chateaualamode Such a great reminder as we get ready to spend time with loved ones and make memories this holiday season. Be present...be thankful. Take in every minute. Love on each other. Step back and watch your children, hug your parents, really look at your hubby. Remember why you fell in love with him. Take the time to enjoy every single minute of the blessings you have. May each and every one of you enjoy and be grateful this Thanksgiving xo 3h

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chateaualamode My heart be still....love this photo from The White Company. It's all kinds of cozy. The fire, the logs ready to go, the fur poof and pillows, the glowing candles, everything right down to the socks and throw. It might be warm on the outside here in LA but I want my home to be cozy on the inside this time of year. 2d

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chateaualamode Oh Anthropologie you always make me happy to come into your store and I'm always so inspired! #anthropologie #thegrove 3d

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chateaualamode Someday I'm going to visit Greece and eat big bowls of Hummus with fresh pita bread and marinated olives with tons of feta and swim and sun but for now I'll enjoy my Greek food at The Grove here in LA. 4d

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chateaualamode First of all don't judge the photography, but had to snap a picture of A Conversation with Ina Garten at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills last night. What a pleasure to hear her speak about her food philosophy and how she got started. She shared lots of goodness but one thing I took with me was "don't just stand at the edge of the pond, jump in. You might start off struggling but you'll learn to swim." Here's to jumping in ;) 5d
  •   lm_4_bn Yep great advise last night I tried arose con pollo simi failed rice not all was cooked but we all are around it, must have been awesome to learn from her! 5d
  •   sunshine_blissfullness I think she has tremendous talent when it comes to cooking. Unfortunately I have to say I question her character. A few years ago friends of ours daughter was on the make a wish foundation list. Her only wish was to meet Ina. This little girl loves to cook and that was her dream to cook with her. I can tell you sadly that Ina was notified by her people and refused to be a part of making that little girl who was dying of cancer wish come true. She told them she did not have time for those types of PR events. So I will always remember that she chose to not help a dying little girls wish come true. Just a little FYI from me lol️ So even now I have s hard time watching her and her show. @chateaualamode 5d
  •   jen1418 I love her @chateaualamode 5d
  •   chateaualamode @sunshine_blissfullness so sorry about your friend's daughter. Shame on Ina. 5d
  •   sunshine_blissfullness Yes it was surprising that she would act that way. I mean she could have sent a few autographed cookbooks at least. Oh well, God hears and sees ALL. @chateaualamode 5d
  •   inallthesethings I got to see her last year! What a treat! She's my very very favorite! 4d

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chateaualamode Today my oldest, Ashleigh, was in a small car accident on her way to school. She and the other driver were not injured (thank you Jesus). When she comes home tonight I will greet her with a big ol' mama bear hug and a big bowl of vegetable soup. Thank you Lord that you never sleep and always have a watchful eye on our children. 7d
  •   shancarbajal How scary, thank goodness she is okay. Being a mama sure is hard with all this worry we have to carry around!  7d
  •   conchcottagegirl Happy she is ok. "God is Good" 7d
  •   lm_4_bn Yay for Jesus for keeping her safe and mama for keeping her loved! 7d
  •   sunshine_blissfullness Oh my goodness glad to here she is okay! 7d
  •   toiledejoie Jesus take the wheel.... What happened? 7d
  •   chateaualamode @toiledejoie A young girl (younger than Ashleigh) hit her front end. Everyone is fine. When she came home Kurt pushed in the bumper. "Good enough" said Kurt ;) 7d
  •   lisa_duncan_interiors Sorry to hear..... Just one more things for us moms to worry about, thank goodness she's ok!!!! 6d

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chateaualamode Curled up on my couch tonight with a cozy throw. Ina Garten is inspiring my Thanksgiving on the TV and I have my pumpkin candle lit. I'm checking out what my favorite stores have for Christmas and I just ordered this from Anthropologie. God bless those that invented online shopping ;)
#anthropologie
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chateaualamode Just sharing a little secret...sneak peek at my jewelry line. Just a couple more loose ends to tie up and I launch. Excited and nervous at the same time! 2w

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chateaualamode So I'm getting ready to launch a line of jewelry. It's been a dream for a very long time and I'm finally finding the courage to do this and then this very small voice tells me, "what do you know about designing and creating jewelry? Who would want something you created" Lots of self doubt creeps in and then I read this and I move forward. Check out ExLibrisJournals on Etsy for this beauty. 2w
  •   lsharland How exciting! 2w
  •   lm_4_bn Congrats! 2w
  •   mommerzz Good for you Valerie! You're naturally creative so I'm sure your jewelry will be amazing 2w
  •   stacey_anton_ Love that your stepping out and doing this! Can't wait to shop! 2w

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chateaualamode Had a photo shoot with my girls today. They are my models for my new jewelry line that I hope to launch on Etsy next week. It's all inspired from Free People and Anthropologie so it's very bohemian, girly and fun. I will keep you all posted. 2w
  •   alexpallos That's so exciting Valerie!!! Can't wait to see it!! I know it will be FABULOUS!!! 2w
  •   jskiko Looking forward to it!! @chateaualamode 2w
  •   laurenbeabeauty Love the page! Come and check my page out and tell me what you think! If you like what you see please follow 2w
  •   lisa_duncan_interiors I love the photo, can't wait to see your photos of your jewelry.... I know it will be beautiful! 2w
  •   toiledejoie So cute. . Happy beading! 2w
  •   jen1418 What a cute picturecan't wait to see your jewelry2w
  •   lovingthiscrazylife Can't wait to see! 2w
  •   nocluelulu Yay!!! 2d

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chateaualamode Two couples we love dearly came over for dinner last night. Don't forget I have no oven so I decided it would be very casual, beef and chicken tacos (rotisserie chicken from the market), hubby made salsa, gobs of sour cream, cheddar and jack cheese, limes, black beans chips and green salad with cilantro dressing. My friend Terri made guacamole and for dessert Pam blessed us with two ice cream pies. Love having people around our table to feed and love. 2w

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chateaualamode My LA area peeps...visit my sister's beautiful store or follow her on IG. She is ready for Christmas... @lisa_duncan_interiors 3w

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chateaualamode How much do I love figs? Enough to make them into a meal for dinner. Last night I scavenged around and created this salad for dinner. Greens//Fresh Figs//Toasted Walnuts//Prosciutto//Green Onion//Goat Cheese//Made a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and ATE IT! So good! Try it and thank me later ;) 3w

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chateaualamode A little coffee house time with my girl. #reallifechurch 3w

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chateaualamode Do you want to hear my sad story? We are so close to remodeling our 20 year old kitchen and our oven just went out. Do we fix it, buy a new one now? The worst part is I can't bake anything and I'm in the mood for baking because it's Fall. I'm dreaming of baking something challenging and delicious just like this recipe I found on Anthro's blog...Spiced Apple Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting and Caramel. When I do have my oven I will be in the kitchen for hours celebrating ;) 3w
  •   chatelaine08 I am always in the mood for baking in the Fall too! Sorry about the oven. Exciting to have a new kitchen forthcoming. 3w
  •   shanonryan That's awful!! I love fall baking!! Good luck with your oven! 3w
  •   arosynote Oh no! I would just fix it for now if you can and then get a new one when you remodel. A new one probably wouldn't even fit into the old spot...that's how things usually go anyway. Maybe God is saying that the time to remodel is now ;) 3w
  •   conchcottagegirl Good luck with decisions and Baking 3w
  •   valsocal4 Fix and bake 3w

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chateaualamode Does anyone remember Bobs Big Boy when they were in every town in SoCal? This is the only one left in Burbank. So many great memories with Bob. Lots of Sunday's spent here after church. Lots of Friday nights after football games and so many other times. We went the other night and had Big Boys, cherry cokes and maybe just a few bites of hot fudge cake ;) Love having happy memories. #sentimentalmemories 4w
  •   corrie9 I love Bobs Big Boy!!! My Grandma and I would go every Sat night! So many memories also for me! Love their silver goblets with the chocolate frosty in it!!! I have a Bobs Big Boy where I live like 10 mins away #greatmemeories 4w
  •   nocluelulu Yes! We used to go to the one on Brookhurst & Adams in Huntington Beach!! It was the closest one to our house. BigBoyCombo (no relish please)!!! 4w
  •   nocluelulu @evaposey you BF ! 4w
  •   nocluelulu Your 4w
  •   evaposey cheater! haha @nocluelulu 4w
  •   artandsand Every Friday night after the football game! 4w
  •   lm_4_bn This is my hubby's twin we live bob yumm 4w
  •   sunshine_blissfullness I miss that place! 3w

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chateaualamode My name is Valerie and I am a Pinterest addict, but sometimes just good old fashioned magazines are the best!
#countryliving #marthastewart
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chateaualamode Having some quiet time outside (why don't I do this outside more often?) this morning with God. He gave me this and I cried because He knew how much I needed to hear it....Pile your troubles on God's shoulders -- he'll carry.your load, he'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin. And I trust in you//from Psalm 55:22-23 How amazing is our God? 4w
  •   nik92207 I was outside watering thinking the same thing it's sooooo beautiful and quiet :) 4w
  •   chateaualamode @nik92207 I know such a great time to he alone with your thoughts and the dog ;) 4w

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chateaualamode I may or may not have eaten this for lunch today ;) 1mon

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chateaualamode So this year I really wanted to keep my Fall decor much simpler and more organic. I bought some different colored pumpkins and spread them around my home and the front porch. I didn't bring out any fake pumpkins or garland this year. I really like it...feels simple and clean. 1mon

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