My Last Trip to the Beach + A Summer Essentials Bag Giveaway!

Monday, July 27, 2015


When Claire left last Sunday night, I thought we'd seen the last of our California visitors. I was wrong! By the middle of the week I knew that our friend Amie would be in town for a conference and that she'd booked a flight arriving a few days before so she could enjoy a bit of the Southern California sunshine. We offered her a (very sparsely furnished) place to stay for the weekend and she arrived Friday evening.

With a million options on what to do on Saturday, we finally chose to head town to Laguna Beach for a few relaxing hours on the sand. We picked up a picnic lunch of burgers and fries from Husky Boy Burgers and hiked down the cliffside to my new favorite hidden beach.


It was pretty crowded compared to the last times I'd visited so we picked a spot to set up our towel and umbrella just along the bottom of the cliff. Luckily I set our basket full our phones, wallets, keys, and tee shirts above us on a rocky ledge, because we'd only just finished enjoying our lunch when the rising tide brought a wave right up to where we were sitting and soaked us and our towel. I grabbed and raised my camera up just in time! Soaked and covered in sand, we retreated to a more populated part of the beach to try again.

Within half an hour our second towel had been soaked as well, followed by me falling on my face in front of an entire beach of people as I attempted to simultaneously lift our belongings out of harm's way and sort of run backwards. I wish I could see a video of myself trying to do this and have a bit of a laugh, but I did whatever it took to save all of my beach essentials from their watery demise! The phones, wallets, and cameras were all safely dry, and my bikini top was luckily not lost in my bumpy landing in the sand! Win win! haha


Speaking of summer essentials... I've teamed up with a bunch of really awesome bloggers this week to offer my readers the chance to win a bag full of their own summer essentials! I hope that whoever wins this giveaway finds a nice dry spot on their favorite beach where they can enjoy everything inside without risking their life (so dramatic) as they run from the soaking high-tide waves. You have one week to enter; the giveaway runs until midnight EST / 9pm PST on August 3rd. Good luck!

This giveaway is hosted by Summer from Coffee with Summer, and the following lovely ladies:
Chelsea | Erin | Katherine | Emma | Allison | Amanda | Alanna | Mistle | Ariel | Catherine

What's Inside:
Tri-colored Triple Chevron Tote by Autumn and Indigo on Etsy  |  EOS Cucumber hand lotion
Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara  |  Ban.Do "Let's Have Fun O.K.?" drink sleeve
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55  |  Round Aviator Sunglasses
Starfish Charm Necklace  |  Sun & Moon Stud Earring Set  |  $5 giftcard to Starbucks
2 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polishes in shades Babe Blue & Bare It All
1-month subscription to MyCoffeeism's coffee box  |  Small notebook & pen
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray  |  Floppy Sunhat
Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear lip balm  |  Printed Hair Tie (Set of 6)

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