May 2016 Recap + Personal Updates

Since tomorrow marks the last official day of May, it’s time for a recap & our monthly coffee talk. We have a lot to catch up on, so let’s jump right in!View More:

In case you missed it, here’s what we tackled here on the DIY Playbook this month:  

May 2016 Recap

Around the Blogosphere:

bridget-casey-laughing-bedroom-computerWe thought these monthly recaps could be a fun place to share some projects, articles, reveals, or just random info we saw on the internet over the past month and found interesting/fun/inspiring/etc. Like many of you, we LOVE reading other blogs and chatting about what we see in the “blogosphere” together. But why keep this conversation between us when you guys may also enjoy the links we are constantly sending to each other?! Since this is our first official “around the web” (new name TBD), these links aren’t necessarily JUST from this month, but hopefully over time we’ll get better at sharing up-to-date content each month. Make sense?!

View More: Right now I’m in Austin, Texas for a weekend getaway with my family. Each year we all get together for Memorial Day Weekend and rent a big house on a lake. In the past, we’ve rented a house in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. But oftentimes the weather isn’t super hot yet, and we don’t spend that much time in the water. So we decided to head south where it’s bound to be hot! There are over 20 (!) of us staying in a house on Lake Travis outside of Austin. I love this time spent with my relatives, many of whom I don’t get to see all too often. smores-lake-summerWe are very relaxed on these trips…we boat, eat, drink, and make s’mores. It’s always the best way to kick off the summer! Nothing like spending time making memories with your family! Be sure to follow along on snapchat (“diyplaybook”) for a behind-the-scenes look at our vacay!


graduation-001Chaperoning Graduation — Congratulations Class of 2016! 

Pop the champs because it’s official … I am OFF for the summer! Our last final ended last week (!!), which means I am officially “off the clock” until the middle of August. Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else feel like this year just flew by?! It’s actually a bit scary how fast these years seem to by moving. Now that it’s summer vacation, I’m demanding time slooooooowwwssssss down…. a lot.

forest-001Picture from a random walk we went on at the Morton Arboretum – Gorgeous place! 

Like we mentioned in our Facebook Live chat a few weeks ago, I’m looking forward to traveling this summer (we’re leaving for Alaska soon — any tips?!) and working on the blog full time. Hopefully more time during the day working behind-the-scenes on the blog means a little more freedom in the nights. <— I say that now … we’ll see how that goes. Either way, it should be a pretty awesome summer with the most exciting part being the arrival of my first niece or nephew in early July!!! We’re a little behind on the nursery reveal because some of the art was on back order, but hopefully we’ll get that soon and share the updates once they happen. Stay tuned….

Memorial_day_bridgetIn the meantime, Happy SUMMER! We’re excited for the next few months and hope that whatever you have planned this summer, your summer brings lots of happy, healthy, summertime memories! #youdeserveit      


The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.