BMWK Cruise: Inside the BMWK Marriage Cruise Swag Bag

BY: - 30 Jul '14 | Products

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Inside the BMWK Marriage Cruise Swag Bag

If you haven’t heard yet, we had an amazing time on the 2014 BMWK Marriage Cruise. We feel like we achieved our goal of ensuring that our cruisers had a wonderful time while enjoying the world and each other.

From the moment that they arrived, we wanted them to feel special and a major part of that initial goal was accomplished via our BMWK Marriage Cruise Swag Bag. I have to be honest. I have a thing against receiving conference bags that are full of flyers and postcards. So, we pushed to make sure our bag was full of real ‘swag’ that the cruisers would want and use.

To pull this off, we reached out to some of the companies, large and small, that support the work that we do here on BMWK.  And, they didn’t let us down. See what was inside of the BMWK Cruise swag bag below, and check back soon for our 2015 announcement on where we’ll be heading next year.

If you’d like to have your very own BMWK Cruise

Essence Magazine

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Our friends at Essence provided the cruisers with their latest issue (and this awesome note) that has First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover. One cruiser was so happy because she had left her Essence at home but could now read it during the cruise. Click here to visit the Essence Magazine website.

 

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2227 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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6 Surefire Ways to Get Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer

BY: - 8 Aug '14 | Products

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6 Surefire Ways to Get Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer

This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their new V8 Splash® flavors.

There’s no time like the summertime for getting your kids to try new things. Why?  Because the summertime represents fun, adventure, and excitement.  And although my kids are pretty outgoing, there are times that I have to beg and plead (and sometimes bribe) them to try new things.  And over the past 21 years of parenting, I’ve really perfected my methods of getting them to try things.  Here are 6 kid-tested, mom-approved ways to get your kids to try something new this summer:

  • Technique #1 – Start when they’re young. For the most part, I’ve found that younger kids will try pretty much anything you bring their way.
  • Technique #2 – Chill out and don’t make it a big deal. Kids have “spidey senses.” If you have anxiety about introducing something new to the kids, they will sense it and then they will have anxiety too.
  • Technique #3 – Make it fun. Allow your kids to join in on the fun of planning the activity or the new menu.  For the most part, they will gladly try anything that they have a hand in planning.
  • Technique #4 – Sneak it in.  So I am not exactly saying lie to your kids.  But, there will be times that you will have something that you know your kids will like, or that you know is good for them, but they will refuse to try it. So for those instances, you have to use “whatever means necessary” to get them to try it.  Most of the time, if you know your kids, then they will thank you for it afterwards.
  • Technique #5 – Lay down the law.  Let’s not forget that we are the parents.  So sometimes you have to say: “You have to try this because Mommy/Daddy said so…”
  • Technique #6 – Give your kids credit. Sometimes, as parents, we are the biggest hindrance to our kids when it comes to them being adventurous and trying new things. We worry, we second guess, and we make assumptions.  But what we really need to do is chill-out and let our kids live life to the fullest.

Let me give you a perfect example of how I’ve been using my techniques recently.  This summer, the kids and I have been trying the New V8 Splash® flavors as I have been asked to help spread the word about them.  So, I had the V8 Splash® Lemonade, the V8 Splash® Strawberry Lemonade and the V8 Splash® Carrot Orange Flavors sitting on my desk so that I could take some pictures of the bottles, before we tried them.  Just as I suspected, my kids tore through the V8 Splash® Lemonade flavors in no time.  In fact, I had to keep buying bottles so that I could finally get a good photo of them for my articles.

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But for some reason, I set the Carrot Orange to the side.  I saved it for last because I thought my kids would see the word carrot and the pictures of carrots and say they would not want to try it.  I was going to use technique #4 on them – sneak it in.  But in reality, Technique #2 and Technique #6 worked just fine.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter came into my office and picked up the bottle of V8 Splash® Carrot Orange.  She read the label and then she said: “So when can I drink this?”  I said: “soon.”  But since, I did not give her a timeframe, she commenced to circle my desk like a vulture all day until I finally let her open it.  She loved it, we all did.  It’s actually our favorite flavor (which is saying a lot since we love lemonade so much at this house.)

If you are looking for a bold new flavor twist to match the excitement of the summer, then don’t forget to try the new V8 Splash® Carrot Orange.

BMWK – what exciting new things will your kids be trying this summer? Please share with us your techniques for getting your kids to try new things.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their 3 new V8 Splash® flavors: Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Carrot Orange. The new V8 Splash® flavors use great-tasting ingredients and are available at retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.v8juice.com  All opinions and stories are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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