• 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…

  • Moving Out of St. Louis with PODS

    (Disclaimer: We have partnered with PODS to bring you this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own, and are not influenced by PODS) Let me first say that moving is hard. It’s really really hard, and time-consuming, and stressful.    But moving is also a very real and inevitable part of life.   

  • 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:

  • How to Make Mini Hamburger Cookies

    How to Make Mini Hamburger Cookies

    My mister is turning the big 26, and in order to celebrate, I decided to make him one of his favorite desserts.   But before I get to the dessert…I need to tell you a little something about Finn.  See, my man has a love for burgers. And when I say love, I mean it.

  • 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

  • Welcome to the DIY Playbook!

    Welcome to the DIY Playbook!

    Hello there and welcome to The DIY Playbook.  We are so happy (& grateful!) you decided to come check out our little piece of the blog world. Now, you may be wondering, “What the heck is the DIY Playbook?”, and “Who are these Rookies?”   We’ll try and break these questions down for ya… The

  • 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

  • Annual Cookie Day for the Christmas Season

    Annual Cookie Day for the Christmas Season

    The O’Halloran Family Cookie Day 1,000+ sprinkles on the floor 56 sticks of butter 30 batches of cookies 24 bakers and helpers 9 different kinds of cookies 1 special tradition Ever since I can remember, we’ve held cookie day in my mom’s kitchen right before the holidays. When we were younger, that meant my brothers

  • “These are a few of my Favorite Things!”

    “These are a few of my Favorite Things!”

    Warning: After reading this post you will officially have the Sound of Music’s “Favorite Things” song in your head for the rest of the day! (Listen to this and jam out!) First, if you haven’t seen the Sound of Music….go rent it right now, watch it, and come read this post after you’ve seen it. Okay,

  • The Truth About Living with a Boy

    The Truth About Living with a Boy

    So the boy and I have been living together for over 2 years now, and I often get questions from my girlfriends about what it is like living with a boy. Living with a Boy Are they messy? Do they fart and burp and smell ALL the time? Do they leave their socks and shoes