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
Mother’s Day came early this year for my mom! I had Hayden hand deliver a @mixbook photo book to her in Texas! Pretty sure he nailed it;) more in my stories today... and much more on the blog! Check it out for mother’s day deals or swipe up in my instastory! #bestgiftever #mixbook #mothersdaydeals #Digitalscrapbooking #cuetearsofjoy #linkinbio #memorybook
Seems like old times... so proud of you @mccool517! Love seeing #Ursula back with the #SuperTroopers (who can’t wait to see this?)! And more importantly, love seeing you. #whatwouldidowithoutyou
#ST2 #newpostup about the event on the blog! #linkinbio #marisacoughlan
How is it already Wednesday!? Take me back to the beach.... lovely sprinkle celebrating Baby Boy Manno. Congrats @alifedotowsky & @kevinmanno! 😘❤️😍 A bit more on the blog... like our #summerstripes @wfordinteriors! 😉 #linkinbio http://liketk.it/2vkYO
You know you’ve had a great weekend when you have so many memories to share. I’ll start with this shot at the beach of these awesome ladies. Thank you @karaholdendevlin for giving us a reason to get together. I need to see you again soon, my sweet friend! @theerincahill @sleepinthegardn ps- Huck is still talking about your son, Kara! 📸: @ryandevlintbsl
My little “helper” got into boxes I’m organizing and decided to do a little light reading this morning. Appropriate material (not for him😂), but for #FBF and #boldandbeautiful 31st anniversary. Here’s to many more years of drama, @boldandbeautifulcbs. 🌟
If you have family in your town, I hope you get to enjoy them! Missing family in Texas (Hayden has the best grandparents & Auntie! @jlove_____ ), but v happy to be home with Huck and Joel now! 😍
More about the trip traveling with a toddler, blended families and other stuff on the blog. Would love your thoughts, too!
#liketkit http://liketk.it/2vgEE @liketoknow.it.family
View through the windshield never gets old. 🌴🌴🌴 #beverlyhills #overthehill #californiaadventure
Happy Monday. Hope y’all had a great Easter weekend! Love from Texas. 🐇
Always a good day when we get to be with Aunt Jordy. We ❤️ you, @jlove_____ 🌟⭐️ #loveyoumore
So @bricuoco & I had a bit of fun last night... all in the name of charity...#hilarityforcharity, actually. Thank you @lacroixwater for sponsoring such a worthy cause. A cause close to my heart (and family). We were honored to be a part of your evening! Thanks @sethrogen @laurenmillerrogen for bringing awareness and funds to #endAlzheimers. @HilarityForCharity comes to @netflixisajoke April 6th. Join us here: donateHFC.org #HFC2018
📸: @kouryangelo thanks for capturing the palms in the background! #Hollywood 😘 @goodcarmastudio thx!
So last week was @mccool517’s birthday and today is @abrownlow’s day! We have been friends longer than some of you have been alive. (Kinda not kidding)! I’ve been looking for recent pictures of us, but not the easiest... we now take pictures of our kids when we’re finally in the same place! So- #fbf to Austin! Love you all ❤️❤️ so much. @amyqaragholi #family
#tbt to last week at the @funmomdinnermovie event @amy_davidson and I attended. Look who I ran into! @iamjessicahall and I both wore our @tinytags necklaces. ❤️ Thanks @momdotme for the festive night. And of course, @ographr - the best 📸😘👍🏻
@oscarthehappy ❤️ I obviously didn’t take this picture today. It’s raining in LA (and snowing on my friends in NY). But I am thinking of spring (it is the first day!) and heat and loving the online sales going on now. Perfect indoor activity! Lol #firstdayofspring
Link in profile;) 📸: @ographr
#pugstar #pugsofinstagram #furbaby
At the tail end of #internationaldayofhappiness and very beginning of #humpday, here’s to them all being #HappyDays. #haydenjh #myhappybaby #myhappyplace
Happy Saturday. And Happy Irish Day... 🍀🍀 😘
#FBF circa 1981? I’d wear those jeans now if I could. #jordache #texasgirl
I was hoping if I stood next to Molly Shannon long enough, some of her funny might rub off on me.
@Katieaselton and @theofficialsuperstar are fabulous and lovely. ♥️❤️#FunMomDinner was FUN. Check stories for more. 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
Great night with amazing friends supporting @pawworks! Thanks to @normancook @bradgoreski and everyone behind the scenes at #pawworks. @Joelhenricks and I didn’t bring another dog home this time, but loved watching those that did adopt a new family member. #adoptdontshop @pwchad 😘 ps- check my stories for more from the night. @katharinemcphee sang one of my favorite songs like an angel.
Ladies Man! Hayden’s #wcw @bricuoco and @normancook —this was your 💍💍day ❤️😘 Little man has changed so much in just a couple months.
#haydenjh #bricuoco #kaleycuoco