#ComfortsFromHome – 3 Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Kids Always Want to Come Home

BY: - 23 Oct '15 | Products

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

I moved away from home when I was 18 years old to go to college. And at first, I was happy to be freeeeeee! I was liberated. I could do what I wanted, I could stay out as late as I wanted. And, I didn’t have to ask permission for anything.

All of that was great….but there was one thing that I quickly realized when I went home for the first time on Thanksgiving break.

There’s no place like home!

Even now that I am in my 40s, as soon as I walk into my parent’s home, the first breath that I take brings back memories of my childhood.

First of all, if my mom knows I’m coming to town, then she’s cooking all of my favorites. So those delicious aroma’s hit me as soon as I walk in the door. But beyond that, I feel the love and security that my parents always ensured we had growing up. And it makes coming home the best feeling ever…no matter how old I get.

And those are exactly the feelings I want my kids to have as they grow up and leave the house. I want them to know that there is always one place in this world that they can go that will make them feel loved, safe, and secure. I want coming home to feel like being wrapped in a soft warm fuzzy blanket.

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So there are 3 things I am doing to ensure that my kids will always love to come home:

  1. Give them unconditional love. This one is big and I’ve had to learn it the hard way with my oldest child who is 22 years old. Your kids need to know, whether you agree with their life-decisions or not, that you still love them.
  2. Cook good food. I learned this one from my mom. Her good cooking always has me wanting to come home…every time!!!
  3. Create great family memories. No one wants to come home to a place that represents bad memories. This is why we go out of our way to make sure that our home provides plenty of love, laughter, and security for our kids.

ComfortsFromHome_LogoAnd this is why I am so happy that Marie Callender’s has launched the Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America’s homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. military.

This is a program that shares a bit of home with our troops and helps them celebrate the holidays year round. Every time you enter a code from specially-marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to the USO to support USO Operation Celebration™. Isn’t that wonderful!!! Visit www.ComfortsfromHome.com to join Marie Callender’s in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women serving worldwide.

Submit Your Own Photo in Support of the USO

Right now, you can go on to Facebook and submit a photo using the #hashtag #comfortsfromhome. This photo should represent what home means to you. And for every photo submitted, Scripps Network will donate $1 to the USO. It’s just that simple.  User photos may be featured on air for the following shows:

  • Kitchen Crashers on DIYNetwork & HGTV – Airing 11/9 and 11/14
  • American Heroes on Travel Channel – Airing 11/09 at 10 PM
  • Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network & Cooking Channel  — Airing 12/15 at 9 PM ET

What does going home mean to you? Please Visit ComfortsfromHome.com to learn more about how you can join Marie Callender’s in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

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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What’s More Important: Being in Love or Being Healthy?

BY: - 19 Nov '15 | Products

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“Did you get your mammogram?” asked my husband.

“No. When was the last time you had a physical?” I replied.

“I’ll get my physical…when you get your mammogram,” He said.

I said, “Bet.”

We’re concerned about each other’s health. However, each of us is not exactly doing what we need to do, personally, to ensure that we are the healthiest we can be for each other and for our kids. We both know that we definitely must do better.

We’ve made it our mission to promote healthy, successful relationships and build strong families. And, having good physical health is just as important to a healthy marriage as good communication and intimacy.

Good physical health is just as important to a healthy marriage as good communication and intimacy.

I really feel like we’ve dropped the ball in this area. Especially when it comes to promoting positive images of marriage, specifically in the African-American community, where the leading causes of death in our community are heart disease, cancer and stroke.  Additionally, we know how devastating critical illness can be, not only to a couple’s finances but their intimacy and their relationship too.

So, I picked up the phone and I made physical appointments for both my husband and me. We’ve both committed to losing 20 pounds within the next 3 months.

This is why I am so happy to be partnering with CVS to promote the CVS Project Health events to help them spread the word about FREE PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SCREENINGS at CVS/pharmacy locations throughout the US; particularly in communities that have significant numbers of uninsured or under-insured individuals.

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Thousands of people have learned more about their health after participating in the health screenings at CVS/pharmacy Project Health events. The screenings include:

  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose
  • Total cholesterol

It’s free and convenient.  And no appointment is necessary. You just have to do your part and just show up! Click here to see the locations and attend an event near you!

So the answer to the question: “What’s more important: being in love or being happy?”  Well, my answer is:  If you love me, you will be pro-active and take care of your health.  They’re both important.

How are you being pro-active when it comes to your health? Have you dropped the ball in this area?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS Pharmacy. The opinions and text are all mine.

About the author

Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

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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