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
I was proud of you back then and proud of you now @mccool517 love you ❤️❤️#marisacoughlan #repost :
@mccool517 25 years old. Peninsula Hotel. Same details, different girl. He took no for an answer in my case. Standing with those he did not. #harveyweinstein #strengthinnumbers #sunlightisthebestantiseptic
Sitting down to chat with the lovely skin guru Zara from @crmclaser to discuss the best new (and some tried and true) ways to age gracefully, with a little help from modern technology;) Check out the (impromptu) video interview up on the latest blog post👉🏻link in profile. I appreciate that she gives preventative and skin repair options with a wide range of price points for those on a budget, or not! I asked her about some of my most annoying issues (like the lines on my neck😡)! I'll be curious to hear your thoughts. 💫 check out @crmclaser for more info, too! #selfcaresaturday #antiagingskincare #cameraready
Eeep! I took a test! 😳
But, no-it's not what you may be thinking... not a pregnancy! It's a food intolerance test. After years of wondering, I'm seeking answers. I got a kit for Joel, too! @pinnertestusa. More about it on the blog 💫Link in profile. Btw- who has taken a test like this? Very curious about your experience! Chime in here or on the blog:) xx
ps- the feedback from you all is exciting, so I was able to get a discount for those interested...use code ASHLEY (all caps) for $60 off and free shipping.
I love the part of my job where I get to meet and work with lovely new people! @s_a_m_a_i_r_e @ncis_cbs #airingsoon Grab a friend and give a hug 🤗 #happyhumpday @cbstv
Papa Hayden, I love you so. This kid and his little boy doll ❤️❤️...stay this sweet forever, please. .
We got this little #corolledoll at @marquecomm Secret Santa Workshop 2016. How has it almost been a year? Thank you @ographr for this photo. #boymomlife #staythissweetforever
Weekend Vibes 🌟💫
For those of you loving unicorns as much as I am, my top is on super sale for $30! More details in the new posts up via link in bio. @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2sYBq #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert #liketkit 📸: @ographr #toddlerboy #dancingking
I usually see @yolakin at play dates or music class with our little ones, so when we stepped out to speak on panels recently, I had to document us both having on dresses instead of yoga pants;) Feeling grateful for the network of strong women in my life. Scroll for a couple more pictures of the other cool ladies I hung out with that day. Thank you @goodcarmastudio for connecting us all. For a bit more detail on the day, clink the link in bio for the current blog post. 📸: @lingerphotography // @officialunicon
#strongwomenunite #momlife #lifteachotherup
Sending out some extra love today. ❤️🙏🏻
Soul sisters 😇 loved every minute with these girls. Over #25yearsoffriendship #stillgoingstrong @michelebell @michellestrauss76 @laceyyates1 #DylanGetOnInstagram
Ps- HBD Mitch! @michelebell 🎂😘
Happy Friday! Sending out some love. ❤️ #FBF to playing your teacher @haley_pullos...Looking forward to the next time we work together 😘...@generalhospitalabc #daytimedrama #GH
Pretty cute hearing Huck talk about how his new plants in his room help him breathe better;) If you've caught my instastories, you've seen us discussing the air quality score off our @getawair. Love the personalized tips (like what plants help us in specific areas of the house). All the ideas on their blog are awesome, by the way. #nevertooyoungtolearn (or too old 😉) #pureair #breathebetter
Thx, @ographr 😍
Your name came up today. Still hard to wrap my mind around... I'm grateful to have known you. Grateful I got to work with you and learn from you. You were and still are such a light --- now watching down on us from above.
#trueblood @nelsanellisofficial #nelsonellis #fbf #memoriesforlife @truebloodhbo
#Regram from @celebritybabyscoop---Aww! thanks for the sweet feature on the kids and getting Huck's room set up with @evolurbaby ❤️ I'll post a link to the article on my site after work today:) 📸: @ographr 😘 @ggbenitezprinc .... http://liketk.it/2sO1N #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKbump #LTKfamily #LTKhome @liketoknow.it.family @liketoknow.it.home
Happy to be a part of @ncis_cbs. Love working with this cast & crew. #markharmon @emilywickersham You make my job easy. ❤️ #behindthescenes
Love getting to catch up with you @katherinekellylang 😘 You inspire me! #WCW #againsoon #tvfamily
#i❤️you #ineedmyrootsdonestat 🌟
Battle of the hats. Happy Labor Day weekend! 🌟
Thanks to everyone that kept many of the cast of @generalhospitalabc busy answering phones to take your donations for #harvey victims today. I enjoyed speaking with you and was overwhelmed by your generosity donating to @americanredcross. #ProudToBeAmerican and watch us all come together and love one another. The lines are still open till 8pm pacific if you didn't get a chance earlier- call 877-KABC7-LA...#GH ♥️ #HoustonStrong
Thank you to all of you that have expressed concern about my family and friends in #Houston. My family is safe and we are grateful. But, the damage left behind to many (including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) is extensive and devastating. @Generalhospitalabc is proud to be a part of @disneystudios & @abcnetwork #DayOfGiving tomorrow! Stay tuned for more information to join us in helping #Harvey victims in my hometown. To those of you that have already donated, thank you! --
Ps- And stay tuned for more drama from the three of us soon!! Clearly we have no fun together😉#GH
And it's still raining. Praying for my family & friends in
H❤️OUSTON and everyone affected by this natural disaster. The destruction of #Harvey is unreal.
If you are far away and feel helpless like I do, we can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999. #TexasStrong #united #prayingforhouston
📸: pretty print by @riflepaperco
Fun getting together with these beauties to celebrate @jennifergareis! Happy Birthday! 😘 ps- we were just kids when we met...Loved getting to see everyone! #reunion #youngandtherestless #foreverfriends @youngandrestlesscbs @cbsdaytime