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BONUS–Sleep in a Treehouse

25 Feb

I’m big on surprises. I’m not sure who enjoys them more, the person planning the surprise or the person being surprised. It’s fun for everyone!

For Mychael’s 39th birthday I wanted to do something fun; something he would never think of, but would never forget.

Mychael is really outdoorsy and he’s slowly converting me, but I’ve always been more of a hotel & spa day sort of girl. It was his day though, so I tried to come up with something that was more up his alley. I remembered hearing about these cool yurts in Big Sur, so I started doing some research and found that the Treebones Resort had yurts, but also a really unique treehouse. It was the perfect once-in-a-lifetime surprise I was looking for!

Fortunately I’m a crazy planner because this place books up FAST! I booked in February for our stay in September and was lucky to secure Mychael’s birthday weekend in the treehouse.

The week of his birthday I left a poem clue and a small gift behind for him each day when I went to work:

  • Monday – Small potted tree
  • Tuesday – Superman robe & slippers
  • Wednesday – Big Sur photography book
  • Thursday – Travel toiletries

On Friday of his birthday weekend we started our journey down to Big Sur, making a stop at an amazing restaurant called Nepenthe. The restaurant has been open for 69 years and sits perched on a cliff, providing a picturesque ocean backdrop for lunch and the perfect start to our weekend.


Following lunch, we continued down the road to Treebones.


The resort is comprised of a bunch of campsites, some yurts, the treehouse and the nest, a very appropriately named human-sized bird’s nest, as well as two restaurants. We checked in and immediately went to check out our sweet weekend home, situated at the edge of the resort with breathtaking views.

We crossed the suspension bridge and settled into the treehouse.


We spent the weekend relaxing, checking out the elephant seals in San Simeon, kayaking, walking down the beach, hiking to waterfalls and taking tons of pictures.

We had the best time relaxing and spending time together. It was the perfect weekend birthday celebration. If you ever have the opportunity to stay in a treehouse, I highly recommend it!



40 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 40

1 Aug

As my 30th birthday kept creeping closer and closer, everyone started asking me what I would be doing to celebrate. Now this is a logical question, especially considering the bashes I’ve thrown the past couple of years – rooftop pool party in Manhattan Beach when I turned 28, golf-themed pub crawl complete with costumes and scorecards for my 29th – but this year was different. I hadn’t put any thought into my birthday and I honestly just wasn’t very excited about it at all. That was until the morning of Wednesday, July 27.

While getting ready for work, in the shower to be exact, I had an epiphany – I didn’t want to get drunk and crazy for my birthday; I wanted to start doing some of the things I had always wanted to do…start checking off my bucket list. In general, I’m not a fan of the term “bucket list” because it sounds way too morbid – and let’s be honest, I’m getting old, but not THAT old – so I decided to create a list of 40 things I want to accomplish before I’m 40.

I’m still working on creating the actual list, but I plan to post it on my birthday (Aug. 9). So far some of them are pretty simple, but I somehow have still managed to put them off, and some are a bit more complicated and will take a little planning. I’m hoping that when I turn 40 (or hopefully even before then) I’ll be able to look at this list and know that I had an awesome 10 years doing the things I have always wanted to do. And then it will be time for 50 things to do before I’m 50!

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