This is a little different for this blog, but it's a topic of discussion I get pulled into often. It's the ever so controversial topic "a woman can't teach a boy to be a man" and I agree to a certain extent, but at the same time I'm debunking the myth.  You see a penis isn't the only prerequisite to becoming a man. To become a man, you must first start by being a good person.

I hear parents saying all the time that when their child grows up they are going to be a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, etc and that's great, but what kind of person will they be? Donald Trump is pretty successful but he's also a prick. As a single mother my goal is simple, to raise an asset to society, not a liability. Doesn't take a male to teach a young boy that.

 I teach my son through example.
I don't walk through doors until he opens them.  In return, he now runs to open doors for women.At 6 he sorts, washes, dries, folds, and puts away his clothes so that your daughter doesn't have to. I teach my son that you catch more flies with honey, so pleasethank youmay I, rolls off the tongue with ease. I teach my son the value of moments, not materials. We travel, we explore, we see the world beyond our visual field. Embracing all cultures and ideology, because all lives matter right?I teach my son that material blessings come from hard work. I love to hear him talk about his future wife (not girlfriend) and the home and vacations he wants to provide for them as a veterinarian "even though it's a lot of college."  I teach my son that it's God first. He understands where his blessing come from, he prays, and he'll tell you quickly "I'm not lucky,  I'm blessed" 

See a man is responsible, he's possess manners, he's God fearing,  he's a hard worker, he values family, and everything else is birthed from that foundation. Yeah, I know the eyes rolled at the title. Kinda how my eyes roll when people assume anatomy crowns them with the title of "Man." So pop those eyes back in your head and reevaluate your foundation. Reevaluate the quality of person you are or are raising. Reevaluate your worth and contribution to society. Therein lies the definition of a man. I'm a proud mom raising a boy into a man!

You've done it! You managed to plan the perfect family trip down to a scheduled poop. Then what? You're driving along and your child sees something that sparks their interest. What do you do?             
What started as a day trip to Hanging Rock State Park, for a short hike and picnic by the waterfalls, ended up with us diving into the lake with our clothes on. Afterall,  who packs swim gear when it's not on the ridged itinerary? My son saw those children splashing about, laughing, and having a gay ole time. His eyes lit up with delight. As we thought about the three trails we planned to attempt, we also thought about how swimming wasn't factored into those plans. Afterall, we hadn't packed swim gear. It was at that moment we looked into his eyes, looked at each other, shrugged, and made the right turn towards the lake. It was in that moment I learned to say "WHAT PLANS?"

I'm so glad we did. It was liberating, it was stress free, it was FUN! I've always been very spontaneous, but somewhere along this road of motherhood I've lost that edge.

Yup, we still took the hike...all 3 trails!
Yup, we still had our picnic.
Sometimes you have to ditch the plans and live in the moment as it comes.  Some people choose to live THROUGH their children, we've decided to live WITH ours.

For more breathtaking views of the waterfalls located within Hanging Rock State Park click HERE.
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I like makeup but I LOVE nail polish! With that being said, I didn't pick up any makeup from MAC's new Wash n' Dry Collection....yet. However, I did pick up this thing of a beauty that goes by the name of Washeteria. I'm a sucker for the teal/turquoise family. MAC describes it as a blue-green so we'll roll with that. Application wise, this was almost a one (thick) coater. Shown here with two coats and a top coat.

Did you pick up anything from the Wash n Dry collection?
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We kicked off our Memorial Day weekend at All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm. A first for our family but definitely not a last. All-A-Flutter was informative, educational, and fun for family of all ages. Check out my full review and a lot of pictures after the break.