prettyordinary_fridayFor the Pretty Ordinary series, we’re documenting snapshots of our week that may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, but 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!

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This Pennsylvania girl couldn’t leave Arizona without seeing cacti up close! So on the way to the airport, we stopped in the desert for photos! Pictured here with me (from left to right) is Leah Remillét from The Thriving Photographer, Cathy Olson from Love Inspired, and Kim Stoegbauer from the TomKat Studio  –Valerie

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Left “I spent an amazing weekend in Flagstaff, Arizona with my favorite boss ladies for a Mastermind Retreat. This was my morning coffee view. So inspiring!” – Valerie

Right “Every morning of the Retreat we shared a home-cooked breakfast together. It was the best way to start our day! I had to take a picture because this fruit was so pretty.” – Valerie

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1. “I loved all the prickly pear cactus in the desert! I might have to draw one for a design in the future!” -Valerie

2. “Fresh peonies in the studio will always brighten my week!” –Valerie

3. “Mak and I went to dinner at a friend’s house and I was obsessed with their herb planter idea using recycled Harney & Sons tea tins. This is my favorite tea and I always have a hard time throwing the tins away. The wine corks as herb markers really took it to the next level of cute. We recycled these tea tins in a recent blog, too!” – Valerie

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4. “I was craving something sweet for an afternoon pick-me-up and these classic lollipops bring back a lot of memories from my childhood! ” -Emily

5. “It’s berry picking season!  Over the weekend we went out and picked organic strawberries from a nearby patch- grocery stores have nothing on the real thing!  They were delicious!” –Emily

6. “I spent Tuesday outside taking photos for the blog.  Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming next week!” -Emily