied lol

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    1. I agree. Abby looks resigned in this photo.
      I like to get my nails done by a certified nail tech. I enjoy my "alone" time.

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    2. Yeah, but she does if you watch the video.

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    3. It looks like she wants to roll her eyes and say, "Oh brother".

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    4. Yeah. Little did she know she was married to "Scrooge McDuck"and couldn't go to the nail salon to have her nails done.

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    5. Completely agree...let your wife go to the nail salon!!

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    6. I think she looks like he is being sweet. Quit looking for problems, People. They love spending time together. Good for them.

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    7. Don't be silly, 1:41. Ducks don't have nails. πŸ¦†πŸ˜

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  10. If it makes Abby happy then that is fine. I enjoy my trips to the salon.

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  11. That's the sweetest thing I've seen in a while! :)

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  12. Think it's weird have your husband to do your nails. Feel it's a treat to get my done along with coloring my hair. Thanks have a great day, Ledabeth

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    1. Maybe she thinks it's a treat for him to do it.

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    2. Don't give John any ideas. Next he'll be doing Abbie's hair to "save money".

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    3. @8:13 The older Duggar girls often cut their brothers' hair, and I assume each others' as well.

      There are many potential reasons someone might want their nails done: because they like how painted nails look, they like how getting a manicure feels, or they want to go do something alone. If it's just the first two for Abbie, John can do that! Since they don't have a baby yet I'm sure she has plenty of alone time. And I think it's extra special to have your spouse give your body TLC like that.

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  13. Ugh...she can’t even just go have her nails done anymore!
    FYI-John - manicurists do not make a lot of money unless they are tipped well. Was Abbie tipping too well for you John?

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    1. She looks miserable???? Where has all the kindness gone?

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    2. Perhaps Abby prefers it as well. Where has all the kindness gone?

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    3. ?? You still save money by doing it yourself.

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    4. True. Somehow I don't see John as a generous tipper.

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  14. Please, John, push back the cuticle; don’t clip them!

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    1. Maybe just doing what he saw at the nail salon?

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    2. I too have read not to cut cuticles but all the pros around me cut them.

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  15. Love that Abbie calls him “John Boy”!

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    1. I kind of reminders me of Richard Thomas who played John Boy" on the Waltons and Remember when Derek did Jill's toes nails at Jessa and Ben's Wedding because she was very pregnant with Israel. That is what John-David was probably doing for her like Did for Jill.

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    2. She should call him "Nai Boy". I can see it now. She has a chip in her nail polish and calls John to fix it. lol

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  16. The outside of the trailer had me a little worried but the inside is decorated very nicely. Is this the first time we've seen where John and Abbie live? I don't mind the nails thing. If Abbie likes it then more power to them. I do hope John would "let her" go to the salon though if she wanted. Sometimes women enjoy going and getting pampered - away from hubby.

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    1. I agree ... I think their home is lovely. They will be generously rewarded someday for living frugally now. Good for them.

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  17. Was he too cheap to let her go to the salon? The techs really aren't paid "a lot of money." They actually make very little.

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  18. Is he going to cut her hair also? While he's sweet to want to do this for her maybe she'd rather go to the salon but doesn't want to hurt his feelings. It does come across as controlling.

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  19. That is awesome ! Way to go John David! Don't listen to the people drinking hate-orade. I think this is a great way to keep more money in the family, while spending quality time with one's loved ones.

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  20. I love that John David and Abbie are living in a modest modular home, and living within their means.

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    1. In order to support his airplane they HAVE to live cheaply. Probably why he's doing Abbie's nails too.

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  21. Jessa: I totally got wind that Ben does most of the cooking early on.

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    1. I wonder if he does her nails too

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  22. Can't believe they live in a trailer home. I'm surprised John, being the oldest to get married, didn't have more money saved to live somewhere nicer. But, I think he spent his money on his airplane instead.

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    1. Many of us have lived in trailer homes. Don't judge ... you live where you want but there are many people making happy lives in modest homes.

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  23. I enjoy going to the nailsalon. Girltime! No way i let my husband do my nails....

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  24. Someone please tell my why Abbie can't do her own nails? Is she not capable of doing them or something? Strange situation.

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    1. Never said she couldn't.

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    2. Didn't John give her a "French manicure"?? Now that is impressive. I can do my own nails but can not give myself or anyone a "French manicure".

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    3. She probably mentioned how much she'd like to get her nails done and he most likely told her he'd do them since he'd seen it done....once

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  25. On one hand, I find this rather endearing. On the other, it kind of creeps me out, because it seems controlling on John's part.

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    1. Right... I am not sure quite what to think! I am single, but truly enjoy getting out to the salon when possible. I'm guessing when I'm married, I will still enjoy that time.

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  26. This makes me sad. Every woman needs some alone time and a trip to the salon is a perfect get away. Don't take that away from her! You can have her the other 23 hours of the day!

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    1. Dont be sad, as a grown married woman im sure it was Abbies choosing to have her husband do her nails. He prob offered and she gladly accepted im sure. Why assume it was forced on her?

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  27. This is hilarious. Their daughter will grow up believing that men are supposed to manicure their wife's nails. lol

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  28. Strange. As someone post, manicurists do not make a lot of money. And thinking it look easy to do does not make you "qualified" to do anything.

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    1. The end product looked good! Better than I could do.

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  29. My husband and 2 oldest boys cut and style us girls hair and paint our nails, do pedicures, etc ( mom and 3 sisters) all the time...my other youngest son too will learn the same traits from their oldest brothers and Daddy. We are a hands on family and the 8 of us love being together so yes, our home too is much like John and Abbies. And we love it too, because we are pampered, and spoiled and would not have it any other way. ���� Way to go John for being the best husband to your wife! Every woman should be so blessed!!

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    1. That seems strange to me to have my son's and husband style my daughter's and my hair and paint our nails and give us pedicures. My husband and sons do much more masculine things for us like the heavy lifting things in life. No we get our hair styled and have occasional manicures by professional women. We paint our own nails in between visits.

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    2. And you do all the home repairs? Seems like you have an interesting household to say the least.

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    3. That is wierd... sorry but my husband and son do guy stuff. Your son will be made fun of if he tells his buddies he is made to do this...a shame

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    4. Anon 9:04 Yikes!! I don't want my boys down on the floor giving their sisters pedicures, and doing their nails and styling their hair, let alone doing that for me. That's not a realistic example of a one day man and husband who will be working long hours to provide for his family. Husbands and wives are equal partners in a marriage and one doesn't get to just sit around waiting to be waited on like that. I think There are ways for a man to be loving and romantic to his wife but doing that pedicure, manicure, hair styling and teaching his sons to wait on his sisters and mom in those ways isn't one of those ways. That's just odd behavior.

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    5. Four Pinocchios. lol

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    6. Anon 12:32 - why did you call them “Pinocchio’s?” Not being critical - just don’t get it.

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    7. 11:24, Pinocchios are given out to denote that a story is false. The more Pinocchios are given, the more unbelievable the story is.

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  30. I think it's great. I do my own nails to save time and money. It's so much easier to have that control.

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  31. Lauren needs to step up and tell him she needs her time at the salon. John is being cheap. It doesn't seem romantic, it seems cheap.

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    1. Why would Lauren get involved?

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    2. John isn't married to Lauren. He is married to Abbie, so I don't understand why Lauren would get involved.

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  32. TLC is just filling time with dumb stuff like this.

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    1. Yeah. There are no new courtships, engagements, marriages or pregnancy announcements so they do this sort of thing.

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    2. I disagree. I absolutely loved watching John paint Abbie's nails. It was one of the sweetest, most romantic gestures that I've ever seen. I would love to have a husband who would paint my nails.

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    3. I enjoy watching pieces of their daily lives. It's a refreshing change from all the other junk on TV. All the critical people on this website should watch and learn more. They are never critical of other people. We should learn from their examples of frugality and kindness.

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    4. They are quite critical of other people--those whose beliefs don't align with theirs.

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  33. Aww, John! So sweet! But he is the John of all trades so it's really not a surprise!

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  34. Well, I think that a skilled manicurist should be appreciated for their talent. To claim it "ain't that hard" is a bit flippant, as well as saying they make a lot of money. It all depends on their tips. Somehow I don't see the frugal Duggars as being good tippers. In any event, I wouldn't be at all surprised if after they start having kids, Abbie will be relieved to escape once in awhile all by herself to get her nails done!

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    1. I feel that John David was being unnecessarily critical. First of all, manicurists don’t make much money. I think it would be difficult working in a salon all day, breathing in some of those chemical smells. It might not be labor intensively hard, as John David said, but it takes skill and patience.

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  35. I think he's being cheap and also doesn't like the fact that her tech might be male.

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  36. You aren’t supposed to cut the cuticle.

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    1. It's a DIY project so what can you expect.

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    2. Yeah, well manicurists do it, so...

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  37. Love seeing this side of him! Abbie is a great partner for him, also i agree with him on spending time with your partner.

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  38. This must be related to John's mantra of "buy used, save the difference". Now it's DIY and pay nothing.

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    1. Paying nothing is bad??

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    2. 9:07, Like anything else, frugality can be taken to extremes. There's a fine line between it and being perceived as a penny-pinching miser.

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    3. Doing your wife's nails isn't extreme.

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    4. Well, that's silly. How many women do their nails at home because it's free? A LOT. Why is it all of a sudden a bad thing when it's the husband who wants to save money?

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  39. J.ohn and A.bby are J.ust A.wesome

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  40. I think this is sweet, I hope he is still painting away when they're 60πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Ž

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  41. If this is all TLC has, then they should just cancel the show. I'm hoping for a new courtship and marriage to save us from more of this sort of thing.

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    1. Why would you say this is all TLC has? This video segment was on the TLC website, not the show.

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    2. Speak for yourself. If you don't enjoy it, watch something else but let us that enjoy it have it. My goodness, I am praying for you to find some Christmas joy.

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    3. I am so sick of babies, courtships and marriages on these types of shows.
      I actually skim over those sections and watch the daily life portions.

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  42. And just when we thought we couldn't love John David anymore..

    Way to go Abbie! You got a winner!

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  43. Honeymoon is over. No more trips to the nail salon for Abbie. Too expensive. She'll get used to it.

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    1. Uh, no. Honeymoon is giving your time and attention to each other.

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    2. Agree, 7:23. You keep the honeymoon alive by being attentive, unselfish, affectionate, etc.

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  44. for someone who supposedly is a 'Jack' of all trades, John has very soft, manicured looking hands. IMO, its just not a sign of a man who works with his hands. (for someone who is always shown as a hands on guy) AND a man can have clean looking hands but still show that they are "working" hands. You all know what I mean by that.

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    1. I agree. Most men who engage in manual labor have calluses on their hands.

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  45. I just think its strange that he went with her to the nail salon and watched closely enough to be trained in how to do a manicure. That's the strange part. Does he accompany her everywhere?

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    1. You asked a great question! Did he actually sit with her in the salon and watch her get her nails done?!

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  46. Is doing your own nails a thing of the past or something? I'm 65 years old and have never been to a manicurist, let alone had my husband trim my nails. Forget the polish, I hate the feel of it. Anyhoo, I much prefer backrubs!

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    1. To answer your question. No. Women do their nails. However many women (including myself) consider an occasional trip to the nail salon a treat. John's behavior confirms my opinion he's a cheapskate. He's a wealthy young man. To kick up this kind of fuss and go to these lengths to avoid paying what for him would be a very minor expense shows his natural tendency. I personally find it unpleasant.

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  47. Bad move on John's part. Never go cheap on women's little perks. Find some other way to cut corners.

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    1. Only a bad move if she doesn't like it. If she's happy, it's a good move.

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