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five on friday.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci today:
ONE: H surprised me on Wednesday night and took me to the Festival of Lights! We had a lot of fun walking around and taking photos of the Christmas decorations. It made me really excited for next year -- it'll be fun to celebrate the holidays with a baby. Locals -- the traffic during the week wasn't bad + bring a canned good for $5 off your admission.
TWO: Still looking for a great gift idea? Shutterfly has glass, metal, and ceramic Christmas ornaments that you can personalize with a photo! These would make a great gift for a new mama... I made one for my niece. I was so impressed with the quality, I made another one with Violet's sonogram photo. :) The ornaments range in price from $16 - $31.
THREE: This weekend I'm getting together with some Charleston bloggers for a cookie + white elephant gift exchange! I used to host a cookie exchange with my friends in Chicago, so I'm really happy to have a group of friends in Charleston to get together with for the holidays. I'm bringing Nerds + Peanut Butter Blossoms + Skyline Chili Dip!
FOUR: My parents are visiting next week!! I have a long list of things I want to see/do/eat with them and I'm praying it doesn't rain -- locals do you have any suggestions for indoor activities?
FIVE: There are a few days left to enter the Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway (whoohoo who doesn't like free food?!)

Have a wonderful weekend!


loving lately: ThirdLove lingerie.

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

I recently had the opportunity to review a bra and a pair of underwear (panties!) from ThirdLove. My practical side told me to go for an everyday bra...but I decided to get something a little more frilly and feminine instead.

I absolutely Iove my Lace Balconet 2.0, it's a gorgeous black bra with scallop lace details, and a sweet little nude bow and straps. The bra fits me perfectly -- ThirdLove offers a large range of sizes, including half sizes to accommodate ta-tas that are between cup sizes. I think that every girl needs one bra she feels really pretty in and this one, even at 7 months pregnant, makes me feel tres chic! :) I paired the bra with some practical Microfiber cheeky panties, they are lightweight and breathable (always good!)

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Do you like to wear frilly lingerie or do you prefer something simple?

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway!


my favorite maternity workouts.

Before I became pregnant I had a busy workout routine that included a variety of fitness classes, including barre, yoga, pilates, and weight lifting. Fast forward 27 weeks and I'm getting close to my third trimester of pregnancy (yah!!). I have been pretty good about staying active throughout my pregnancy - working out or walking at least 4-5 times a week. Now that my due date is getting closer and the holidays are here (hello cookies!), I want to make sure I continue working out. I'm hoping the workouts will help me have a healthy pregnancy and baby, and hopefully it'll be easier to get my pre-baby body back after I deliver. Here a few of my favorite workouts and tips: 

1. Start with a workout you love. I am a huge yoga fan -- it always puts me in a great mood and I feel relaxed afterwards. So I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my workouts during pregnancy and thankfully most pregnancy books that I have read recommend yoga as a safe and effective workout option. To keep yourself safe just skip the moves that put you on your stomach (cobra, locust, bow) or include heavy twisting. I also like to include the Pilates side-kick series at the end of my yoga routine.
2. Pick up some free weights. Weight training with dumbbells is a great way to maintain muscle mass during pregnancy and prepare those arms for holding a baby in the future. I like this ten minute arm video.
3. Roll it out. I took a self-myofascial workout class when I lived in Chicago and I still use those moves to massage my muscles after working out. I also like to use my foam roller to do guided squats (stand with your back facing the wall, put the foam roller behind your back against the wall and squat down -- I try to do 2-4 sets of 25 squats).
4. Search online for workout videos. After reading positive reviews on Amazon, I purchased Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project, it's a series of nine dvd's with a 45-minute workout for every month of pregnancy. The workouts are no joke and I always feel sore the next day. I like that the videos can be done at home with minimal equipment (all you need is 3-lb free weights, towel, chair, and yoga mat). I try to do the DVD at least once every other week.
5. Go for walks. When I can't make it to the gym, H and I like to go for long walks around our neighborhood after dinner or on the weekends. It's a nice way for us to do something together outside of the house and sneak in a little exercise. 
6. Write it down. Whenever I workout I write it down on my calendar, that way I can visualize how often I am working out and keep myself accountable. It's also a great way to see if you need to shake up your workout routine with something new.
7. Dress the part. Just like before pregnancy I am more motivated to workout when I feel comfortable in my clothes. Thankfully a few of my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit (gotta love that stretchy material). I like to layer my Albion Fit Go Long Tee with a GapFit Breathe Heathered Tank. The pants are a little tricker -- I ended up buying a new pair of yoga pants and they fit under my bump (just order one size up).

Mamas what are your favorite maternity workouts?

p.s. I'm not a doctor so always consult your doctor before trying out a new workout routine -- and listen to your body! :)


candlefish - Charleston's best candle shop.

Last week I attended a candle making workshop, along with seven other Charleston bloggers at Charleston's newest candle shop: Candlefish.
Candlefish was created by the people behind Rewined and Produce Candles and the shop is filled with a wonderful collection of candles, stationery, and pretty vintage gifts. Note to H: Please do any future shopping for your wife at this store! :)
The candle making workshop lasts two hours and our instructor Hannah led us through the step-by-step process of making our own scented candle. We started by selecting a scent from the shop library, which features 100 different fragrances to choose from (you can mix different scents together for a unique fragrance). I went with a cinnamon fragrance for the holidays. All of the bloggers took turns pouring hot liquid wax into a metal canister, whisking their fragrance oil into the wax, pouring the scented wax into a glass container, and finally placing the wick into the candle. It was a fun process and so interesting to see all of the steps involved in making a candle. I'd highly recommend visiting Candleshop the next time you're in Charleston -- and for a hands on experience, sign up for a scented candle making class!
Visit + Shop Candlefish: 71 Wentworth, Charleston, SC
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candy cane hack with Peanut Butter & Co + Giveaway.

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One of my favorite holiday cookies are Nerds, clusters of cereal dipped in a mix of white chocolate and peanut butter. This year I wanted to mix things up, so I decided to add some peppermint to the recipe and use a blend of Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter. The result was a seriously addictive festive treat :)

1 cup Kix cereal
1.5 cups Reece's Peanut Butter Puffs cereal 
1/2 brick white chocolate candy coating
1 cup peanuts 
1 tablespoon Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter
1 tablespoon White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter
5 crushed candy canes

METHOD: Melt the white chocolate candy coating in the microwave (approx. 40 seconds), mix the melted white chocolate candy coating with peanut butter, peanuts and cereal. Spoon mixture onto foil to dry, sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Let dry and enjoy!
Shop now: use the code YUMSQUADLOVE (case sensitive) at checkout for 25% off the online store for the month of December. Peanut Butter & Co. is giving away a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams & White Chocolate Wonderful to one lucky reader! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Monday, December 22, 2014. Good Luck!


five on friday.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci today:
ONE: H passed his boards!!! Whooohooo...queue celebration dancing alll weekend!
TWO: I attended a candle making class on Wednesday at Candlefish (71 Wentworth, downtown Charleston) and I had the best time! Check back next week for a full recap of the event + a special discount on classes.
THREE: I tried out two new recipes from Pinterest this week! The lasagna soup was super easy and sooo delicious! But the chicken noodle casserole was wayyy too creamy for me (I should have known -- it calls for 2 cans of cream of chicken soup + a cup of milk...eeek no bueno!) 
FOUR: We're taking advantage of the warm weather (60's in December!) and going to second sunday and the farmer's market this weekend! I'm excited to do a little shopping, eating, and people watching.
FIVE: There are a few days left to enter to win a hooded baby towel from Rikshaw Design!

Have a great weekend!


cherry almond bread.

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I was talking to my mom the other day about our favorite holiday desserts and I told her I can't stop making her grandma's date nut bread. She agreed that it's one of her favorites, but suggested a few ways to mix up the recipe with different ingredients -- including swapping out the dates for cherries. I decided to take her advice and try the new recipe and it was delicious! Lately when I bake I like to have my Intel 2 in 1 in the kitchen so I can look over my recipe, and listen to Josh Groban's holiday station on Pandora. The Acer Aspire Switch Intel 2 in 1 is a laptop that easily converts into a tablet device with two different stand positions -- tent or display (featured below). The device doesn't take up a ton of room on my counter and it weighs less than 1.5 lbs, making it easy to move around. I also like the touchscreen feature, which makes it easy to switch between tasks while I am busy in the kitchen.
-1 cup dried cherries 
-1 cup chopped almonds
-1 1/2 cups boiling water
-1 egg
-3/4 cup sugar
-2 1/4 cups sifted flour
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 tablespoon melted shortening
-1 teaspoon vanilla

METHOD: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over dried cherries and let them rehydrate while preparing other ingredients. Beat egg until light. Add sugar gradually and sift together flour (don't have a sifter? Whisk flour in a separate bowl and measure again). Add sifted (or whisked) flour with baking soda and baking powder. Stir in almonds, add the cherries (with water) to the rest of the mixture. Add the egg, stir in the shortening and vanilla. Pour into a 10 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours. After baking store in the fridge - it taste great cold!

What is your favorite holiday dessert?