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Kristin Vermilya

pool essentials | summer essentials | what to take to the pool

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 the Kitchen

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…

diy s'mores bar | s'mores bar | bonfire ideas

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,…

diy camera strap | camera strap ideas | how to make a camera strap

How to Make a DIY Camera Strap – Two Ways!

Β 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…

paper goal chain | goal setting | paper chain diy
DIY Inspiration

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…

At Home

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…

sparkling iced tea | fruity teas | iced tea ideas
In the Kitchen

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…

cupcake toppers | cupcake topper ideas | cupcake decorations
In the Kitchen

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…