Having your first child is a journey in and of itself.... having a newborn with a 4 year-old stepson is whole different ballgame. When it's our time with Huck, we've been trying to get out of the house and have family outings, but we obviously have to be careful with a newborn. We're trying to pick fun excursions that work for all of us. Last weekend we went to Travel Town ( I mentioned it HERE). It's all about old trains (and evidently birthday parties!!- lots of them!). Huck had an amazing time. I will give you a few quick tips from our experience if you're in LA and wanna venture to Griffith Park's Travel Town.
1) Bring your own picnic. Online we read that there are "venders." But, we're not talking about the Austin Food Trucks or the ones you find at Farmer's Market. When we went, we wished we had brought our own food- there are even BBQs set up around the property ready to be fired up.
2) Although there's a lot of shade, bring sunscreen to reapply. I'm grateful I did that.
3) Huck REALLY wanted to play with the indoor train set (like this one) with the other kids inside the museum. It's cleverly set up without mini trains (for sticky hands). So, kids bring their own trains (or you can purchase in the gift shop).
4) The actual train to ride is worth every penny. It's reminiscent of an old school train in sound and feel and kids love it. Plus, you get to see the grounds and decide a good spot to put down a quilt and hang out. You'll also get a good glimpse of fun spots to document with a photo.
Here's a few pictures we grabbed before Hayden demanded we head home! Find a few more details (and to shop a few items of the post)HERE!
It seems every year, Malibu gets a few more upscale stores and dining experiences. This summer is no exception. I was a Malibu resident during my time at Pepperdine and on and off after graduation. This little oasis by the ocean was home to me for years and years. I don't think I ever took the breathtaking sunsets and ocean views for granted, but it was a regular part of my day. Back then, Malibu was still a hippie-ish beach town with very local mom and pop restaurants and boutiques.
Today, it's all very different. The shopping experience still includes locally owned boutiques, but corporate giants like JCrew and Urban Outfitters have moved in, offering items exclusively tailored for the Malibu clientele. Alice & Olivia, Maxfield, Wildfox and Ralph Lauren have similar concepts for their store, pieces harder (if impossible) to find anywhere else.
Park your car once and have a fun filled day.... beach, food, drinks, and shopping.
And the downtown restaurants are for those who want to see and be seen.
CAFE HABANA , MALIBU LUMBER YARD
After all the cardio from shopping, you'll need a break. Maybe a Mojito? Go put your name on the list early, there's usually a wait! If you're not in the mood to sit down at a restaurant, try Malibu Kitchen, Malibu Mutt or Johnny's. Otherwise, one of my other all-time favorites is pictured below, Taverna Tony's. Or make my mom happy and go to her much-loved Coogies. And if you're into celebrity sitings, keep your eyes peeled at any of these spots. My parents enjoy walking around this area for many reasons. A fun reason is the story to take back home: who you 'famously' bumped into! We've collected stories of Pierce Brosnon, Adam Sandler, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber (owners of Cafe Habana), to name just a few.
Taverna Tony's Malibu Country Mart
Malibu beach, california
Don't forget to take a walk on the beach while you're out on the Pacific. Nothing is quite like feeling sand on your feet and sun on your shoulders! And finally, send me your stories via social media or leave a comment below! #share
Surrounded by overachievers today! Never a dull moment with @Erinoprea & @Dr_oz. Ever!❤️...Packed boxes of food for underprivileged youth across the country with these two, @timbradleyjr and #DrWentz (after starting the day w a warm up workout by @erinoprea at 6:30, then doing an appearance on stage w/ @dr_oz in front of 10,000!) #bigday Thx for #givingback @usanainc! @usanatruehealthfoundation #usana17
It's FriYay! Grab a friend and celebrate. #bestbuddies ❤️
First day of kindergarten for Huck... We're proud of this kiddo and cheering for him! Especially Hayden!! What a great big brother! 😘⭐️ Good luck to all the families out there starting school this week. #imabigkidnow #brothers #huckandhayden #firstdayofkindergarten 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
We moved in this house a little bit ago and life has been hectic. Something pretty special happened when our @HelloFresh box arrived…we finally did what we have been wanting to do since we first moved in…use our kitchen to cook as a family (or in Hayden’s case, play with the box) and sit down to eat together. @HelloFresh makes us feel like gourmet cooks! (Have you checked out instastory?) Follow the very easy recipes and you can be, too….Plus, I love knowing every single ingredient going into my meal and the food I feed our children. This is easy, fun and informative (Huck loves it) #thatsBIG! Can’t wait for the next box. Check them out at hellofresh.com and use my code "AshleyJones" for $30 off your first week #hellofreshpics #hfpartner #ad #getcooking
He's my Monday and everyday motivation. ❤️❤️#haydenjh
Last week at this time, we were meeting people at the @generalhospitalabc fan event. You guys are awesome⭐️🌟Thanks for watching us! #gh #ParkersBack #watchMonday #HappySaturday
Oscar is totally saying...Um... I didn't sign up for this! These three! #mykiddos thank you, @day.artist for @ographr for capturing moments like this. We're pretty obsessed w this app! Stay tuned for many more fun pics! #theygrowupsofast #letthembelittle ps- after all this time, I'm a real #soccermom 😳oh my.... #haydenjh
Great peeps! Thx @tiffanithiessen for fun event for the kiddos.
Ps- #funfact : Years ago, I was in a movie of the week starring Tiff. Loved her then and lovely running into her now.
Quick snap leaving the studio after work. #generalhospital Good start to the week... #mondayvibes can be good! Btw, it's #ghfcw #ghfc ❤️who's going?
Hayden was very distracted by the live emojis running around. Thanks @themillennialmamas for a fun screening of #TheEmojiMovie last week. Huck is sleeping with his stuffed poop emoji😂 #fiveyearoldboy Who ventured out to see the film?
He smiled! Kind of... bottom one:) #photoboothfun with Huck😉 Happy Friday!
Come check out more on the site. Several new posts up about life and work. Always like reading your comments. ⭐️🌟❤️ #linkinbio
Parker is back in Port Charles... thought some of you might be interested;) @generalhospitalabc @_lexiainsworth #behindthescenes #generalhospital #ParkersBack more about this on the blog later today...
Happy Tuesday. 🌟⭐️ Spending all day working with my sidekick. Hope everyone is having a good week so far?
What a lovely evening with friends benefiting cancer research and learning more about @thevfoundation. Thank you @wfordinteriors! You inspire me to get more involved. #DontEverGiveUp #VictoryOverCancer
Ps- I'm behind in posting. This was last week;)
Summertime! 🌟⭐️ #pooltime #californiasun #haydenjh 🌴
We are starting swim lessons, which means swim suits. For both of us😳 More about this and swimsuit shopping on the blog.
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Taking a much needed breather with @beautyandthebeasties :) #momlife
And I would be remiss if I didn't share outfit details with you. I have been wearing these cropped pants way too often; they are now on sale for $20!! Screenshot this picture with your @liketoknow.it app or click the link in bio (new post up⭐️) for further info. Happy Thursday! #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert http://liketk.it/2s0Oo
His little hand on hers melts my heart. 💕 My son and goddaughter! Come back soon @mccool517 😘#haydenjh
Long before I was a mom or a stepmom (Huck is there in the middle), I was an Auntie! @mccool517 @abrownlow
Ps- miss you @amyqaragholi #lovetheseguys
Finally! If only you lived next door... @mccool517 #bestfriendgoals 🌟💕
Girlfriends🌟⚡️⭐️ Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸Hope y'all have a safe holiday with friends and family celebrating our freedom and independence! God bless!