Just a Sprinkle of California Love ♥ / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Just a Sprinkle of California Love ♥

This post is sponsored by ForRent.com but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

San Francisco, California

It's a beautiful summer's day. The sky is a pale blue, not a cloud in sight. The palm fronds sway side to side, dancing with the afternoon breeze. A couple of teenage girls in bikinis head to the pool with their towels in tow. A small brown lizard scuttles by, does a few push-ups in the sun, then runs off. I hear someone laughing & the chirp chirp chirp of birds in the trees. This is California.

San Clemente, California

From Yosemite National Park to Disneyland to the Golden Gate Bridge, California has an array of attractions, experiences, food, life, & history to offer. What's the most popular city? Well, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, & San Jose are some of the most populated cities in the state.

Carlsbad, California

Although I was born in Melbourne, Australia, I've spent most of my life here in the Golden State. When I was a little girl I had an Australian accent, but now I'm a full-blown California businesswoman. After all, California has been my home for 20+ years. I grew up in San Diego County, went to university in Orange County, then came back to San Diego after graduating. I've been there ever since. 

Escondido, California

Whether you want to call Northern California, Central California, or Southern California home, ForRent.com aims to inspire people to find a place to live. ForRent is an apartment rental listing service where you can search for professionally managed apartments. The Internet makes everything easier, am I right?

Palm Springs, California

In 2017, I made it a priority to discover more of California. In the last few months, I've seen the likes of: Lone Pine in Inyo County, South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, Torrance in Los Angeles County, & Encinitas in San Diego County. Each place is unique with its own beauty & experiences.

Vegan Cauliflower Ceviche from North Park, San Diego

Do you like theme parks? Check out Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Knott's Berry Farm. Do you like natural wonders? Explore Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, or Redwood National Park. Do you like eating or drinking? Don't worry, California has options.

Balboa Park in San Diego, California

But hey, I'm not the only one in the world who loves living in California. I asked my friends & followers why they love California. Here are some of their reasons:

1. The coastline
2. The weather 
3. The wine
4. The beaches
5. The Bay
6. You can experience every terrain, every season - beach, mountains, snow, desert, winter, spring, summer, autumn
7. The ocean, mountains, & desert are all just a few hours from one another
8. So much wildlife & nature to experience
9. So many adventures
8. Country life
9. City life
10. Disneyland
11. Hollywood
12. San Joaquin Valley
13. Mexican food

San Marcos, California

I want to know, what do you love about California? Have you visited or do you live here? If you're interested in moving to the area, learn more about the best places to live in California! I hope to see you around. :]

Lone Pine, California

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ForRent.com. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]


  1. Such beautiful pictures! I've visited Monterey California and drove up Hwy 1 and also went to Yosemite. It was SUCH an amazing trip. Loved seeing your pictures.

  2. My family and I currently live in SoCal and so far we are enjoying it. We are a military family, so this is not a permanent home for us. Busy schedules, hot summers and expense has kept us from doing too much of the touristy type things. Cost of living, gas, groceries, rent etc are really high especially for a family of 5...not a lot left over in the kitty. I'm hoping to make more "get to know California better" priorities over the next year.

  3. Thanks so much, Allison! Glad you enjoyed the photos. Hwy 1 is stunning!!! :]

  4. So true. California is not cheap, that's for sure. I like to think we pay for the great weather, except summers have been getting hotter. I recently started exploring my nearby cities since they make good day trips! Hope you get to explore this year! :]

  5. Born and raised in Southern California. This post makes me love California even more. There's so much diversity, so much to see and do, and it's just a beautiful place to live.

  6. I want to visit California so bad! I've never been before!


  7. Deborah FranciscoJuly 6, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    I live in San Diego and I love it! It's within reach of the beach, the bays, the mountains, hiking, camping. And San Diego has so many good places to eat with various ethnic foods you can choose from!

  8. I am a MAJOR California girl so I love this post! I grew up in Texas but MADE SURE to end up in California for good - it is heaven here. I live in San Francisco and working on moving to LA next year so I'm excited to read your SF posts! but WAIT - can we please talk about that vegan cauliflower ceviche?! neeeeeed that asap, sounds so good! x Shannon || champangeatshannons.com

  9. How gorgeous! Your pics make me want to move to California! ForRent.com seems like such a great way to find new housing when you're new to a city. I wish I would have known about it when I moved to Milwaukee!


  10. Reesa LewandowskiJuly 6, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Living in NJ, I have only been to California once - to go to San Francisco for a very short business trip. But, in that short time I was there I fell in love and I hope one day I will see these places!

  11. We were just in California a few weeks ago and I made my husband drive me through Beverly Hills and throughout Los Angeles because I'd never been there before. It's so different than San Francisco and Sonoma! I'm curious to see what San Diego is like.

  12. I love Cali! Your photos look amazing!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx, Kris


  13. I'm in Coronado. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures of San Diego and California!

  14. California is so diverse and I love how you showed different parts of it! I live in Napa Valley by the way!

    Paulina | Shenska

  15. Fun reasons the views are a great one, because these pictures are stunning.

    Keri Elaine

  16. I'm a SoCal native and I really love so many things about CA. But, strangely it took me lots of traveling around the world to come to that realization.

  17. What an amazing post!
    There seems like so much I haven't done in California.
    I love the look of Balboa park too - there are so many people around there!

    Set to Glow

  18. Wow this looks so amazing! What a stunning area you were in

  19. I live in North of San Diego :) I love the foods!


  20. omg! I really need to visit California asap! This gives me the inspiration I need to go out and explore! Never heard of Lone Pine, and I don't know why! such a beautiful area to camp! omg hahah ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ

  21. So true! What's one of your fave California spots? :]

  22. Absolutely! San Diego is such a gorgeous place to be! Do you have any favorite coffee shops? :]

  23. The vegan cauliflower ceviche was super refreshing& Unlike anything I never had. How long have you been in San Francisco now? Do you have any favorite hidden gems? :]

  24. Thanks so much Jenn! Moving is difficult, so I know struggle! It's always nice to have things to make it easier. :]

  25. San Francisco is gorgeous! I haven't been to New Jersey. Do you have any favorite hidden gems or things to do? :]

  26. Driving through Beverly Hills is something else, isn't it? Feels so posh! :]

  27. Coronado is stunning!! I love the atmosphere. Do you have any favorite spots over there? :]

  28. You're so right. California has such a range! I absolutely need a trip to Napa soon. Wine tasting is calling my name. :]

  29. I totally resonate with this! I love traveling & I genuinely love California. :]

  30. Balboa Park is incredible! There is so much to do & it's beautiful as well. :]

  31. So many delightful food options! :]

  32. Honestly, I hadn't heard of Lone Pine either. But sometimes those hidden, unknown spots are the best. I'll never forget that view or how the stars looked at night. :]


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