cornflake dreams.

12.02.2016

five things.

Happy Friday! This is my third post this week (!!) -- it feels really good to be back to my old schedule. I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha to share a few things that have been on my mind lately:
ONE: It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness week! For the most part my Crohn's symptoms are under control (thanks to a variety of medications and a restricted diet). I have good days and bad days, but I am very thankful not to be in the hospital like last December. If you have a question about Crohn's or just want to someone to talk to email me! It helps a lot to someone who understand what you are going through.
TWO: Let's talk about Gilmore Girls... I watched all four episodes of the revival over Thanksgiving weekend (if you haven't skip over this section). I was really happy with everything and by Spring (the second episode) it felt like the same old show-- it's amazing how most of the cast members didn't age and fell right back into their old characters. I LOVED Emily Gilmore's sassy one-liners (booty buddy!!), but I wish Jess, Sookie, and Lane had more scenes. I think they dealt with Edward Herrmann's (Richard Gilmore/Lorelai's dad) passing really well and the show paid a nice tribute to him. Some of the guest appearances were distracting -- Rachael Ray and some of the other celebrity chefs seemed unnecessary -- but I loved seeing all of the cameos from Parenthood and Bunheads. Rory had her issues and (for me) wasn't particularly likeable throughout the revival -- which is ok, characters with flaws make them more believable and the show more interesting. As for the last four words, I think they were perfect. The creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted the show to end with those words from the beginning, so how can you argue with that? I just hope they decide to do more episodes :)

















pink + blue owl hand rattles (while Vi might be too old for rattles, she loves to shake things -- these can be used as little maracas!) / jolly mr. santa / ralphy the reindeer / poppy the penguin / moxie + scout the dachshunds

THREE: I started wrapping presents yesterday and I have almost everything together for Violet's stocking. I'm a big fan of Zubels stuffed animals, so she'll be getting this little guy in her stocking. The dolls are 100% cotton and are made with eco-friendly dyes! Use the coupon SM20 for 20% off your order.

FOUR: Sooo it turns out we are not buying that fixer upper house after all. Our final home inspection revealed that it needs a new roof, windows, AC unit, and furnace. The house quickly turned into a total money pit, and we're not ready to tackle that kind of project. Side note: I really love young Tom Hanks movies.
FIVE: My mom is coming over this weekend and we're making Christmas cookies! We are going to make our family favorites: my mom's sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms with Hershey kisses, and nerds. I'd love to try a new recipe if we have time!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

11.30.2016

minted gift picks.

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.

We got our holiday photos back from my friend Liz at Coach House Pictures yesterday, so I spent most of the night picking out our holiday cards from Minted. They have so many great designs AND Minted has really cute gift ideas too! Here's a few of my favorites:
foil stamped art prints: most wonderful time / paris map / petit floral (this would be a great gift for a grandparent or new parents!)

teepeesI love the sunday market (heart and floral), space explorer, and dinostripe prints.

You also can't go wrong with a custom photo calendar or personalized stationery!

-xo-
Jillian

11.28.2016

cyber monday sales I love (and things I bought).

Happy Monday -- I hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving! We spent our weekend visiting family, eating, and watching Gilmore Girls (it was sooo good!) I also did my fair share of shopping. Here are some cyber monday sales that I love: 
sophie & lili holiday girl print -

small business love: 
blue dragon dreams // BLFRIDAY for 30% off + free shipping
freshly picked moccasins // $55 for grab bag of 2 pairs of mocs, you pick the size/gender
sophie & lili // HOLIDAY25 for 25% off most items
zubels // SM20 for 20% off everything

fair trade finds: 
amour vert // GREENFRIDAY for 20% off + free shipping/returns
nisolo shoes // up to 40% off select items

jcrew // MONDAY for 40% off everything + free shipping
land of nod // 20% off everything (including cute play food+ free shipping 
minted // CM2016 for 20% off everything
pottery barn (I want this quilt for our bedroom) // SHIPFREE for free shipping

and these are the things I bought over the weekend: 
- star tree topper
cookbook for a friend (43% off list price)
- sophie & lili holiday girl print bc with that bike it's too cute to pass up
story time book for my niece (23% off list price)
burgundy dress + poppy peplum top for Violet // BLFRIDAY for 30% off + free shipping 
- a personalized notebook for the new year // 40% off 
- skinny black jeans when I realized my old work pants looked rough and I needed something to wear for our family photos!

Happy Shopping!
-xo-
Jillian

11.21.2016

loving lately: all the little things.

Everywhere I go the stores are all decked out for the holidays! I guess shopping season has officially arrived. Here are a few beauty, tech, and holday things that I love lately:
BEAUTY: I received a sample of LancĂ´me DĂ©finicils Mascara c/o Influenster and it's my new favorite! The extra long wand makes application easy, and the mascara stays on all day without flaking. After seeing the cute Trinket Face Vase all over Instagram, I finally picked one up from Target. It's a cute (and useful) addition to our bathroom for under $10. After reading Anna's post I tried the Revitalizing Eye Cream from Tula and it's magic! The area around my eyes look less puffier and more refreshed. 

TECH: I received an HP Sprocket Portable Printer c/o HP with extra sticky-backed paper and it is such a fun little printer! It connects to your smartphone wirelessly and it's super easy to use. This mini printer would be an amazing stocking stuffer for anyone on your list. It was nice to finally print our a few photos from my phone. Speaking of phones -- I'm due for an upgrade! So I need to buy a sturdy case ASAP-- I have my eye on this one.

HOLIDAY: It's almost time to hang up Christmas decorations!! I can't wait to put up our Holly Red Felt Garland and stockings. And here's a great gift idea for kids: I'm obsessed with these beautifully designed PantryFridge Play Food sets from Land of Nod - too cute!

-xo-
Jillian

11.18.2016

etsy gift picks for kids.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! I never put up my Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, but I like to start holiday shopping early so I can buy handmade items that might take longer to produce and ship. We got Vi a play kitchen from IKEA earlier this year, and I just bought her a set of 7 crocheted garden harvest veggies for Christmas. And then before I knew it, I was on Etsy for over an hour and I found a ton of cute gift ideas for kids. Here are my favorites:
I'd love to add this set of 6 apples and crochet donuts to Vi's kitchen. A stacking rainbow is a great way to teach a toddler colors and reinforce stacking skills. The wooden camera and tiger mask are great for pretend playtime. A wooden rocket rattle is a cute gift for a baby and it doubles as a teether. I LOVE these superhero handmade rag dolls -- blonde dollpatriotic doll (my favorite!), african american doll. Vi loves throwing balls around the house, so I think she would really like this wooden bowling pin + ball set (and you can personlize it with your child's name). Monster finger puppet would be a great toy to keep a child entertained in the car or on a long flight (these are really cute too!). Most of these items are made in the USA (the dolls are made in Hungary).

-xo-
Jillian

11.15.2016

a baby girl sprinkle!

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.

One of my oldest (we met in 5th grade!) and best friend is expecting her second baby soon - she's having a girl! I got together with a few of her friends and we threw her a "sprinkle" -- a baby shower to celebrate a second child. Here's a few photos from the party:
This sprinkle vase was one of my favorite decorations! Pro tip from another party planner -- use two vases (one large, one small) and then fill up the space between the vases, that way you dont have to use as many sprinkles.
Minted has a huge selection of party decor for every occasion. The Girlie Cakes party decor was perfect for our baby girl sprinkle. We used the personalized banner - treats sign - bubblegum pink striped straws - HOORAY cupcake toppers - small + large modern white cake stands from Minted.
Guests snacked on a variety of appetizers -- veggies with hummus, mini quiches and a huge salad (from Costco!) There were also lots of sprinkle desserts -- funfetti cupcakes, frosted animal cookies, puppy chow, and chocolate dipped pretzels. I was in a sugar coma for hours :) 
We stacked two Minted cake stands on top of each other to create a tower for the funfetti cupcakes.
The guest of honor with here mom + family. All of the lovely party hosts :)
Guests went home with cute DIY sprinkle jars. I loved the adorable scallop circle tags -- they say "thanks for sprinkling your love". 
Thanks again to Minted for helping make this a special event. I had so much fun celebrating my wonderful friend and her new baby.
-xo-
Jillian

11.11.2016

life lately.

(you can buy this print here, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Girls Inc.)

It's been a tough week. I was incredibly surprised and very disappointed with the results of the election. I am nervous about what the future will bring. But I am also hopeful that we can find a way to come together as Americans. So let's please just try to be kind and respectful to each other. 
Always choose love over hate.

And girls -- "Never doubt that you are valuable, and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." -- HRC. We will break that highest glass ceiling someday.

And in totally unrelated news (but huge news for our family)... we bought a house!! It's a fixer-upper -- we close in January and we're hoping to move in mid-March. I can't wait to share photos of our renovation plans and process.

-xo-
Jillian