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7.01.2015

PSTML Turkish Towel giveaway.

I am excited to introduce an exciting giveaway with one of my favorite small businesses today! PSTML is an artisan Turkish Towel company that got it's start with a successful Kickstarter campaign. PSTML sources their Pestemal & Turkish towels directly from the small village of Babadag in Turkey. The village is the birthplace of the turkish textile industry, and the manufacturer is the last of their kind in the region. PSTML's mission is to showcase the stories of people, customs, and cultures by curating premium, artisan goods for people seeking authentic, sustainable, and responsibly sourced goods. They recently released a handful of beautiful new designs. I received a set of blue stripe Turkish Pestemal Bath Towels and they are perfect for the beach or the bathroom.
A pestemal or peshtamal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish towel. It is flat-woven with a hand-tied fringe, generally made with Turkish cotton. Pestemal are colorful, fast drying, absorbent and an essential element of the Turkish bath experience. Pestemal are used as towels, decorative throws and packable travel towels.
I'm partnering up with PSTML to give away an artisan made, 100% hand-loomed Turkish Pestemal Bath Towel. The winner can choose between four colors: blue, green, red or gray. Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Good luck!
-xo-
Jillian

6.30.2015

life lately.


Loving: All things birthday :) I turned 30 last week -- thank you for all of your sweet comments! I was able to do yoga, take a nap, eat LOTS of funfetti cupcakes, and have a burger (or two). And if all that wasn't enough, two of my best friends from Chicago visited over the weekend! It was so fun to run around town with them and hang out with Violet. #bestpresentever

Loathing: Crohn's. It's kicking my butt lately and I'm reallllly sick of being sick. I have been dealing with a flare for about a month and when you combine that with breastfeeding and lack of sleep, I'm feeling really drained. I'm nervous my medication is no longer working so I'm going to have some tests done later this week. Hopefully we can figure out what's going on.

Looking forward to: Seeing my mom this week! She's going to come into town to spend the holiday weekend with us.

Working on: Our master closet. The previous owners installed custom shelves and drawers which are nice but need a LOT of love.

Watching: We finally finished Mad Men the other week (I loved the ending!!), so we can start watching the new season of OITNB.

Shopping: I received some Beatles albums for my birthday (thank you friends!) and I just bought another one. I also bought some more of these .... #glamorous.

Baby update: Violet was chewing on a cloth stuffed animal and she coughed up a hair ball last week. I wish I was kidding! It kinda freaked us out, so now we only let her chew on plastic toys. She loves the Step 1 teether (from this set) c/o Nuby. It has soft bristles that massage her gums and help get her ready for teething. She also loves to eat her Sophie Giraffe :)

-xo-
Jillian 

6.25.2015

"What to Expect When You're Expecting" book series giveaway!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Remember when I posted this photo on Instagram a couple of months ago? The first few weeks of being a mom was pretty challenging. I didn't know why Violet was crying all the time and I didn’t know how to make her stop. Thankfully before she was born my OBGYN (who I adore) recommended that we buy What to Expect the First Year. She recently had her first baby and said that the book was extremely helpful and answers many of the questions new parents have. So almost every morning H would read a few pages and summarize the major points for me. He’s such a good student he even highlighted passages and flagged pages :) When Violet got to the crying stage he urged me to read the chapter about why babies cry. It turns out it’s NORMAL for some babies to cry (and a times for no reason at all). But it does eventually get better. phew. After I read that I was relieved and it totally helped my confidence as a new mama. 
I didn't have the What to Expect When You're Expecting book when I was pregnant. But since my pregnancy symptoms might be different the next time around, I'm sure it'll come in handy. While I was pregnant I used the What to Expect App and every week h and I looked forward to watching the development videos to see how our little babe was changing and growing. It was also pretty amusing to see what fruit or vegetable her size would be compared to (we always tried not to eat that particular produce that week!) 
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the longest running book on the New York Times Bestseller list -- it's been listed for over 600 weeks! It's also one of the most trusted and recommended pregnancy books by moms and doctors because it is full of practical advice. The What to Expect book series covers pregnancy through the second year and it would be a great gift for a mama-to-be. 

Enter to win the entire book series: 
What to Expect® When You're Expecting
What To Expect® the First Year
What to Expect® the Second Year
Eating Well When You’re Expecting

Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Thursday, July 2, 2015. Good luck!
-xo-
Jillian
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

6.23.2015

hello, 30!

So, this is 30! I'll be honest, I thought this "big" birthday would be a little more dramatic and I would wake up today mourning the end of my twenties. They were great and I had a LOT of fun, but I am more excited about the future with my family. Being a mom and a wife was always the goal and I couldn't be happier with the two people I spend the majority of my time with. I love H and Violet so much and I can't imagine my life without them. My twenties have taught me that good friends keep in touch, family will always be there, and you're never too old to make more friends or live in a new place. 

Cheers to 30! I can't wait to see what's next :)
-xo-
Jillian

6.22.2015

to H on his first father's day.

H -- I am so grateful for our family of three. You make this parenting thing really fun, and I fall in love with you a little more every time I see you rocking or playing with our daughter. I admire your patience and ability to laugh through the diaper blow-outs and late nights. You are such an amazing baba* and Violet and I are so lucky to have you in our lives.

Happy Father's Day to all the baba's out there!
-xo-
Jillian

*baba is Farsi for dad, in case you were curious ;)

6.19.2015

Happy Baby Wrap Review + Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary product from Happy Baby Wrap to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.
It's no secret that I'm a huge babywearing fan, so I'm excited to team up with another great company: Happy Baby Wrap. Established in 2011, the California company has developed ultra-soft organic bamboo baby carriers in pretty colors like seafoam green and vermilion red. I received a black and white polka dot wrap and it's adorable. I love the breathable, soft bamboo fabric, and the wrap is easy to use. And the packaging is super cute - win/win!
Happy Baby Wrap is generously giving away (one) wrap a lucky reader! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Friday, June 26, 2015.
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

6.18.2015

#prayforcharleston

By now you have probably heard about the unthinkable tragedy that took place in Charleston last night. I was shocked to see the terrible news on Instagram (of all places) late last night when I woke up to feed Violet. I couldn't believe my eyes. Nine people were shot and killed during a bible study at a church in downtown Charleston. How could this happen? Who would do such a thing? The whole thing is so sad, it broke my heart and made me hug Vi a little closer. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
-xo-
Jillian