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
It’s that season, right? The dreaded cough that keeps us up at night- especially the kiddos. Joel’s dad and stepmom shared some of their tried and true remedies with us like Vapo Rub--they even travel with it! Huck’s lingering cough has been keeping him from sleeping well, so my father-in-law reminded us to rub Vicks on his chest. Grateful for the tip again, today, Marvin! What tried and true remedies are passed down in your family? Wanna hear! #VicksVapoRub #ad #vicks #vaporub
My little sister is in town. A few things have changed in 20 years (notice the pay phones)! But some stay the same. She was the cooler one back then (notice the glasses and jellys) and still is. @jlove_____ we need new pictures this trip. 🌴❤️✨#sistertime 💃#20yearsago
Scroll ➡️for the real #RascalRebelRabbits. Oh the chaos and joy of taking kids anywhere!
This day many of us juggled work & kids & getting the family ready for this #PeterRabbit tea party/screening (I picked up Huck from school and dressed him in the car😂). Thx again @themillennialmamas for the fun! Grateful that I get to commiserate about motherhood and go through this journey with my friends. And to my peeps that don't have babies- so grateful for your patience with me and mad love for my kiddos. Big hug to you all-- our village! #feelingthankful ps- if this isn't flowery enough for you... I continue on the blog. New post up;) #linkinbio
Peter's ears didn't make the cut here, but the rest of the event was a success! Hayden sat through his first full movie! Thank you @themillennialmamas for the fun tea party and #PeterRabbitMovie 🐰#huckandhayden #brotherbond
Laugh it off.
Happy Friday. 😜
Took until February, but I got a new blog post up finally about some intentions for the year. Starting with letting more go... attempting to laugh more off. We'll see how it goes! Link in bio for more. 📸: @ographr 😍
#SisterSister This is my little sister! I posted a throwback pic a few weeks ago with some cast members from Trueblood. I mentioned I was with my sister at the event; some of you asked about her. Flashing back to that night and here we are all spray tanned and everything! Scroll for another with one of my besties. Fun looking back on these memories, @jlove_____ ❤️😘maybe you'll let me post more soon😜? (we got a lot of good ones!) #sistertime Can't wait to see you very soon ❤️
Happy Birthday to my husband♥️Let's make this next decade the best one yet! I love you. 😘
#welcometotheclub #40thbirthday ps- thank you to everyone who helped make this a special birthday!😘
Pps- I'm late posting this, but just maybe @joelhenricks won't mind the lingering celebration😉
I love this picture. It doesn't look like anything terribly special, but I keep thinking about it. Yesterday, Hayden finished his first day of Sunday School at church. He's staring at the sticker he got on his way out of class. Huck was telling his brother how proud he was of him. I snapped this and then interrupted the moment by asking them to look at me for a picture. This was the #realmoment, though. #myBoys #brothers #iJustLoveThem #huckandhayden
#fbf The scene where Peppers tells Frank the Tank "you just took one in the jugular, man." I'm Tracy. The caterer. Caught in the bathroom. And I loved being any part of this #classiccomedy. I had a few other scenes with #FrankTheTank that didn't make the final cut. But loved the experience. Still remember my audition with you @joseph._middleton!! 😘
My favorite line in the film will always be the Home Depot monologue. : Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time.
#OldSchool #willFarrel #iWasABaby #FrankTheTank #FlashbackFriday #CanYouQuoteALine?
It's FriYay! Some of us are more excited than others 😂This picture kills me. Hayden looks exhausted from a long week and Huck looks ready to party! Relate to one?
#friyay #brothers #itsalmosttheweekend #toddlerlife
I'm looking through pictures for a little album for Joel's birthday and I found this... my sweet brother @zjatx took me on a perfect trip! It was before Joel and I got married, before I became a step-mom and mom. Zach- so grateful we had this time! I love you, Z!
All sorrows are less with bread!
#amIRight? 😂 Our panacea! #19monthsold #haydenjh
About last night. #MajorCrimes series finale. Swipe to see the #walkingdead. 😜Sad to see the series end, but glad I got to be a part of it. @majorcrimestv @tntdrama #ontothenext
Throwing back to a globe party I went to with my sister circa..? Not sure! Who's watching tonight? #trueblood @kristinbauer @mcmillzz #alexanderskarsgard @truebloodhbo #goldenglobes
Reflecting on 2017... I came up with a whole bucket full of grateful... for my family and dear friends (that are family) -and all of you! Check the link in profile for specifics. #onwardandupward #thankyou #goodbye2017
Post beard - pre Happy New Year kiss😉
Pretty day out here at @westlakevillageinn. To the couple getting married today... congrats!
Finally! He was able to relax enough to shave!! Grateful for the R&R, @westlakevillageinn. 😘
I love my husband with any hair & beard style, but seriously... so much hotter with the beard trim, am I right? Swipe for the before... Beard vs. no beard? Actually curious to know;)
This kid...just love him so. His energy and curiosity and humor never cease to amaze me. Joel and I are on our first getaway together since Hayden was born. (Much needed!) But, we'll see both kids very soon. Thank you, Mom, for taking such good care of my heart while we are away. ❤️
#haydenjh #19months #getaways #momanddadtime #westlakevillageinn
Thanks to those that watched @majorcrimestv last night! I had no idea one of the episodes I filmed aired! This picture was taken shortly after we wrapped the scene where I was continually crying. 😂---I was honored to be a part of these last episodes and share the screen with #GWBailey & @kearrangiovanni. Fun fact for @generalhospitalabc fans: @_lexiainsworth and I are both in this episode! 😉 And to make the world a little smaller: the serial killer (my character's step brother) is #BillyBurke (pictured behind GW). I played his girlfriend in a film called Good After Bad.
#majorcrimes #generalhospital @tntdrama #GH
From our family to yours... Merry Christmas y'all!