Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throw back Thursday: Baby Soleil

Soleil when she was 9 days old. Photographing a baby is super hard. Not my favorite. It took me a long time and few days to get some good shots. She is my last baby and so beautiful. You can check the other pics here: Soleil baby pictures.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

French beauty product secret: Monoi

My favorite Yves Rochers products. It's a French secret!
My secret is out. Yves Rochers is a very famous beauty products brand from France. My Mom has been ordering it's products from when I was a little kid. I must have been 8 when I remember using my Mom's Yves Rochers perfume. I still order from them as an adult. They are very cheap too with Free shipping. I love all the samples and free gifts so much!  Check the prices!!!

The Monoi line is my must have. When in Paris I smelled the scent 4 times in the subway. It is very popular in France. The scent is just divine. It is a coconut oil.  Tiare and Ylang-Ylang flowers are mixed together in a Vanilla base to warm your skin like the sun. It comes from Haiti, a French island. 

I use the Monoi oil for my hair and body. For sunbathing and in the bath. It also protects your hair in the sun and from the salt and chlorine. It lightens your hair. You get natural highlights if you spend a lot of time in the sun. $8.80

Monoi Eau des Vahinés Eau de toilette. It's the perfume. It stays on very well during the day. I use it on my neck and wrists. $17.60

Monoi Lagoon Moisturizing Perfumed Body Mist. I use this blue bottle on my body especially on my legs after the shower. It is a light perfume.$7.70

I use the monoi line all year long and I get tones of compliments.

Other favorites right now:

Pink Grapefruit Vitamin Face Mist. I use this on a hot day or after I work out. It helps my makeup to stay fresh and cools my face. It gives me a healthy look on my face. It's full of vitamins and smells very good. $5

Red apple 43247 lipstick. I love this red shade. A favorite. I love the texture. Very creamy and it stays very well. $5.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What you need to know about Paris

What you need to know going to Paris:

Do not wear open toe shoes. This is a very dirty city.
If it rains buy an umbrella. It rains a lot in Paris and we get 1 week in August usually were it get in the 90 - 95 degrees.

There is no AC pretty much anywhere...

Take your time to figure out the subway system and it takes a long time to go anywhere.

It's OK to get lost. Parisian get lost all the time.

You can get a week pass for the subway in Paris where you can get on the subway as many times as you want. It's cheaper than to use 1 ticket each time you go in. Bring 1 passport picture to use for your pass card.

Parisians wear a lot of black and dark colors.

Do not wear short shorts. Not sanitary with the subway and seating everywhere...

There is a lot of nice people in Paris and they will help you.

Do not jump to catch the subway at the last minute. You could get stuck in the doors and it pinches hard. Although there is always some nice natives like me to help you out and open the doors for you if you get stuck...I have done it many times.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

By Isabelle Thornton

Monday, July 28, 2014

Where bloggers create and Monday link party

Thanks so much for linking last week! How was your week? 
I am putting up the same party as last week so you can get more traffic this week on older posts. Have a super week! Love you guys!
Debbie Dabble shared her creative space entry  for where bloggers create. It's so pretty. It's my dream to have a craft room some day. Meanwhile I taket notes from beautiful crafting spaces. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday and cat in a hat party

Last year Cat in a hat Birthday party for my girl was pretty awesome. I need to throw more parties. I really enjoy them and they create great memories for the kids.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My favorite magazines 5 for 20 dollars

My favorite magazines are on sale at 5 for 20 dollars. I love Allure, Woman's Day, Yoga, Shape, family fun. 
Check it out before it's gone:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My favorite French Urn and flowers

I bought this Better Homes and garden French Urn years ago. Maybe 6 years ago. It has weathered very well on it's own and the brown paint started to peel away. This is one of my favorite pieces. 
I planted Verbena, Bidens and Calibrachoa. In the back is Sweet Basil and Chives as a background. I love planting herbs in a pot with flowers. They always do very good. The spiky plant in the middle is Dracaena. My sprinklers water the pot on my cement landing. I have a hard time not forgetting to water it by hand. I am just too busy. 
How is your garden growing?

This is where I am shopping this Summer:

Monday, July 21, 2014

House beautiful French outdoor, lace cookies and Monday link party

How was your week my friends? Mine was very busy with the kids of course. THANKS so much for linking last week! Link anything you want! Xo
Simply Vintageous is having a roundup of outdoor decor from House beautiful. My favorite is this one above. Very French Country. My must copy one day! 
Make mine lemon has this lace cookie recipe. I really want to try it. Have you had lace cookies before?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Girly girl

I hanged my big black mirror and the kids love it especially Soleil who is a very girly girl and only wants to wear dresses and my shoes.
Every morning she wants to wear a dress. ANd ONLY a dress. She is my only girl to be so girly.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday and Jefra Linn photography

 That time when I was a model for Nichole V and Jefra Linn photography took a picture and I didn't know it was her until I saw the picture. Pretty cool! She is a very famous photographer in Utah.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kitchen makeover and link party

Hope you guys had a great week. Thanks so much for linking.
I really love the kitchen makeover at Simply vintageous. This takes a lot of work. Go see the before and all the other pics.

Link back to my blog. Thanks!

Friday, July 11, 2014

1 Million views on Le chateau des fleurs blog

This blog Le chateau des fleurs just passed the 1 million views mark and I am very grateful. I started years ago when I had to surf around to find blogger friends and when commenting was a big part of blogging. Before the social media was big and blogger who had money would be in the news paper and on TV. I learnt blogging the hard way with hours and hours of social networking and no money. Later linking 2 hours a day to any link party out there. Then Facebook, twitter made my blogging easier when I was stuck and sick like a dog in bed pregnant with my 4th baby. Blogging has changed a lot. I got great support from strangers with big hearts. I made priceless friendships along the way and started my business: Mommy blogger SEO.

Blogging has been a blessing. Being from France, very shy in the states and finding it hard to make good friends and not fitting very well. I belonged in the world of blogging. I find acceptance, encouragements, love and support. 

My blog also has been my place to prove myself to the world, to show who I was, what I loved doing and my talents. My love for my family and the fun we had. This is my journal to my children also. All the parties, places we lived, the happy moments.

Thanks you from the bottom of my heart to you my friends out there who have been following our journey.
By Isabelle Thornton
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