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loving lately.

Hi there -- it's been awhile since my last post (sorry!) but this past month has been really busy. We're getting really close to crossing off one of my resolutions for the year (!!) but for now I thought I'd check in and share a few things that I'm loving lately:

I bought this crochet lace scoop tank in white and I can't wait to wear it this summer with some jean shorts. 

IT Cosmetics sent over a few samples of their makeup and I've had so much fun trying everything out. I have always kept things very simple with my makeup -- I focus more on skincare, and most days I just wear mascara. I love this new addition to my skincare routine, it really hydrates my skin and when you pair it with concealer I look sooo well rested (a big win for this SAHM)! I've tried tons of mascaras over the years and this one is my new favorite. It makes your lashes look really long, it doesn't clump or flake, and it stays on all day. Does anyone else have any other IT Cosmetics products that they recommend?

My favorite pair of sunglasses broke a few weeks ago, so I finally splurged on a new tortoise pair and they are SO cute in person. I also picked up this cute graphic tee from Jcrew. I love all the little drawings especially the dachshund puppy, pretzel, and bicycle.

I finally upgraded to the iPhone 7 (the camera is so much better than my last phone) -- and I couldn't resist this cute evil eye case (there's a ton of other fun designs).

This striped dress, a button-up skirtand new jeans are on my radar for Spring!

And in case you were wondering what my favorite (almost) two year old is loving -- Vi is constantly serving up tea with her Green Toys Tea Set (made in the USA and out of recycled material!). She also loves having "ice cream" with this cute set, and we put this puzzle together at least two times a day!



feminist etsy picks.

A few weeks ago H suggested we participate in Chicago's Women's March (a sister march of the Women's March on Washington). At the time we were busy with the holidays, so I didn't give it much thought. But it really is the perfect opportunity for us to act and show our daughter that you should stand up for the things that you believe in.

Cup of Jo did a great job explaining the basics about the Women's March on Washington and gave some great tips on what to bring. It's not a March against our incoming President, rather it's a March in support of women's rights and overall human rights -- something I've always strongly advocated for.

If you live in the Midwest and want to participate, please visit Women's March on Chicago for more information. You can search for other sister marches by zip code here.



life lately + 2017 goals.

Hello there! It's been awhile since my last post -- I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! We had four Christmases (!!) so December was crazy busy. It was so much fun to watch Violet experience the holidays and introduce her to new traditions. We watched Christmas movies -- she LOVED Frosty the Snowman and wanted to watch it almost everyday -- (we didn't. I ended up buying her this book instead). We made Christmas cookies together and she was such a great little helper! And she helped me decorate the Christmas trees (we had one in the living room and a small one in her playroom). It was really cute to watch her show off her "Crissmas teee" and other holiday decorations when anyone came to the house. And of course she was VERY happy about all those presents! It's hard to believe December is already over and it's the start of a new year! I always make resolutions/goals for the new year -- here's mine for 2017:

Ever since I had Violet I want to spend all of my free time with her. And then when we moved back to Illinois last May things got even busier with visits with friends and family. So that didn't leave much time for me to spend blogging. But I really miss this space and all of the other bloggers and readers I've met over the years. It's also important for me to have a creative outlet that doesn't involve construction paper and glue sticks... so I'm not going anywhere :) One of my goals for the new year is to get back on a semi-regular schedule.

I want to continue a resolution that I made last year -- my daily "good things" journal. The days go by so fast and I want to space where I can reflect on everything. It's been really fun to look back at entries and see what we were up to a year ago (last January we were living in Charleston and Vi was starting to stand by herself!) I love these small notebooks.

I wrote a conscious closet shopping post a few months ago and I've already bought a few things from ethical stores. My new favorite is Amour Vert, they are a little pricey, but their clothes are made in America with non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy. They also offer free shipping + returns. The two shirts I bought (Liv Relaxed V-Neck Tee + Jenna Softest Ballet Tee) are SO soft and comfortable. I'm excited to try other shops and share my favorites on this blog.

We're still in our rental and our lease ends in June, but I'm hoping we'll find a home soon. I'm ready to settle down in Illinois and have a space of our own that we can decorate and really personalize.

Have a great weekend!!


$25 and under gift picks.

Over the weekend I hosted a little Christmas cookie party and gift exchange with some close friends. In the past we gave each other gifts that were around the $50 range, but we decided to do something different this year since we have so many babies :) to buy for too. So we decided to keep our gifts around $20 and it was really fun to see what everyone came up with. I got some great things: dry shampoo, a super cute ring dish (below), a mini candle, nail polish, a mini manicure set (below), and a Rifle Paper Co. to do list. Here are a few more great gifts under $25 for friends + kids (with free shipping!):
for the home: mini capri blue candle (my all-time favorite scent!) / ceramic skyline ring dish / candlefish candle tin + matches (made in Charleston)
for the beauty queen: mini manicure matchbook / velvet bow pony holders / french girl rose lip polish (I love the simple packaging)
for your bookworm toddler: abc yoga / all aboard! / technicolor treasure hunt



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!


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!



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!