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Rose Bowl Parade, up close and personal

Bill & Janice view the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade floats

If you haven’t seen the Rose Bowl Parade floats in person, it’s quite an experience!  Seeing all those individual flowers, stems, bark and fruit on the floats is amazing.  From afar the floats look good, but close up, they are remarkable feats of creativity and labor!  We were lucky enough to visit our friends in Pasadena again »

Merry Christmas…Happy Holidays!


It’s 70 degrees and sunny this Christmas Day in Newport Beach!  (Makes you North/East Coasters and Midwesterners, jealous, huh?!)  Here we are a couple nights ago enjoying the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, on a friend’s boat on the Bay. Across the miles, we’re wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, a belated HAPPY CHANUKAH…and wishes »

Our upgraded/redesigned Master Bathroom Shower


We’re so excited about our new Master Bath Shower!  It’s recently been redone!  Check out the great tile/stone work, and we really love the soap and shampoo area too!  There’s a seat for your convenience as well.  Come and enjoy it for yourself!  

New Laundry Room look


Doing the laundry is not my favorite thing to do either…but with the new look of the laundry room, it is a nicer experience!  Check out the pebble floor of the hot/cold shower in the laundry room, and the new shower and floor tile; it looks great!  Doing the laundry in our newly remodeled laundry »

53rd annual Newport Beach sandcastle contest

Newport Beach annual sandcastle contest

Into building sandcastles?  Or anything else in the sand?  C’mon down to the 53rd annual event at Corona Del Mar October 5th.  Come and see sandcastle building taken to a new level at the annual Newport Beach/Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, where “seashore sculptors” have turned grains of wet sand into elaborate works of art for over »

EPIC waves at “the Wedge” this morning!

EPIC waves this morning!

  WOW!  Me and about 2000 of my closest friends headed down to the Wedge on the Newport Peninsula early this morning to see these 25 foot waves.  UNBELIEVEABLE!   “The Wedge is world famous for its size and its danger, but really everywhere up and down the coast is going to be dangerous for the »

July 4th on the Newport Peninsula


It’s going to a FUN DAY today, celebrating the 4th on the Newport Peninsula.  All the local families are out in the morning for our family parade, in their red-white-blue.  But as you may know, the Peninsula will turn to a mass of people from all over the Southland, coming down to the beach to have »

Upcoming Local Events in Newport Beach

sand & starfish

Planning a trip to Newport Beach in the next several months?  There’s always so much to do while visiting our local area, and here are some great local events - from April through July – that you should know about… April 26 – May 3:       15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival May 18:     »

Thailand was great – but Newport Beach is better!

Thailand Trip

We’re back home from Thailand – and a great trip it was; I was as relaxed as I’ve ever been! Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island were among our favorite stops. The history and culture, and then the relaxed island lifestyle, and of course the local food, made for an interesting adventure. »

Discounted Entertainment/Events In Newport Beach


Planning a trip to Newport Beach with your family or friends? Wondering what there is to do while you’re here? Let me share a TIP with you: There’s many sites that can give you a list of events, but here’s a link to a list of DISCOUNTED Entertainment events in the area. There’s discounts to »