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Wrapping up our Summer Bucket List

Today Bridget is BACK TO SCHOOL! Can you believe it? Where did the summer go?

To celebrate her return to academia, we’re finishing up our Summer Bucket List. You guys know we made it a priority to savor this summer, and take full advantage of these long gorgeous days. We did fairly well on our to-do list…

Summer Bucket List

 Here’s what we’ve been up to over the past month…

Casey:

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Order a new Ice Cream Flavor: This was quite possibly the yummiest activity on our bucket list. See, I’m typically a mint chocolate chip girl (sometimes cookie dough if I’m feeling craaazy!) So it was actually kinda difficult to get out of the mint chip box and order something totally new. Well, I’ve lived to tell the tale that it is great to try something new! I ordered this salted caramel from a local restaurant and whoa, baby! Dy-na-mite!

Turtle and Red Velvet Cupcakes

Visit a Cupcake Shop: Ummm..is it just me or am I going to gain 5 million pounds because of this summer bucket list? Ice cream AND cupcakes? Geesh! But seriously holy yum. My mom and I visited the bakery in my hometown for this tasty two-some. I dove right into the turtle and caramel one, while the Janimal chose red velvet.

Washing a car with a hose

Wash Your Car: I can’t even lie, this was the first time in a looong time that I actually washed my car. It’s just so darn hard when you live in the city and park in a garage. Vacuuming the inside and hosing the outside are off limits for this city girl. So I took advantage of some time at my mom’s house to give my car some TLC. Let’s just say I’m no longer ashamed to have people in my car. It’s smelling fresh and clean.

Overboard Movie

Watch an Old Movie: Overboard is quite possibly one of my favorite movies, so it wasn’t hard to cross this item off of my bucket list.  The movie is laugh out loud funny and I’m obsessed with Goldie Hawn. If you haven’t seen this classic, go rent it right now. You will love it.

Bridget:

On a boat

Take a Boat Ride: Check! Matt and I took a little journey up to Twin Lakes Wisconsin to visit one of my favorite people in the world and a lady who will be standing by my side on my wedding day. It was one of the highlights of my summer… I mean who doesn’t love a day on the water with some fabulous people?

Crab Bake

Try a new food: a crab bake! Who knew that after ya grill all this grub you can throw it on a newspaper and dig in? Intimidating, yes. Questionable, yes. Delicious, yes.yes.yes! A little piece of the east coast made its way to Chicago and you all better believe that this east coast wanna-be was all over it.  

Sparkly Chandelier

Take an artsy photo: Love, love, love any and all things rustic mixed with glam. This chandy combo is no different. I love the dark wood paired with the sparkling fixture. It’s the perfect compromise of his and hers, and left me wondering how I could incorporate this look into our home. Hmmm….

Go a day without my phone: I unplugged for a full 24 hours and lived to tell about it. It was amazing but I don’t have any eye candy to share with you. I loved being completely unplugged… you should try it sometime. Better yet, you should recruit your friends, family and everyone around you to “unplug for love”. I heard a fellow blogger mention this movement and I love it! Who doesn’t need a little less distraction to focus on what’s really important in life… those wonderful people you surround yourself with. So even though summer is over, I still dare you to check this one of the list. It was by far one of my favorites!!

So we didn’t hit everything on our list. But, that wasn’t really the point of the bucket list. Instead the list forced us to try something new and break out of our routine. I think we both definitely accomplished that.

Now it’s time to look ahead to one of our favorite seasons. Fall! Bring on the comfy sweaters, leather boots, and trendy scarves…we’re ready for you!

Read more about our Bucket List Adventures in these posts…
Organize Something (daily outfit prep)
Make mojitos
Send someone a card just because
Visit a park
Host a BBQ
Buy something at a garage sale
Read a book that inspires you
Enjoy a bike ride
Bake a new treat
Rock a pair of sassy shades
Eat breakfast outside
Go on a date
Buy fresh flowers for yourself
Watch fireworks
Use an umbrella

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Daily Outfit Prep

Like many ladies, I often find myself staring at my closet brimming with clothes thinking, “I have nothing to wear!” 
I stand in my closet while brushing my teeth, and gaze at the hangers thinking that I will somehow miraculously come up with a fabulous outfit for the day. In reality, I waste too much time and throw something together at the last minute before heading out the door. 
But, I’ve found that my mornings are much better if I spend a few minutes prepping my clothes, accessories, and shoes the night before. 
Do I sound like a 5-year-old that has to lay her school clothes out at night? Perhaps…but it works for me, and it just might work for you!
Plus, I get to cross “organize something” off of my Summer Bucket List. (It’s kinda like organizing right??)
Closet hook for clothes world market wall hook
I originally had a nail hanging in my closet (yes, a hideous nail) that I would sometimes hang clothes on. But, it was definitely time for an upgrade. 
Enter…World Market.
World Market Hook
World Market is one of my fave shopping spots, and they always have a unique collection of knobs and hooks.  When I saw this guy was 3 hooks in 1, I was SOLD! 
Goodbye nail…hello white, sparkly hooks!
I’ve found that the best way to stick to the routine is to pick out my clothes the second I get home from work. Typically I’ll change into workout clothes or something comfy, then I’ll check the weather and get everything set for the next day. 
No more mismatched outfits for me people. 
I’ve found that my mornings have gone from hectic & hurried…to breezy & blissful (okay, okay…maybe not blissful until after my first cup of coffee!)
So what about you ladies…anyone prep their outfits the night or week before? How do you get put together & looking fab every morning? 
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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    I love this idea! Getting ready in the morning is always so much easier when I have an outfit… not that that happens often. This is a great way to make sure I’m actually making the most of what’s in my closet and to keep mornings (a little less) stress free! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Dana you’re so right about “shopping” your own closet! For some silly reason the hook totally helps me with this and I’ll wear way more of what I actually own.

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    I love this idea! Getting ready in the morning is always so much easier when I have an outfit… not that that happens often. This is a great way to make sure I’m actually making the most of what’s in my closet and to keep mornings (a little less) stress free! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Dana you’re so right about “shopping” your own closet! For some silly reason the hook totally helps me with this and I’ll wear way more of what I actually own.

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A Wild Tradition

I’m going to tell you guys a little story about our friend Bridget.

See, when Bridget was just a girl she had a slight obsession with animals. Cats, dogs, you name it…she wanted any furry creature she could get her tiny hands on. In fact, Little Bridget loved animals so much she became a card-carrying member of the American Kennel Club. #nojoke.  Bridget tried her best to convince her parents to get a puppy. She would proudly display animal calendars in her bedroom, and would eagerly await mail from the AKC in hopes that they would send her new dog-themed merchandise. Spoiler alert…they never got a family pet.

Greeting card with dog on the front

Fast forward 2 decades and Bridget is still receiving strange animal cards in the mail. This time they’re all from me.

Animal Greeting Cards

Yep, the moment I found out about Bridget’s secret (& hilarious) past…I started only sending her “animal cards” in the mail. Birthdays, holidays, thank you notes…every single one that I send has a creature on the cover. 

Greeting card with cat on it

It’s become a funny tradition between the two of us and it makes card shopping that much more exciting! Sometimes the cards are cute, but most of the time they’re just incredibly ridiculous. You also wouldn’t believe the number of animal-themed greeting cards there are out there. Literally hundreds.

Crossing off our bucket list

So with our summer bucket list looming over my head (check it out here), I decided I needed to check something off of our long list.

Send a card to someone just because…

Greeting card with postage and pen
Nothing beats good ol’ fashioned snail mail. 
So do you have any strange traditions with your best friends? 
Anyone else love getting a card in the mail?
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  1. Manda Wolf

    Too funny! I think I used to be like here when I was younger lol. Poor Taco.

    Manda Wolf @ Our Wolf Den

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    Too funny! I think I used to be like here when I was younger lol. Poor Taco.

    Manda Wolf @ Our Wolf Den

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Summer Bucket List – June Update

How is everyone enjoying their summer so far?
We hope you’re making the most out of these long, beautiful days and taking some time to make summer 2013 a memorable one!
Here’s a little update on our own attempt to tackle this big ol’ list of activities. We have a ways to go…but we’ve both made a dent. (And it’s not too late to jump in on the fun! Download the FREE printable here)

Visit a Park: Finn & I recently checked out City Garden in downtown St. Louis. Even though it is literally blocks from where we live, we had never actually been there (we’re bad STL residents aren’t we?) We spent some time taking ridiculous pictures (like raising the roof of the arch) and showed onlookers that you’re never too old to play and climb on random sculptures. #kidsatheart

Enjoy a Bike Ride: This summer we’re making a point to bike all around our town! A few weekends ago, we got our bicycles out of storage, pumped up the tires, and had a blast riding around all day. It’s a great way to get some sun, exercise, and explore new areas. On this day we found an awesome outdoor bar (for St. Louis dwellers, it’s called The Shack) and I sucked down delish blueberry mojitos. 

Host a BBQ: Okay, okay.. you caught me. Technically, I didn’t actually host a “BBQ”, but in all fairness, for someone who doesn’t own a grill… this is as close to hosting a BBQ as I’m going to get. I hosted my very own brunch, which is my kind of BBQ anyway! To kick-off some summer fun, I rallied up some of my favorite ladies and we chatted about all things summer over mimosas, fresh fruit, and lots of sweets. It was a huge success and much better than burnt burgers and messy hot dogs!

Buy something at a garage sale: I scored this retro-looking, totally blank address book for a quarter at a local garage sale! Ever since we moved into our new digs, I’ve been searching high and low for a trendy address book and just haven’t been able to find the perfect one… until now of course. Thanks to our technology savvy generation, I feel like “the address book” is on its way to extinction. As much as I love the convenience of technology, I’m still a sucker for a hands-on list or place to keep my addresses.      

If you want to stay up-to-date with our summer bucket list progress, follow us on Instagram @diyplaybook.

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Homeward Bound

 (Disclaimer: We were sent copies of the book by Simon & Schuster in exchange for our review, however all opinions expressed are 100% our own.) 

On our summer bucket list you’ll find “Read a book that inspires you.”

When we were contacted to review a new book, we didn’t really know if this book would in fact “inspire” us. But we both enthusiastically agreed to the book review (these two nerdbombers can’t refuse a new read)

Homeward Bound Emily Matchar

Luckily, Emily Matchar’s Homeward Bound was indeed inspiring and interesting. When we first dove in, we were a little nervous that it would be a little too academic…like taking “Women’s Studies 101”. Been there, done that.

Much to our surprise, this book teetered on the edge of intriguing, interesting, informative, eye-opening, and yes even a little academic, ALL while still keeping us wanting more. More real life stories, more trends in domestic bliss, more inspiration on chasing your own dreams… more, more more! How Ms. Matchar can pull this off, we’ll never know. But she did! Homeward Bound motivated, and yes, even INSPIRED us to reflect on our own work/home balance.

Homeward Bound Emily Matchar

“New Domesticity” is what Matchar calls the new trend of women embracing DIY activities, such as canning jam, growing vegetables, sewing quilts, and homeschooling their children.  This new passion for homemaking is sweeping the nation as young, qualified, professional women (& some men) leave the corporate life to stay at home, start blogs, and perhaps sell their crafts on Etsy instead.

Throughout the book, Matchar introduces the reader to many educated women who have left high-profile, well-paid gigs to fully embrace this idea of new domesticity. Why the change of heart? What are their lives like now? Are they truly fulfilled staying at home everyday?

We found ourselves nodding in agreement with Matchar many times throughout her book. A decade ago, a 20-something gal measured success with a fabulous job and weekends spent shopping and ordering takeout. But now you’re more likely to find those same twenty-somethings admiring homemaking blogs, baking a new recipe found on Pinterest, and spending nights in with girlfriends crafting. (we’re guilty of all of the above!)

The economy may have something to do with these new found hobbies.  Many young women are forced to take low-paying jobs where they’re overworked, and their hard work is rarely acknowledged. A life in the country, with home-cooked meals, and days spent outdoors sounds almost dream-like compared to the corporate grind.

Homeward Bound Emily Matchar

But if all of these educated women are leaving work for home…what happens to the workplace? What happens to gender equality? Is this new trend sexist or liberating? Matchar thoroughly examines all sides and potential outcomes of this phenomenon.

Do you know anyone that is chasing the idea of “New Domesticity”? Do you ever find yourself day-dreaming of trading your professional responsibilities in the workplace for a full time domesticated role at home? Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had enough time to grow a fresh garden, harvest the fruits of your labors, create all natural recipes, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and have more control over your home, the products you use, the food you eat? Do you think you’d be happier? More fulfilled? Less stressed?

Homeward Bound Emily Matchar

If you so much as hesitated at any one of these questions, we suggest you add Homeward Bound to your Summer Bucket List.

And the best part of this little review? We have 2 FREE copies up for grabs! Here are the details…

PRIZE: One copy of Homeward Bound.

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If you want to order your own copy of the book, you can find it right here on Amazon.  To learn more about the author (she seems like a pretty awesome chick…we kinda want to be her BFF) you can check out her blog here.

Happy Reading Domestic Divas! Let us know what you think.

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  1. Emily Wagner

    It looks like a great book, and so true! I would much rather craft and cook my way through my pinterest boards than go to work

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  2. Christine Casey

    I think woman can have a balance between career and home, but it can be very difficult! You really have to make sure you don’t over extend yourself (especially at work) and don’t be the person that says “yes” to everything.

    The home skill I’m currently into is definitely cooking and baking from scratch. A couple weeks ago I made my own whipped cream instead of buying some cool whip, and it was surprisingly easy and delicious!

    Great book review girls!

    Reply
  3. Kristy Joy Doyle

    I think it’s REALLY HARD to be able to have a career and a fulfilling life at home. There are so many things I want to be able to do, but finding the time is so hard. I know it will only get worse when my fiance and I start a family!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    Yummm..homemade whipped cream sounds delicious!

    And I think you’re right Christine…sometimes it is hard to say “no”, but you can’t spread yourself too thin!

    Reply
  5. pam

    I think that you can achieve both a career and home life, BUT you have to have everyone pitching in to help..not just you doing both..

    Reply
  6. TheRogueRunner

    I definitely find myself aching for a more simple life sometimes, but I also love all the craziness I have going on! I have no idea if I will be able to “do it all,” but I sure as heck am going to try!

    Reply
  7. Maggie

    This book was amazing! I love from-scratch baking and DIY, most of which I learned from my mother– but I am daunted by the idea of raising my own chickens or grinding my own flour. Some of the women in this book were really impressive in their dedication to DIY lifestyles (and I think Matchar did a good job of looking into some of the pros and cons of all this).

    Reply
  8. Rebecca

    A career and a fulfilling life at home is a hard balance. One will always rise above the other, but I think you can find some sort of balance, but it might be extremely difficult for some.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Maggie, we couldn’t agree more! While many of the women she highlights in the book are inspirational…I’m not sure we could ever emulate their hardcore dedication.

    Reply
  10. Casey

    Very interested in reading this, I have heard a lot of opinions on parts of it published elsewhere that I thought were taking things too personally. I think we should be proud that we can do what we please these days.

    Reply
  11. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    Such an interesting and thought-provoking topic. In terms of having it all, I think back to a quote I heard once. Women can have it all, but not always at the same time. I think that’s so true as well as the fact that our definition of “all” changes through different stages in our lives.

    Reply
  12. Rachael Telford

    whoops, posted early there. I love what Dana said about having it all, but not all at once. I love that, and remind myself of it often. Since I’ve left the work I was doing to stay at home with my kids, I’ve found that domesticity and the skills it implies are the reason I can stay at home- because handmade saves us a lot, and keeps the kids busy, rather than asking do get/do things that cost money.

    Reply
  13. Allison

    I find that my career and family life do not support each other (and I don’t even have kids yet!). I was more dedicated to my career when I was single, and I am more giving and compassionate toward my husband when I have time off from work. Sometimes when I see women who “have it all,” I think they are running themselves ragged. I definitely see the value in a simpler lifestyle.

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20 thoughts on “Homeward Bound

  1. Emily Wagner

    It looks like a great book, and so true! I would much rather craft and cook my way through my pinterest boards than go to work

    Reply
  2. Christine Casey

    I think woman can have a balance between career and home, but it can be very difficult! You really have to make sure you don’t over extend yourself (especially at work) and don’t be the person that says “yes” to everything.

    The home skill I’m currently into is definitely cooking and baking from scratch. A couple weeks ago I made my own whipped cream instead of buying some cool whip, and it was surprisingly easy and delicious!

    Great book review girls!

    Reply
  3. Kristy Joy Doyle

    I think it’s REALLY HARD to be able to have a career and a fulfilling life at home. There are so many things I want to be able to do, but finding the time is so hard. I know it will only get worse when my fiance and I start a family!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    Yummm..homemade whipped cream sounds delicious!

    And I think you’re right Christine…sometimes it is hard to say “no”, but you can’t spread yourself too thin!

    Reply
  5. pam

    I think that you can achieve both a career and home life, BUT you have to have everyone pitching in to help..not just you doing both..

    Reply
  6. TheRogueRunner

    I definitely find myself aching for a more simple life sometimes, but I also love all the craziness I have going on! I have no idea if I will be able to “do it all,” but I sure as heck am going to try!

    Reply
  7. Maggie

    This book was amazing! I love from-scratch baking and DIY, most of which I learned from my mother– but I am daunted by the idea of raising my own chickens or grinding my own flour. Some of the women in this book were really impressive in their dedication to DIY lifestyles (and I think Matchar did a good job of looking into some of the pros and cons of all this).

    Reply
  8. Rebecca

    A career and a fulfilling life at home is a hard balance. One will always rise above the other, but I think you can find some sort of balance, but it might be extremely difficult for some.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Maggie, we couldn’t agree more! While many of the women she highlights in the book are inspirational…I’m not sure we could ever emulate their hardcore dedication.

    Reply
  10. Casey

    Very interested in reading this, I have heard a lot of opinions on parts of it published elsewhere that I thought were taking things too personally. I think we should be proud that we can do what we please these days.

    Reply
  11. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    Such an interesting and thought-provoking topic. In terms of having it all, I think back to a quote I heard once. Women can have it all, but not always at the same time. I think that’s so true as well as the fact that our definition of “all” changes through different stages in our lives.

    Reply
  12. Rachael Telford

    whoops, posted early there. I love what Dana said about having it all, but not all at once. I love that, and remind myself of it often. Since I’ve left the work I was doing to stay at home with my kids, I’ve found that domesticity and the skills it implies are the reason I can stay at home- because handmade saves us a lot, and keeps the kids busy, rather than asking do get/do things that cost money.

    Reply
  13. Allison

    I find that my career and family life do not support each other (and I don’t even have kids yet!). I was more dedicated to my career when I was single, and I am more giving and compassionate toward my husband when I have time off from work. Sometimes when I see women who “have it all,” I think they are running themselves ragged. I definitely see the value in a simpler lifestyle.

    Reply

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