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Who gives a flock(ed) Christmas tree?

Hi guys, it’s me. The GRINCH.

Baby Grinch lying on a blanket
baby Grinch

Ok, just joking. I’m definitely not as equally parts cute and terrifying as the baby grinch. Usually though? I have such a deep abhorrence for Christmas and the whole Christmas season. I definitely blame my years of retail and working at a credit union inside a grocery store. They had one of those select your favorite Christmas music cd (BARF, none of them) that seemed to be set to play ONLY the Chipmunks Christmas Album. Yes it was as torturous as it sounds. This year though…something’s changed. I saw the Seaside Post Office decked in its holiday best and didn’t feel a twinge or discord. In fact…it was kinda cute.

Seaside Florida Post Office Decked in Christmas Cheer
Seaside, FL Post Office

Something has happened. This year? I’m not a Grinch. I’m sort of excited to put up my tree. (also a little terrified. You see I have this wild kitten, Dumpling. I am so afraid of our cherished ornaments being ruined due to this feisty little guy.) Which brings me to my next subject: flocking

photo of a flocked christmas tree from instagram with no decorations
How gorgeous is this flocked tree? No decorations? Simply stunning
@wifeonadime you’re killing it sis

I’m thinking that if I had a flocked tree, then I wouldn’t have to do much in the way of decorating. I could just throw some lights on it, maybe some garland and call it good. Then our cherished ornaments won’t get busted. Granted, so many of our ornaments are homemade, but the sentimental value makes them priceless. A flocked tree might be ‘on trend’ which necessarily something I strive for, I really love the idea of simple this year. Next year, Dumpling won’t be quite as wild, I think. I can probably put ornaments on the tree without risk of everything getting dumped. (get it, dumped)

There are definite perks to using what we’ve already got. I splurged and got a 9′ Balsam Hill Fraser Fir (unlit) back when LuLaRoe paid my bills and gave me money to spend. It’s beautiful and fits in the corner so nicely. I would save xx by not buying another tree. We could just put our fun retro colored lights on the tree and call it good. Buuuuut I feel like it’ll look so naked. Flocked trees will shed. Regardless of how much I spend, it’s going to shower the wood tile with snow a branch moves. Especially at first. Really though, who gives a flock?

So, I guess my question is, is the allure of the flocked tree enough to convince me to spend money on another Christmas Tree? Should I get a flocked christmas tree and fulfill all my trendy christmas dreams??

Stay tuned.

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Here’s How I’m Bringing Fitness Back

Hi guys, it’s me, Christia. The one that used to run half marathons, attend zumba class 5 days a week, fit into her jeans. Remember me?? I mean I kinda sorta do. I’m bringing that fitness back. And here’s how I’m going to do it.

photo of my brand new peloton spin bike
My beautiful new friend- peloton

I recently welcomed a Peloton into the Palizzi household. Like ordered on a Sunday and had that shiny beautiful bike delivered that following Wednesday. I proceeded to ride three times before I left for a week-long yoga retreat and, omg, I think I’m hooked. I love that I can get a hard cardio work out when it fits into my schedule. It’s really no excuses since it’s right in the middle of my living room. Quite the conversation piece, haha.

My goal is ride that sexy bike 5 times for at LEAST 30 minutes. I also want to aim for my 10K step goal with my garmin. I want to eat vegetables, like a lot of vegetables. Concrete goal, at least one serving with every meal. Water, I need to drink it and not coke zero. Make good choices when I have to. Like I can’t say for sure I will 100 avoid fast food but there are better choices. Make the better choice. I want to also bring my lunch on work days. I don’t need to #TreatYoSelf every day I work, that’s just silly. Make my lunch, control the calories, you get the gist. I also will input my food choices, good or bad, into my fitness pal (ChristiaP)

Coming off that yoga retreat high, I want to take advantage of the different classes offered by Peloton and do yoga the other 2 days I’m not riding my bike. The cool thing about yoga is that it’s my practice, no one else’s. I’m excited to bring that mentality to the peloton. Yes I’m excited for the leader board and for seeing my output increase but I also know that I’m racing against my own damned self.

If you are a fellow peloton user, add me! #30somethingmum

I’m so excited to start this journey of bringing my fitness back. 30 lbs to go and I’m starting now.