Tree Classics’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: Day 1


Over 2 million women in the United States have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and in support of the country’s efforts to spread awareness about this disease, Tree Classics partnered up with 25 bloggers who each received a tree, wreath, or garland that they decorated in honor of this campaign.

Our bloggers also answered the question: “Can you tell us in a sentence what Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to you?

Here is a round-up of our first 5 bloggers who shared their thoughts and experiences with the illness that affects 1 in 8 women.

Colleen of Shibley Smiles


Our first blogger for this round-up is a strong woman, loving wife, and mother of three from South Florida. Colleen Shibley of Shibley Smiles writes about food, health & fitness, technology, and even recipes, when she’s up for the challenge.

Colleen shares, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when many of us remember someone we know, a loved one, a friend, or a friend of a friend who has been touched by cancer.” She lost a loved one to cancer back in 1991—her grandmother who fought against the illness for many years.


She also decorates a Classic Fraser Fir as her tribute to this campaign. Take a closer look on her blog.

Cynthia of Feeding Big


Cynthia is the voice behind Feeding Big, a blog that focuses mainly on cooking, crafts, and gardening. A loving partner and stay-at-home mom, she believes in “filling your plate and home with love”—a message that she tries to convey with her posts. This well-travelled blogger has been on the go for most of her life and now that she has settled down, is focusing more on her love for food and giving sustenance not just for the body, but for the heart as well.

Cynthia shares her thoughts on Breast Cancer Awareness Month: “It’s a time to remind women to care for their bodies, for themselves and their families.” Her own experience with the disease gave her the drive to speak up more about it and support others going through similar circumstances.


Visit Feeding Big for a closer look at how Cynthia lent her personal touch to the Classic Noble Fir Christmas Tree.

Ellen of Confessions of an Overworked Mom


Confessions of an Overworked Mom was born out of Ellen Christian’s search for ways to live a healthier and more eco-friendly life. Her journey from being overweight and sickly to becoming the active and fit woman she is today is one that she is proud of, and her blog gives her the means to share her tried-and-tested tips and recipes with others.

For Ellen, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is “a time when we can work together collectively to make a difference in how people view breast cancer and encourage research for a cure.”


Drop by her blog for a peek at how her Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree turned out.

Emily of Our House Now a Home


A wife and mom to 3 children, Emily Burmeister started her blog, Our House Now a Home, in 2013 so that she could share her practical tips on how to create your dream abode. Emily’s decorating style is a mix of coastal themes and rustic charm, with an eye towards making her home functional and kid-friendly. Her work has been featured in various websites and publications, helping her reach her goal of showcasing how to turn a house into a home, one DIY project at a time.


On Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Emily says that it is “a chance to raise awareness for research to fight this disease, also for women to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease which will hopefully prevent advanced stages. Most importantly though it is about the people affected with the disease, their strength, resilience, fight, story and life.” She shares that she has close ties with numerous people who have fought against breast cancer, and has a great deal of respect for those who are fighting the disease.

She decorated our Classic Noble Fir Christmas Tree, which you can see on her blog.

Ronique of Stagetecture


With Ronique’s architecture background and love for residential interiors and writing, it is not surprising that her design blog Stagetecture is one of the most sought after destinations for creative lifestyle ideas, food recipes, and inspiration for homeowners. Ronique also writes and has written for several online blogs such as the Furniture Fashion and Decoist, to name a few. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, Garrick, and their three children, Andre, Demetri, and Avrielle in Jacksonville.

She shares, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the opportunity to educate, celebrate and honor individuals and families who’ve been affected by this disease in an uplifting way.


Learn more about how Ronique styled her Classic Fraser Fir Christmas Tree by visiting her blog.

Head back to the Tree Classics blog all week to read more of our bloggers’ thoughts and how they decorated their Tree Classics trees, wreaths, and garlands, as homage to this campaign.

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