cornflake dreams.

4.17.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, Darci today here's five things on my mind:
ONE: Talk about a dream collaboration -- Bauble Bar is selling  Capri Blue signature candles! I've raved about them before and they are still my favorite. Capri Blue Volcano is the perfect blend of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes and my go-to candle for spring and summer. Take advantage of your vault points + free shipping and stock up -- large jar ($32) and travel tin ($16).
TWO: Have you guys heard of the Baby Foot Peel? It's supposed to be a super effective treatment to remove calluses and dry/dead skin from your feet (just in time for sandal weather!). After reading Grace's review I really want to try it. 
THREE: These cartoons made me laugh a lot. I can totalllly relate to the agony of dropping your iPhone while you're nursing or being all scratched up by babies super sharp nails... good thing babies are so cute ;)
FOUR: I'm mailing out our baby announcements from Minted today! After spending a crazy amount of time browsing through different options, I went with the uptown introduction design. I'm always happy with the quality of Minted projects and their baby announcements did not disappoint. They are beautiful! I absolutely recommend taking advantage of their free recipient addressing...bc no one has time to write out addresses!
FIVE: Don't forget to enter the HALO SleepSack Swaddle giveaway!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

4.15.2015

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Review + Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary item from Halo to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.
One of the first things I learned as a parent is our baby sleeps much better when she is wrapped up in a blanket and swaddled. I'll admit I was intimidated by all of the swaddle techniques I saw online, so I was excited to try the Halo SleepSack Swaddle. The SleepSack promotes safe sleeping and replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. It's also the only 2-in-1 adjustable swaddle that allows you to swaddle your baby with her arms in or arms out (which is great because Violet is a ninja and she gets her arms out no matter what!) The SleepSack Swaddle is extremely easy to use and I love that it has an inverted zipper for quick night-time diaper changes. It's available in a variety of prints and fabrics. We have the Alligator Blue print in 100% Cotton Muslin Fabric, which is a nice lightweight fabric for summer (and the print is adorable).


About HALO
HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,300 hospitals use HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. The HALO family of products, including HALO SleepSacks and SleepSack Swaddles, SwaddeSure and the best-selling HALO BassinestTM Swivel Sleeper, help children from newborn to toddler age sleep better and safer.

You can enter to win a 100% Cotton Muslin Halo SleepSack Swaddle in your print or color choice. If you don't have a baby or you're not expecting -- enter for a friend, this Swaddle would make a great baby shower gift. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. A winner will be emailed on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. This giveaway open to U.S. residents.

Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

4.14.2015

weekend good things.

Happy Tuesday! I had an extra long weekend with my father-in-law in town (he arrived on Friday and leaves tonight). We spent most of his visit hanging out with Violet :) He showered her with attention and held her almost the whole time. I took advantage of our time with a babysitter and gave myself a pedicure, took a few naps, caught up on my magazines, and got a haircut. The weather was pretty warm so we spent a lot of time outdoors walking around our neighborhood.
One of my favorite part about having family visit is introducing them to our favorite restaurants #allaboutthefood. We got sandwiches from Queen Street Grocery (my favorite) and tried a new (to us) spot: Persimmon Cafe. H loveddd his chicken curry sandwich but unfortunately I wasn't impressed with their roasted chicken sandwich. It was packed with chicken, but it was pretty bland. On Sunday walked around on King Street and got salads from Verde. Locals: you have to try their spinach salad with strawberries, feta, avocado, pecans, and croutons -- it's delicious!

In other news -- Little miss Violet is a month old today! And we received a wonderful health update over the weekend. On Friday she had a echo heart scan with a pediatric cardiologist, and her heart is just fine! H and I are sooo happy and relieved that she doesn't require any follow-up appointments. (I took it as a good sign that the doctor's office had my favorite Dr. Seuss quote on the wall!) And yesterday at her four week check-up we were happy to hear that she is right on track in the growth dept. :)

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. There's only one day left to enter the Solly Baby Wrap Giveaway! Don't miss it and stop by tomorrow for another baby giveaway :)

4.10.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, NatashaDarci AND Caitlyn, Stephanie, and Laura, here's five things on my mind:
ONE: CaitlynStephanie, and Laura are hosting a new link-up to highlight something you can't live without. Since I've had Violet my makeup routine has pretty much disappeared and I keep my skincare regimen super simple. I might not have time, energy, or interest to put on eyeliner but I never skip my moisturizer. My current favorite is a sample I received from Influenster: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It smells great, absorbs quickly, and leaves my dry skin feeling super hydrated.

TWO: Old Navy has sooo many cute clothes for Spring -- I have been living in these cropped jersey pants and I love this stripe tank. I just bought a few more pieces and I'm hoping they are keepers (I'll keep you posted!) And btw that JCrew crossbody bag I bought a few weeks ago sadly did NOT work out. The purse felt plasticky and cheap and totally not worth the $98 pricetag.
THREE: My favorite Charleston candle shop just launched Candlefish.com! Now you can shop online -- bonus: use the promo code OFFTHEHOOK for a free travel tin candle from The Library at Candlefish with any online purchase.
FOUR: My father-in-law is visiting this weekend! I'm so excited for him to meet Violet and explore downtown. And if the weather cooperates I'd love to sneak in a trip to the Farmer's Market or Second Sunday.
FIVE: Don't miss the Solly Baby Wrap giveaway! One winner will be emailed next Wednesday (4/15)

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

4.08.2015

Solly Baby Wrap Review + Giveaway.

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

One of my favorite baby items is my Solly Baby Wrap. I still haven't been cleared to workout so my favorite way to keep active is to take long walks around our neighborhood with Violet. If you've ever visited downtown Charleston then you know most of the old slate sidewalks are pretty rough. The trees create huge bumps and cracks so walking with a stroller is a major pain. I prefer to keep things simple and leave the bulky stroller and diaper bag at home and wear Violet!
I registered for another baby wrap for our baby shower and it's made out of thick t-shirt material that doesn't breathe. The Solly Wrap is a light, super soft fabric that is breathable which is very important for babywearing. You don't want your baby getting too hot (especially living somewhere warm like Charleston). The wrap is extremely easy to put on and get your baby into and I'm a sucker for stripes :)
Enter to win a Solly Baby Wrap -- you pick the print or color! If you don't have a baby or you're not expecting -- enter for a friend! This wrap would make a great baby shower gift. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. A winner will be emailed on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. This giveaway open to U.S. residents.

Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

4.06.2015

life lately with a baby.

Hello there! The last few weeks have been pretty wonderful...and a total blur. The days have flown by and I can't believe our little girl is already three weeks old.

I've absolutely loved spending time with Violet and learning how to be a mom :) And I fall even more in love with H every day when I see him with our daughter. He's a doting dad and my heart aches when I see him reading to her (mostly BBC articles), introducing her to strong female singers, or rocking her to sleep. He's the one that reads the parenting books and reminds me that babies are supposed to cry...and growth spurts don't last forever. We're working on getting into a routine and there are still long nights and 3AM feedings -- but it's all worth it when we see her smile or hear her make little dinosaur noises. so sweet!

We're sooo grateful that our parents were able to visit and spend time with their granddaughter. It was wonderful to have an extra set of hands to help burp the baby, change diapers, help in the kitchen, and reassure H and I that we're doing okay as parents. We were also blown away by all of the support from the rest of our friends and family --- we appreciated the phone calls, texts, emails, cards, flowers, chocolate (YAH!), and generous gifts (you guys know how to spoil a baby and her parents!!)

Spring has arrived in Charleston, so we try to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go on as many walks as possible with our favorite baby carrier wrap.

So what's next?! My plan going forward is to continue working part-time as a graphic design consultant, but the majority of my day will be spent taking care of Violet. I'm excited to start blogging again too-- I've missed you guys! I'm hoping to post a few times a week but I'm not going to pretend that I'm the boss anymore ;) I hope that everyone has been doing well and I can't wait to catch up with all of you!
-xo-
Jillian

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