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 know I'm posting baby pics a lot... but couldn't resist this one I just ran across. #fbf #santababy #haydenjh 🎄🎄
Our annual picture on set at @bigbangtheory_cbs Christmas party. 🎄Although Hayden looks underwhelmed here, his level of excitement rose quickly with his first ever bite of In and Out Burger (Next picture) Thank you @normancook for - just so much. 😘 @bricuoco @joelhenricks 🎄🎉🎄🎄
The babes finally meet!
#instantbesties #18monthsold Scroll for the #danceoff 😂
Oh the irony of us living so close for so long, then when we both have kids, we live in different time zones. 😭#justaplanerideaway #missyoualready @mccool517
#haydenjh @joelhenricks #fatherandson
Btw, nailed an early Christmas present for dad. The watch I showed you in the stories recently... #HeLovesIt #woodwatch
Ps: @jordwatches are still 25% off till Friday, December 15th. If you want the discount, the company will email you a code 👉🏻 copy/paste:
TONIGHT! Hope y'all watch #YouKilledMyMother with us on @lifetimemovies! @carlenabritch & I will be posting live. Join us! #lifetimemovienetwork #LMN
Y'all... get ready for a thrilling ride! YOU KILED MY MOTHER airs Friday night 8pm PT on @lifetimemovies! @carlenabritch you are awesome:)
Santa came to town! #SSW17
Swipe for last year's pic. 🎅 🎄 #haydenjh #18monthsold
Another year, another great Secret Santa Workshop. 🎄Thanks to @marquecomm @thebillhorn @scoutmasterson for #SSW17 benefiting @lafamilyhousing. The overwhelming spirit of Christmas shocked Hayden at first, but he quickly got his bearings!
How many times do we have to go over these lines, Mom! 😂 --- #scriptsupervisor #throwback to Hayden in Nebraska during filming of #12DaysOfChristmasMovie Thanks to everyone on East coast and central time that watched tonight!! West coast- airs at 8pm on @up_tv!! 🎄🎄 #haydenjh @joelhenricks #9monthsold
#12DaysOfGivingMovie is on now on east coast on @up_tv 🎄🎄I'm gonna be "live answering questions" in the comments section here starting now!! @david_blue #jaxconnolly #ChristmasMovies #Uptv #wegetchristmas @chrisjgoodman @borisisaac101
Just taking it all in... such a big world out there.
Thx for the photo, @bricuoco.
#haydenjh #18monthsold #viewfromthetop
Hayden had one more thing to say on your birthday @normancook before the clock strikes midnight... CONGRATULATIONS!!! KC + KC =💍. But scroll through to see the emotional roller coaster... Hayden was hoping you were holding out for him. Who can blame him?! He had a few words with @mrtankcook, 😂 but ultimately came around. Karl's a keeper!! In all seriousness, we couldn't be happier. Blessings and endless years of happiness for you two. 🎉💫💖
#kaleycuoco #karlcook #shesaidyes #tbt
Happy Birthday, Aunt K. Hope your day is filled with giggles and hugs. Oh and a little rosé. We love you tons! Cheers!! 🎉🎂🍷
Ps- I really don't know how to caption this hilarious picture. @normancook you'd do a better job!
#haydenjh #kaleycuoco 😘
Happy Golden Birthday to the girl that lights up every room. I love you❤️ @bricuoco. Have a fabulous last year of your twenties!!! #thebestisyettocome 💫⭐️
Hey y'all. Everyone knows it's #GivingTuesday. If you're still looking for a place to donate, help me support @stepupwomensnetwork, a confidence building non-profit for girls. I wanna congratulate and applaud the Step Up team for their 20 years of service. Our donations help more girls dream BIG, like Cynthia and Dayana pictured here. ♥️ https://www.suwn.org/donate/donate-20-years. #iStepUp #FundHerFuture #MentorshipMatters
Serious business. Cyber Monday. So much on sale.
Linking stuff on the blog right now...
Hayden turns 18 months today⭐️I thank God for you every day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Christmas, here we come! 🎄@joelhenricks #haydenjh 📸: @day.artist @ographr
In the holiday spirit of giving, here's a little trailer of our film #12DaysOfGiving premiering Dec. 3rd on @up_tv starring the talented @david_blue. 🎄⭐️🎄Thank you @christineconradt for making a wonderfully fun movie the whole family can watch. #12daysofgivingmovie @prestonhillier #jaxconnolly
My little helper. He turns 18 months this week. Never been so grateful. Happy Early Thanksgiving y'all. 🦃
#hapdenjh Thx @ographr:) 📸
Morning with @oscarthehappy. Although his face looks a bit more like the other Oscar. The grouchy one.
#pugstgram #linkinprofile #newpostup