A Skinny Christmas Tree for Our Skinny Space

A quickie bonus blog post today, because I ordered a skinny Christmas tree and I love it! Our old tree served us well for a decade or so, but last year half the lights gave up. I replaced them with new strands, but it was pretty clear it was time to upgrade our tree.

Our previous tree was a ‘regular-sized’ tree, but we only had a little sliver of space to shove it into. So I would purposely arrange the limbs in the back of the tree to fold up, so I could get it as far into the little corner as possible.

In searching for a new tree, I wanted a skinny version. So I searched Home Depot, Target, and Amazon for both “skinny Christmas trees” and “pencil Christmas trees.” I finally pulled the trigger last week and our new tree arrived on Friday. I put it up over the weekend, and it is PERFECT for our little bit of space.

It is the: Puleo International 7.5 Foot Pre-Lit Fraser Fir Pencil Artificial Christmas Tree with 350 UL Listed Clear Lights. The prices are fluctuating wildly, so I wanted to share this ASAP for any of you who are looking for a skinny tree. The ‘original’ price is marked as $269.99, but it has been flip flopping everywhere from $100 – $140 in the last few days.

I put it up a bit early (I typically do our tree after Thanksgiving) so I could make sure it worked well and fit the space. I can’t wait to put the ornaments on it next week!

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Quickie Money Saving Tip: Save Money on Bills Just by Asking

After basically hemorrhaging money over the past few months for our bathroom renovation, I’m in savings mode again. And yes, I know the holidays are coming up. But for the moment, I’m trying to take a closer look at our normal expenses and see where we can make improvements.

Which brings me to a blog post I wrote back in 2014, called How I Saved $2,277.60… Just By Asking. It may be one of the most helpful blog posts I’ve ever written in 11+ years of blogging, so click through and check it out.

Really. Go read it. I’ll wait.

Okay, so after reminding myself how I saved money last time… I decided to pull up my credit card statement and made a list of my reoccurring charges.

Everything from school before/after care (could I cut back days?), to Kindle Unlimited (do I really need it when I’m using the library, Overdrive and Hoopla?). I reviewed our car insurance policy, checked on the current prices and promotions for streaming services, and decided where we need to trim the fat a bit.

Did I cut everything fun? NOPE. Not at all.

But I did think about whether I was still getting the enjoyment out of our $7.41 monthly Discovery + streaming service (yes, we are). So, this way I’m making more proactive decisions, rather than just ignoring them and letting them auto-renew for all of eternity.

As a result of this review, I decided to make a few changes and try them out for the rest of the year. By giving myself a couple months to get accustomed to the small cut-backs, I can look at everything with clear eyes in January.

Another Ask

You may have noticed that I occasionally share Amazon Associates links when I’m reviewing or recommending an item here on Pocketful of Joules. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases… which means that clicking on an affiliate link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you. And I do mean small, but it does add up over time to help pay for the annual blog hosting fees I pay.

I went through my Amazon orders for the last couple years, as well as items I’ve recommended and made a special Pocketful of Joules Favorites List. If you click through and buy anything on the list, OR if you click through my list and then go elsewhere to make your needed Amazon purchases, I may earn a small affiliate commission.

If you’re planning on shopping anyways, I’d really appreciate it!

You can find the Pocketful of Joules Favorites List here: https://amzn.to/3s6voAn Every single thing on the list is something that I currently own, use and would recommend. If you have any questions about individual item recommendations, just let me know and I’ll give you my feedback!

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Skincare: What I’m currently Using

I’ve started seeing a new esthetician and totally switched up my skincare routine from what I was previously doing (My 2021 Routine), so I thought I’d share because I’m SO HAPPY with it!

Here’s my current stash:

Face Wash: Farmhouse Fresh Green Tea Milk Wash Cream Cleanser, $27

I was previously using Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, but my esthetician pointed out that my skin basically makes no oil and I need an even more moisturizing cleanser. She recommended this one and I’ve been using it for a month and really like it. I typically will use this every evening to wash my face.

If I feel dry in the morning, I’ll use it again then. But if my face is feeling good when I wake up, I just give it a wash with water and no cleanser. It feels really light and gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling really clean AND moisturized when I’m done. Also, a little goes a long way so this bottle will last me basically forever.

Serum: Eclat Vitamin C Serum, $9

My esthetician loved that I use a daily vitamin c serum, so I wanted to stick with it. However, I was previously using Way of Will Brightening Face serum and with the new moisturizing face wash it was just feeling too heavy on my skin. I found this Eclat version on Amazon – it’s only $9, has over 38,000 reviews, and a 4.5 star rating so I figured I’d give it a try.

This one is very different than my previous serum. I don’t notice a scent at all, it goes on much lighter and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy afterwards. Also, I actually feel that my skin has been clearer and brighter since I started using it. I use this twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.

Face Lotion: Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream, $65

I bought this probably a year ago or so to try, but didn’t love it at the time because with my previous serum it just felt too heavy. Well, my esthetician recommended I switch to a heavier moisturizer than my typical Purity Made Simple lotion, so I put this one back into rotation.

With the different serum and a lighter touch, I’ve grown to really love this moisturizer. I use this in the morning (wash face, then serum, then moisturizer). In the evening (wash face, then serum, then night cream), I am still using my previous favorite (DERMA-E Hydrating Night Cream, $19). Occasionally, I wake up and my face feels extra hydrated already, so I’ll use my Purity moisturizer after washing and serum, so I don’t feel too greasy.

Exfoliater: Bioelement Skin Editor, $39

This is the HERO product for me. My esthetician recommended this product specifically and sold it to me that day. This is a leave on AHA peel cream exfoliator that has 3% glycolic and 7% lactic acid. She told me to use it 3-4 times a week, so I pretty much use it every other night. First face wash, then serum, then Skin Editor, then night cream.

I feel like a high maintenance rock star in the evenings, but HOLY WOW this stuff makes my skin feel and look amazing. It claims to “edit skin imperfections and long-term damage to instantly smooth rough and bumpy texture, diminish dullness, brighten dark damage, improve clarity + color, target congestion, hydrate and reduce the look of lines, all without harsh skin-stripping or surface-scraping.” This stuff is so good and it’s hard to only use it every other night because when I wake up the next morning my skin is glowing!

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