Birthday In Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a city in California’s Los Angeles County. Home to many Hollywood stars, it features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive. The expansive Beverly Gardens Park has fountains and rose gardens, plus an illuminated Beverly Hills sign. Beverly Hills is the place in LA where celebrities and the fabulous local residents come to do their normal every day-to-day errands, what better way to celebrate my 31st birthday and “celebrity watch,” in their neck of the woods!!

Two weeks ago, the family and I took a trip to Los Angeles. Being a California native, born and raised in the Bay Area, SoCal has always been one of those locations you always want to visit once a year. Los Angeles has so many cities just within in 502 square miles alone! That’s a perimeter of the city of 342 miles!!!

Having done many trips within mine and my husbands lifetime, this would be the first for our children to remember the city of entertainment and cinema. Before this trip was made, I remembered my older son saying “I want to go to Hollywood mommy.” He said that for about a week straight. It was probably a commercial of Universal Studios Hollywood that got his attention. So, when it came to deciding where our summer road trip would be, it was no surprise that LA wasn’t a bad idea.

As always Airbnb is our go to for our travel accommodations. The online marketplace and hospitality service, enables travelers to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, or homestays. As mentioned before, the husband and I live through Airbnb on a monthly basis for business and for holiday.

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From San Francisco, Sonoma, Seattle, and Portland!

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of leading light film stars and vendors selling maps to stars’ homes.

We stayed in Beverly Hills, as it was centrally located within the heart of LA. West Hollywood wasn’t to far, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach, to name a few. Just like any major large city, our stay was a cute apartment walking distance to Rodeo Drive, and easy access to Wilshire Blvd & Beverly Drive, which include many boutique shops and eateries.

 During our stays in different cities, the family and I love to stick with every day happenings, vs. the major touristy spots. BUT, with the exception of first timers for our children, (and since we were so close to many of these Hollywood things,) we did manage to take them to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood sign, and of course a family day trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, which was covered by CHASE SAPPHIRE RESERVE , giving us Elite travel benefits! Thanks CHASE!
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After the checking out the happenings all throughout Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Universal City, the family decided to drive out towards Pasadena. Northeast of downtown Los Angeles, in the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash, but besides the football, they also host the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market!!!  To any flea market goer in California, or anywhere else, this is one flea market to check out in your lifetime. Unfortunately, we were a week to early.

But no worries! I was recommended to the Pasadena City College Flea | PCC Flea Market, which is open every Sunday! So, we packed our cooler, with fruit, water bottles, and sandwiches and called it a flea market/Pasadena day! Oh, the PCC Flea was filled with an eclectic array of crafts, apparel, antiques & other goodies! My husband even managed to fine tons of vinyl records, and my boys found some awesome HotWheels, gem stones, and Pokemon cards!!

When visiting Los Angeles, you have to check out the beaches. Of course, Southern California is known for their amazing beaches, so why not check one out. We brought the boys to Santa Monica beach. Leaving nothing but footprints, and time to kill, the family and I relaxed in the sand. Admiring the beach waves, listening to the laughter and screams coming from the roller-coasters off the pier. Summer was happening, and it was also my birthday. 6 days spent in Los Angeles. Hollywood, food, celebrities watching, people watching, coffee shops, boutiques and burgers, and playing frisbee under the Hollywood sign.

It was a perfect visit to LA. And I’d always come back for more. Thanks LA, good times.

 

Labor Day In Los Angeles

Due to my crazy schedule of going back and forth to the Bay Area, and desperately needing a mommy daddy date this past Labor Day weekend, I’m going to take back a few years ago to a Labor Day getaway weekend Derrick and I had. It was our first weekend away together with two boys at the time were the ages of 4 & 10 months.

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This throwback, kind’ve brought me to tears as I was going through my Facebook ‘On This Day’ feature. Just about 5-6 years ago, having the opportunity to travel on a quick 3 day weekend road trip was so hard to come by. Now, to this day. It still is difficult to achieve. Be parents with full time jobs, children in after school activities and such has become harder, then it was to raise an infant and toddler back then.

Parent readers, if you’re new to parenting with young children…..Let me hit you with a parenting truth. It get’s harder. Or maybe it gets easier. It all depends. But as we parent our young beautiful children we brought to the world, we also have to find the balance with our love life. Our part of our grown up lives to explore and discover…A few years ago, we decided to take a weekend road trip to Los Angeles. Here’s a quick overview of what we checked out and visited while visiting Southern California.

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Derrick loves Venice Beach. If I could describe Venice beach in a nut shell….Think Berkeley hipsters or Haight/Ashby locals from San Francisco, hanging around the beach. From vendors, local food spots, recreational beach activities, and more!!

Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. Venice was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. (Wiki)
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One of our favorite things to do while traveling to different cities, is renting out bikes. Anything from taking your own car, or being in a motorized vehicle exploring the city, is the best option to take in the city…And actually ‘see’ it. It’s the same concept as walking around your own neighborhood. Walking/ taking a light jog around the neighborhood, may give you another perspective of your local area.

For a few bucks an hour, rent out a bike from Venice Beach and bike the boardwalk all the way down to Santa Monica Beach!!! Enjoy the sun, breeze, and fun cool people watching.

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Vendors with cool shades, to souvenir shops fill the boardwalk!! People from all over the world come visit sunny California, for the beaches to the celebrities of Hollywood.

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Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice became a center for the Beat generation. There was an explosion of poetry and art.

Venice is today a vibrant area of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders (Read more from VeniceBeach.com)

Exploring Venice Beach is alreays refreshing to us. Being close to the ocean, seeing artistic people express themselves through art, and expression, and also the cool locals that bring and make Venice Beach all together. During this time visiting, (as it was literally our first time traveling without both of the kids) it was a great reboot/ to our relationship as a couple, and as parents. The long 6-7 hour road trip gave us time to talk without being interrupted, and other times, just to sit and think, and reflex in quite peace.

All that sounds, so simple, but oh so so needed to parents…

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Another spot we checked out was Santee Alley in Downtown LA. Located in LA’s Fashion District they have everything from clothing, toys, knock-off purses, to Halloween contact-lenses.

Santee Alley is one of the most popular retail shopping areas in the LA Fashion District, best known for its festival-like atmosphere and amazing bargains. Santee Alley’s 150+ stores and vendors sell everything – apparel for the entire family, accessories, toys, perfume, gift items and much more! (Explore Santee)

Santee Alley is an actual alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street. It is open 365 days a year, including all holidays.

Santee Alley Address: 

319 E Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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As far as the toys, pretty much everyone is selling the same thing just walk a few more feet and the next guy is selling the identical thing. Which helps in negotiating. They have tons of clothing here for men and women especially. Everything here is negotiable so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Chances are they’ll give it to you at the price you want otherwise walk away and look somewhere else.
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The food is like your usual Mexican Street food. From fresh fruit, already pre packed and freshly cut for the day, to bacon wrapped hot dogs all from street vendors.  It’s all for the experience and the culture that lives within Downtown LA. Don’t miss out on all the tasty treats! It’s definitely something we enjoyed as a couple. LA3

 

Check out more of our family travels here on the blog! Click above to Life & Family to Family Adventures. I also created a page for San Francisco, and Sacramento. Both two of our most frequent spots we travel too.

 

I also try my best to upload my family vlogs as we visit different cities. This is something new, I’ve started within the summer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a balance in created and editing on top of the up keep for my blog. But if you’re more of a visual person, and want to see San Francisco, and the discoveries here in Northern California, check out my newest YouTube Channel –different form my craft channel!

 

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