Out of the Office: Iceland


Good morning! As you guys know, we have been gearing up for a big trip to Iceland and the time has officially come!!!  We are currently en route to Reykjavik with our hubbies and could not be more excited for this adventure. We’ve done lots of research, packed our travel essentials, and can’t wait to… Read More »

An Easy Half-Up Top Knot Hair Tutorial


I rock the half up “top knot” often and have recently received some requests to share a tutorial on how I tackle this low-maintenance hair style. I call the top knot low-maintenance because it’s easy to do yourself and once it’s up, you really don’t have to worry about it again for the entire day! Having a… Read More »

Spring Video 2017


There have been some warm weekends here in Chicago, so it already feels like summer is here. But with summer officially arriving this week (yay!), we thought it was about time to share our spring 2017 video. As a reminder, we put together these short video montages every season. It’s a fun “video scrapbook” of… Read More »

Our International Travel Favorites


We officially leave for Iceland this week and we can both hardly contain our excitement! Iceland has been on our bucket list for quite some time and we are so eager to explore this beautiful country. But what’s even better is that we’ll be doing it together (with our husbands too!). This past weekend was… Read More »

Getting Real About the Blog and Our Homes


For the past 4.5 years we’ve shown you just about everything that we’ve done to our homes. From little projects (like organizing under the kitchen sink), to big projects (like Bridget’s office reveal)…you’ve really seen it all! But here’s the thing…we both live in small homes. About 1,200 square feet for each of us. And… Read More »

How to Clean Couch Cushions


Our couch sees A LOT of traffic. It’s really the only place in our house where we can kick back and relax. We sit on it to watch TV, Matt lies on it to take naps, and sometimes we bring our plates over and eat dinner on it. Needless to say this couch has seen its far share… Read More »

10 Summer Items We Have Our Eyes On


The official start of summer is about a week away. How is that even possible? Where did the spring go?! You won’t see either of us complaining though. With Bridget off work and warm temps here in Chicago…summer is a happy time for us both! With the warmer temps, comes the shuffling of our wardrobes.… Read More »

Replacing My Front Door Knob and Lock for Better Curb Appeal


Disclaimer: We have partnered with Kwikset to bring you this post. All opinions & photography are our own and are not influenced by Kwikset. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog! About a year ago I seriously looked into changing out all of the doors throughout our house. The doors in my house… Read More »

Whole30 Shopping List and Our Favorite Approved Recipes


First of all, thank you so much for all of the comments and questions about Whole30. Obviously that kind of post is a bit different from the normal content you find here on The DIY Playbook, and that can make it kinda scary to hit “publish.” But you guys were all so sweet and encouraging…thank… Read More »