Kristin Vermilya, Author at Lily & Val Living

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Your Summer Pool Essentials List
Your Summer Pool Essentials List

.Pittsburgh has been unseasonably warm so far this summer. And I’m a fall girl myself, so I find myself searching out water as often as possible. Luckily, summer means going to the pool! We thought you might need some inspiration for what to throw in your bag if you’re headed for water, too – so […]

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Homemade Popsicles to Sweeten Your Summer
Homemade Popsicles to Sweeten Your Summer

Today’s post is a huge treat (pun intended) because not only do we have delicious homemade popsicles for you to make, we also have tips and tricks from the master: Todd from Pittsburgh’s own Sticklers! Todd chatted with me about how to get your recipe right, how to remove your popsicles from the molds without […]

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Crafting a Pocket for Your Keepsake Kitchen Diary
Crafting a Pocket for Your Keepsake Kitchen Diary

I have to admit that when it comes to my personal Keepsake Kitchen Diary, I go the more minimal route. Most of my filled out spreads are simply a pen and maybe a highlighter for important parts of the recipe. But when we had the idea to try to make a pocket for the Kitchen […]

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How to Throw an 80s Movie Night This Summer
How to Throw an 80s Movie Night This Summer

There really is no better way to kick off warm weather than with the carefree vibes of the 1980s. Am I right? And when it comes to the 80s, you just can’t beat those classic movies like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and – of course – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. So we’ve come […]

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Make Your Own DIY S’mores Bar for Summer!
Make Your Own DIY S’mores Bar for Summer!

Can you believe it’s already almost June? I just got done thinking it was still March. Oh well – June means summer (even if it won’t officially be summer quite yet) and summer for me means s’mores. To get you in the bonfire spirit, we created this adorable DIY s’mores bar to help you celebrate […]

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How to Make a DIY Camera Strap – Two Ways!
How to Make a DIY Camera Strap – Two Ways!

 I love photography, of course, but one of my favorite kinds is travel photography (isn’t travel grand? We love it here at L&V). It lets me bring home all the memories I make somewhere else. And actually, I just got back from a week-long trip to London (!!) and wanted to share a DIY camera […]

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Make This DIY Paper Goal Chain
Make This DIY Paper Goal Chain

I’m definitely the type of person who needs a daily reminder of what my goals are and what I’m supposed to be working on. I don’t use planners, I’m easily forgetful about little things, so I needed a different system. Enter the paper goal chain! The idea is simple: determine a goal, make a loop […]

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Bike Date: How to Plan a Picnic on the Go
Bike Date: How to Plan a Picnic on the Go

It’s no secret we love a picnic around here. In fact, there’s a whole series on the blog called “The Art of the Picnic” and it’s pretty great. And since spring is the perfect season for both picnics and bike dates, I thought I’d share my ideas on how to plan a picnic on the […]

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How to Make Sparkling Iced Tea (3 Flavors!)
How to Make Sparkling Iced Tea (3 Flavors!)

One of my very favorite things on our Lily & Val Spring Favorites list – something I enjoy every week – is iced tea! I wanted to put a twist to the classic, though, and try making sparkling iced tea with loose leaves from a local tea shop. The result is not only delicious, but […]

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Make These Easy Cupcake Toppers 3 Ways
Make These Easy Cupcake Toppers 3 Ways

As much as I like to eat cupcakes, I realized early in life that I’m not good at all at decorating them. I don’t know how to use a pastry bag, I can’t pipe anything, and until this year I had never made a buttercream before. That’s why I thought trying out three easy cupcake […]

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