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Weekend: Home Shopping + Christmas Tree Debacles

Hey there. I’m jumping back into my normal groove today after a nice long weekend. Here’s a quick recap of it!


Fall Yellow Leaves

We got home around 1:30 on Friday afternoon. We spent some time cleaning the house and then I headed out for a long walk with the girls.

Golden Retrievers

We walked for about an hour and fifteen minutes and the sun was setting as we got home. It was such a great walk because the girls desperately needed to get out of the house and get some exercise and I loved watching all of the families out playing in their yards and putting up Christmas decorations.


I went to yoga after our walk and then came home and hung out on the couch with my laptop, a magazine and Zoey. We always leave the pups with a dog sitter (we have someone stay at the house) but Tanner and I nicknamed her the “needy nugget” because she wanted to be so close all night long.

Namastay Kitchen Takeout

We wanted a break from meat and veggie kind of food on Friday night so we did takeout sushi from Namastay Kitchen.


Smoothie Bowl

I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast on Saturday and then headed back to the studio to take class at 9:30 before I taught at 11:15.

Namastay Kitchen Salad

We had brunch at the restaurant after class. I had a salad topped with our housemade beet burger which is so good. I did a mix of two dressings, balsamic and a cider vinaigrette.

Mattress Shopping

I was SO EXCITED about our afternoon plans. We went mattress shopping! We desperately needed a new mattress. It was to the point of feeling like we were sinking into the middle and I have been waking up with a sore back. I did my research on Consumer Reports and we headed to Mattress Firm armed with information. We ended up selecting the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn which was Consumer Reports #2 ranked innerspring mattress. This one is actually half foam, half spring. It was the first bed we tried and after testing out 4-5 others and also going to West Elm to try the Casper mattress, our minds were made up. We also invested in two new pillows. The service at Mattress Firm was awesome and we ended up getting a really great deal on everything. The biggest bonus was that they were able to deliver our mattress at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning and haul off our old one.

When I was completing our checkout process, I looked over to see Tanner on the Tempurpedic Grand Bed and using the remote to prop up his head with the built-in massage feature turned on. Starting at a cool $8,000 for a king, I told him maybe next time. 😛

Okay, that was way too much information about mattress shopping but I am thrilled to have a new one. I think my back will thank me for it too!


We kept the home stuff going with a trip to Marshall’s where we purchased new throw pillows for the couch, a new comforter set for the master, a dog bed for the pug and some Christmas stuff.

La Shish Kabob Charlotte

We stayed in on Saturday night. We thought about ordering through Postmates but decided to venture out to La Shish Kabob to pick up our food. It’s our favorite spot for Middle Eastern food.

La Shish Kabob Charlotte

It’s in a strip mall in East Charlotte and is nothing fancy but the food is incredible and so reasonably priced.

La Shish Kabob Charlotte Takeout

We came home with a huge spread of food. We did the vegetarian plate (always a must), the chicken schwarma plate and the mixed kebob plate. The servings are very generous and we’re planning on eating the leftovers tonight.

Middle Eastern Food

Here’s my plate!

Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

I wrapped up the evening with the last slice of my chocolate pecan chess pie.



We did our normal brunch after the mattress was delivered. Sourdough toast with butter, scrambled eggs, avocado, bacon and grapes.

Sunday Afternoon Run

Just under 7 miles at 8:15 with this speedy girl. She is a boundless ball of energy. This run felt so effortless and good. The weather was 52 and sunny and I was coming off of two rest/yoga days and was wearing a brand new pair of shoes. Newton just kindly sent me a new pair of Fate 2’s and I LOVE!

Christmas Tree

I taught yoga after I ran and then we went to get our Christmas tree.

Chips and Salsa

Tree decorating snacks.

Christmas Tree Decorating

This is where the evening got really fun.

  1. We had a spirited debate/massive argument/WWIII (call it what you want) over how to string the lights on the tree. Tanner wanted to just “draped them across the part of the tree that you see” while I wanted to string them around in a circle from bottom to top. He thought I was completely crazy for going around the tree. After texting his brother to ask how he and his wife do it (and me getting validation), he went with my way. I saw we argued but we also laughed a ton too and he made a completely ridiculous video of me and took these photos. One of the things that I love about Tanner is his ability to add humor to situations like this and he was totally cracking me up even though I was trying to play serious.
  2. I reheated spaghetti sauce from the freezer and just as we were going into the kitchen to make our plate, we caught Zoey with her face in the sauce and she had taken down about half of it. Guess that run made her hungry.
  3. The tree fell over no less than three times while we attempted to light it. We took turns holding it “straight” while the other tried to screw it back into the base.

We finally gave up and waved the white flag. I’ll finish the tree later today. I told the story of our night to my yoga class this morning and one of our students came up and told me that the biggest fight she and her husband have ever had to this day was over a Christmas tree.

OMMMMMMM. Fa la la la happy holidays! Hope y’all had a great weekend.

Biggest tree decorating debacle?

Did you take a break from Thanksgiving-type of and eat a different type of cuisine over the weekend?

Did you decorate for Christmas over the weekend?

Do you drape Christmas tree lights or go in circles from bottom/top or top/bottom?


{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Kate November 28, 2016, 4:30 pm

    Oh jeez…I got flashbacks reading about the tree falling over! We have always used a stand with 4 screws which never seems to work for us so I bought a fancier stand and it was so easy! No arguments and less stress and sweat 😄.

    Here’s the link in case you’re interested http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Accents-Holiday-XL-Super-Grip-Christmas-Tree-Stand-XL/207176870

  • Rebecca Strength and Sunshine November 28, 2016, 4:30 pm

    One time I had the tree fall on me while I was putting up ornaments! Haha! I had to hold it up until my mom and brother came rushing in from the other room 😛

  • Hillary November 28, 2016, 5:43 pm

    I started draping them vertically (so top to bottom, bottom to top, top to bottom, etc) a couple years ago and I won’t go back to circles!! This way always seems quicker and then in the back, you can be a little less “perfect”

  • Tracey C November 28, 2016, 6:39 pm

    My husband and I get into some small tiff every year when we are putting up the tree, it’s the funniest thing! We both try our best not to argue but something always comes up. We always laugh after! And I’ve come home from work two times in the past 5 years to find our fully decorated tree “sleeping”. Thankfully with very little ornament damage.

  • Leianna Hellinga November 28, 2016, 6:39 pm

    Can we have that recipe for that really good looking smoothie in this post? And granola on top? Looks amazing!!

  • Amanda November 28, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Jen! My boyfriend and I purchased a new mattress over labor day weekend and it has been a total game changer for me. We got a Simmon’s Beauty Rest World Class Recharge, and it is perfect for us! It’s so important to have a good mattress. We also did our research and got a great deal. One important thing that I learned: it’s super important to invest in a good mattress cover too! Enjoy

  • Kaila November 28, 2016, 8:48 pm

    Loved following along with the tree festivities on Facebook! LOL

  • alisha November 29, 2016, 6:11 am

    Tanner is crazy. Putting lights on the part of the tree you see seems so…fake. Just b/c you don’t see the backside does not mean it should not be decorated. It is like that story from Steve Jobs where he first made some furniture and was sloppy on the underside, a part that no one would see, and his dad corrected him. Now all apple products are gorgeous even in the inside b/c of integrity. 😉 Your story is hilarious. I am so glad you have Tanner and he has such a great attitude! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall. Haha!! But you totally deserved to win that fight!!

  • Katie H November 29, 2016, 10:26 am

    I got my tree and put out all my Christmas decorations on Saturday. I absolutely circle the lights from bottom to top!! I do think it’s sweet Tanner had some input though! I do everything myself – pick out the tree tree, put up the tree, and decorate the tree! My boyfriend’s contribution was putting the star on top. And now he’s complaining that it’s crooked! 🙄

  • Allie November 29, 2016, 11:10 am

    Oh my gosh – I have never heard of someone drapping lights only where you can see them! haha! men! My Dad actually has to tie a wire around the top of the tree, and secures it around a hook that he screws into the wall to keep it from falling… because growing up with dogs and cats, the tree always fell over!

  • Jen November 29, 2016, 2:23 pm

    We have that same middle eastern restaurant near us and it’s my absolute favorite! The Fattoush (sp?) is my go to and it never disappoints! I’m cracking up at the tree argument and if Spence and I had a real tree, I’m sure we would argue as well! Thankfully we have a fake, pre-lit tree which has it’s pros and cons!

  • Julie November 29, 2016, 5:09 pm

    Just for the record, everyone strings the lights all the way around the tree (don’t they???). 😉 This is so funny b/c my ex-husband & I laughingly (we’re still great friends) refer to our old Xmas tree as the “divorce tree”. Def one of our biggest fights. I think that one started by how/if we needed to rearrange the furniture to display said tree & ended w/ him throwing the tree down the stairs & storming out of the house only to return (hours) later to it fully assembled & decorated (by moi). 😀

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