• Casey’s Bachelorette Festivities

    Casey’s Bachelorette Festivities

    Remember a few weeks back, when I had my big “Finn-ale” in Sonoma, California? Well, I’m finally back to share the deets about my oh-so-scandalous bachelorette party… …wait the only thing that was racy at all was that dress of mine, which Bridget teasingly called “white-hot” over the course of the evening. Everything else was

  • Casey’s Custom Wedding Invites

    Casey’s Custom Wedding Invites

    Two months from today, I will walk down the aisle to marry my best friend! I can hardly believe it…October 11th is drawing near and soon I’ll officially be Mrs. Finn. Luckily, the wedding planning process has been smooth sailing so far. We’re both pretty organized people, and we’ve got lots of spreadsheets and excel

  • 1st Year Anniversary: PAPER Gift Idea

    1st Year Anniversary: PAPER Gift Idea

    Maybe it was the marathon, alllllll the marathon training, the triathlon, the matron of honor duties, the new teaching preps, the two teams she coached, the countless homebound students she tutored in her free time, the conference she hosted, the homework she had to do for her Master’s degree, the trips she took around the

  • 32 Life Lessons from our Grandmothers

    32 Life Lessons from our Grandmothers

    If you’ve been reading DIY Playbook for some time now, then we hope you’ve noticed that family is very important to us both. We come from very happy homes, with large extended families…and we wouldn’t have it any other way! One thing we haven’t chatted much about is our amazing relationships with our grandmothers. We’re

  • B’s Wedding Pictures!

    B’s Wedding Pictures!

    Finally, I’m sharing my wedding photos from our wedding back in DECEMBER! Since Matt and I are both teachers (and met at work), we thought it would only be appropriate to take our pictures in a school. We chose Matt’s Alma-mater and had a blast posing in this special place with some of our favorite

  • Our Save the Dates…

    Our Save the Dates…

     (Disclaimer: We have partnered with MagnetStreet to bring you this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by MagnetStreet) The wedding planning is moving along quite nicely! Venue – Check! (<—vintage enthusiasts…you’re gonna die when you see this place! loooove!) DJ – Check! Dress – Check! Caterer – Check!

  • Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 2

    Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 2

    I’m sharing part 2 of our engagement photos. These ones are all about the GLAM look…

  • Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 1

    Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 1

    We’re counting down the days until our wedding day. Here’s a look at the first part of our engagement photos…

  • Library Inspired Engagement Photos

    Library Inspired Engagement Photos

    Remember our love for libraries? We thought it was only fitting to incorporate this little hobby of ours into the second part of our engagement shoot. (You can read part one right here).   Our Library Inspired Engagement Photos     How to Make the Most of your Photo Session    Like I said before,

  • Bridget’s Engagement Photo Shoot

    Bridget’s Engagement Photo Shoot

    The save-the-dates are sent. The engagement photo shoot is done and the photos are finally ready to share! Here’s a glimpse into day one of the two day engagement shoot picture reveal. Today’s photos are based on a few of our favorite things- simple, old fashioned fun. Come take a look… Things I didn’t love:

  • Bridget’s Special Engagement

    Bridget’s Special Engagement

    Sitting down beside the original 5 members of the Chestnut Club and my soon to be brother-in-law, I watched the TV screen. I was under the impression that we were watching a quick video before heading out for a night together in the city. I had no idea what I was really in store for. The video appeared

  • Christmas Photo Hunt & Casey’s Engagement

    Christmas Photo Hunt & Casey’s Engagement

    Finn and I live in St. Louis and we don’t get to come home to Chicago too often. When we do come back for a weekend, we find that it can be a struggle to balance the time we spend with our friends, our family, and the time we spend downtown Chicago exploring the city