9.30.2014

May Designs Giveaway.

I have a wonderful giveaway with May Designs! The site carries a variety of custom cards, notebooks, and stationery with endless options to personalize your design. I am excited to giveaway a custom notebook. The notebooks come in over 300 patterns and colors, with lots of background shapes and monogram options. The inside of the notebook can be personalized with any of the following options: 2015 Agenda, Address Book, Budget Journal, Meal Planner, Calorie & Exercise Journal, Wedding Diary, Bump Diary, Baby Diary, and more. My personal favorites are the lined notebook (for lists!) and Meal Planner.

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Good Luck! 
-xo-
Jillian

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9.29.2014

HELLO sweet tooth.

Full Disclosure: Thank you to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today's post. As always all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

It's no secret that I have a sweet tooth and I always save room for dessert. So I was really excited to try Lindt's new line of HELLO chocolates. The collection is inspired by classic desserts including: Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat, and Cookies & Cream. I did my homework and tried all four flavors -- the Cookies & Cream was my favorite and Crunchy Nougat came in a close second. H liked Caramel Brownie flavor.

The candy comes in three different sizes -- Lindt HELLO Stick with six squares, Lindt HELLO Bars with 10 squares to share, or my personal favorite the Mini-Stick Bars with bite sized sticks (so you can try ALL of the flavors... #noshame).
I love the packaging and branding and they have some really cute videos with alternate endings! I love the music :) AND lucky you, they are running a HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes*! Enter for your chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate.

Which flavor do you want to try?
-xo-
Jillian

*No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years or older (19 in AL or NE and 21 in MS). Void where prohibited. See Rules at for weekly sweepstakes entry periods, prize descriptions, odds and other details. Ends Noon on 10/14/14. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Lindt & Spr√ľngli (USA) Inc., One Fine Chocolate Place, Stratham, NH 03885.

9.26.2014

friday five.

Happy Friday! It was a long rainy week in Charleston. I'm hoping the sun comes out soon! Here are five other things on my mind:
ONE: Earlier this week I went to a blogger event at Moon & Lola downtown. It was fun to get together with Caitlyn, Ally, and Shelby and meet other Charleston bloggers. The space was beautiful and it was get an up close look at all the jewelry on display.
TWO: When do you start shopping for the holidays? Christmas will be here in three months (crazy right?!). In anticipation of the holiday shopping season, I'm working on updating my gift picks - $50 and under board on pinterest with budget gift ideas. I'll continue to add budget friendly picks over the next few weeks -- so be sure to check it out. Happy shopping!


THREE: Gone Girl opens in a few days. I loved this book and I can't wait to see the movie -- it'll be really interesting to see the characters brought to life.
FOUR: I made grilled cheese with apples + tomato soup the other night for dinner and I am SOOO happy apples are back in season! I can't wait to make more dishes that incorporate my favorite fall fruit.FIVE: There's a few days left to enter the Graphic Image datebook + pen giveaway. I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, September 30, along with another giveaway. 

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian

9.25.2014

fall wish list.

The weather has finally cooled down in Charleston (whooohoo!) -- so I'm ready to stock up on some cozy sweaters and scarves for fall and winter. I have a few other seasonal things on my fall wish list too:
tuck stitch cover-up sweater - highland infinity scarf - my favorite fall candle - essie nail polish in wicked (I bought this last week and I love the dark color) - addison booties (I wanted these last fall but they sold out in my size) - antique pewter downing tote - *not pictured: a huge piece of pumpkin pie ;)

What is on your fall wish list?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Have you entered the Graphic Image datebook giveaway?

9.24.2014

Ame & Lulu bag review.

Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review. As always all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams. 

Amye Kurson founded Ame & Lulu™ in 2003, because as an avid golfer, she was serious about the sport, but hated the stodgy and stale look of traditional active wear. She craved stylish accessories that could take her seamlessly from the course to cocktails. Ame & Lulu makes stylish sports gear: Golf Head Covers and Tennis Backpack, and a wide range of everyday totes, bags, and travel accessories. The Ame & Lulu collection embraces a classic, feminine approach to all things active. 
I had the opportunity to review the Ame & Lulu Easy Tote, Essentials Insert and Key Pouch in my favorite pattern. The collection includes 7 bright, preppy patterns in a range of colors, and I was immediately drawn towards the Villa pattern. Blue is my favorite color and I am a huge fan of quatrefoil pattern (I have quatrefoil patterned pillows and a rug), so the classic sky blue and navy Villa pattern was perfect. The Sugar pink and navy pattern (above) was another favorite.
The Easy Tote is a great gym bag, it's big enough for all of my clothes and workout gear. I like to mix up my workout routine with yoga, pilates, and weight lifting. Having all of my things organized in one large bag makes going to the gym less of a chore. The bag also has a large interior pocket with a zipper which helps keep my phone and other valuables hidden away. The matching Essentials Insert is perfect for my beauty products and the Key Pouch is a great place to store my ID and health insurance card (just in case!) All of the bags have durable nylon lining, which is easy to wipe clean and will survive any future water bottle spills. Overall the bags are sturdy and made with quality materials that will last for years. If you're looking for classic and colorful accessories for an active lifestyle, I would recommend checking out Ame & Lulu!

Website (use the code love25 at checkout for 25% off your purchase) - Facebook -  Twitter  - Instagram

-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Don't miss the Graphic Image Datebook + Pen giveaway!

9.23.2014

Graphic Image Datebook + Pen Giveaway.

I am excited to announce another great giveaway to celebrate my blogging anniversary. Graphic Image (parent company of GiGi New York) makes the prettiest leather datebooks, journals, and travel accessories. One lucky reader will win a 2015 Desk Datebook + Pen. The winner has their pick of Week-at-a-view, Month-at-a-view or Day-at-a-view agenda in a variety of colors and leather treatments AND free personalization. 
My favorites are the Magenta, Black, and Gold Washed Embossed Python Leather, and Metallic Rose Gold and Silver Leather options.

Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One lucky winner will be announced next Tuesday, September 30 -- along with another giveaway. 
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian
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p.s. Congratulations to Jessica Woolsey, you won the Tieks giveaway!

9.22.2014

weekend good things.

We had our first visitor this weekend and we had a great time playing tourist in our new city. The weekend was full of so many good things (and good eats!)

My father-in-law landed in Charleston on Friday night and we went straight to Hominy Grill for dinner. I've been wanting to go here foreeeever so I was excited to finally visit. We shared some jalapeno hushpuppies (delicious!) and I ordered the Fried Green Tomato B.L.T. and cheesy grits -- the sandwich was pretty good but I wasn't a huge fan of the hamburger bun (seems like a weird choice for that sandwich). Thankfully grits were really tasty-- hello cheese + butter! I'd love to go back to Hominy Grill for brunch someday.
On Saturday we started the day at the Farmer's Market at Marion Square and bought some local pecans (sweet + spicy), and then walked over to the Historic City Market. My father-in-law loved the market -- he did some souvenir shopping and bought lots of goodies: cheesy grits, Charleston red beans, dried okra and apple spice walnuts from our favorite nut shop

We stopped at Queology for lunch. I liked h's BBQ chicken sandwich but I wasn't a huge fan of my BBQ pork tacos -- they were cold! This is the second time I've had cold BBQ tacos in Charleston (they serve cold tacos at Home Team BBQ). The flavor was good but it just felt WEIRD to eat cold meat.
After lunch we walked to Waterfront Park where we spent some quality time on the swings. Next we ventured over to Battery Park and wandered around the park. The forecast predicted rain all day but thankfully it was just cloudy.

Later that night we made Kotlet-- a Persian patty made out of potatoes, onions, beef, and turmeric for dinner. It was nice to take a break from the restaurant food and get a cooking lesson. We went out one more time to visit the Night Market downtown and ended up at Ben & Jerry's afterwards (I'm not complaining!) 
On Sunday the sun was out (yahh!), so we took advantage of the warm weather and headed over to Sullivan's Island. Can you believe it's taken us three months to finally make it to the beach?! It was worth the wait, the weather was perfect -- it was breezy and not too hot. After a long walk on the beach, we stopped at Poe's Tavern for lunch. It's a cute, quirky place with tons of Edgar Allen Poe photos and drawings everywhere. They serve REALLY good burgers (I indulged in the Amontillado burger with guacamole, jalapeno jack cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream). It's my new favorite place for burgers.
We ended the day at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. It's such a peaceful place to visit and see the wetlands up close. We took our time walking along the boardwalk and looking at little crabs and snails along the way.

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. There's one day left to enter the $150 Tieks Giveaway
I'm excited to announce the winner AND another giveaway tomorrow.