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
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It's Friday night! (which means nothing when you have a baby, but we pretend anyway.) Joel & I are heading out for date night soon. I'm showering (which means everything when you have a baby)! Happy Weekend! http://liketk.it/2qXBT #liketkit @liketoknow.it ps- wearing the new faux leather jacket I mentioned yesterday-link in bio. The best #fauxleather I have found & under $100...comes in brown, too. Dress comes in black. A hint more evening-ish. #LTKUnder50 #LTKUnder100 earrings are $12, btw!
I hope to surround the little munchkins in our lives with positive and kind messages. I'm proud to spread the word about the @KindText movement on the blog today! Being a part of something that is promoting kindness and creativity in kids is important, especially on social media. That's also why I love my friend @officialkjb's t-shirts! Her graphic tees promote individuality (check out her fun one with her quote from #HALLOWEENTOWN: Being normal is vastly overrated!) Join me in supporting our youth and spreading kindness. #KindText More about all this & more photos up on site today! Link in profile😍ps- if you're near Salem, Oregon this weekend, go say hi to @officialkjb at @cherrycitycomiccon! #haydenjh #believeinmagic
It's already Thursday! Making lists of what needs to get done before the week is over. Lots! 😳 Since packing and moving, I tend to wear the same few pieces that are accessible and ready to go. In today's post (link in profile), I'm switching up the look of one of my favorite dresses by adding this faux leather biker jacket. #LTKunder100 #changeitup Shop this pic via screenshot with the new LIKEtoKNOW.app http://liketk.it/2qWCT #liketkit @liketoknow.it #streetchic #fauxleather 📷: @ashleyburns_
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"Chic is when a woman is in harmony with herself." Giambattista Valli
It's moving weekend for us. Looking forward to a little more harmony in the near future. Rediscovered this book while packing. Good one! http://liketk.it/2qOTA #LTKStyleTip #LTKUnder50 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #coffeetablebook #ltkshoecrush
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Our little man is 10 months today! He loves laughing with his big brother and playing with @oscarthehappy. Right now he's attempting to walk with his Auntie @jlove_____ and Grandpa. I love this child more every day. #10monthsold #haydenjh @joelhenricks 📷: @ashleyburns_
Loved celebrating & being a part of @boldandbeautifulcbs 30th Anniversary! Congratulations!! Here's to many more. @cbsdaytime @boldinsider @joelhenricks 📸: @hutchinsphoto ps- small gallery up on blog from the night. More to come:) #30years #boldandbeautiful
Spring is in the details🌸 @liketoknow.it . http://liketk.it/2qMbk #liketkit More from the link in profile #LTKUnder100 #LTKUnder50 #LTKSaleAlert #LTKunder25
First day of spring! 🌸🌷💐🌻http://liketk.it/2qLqT @liketoknow.it #liketkit Read why this dress will be worn often! Link in profile. 📸: @ashleyburns_
You're Irish! I'll kiss you! Today and every other day @joelhenricks. 🍀💋❤ #happystpattys
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Happy St. Patty's Day! Wearing green and ready for the weekend!! Who's with me? 🍀🍀http://liketk.it/2qJOw #liketkit @liketoknow.it more in today's post... link in bio. 📷: @ashleyburns_
Funny girls & funny faces! Photo booth fun at @alifedotowsky & @kevinmanno wedding. Congrats you two! @Joelhenricks and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
#weddingphotobooth #mannoandwifeo || Check out more in the link in profile:)
At least with the time change, I get to wear my sunnies later in the day...😎 even more fun to wear when they're $24. http://liketk.it/2qHOh #liketkit @liketoknow.it #imlovingwhiterightnow details on the blog. #bellsleeve 📷: @ashleyburns_
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Off to the Great Catsby ball with these fabulous cats @bradgoreski & @normancook to support @pawworks! Ps-Anyone recognize this dress😉?
Up early just hangin' safari style 🐘with his homies in his highchair (so he can whisper all his secrets to Mr. Giraffe). || Many of you have asked to see more of the nursery + Huck's room, so there's a little post up on the site today. Link in bio. http://liketk.it/2qFgQ ps- screenshot or 'like' this pic to shop details from the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app, available in the App Store! #liketkit @liketoknow.it @liketoknow.it.home @liketoknow.it.europe #haydenjh 📸: @bridgetmariecollective