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Beach Survival Kit for Summer Fun
Share an Ice Cold Coke at CVS
Summer is here, and that means it’s time for some fun! We all have awesome memories of summertime adventures with family and friends. This year will be no different, so as the summer season gets underway, let’s share an ice cold Coca-Cola and make some memories.
Living in Huntington Beach, California, we love to hit the beach when the weather gets warm. Whether it is an all-day party or a spur of the moment trip with friends, we know exactly what to take, and CVS helps us put together the perfect Beach Survival Kit.
Over the years, we have enjoyed many events at the beach from family gatherings to birthday parties, to end of the season awards parties for baseball, soccer, and cross country. Sometimes, going to the beach is well planned and other times we go on the fly.
Some mornings, you wake up and the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the weather is gorgeous, and you know it’s time to hit the beach. You call your friends, or they call you. Walking along the beach with your girlfriend’s is a great way to knock off some of those 10,000 steps we are supposed to get daily. Listening to the waves crashing on the sand, smelling the salty air, and feeling the warmth of the sunshine–delightful. But sometimes, we like to turn it into a family event and bring the kids along for some summer fun.
Regardless, if the beach outing is well planned or spur of the moment, we always stop at CVS to pick up some snacks and ice cold Coca-Cola. CVS is not just a pharmacy, you can find almost anything there for almost any occasion. Grab hot dog buns and condiments for roasting wieners over the fire pit. Or how about deli meats and bread, fruit snacks, trail mix, crackers, and more. You can even stock up or replenish the items for your beach survival kit. Forgot your beach towel, T-shirt, flip flops? No problem, you can find these and many other beachy items on the shelves now (boogie boards, beach chairs, water shoes, swimming goggles, the list goes on).
Let’s make a Beach Survival Kit:
Here is a list of things we need in our kit, but feel free to add additional items to yours.
Share a Coke is back! This year, you can get the 20-ounce bottles featuring 1000+ first and LAST names on multiple Coca-Cola brands/packages such as Coca-Cola Classic, Coke Zero, and Diet Coke®. It is the perfect ice cold refreshment for sharing the summer’s hottest moments. Save with your friends when you use your CVS ExtraCare card to receive the special pricing of 2 for $3. Don’t have an ExtraCare card? No sweat, it’s super easy to get one — sign-up online or in the store.
It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!
Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016
A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai
We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.
Are you ready to hit the beach? Our regular contributor, Michelle James, has a fantastic DIY project to set a beachy tone in your home.
Wooden Beach Marquee Sign
A Beachy DIY Project for Your Home
Wow! I can’t believe that March is over and spring has sprung. Well…it’s going to spring here in Iowa soon, I hope. This weather is why my friend Maureen loves the beach so much. Well, who doesn’t? She decorates in a beach theme all year except for Christmas and St. Pat’s. I love her house. We created this Beach Inspired Sofa Table for her home, and it turned out so cute.
This was a little surprise I created for her to add to her beach décor.
I don’t have a complete tutorial, but I think it is enough for you to create one if you like. I have been offering these types of signs in my classes, and people really seem to enjoy them. I love the glow of lights in the house in the evening, and these types of signs don’t disappoint.
I started with a plain wood sign made from lath and 1×2. My husband puts these together for me.
Then, we water down some latex paint to create a paint we can roll on, but almost has the consistency of stain. We were staining them, but rolling the paint looks better and is a much faster process when you have to make large quantities at a time.
One of the pictures below is the stained version we used to make.
I cut out the BEACH letters on my Silhouette. I am getting pretty good at finding a font, then making the letters exactly the size I want for the board. I cut them out of cardstock, then trace around them with chalk. This was the sign we made for Valentine’s Day, but it shows the chalk traced letters. I use chalk because it is easy to see on the brown background, and it comes off easily when we sand later.
Then, using acrylic paint, paint in the letters and any other design you want.
After it is painted and dried, I use a sanding block and give it a good sanding. This gets the extra chalk off the wood, and it gives it a nice rustic, distressed look. I love that!
Then, I mark the spots where I want holes drilled.
This is the painted BEACH sign with the pencil marks for the holes. We are using strings with 35 lights, so I double and triple count to make sure I have exactly 35 marks for holes.
Then working from the back, you push the lights through the wood and work your way up and down the sign, until all of the lights and all of the holes have been filled.
There you have it! Super easy and it looks great. I like to lean mine on the table against the wall, and I have the perfect spot for them.
March rolled in with the largest thunder and lightening storm we have seen in Huntington Beach, California in years! It was absolutely pouring down rain–a much needed drenching for this drought plagued state. But then, the MOST AMAZING thing happened… we had a huge hail storm! It was like a white Christmas on the beach! Check out this video…
Are cost or time prohibiting you from taking a vacation? Why not take the chance to explore your own hometown—discover its hidden secrets, learn its history, and enjoy your relaxing “stay-cation”.
Allow me to share a little about my hometown with you…
I live in the beautiful coastal city of Huntington Beach, in Southern California. The Orange County community boasts gorgeous wide sandy beaches that stretch uninterrupted for close to 10 miles, world-class surf, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, a designated dog beach, and one of the longest piers on the West Coast, at 1,850 feet.
Nicknamed Surf City, USA, Huntington Beach plays host to the famous US Open of Surfing each year, and is home to the Surfing Walk of Fame, Surfing Wall of Fame, and the International Surfing Museum. Gordon Ramsey’s show Master Chef came to Huntington Beach the 2013 season to feed the surfers, you can read more about that at my blog post, Master Chef and My Home Town.
Huntington Beach is well known for its charming small town atmosphere amidst a bustling population of nearly 200,000 people. HB provides an array of regular events: the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street (at over-a-century-old, this is the largest 4th of July parade West of the Mississippi River), pancake breakfasts, chili cook-offs, Concerts in the Park, festivals, marathons, the New Year Polar Plunge, the annual (Rubber) Duck-a-Thon, Pier Swim, Grunion Runs, and weekly Surf City Nights Street Fair and Farmer’s Market. Citizens never lack the opportunity to share the joys of Huntington Beach with their friends and neighbors.
Beneath the small-town fabric, lays a city with a great history, and many of its historical buildings are scattered around the downtown area. Come on a walking tour with me.
We’ll start at The Sugar Shack, an old-fashioned breakfast and lunch diner on Main Street. The Sugar Shack has only been around since 1967, but its photo-filled walls share some history and memorabilia of Surf City. Surfers, residents, and out-of-towners alike flock to the quaint diner.
If you slip out the back door of The Sugar Shack and walk through the back patio seating area to the alley, you will find one of HB’s oldest historical buildings—the City Jail, circa 1908. These windowless, brick jail cells, with incredibly heavy sliding doors are interesting to see and to ponder. Imagine the heat of summer, the cold of winter, the darkness, the isolation.
Then you can turn the corner and visit the Shank House. The classic 1913 Southern California Bungalow originally built on 20th Street, and relocated in 1920 with the discovery of the Huntington Beach oil fields. In 1988, the City Redevelopment Agency acquired the property. Its new location, closer to the pier and just off Main Street, made the Shank House a perfect choice for the downtown Police Substation. Have you ever seen such an amazing substation?
If you are in for a little paranormal activity, you can mosey on over to the Beach Court where Rudolph Valentino is purported to haunt from time to time. The actor stayed at the Beach Court during 1923-1926 while in town filming movies.
The Main Street branch of the Huntington Beach Library and the original city Post Office are just short walks away. The original library building was open-roofed when purchased in 1913, but the addition of a roof, furniture, and books, made for a cozy library. The doors to the new (and current) library building opened in 1951.
A few blocks walk down Main Street, past all the shops and restaurants, brings you to the Huntington Beach Pier. Take a walk or ride in a chauffeur pedaled buggy to the end of the pier for lunch at Ruby’s Diner. The two-story window-filled diner is perched on the end of the pier so as you sit in your booth you have full view of the ocean surrounding you and Santa Catalina Island just 27 miles off shore. Watch dolphins, sea lions, whales, surfers, and swimmers playing on the waves. My kids took me to lunch here a couple of weeks ago for my Birthday Bash. The pier is also a favorite of sport-fishermen.
A little farther inland, you will find Huntington Beach’s Central Park. The 350-acre park is home to a beautiful library, which includes the most phenomenal children’s library around. It also is home to the Huntington Beach Community Playhouse, Shipley’s Nature Center, Adventure Playground (where kids can engage in old-fashioned play of fort building, mud-slides, pole rafting on a pond, tire swings, rope bridges, etc.) and the Park Bench Café where park goers can eat breakfast or lunch with their dogs. The Park Bench even has a Pooch Bakery. Picnic, walk the many trails, watch the wildlife, or enjoy a Concert in the Park at the outdoor amphitheater. Labor Day weekend always brings the Great Battle of Central Park. The Civil War Re-enactment is fun and educational with a camp, living history demonstrations, battles and more.
Huntington Harbor is a popular recreational area with marinas and a multitude of water activities. If you are here with your loved one, why not take a romantic sunset gondola ride through the harbor. At Christmas, Huntington Harbor is alight with the Huntington Harbor Boat Parade. It is a festive way to celebrate the season.
Since 1984, Huntington Beach’s Donut Derelicts is by far one of the best classic car cruises in Southern California. Every Saturday morning at 6am lovers of old cars, customs, and hot rods show up at Adams Donut Shop to show off their toys. Two to three hundred cars arrive and park for the social part of the morning—a little coffee and donuts with a whole lot of car talk. Then about 8:30, it’s engines rumbling as the cruise line drives around town. Here’s a fun fact… Luke’s dad actually helped get the cruise started. He has been living in Huntington Beach since 1936.
These are just a few of the great things about Huntington Beach, Surf City, USA. Not only do we have an amazing city, but also Orange County is an entertainment mecca. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are about 30 minutes away. Visit the historic San Juan Capistrano Mission, Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana, the Sawdust Festival, and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Behind the Orange Curtain, you will also find the homes of the MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the NHL Ducks. The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary are 20 minutes away in Long Beach, just across the Los Angeles County border. Within a 2-hours radius of Huntington Beach, you can surf, ski, and ATV in the beaches, deserts, and mountains, do a little celebrity hunting in Hollywood, or you can take an international excursion into Mexico.
I hope you have enjoyed your little visit to my hometown. If you ever find yourself here, be sure to check out some of these fabulous places and fun-filled events.
Have you ever been to Huntington Beach?
How does my hometown compare with yours?
Now that you know a little about my hometown, stop by and check out my About Me page.
I love to take pictures, and once in a while I snag a few…
“In every out-thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
~ Rachel Carson
“… so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…”
~ Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”
~ Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
Can you hear the rush of the waves; smell the salty air; feel the sand between your toes?
“At times our lives seem like that of a tranquil island in a sea of chaos. The battle is to keep this sea of chaos at bay and not let it wash us away into utter chaos.” ~Sanjeeva Ananthan
My battle at the moment is learning how to cope as a single mother of a 17-year-old daughter. After being separated for nearly four years, her father, and my soon-to-be ex-husband moved out this past weekend, and her brother is away at college. Rory and I are starting our lives over. This prospect is exciting, invigorating, and a whole lot of scary and stressful.
I wanted to start this blog to journal my experience. My pitfalls, my triumphs, fun times, happy times, sad times, in-need-of venting times. My hope is that you will tag along in my adventure as I forge a new path.
Life With Lorelai will bring you a varietal smorgasbord of topics from the trials of the process of starting life over to my interests in writing, cooking, gardening, singing karaoke, and more. If you have any suggestions for a topic, please let me know.
I look forward to getting to know you…
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