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 Friday! Blow some bubbles! ❤️🎂❤️🎂
Flashing back to fun memories from Hayden's #firstbirthday at @adamsgardenla-- the cheeriest indoor playground and staff (plus, they use all organic cleaning products for the little munchkins). We will all be visiting the garden again soon. Swipe left for a few more moments captured with friends & family:)
Ps... we ❤️ the #babymilestones board @kelly_patrice (Next photo)!
More pictures, party details and post-party feelings on the site today. #Linkinbio this 📸: @lingerphotography #haydenjh @joelhenricks
I know it's no longer Father's Day, but just ran across this picture and wanted to say thank you, Dad! Thank you for being there for all the big moments in my life. We can't wait to see you very soon!! #ayearago #grandfatherandgrandson #we❤️you #haydenjh
I love the way they look at you! And I love you. Happy Father's Day to the man that changed my life forever. God has blessed us. 😘 @joelhenricks
So hard to grasp Hayden is already one! We sang and danced and blew bubbles to celebrate❤️ Thank you to everyone that made this day so special. And thank you @people for the sweet write up about Hayden's day. Link is in bio if you wanna take a peek:) ... a very special thank you to @goodcarmastudio 😘 ...📸: @lingerphotography #haydenjh #firstbirthdayparty @joelhenricks
Work was a real stretch today playing best friends with this one! Thanks for a fun play day @normancook & @priceline 💕
Congrats to @stepupwomensnetwork on their successful event yesterday. Love making new friends at #InspirationAwards and catching up with ladies I haven't seen in a while. Looking forward to a fun, productive year ahead working with you all for #stepupwomensnetwork ❤️ #OnOurWay #iStepUp - for more info on the day & organization, check out the latest post up on blog. #linkinprofile #BeInspired
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending the annual @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards and left motivated about #mentorship. Thank you to all the girls of Step Up and the amazing team running the organization. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to be involved and watch you all grow over the years. I'll stop here, but do continue on about the day and program on the blog. Xo
http://liketk.it/2rzDt #linkinprofile #ashleyajones #empoweringwomen #empoweringgirls #doSomething
Hayden wanted to see what life with Shmooshy was all about! @lifewithshmooshy 😘@normancook #haydenjh #bigbaycity #rescuehorse
Today is the last day of World Service Week for USANA’s True Health Foundation and I'm wearing my new shirt (running errands again)! People all over the world are being asked to find a cause in their communities and help—it can be anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours. I'm thrilled to spend some time with @stepupwomensnetwork this coming week and incorporate more service in my daily life. What can you do? Tag a friend that would love to join you in #givingback to your community. Let @Usanainc and me know what you plan in the comments below. We just might be inspired to send you & your friend #Usana goodies! #Usanagives #UsanAshley #worldserviceweek @goodcarmastudio
Somebody is ready to head out in the world. ❤#babyfeet #explorer
http://liketk.it/2rvjX #liketkit @liketoknow.it More on the site- link in profile... #memorialdaysales @liketoknow.it.family #LTKsalealert #LTKshoecrush #haydenjh
A quick flash back not too long ago...my main squeeze and his mini me... look at that tongue! He's almost outgrown doing this and I'm gonna miss it. 😜Happy weekend. What are your plans? http://liketk.it/2ruOr #liketkit @liketoknow.it Working on some new stuff now while he naps! #LTKsalealert #ltkunder100 #haydenjh @liketoknow.it.family photo: @ashleyburns_ #familylife #oneyearold
And just like that, you are one! You bring immeasurable joy to us, my sweet angel. Happy first birthday! 🎂
@joelhenricks 📸: @ashleyburns_
Praying for the families of all the precious lives lost yesterday in Manchester. I was taking my son to music class, while other parents were taking their children to their first concert. Something as pure as sharing music with our children turned horrific. #prayingforchange #prayerispowerful #Psalm23:4
Happy 5th Birthday to the best big brother. You are loved, Huck! (ps- I'm late posting here...we just celebrated this weekend at his 'Jawsome' shark themed party- Huck's mom nailed it. It's been a full #sharkweek celebration!) #huckandhayden @joelhenricks #brothers
I'll ❤ you forever. I'll like you for always....do you know the rest?
#almostayear #weekendvibes #haydenjh
More on the blog. #linkinbio #parasolco #mylegsneedsun 😂 #mamasboy #meltsmyheart
#TBT to last year's @stepupwomensnetwork #InspirationAwards where @thereallacey @lisalingstagram and I were all pregnant (Hayden arrived a couple days later!) Join us June 2nd at this year's event! #InspireWomen to #InspireGirls www.suwn.org/ia (Read more about last year's event on the blog. Link in profile- search "Step Up") ❤#babybumps
Thank you #soapsindepth! How lovely to go through mail and find this article. Motherhood is the greatest gift❤
On our last day of filming, my favorite guests came to visit set ❤#thatsawrap #ontothenext Thanks for coming all the way to Canada with me, honey! @joelhenricks #haydenjh #setselfiewiththefam
To my mom: I understand so much more now! All I can say is... thank you to God for giving us you. Thank you for your infinite sacrifices, thank you for your unconditional love, thank you for being an example to all of your children all these years (that I now draw upon with my own child), and thank you for being the best GRANDmother to Hayden and Huck. I love this memory of the "three" of us at the #babyshower. And I love you more! We all do. With our whole hearts for our whole lives. #happymothersday ps- thank you @claudiacraig for these 📸memories
I was caught meditating between scenes on set with my muse headband! Ha! This location was so serene- and we're back here today, so I'll be doing it again! Just trying to declutter my mind & focus after our long hours recently. (Check out instastory!) I imagine there are many of you that would like to do the same. The brain sensing headband provides real time neurofeedback! I'm fascinated with this technology. #musemeditation @choosemuse #fridayfun #mindfulliving #onlocation #goaheadandlaugh ❤