Santa Monica in the summertime

Hello from the West coast of America! We are lucky enough to have family in Los Angeles so we’ve been enjoying sunny SoCal (Southern California) with them for about the past week. My sister just moved into a new place in Playa Vista, which is modern and new, and comes with its own nearby dog park!

the dog park
the fam

The dogs, all 4 that were with us that day, had a blast. We enjoyed a big lunch of hearty pizza and healthy salads at 800 Degrees earlier that day. Then we got fro-yo at N’ice Cream, which has the best Italian tart frozen yogurt.

We spent the next morning at the Santa Monica beach, which was gorgeous, with perfect temperatures and sunny skies.

the boardwalk leading to the beach from the Arizona overpass/beach parking lot
the Pacific
Micah holding my shoes and water bottle


We met my Dad for lunch at Barney’s Beanery on the 3rd Street Promenade. All majorly fun places within walking distance of the beach.

Jacarandas blooming on the 3rd Street Promenade
We found sand dollars and rocks along the seashore, too!

The next day we went to Venice Beach and ate at Greenleaf. We walked around, shopped, and ate some ice cream (vegan, for some of us) from the Van Leeuwin ice cream truck. Then, we celebrated the 4th of July that evening with my sister, her husband, and their gorgeous new baby in Marina del Rey. The fireworks were small but enjoyable and the food we picked up from Mendocino Farms was delicious!

beautiful family

We spent another morning at the Santa Monica beach and had another delicious pizza with my Dad at 800 Degrees on the Promenade.


Today we spent time in Manhattan Beach, met my cousin for lunch at The Strand House, and did some shopping at Harper & Harlow and Fresh Produce.

View of The Strand along the oceanfront (and my parents!)
View from The Strand
me, my Dad, and Micah
looking back at Manhattan beach
walking to the end of the Pier
the history
at the end of the Pier
Mom & Dad

We got some deliciously refreshing smoothies at SunLife Organics.


Then we went back to Venice Beach to take a closer look at the ocean.




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