Wordful Wednesday-Reasons 453, 454, 455, 456, & 457 why I love living in Southern CA

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Reasons 453, 454, 455, 456, & 457 why I love living in Southern CA

Wait.  That’s only one reason.  {And a semi stupid title/idea about how to show you.}

The beach.

I love that we can spend the day soaking up the warm sunshine at the beach in January.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. 1
    Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight

    That looks delightful!!!

    We’re still under snow, but I love that too. 🙂

    • 2
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      We love to play in the snow, too. 🙂 Although we have to travel to it.

  2. 3

    Woo hoo! First in line and first to comment. A first for me. Ha! Beautiful pictures, Angie. I wouldn’t mind escaping the frigid temps for some sun and fun in Ca. We are only four hours from the beach here, but it is in the 30s there. Take care.

  3. 7
    Twitter: buckeroomama

    We love the beach, too, and it’s only 20 minutes away. The sun is out today, but TOO cold to go to the beach still. It’s 10 degrees Celsius here, which I know is not cold by US standards, but it’s freezing for us here. 🙂

    (Grabbed your button!)

  4. 10

    Same reasons why I love living in the Tampa Bay Area! Although, this week has been brutally cold, so maybe that will be next week in Florida. 😀

  5. 11
    Twitter: GennyHeikka

    Isn’t California great?! (Although where I’m at it’s raining right now.)

    Cute photos, as always!

    • 12
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I didn’t realize how much I had taken it for granted until we lived other places. 🙂

  6. 13
    Twitter: aventinehill

    Well that’s quite a contrast to 2+ feet of snow. lol. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach right now! And look how happy everyone looks. And warm. And fun. :0

    I want to go to the beach!

  7. 14
    Twitter: 1momof5

    I am fiercely jealous of you. Having grown up in California, those are the kinds of winters I appreciate, not the ones I am having to deal with now. I don’t do winter sports (as if I do summer sports or something…) so the snow really doesn’t do much for me.

  8. 16
    Karen @ If I Could Escape
    Twitter: ificouldescape

    We heart the beach too! Happy WW to ya!

  9. 17

    I know I am from NoCal and seriously the best kept secret is a nice fall or winter {school} day at the beach!! Whenever I visit I am seriously all over those. Cool post.

  10. 20

    I. Am. Jealous. The cold is COLD this winter round these parts. If I had beach that close and that warm I would fill up my memory card every other day I’m sure. 🙂

  11. 22
    Honey Mommy says:

    So can I come live with you for a couple of months?! My boys have never even seen the ocean (poor deprived souls!)

  12. 24
    Katie (aka Kekibird)
    Twitter: WhyBotherBlog

    You’d think living in So Cal would get me to the beach more often. Too much sand but still…love the mild weather during winter.

  13. 26
    Jen @ buried with children says:

    Can I just say that I am SO jealous!

  14. 28

    Oh how I wish I could be out in the warm sun soaking up those rays! This Texas girl is not use to these cold temps and would give anything for a nice summer day right now.

    I pasted your new code in my post but for some reason it is not showing up?!?!

  15. 29
    Twitter: jennyslens

    Wow! Lovely pictures, as always.

    We’ve had two blizzards in the past month and there is more snow on the ground than I’ve ever seen before. It’s fun, but I could really use a day at the beach!!

  16. 31
    LifeAtTheCircus says:

    Looks like a blast!! Great pics and memories!

  17. 32
    storyteller says:

    Ohmygosh … looking at your photos I’m wondering how close you live to ME since I live at the beach too!!! Wouldn’t it be a small world if we’re ‘neighbors’ in the ‘real’ world? I don’t recognize the climbing equipment and the pier near me has METAL railings so we’re probably not in the same city after all … but at first glance my jaw dropped. I’ve share many beach photos at my Small Reflections site, but my Wordful Wednesday post is at Sacred Ruminations this week.
    Hugs and blessings,

    • 33
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      These pictures were taken at Newport Beach/Balboa Pier. I live inland though. Where are you?

  18. 34

    So like, are you a real housewife in the OC?

    Sorry. That was a really lame attempt at a joke. Because I’m jealous.

    And for some reason your button is not working on my site. Hmmmm. I’m copying and pasting like always.

    • 35
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I don’t know what the deal is with my button. It works most of the time, but sometimes it doesn’t. It somehow is temperamental. 🙂

  19. 36
    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts

    Ahhhh…the warmth!

  20. 37

    That looks so nice! And warm!!!

  21. 38
    Liz@Loving Mom 2 Boys
    Twitter: lovingmom2boys

    Well we live close to the beach too…but I don’t think you want to go “enjoy” our beaches this time of year!! My toes almost feel warm just looking at those pics….almost…

    • 39
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I remember going to the beach in MA…………in the summer the water made my skin tingle it was so cold. 🙂

  22. 40

    Great pictures, and mirrors the way the weather can be here in FL in January. Just not now. It’s 34 degrees at the moment!

    Justine 😮 )

  23. 42
    Twitter: Momisodes

    Oh so jealous. The weatherman says we’re having a warm week here!

    The high today was 32F.


  24. 43
    Twitter: dishes_laundry

    I am jealous! I lived in California until I was 10 and still have a lot of family there. Luckily we are headed that way in March for my sister’s wedding. We are all very excited and plan to spend at least 2 days at the beach!

  25. 45

    just beautiful!!! I love the beach!!!

  26. 46
    Jenni Jiggety says:

    I am so jealous. JEALOUS!

  27. 47

    As I am sitting in my own house freezing – even my toes – I am still grateful that you live in a nice warm place that you love so much. Thanks for the beach visual and letting me pretend I was there for a minute. 😉

  28. 49
    Twitter: CarissaRogers

    Thanks for the small poke in the eye there.. it’s been warm here lately *weird* but not like we are heading to the beach or anything! Sheesh…

    TY btw.

  29. 51
    Twitter: brendaparaguay

    SoCal is great! I used to live there and I miss the weather and all the fun things there are to do all the time.

  30. 53
    Cortney @ Evan Has Landed says:

    OHHHHH so jealous. Week three of snow and temps in the teens! Tomorrow is a warm day and it should reach 35 ;-)!

  31. 55
    Twitter: YoungMommy

    Oh, how I love Southern California!!

    Great job, Angie… You got me craving a road trip! lol

    • 56
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      You are having a bit of a cold front up north, aren’t you?

      • 57
        Twitter: YoungMommy

        It actually hasn’t been too bad… Wet today, but not bundle-up-it’s-freezing-cold.

        We certainly aren’t enjoying beach weather. 😉

  32. 58

    Beautiful photos. We have snow and I am beyond thrilled!

  33. 60
    Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    I was born and raised in Southern Cal and sometimes miss it especially when I see pictures like these!

  34. 63

    great pics would love to see SC some day …after I see Australia all over =)

  35. 65

    Ohhh how beautiful! I don’t blame you for loving where you live!

  36. 66
    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
    Twitter: crazyadventures

    You suck. LOL I’m still hoping/praying/wishing/dreaming you’ve got room for me, too, in that fancy schmancy house ‘o yours. *cough*

  37. 68

    Now I want to go to California…

  38. 70
    mommy-momo says:

    beautiful! this is exactly what my post is about! I love living in so-cal too!

  39. 71
    Twitter: mami_picture

    Oh California is one of my favorites places!
    South Padre Island, TX it is small but still FUN!!!

    • 72
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I’ve always wanted to visit TX……..I’ve driven through the top portion a few times but never stopped……..

  40. 73
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    Ahh the good life in So Cal huh? I followed suit as well and posted one of my favorite reasons I love Living in So Cal!

  41. 76
    Twitter: debi9kids

    The beach is just beautiful and I do love to take the kids (I’m more of an off-season beach goer, since NJ beaches tend to be MOBBED in the summer)

    Right now, we’re getting used to winters in the mountains aka snow, snow and more snow. OIY!

  42. 78

    Great pics! The beach looks awesome, it’s been pretty cold here lately!

  43. 79

    Oh that beach and that sun looks sooooooo good. Must be nice to enjoy that beautiful beach weather in January.

  44. 80
    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA

    You and I think alike – I’ve been posting a bunch of “beach in January” issues lately too – including today :).

  45. 82
    Twitter: iambrimful

    Nice! It has been so cold here that our snowman from an entire month ago still has not melted.

  46. 84
    Twitter: MrsMeganC

    Nice! I could use some sun right about now! The pics are so bright and cheery. So fun! =)

  47. 85
    Adventure Mom Janna
    Twitter: Adventuremomj

    I was there this summer and loved it!

    I’m so sorry my link #68 was not directly linked to my post so I posted again as 70. You may delete the other one. I had some technical difficulites:)

  48. 86
    cat@juggling act says:

    That is a great reason! Although our winters are very mild, we are far far away from the beach. Currently of course, we are in mid summer!

  49. 87
    Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says:


    We have one of those climbing “things” at our park and my boys LOVE it.

  50. 88
    blueviolet says:

    I think I take my Lake Michigan for granted just like you take your ocean for granted! It sure is beautiful in So Cal!

  51. 89
    Amy @ Six Flower Mom
    Twitter: SixFlowerMom

    WOW! I could use some of that sunshine!

  52. 90
    Adoption of Jane says:

    We are in So. Cal too! Nice pics!

  53. 92
    Kathleen@so much to say, so little time says:

    So I’ll post some of my snow pix to counterbalance your beach pix. 😉 I’m just thrilled we finally GOT some!

  54. 94

    The windchill this morning is -22C here in Canada. :o(

  55. 96

    Wow, I would love to be at the beach in January. Unfortunately ours is covered with snow:)

  56. 97

    We have snow on the ground!

  57. 98

    I can see why you like it so much. Its beautiful.

    We have horrible snow here at the moment!! I think im coming over there instead lol 😉

  58. 100
    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick

    Thanks for warming me up with those excellent shots! And making me wish I lived there… 😉

  59. 101
    Twitter: JacksMomMarie

    It’s so beautiful there! We visited over the summer and loved how it was warm but not too hot. And brrr..I’m freezing. You are seriously making me want to move!

  60. 102

    I would love some of that sunshine and warmth right now!

  61. 103
    Life with Kaishon says:

    I am SO totally jealous : ) But I still think you are super awesome! It is blindingly cold here in Pennsylvania! They told us it is going to be warming up though by Friday. Warming up to 34 degrees….

  62. 105
    HOOTIN' ANNI says:


    Mine is sunshine on my shoulder…a pelican’s shoulder that is. come see, mine too is beautiful. At least I think.


  63. 106

    That is gorgeous!

  64. 107
    Twitter: klacustom

    and why do I live in Michigan?

  65. 108
    Twitter: Anddadtoo

    The beach in January looks awesome. I had someone email me if I would move to LA for a jobabd after seeing your WW I would have to say yes.

    Happy WW!

    • 109
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      Honestly, the weather is phenomenal. I totally took it for granted until I moved away and came back. 🙂

  66. 110

    I would love some of that Sun right now!

  67. 111
    Pamela M. Kramer
    Twitter: pamelamkramer

    Looks very inviting!

  68. 112
    Kara @ His, Hers, and Ours
    Twitter: KandJplus5

    How relaxing!! Looks like a great place to live!

  69. 113
    Susie's Homemade says:

    I think I could get used to that too:-)

  70. 114

    I want to be some place warm..

  71. 115
    Kelli@GohnCrazy says:

    What I wouldn’t give for some beach weather right about now. Instead it’s 28 degrees out. Brrrr!

  72. 116


    We’re finally visiting in July – I can’t wait! Lucky you for actually living there. You must have been very, very good in a previous life 🙂

    • 117
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      How fun. What are you doing while you are here?

      • 118

        We’ve got friends in Manhattan Beach, so various beachside stuff – yeah! Plus Legoland, etc. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve never been to California, so everything and anything is going to be such fun.

  73. 119
    Twitter: HaBryerton

    We are buried with snow right now…So those pictures look WONDERFUL!!!

  74. 120

    Can I just say how jealous I am?! I would LOVE to be at the beach…heck, even seeing the sun shining now would be a step in the right direction!

    P.S. I couldn’t get your button to show up on my post. The html is there but nothing is showing up in my actual post. I tried copying & pasting again to make sure, but it still isn’t showing. Any suggestions?

  75. 122

    Yes Ma’am! One of the highlights of my Southern California childhood!


  76. 123
    Twitter: Chefdruck

    As I write this, I’m still shivering from the 12 degree weather outside. Turns out that Ohio is much colder than expected and I am INCREDIBLY jealous of your post. Our next family move had better be to California. At this point, I don’t care if we have to live all 5 of us in a one bedroom apartment. I want the beach, the sun… the sweet California living!

    • 124
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      It only took moving to MA to realize how great the weather is here. When we moved from ORegon we downsized by about 1/2, but since you can be outside all the time it doesn’t bother me. 🙂

  77. 125

    Wow, my pictures are just the opposite of yours. Snow & Sledding. I love the pics of the beach. I wish I were there right now.

  78. 126
    Twitter: lula34

    Please quit bragging about your sunshine.
    (She says while looking out at her snow covered yard.)

  79. 127
    Happily Retired Gal says:

    Well … it was sunny YESTERDAY at the beach in Southern California, but it’s delightfully drizzily this morning 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

    • 128
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      And overcast. I’m glad it’s supposed to be sunny again tomorrow!

  80. 129
    Mayhem and Moxie
    Twitter: SITSGirls

    Do you mean to tell me that it isn’t raining where you are? I am trying to figure out what to do with my kids while the thunderstorms are raging outside my door today.

    Sometimes I think Northern and Southern California could very well be separate states. Not that I am jealous or anything. 🙂

  81. 130
    Amethyst Moon
    Twitter: Amethyst_M

    Beautiful pics!

  82. 131
    Twitter: mybrownbaby

    Preeeeetty!!!! Man, what I’d give to be on that beach right about now… it’s 24 degrees here. Brrrrrr!!!

  83. 132
    a thorn among roses says:

    this would be reason number 100000000 why i hate you people who do not have snow on the ground and have the beach. i’m soooo jealous. but i still really love you…but jealous i am!

  84. 133

    look like great reasons to me much warmer as well

  85. 134
    Twitter: jamericanspice

    My sister in law lives there and rubs it in my face how much she is wearing shorts and tanks while I’m freezing my tush off! 🙂

    I love CA weather. I’m more geared for that weather being an island girl and all 🙂

    Enjoy the fun. sun.

  86. 136
    MommyNamedApril says:

    nice!!! looks like a lot of the reasons we like Florida 😀 Although, right now it is seriously unseasonably COLD.


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    I’ve linked up to Wordful Wednesday, but I can’t get your button to show up. I’ve tried in the post as well as on the sidebar and there’s nothing. It’s really cute though, hopefully I can get it to work!

  88. 138
    Michelle @ One Crafty Mama says:

    I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. 🙂

  89. 139

    I didn’t know you were in So Cal too! Did you happen to catch a view of the sky over the weekend? Check out my post about it here: http://elislids.blogspot.com/2010/01/why-do-i-live-in-southern-california.html

  90. 140
    Twitter: ninemoremonths

    As much as I wish it wasn’t so warm here while it’s WINTER, I do appreciate how nice the weather really is. Yay for SoCal!

  91. 141

    Looks so beautiful there! I’ve been to S. Cal once and I loved it!

  92. 142
    Melissa @ Spoiled Mommy
    Twitter: spoiledmommy

    I wish I was there!!
    Love the pic w/you and the water in the background…so pretty!

  93. 143
    Twitter: thejackb

    I am a native Angeleno and hope to live here forever. It is a great city.

  94. 144

    This is my first Wordful Wednesday, and my time visiting your blog! I look forward to getting to know you and your family via your blog! I love the title, by the way!

  95. 145
    Serendipity is Sweet
    Twitter: ptownmoofus

    Looks like heaven to me!

  96. 146
    Sherry @ EX Marks the Spot
    Twitter: sherryshealy

    Usually I can brag about South Carolina’s weather during winter months, but not for the past two weeks! It’s been FRIGID, even around the coast. Miserable. I’m jealous. Looks wonderful!

    I’m busy, busy, busy and wasn’t sure I’d get to post today. Finally, I made it!


  97. 147

    Got a guest room? 🙂

    Grandma’s Wishful Thinking

  98. 148

    That’s it … I’m moving out there!

  99. 149

    What no umbrellas?? Cali is beautiful I have to give you that much…but I love rainy weather. 🙂

  100. 150

    I can see why you love living there …..sunshine everyday is the best medicine!
    I’ve never lived where there is not all four seasons….I like I would be totally messed up.

    • 151
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I find that I have a harder time keeping track of time and occasions without the distinct seasons to help remember!

  101. 152

    I used to live in So Cal years ago. I’ve often wanted to go back to visit..it’s SUCH a great place. Always so much to do! I lived in Imperial Beach when I first moved out there, and loved how quaint it was……

  102. 153
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    And the same reason why I love living in FL. Although it’s been pretty chilly lately. But this weekend will be 70 and we’ll be at Animal Kingdom!!

  103. 154
    Twitter: flyinggiggles

    And this weather has been perfect for it!

  104. 155

    It’s beautiful and looks so warm and inviting!!!!

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