Year of No Shopping Report: 1st Quarter

Well, I survived the first three months of my Year of No Shopping! To be honest, I didn’t shop much last year so this gets easier and easier. I did, however, get 2 flat tires during these first few months, which cost more than my shopping did…. Ugh winters in NJ make for lovely driving conditions.

In case you forgot, here’s a link to my New Year’s Resolution post where I mention the Year of No Shopping.

So let’s recap..

The beginning of the year was a little tricky because I had a target-dollar-bin habit.

Random Shopping Urges in January:

  • Walking into Target on Jan1 and seeing the dollar bins filled with Valentine’s Day supplies! And they had Galentine’s Day too! Leslie Knope is my spirit animal (oh and she’s a hoarder), so I had to tear myself away. THAT WAS JUST DAY 1.
  • On Jan 3, I thought I would order a zip pouch for some planner supplies. Then stopped myself, because that’s insane. I know I have a pouch somewhere. And I have a sewing room FULL of items to make a pouch if necessary.
  • On Jan 4, I wanted tea. Somehow I have survived 5 years of living in my own house without a tea kettle, but today I wanted to order one on Amazon Prime. I blame the snow storm and Whole30 for this one.

I generally consider myself a disciplined person, so this process is enlightening. Amazon Prime has truly ruined me. After that it really did get easier.

Now I feel a little overwhelmed when I walk into a store without a plan. My Target re-arranged itself this year to bombard customers with homegoods in every corner of the store (literally). I love everything, but no longer feel the need to buy something without a specific use.

I DID SHOP A LITTLE: for Easter. Remember this Easter post last week? We needed a tablecloth, a few placemats, and glasses. But I knew exactly what I wanted going into those stores and walked out if I didn’t find it.

And I buy books through Book of the Month, Kindle deals, random Amazon recommendations… it’s hard to resist. And I love writing in books! I need to have my own copy, but I’ve also gone to the library a lot lately.

I just wanted to be honest with you 🙂

While this challenge isn’t about how much money I was spending, we did see a nice impact on our budgeting! View Post


My Easter Dress (Bettine Dress)

Despite the impending snow storm after Easter, I pretended it was spring and sewed a jersey floral Bettine Dress. I made the Bettine a few years ago in a blue gingham (I was later told by a piano student that I looked like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz), and knew back then that I wanted to try one in a jersey knit.

Bettine Dress

The fabric is from Girl Charlee – It’s a some kind of spandex blend, and it’s super soft. I’m obsessed. Thinking I need to buy more in another color/pattern and keep watching for some stripes. I had store credit left over from last year, so needed to spend it on something!

jersey knit bettine dress for Easter on

Of course, I added my “Handmade by Danielle” tag as the finishing touch. Now for some comments… View Post


Easter Decor

I feel like good bloggers would post their Easter decor before Easter. But I wanted this to be more of the details of us hosting Easter in our home for the first time! And there just wasn’t time to decorate much before the holiday.

We haven’t hosted a family holiday since Thanksgiving 2014 !!! The past few years, we’ve held a “Wilsonecker” Easter at my in-laws, but this year was too busy. I think we did a pretty good job though, so maybe we will host again!

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Natalia’s Baby Quilt: Scrappy Day Trip

I have to tell you that I’m totally obsessed with this quilt. As usual, I wanted to keep it for myself, but at least this one stayed in the family!

Scrappy Day Trip Pattern

I attempted something similar in this modified Irish Chain quilt... but without Red Pepper Quilts’ amazing pattern, it was far from perfect. Rita (Red Pepper Quilts) explains which way to press the seams so everything nests beautifully. I was so so happy with this pattern!! Go make it! View Post


2018 Goals

Each year, this post with my goals is one of my favorites. I love telling everyone what I have planned and how I plan to achieve it. Throughout the year I link back to the goals post to see how I’m doing, if I’m still on track. I’m surprised when things change, and some goals lose their relevance/ necessity. But it’s more fun when I achieve the goals I set at the beginning of the year.

Word of the Year: Intentional

This will be the first year I’ve set a “word of the year,” but it feels so perfect. I was pretty close on my intentionality in 2017 and really want to get better…

As I go through the goals, I’ll let yo know how I’m applying the word in each of them. I read this line in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast that kind of sums up how I hate feeling: “I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.”

via Studio DIY

#1 A Year of No Shopping

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Day 12: Christmas Letter

This didn’t make it into the Christmas cards… so I thought I’d post it here. And I haven’t posted on this blog as often, so you may not know all that’s going on in my life. Or you follow me on instastories, and you know everything about my life. Either way, keep reading!

All About 2017

This year started like many other years — lots of resolutions and training for a half marathon.

Here’s my blog post about 2017 goals from last year. I did increase my business, learn Trello, and read one book per week; but I only ran 2 half marathons, and my daily routine is still not perfect.

Stef and I ran the Disney Princess 10k & Half Marathon this year! So fun!! You can read more about that here, here, and here. I actually made youtube videos for these experiences with music timed to fireworks, so you should really check them out if you haven’t already. They’re adorable. View Post