i heart oc

As you’ve already know, we {heart} OC in a big, pink, puffy heart kinda way. But we know we aren’t the only ones. So, once a week we’re asking our readers to tell us (& you) why they {heart} OC. Maybe it’s a specific attraction or restaurant. Perhaps is just the laid back way of life. Or, maybe it’s all about the Dole Whip on a hot, sunny day. Whatever it is, we want to know, & we figured we’d bring you along for the ride.

Kara Noel twitter new_picis a 4th generation Orange County Gal, currently raising the 5th generation to adore life behind the Orange Curtain. She is giddily married to a guy from the desert (now an OC lover) and they are just plain silly with their 3 children, Eli, Cora Jane and Cyrus.

First, I want to give a big THANK YOU to K & C for inviting me to share my Orange County love with you! What’s not to love about a place just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from relaxing Palm Springs as well as snowy Big Bear Lake?

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We also surround the happiest place on earth – Disneyland! Or as I like to call it, the best kettle corn in town. Living in Orange County means you rarely have to make cross country trips to visit relatives. Friends and family usually visit you on their yearly trip to Disneyland.

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Like many of the other Orange County natives writing for I Heart Orange County, the casual lifestyle we have living near the ocean is at the top of my {heart} list. And a visit to the beach only costs the price of your packed lunch!

My husband and I fell in love at the beach. We went religiously and things didn’t change after the birth of our first baby, Eli. Or our second lil’ one, Cora Jane. Or our third, Cyrus!

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What has changed is my body and that’s exactly why I’m not in the last two pictures!

In my opinion, what sets Orange County above the rest is we can take (unedited)pictures like this on a January evening while everyone else in the nation is shoving snow!





Happy New Year!


Thanks Kara Noel! LOVE all the pictures, especially the ones of that amazing sunset! We really are lucky to live in Orange County. Read more from Kara Noel HERE, on her blog, or follow her on Twitter HERE.

xoxo, K

p.s. interested in contributing & telling us why YOU {heart} OC? Just send us an email: justspotted@gmail.com