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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Y’all, I’m an ambassador...of sorts! For clean and pure water! 👊🏼👊🏼I wrote about it on the new blog post up.
To @home_master_filters, I’m thrilled to share your love of #MineralWaterOnTap. Join me TOMORROW the 23rd at 10:30am PST on FACEBOOK LIVE talking about it and showing you our RO #HomeMaster system. If you have any questions for me, leave your comments below or on the blog and I’ll give you a shout out tmw. Ps- @home_master_filters JUST joined IG, so show them some love! They’ve got some fun, informative posts coming;)
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Hanging out watching @supercrosslive last night and look who we meet? I’m gonna earn some major credit from my younger cousins for this😜 @maddiemoo_hoo @dylanconrique ☀️ps- on a different note, who saw the #lunareclipse tonight?? 🌘🌔🌙⭐️
I know this is not the proper way to do the #10YearChallenge, so maybe this should just be a #flashback from 2009 when we were in #MonteCarlo for #boldandbeautiful. Either way, I still love that hat, Mom! And still love you😘 even more. #FridayFeels
Ps- how many of y’all are going down
#memorylane from this 10 year challenge thing!? 😜
It’s your birthday @joelhenricks 💙May this be your happiest, best year yet. You are our everything! I love you more. 😘 #birthdaylove
Rainy weekend plans to stay in for date night and watch a screener turned into... swipe to see us watching #Blippi. Today @joelhenricks and I tried again but LEFT THE HOUSE to go see a movie on the big screen. Like a proper date. Where you hire a sitter. (If only we lived near you @jordynshatte!) 😜but we’re already home putting H to bed, learning lines, getting ready for the week and watch #criticschoiceawards - continued on the blog... #newpostup #AshleyAJones.com #HappySunday #MarriedWithchildren #mondayHereWeCome #haydenWearsClothesIPromise
Some days just require that Dr.Pepper pick me up. Anybody feel me? #HumpDay #travelingWithAToddler
First blog post of the year is up!**
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You can find lots of details of the looks from different posts on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app under @ashleyaubra, or check out the blog with the link in profile. Xx ps- wearing #FAUXfur
Reunited and it feels so good. 💫
Congratulations @boldandbeautifulcbs on your 8000th episode today! Pretty remarkable. I’m forever grateful to the Bell family that took me under their wing many moons ago on @youngandrestlesscbs... and then to #BradBell who kept the dream going on #BoldandBeautiful. Here’s to 8000 more adventures. #BridgetForrester
Ladies!! Happy 2019! How many of you are curious what’s going on inside your body every month? After I had Hayden a lot changed. This year, I’m partnering with @Clearblue to share how much I’m learning about my body using their Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System! You get so much information to help understand your fertility by using actual hormone data, not a standardized algorithm. As a woman, I want to know this information just to know my body, but if you are looking to potentially expand your family(!) like we are, the Clearblue Connected Ovulation Test System takes the fertility results and syncs it with an app on my phone, so I can share with @joelhenricks OR my doctor if I wish! So convenient! No guesswork or doing math in my head all the time! lol How I wish I had this when TTC Hayden! Who has tried this system?? Are any of you TTC or just wanting to know more about yourself? Click the link in my bio to learn more and get your own! #ClearblueConnected #ClearbluePartner
It’s a nice feeling to look ahead at this clean slate of 2019. It’s been fun reading everyone’s new year posts. A few stood out. @Joycemeyer talks about not letting the past dictate your future. Learn from it, but let it go because “your future has no room for your past.” I love that idea of newness. @Joannagaines reminded me to not jump ahead too much and mourn things yet to come! Our kids will grow more, they will be driving or graduating... but leave that in the future. Enjoy the moments of today. These are the times to remember. They will not last forever. These are the days to hold onto... we won’t, although we’ll want to. (Billy Joel;) And if ever in this next year you need that feeling of newness, of starting fresh, I offer you this: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22
Happy New Year, everyone.
Ps- thx dad for this pic. @shawn.jones.1951 #thesearethedays #liveinthenow
End of year snuggle therapy 🐇 celebrating #California being the first state to require pet stores to essentially #adoptdontshop, as stores will only offer rescue animals in 2019. #rubycubes @simon_silly_rabbit love u @kaleycuoco ♥️don’t worry @oscarthehappy, you’re still my number one🐶 #furbaby.
Hope everyone is simply full of joy and good cheer❤️ I’ve got my boys fighting over a cardboard box right now while their shiny new things sit patiently waiting for attention. 🤷🏼♀️Ending Christmas with #bts videos of one of my favorite parts of the holiday episodes on @boldandbeautifulcbs. “Dad” rehearsing on the piano in between scenes. Love #JohnMcCook ♥️ swipe for my yearly request:) #boldandbeautiful #astimegoesby
Merry Merry! Hope you have the best family photo bombs today a la @iamthorstenkaye #RidgeForrester. Join us TODAY for the Logan/Forrester/Spencer Christmas on @boldandbeautifulcbs #boldandbeautiful #tvfamily. Check stories;) #Christmas2018 .
For those in other countries... #amourgloireetbeauté #topmodel #beautiful 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄♥️
They think they’re staying up to see Santa like the kids in #ChristmasChronicles. Good luck to all the parents out there tonight😜🤶🏻🎅🏻 #letthembelittle #MerryChristmasEve #HuckandHayden
When you wake up and realize there’s only 2 days till Christmas and you’re no where near ready! 😜🎅
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When you realize the #BoldandBeautiful holiday episode is just a few days away…👏 #ThrowbackThursday
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Still wearing last night’s pjs. Just holding my sick buddy, letting him get some good sleep. I need to do a million things including take a shower, but letting it all go for now. So hello Friday night cuddles.
Who cannot wait to put these little stinkers back in hibernation in a few days? 😉Until next year... it’s been fun! #HuckandHayden #Haydenjh #makingmemories #ChristmasSpirit
Ps- Huck told Santa he wanted the latest iPhone. Santa said he did, too. 🎅🤶🏻🎄
I could say this time of year is so exciting it’s hard for kids to calm themselves at night… but the truth is THESE KIDS ARE ALWAYS EXCITED about something!
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As always, make sure to consult with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying issues. #PureZzzs
Ps- yes, we wore matching pjs last night because... why not? #twinning 😜
My step-sister and half sister... both preggers;) Talk about a #blendedfamily! Bridget comes home for a #familychristmas on @boldandbeautifulcbs 💚❤️ @cbsdaytime #boldandbeautiful #tvfamily #logansandforresters #christmasday