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a child's drinking glass tutorial: just in time for summer!

hello lady friend!
i saw this idea on pinterest and just had to figure it out for myself....
and surprise surprise, it's suuuuuper easy!
you are going to love it!

supply list:

kerr quilted crystal jelly jars (you can get these at walmart or albertons)
                    (click to buy online)
straws (the ones in the photos are from the seasonal area at CVS, but i love these too)

hole punch (just a normal one, but not to old or rickety)

***when i started this project i already had the little jelly jars for glasses (so cheap and hard to break!) but i had thrown out the i went to walmart to replace the lids and bands...i got two kinds....

optional: kerr lids with bands or better homes and gardens canning lids

all you have to do is decide where you want the hole and punch it...really hard.
really really hard.
and if it doesn't go all the way through, turn it over and try again.


be careful little lady!
there may be a part of the punch that is more dull than others so you may need to stick a pencil through the half punched hole and then bend that little hanger-on-er back and forth a bit.
you can do it!

if you want to, this is the time you can trim your straws.
my star ones started at 11 inches and i trimmed them down to 9 inches.
the red stripey ones are 9 inches to begin with.

now fill you jar with a drink,
stick that lid on the jar,
and the rim on top of that and insert your straw!
soooooo cute, right!?

here is a little footage of the reed kids enjoying them...



My fear of shorts and other summer traditions

It was a big, big challenge, but I've done it.

I've found the perfect shorts for me!

But before I tell you about them (and the other things I'm into for summer at the moment), I have to give our friends some history on me and shorts: I've always hated them. Well, I guess it's not exactly the shorts I've had the problem with. More like what is extending down from the shorts' openings to the ground.

So last summer, remember how I decided that I was tossing out my self-conscious silliness over my legs and went in the exact opposite direction of shorts-hating, which is called buying lots of shorts? 
Well, one pair was these guys that I purchased for my trip to the French Riviera.

And 'member how you called me Monte Carlo Barbie when I wore them?
I get it. They are bright, they are cotton sateen, and they are SHORT.
They even have a side zipper, for goodness sakes.

 And let's also mention that they are not the best looking on my legs. Not terrible, but not "Wow, those look really good on you!" either.

So my quest for the right pair of shorts continued.
And ended at the J.Crew outlet last weekend.
Here I discovered The City Fit Chino Shorts.
These guys are my friends. They come in soooo many cute colors.

They come in lots of lengths too. 3", 5", 7", and 9" inseams. 
 My bestie is the 5", like in the pic above.

I think this length, the 3" inseam, is best for you, yeah?

This is the color I bought. (But this photo shows them in the 3" length.)
Check me out, buying a neutral and growing as a person.

Best part is the City Fit. The waist band is wide and medium low. Not too low for us mommies, but not too high either. It has a hook and bar closure and cute contrasting fabric inside the waist. You will like that the back pockets are slits with a button closure on one. These shorts are a staple every year for J.Crew. The only thing that changes are the colors. So you can get last year's colors in the sale section of the website for $34 or the latest season ones for $42.50. (But if you can find an outlet, you can score them for $25 like I did!)
J.Crew, I really really love you.

Here are some more things I'm really loving, which are totally getting me ready for sum-sum-summertime!

Korres. Favorite new all-natural brand of body products.
The Basil Lemon Body Butter is so heavenly after my showers at the gym.
Oh, aaaaand, many Korres products also come in nifty gym-bag sizes; really high quality products for a great price. Their scent-doctor-inventor person should get a medal because they have some amazing and unique smells.

OK. Check this out. I found this in my makeup bag and had forgotten I had it.
The reason I forgot about it is because it is way too dark of a shade for my skin. Buuuuuut, when I mix it in my hand with a little moisturizer, it is PERFECT and super glowy!
I'm sure it wouldn't be too dark for you or other normal people who don't have ghostly pale skin. That must be why they only sell it in one shade - because most people ARE that shade, right??
Total discrimination against pale people, btw.

[Speaking of pale, I'm annoyed that these colorless pictures aren't showing up very well.]

My mom just got me this amazing thing from her favorite store, Origins, this past weekend.
It is called Underwear for Lashes and dude. It is perfect for people like me who have very stubby, short, and sparse eyelashes.

You brush it on like mascara, except it goes on white in color. It basically builds a stronger base for the real thing to go on top of. It makes my lashes look way longer and fuller after I let it dry for a sec and then brush on my mascara. I was skeptical, and resistant to add another step to my makeup routine, but now that I've used it a few times, I'm super into it. Thanks mom!

So what have we learned?

Shorts can be your friend.
New smelly lotions will make you feel happy. 
Faces should be glowy and protected from the sun.
Eyelashes should wear underwear.
The end.


{Linking up with Kristy today @ Paisley Jade}


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