04/10/2012 11:23 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nicole Richie, Joel Madden Take Kids To The Beach (PHOTO)

Life's a beach for Nicole Richie!

The "Fashion Star" mentor joined her husband, Joel Madden, and their two children, Harlow, 4, and Sparrow, 2, in Santa Monica, Calif., where they enjoyed the surf and sun together. Though we've recently gotten a glimpse of her bikini body, Richie stayed covered up while playing in the sand, taking photos and throwing around a ball with her children, who were clearly having a blast at the beach.

Richie was surely happy to have some downtime to spend with her family after the whirlwind couple of weeks she's had recently. In addition to promoting her NBC fashion show over the past few weeks, Richie stepped out last week to honor her father, Lionel Richie, at the "Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert" event in Las Vegas.

Check out a photo of Richie, Madden and their kids below:

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