20 Things I Will Teach My Sons In 2020

20 Things I Will Teach My Sons In 2020

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down. Have a firm handshake for both men and women and look them in the eyes.

2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs. Never dive head first into a body of water.

3. Learn how to grill. The man at the grill is helpful and hailed as hero of the BBQ.

4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer. Don’t throw out the first number.

5. Request the late check-out at hotels and leave a tip for the cleaners.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it and don’t hold it over anyone.

7. Return a borrowed car or boat with a full tank of gas. Return borrowed clothes dry cleaned.

8. Play sports with passion and sportsmanship or don’t play at all.

9. Don’t be the person with loud music on the beach. The beach is the vacation, don’t be distracted by all the other activities. Wear sunscreen and reapply.

10. Carry a handkerchief.

11. Write thank you notes.

12. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking person the room.

13. Never turn down a breath mint. If you’ve been offered one, take it. But please don’t chew gum.

14. Thank a veteran when you see one.

15. Keep making new friends. Seek out those needing a friend. Stand up for your friends.

16. Don’t send an email when you’re angry. Don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry.

17. Manners make the man. Mind yours.

18. Give credit. Take the blame. Own your mistakes. Ask for help.

19. Love and protect your siblings. They are the greatest gift I gave you.

20. Be confident but stay humble.

*Adapted from Rules To Teach Your Son

*Photo by Rakicevic Nenad from Pexels

No More Basic Pumpkins

I bought 14 three dollar pumpkins from Walmart and turned them extra.

I had to sift around to get ones with stems, but they’re a good size and nice and round.

Average, basic orange pumpkins.

Last year I spent a lot of money on ugly pumpkins, white ones and peanut shell looking pumpkins with crazy shapes with weird bumps.

I also needed some flat tops so I could stack them in their multiple fall colors. (Eye-Roll)

Not this year, this year I decided to take a different approach, DIY approach.

Lime. I’m all about it. I want my house lime washed and I want my pumpkins lime washed.

This is a great project to get the kids involved. Super easy and fun.

Here is how I did it.*

-Mix Garden Lime in a bucket with water. Get to a paste like consistency. You’ll need a little extra water for dipping.

-With a paint brush, paint the lime into the pumpkin.

-You can add chunks for more texture but it will take longer to dry.

-Wait for it it dry. The muddy color will change to a chalky white when fully dry.

*It’s important to note that water will take lime right off If it rains, the pumpkins will be washed clean and be back to basic. Just like Cinderella at the strike of midnight.