cornflake dreams.

3.19.2015

hello, baby cornflake!

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know little Miss Violet made an early arrival last Saturday!! We're so completely in love :) Thank you for your sweet comments, texts, and emails! I'll be taking a few weeks off from blogging to spend some quality time with our little girl.
-xo-
Jillian + H + Violet

3.13.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! yes...still pregnant. Happy 39 weeks (and thanks for all the instagram love)! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci, here's five things on my mind:
ONE: I made a batch of lactation cookies the other day using Jane's recipe. They taste great -- but new mama Caitlyn advised I wait until after I have the baby and my milk comes in to eat more cookies. That way I'll reduce the risk of becoming crazy engorged #yikes. Thankfully I froze most of the dough so it'll be easy to avoid the temptation to eat all the cookies.
TWO: Gap has tons of adorable little dresses, rompers, and sandals for baby girls (and bonus everything is 30% off with the code SPRING).
THREE: I've been wanting to incorporate more meatless dinners into our weekly rotation, and I found a few recipes on Pinterest I'd love to try. Do you have any favorite meatless meals --that isn't pasta? 
FOUR: Minted is celebrating the arrival of Spring with 15% off sitewide (now until Monday, March 16). The promotion includes baby announcements and art for the nursery or for your bedroom.


FIVE: Downtown Charleston is FINALLY opening up a Chipotle on King Street! I can't wait to get my burrito bowl + guacamole fix :)

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian

3.11.2015

spring wish list.

It was 78-degrees in Charleston yesterday and today it'll be in the 80's, so it's safe to say that SPRING has arrived! I can't wait to see the city in bloom and I'm excited to pack away my winter sweaters. I've put together a short wish list of non-maternity spring clothes and accessories that I'd love to have in my closet:
-Layering necklaces: Rachael Ryen pave bar necklacebaguette bar necklace
-Nursing-friendly blouses: tuxedo camisole + draped pocket tank
-Gerard Yosca Daisy Patch Necklace -- the perfect floral necklace for Spring
-A light + long airspun cardigan
-Jcrew Parker crossbody bag (I bought this yesterday...I'll keep you posted if it's a keeper or not!)
-A simple watch and a new pair of black and tan sandals
-Essie nail polishes: mini how high for a fresh manicure + bump up the pumps for a bright pedicure

What's on your Spring wish list?
-xo-
Jillian

3.10.2015

pregnancy favorites.

Now that my pregnancy is winding down I thought it was time to share some of my favorite maternity items. Spoiler alert: you don't really need to buy a ton of things when you're expecting, but these picks have made the last 9 months a little brighter:
-Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter and Mama Mio Boob Tube - I just finished my third jar of Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter last night... it's safe to say I love this stuff. It's super thick, smells great and so far it's kept stretch marks away. 

-Gummy prenatal vitamins with DHA - it was easy to add this vitamin into my morning routine...who doesn't like candy?!

-bkr Water Bottle - any water bottle will do but it's important to keep yourself (and the baby) hydrated.

-Get moving with some new sneakers! I tried to stay as active as possible throughout my pregnancy and it helped keep my energy up and excess weight gain down. I gained a total of 30lbs but I know it was needed for my baby to grow and to be healthy. I loved doing yoga and other maternity workouts but walking is great too -- and a wonderful way for you and your partner to spend quality time together.


-Read: Secrets of The Mommyhood: Everything I wish someone had told me about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby - This was the most entertaining and helpful book I read, it was filled with a lot of useful tips. (I also liked Jo Frost's Confident Baby Care for more practical advice). 


-Write down memories in a Welcome Baby Book before you're too sleep deprived to remember how you felt when you were pregnant. 

-Once you hit the second trimester you probably should switch to sleeping to your side at night to avoid backaches. I used the Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow for the majority of my pregnancy and it helped me stay on my side throughout the night. A regular body pillow works too!

-And remember to keep your maternity wardrobe simple and dress in layers! 

What are your pregnancy favorites?
-xo-
Jillian

3.09.2015

weekend good things.

Good morning...well, I'm still pregnant :) ! I think Vi is going to hang out for a while - good thing she still has a week and a half until her due date. H and I keep talking about how things are going to change (so many good things!) In the meantime we're trying to spend as much quality time together as possible. And based on the photos I took over the weekend: eat everything in sight.
On Friday we took a quick trip to the gym, had Jimmy Johns for dinner (my favorite), and watched a couple of episodes of House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (I like to watch comedies before bed!) We ran some errands on Saturday, went to the gym, and I made steak fajitas for dinner (so good!). Later that night we wandered over to Kaminsky's for a sweet treat -- they have the best brownie sundaes! On Sunday I met up with the girls for brunch at Park Cafe and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the cafe decor was beautiful. We shared some Danish popovers and I couldn't resist ordering the avocado toast with bacon on the side. I make avocado toast all the time for lunch, so I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was. Their avocado toast is made with super thick bread and topped with lemon, red pepper flakes, and sea salt -- it took me to a happy food place. After brunch H and I went to Lowes where I found the perfect white table/garden stool for the nursery. Later we soaked up the sunshine and went on a long walk around our neighborhood (I was pretty excited to wear sandals and a maxi dress in March-- hello, Spring!!)

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian 

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway (ends tomorrow) and the Plucky Mustard Baby Onesie giveaway (ends 3/12)

3.06.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci, here are five things on my mind:
ONE: I'm meeting up with the girls for lunch at The Park Cafe on Sunday. It'll probably be my last ladies lunch for a while so I'm really looking forward to it!
TWO: I took a little break from reading but I'm hoping once Vi arrives I will have time (during breastfeeding) to get some reading done. These books are on my list: Luckiest Girl Alive, We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Coming Clean (highly recommended by Shelby). Have you read any good books lately?Women's Jersey Shift Dress / Stripe Tank / Cropped Jersey Pants / Relaxed Slub-Knit Tee
THREE: I think it's finally time to buy some non-maternity clothes! Old Navy has a ton of cute black and white (comfy) staples.
FOUR: With Spring and Summer just around the corner, I'm (STILL) on the hunt for a cute tan cross-body bag. I've narrowed it down to these four options: Madewell Twin-Pouch Crossbody (I love the black version too!) / Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Large Monday Crossbody / Jcrew Parker Crossbody Bag / Double Stud crossbody bag (a steal at $32!)
FIVE: There's still a few days left to enter the Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway and Plucky Mustard Giveaway

Have a great weekend!
-xo- 
Jillian

3.05.2015

loving lately: Plucky Mustard Custom Onesies + a Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary item from Plucky Mustard to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

I discovered Plucky Mustard on Etsy a few months ago when I was shopping for baby clothes. Plucky Mustard makes custom hand-painted onesies and toddler tees -- you can specify the color and name or phrase. They also have adorable brother and sister sets, holiday prints, and onesies with Beatles lyrics -- my favorite is "here comes the sun!". Debra, the owner and designer, uses special non-toxic, water-based fabric paint to create the tees and onesies. The painted design will not bleed or run and the onesies do not require special washing instructions. I LOVE the ballet pink name heart print onesie Debra made for Violet. I've already washed and packed it in my hospital bag for the big day!
baby girl custom name / little darlin Beatles lyric / here comes the sun Beatles lyric / state love / littlest love / little baby / I'm here! / all you need is love beatles lyric / big sisterEnter to win a Plucky Mustard onesie -- you pick the print! These onesies would make a great baby shower gift! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. A winner will be emailed on Thursday, March 12, 2015. This giveaway open to U.S. residents.
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian