cornflake dreams.


baby cornflake's nursery reveal.

Violet's nursery was a labor of love. and waiting. She didn't have her own room until she was over three months old (after we moved into our house). And then we kept her crib in our room for a few months. But when we finally finished decorating the nursery and moved her in, it quickly became my favorite room in our house. 

The nursery looks pretty similar to the inspiration board I made when I was pregnant. I did make two changes: I switched the pink Pakistani rug with a gray dotted rug from Target. It was a total steal for under $80. And I ditched the blue and green map print after my mom gave me a pink print with the Beatles lyrics: "Golden slumbers fill your eyes, smiles awake you when you rise, sleep pretty darling do not cry and i will sing a lullaby." I LOVE that song and the print adds a nice pop of pink to the neutral room.

I shopped for all of the other pieces throughout my pregnancy, and I am really happy with how well everything came together. It's the perfect gray and white, jungle-inspired nursery for our little girl.

Here is the list of sources for everything in the room: 

Changing Table -- antique, this dresser originally belonged to my great-grandmother

Bookshelf -- antique, this was mine growing up!

Cloud Pillow Cover Fabric -- DIY cover by my mom

Crocheted Flowers -- DIY gift from Liz (similar)

Elephant Hook -- gift from my grandparents (similar


peanut butter and oat kiss cookies (and a giveaway!)

Full Disclaimer: I received complimentary items from Peanut Butter & Co. to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

One of my all-time favorite cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms. My mom always makes them for Christmas, so I associate them with the holidays. I found a simple recipe for peanut butter oat cookies that uses only FIVE ingredients, so I thought it would be the perfect base for a little chocolate. Desserts are always better with chocolate and peanut butter! I used two of my favorite Peanut Butter & Co. flavors -- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Smooth Operator and they gone within a few days.
Recipe adapted via
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I used 1/4 cup Smooth Operator Peanut Butter and 1/4 cup Cinnamon Raisin Swirl for a hint of cinnamon and raisins)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats  
1/2 tsp Baking Soda 
24 Hershey's Kisses

In a small bowl, cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats and baking soda to creamed mixture; mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Immediately place an unwrapped Kisses candy into center of each cookie. Store in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Co. is giving away 2 jars of peanut butter: Smooth Operator and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl + 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats so you can get baking :) Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. A winner will be emailed on November 2, 2015. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents.

Good Luck!


life lately.

I took a little blogging break last week. It totally wasn't planned, but I'll admit it was really nice to spend that extra time with Vi :) Here's an update on what I have been up to lately:

Loving: Visitors! My brother-in-law and his wife stopped by for a quick visit last week on their way down to Miami. It was so nice to spend some time with them and have them meet Violet. 
images via + via
Loathing: The rain. Charleston and other areas in South Carolina experienced a historic "once in 200 years rainfall event" over the weekend. The downtown peninsula was shut down and there was major flash floods and power outages throughout the weekend. Many homes experienced major flooding and damage. I am so thankful that we are ok and aside from some minor flooding in our backyard, our house made it through the storm without any damage. The whole thing freaked me out -- I hope we never have to experience a full fledged hurricane.

Looking forward to: The HOLIDAYS! I've always been a big fan of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and now that we have a baby in the house it makes them even more exciting. And now it's finally appropriate to buy things off my fall Etsy wishlist :)
Watching: Difficult People and The Mindy Project on Hulu. Bloodline on Netflix. Blackish, The Goldbergs, and Fresh Off the Boat (I'm so happy most of my friends are back on TV -- now I'm just waiting for the season premiere of Jane the Virgin).
Reading: Humans of New York Refugee Stories. They are incredibly heartbreaking and hard to read, but they shouldn't be ignored.
Shopping: I just bought a Halloween book and a plaid dress for Violet. And thanks to Laura's suggestion I picked up two plaid shirts from a store I never thought I'd be shopping at after I left high school (but the shirts are really cute and soft AND the low price tag doesn't hurt).
Baby Update: Violet has such a little personality and she is hilarious. She likes to curl her tongue and makes weird sounds (including dada!) and laughs at herself. It's adorable. She also started to make some progress sleeping at night and then she regressed. A lot. So after trying to rock her to sleep for hours, we finally decided to try the cry-it-out method. It broke our hearts to hear her cry, but so far it's working. She is getting better at self-soothing and we all sleep better at night (which makes for a much happier family during the day!)

I have some fun post to look forward to this week: a recipe + giveaway and Violet's nursery reveal (finally!!)

 How was your weekend?


friday five: the FALL bucket list.

Happy Friday! This week was a little crazy, Violet got her six-month shots yesterday (she handled them like a champ!) and our internet was pretty shaky all week (hence the lack of posts). So I thought I'd switch things up and share my Fall bucket list today (and link up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha AND Katie and Pinky). 

1. Wear Fall clothes. I hate to sound like a broken record but the heat and humidity this summer has been terrible. I was never a huge fall fan (mostly because in the Midwest that means winter is next) but now that I live in the South I totally understand why people love autumn. I'm excited to pack away my summer dresses, tank tops, and shorts and start wearing jeans, sweaters, and scarves again.

2. Decorate our mantle. We have a fireplace and a mantel in our home so now I'm trying to figure out how to decorate the space. The middle of our mantle is occupied with a flat screen TV, so I really just need to focus on the ends. I found a few fall pieces that I think would look great together: 
mercury glass pumpkin (I found a similar pumpkin at TJ Maxx!) / taylor glass hurricanes + pillar candles (orange) / oak leaf garland / brass pumpkin (I have the mini pumpkin and I love it!!)

3. Dress up Violet for her first Halloween. Violet's costume arrived in the mail the other day and I couldn't resist buying her a little felt pumpkin bag for her candy (which obviously I will be stealing + eating). All Halloween treat bags are currently 20% off with free shipping!
4. Carve or decorate pumpkins! When I was growing up our neighbors had a huge pumpkin carving party -- it was the best. The adults cooked out and the kids carved pumpkins. I always loved scooping out the goop and seeds, and I want to make sure we continue the tradition with Violet :)
more ideas here + monogram tutorial

5. Eat all the seasonal things.... pretty much everything pumpkin, apple or pecan.

What's on your fall to-do list?


weekend good things.

This post is a little late (thank you very much AT&T internet)... but I still wanted to share a few photos of our weekend:
My aunt Tracy, cousin Kacie, and her baby visited. It was really fun to have two babies in the house!! I love seeing Vi interact with her second cousin -- she doesn't see other babies too often (aside from brunch dates with Caitlyn's baby boy), so it's cute to see her try to figure out what's going on. I imagine she is thinking "who is this? and why is she playing with my toys?!" We'll have to tackle that whole sharing thing in the future.

My cousin Kacie and I visited Charleston a few times with my grandparents when we were younger, so she is somewhat familiar with the city. She wanted to go back to the City Market to shop, so we spent most of Saturday afternoon shopping and sampling candy :) I found a really sweet tooth fairy pillow and bought some triple dipped malted milk balls from my favorite peanut shop.

Since it was my aunt's first visit to Charleston I wanted to show her some of the historic mansions so we walked around The Battery and watched the girls play. Afterwards we braved the heat and went to the beach (it was 90 over the weekend!) Violet loves the ocean -- she loves watching the water and she is totally content sitting in the sand (until she tries to eat some and I have to swoop in to stop her!) I'm excited to go back to the beach later this fall and winter when it cools down a little bit.

How was your weekend?


five on friday.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, and Natasha and sharing five things on my mind:
shark hoodie via / baby beach pic via
ONE: My cousin, her baby girl, and my aunt are visiting this weekend!! I am so excited to see the babies play together :) If hopefully the weather cooperates -- we are going to take a trip to the beach and shop downtown at the market. 
TWO: I'd love to buy a pair of brown or beige booties for fall, but I have a few requirements: the heel can't be too high (bc I'm clumsy) and I want to keep them under $150. Here's my favorites:  TOMS leila ankle bootie / zada woven ankle bootie (my favorite but the heel way too tall for me) / basel ankle bootie / valli ankle bootie (these are waterproof!) / hala buckled bootie / bolt bootie
THREE: Growing up my mom used to make me pumpkin pie for my birthday (in June) and we had mini pumpkin and pecan pies at our (summer) wedding... so it's safe to say I'm a pumpkin spice fan. I'm totally craving these desserts: pumpkin cheesecake / pumpkin hershey''s kiss cookies / pumpkin pie crumb bar
FOUR: Yesterday I posted about Pottery Barn -- I love Pottery Barn Kids (+ BABY!) just as much. On Violet's wish list: penguin plushelephant bank / elephant plush rocker / fun on the farm stacker
FIVE: Don't forget to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasin giveaway! A winner will be emailed on Tuesday, September 22.

Have a great weekend!


worth another look.

I used to feel really out of place when I walked into Pottery Barn. It was filled with old fashioned furniture -- tufted chairs with arm rolls, stuffy leather couches with nailhead trim, and endless rows of table runners and napkin rings (who uses those?!). It was a all a little too shabby chic for me. But after ordering a few things for Violet's nursery (white gallery frames + elephant sheets) I started receiving catalogs and I was surprised with how many things I actually liked. I'm glad I gave Pottery Barn another chance. 
dearsley embroidered pillow cover - I love the timeless pattern on this pillow and I'm a sucker for blue + white / gold rim mirror tray - This would be a cute tray for drinks or it would look great on a dresser for perfume and jewelry / PB classic glass canisters - I have a similar set from Crate and Barrel in our master bathroom, but I like the details on these -- and you can add a monogram! / beaded silver-plated frame - I love the beaded detail on these pretty silver frames / cozy cable knit throw - I bought this blanket last year and I sleep with it every night! (it's available in five different colors and currently 20% off!) / blue ikat vase - again with the blue + white / buffalo plaid lumbar cover - how fun is this pillow? It's not something I would expect to see at PB! / malta lantern - I would love to get two of these for our mantle / chicago crewel embroidered pillow cover ... because how could I resist?! / wheaton stripe napkins another fresh fabric option (the matching pillow cover is cute too) / glass display hurricane - These would look cute on our mantle too (and the wish list keeps growing...)

Are you a Pottery Barn fan?