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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102

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For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #102, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with Bedford Springs view, teddy bear cake and gender reveal parties

1. “We spent a beautiful, wintry few days in Bedford for our 7th anniversary! I couldn’t get over this view.” – Valerie, Founder and Creative Director

2. “While in Bedford, we held a little Gender Reveal Brunch for our immediate families. My mom made this teddy bear cake! Isn’t it adorable? It’s the same one she made for me when I was a baby.” – Valerie

3“And the big reveal… we’ll be adding a little GIRL to our family!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with antiquing, photo shoots and floral watercolor

4“A day of taking my time and antiquing. My favorite!” – Valerie

5. “Behind the scenes shooting the L&V Wedding Collection! I can’t wait to reveal all of these products soon.” – Valerie

6. “Had a little late night watercolor painting session just for fun. I think I will hang this in baby girl’s room.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with Newlywed Keepsake Kitchen Diary at Barnes & Noble, Spring floral inspiration and floral tea pots

7. “Look what I spotted for the first time in Barnes & Noble! The brand new Newlywed Keepsake Kitchen Diary (along with a few of our other wedding items)! I was just a little excited.” – Valerie

8. “Playing with Spring flowers on these frigid, winter Pittsburgh days.” – Valerie

9. “Some flower inspiration from my antiquing adventures. Love these!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with the KonMari method, Ace Hotel Breakfast and at home photo shoots

10. “Yep, we gave in and Marie Kondo-ed all of our clothes! It started with Mak’s drawers (shown here), and I was so impressed I followed suit. Organizing does not come naturally to me, but it does feel REALLY good.” – Valerie

11. “A beautiful Saturday morning breakfast at one of my favorite spots- Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh.” – Valerie

12. “We had the an amazing time taking pictures with my friend Soozie Harrison at home this month. At home photos are the best!” – Emily, Creative Coordinator

 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with behind the scenes photo shoot florals, baby bump photos and vintage baby books

13. “I love styling our product photos…especially when that requires flower play!”- Emily

14. “Keeping track of this little bump has been so much fun! So happy we were able to finally share this amazing news with all our family and friends!” – Emily

15. “We call our baby Nubbins…and this antique find is for him/her! – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with restored record players, vintage prop chairs and work at home life

16. “Hubby is restoring this 1956 radio/vinyl console for baby’s room. So in love with how he fixed anything!”- Emily

17. “Fell in love with these chairs from a Netflix prop sale recently…anyone watch Mindhunter?” – Emily

18. “It’s been so cold here in Pittsburgh, so I love cuddling up by the fireplace with my laptop and pup!” – Nicole, Shop Assistant

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #102 with Sunday morning French toast, boxers and pit bulls and the fullest cup of coffee ever

19. “I like to make actual breakfast for everyone on Sundays. French toast was requested and I obliged!”- Nicole

20. “Just my little pile o’ puppies.” – Nicole

21. “That will teach me to add the creamer to the cup before brewing…” – Nicole

Lily and Val Loves- Motivate Your Healthy Lifestyle

We all try to make healthy choices, especially this time of year! Since this is usually about the time that those New Year resolutions get a little tougher to stick to, we thought some pretty products would help motivate you to stick with your healthy living choices.

This   Leakproof lunch/ snack container with case is a great choice to help you stick to your healthy snacking and eating habits. Whether your are watching your budget or your waistline, this stackable insulated container is cute enough to motivate you to meal prep the night before.

Leakproof and adorable insulated container and pouch

 

Another item you may need to bring your favorite healthy foods along is this  waxed canvas insulated lunch tote. Perfect for him or her, this tote is a great size for all your lunch and snacking options. The face that it looks so great to carry is an added bonus.

Waxed canvas lunch tote for him or her

 

We all need to drink more water (especially all the pregnant mommas around here). This glass water bottle is pretty with a cute reminder to drink your daily dose of h2O. Your skin will thank you for using this bottle too.

Need a water reminder...adorable glass water bottle to do just that.

 

We all want to cut harsh and dangerous chemicals out of our life. Deodorants are a tough place to make the all natural transition. But give your body time to detox from your usual antiperspirant, and you will fall in love with this all natural safe deodorant. It’s the best we have tried to keep you smelling fresh!

 

The best all natural deodorant we have tried! Get through a couple weeks of detox and you will notice how well natural deodorant can work!

 

An easy place to cut down on unhealthy chemicals is by ditching your dryer sheets for wool balls  . Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh clean scent in your laundry. I love to use lavender and peppermint together on mine.

Wool balls are a great natural alternative to dryer sheets. Add a few drops of essential oil to add a fresh scent to your clothes

 

Last but not least. If you are trying to make healthy choices for your home, try making your own cleaning solutions. There are tons of great tips and recipes online for how to use natural products to safely and effectively replace everything from surface cleaners to bug sprays. Keep your new cleaning supplies organized with this  set of 3 tricolor glass spray bottles. You will easily be able to keep your solutions straight, and they are way more attractive to keep around your home than commercial cleaners. Tri-color glass spray bottles for all your home made cleaners! I like to keep one in each room (bath, kitchen, dining/living) to quick touch ups between cleanings. I hope you find something to help you make some healthy lifestyle choices this year, or at least make it a little easier to stick with the ones your have already started.

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Fun Galentine Gift Ideas Using Zippered Pouches

We are so excited about our new Lily and Val Canvas Pouches! This time around they got a little dose of color to make things more exciting!

Since a few of the cards from our  Valentine’s day card collection looked so pretty with our new pouch colors,  we thought we’d help put some sweet Valentine’s / Galentine’s day gift set ideas together. These ideas are especially perfect for letting the special ladies in your life know how much you love them.

Gift Idea 1:

“She is lovely when she smiles” is just such a sweet reminder for us all that beauty is found in all of us when we are happy. This pouch is perfect for any gal, but we especially love this gift set for the younger ladies on your list. Every young girl deserves a reminder of how lovely she is, right? The sophisticated lavender shade is just right for any age too. Add some cute accessories like a statement earring or cute pair of sunnies (since we are all just waiting for more sun this time of year!) and you have the perfect gift for a special friend or young lady you love. (Our BFF card goes particularly well with this pouch too!)

Adorable new pouch gifting ideas

Gift Idea 2:

Our “Essentials” pouch is perfect for so many occasions.  Just pack it full of some of your favorite travel size “essentials”. Here we added items that are great to keep around for a mid-day refresh like rose scented witch-hazel and a quality lavender scented lotion for those long stressful workdays. How about the colors of this gift set with the “We Stick Together” card? Too cute!

Essentials gift pouch idea!

Gift Idea 3:

For the lady you love so much and want topamper, we chose this simple “Peony” pouch. Fill it with some pampering items like these amazing organic bath bombs and a little of your favorite essential oil and she will be so happy! Pair with the “Love you lots” card to make her feel extra special.

Self care or pamper pouch gift idea

Gift Idea 4:

For another simple gift idea that is still very thoughtful try the “I just want to make pretty things” or “Busy Bee” pouch with some of your favorite markers, inspirational pencils or other office or creative supplies. Your most practical and creative gals will love these pouch gifts!

Beautiful new Canvas Pouches for everyone!

Happy Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day, everyone!

Shop Zippered Pouches Here!

 

February’s “Hello Lovely” FREE Desktop Download

February Hello Lovely Free Desktop download

Hello, February! For this, the month of love (and not just romantic love!), I wanted to create a drawing to help give yourself a little self-love, too. I think we could all use that reminder now and then. So, here’s a pretty, Valentine’s inspired floral design to help decorate your tech. Pass it on to a friend and spread the love this month. You are lovely! I hope you enjoy!

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Lily & Val Loves Winter Home Refresh

This is a great time of year to stay cozy at home. That means it’s also a great time to refresh your living space, get organized, clean, and make your home a beautiful place to spend these chilly winter days.

Check out some of our favorite small business and hand made decor items to make your home a little extra special.

This beautiful wreath is the perfect addition to your winter decor. A little flower to bring on spring and lots of fresh greens and whites. Late Winter Wreath Handmade

If you are like us…your cozy throw collection is out of control! This handmade throw ladder is the perfect place to keep your throw blankets organized and accessible. The best part is it lets your blankets double as beautiful decor in your space.

handmade throw blanket ladder

Speaking of throw blankets… why not add another. I love this cool blue aztec print throw. I love to change throw pillows and throw blankets  around throughout the year. It’s a low cost, high impact way to refresh your space.

beautiful aztec throw blanket

Speaking of throw pillows (see what I did there)… I’m completely in love with this flower market throw cushion! The simple black and white color scheme is versatile and the flowers are will get you in the mood for spring.

Flower Market Throw Cushion

Motivating yourself with pretty storage solutions is a great way to inspire cleaning and organization. These beautiful  felted and wood storage baskets will make you want to get all of your rooms sorted and refreshed.

handmade storage basket

I hope you enjoy getting your space spruced up during this dreary time of year! Stay warm everyone!

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
Galentine’s Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

Ladies, it’s almost time to celebrate your gal pals. February 13th will be here soon so start planning your Galentine’s day get together!

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

This year I wanted to plan a little “extra sweet party” for the sweetest people I know. To make my life super easy, and the get-together super cute, I used my Life of the Party Papercrafting Book! This is perfect to keep on hand for any time you want to make a dinner, party, or gift just a little more special.

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

The theme of my Galentine’s get-together was Sweets! It’s fun to celebrate the sweetest and most wonderful qualities of the ladies you know. Who doesn’t need to hear a friend tell them what they think their best quality is?

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

Oh, the menu for this party was coconut cookies, blueberry muffins, strawberry cream cheese mini bagels, candied pecan salad, and chocolate croissants topped off with homemade lavender lattes!

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

To make each lady feel special and let them know how much you appreciate their unique personality, try writing each one a short and sweet note to tell them what you appreciate most about their friendship.

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

I love these little candy motif napkin rings. They go perfectly with our extra sweet party theme and the pink and purple color scheme. Oh so feminine and cute!

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

Having a menu on display is always fun and informative for guests. I love the menu from the “brunch” collection in paper crafting. To finish my menu off I mounted it on one of the beautiful scrapbook pages that coordinate with each collection in the book. This really helped to give my menu presence and a little pop of color to match the table.

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

The blank cards in the candy motif were perfect for writing sentiments to each individual lady on the back. I placed these at each place setting, along with a small gift, tagged with her appropriate descriptor.

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

For the tags, I pulled both from the sweet treats set and the more formal floral motif found in the book. My favorite thing about how this book is put together is that the color schemes are unique for each theme, however, so many components can coordinate depending on your color scheme.

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration

Add in some simple vases and a lovely table runner, made from cute coordinating Anthro tea towels, and voila! A sweet sweets brunch for all the sweetest ladies!

Galentine's Day Get Together Tablescape Inspiration
My Secrets To Drawing Chalk Flowers – A FREE E-Book

It will come as no surprise that flowers are my absolute favorite thing to draw. I am constantly inspired by the natural variation in petals and foliage. No two petals or leaves are quite the same and that’s the attitude I like to keep when I draw them.

When I asked on Instagram what you’d like to see more of, tutorials was at the top of the list! So, I’m pleased to bring you this free guide on how to draw my favorite flowers in chalk!

Keep reading and there will be a link at the bottom to download your guide…

Inside The Guide:

I will show you how to draw 3 different flowers, but once you know the techniques, you can apply them to all types of florals! I can’t wait for you to see how the natural texture in the chalk and chalkboard surface will make your blooms come alive.

As always, I invite you to embrace the imperfection in your drawings! This will give it character and charm. Remember, practice makes personality. Happy Chalking, friends!

P.S. As always, you can find all of my tips and tricks in The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering! 

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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #101, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101 with homemade waffles & BIlly Joel, 20 week bump and green smoothies 1. “Saturday mornings are my favorite. Billy Joel on the record player, waffles made by my husband. I’m a lucky girl.” – Valerie

2. “Almost halfway there to meeting our little one!” – Valerie

3“I’m back into my green smoothie routine and I love it. It’s become one of my favorite parts about the morning. This is the recipe I used.” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101 with first Crayola sets and fuzzy blanket snuggles4“When you give your niece the ultimate Crayola gift set for Christmas and you’re secretly hoping she asks you to use it with her!” – Valerie

5. “Slow morning doing some journaling in my Promptly journal! (Do you think I have enough blankets?)” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101 with vintage postcards, entryway refreshes and beautiful scripted gifts6. “I just can’t get over these vintage postcards (vintage text messages?) and the handwriting! One of them is dated 1910. I don’t know what I will do with them yet, but I love looking at them!” – Valerie

7. “My refreshed entryway table. We’re still in the dead of winter, but I needed some flowers!” – Valerie

8. “He is my favorite person to give cards to…usually a funny one and a sweet one because I can never decide.” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101 with Peachy Keen quotes, vintage decor and post-Christmas decor refresh9. “You’re a peach! Just like letting you all know that!” – Emily

10. “Love old design work. I found this Great example on a bathroom mirror in one of my favorite crêperies back home.” – Emily

11. “After Christmas decor refresh is my favorite!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #101 with January clean, dish swap outs and cozy books by the fire

 

13. “We are really feeling that January cozy, clean refresh with a pleasant amount of sunshine lately.”- Emily

14. “Changing out my dishes for the season is always so much fun. I always forget about some of my favorite pieces, so I feel like I’m shopping all over again!” – Emily

15. “Finally digging into An Intentional Life by Karen Stott. It was part of one of our surprise boxes and I am loving it!” – Nicole

Lily & Val Loves- Favorites Galentines Day Gifts

It’s almost V-day…so you know what that means… Galentine’s Day is coming! If you want to treat yourself or your favorite gal pals to something special, we have lots of ideas for you!
Your 4 favorite things custom tote bag.

Show your girls how well you know them by getting them one of these adorable custom “4 favorite things” tote bag. I think mine would say “Seinfeld. Cuddles. Coffee. Flowers.” What would yours say?

Gutsy Girl Key Chain For Your Galentine

Encourage your ladies with these vintage hotel key chains. They are too cute in pink and gold!

Friends "Girls" sweatshirt

Have friends that are fan’s of FRIENDS? We just love this replica of Monica and Racheal’s “Girls” sweatshirt. It’s so cute, you don’t even have to be a fan of the show to love this comfy girly gift.

Soul Sisters Custom Mug

These customizable mugs are the sweetest gift for your best friends. Celebrate your friendship with a mug that looks like the two of you in your favorite outfits. There are so many options to choose from in these adorable soul sister illustrations.

Galentines Parks & Rec Buttons

Celebrate Galentine’s Day the right way with some humor and girl power. Leslie Knope would be proud of you and your gals sporting these Pawnee Goddesses Buttons. Give one to everyone at your Galentine’s Day brunch and let them know how awesome they are!

We hope you enjoy these adorable handmade items from some great etsy shops this Galentine’s Day! Happy shopping!

 

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
January’s “Progress” FREE Desktop Download

January's Free iPhone wallpaper with hand-drawn New Year inspiration

Happy 2019, my friends! 

Last year I started something new for January’s desktop download and I decided to letter my personal word of the year, which was Refocus. Declaring a word for my year has really helped me set an intention for many aspects of my life and actions. It’s less intimidating than a huge list of goals and I love looking back to see how that word has shaped the year. So, to continue that for 2019, I present to you my 2019 word: Progress.

Why Progress?

2018 brought with it a slower pace and some clarity that I had been craving. It involved making sacrifices, changing my way of thinking, and taking a hard look at where I should be focusing my time and energy. I feel proud of how far I’ve come, but in many ways I’m still in that space, trying to make room in my life and business for what matters most. Sometimes I feel like I should be farther along and the temptation to beat myself up over unmet expectations becomes strong.

So this year, instead of setting lofty goals and high expectations, I’m focusing on progress. Our best lives are built piece by piece and moment by moment. These tiny steps may seem trivial at the time, but they matter, move us forward, and add up.  For me this year, it’s all about savoring and celebrating the small wins in every aspect of my life and giving myself grace. Progress over perfection. 

January's Free desktop wallpaper with Word of the New Year

Perhaps you need the reminder to slow down and celebrate each win, no matter how small. When you get discouraged (I know I will too) I hope this desktop download helps move your attention to what’s important and brings some encouragement. Enjoy!

Here’s to the best 2019!

January's Free iPhone wallpaper with New Year Mantra

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