11.27.2014

thankful.

My 2014 New Years resolution was to take the time to say thank you. Coincidentally I have a lot of really wonderful things to be thankful for this year: 

I am thankful for a healthy and happy pregnancy -- at 24 weeks I feel fantastic. I love seeing my bump grow and feeling little kicks throughout the day. We love you already Violet!

I am thankful for my supportive husband, who inspires me to be a better person and makes me laugh everyday. H -- you are going to be an amazing bābā.

I am thankful for my friends and family who keep in touch with weekly emails, texts, and phone calls. They are always there to support me (and calm me down when I worry about crazy baby things).

I am thankful we get to live in Charleston, South Carolina. It's a beautiful city with friendly people and great food.

and finally... I am thankful for pumpkin pie :)

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving friends!
-xo-
Jillian

11.26.2014

Charleston Culinary Tour / exploring upper king street.

Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary pass from Charleston Culinary Tours to facilitate this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

Last Saturday H and I went on another culinary tour. We booked our tickets through Charleston Culinary Tours and decided on the Upper King Street Culinary Tour. We live downtown but we don't visit Upper King Street nearly enough -- there sooo many great restaurants and shops in this area.

Our group stopped at four different restaurants all along Upper King Street and tried unique dishes at each place. And along the way our tour guide shared some history about the growth and changes in this part of Charleston.

Our first stop was HoM where we sampled: Calamari with parmesan goat cheese; Dixie Flatbread with pimento cheese, pork confit, caramelized onions, maple bacon greens (my favorite dish of the day); and a Green Gobble'n Turkey Burger with melted leeks & spinach, brie, green goddess aioli, green apple. HoM is on my restaurant wish list, so I'm glad it was included in the tour. I want to go back and try a beef burger and the Dixie Flatbread again.

Next up: Prohibition, they have award winning drinks and delicious food. We sampled the Chorizo Paella with peppers, cilantro and hollandaise sauce; and the Duck Confit Quesadillas with smoked gouda & roasted tomato, finished with sambal aioli & black bean corn salsa. I've never had duck before but apparently I'm a fan! The quesadillas was crispy and full of flavor -- I would order these again.

39 Rue De Jean - Mussels in garlic and herb broth; Pommes Frites (the fries were ahhhhmazing -- especially when you dip them into the garlic and herb broth); and Vegetable Ratatouille.

Our last stop was Paolo's Gelato where I got an itty bitty limone gelato cone, which was the perfect dessert after everything else we ate.

I absolutely recommend this tour, the food was excellent, and even my hungry husband was satisfied with the portions. It's a wonderful way to discover new restaurants and try a variety of food. I'd love to try the Chef's Showcase at The Farmer's Market Culinary Tour before the baby arrives ;)

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-xo-
Jillian
p.s. I have two big giveaways going on now from Minted and Stephanie Johnson - don't miss them!

11.25.2014

Minted holiday picks + $150 Giveaway.

Full Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Minted. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

Are you sending out holiday cards this year? Minted is always my first stop for printed cards, artwork, party decor, and stationery. They have a huge selection of holiday cards with beautiful and unique designs. And they make sending out cards really easy with free address printing on matching envelopes. I love these traditional non-photo card options:

And If I get my act together and take a cute photo with H, I'd love to order one of these photo cards:

Minted is generously giving away $150 to one lucky reader! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

11.24.2014

Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bag Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I was given complimentary products from Stephanie Johnson to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

I've raved about Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags before -- but they are so good I couldn't resist posting about them again. Stephanie Johnson designs fashionable and functional cosmetic cases and travel accessories, designed for the frequent traveler in mind. I love all the pretty new holiday designs -- especially the festive gold and black patterns. These cosmetic bags would make awesome gifts (or I wouldn't blame you if you want to keep them for yourself!)
I received a Jenny Train Case in the Concord pattern -- a diamond ikat design in ivory, black, and beige with a bright orchard interior liner. The interior and exterior of the case is covered in a sturdy glossy laminate which protects it from any spills or stains. The Jenny Train Case is 10" x 6.5", which gives me more than enough room for all of my makeup and toiletries. I also received the Large Flat Pouch in the Bollywood Beige Basic pattern. The pouch is perfect for storing jewelry and other delicate items for travel. The 9" x 7" large pouch is made out of a soft faux suede fabric and is pretty enough to use as an going-out clutch. The two cases look great together, and they are perfect for travel or to keep things organized in a diaper bag.
Love these cosmetic bags? Stephanie Johnson is generously giving away a set: (1) Jenny Train Case and (1) Large Flat Pouch to a lucky reader! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.  A winner will be emailed on Monday, December 1, 2014. U.S. entries only please. 
Good Luck! 
-xo-
Jillian
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11.21.2014

five on friday.

Happy Friday and helloooo weekend! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci today:
ONE: I can't get enough hummus these days -- especially the pine nut flavor from Harris Teeter. I really want to make avocado, roasted red pepper, and cilantro jalapeno hummus, (this 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus chart is fun too!) What are your favorite ingredients to mix into hummus?
TWO: I was included in Lovely Life Styling's Blog Tour list. Lindsay is super sweet and expecting her first baby any day! Now it's my time to nominate three more of my favorite bloggers. I'm going with my blogger-friends-turned-IRL-Charleston-friends: Shelby from Recent Somethings, Ally from Life as I know it, and Caitlyn from Home Sweet Ruby.
THREE: I'm seeing Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 tonight -- that's right three movies in less than three months! Just trying to do all those things that I know will be difficult to do after the baby arrives.
FOUR: We're going on another culinary tour this weekend! This time we are exploring upper King street and I really hope we visit Sugar Bakeshop. #preppingforThanksgiving
FIVE: There's a few days left to enter the Mama Mio Giveaway -- enter for yourself or for a friend!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

11.20.2014

a nursery for baby cornflake.

I hit the 23-week mark yesterday and I think the nesting thing finally kicked in. I vacuumed the whole house (including the couch and fridge -- I know, I'm a weirdo), changed the sheets, and reorganized the baby's clothes (again) by size. Sooo I'm sure you can imagine that it makes my nesting/control-freak-self sad that I can't actually decorate a nursery before the baby gets here. Baby M will be taking over our living room until we move out of our rental -- which is about 3+ months after the baby arrives. But that doesn't mean I can't start planning or shopping...

I want our nursery to be a warm and inviting room, with white furniture, grey accents, and pops of pink. I hope it all comes together in the end and I have already stocked up on a few things:


The modern Honest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and our vintage changing table (my great-grandmother's refinished dresser) will be the main pieces of furniture in the nursery. I want to keep things neutral for the bedding with a mix of gray sheets (I love the super soft Mini Dot and Grey Elephant patterns). And I couldn't resist the sweet Pink Swan pattern sheets! 

For wall decor I bought a few prints on Etsy over a year ago (yeeep...wishful thinking), thankfully I still love the illustrations - Jungle Nursery Alphabet art printA Jolly Read PrintRoyal Elephant art print -- from the Trafalgar's Square shop (they are currently having a sale -- receive 25% off orders over $20 with code FALL25 at checkout). I recently purchased a pretty Rifle Botanicals Garland for a personalized accent.

My mom has generously offered to buy us our rocker and I have my eye on the Toby Modern Upholstered Glider and Ottoman (both in Talbot Cement Fabric). I saw the glider when I was in Chicago and it is gorgeous!

Nursery Wish List:
I think a colorful rug would tie the whole room together. I love this Pakistani Pink and Black Wool Rug, but I'd actually love to get a pink Persian rug to celebrate her Persian/German-Irish-Hungarian culture.

I want to frame all of the prints in simple White Gallery Frames and add a Map print to the room to inspire Baby M to travel :) You can't beat the $5 price tag of this one.

For some finishing touches I want a few Nesting Floor Baskets for easy toy and blanket storage, a pretty Throw Pillow for the glider, and one more set of gray patterned sheets.

-xo-
Jillian

11.19.2014

my christmas wish list.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! I am sooo behind on my holiday shopping this year... ugh. I've rounded up a few $50 and under gift picks on Pinterest but I need to get moving. Til then I am linking up with AprilEliseKatie, and Zelle and sharing a Few of My Favorite Things:

-"I don't really need any more jewelry," (said no one ever).... I am loving the star details on this Elizabeth and James bracelet

-I use Urban Decay eyeshadow almost every day, so it'd be fun to experiment with more colors from the Urban Decay Naked3 Palate

-A girl can't have too many Zooey Deschanel classic pj's

-Now that I live somewhere that isn't crazy cold, I'd love a pair of super soft Cashmere Gloves and cozy slippers (this less expensive pair is cute too). 

-I love my new floral iphone cover but a girl needs options... this scallops iPhone 5c case is cute too!

and It's totally normal to put something for your baby on your christmas wish list...right? :) ok good because I can totally picture our little girl running around in these rufflebutt bloomers. (haha isn't that the perfect name?!) And I'd love to add these dreamy star print crib sheets and wool felt night sky mobile to her nursery.

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

p.s. Shopping for a mama-to-be? Enter my Mama Mio giveaway!
And stop by East Coast Chic today for a tour of my favorite room in our house.