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Deserted Island + Medicine Cabinet Items

Island-finalIt would be a TON of fun to be stranded on a deserted island with Erika and Shay! I feel like we would never tire of things to chat about! There are definitely some things I would like to bring along though. If I could plan ahead, of course. 😉  This week, we’re talking all about medicine cabinet items! What are my go-to’s and my can’t live withouts?!

One. I’m obsessed with this stuff. I put it on my lips so many times throughout the day. I have it in my purse, on my desk at school, and on my nightstand. It would be along for the ride!

Two. I’m not sure if moisturizer technically counts as a medicine cabinet item so I decided two and three were a tie. 😉 (This is also another great moisturizer that I use every day. It never fails!)

Three. My allergies are insane! If I’m stranded, the least I can do is not be sneezing the entire time.

Four. I love, love, love this sunscreen and it would definitely make it on the list of things I would bring on an island. But ladies, I need your help!2016-04-10_0001

I’m trying to find a sunscreen with less toxins. I’ve heard great things about COOLA sunscreen, Lancer Sun ShieldArcona Sunscreen, Raw Elements Sunscreen, and MDSolarSciences.

Has anyone tried these? I’m up for any recommendations! 🙂

Don’t forget to enter this fun giveaway!

Have a great Wednesday!

Kitchen Diary + Giveaway! I love how the smells and tastes of food can instantly bring back memories. The food we make now is creating memories for tomorrow and years to come. I want to remember what fed us and nourished us a year ago and why that recipe sticks out so much. When I mentioned the Kitchen Diary in my Friday Favorites, several of you commented how great you thought it was! It really is perfect for a bridal shower, wedding gift, or Mother’s Day! It takes ordinary recipes and instantly creates a special keepsake filled with memories attached to you and your family. Best of all, with a $25 shop credit, you could really put some extra mulah towards anything your heart desires in the Lily and Val shop! Be sure to enter below and tag friends on Instagram that you share special memories with. Let’s be honest, some of the fondest memories are made surrounding food. 🙂 To enter the Instagram part of rafflecopter, add your Instagram handle and make sure you follow me, as well as Lily and Val! 🙂

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*Giveaway ends on Friday at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced next Monday!*

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 01Friday has not looked this sweet in a long time and I’m so glad we made it! 🙂 As always, I’m sharing my favorites with Erika, Narci, and Andrea!


Kate Spade Bangle

Kate Spade Bangle

My sweet friend Mace got me this bangle for my birthday and I have been mixing and matching it with all of my outfits lately. I love it! The message on it could not be any sweeter either. Mother’s day or bridal shower gift anyone? 😉

Two.Easter Basket

You know how I mentioned that one Easter Eric surprised me and made me an Easter basket? He completely surprised me and did it again this year! We were getting ready for our Good Friday service when I walked into the living room to find this! I love everything in this basket and this candle has been burning since Saturday. 🙂

Three.Actions lead, feelings follow.

Our pastor quotes this so often. In our world, we often expect the opposite and this week I have been reminded of what God expects of us. Our actions need to lead, and our feelings will then follow. Think about it. 🙂

Four.stephanie-spring.comOn Wednesday, one of my students showed up to my classroom with a dozen daffodils!  It was one of my favorite moments of the week! So sweet!

Five.Shirred Utility Blouse

I got a shirt really similar to this one from The Loft for Christmas and can’t seem to get enough of it lately! It’s been perfect for this time of year. It’s so light and comfortable and it’s becoming one of my favorites. Best of all: It’s on sale right! 🙂

I’m so thankful for weekends! Happy Friday!  🙂

What’s Up Wednesday

What we’re eating this week: Homemade Granola Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comWe have been eating my homemade granola A LOT these days! It goes with anything and everything! 🙂

What I’m reminiscing about:

I’ve been reminiscing all about Greece lately. Five years ago, I was living in Greece and soaking up everything it had to offer. If you missed my first two posts, you can check them out below!

Opa! Part: 1

Opa! Part: 2

What I’m loving:472ff3c293c250e4783f78c9f011a4af_best

essie Ballet Slippers 

I love that I stopped biting my nails so naturally I’m loving some fun nail polish! It goes on so smooth and I love this color for Spring!

What we’ve been up to:

Loving life together. I’m so thankful I get to do life with We’ve also been showering so many friends with baby gifts! I think since I absolutely love blankets, I gravitate towards getting friends and their babies a blanket that I would want. 😉 I love picturing our friends little ones cuddled up in this. How precious?!


What I’m dreading:

Allergies. They always win for at least a few days in the Spring. 🙁 

What I’ve been working on:

If you’ve been reading my blog for a few months, I’ve talked about how I’m working on re-doing my skin care routine. I think I’ve hit the jackpot! 

Face Cleanser

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Face MoisturizerRepair Cream

Ultra Repair Cream 

What I’m excited about:Stephanie-spring.comStephanie-spring.comOur trip to Colorado!

What I’m watching/reading:All the craziness brings me back!

What I’m listening to:

Other than this and this, I love listening to Laura Daigle any time of day. Her voice is incredible!

What I’m wearing:

Other than teacher clothes and sweatpants…. 😉 My favorite go-to foundation.

0cca2087c1386483f9d9463219d68a64_bestMy favorite go-to all over face color. 

s1229095-main-heroMy favorite go-to finishing touch: Mineral Veil! 


Ah! This smells live heaven! It has been my favorite go-to perfume for years and it never gets old!

What I’m doing this weekend:Stephanie-spring.comCelebrating this beautiful lady because she gets married so soon!  🙂

What I’m looking forward to next month:

We joined a co-op that provides all seasonal food from a local farm. It’s a little ridiculous how excited I am to eat majority of things that are in season. 

What else is new:

We are on the home stretch to the end of the school year!

We’ve gotten into a slower rhythm with our schedule. 

The weather has been gorgeous! 

All new. All great. 

Bonus Question: What is your favorite spring cleaning tip?!

I think the first thing that popped into my head was to open the windows, put some music on, and just go for it! I like to keep up with things throughout the year so I am not so overwhelmed when a new season rolls around but we’ll see how long that lasts! 😉 

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Happy Wednesday ladies! xoxo