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1.31.2015

celebrate with donuts.

Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have celebrated lots of special occasions, little victories, holidays, and Saturdays with donuts. :) I've been a fan of Dunkin' Donuts for years... and their double chocolate donuts always bring me back for more. The other day I stopped by my local Dunkin' Donuts on Meeting Street and I bought a couple of donuts, including the new heart-shaped brownie batter donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. It was sooo good. I paid for my order using my Dunkin' Mobile App and I received a perk for a free beverage. whoot! whoot! I signed up DD Perks a few months ago and I am loving all of the perks that I have earned so far. The app is easy to use, and super convenient.DD Perks is celebrating it's one year anniversary! They created a really sweet short video (below) thanking their fans for their support since launching the program AND they are offering a special 200 points perk for DD Perks members with any purchase. The points can be used towards a drink of your choice -- any size. This special anniversary offer ends on February 1, 2015 (psst: that's tomorrow...so get moving!)

With DD Perks, you can earn five points for every dollar you spend on qualifying purchases when you pay using a Dunkin' Donuts plastic card or Dunkin' Donut App. Once you earn 200 points, you'll receive a coupon for a free beverage of your choice (any size). DD Perks members can share their rewards through the Dunkin' Mobile App with friends and family. I have sent a few perks to H -- he is a big coffee drinker. So, if weekend donuts or daily coffee are your thing, consider signing up for Dunkin' Donuts DD Perk's (you'll earn rewards and freebies every time you visit). 

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-xo-
Jillian

1.30.2015

five on friday.

Happy Friday!  I'm I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci, here are five things on my mind today:
ONE: Happy Superbowl weekend! I'm excited to watch the game commercials, eat tons of dips and steak fajitas. 
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TWO: I really want to buy a pair of New Balance sneakers. I think they'll get a lot of use once the baby arrives and I walk for exercise until I can get back into my yoga routine. Now I just have to decide on a color... I keep going back between grey, black, and navy. I wear a lot of black so I thought I should probably mix it up... or not. Which pair is your favorite?
THREE: Graphic Image (GiGi New York's parent company) is having a huge sale, 50% off! -- their collection of leather datebooks.
FOUR: I recently discovered Soon Maternity, a Melbourne-based shop with stylish and sophisticated pieces for pregnancy and after baby. They have a great collection of dresses and basics. And one of my favorite items is their Love to Labour Gift Box, which includes Soon Maternity essentials for a new mama's hospital stay. The gift box includes a Soon Maternity Feeding Tee or Tank (Black or White), Long Leggings, Fluffy Socks, Tom Organic Maternity Pads, Nursing Pads, and Milk 'Take a Trip' Pack.
FIVE: I LOVE this ad.

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian

1.29.2015

made especially for you.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary item from Ludi GiftBox to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

LUDI GiftBox was sweet enough to send over one of their unique gift boxes earlier this week. I loveeed the packaging -- my white gift box came with a bold black and white stripe grosgrain ribbon and bright poppy print paper inside.
I received the "For the milk & cookies lover" LUDI GiftBox:
I'm a total cookie fan monster + tea towel hoarder, so this gift was a perfect fit. The box included a "cookies" porcelain tray, two glass milk bottles, and a black and cream plaid tea towel. The cookies are not included, but I used that as an excuse to buy some Oreos and chocolate chip cookies. I had to see which cookies were more photogenic... just doing my job as a "serious" blogger. The chocolate chip cookies won! 
Anyhoo back to the box -- I love the concept of curated gift boxes because they make gift giving really easy. You can pick from their collection of gift boxes or LUDI GiftBox will work with you to create a custom GiftBox. You just pick a theme, set a budget, and then fill out a little information about the gift recipient -- they'll take care of the shopping, packaging, and shipping!

Have you ever tried a curated gift box service?
-xo-
Jillian

1.28.2015

craving: steak.

When my parents visited over Christmas they brought a cooler full of ground beef and giant steaks (...you know you grew up on a farm when). H and I usually don't eat a ton of red meat, so we're pretty excited to have a freezer full of premium meat. The ground beef is easy to cook with but the steaks are tricky -- we don't have a grill! Pinterest to the rescue -- I found some easy skillet recipes that incorporate steak into veggie-centered meals:

Are you a steak fan? How do you like to prepare it?
-xo-
Jillian

1.27.2015

etsy valentine's day picks.

Valentine's Day is almost here! As much as I love pink and red, hearts and arrows, and chocolate, I'll be honest -- H and I keep things pretty low-key. We usually get each other a card and we make a special dinner together at home, but we don't go crazy with gifts. But I still have my eye on some cute Valentine's Day inspired things over on Etsy: 

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
-xo-
Jillian

1.26.2015

weekend good things.

Happy Monday, my weekend went by sooo fast but it was a good one. We saw Birdman on Friday night -- it was weird but not as crazy as I thought it would be. I really loved how it was filmed, as one continuous long take. But overall I thought the movie was just okay -- I'm glad I saw it but I wouldn't want to watch it again. The best part of any movie is always the popcorn -- and that didn't disappoint :)
On Saturday we took a morning trip to the gym and afterwards I met up with the girls for a late lunch at Butcher & Bee. I had a cheeseburger + fries (add that to my list of pregnancy cravings). It was REALLY good and I can't wait to go back and try some other sandwiches.The next day the weather was sunny, so H and I decided to walk the Ravenel Bridge. The bridge is huge with eight lanes of traffic and a protected pathway for bikers and runners. It connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant and goes over the Cooper River and it's about 2.7 miles long each way. It was a great workout and the views of the water were beautiful. I'm excited to walk the bridge again with a stroller and a baby in a few months.
How was your weekend? 
-xo-
Jillian

1.23.2015

five on friday.

Happy Friday -- I'm I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci today. 
Here are five things on my mind lately:
ONE: H and I want to go to a movie this weekend -- we're considering seeing Birdman, The Imitation Game, or Foxcatcher... have any recommendations?
TWO: Splurge vs. Steal. I received a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas so I decided to treat myself and buy an expensive ($78!) robe. When I got it in the mail I loved how soft it was but the front-tie was sooo awkward. Even without a bump, the tie in the front is not practical because when that fabric swings open you see can everything. So I returned the robe (hooray for free returns) and bought a much cheaper robe from Target. The Target robe has a similar kimono style, ties on the side and it's super soft. Plus at $22 I won't mind if this one gets spit up on :)
THREE: Minted has a really cute collection of Valentine's Day Cards! They are offering 20% off foil-pressed designs with the code FOILLOVE (offer expires at 11:50 PM PST on 1/26/2015).
FOUR: I'm still working my way through my Charleston restaurant wish list. It seems like everytime I cross something off I have a new restaurant I want to add :) but I'm not complaining! This weekend I'm having lunch with the girls at Butcher & Bee. Their menu changes daily so realllly hope they're serving burgers!
FIVE: Don't forget to enter the RapidLash giveaway! A winner will be emailed on Wednesday, January 28. 

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian