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DIY Beach Cottage: Outdoor Showers

Rub a dub dub, who needs a tub? If you have a beach house, you probably understand the need for an outdoor shower. They’re great for washing off the sand and salt water, getting the mud off after rain, or … Read more

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A Weekend Getaway to The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Besides being located in one of the most beautiful parts of the state (dare I say country?), The Ranch at Laguna Beach is an upscale property that offers many unique and memorable activities for everyone in the family. We recently had … Read more

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Beach Bum Adventures in Myrtle Beach

Thanks to KAYAK for partnering on this post. How do you plan an amazing bachelorette party? It isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. One of my best friends from childhood is getting married, and she wants a … Read more

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Best kept secret beach destinations

With over 220,000 miles of coastline in the world, there are thousands of beaches to choose from to get your fill of surf and sunshine (eh, see what I did there?). Everyone knows the ones that make every top 10 list … Read more

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5 of Florida’s Best Beach Towns

Florida is home to some of America’s finest beaches with pristine white sands and warm currents along the gulf that draw millions of visitors each year. But if its beaches are what attract visitors, it’s the surrounding amenities that make … Read more

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The Best Hotels in Honolulu for Beach Lovers

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, offers all the diverse cultural and outdoor attractions expected of a big city. But nothing beats the lure of open water. If you’re traveling to Honolulu with dreams of surfing, water sports and lounging on … Read more

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Family Friendly Things to Do in Redondo Beach

Looking for things to do in Redondo Beach? My town is a family-friendly city that offers many activities for all ages. With plenty of attractions to keep everyone entertained, there’s something for everyone in this coastal city. Ask anyone and … Read more

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10 Beach Cottage Christmas Decor Ideas

The sea is calling this holiday season and we’ve put together a list of 10 Beach Cottage Christmas Decor Ideas inspired by surf, sand, sea shells, and casual beach cottages. These vintage holiday stockings were provided to my family by and are available exclusively from … Read more

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Meet the Cheery Beachfront Kauai Shores Hotel

Normally before a trip I spend a small amount of time getting myself aquainted with the hotels, activities and areas I’ll be experiencing. However, with a last minute hotel change (as sometimes happens during travel) and a hectic schedule I … Read more

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Beach Cottage Living Room Ideas and Inspiration

I’ve always had a love of coastal living interior design. When we rebuilt our previous home, I insisted on things like an open beam ceiling, wainscoting in the bathroom, walnut floors that reminded me of driftwood and white trim throughout. … Read more

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5 Gorgeous Beach Wedding Dresses

From the ceremony décor to the invitations and even the napkins, brides-to-be have lots of opportunities to infuse their own unique style into their big day but perhaps the most crucial is the wedding gown and veil. It used to be … Read more

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Boubouffe Mediterranean Grille in Long Beach, CA

It’s Tuesday afternoon. I find myself without my girls. They are playing with friends. I had finished up some work scouting a location where I will be photographing later this week and needed a quick bite before picking my little … Read more

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DIY Beach Wedding Favors Gift Idea

If there is one thing I can definitively say about Ben and I, it’s that we tend to run out of the box. We like things that are different or unique and we have a silly sense of humor (have … Read more

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