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The Daily Dish~ Newport Beach California!

April 17th, 2012 - Daily Dish


I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far! I just returned from sunny Newport Beach California, which was a sister’s trip to celebrate my sister Sarah’s 30th birthday! It was such a blessed time that we had together, and I can truly say that there is no greater friend than a sister!

We stayed at my sisters condo for the week, which is right in the heart of Newport California, and it just so happens to be a temporary ‘home’ for my sister and her husband as they moved out there short-term to help people get established in their business.

This was a view from her place! AMAZING view!!!!


We started off the week with whale watching! We also saw tons of dolphins that followed our boat as we traveled out deep into the ocean find a whale!


We could see Laguna Beach among many others from the boat as we were on the water. It was Beautiful!


We also went to Beachcombers, one of the most popular dining experiences in the area. You get to sit out on a deck right on the beach while enjoying some amazing food!


We went for brunch, so I got an egg white omelet with asiago cheese!


And then we enjoyed an ice cream sundae (in honor of the birthday girl of course!)


The beaches there were beyond incredible, and the weather was in the 70′s and sunny all week!


We went shopping a few different places, but some of my favorite shopping was in the small boutiques and in Laguna!


Take this candy shop for example…It was so much fun because it was so unique and it brought me back to my childhood for sure! There aren’t many places like these any more!


My sister Sarah also brought us to one of the most beautiful mall’s in Newport, and much to our surprise, she ended up treating us to a shopping spree, (on her birthday week no less!) When she brought us into the Louis Vuitton store, Emily and I didn’t even know what to do! I have never been on a shopping spree where I could buy whatever I wanted, much less go into a Louis Vuitton store!

I think I spent the first hour just staring and walking around in shock! But, eventually I chose a purse, and almost cried… More or less at the fact at my sisters sheer heart for generosity. She is one of the most giving people I know, always thinking of others before herself, (clearly, I mean she was buying us purses on her birthday!)


After that shopping experience we were starving! :) So, we went to Cheesecake Factory with our new ‘matching’ purses! It was so much fun! I got the Mexican Salad off the “Skinnylicious” Menu, it was delicious! There are so many great healthy options on that menu!


We spent one of the days in Cali at Disneyland! It was by far one of my favorite days. My sisters and I had never been before, so it was a real treat.



My brother in law got us girls a VIP tour guide, which was an awesome way to experience the entire park in one day…She got us straight on any ride/attraction we wanted without standing in any lines!


We watched the parade during the day…


And a light show at night. So incredible, as Disney always is!


If anything could possibly top Disneyland, I think it could only be a hot air balloon ride! We woke up extremely early to watch the sun come up for my sister’s birthday from none other than a hot air balloon!



This experience was so incredible. It truly opens your eyes to the majesty of God. He is an incredible artist!!!


I would say that everyone must take a hot air balloon ride at least once in their life.


We finished off the day with a trip to Sarah’s favorite restaurant in Newport, Javier’s Restaurant, an authentic Mexican restaurant.



We all got the Chicken Fajitas….They were SOOOO good!



For dessert we got Sprinkles cupcakes delivered straight to the restaurant. It was such an awesome surprise for Sarah since the banana cake is her favorite cake on earth!


We finished off the dinner by giving Sarah her gifts…She opened the book that Emily and I made her with letters from friends and family! It was a tear-jerking moment for sure! It was a really neat to watch her read letters that poured back into her, since she is always so busy thinking about and blessing other people before herself!


I am so proud of my sisters for so many reasons, but I can truly say that Sarah is one of my greatest inspirations because she truly spends her life looking to bless other people! Spending one week with her has made me realize the tremendous impact that we can have on others by simply putting others before ourselves. That is what Christ did when He gave His life for us…And if we are to live as examples of Him, then there is no better way to represent His love than to serve others!

I hope you all have a great week, and are abundantly blessed! xo Katie


Emily said:

Katie, that sounds like a wonderful trip – you going to do some great things, but more importantly, you got to spend time with your beautiful sisters!!

April 11th, 2012 — 7:44am  |  Reply

Ali @ Around the VeggieTable said:

WOW what a great trip! You are so blessed to have such wonderful sisters :)

April 11th, 2012 — 8:16am  |  Reply

Angela Fulton said:

That is just amazing! What a wonderful trip!!! I was able to eat at the Beachcomber Cafe last year. My father-in law lives in Laguna beach so we love visiting there. The funny part? I had the same thing you did, delish! My daughter loved it there and each morning I would run the 3 mile strip of the Crystal Cove beach…. can’t wait to go back.
You are so blessed to have two sisters, what a joy!

April 11th, 2012 — 8:31am  |  Reply

Erin said:

Hi Katie! You looked great! I was wondering, do you tan or
Do a spray tan? Obviously Cali sun helped,
But u always look tanned! What’s your secret?

April 11th, 2012 — 8:42am  |  Reply

Alex said:

Hi Katie! I’m new to your blog but am loving it. (Have already tried many your recipies!) Anyways, this post made me think of my absolute favorite verse – Philippians 2:3-4. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Your sister seems to take this to heart. Sheer inspiration, all of you.

April 11th, 2012 — 9:44am  |  Reply

Nescett @ bananaoats said:

Oh my gosh I love Disneyland SO much. My daughter and I are going again in June. It really is the happiest place on earth. You’re adorable by the way!

April 11th, 2012 — 11:28am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

HI Erin! Thank you so much! I actually use Rodan and Feilds tanning foam…I never go tanning and use SPF every day! In fact, I regret tanning in my teen years! To get this product contact my sister, it lasts forever, never streaks, and is soooo wonderful (you can even use it on your face!) :)


April 11th, 2012 — 12:07pm  |  Reply

Jo Williams said:

Such a fun time had by BEAUTIFUL sisters!!

April 11th, 2012 — 12:26pm  |  Reply

Leah said:

Awww, so glad you had a blessed time with your sisters. So special! Thanks for sharing the trip with us. :)

April 11th, 2012 — 1:04pm  |  Reply

Lindsey said:

This trip looked like such a fun time! I can attest to Sisters being one of the greatest gifts. Mine is my absolute best friend and I cannot wait for Chloe to have a little sister :) Eagerly awaiting the launch of your new gorgeous site!

April 11th, 2012 — 1:29pm  |  Reply

Danielle said:

I don’t usually comment on blogs and I am new to following yours but as a So Cal resident, it was fun to see your trip to all of my favorite restaurants and locations. The Beachcomber and Javier’s are always my places of choice!

April 11th, 2012 — 2:40pm  |  Reply

Christy said:

Beautiful pictures. I’ve been to same Cheesecake Factory with mom at Fashion Island. I love their outdoor mall! I need to check some places you mentioned about eating places. Since Im only 45 minutes from Newport beach.

April 11th, 2012 — 5:41pm  |  Reply

merciblahblah said:

Just found your blog when I was searching for protein smoothie recipes on Pinterest and am so glad I did. I was STOKED to see this post on my favorite place in the world, the Newport and Laguna Beach area. The Hubs and I have been trying to go to Laguna at least once a year for the past few, and didn’t make it last year. Sads. After seeing your photos, I am DETERMINED to get back there this year. The Beachcomber is SOOO good. I have no problem admitting I ate my ENTIRE breakfast of coconut pancakes that were bigger than the plate. Guh. Can’t wait to spend some time looking through your blog now!

April 12th, 2012 — 5:59am  |  Reply

Life's a Bowl said:

You and your sisters are absolutely beautiful, inside and out! Not meant to be cheesy- y’all are filled with love and it shows well throughout this post :)

April 12th, 2012 — 10:36am  |  Reply

Krissy's Creations said:

WOW! Now that is a trip! What an amazing sister you have! Your family is beautiful :)

April 12th, 2012 — 12:53pm  |  Reply

Rach said:

This looks like such an amazing trip! Your sister sounds like such an amazing lady. I love how much you love each other. Happy birthday to her! Glad you guys had a great time! :)

April 12th, 2012 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Barbara said:

What an amazing vacation and birthday celebration week for your sister. Thanks for sharing!

April 13th, 2012 — 10:50am  |  Reply

Kris said:

My beautiful daughters! I am highly blessed. You girls are an inspiration to me!

April 13th, 2012 — 10:41pm  |  Reply

Pam Moore said:

Hi Katie!
What an amazing vacation with your sisters! Looks like a very blessed time. :) Thank you for sharing the lovely photos.
Happy weekend!

April 14th, 2012 — 8:52am  |  Reply

Beth said:

You girls are so beautiful! I have two sisters as well. :). It is special when we can all get together.
So……:) since someone asked you about your tan I have to ask you about your hair.:) I love the cut and color. Do you color it yourself? I am feeling the need for a change! I love your style and color!
Have a great evening!

May 1st, 2012 — 10:07pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

hi beth! no i get it done at a salon! thank you so much for the sweet words!

May 2nd, 2012 — 10:08am  | 

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