12.31.2014

2014 good things.

This year has been pretty wonderful -- here are some highlights from 2014: 
Selling our Chicago condo (it was sooo bittersweet to leave the windy city).
Moving to Charleston, SC + making new friends (yet another reason I love this blog).
Reaching some major blogging milestones (1000 posts + 4 years of blogging).
My brother's wedding in the Bahamas.
Celebrating our two year wedding anniversary (and receiving the best present ever!)
My father-in-law's visit to Charleston.
A weekend in Fayetteville, AR.
A week in Chicago + spending time with friends and family.
Our baby shower where we revealed our baby's gender -- we're having a girl!
Dressing up my bump for my cousin's wedding in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Thanksgiving in Chicago.
Christmas in Charleston.

Cheers to more great memories in 2015!
-xo-
Jillian
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12.30.2014

my favorite purchases of 2014.

Looking back at 2014 it's been a big shopping year in our house. We purchased the majority of our larger items (a couch, upholstered bed, and Tempur-Pedic mattress) in Charleston so we would have less things to move across the country. I'm sure 2015 will be all about baby Violet and decorating her nursery :) Here are my favorite purchases of 2014: 
1. Pottery Barn Cozy Cable Knit Throw - I finally bought this blanket the other week and it is SOOO cozy. The front has a thick cable knit pattern and the back has plush faux sheepskin...the best for winter-time snuggling.2. CB2 Knitted Graphite Pouf - I love putting my feet up (especially now that I am 7 months pregnant). This pouf is pretty and practical and the neutral gray color will fit in with most rooms.
3. Eberjey Giselle Pajamas - I have posted about these a few times, they are super comfy and I love the vintage style. I have a pair in navy and black.
4. GiGi New York Taylor Tote - I plan on using this large leather tote as my diaper bag. I wanted something roomy and stylish to use for the baby (and something I wouldn't mind owning after baby grows up). The bag is made out of quality leather and manufactured in the USA (hoooray!)
5. Express Tuck Stitch Cover-Up Sweater - I loved this swingy cardigan so much I bought it in four colors (black, gray, light sand, and plum)! They have been one of my favorite layering pieces throughout pregnancy and I'm happy I'll be able to wear them after the baby arrives next year. (In case you were wondering - I bought a size small).

6. Tieks Ballet Flats - No surprise here... I talk about these flats all the time! They are my go-to shoes because they are super comfortable. I love that they come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. I want to add a burgundy pair to my closet next year! (The flats run true to size and Tieks offers free shipping, returns and exchanges).

7. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream + Hair Inhibiting Gel - okay, so technically not purchases since I received a sample to review and I got another set for Christmas but I LOVE this stuff. The Shave Crave Shaving Cream gives me a really close shave and the Hair Inhibiting Gel leaves my legs hydrated. I've tried both products in the Pomegranate and Almond scents and I want to try Coconut next.
8. Freshly Picked Moccasins - I saw these sweet little leather moccasins all over Pinterest, Instagram, and the blogging world before I was pregnant and I was reallly excited for the time to come when I could buy a pair (and not have to hide them from my husband). They come out with new patterns and colors all the time -- I'm tempted to buy more -- I love the Butterscotch, Blush, and Birch colors. 

What are some of your favorite purchases of 2014?
-xo-
Jillian
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12.29.2014

Christmas in Charleston.

We had the BEST time with my parents this past week -- it went by way too fast! We started the week with lunch at Queen Street Grocery (my favorite) and then we went to my ultrasound appointment. It was so nice to have my parents in the room when they informed me that I no longer have placenta previa!! (that means I probably won't have to have an C-section). They also got a kick out of seeing their grand-daughter sucking her thumb :) Later that night we went out to dinner at Poogan's Porch. I had the BBQ Chicken with Blue Cheese Risotto...soo good! The next day we braved the rain and went shopping on King Street and around the Charleston City Market. We grabbed lunch at Lowcountry Bistro, where my mom got her shrimp and grits fix. Later that night we watched Christmas Vacation and I made lasagna soup for dinner.
We went to Christmas mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Broad street. The church was absolutely gorgeous and I loved the Christmas music. I was planning on making lunch at our place after church, but we decided to eat at The Mills House instead. My parents stayed at the hotel and they had a hugeee spread with just about everything. Afterwards we took a long walk to Battery Park and Rainbow Row. My mom and I spent the rest of the night baking and decorating her sugar cookies (they are the best!).We spent most of Friday at Middleton Place Plantation (I'll post a full recap of our visit next week) and we went out for dinner that night at Hank's seafood (my dad was in seafood heaven!). We fit in a little more shopping on upper King Street (with a quick trip to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit for warm cinnamon biscuits). Afterwards we took advantage of the sun and took a walk on the Sullivans Island beach and grabbed some burgers at Poe's Tavern.It was so nice to have family in town and I loved playing tour guide :) Now I need to detox from all that (tasty) restaurant food and Christmas cookies!

How was your week?
-xo-
Jillian
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12.22.2014

happy holidays!

My parents are visiting Charleston for the holidays!! They get into town tomorrow, so I am spending the rest of the day cleaning our place and wrapping gifts! I'll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging but you can follow along on instagram @cornflakedreams to see all of our Christmas adventures (I predict there will be a lot of cookies).

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
-xo-
Jillian
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12.19.2014

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!
-xo-
Jillian
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12.18.2014

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!)

SHOP - Follow ThirdLove on Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest
Do you like to wear frilly lingerie or do you prefer something simple?
-xo-
Jillian
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12.17.2014

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?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. I'm not a doctor so always consult your doctor before trying out a new workout routine -- and listen to your body! :)
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12.16.2014

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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Sign up for Candle Making Classes HERE (use the promo code CHASBLOGGER14 for 20% off any class. The code expires code expires 12/31 at 11:55 PM but can be used for classes in 2014 + 2015!)
-xo-
Jillian
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12.15.2014

candy cane hack with Peanut Butter & Co + Giveaway.

Full Disclaimer: I received complimentary items from Peanut Butter & Co. to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

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 :)

Ingredients: 
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!
-xo-
Jillian

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12.12.2014

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!
-xo-
Jillian
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12.11.2014

cherry almond bread.

Full Disclosure: #spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include Intel providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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.
Ingredients: 
-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?
-xo-
Jillian
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12.10.2014

winter reading list.

It's been a few months since I have posted a reading list, (that's because I spent way too long reading Dragonfly in Amberthe second book in the Outlander series). I finally accepted that I would never finish it..ugh. fail. I picked up Big Little Lies last week, and it was soooo satisfying to start AND finish a book in a few days. I'm excited to read a few more books before Violet arrives next March. I have a feeling once she is here it'll be easier to commit to a TV series on Netflix rather than reading. Here's my list:
Yes Please by #girlcrush Amy Poehler, All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner, and two baby books: The Sleepeasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger and Jo Frost's Confident Baby Care (both recommended by friends).


What is on your winter reading list?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Rikshaw Design giveaway!
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12.09.2014

Rikshaw Design {baby gift} Giveaway.

Rikshaw Design is one of my favorite companies for beautiful Indian quilts, bedding, and clothes for the whole family, has launched a new line of adorable baby gifts. The collection includes play blankets, bag of bibs, diaper pouchesplush animals, and my favorite: hooded bath towels!
Rikshaw Design is giving away a hooded towel to one lucky reader! The winner can pick their favorite color/pattern. Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Good Luck!

-xo-
Jillian

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12.08.2014

weekend good things.

Happy Monday chickadees, how was your weekend!? Mine flew by but it was really productive :)
On Friday we went to the gym and finished House of Cards... holy moly! I can't wait for the next season! H and I finished our holiday shopping on Saturday, took a quick trip to the gym, and explored Daniel's Island -- the houses are absolutely gorgeous. Later that night I got into the holiday spirit and watched The Muppet Christmas Carol and Love Actually -- can you believe there's only 17 days left until Christmas?! 
I spent most of Sunday reading Big Little Lies, and finishing up my latest Houzz ideabook. We met up with Caitlyn over at The Battery and took a few maternity photos. She did a great job and I'm finally ready to order my Christmas cards!

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. there's one day left to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasins giveaway
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12.05.2014

five on friday.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci today:
ONE: Have you heard about Rocksbox?! It's sort of like Netflix for jewelry -- you pay a $19 monthly subscription fee and they send you three pieces of jewelry worth around $200. You can borrow the pieces for as long as you want and return them for free when you are done (they make it super easy to return and include a box and shipping label). If you fall in love with one of the pieces you can buy it at a member discount. Sign up here!
TWO: Prop├ęt was kind enough to send over two pairs of super soft slippers! The navy Scuff slippers look pretty similar to the ones I had on my Christmas wish list (but they are half the price!). And the Morgan slippers with Rejuve Motion Technology, designed to offer maximum support for muscles, joints, and ligaments, (I'm sure they will be very useful during my third trimester!).
THREE: I ordered another pair of Eberjey Giselle Pajamas on Black Friday and they arrived yesterday. I'm obsessed. They are pricey, but since I haven't been doing a lot of shopping for clothes, I decided to treat myself. They are soooo soft and I will probably live in them after the baby arrives.
minted picks: one / two
FOUR: Christmas is just a few weeks away and I still haven't ordered my cards. I have a  few favorite designs at Minted picked out, I just need a decent family photo! Thankfully Caitlyn offered to snap a few photos this weekend :)
FIVE: There are a few days left to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway!

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian
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12.04.2014

loving lately: Dagne Dover.

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

Dagne Dover has a line of stylish and practical bags that help you feel like you've always got it together. And lately I can take all the help I can get, pregnancy brain is no joke! I love that every bag has unique storage solutions, like pen and lip gloss compartments, water bottle holders, and multiple zip pockets, and the bags are available in classic color options.
My personal favorite from the line is The Clutch-Wallet. The streamlined waterproof clutch is made out of a durable coated canvas, which makes keeping the light beige color clean much easier. The Clutch-Wallet includes a removeable card and cash case, a hidden pocket for your passport, a zip pocket for your phone, and a lipgloss holder. It also easily transforms into a crossbody bag by clipping on a brushed gold-plated chain and leather shoulder strap. It's incredibly versatile and can be worn with any outfit.
The Clutch-Wallet would make an great gift for a new mama-to-be, professional, frequent flyer, or anyone who likes to stay organized.

SHOP - Follow Dagne Dover on Instagram - Facebook - Twitter
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway!
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12.03.2014

bumpdate: 6 months.

How far along: I'm 25 weeks today, so entering my 6th month of pregnancy.

Size of the baby: According to the My Pregnancy app our baby is 13.5 inches long and weighs about a pound and a half (the size of a rutabaga).

Gender: It's a girl -- thank you for the sweet comments about her name!!

How do you feel? Pretty amazing! I still have tons of energy and I don't have any aches or pains, nausea, or food aversions. Thank you baby! My wedding rings still fit, but my belly button is quickly disappearing (so weird!)

Eating/Cravings: Eating: pine nut hummus, carrots, broccoli, cashews, dried mangos, honey crisp apples... but Craving: my mom's sugar cookies, Girl Scout Tagalong and Samoa cookies, ginormous burgers, skyline chili dip with fritos, and blue cheese.

Miss anything? Blue cheese and lunch meat.

General mood: Excited!!! And anxious to put together our nursery but it'll have to wait a few more months.

Fears: I'm still nervous about the whole possible placenta previa thing... we have an ultrasound at the end of December so that should be a good indication of if things have changed.

Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty well. I only usually wake up once to go to the bathroom...which is good bc it takes a lot to get out of my fortress of pillows.

Workouts: H and I still go to the gym together 4-5 times a week and we talk long walks around our neighborhood. I do a mix of yoga, pilates, foam roller exercises, and pregnancy approved abs moves.

Things I am looking forward to: Christmas! My parents will be in Charleston for the week and they will be at my ultrasound appointment. I'm excited for them to see their granddaughter. I'm also excited to bake and eat tons of Christmas cookies :)

Best moment this month: Actually looking pregnant :)
The bump is bumpin and there's no hiding it -- not that I'd want to! I also love feeling her kick. #dancinginthedark

Shout out to my baby daddy: I got a little teary-eyed when H couldn't resist buying the baby a plush doctor kit and Charleston book last week at the market. soooo stinking cute.

Maternity clothes: I am loving the warm weather in Charleston, it allows me to keep wearing my trusty black maxi dress with plaid button-up shirts. I also love this maternity sweater and I bought another cardigan. The cardigan is great to layer with long stretchy maternity tank tops and they are something I can wear post baby (so that totally justifies buying it in four colors --right?)


Purchased/ Currently in my shopping cart: I bought myself another pair of super soft pj's for the hospital, a gold Willow Crowns headband, and a pair of classic denim overalls :) I have my eye on a Charleston print for the nursery, this sweet heart onesie, and a pair of butterscotch Freshly Picked Moccasins.

-xo-
Jillian
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12.02.2014

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review + Giveaway.

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

When I found out I was pregnant one of the first things I bought for our baby was a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. I fell in love with them when I saw Susan Petersen on Shark Tank pitching her company. Susan's story was so inspiring -- she worked really hard and she was determined to make Freshly Picked a success. Now the adorable 100% genuine leather moccasins are everywhere, even at Nordstrom! I received a pair of moccasins from Freshly Picked to review and the Limited Edition Rose Gold moccasins are absolutely gorgeous! They are perfect for a little girl and I can't wait to see Baby Cornflake running around in them :)
Freshly Picked is generously giving away one pair of Moccasins to a lucky reader! The winner can pick their favorite color and size. Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian
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12.01.2014

weekend good things.

How was your Thanksgiving?! We went to Chicago for a few days and it was really wonderful. We flew out of Charleston on Wednesday night and arrived early to avoid the holiday rush. Thankfully there weren't any long lines and we got into to Chicago with enough time to get Portillos for dinner.
On Thanksgiving day we got together with h's brother and his wife, and a few other family friends. My favorite part of dinner (per usual) was dessert: 
My father-in-law got pies from Hoosier Mama Pie Company (a super cute little local pie shop). Pumpkin Pie has been my favorite dessert for years but Hoosier Mama's Pecan Pie was just as good! I did some online shopping on Black Friday (here are my favorite sales -- some of them are still going on today). And later that day, we met up with my mom for deep dish pizza Gino's East. It was my first time visiting and I wasn't a huge fan of the pizza but it was really nice to spend some time together. Afterwards we braved the crowds and went to Woodfield AND Oakbrook Mall. I know... crazy people, I rarely go out to stores on Black Friday, but it was actually fun and I found a few gifts for my family. Later that night we met up with friends for dinner at Flo (another West Town favorite!) 

On Saturday, we had one last meal with the family at Bow & Stern before we headed back to the airport. Our trip was short but very sweet. I got a little homesick while I was there, but thankfully there will be lots of opportunities to visit Chicago in the future.
We returned to Charleston on Saturday night without any major stress or delays (we missed the crazy rush at the airport again!) We took advantage of the warm weather the next day, and walked around downtown. Later that night we put up our Christmas decorations and itty bitty tree :) I'm so excited to finally start watching Christmas movies!

How was your weekend? 
-xo-
Jillian 

p.s. There is only ONE day left to enter the Minted $150 giveaway! and stop by La Vie Jaime for my stocking gift picks!

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