As I mentioned in my Simplifying Christmas post, this year we planned a pre-Christmas trip to New York City. Last year we really enjoyed visiting San Francisco during the holidays and wanted to make it a tradition! Originally NYC wasn’t really on my list, after all that is a long flight for such a short … More Christmas in NYC
I am so excited to write this post and introduce the newest member of our family: Lola Noel. Mostly just called Lola, or any variety of ridiculous nicknames that she’s already been given: Sweet-n-Lola, Lola’s Chicken & Waffles (a spin-off of the restaurant here in Phoenix), Mamacita Lolita, etc. This sweet girl came to us … More Introducing: Lola Noel!
The holiday season is arguably one of the most stressful periods of the year. It has its delights, sure, but I’m willing to bet that most people have found themselves overwhelmed at the thought of: cooking, cleaning, decorating, splitting time between loved ones, shopping, crowded stores, financial strain, bad weather, increased traffic, tense family dynamics, … More Simplifying Christmas
As we are nearing the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the changes I’ve made in my life. This year has been a pivotal time of soul-searching and learning who I am and who I want to be. While I understand that this may be ever-changing, I’m realizing that there are … More Three things I’ve given myself permission to *stop* doing
While my title is a little snarky – we really did have the best time visiting the theme parks in Orlando this past week! I just wasn’t prepared for the humidity. I complain about the heat in Phoenix a lot, but I finally found something worse: heat + humidity. I will never complain about “dry … More The Most Humid Place on Earth!
For Labor Day Weekend we flew up north to visit friends and family in Washington. Since this blog references trees in its very name, you can bet I was thrilled to visit WA, known as the Evergreen State. The flight in was pretty magical – we had a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier at sunset, … More A Visit to the Evergreen State
While I try not to repeat myself too much, there will be some inevitable overlap with this post and the one I wrote on introducing minimalism. Because the more I make these adjustments in my life, the more I learn that these things I’m striving for – minimalism, simple living, sustainability, zero waste, etc. all … More How “To The Trees” Got Its Roots
I’m so excited for my first post on travel to be about Italia! The world is seemingly boundless and I’m sure there will be many more ‘favorite’ places to come, but this beautiful country (and home of my people!) has been on the top of my list since I last visited 11 years ago. This summer … More Gal Pals, Gelato & George Clooney
To explain how I got into the minimalism / simple living craze would take probably hundreds of thousands of words. In order to keep this post minimalist (see what I did there?!), I will try my best to explain, briefly, what the minimalism movement has meant to me in these early stages. I used to … More Minimalism: A Brief (ish) Introduction
I asked myself this question at least 27 times as I was filling out the registration for this site. After all, this is not my first attempt at keeping a blog. If you’ve known me for a while, you may remember a wayward journey called Stevie the ’53… Originally, I had big dreams for that … More Am I really doing this – again?!