FAMILY OUTING TO TRAVEL TOWN

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!

THE MALIBU GUIDE

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

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