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Valerie
Southern California
Inspiring women to create the home and lifestyle of their dreams
Interests: Family, faith, friends, cooking, decorating, gardening.
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I hope you are blessed with great friendships. I happen to be the luckiest girl in the world when it comes to friends. Some are friends that I just met and some are friends I've had for many, many years. I love them all so much sometimes I could just... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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So just wanted to share that sometimes Pizza is just fine. Not long ago my hubby and I were hosting our life group and I had, two weeks beforehand, thought that I would treat the group to a spaghetti dinner. Just so you know a life group is a group... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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Found this article in the LA Times on Rachel Ashwell and her Shabby Beach House in Malibu and drooled at the photos. If you know me you know how much I love Rachel Ashwell and her decorating. Not only do I love what she does but I love her theory... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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I just wanted to share about taking a moment. We tend to get so busy in life. Everything pulls at us and distracts us from what is really the most important thing, moments. Taking a moment to listen to your children without a distraction. Taking a moment to visit a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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Gorgeous table with simple herbs, or some sort of greenery, and a few candles. Simple and so pretty. The weather has been gorgeous here in LA and when hubby asked what I wanted to do on Saturday a hike seemed like a great idea. Now, if you know me very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Country Living So here in LA the weather has been almost summerlike and when hubby and I were deciding what we should have for dinner, grilling sounded like a great idea. After all most of the summer we eat al fresco and grill. We bought whole chickens and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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Once in awhile when I share with people that I blog their eyes light up and they want to know all about it. They ask what I write about and who I write for and they totally get the whole "blogging" thing. Other people don't even know what a blog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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So I am really in love with Kinfolk Magazine. Like really in love! I love the way they show living life in a very beautiful yet simplified style. It's a lot about lovin' on people. Lots of effortless ways of enjoying life. Gotta say, the best way to live life... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image from Kinfolk.com Hello sweet friends...I've been gone for awhile and thank you to those of you that have checked in on me. Everything is peachy keen just took a long hiatus. Hoping you are all doing well and oh so ready for this Spring season. Isn't there something so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Chateau A La Mode
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my post. Sounds like you have a lovely weekend planned and you know how to enjoy the season. xo, Valerie Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2013 on Keep it a Silent Night at Chateau A La Mode
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Silent Night, Holy Night All is Calm, all is Bright Round young Virgin, Mother and Child Holy Infant so Tender and Mild Sleep in Heavenly Peace Sleep in Heavenly Peace If you really take time to hear the words of that beautiful Christmas song, they will remind you of what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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I'm hoping each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now we find ourselves getting ready for the Christmas season. It all happens so quickly doesn't it? Hard to believe in a few short weeks we will be beginning a new year. Doesn't it seem like this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Pinterest.com So my favorite holiday is just around the corner and I wanted to share something fun that would be great for Thanksgiving or just a quiet evening at home curled up on the couch with a good movie. I found it when hubby wanted me to go with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Kinfolk.com Well it wouldn't be very often that I would post about a commercial I just saw on television but I think I'm going to share my excitement with you over the latest Target commercial. Have you seen it yet? I L O V E it! Everytime I see... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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So I was taught to pray at a very young age and as a young girl I learned the best way to pray was the ACTS way, meaning you first started with Adoration to God for being who He is. Then you moved on to Confession which is quite self... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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H E L L O ! ! ! I know, I know, I've been gone for awhile. Just to let you know everything is fine. Lots going on in my life and blogging is one thing I can cut out when things seem a bit stressful. So sometimes I take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Yes, Summer has started here with a bang. It's been over 100 degrees here in SoCal for almost a week. I mean we are talking 105, 108, 109 degrees people. We are talking too hot to swim! Now, that's hot. You know it's bad when you think it's too warm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Kinfolk So my sweet husband works very hard outside of the home to provide for our beautiful family. I don't thank him often enough for the sacrifices he does for me and our children. His job is both physically and mentally challenging and sometimes takes him away for home for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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You know I could so live here. Just a sample of their gorgeous window displays. See you don't even have to go in to be in love. Is it possible to be obsessed with a store? The answer is yes, yes it is. I am totally obsessed with Anthropogie. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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I really think that whichever season is just around the corner (with the exception of winter) I say, "This is my favorite season" and pretty much I do mean it because there is something about each season that I do love. Summer is no exception and I do think summer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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So if you've read my blog for very long you know I love to Love on People through my gift of food. This Banana Bread is a recipe that is really easy to love on people with. Everyone likes it and it makes a perfect gift to take to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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My photo from Instagram......follow me at chateaualamode Oh my goodness where oh where do I begin? I've taken quite a break away from the blogging world haven't I? Well, let me just say it wasn't intentional. I just needed to back away from the computer for awhile and it ended... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Pinterest.com I've already shouted it from the mountain tops, but here I go again...I LOVE SPRING!!! Why? I think it's mostly because it's a time of beginnings, everything is new and fresh. It feels as if this is a do-over season. A season that means we can start, begin,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Country Living.com I have been so happy these last few days. The weather here in LA has been AmAZing! It's been in the mid 80's all week. I have been coming downstairs in the morning and opening up all the windows and leaving them open until I go to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode
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Image Kinfolk Magazine So the now that you understand the Lovin' on People concept, Don't Forget your Family. Let's face it, all of us get busy. It really doesn't matter what season of life you're in, it just happens. The busyness bug bites us. It's hard to remember that our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Chateau A La Mode