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DIY Time Out: Casey’s August Favorites

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DIY Time Out

Casey's August Favorites

My sister-in-law (Thanks Jackie!) got this awesome jewelry cleaner for me and I’ve become pretty obsessed with cleaning my engagement ring, watch, and earrings regularly. All I do is add water and a splash of hydrogen peroxide, hit the button, and listen as the machine cleans away all of the dirt and grime on my jewelry. It works really well and everything always comes out sparkly!
 I love me some Ann Taylor Loft. It is by far my favorite place to shop for clothes and I always venture in when they’re having a 40% or 50% off sale (which happens all.the.time.) I bought these coral shorts at the start of the summer and they’ve gotten plenty of use. I typically pair it with a white or black top and a chunky statement necklace.
On the weekends, you’re most likely to see me with dirty, unwashed hair. Sorry, it’s the truth! I just hate blow drying my hair when it’s so darn hot out, and I like to give my hair a “rest” on the weekends. Cute straw hats like this one are a lifesaver when my hair isn’t looking too hot. A low messy bun, some cute earrings, and this hat….I’m all set for a Saturday afternoon!
 We live in a loft, which means our bedroom walls only go 3/4 of the way up the wall. It’s fine most of the time, but when I’m trying to go to sleep and Finn is awake…no bueno. This sleep machine (again another purchase by my fab sister-in-law!) is a great way to drown out any noise.  This machine isn’t like any of the somewhat annoying ones with bird calls, rainforest sounds, and soothing guitar strings. Instead, it is just white noise. It lulls me right to sleep every single night.
For my birthday, my mom got me wedges similar to these but with pink stripes. (I think the theme of this post is “Casey doesn’t shop for herself.” Clearly I’m not a big shopper!) Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but I’ve gotten so many compliments on them.
This lip balm is always on my desk at work, so I can keep my lips smooth and flake-free! You can find these lip balms mostly anywhere (Walgreens, Walmart, Target) or you can purchase through our Amazon store here.
You can read past DIY Time Outs right here
P.S. We upgraded our “baby blogspot” blog to a real url. Woo hoo! We are now www.thediyplaybook.com. If you go to the old url, it will redirect you, but be sure to update your bookmarks so you can still find us. Thanks everyone!
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DIY Time Out: Man Edition

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While our ladies are living it up in Atlanta, they asked us to take over the blog on this lovely Friday.  They must have known our post was bound to be a success, since we impressed them with our blogging and DIY skills back in April. (more about that here.)

So take note girls, we’re revealing our manly “must haves” in this edition of DIY Time Out.

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Matt & Finn's Must Haves

Matt’s…
1. Lacoste Cologne: Every Christmas, as sure as Santa will come down the chimney, it is just as sure that my mom will present me with a cologne gift. Lacoste has been my “staple fragrance” which is sure to turn the heads and tingle the nostrils of many-a-DIY’er.

2. Bigalow Organic Green Tea Every morning before work I used to begin my day with a cup of coffee. However, I have found a much healthier alternative which not only tastes better in my opinion, but helps keep my appetite in check throughout the day.

3. Bruce Springsteen Live in NY Album: Whenever I hear the words “Springsteen” and “New York City,” my heart skips a beat. One of my all time favorite albums is played regularly in our household. The near twenty minute rendition of “Tenth Avenue Freezeout” makes me feel like a teenage girl during “Beatle-Mania.”

4. Nalgene Water Bottle: My summer has been filled with a lot of long runs and workouts. The Nalgene Water Bottle has been attached to my hip since the beginning of July thanks to a recommendation from my brother. Thirty two ounces of water goodness is the typical finale to a long and draining work out.

Finn’s…
5. Whiskey Ball: Whiskey on the rocks can put a little hair on any guy’s chest. Lately I’ve been adding this cocktail to my repertoire, and I always like it cold and a bit watered down. This ice sphere does the trick. It’s just a plastic spherical mold, that you fill with water, and then freeze. I add the cube to my drinks and feel extra classy when I’m sipping my whiskey.

6. Digital Wireless Headphones: Since we live in a loft (aka no privacy) I use these wireless headphones to watch TV late at night. Casey heads to bed around 9:30pm (no joke, she is crazy)..while I’m more of a night owl. All I do is plug in these headphones and I can watch all the TV I want, while Casey dreams away in our quiet loft.

7. Crew Forming Cream: I’ve been using this hair product for years. All I can say is it is well worth the price tag.

8. Silver Tie Clip: I’m not always thrilled when Casey drags me to antique shops and flea markets, but sometimes I do find a few things for myself. On a past flea market trip, we found a silver, vintage tie clip. It was only $10 and I’ve worn it many times. Cufflinks are cool too, but you have to wear a specific button shirt down for those. I can wear a tie clip whenever I have to wear a suit and tie, and it adds a little pizzazz to my ensemble.

Don’t worry DIY Playbook fans, you’re not stuck with us for too long. Your two favorite girls will be back on Monday.

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Casey's Current Favs

1. Up by Jawbone: Finn and I recently purchased these Up bracelets and were are obsessed. Essentially, they’re tools to track your fitness, sleep, mood, etc. They calculate how many steps you take throughout the day, they track your quality of sleep, and you can even enter your food into the iPhone app. It’s incredibly addicting especially since we’re so competitive. The bracelet easily plugs into your iPhone and you can update your progress multiple times throughout the day. We really like them because most of my family has the bracelet too and we can compete with encourage one another and stay connected everyday. It’s a little pricey at $129, but if you’re interested in improving your lifestyle…it might be worth the purchase!

2. Dior Addict Lip Glow: I’m not a big lipstick girl. I just think it looks way too fake on me. That’s why I’m loving this “lip glow” instead. It goes on clear, but within seconds your natural lip color is deepened. It wears differently on different lips, but it is just the right amount of color for everyone!

3. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System: This little gadget is a lifesaver. It makes my skin look so dewy and glowy. I use it to wash my face and neck in the shower every other day or so. It gets all of my makeup off, and really makes my skin feel (& look!) fresh.

4. Makeup Forever, HD Microfinish Powder: Since I’m on-camera for my day job, I often get asked lots of questions about makeup. Now, I’m no pro and I’ve tried many many different “looks” for the camera. But this powder is the one consistent item in my beauty bag. It’s specifically for high-definition cameras, but it is perfect for the everyday too. I typically put on all of my makeup, and then do a light coating (a little bit goes a long way) of this powder all over my face to finish. It gets rid of any shine, and goes on translucent. If you’re looking for a new powder, this is it. Seriously.

5. The 5 Love Languages, By Gary Chapman: They boy and I are currently making our way through this book. Don’t get me wrong, we have a fantastic relationship! But we also know that every relationship takes hard work, commitment, and most importantly communication! In order to really prepare for marriage, we’re reading this book together. We do a chapter every week, and then do a study guide of questions (found here) every Sunday. It’s a great way to work together to prep for our new life as husband and wife.

Click here to read about Bridget’s summer favorites.
Matt & Finn's Must Haves
Click here to read more about Matt & Finn’s summer favorites. 
Casey's August Favorites
Click here to read more about Casey’s August Favorites.
Team Casey's Favorite Things
Click here for Casey’s holiday gift guide
Bridget's Fav Things
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Bridget's Wedding Day Must-Haves
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Casey's Wedding Favroites
Click here for Casey’s Wedding Day Favorites

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