*FLASHBACK* FINAL FRIDAYS WITH COUSIN MARS

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Triple B’s only male blogger shares the deets on what men think about proposing.

Okay, I have to admit this is a tough one. I may lose my Dude Card for this post, but HEY…this is for Triple B. Popping the big question takes a BIG pair (you know what I mean). Please understand that most men take the fiancee-to-be, her friends and family, his friends and family, and finances (depending on the dude, of course) into consideration prior to Popping the BIG QUESTION.

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*Flashback* Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – I Got Your Back

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I think we have all heard the term “I Got Your Back.” I know it isn’t grammatically correct, but let’s ignore that for now. Growing up with siblings and/or other close relatives is what allows most kids the first opportunity to use this expression. As we grow older our circle begins to include friends. If you’re anything like me, you have many stories of how you’ve proven this mantra. Perhaps even better stories regarding how it was proven to you by others. I’d share a few, but the statute of limitations in New York and the District of Columbia are a bit fuzzy in some cases. [Read more…]

*Flashback* Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Family Ties

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Recently I loaded up my SUV with my sister’s two children, wife, golf club set, roller-blades, and several pieces of luggage. After everyone got comfortable, the journey to North Carolina’s Outer Banks began. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Uncomfortable, but Necessary

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Prior to getting married, many couples feel as though they’ve had all of the “must have” conversations. After jumping the broom, these couples often realize a few conversations that weren’t thought of during the courting or engagement phases. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation

Triple B's first Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation was a HIT!

Triple B’s first Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation was a HIT!

On November 8, 2015, BlackBridalBliss.com brings its signature Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation event to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Too rarely is fun and informative discussion encouraged regarding healthy love – specifically among Blacks. The Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation series allows women to hear the inner most thoughts of men on subjects that are rarely openly discussed relating to romantic relationships. Question development for these panel discussions promotes open and honest dialogue about love and marriage — from a man’s perspective. Why men? [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Family Ties

cousin mars on black bridal bliss

Recently I loaded up my SUV with my sister’s two children, wife, golf club set, roller-blades, and several pieces of luggage. After everyone got comfortable, the journey to North Carolina’s Outer Banks began. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Grooming The Groom

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Having gone through the wedding planning process, I know first hand how little attention a groom can receive in comparison to a bride.  Many brides have a team dedicated to helping them look their best the day they plan to jump the broom. Dudes are thought to be “ballin’ when they opt to have their barber present to give them a fresh cut just minutes before walking down the aisle. Your favorite cousin is here to help you with GROOMING THE GROOM. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – I Got Your Back

  cousin mars on black bridal bliss

I think we have all heard the term “I Got Your Back.” I know it isn’t grammatically correct, but let’s ignore that for now. Growing up with siblings and/or other close relatives is what allows most kids the first opportunity to use this expression. As we grow older our circle begins to include friends. If you’re anything like me, you have many stories of how you’ve proven this mantra. Perhaps even better stories regarding how it was proven to you by others. I’d share a few, but the statute of limitations in New York and the District of Columbia are a bit fuzzy in some cases. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Ross Oscar Knight’s In His Moment

In his new book, famed photographer Ross Oscar Knight uncovers what's going through a groom's mind before he says "I Do".

In his new book, famed photographer Ross Oscar Knight uncovers what’s going through a groom’s mind before he says “I Do”.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ross Oscar Knight (photographer, author, speaker and philanthropist) and we discussed his newly released book, In His Moment. Here’s what he shared: [Read more…]

Final Fridays With Cousin Mars – New Year, New [ME] US

For the first Final Fridays with Cousin Mars of 2015, I’ve decided to go cliché. Many of you have probably already forgotten several of your 2015 resolutions. Don’t worry; very few expected you to actually make those changes. There are some resolutions/changes I want to encourage you to follow through with completely. [Read more…]

The 5 Best of Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – 2014 Edition


This year on Triple B, I covered everything from date ideas for the summer to the hidden truth behind that engagement ring “bling bling”. Here were your top posts and the back stories on what prompted me to write them.

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FINAL FRIDAYS WITH COUSIN MARS – IS PRIVACY REALISTIC IN MARRIAGE?


I can think of many benefits of waiting until entering your 30s to tie the knot. However, one fairly common challenge like-minded individuals often face is figuring out how and what habits and behaviors to abandon. Many topics can fall under this umbrella, but I’d like to specifically discuss privacy. Individuals over 30 are generally more set in their ways than their younger counterparts; often leading to a more interesting adjustment period. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, Privacy is defined as freedom from unauthorized intrusion. [Read more…]

Final Friday with Cousin Mars: Marriage Matters

What’s up, everyone? I’ve missed my Triple B family. Expect me to get back on schedule with this post, which by the way, it is a little different from what you’re used to from me. There is no “aha” moment at the end…Just me sharing my thoughts. I wrote this from the heart though so I appreciate any feedback you can share. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – 4 Tips for Planning an Epic Bachelor (or Bachelorette) Trip


We have all heard stories of how young girls start planning their wedding before their first heart break. When some of these  girls turn into young women, the mental wedding planning kicks into a higher gear. Men have a perception of how much women look forward to planning and being the center of attention at a wedding. Well, our version of this is THE BACHELOR PARTY. One of the coolest things about a bachelor party is most guys aren’t limited to just one. Wait, wait, wait. What I mean is – not only do we get to participate in our own bachelor party, but we also partake in the bachelor parties of our buddies. The verbatim reaction of one of my closest friends when I shared I was engaged was “Word? Where are we going for the bachelor’s trip?” At least 5-minutes passed before I was congratulated.

Today I will share with you 4 keys to planning an epic bachelor party. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Summer Date Ideas


After this past winter, I plan to take full advantage of the summer weather. Every year I say this, however this year I am committed to enjoying almost everything the NYC and DC summers have to offer. Solely because I don’t know what to expect when Old Man Winter returns, I suggest you too get your money’s worth between June and September. In fact, I’m sharing fun date ideas. You’ll owe me one after this post. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – The Truth Behind Diamond Engagement Rings

 

Ladies (and fellas because I know some of y’all are reading too), do you remember your initial reaction to hearing Beyonce’s Put a Ring On It song? We all know one of the first things asked after a woman says she is engaged is “Let me see the ring!” How many people do you know have very little knowledge of precious gems, but can tell you exactly what the Four Cs references? Have you ever wondered why there is an expectation (by most though not all) that a diamond accompanies a proposal? Well, this Final Friday post aims to share a jewel about one of your favorite jewels – DIAMONDS. If you have ever thought why society has come to expect a diamond to accompany a proposal I’m about to share just how and when this tradition began.

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Final Friday with Cousin Mars: Marriage Advice – Well…kinda

I’ve heard the term “Birds of a feather flock together” throughout my childhood. I felt as though my mother and most influential high school teacher repeated these words to me too often. It frustrated me. By the way, I continued hearing this through college and even in the work place. When I got engaged, I started reminding myself of this all too familiar phrase. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars: My First Marriage Lesson

 

Although my first wedding anniversary is more than half a year away, I have already learned several lessons about marriage. [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – She Made Me A Better Man

 

I needed a provocative title in order to pique your interest. In a moment you’ll understand why I chose it. This post may be my most personal Final Fridays with Cousin Mars post to date. In fact, it may actually break a few of the privacy rules I set when I first agreed to contribute to The Ultimate Online Destination for Black Brides. I have received such positive reviews, via emails and post comments, over the past sixteen months. At the risk of sounding extremely corny, I feel as though the Black Bridal Bliss audience deserves a more open Cousin Mars.

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Final Fridays With Cousin Mars – No Tigers in My Bathroom (MUST-SEE VIDEO!)


Seven nights. Five guys. Four countries. Ages range from thirty three through thirty eight. What am I talking about? A subject previously covered on Final Fridays with Cousin Mars: Bachelor Parties. [Read more…]

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