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  • Free things to do when in Los Angeles

    I can’t count how many trips we’ve taken to LA in the past couple years. Since Troy lived there, we tend to go back a few times a year to see friends or just soak up that California Sunshine! I thought it would be helpful to share a list of some free things to do when visiting! You could add so much more to this list but below are just a few things:

    1. Hike to the Hollywood sign

    While there are soo many great ones out there, it all depends on who you’re traveling with, how novice of a ‘hiker’ you are. I was hoping we could do the route that goes behind the sign which lets you get a different perspective on the typical hollywood sign photo (but I’ve heard not exactly child friendly), we ended up taking the Runyon Canyon hike. I had brought out a carrier and put M on my back up the trail. None of us had ever done it before and I would not recommend doing the hard trail with small children, as there are NO RAILINGS and VERY STEEP uphill rocky inclines. You can however, take the easy (longer) route. But whichever trail you choose you will be sure to get some unbelievable pictures!

    Runyon Canyon Park  |  Griffith Park

    2. Visit the ever popular Museum of Ice Cream

    Side note: this one does cost some money to get in. A few other things to note, you need to schedule an appointment which gives you a window of time to get in. You also should look up to see if it’s open as it’s a seasonal Museum in LA and I heard this year it’s relocating so be sure to fact check this one.

    Museum of Ice Cream

    3. Take your picture at the LACMA Urban Lights

    A very popular photo spot, you’re lucky if you’re the only one there. No matter what time I’ve gone, I’ve always seen other people, moms, fashion bloggers, etc. there snapping their best pics (guilty of doing this, one time or two).

    4. Visit Santa Monica’s pirate ship kids park

    It was our first time to the pirate ship in Santa Monica. It really is one of the best little kids parks I’ve ever been to! It’s completely gated in so the kids can’t run away and has so many fun little things for kids to play on. It’s shaped like a pirate ship and can’t be missed!

    5. Head to Malibu’s best beaches

    Many people head up the PCH and stop at the first beach they see, but if you really want a quiet beach with breathtaking views head to El Matador Beach. Trust me on this one – you won’t be disappointed!

    6. Stop by Greystone Mansion

    The view here is simply stunning of the entire Los Angeles area. It’s a beautiful spot to take pictures and walk around. So long as they’re not filming it’s usually open most days.

    7. Walk down the iconic Rodeo Drive

    This street is usually filled with tourists stopping to take pictures while every other car is a Box Mercedes, Bentley or something finer. If you haven’t done it I’d say to do it (I mean after all it is the scene from the classic Pretty Woman), but other than stopping to get a quick Nespresso or a very overpriced (but tasty) macaroon at Ladurée don’t expect much more other than a bit of window shopping! 🙂


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngHope you get the chance to visit some of these spots and enjoy them for yourself! Let me know in the comments area if there are any places, things to do or restaurants in the LA area that you think are a must see for our next trip!


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  • Visiting SoCal!

    _DSC1125A trip to rodeo drive is a must when in LA! Though we usually buy things at the Saks or Barneys off of Rodeo.

    _DSC0967 Visiting Laguna Beach!

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    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngSome of you who follow me on Instagram know we have been traveling throughout the Golden State for the past couple weeks and I wanted to put together a little post about our trip!

    Maddox did so well on the flight, we were delayed on all of our flights going and coming we ended up being on the plan for about 8 hrs each way. Even our flight down to SoCal was delayed – which is typically a quick hr or so flight, we ended up being on the plan for 3+ hrs. On that leg we did however get upgraded to first which was Maddox first time flying first class so at least we had a bit more room on that flight.

    We started out in San Fran, headed up to Napa then down to LA. We visited friends, had some great dinners (one of our favorites in LA is Katana) but mostly just enjoyed the sunshine (with zero humidity!!). It’s been so humid back on the East Coast lately so it was a nice break from that.