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Insta Weekend - Anniversary Surprise!

Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA...life is just getting crazy and I have had zero time for blogging. I sort of foresee this happening a bit more this summer but I am really going to try to keep blogging as much as I can.

Last week, Jack and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary!

Still in love after all these years...

The night of the anniversary, we went to a local restaurant for some amazing pizza & drinks. We ended the night with our anniversary tradition - watching our wedding video. Mr. Kirin seemed really excited about this for some reason...

Jack and I made a pact to switch off planning our anniversary celebration every year and this year was his turn to plan. He did an amazing job and planned a night away in Huntington Beach. I had never been and I am so glad we went. It is one of my new favorite places ever!

L2R: Shorebreak Keys - so cute // View from Dinner // My favorite magnet - thank goodness we live in a beach house // 
fire pits at the SB hotel // HB beach // Gucci @ the beach! // Cute details in SB // Lobby of SB // Waffles at Bruxie!

We stayed at the cutest place, the Shorebreak Hotel. It is right across from the HB pier and right in the middle of town. The hotel is surf themed and is 100% pet friendly. When I say 100%, I mean it. There are no rules when it comes to dogs. No deposit, no size regulations, etc. You can even dine with you pets in the main restaurant with their own pet menu (outside seating only, but still). We didn't bring the dogs, but you can bet we will be bringing them next time.

For our anniversary dinner, Jack made reservations at Dukes which is where we went when we got engaged in Hawaii. We love all of the Dukes Restaurants (TS Restaurants) so it was awesome that we got to eat there. Our view was pretty amazing...

The next day we spent time at the beach, shopping and eating. We left HB after lunch (Bruxie - waffle sandwiches = best lunch ever) and planned to head right home. On our way through Newport, we saw a marina with kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Since we are kind of obsessed with SUP'ing, we decided to stop in and see if we could rent a couple of boards.

We found this really cute stand called Pirate Coast Paddle Company and were able to rent boards and had a 1 hour excursion. It was such a fun, unplanned, detour! If you are in the Newport area, I highly recommend renting boards from these guys. They even have a glow SUP adventure at night where you are on SUP boards with LED lights that make the water glow around you. So cool.

After we made it home, we were pretty zonked so we had a quick dinner and crashed early. Compared to everything else, Sunday was pretty uneventful full of laundry, napping - nothing exciting.

Now I am rested and ready to start the week!

What about you? How was your weekend? Do anything fun??

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  1. awww I love this! I am so glad you guys had such a great weekend:):):)

    Happy Anniversary! :)

  2. Happy anniversary!! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate! That is neat that the hotel allows dogs :)

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  3. happy anniversary! looks like you two had a great weekend. love how excited kirin looks about your wedding video too haha.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  4. Ooooh happy anniversary! Sounds like you guys had an awesome time celebrating :)

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  5. Hahaha I love how happy Kirin is for the wedding video! Your anniversary sounds amazing! I have a friend from college who lives in Huntington Beach - she loves it! And I love that you two switch off planning every year!

  6. i want to go paddle boarding! looks like you had a great anniversary!

  7. Sounds like such a fun weekend and anniversary celebration!! I love that yall watch your wedding video and take turns planning!

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  9. Aww I missed this post!! Happy belated Anniversary! And omg.. I love stand up paddle boarding! And that's awesome that they offer it in nighttime with LED lights! :)

    To answer your question - I just tie the scarf behind my ponytail so it'll stay put. But trust me.. it took me a long time to adjust and re-tie in order for it to stay. My backup was to pin the scarf down with bobby pins. haha.. but thankfully it stay put for the whole day!

    xo - Sheila


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