1.30.2015

five on friday.

Happy Friday!  I'm I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci, here are five things on my mind today:
ONE: Happy Superbowl weekend! I'm excited to watch the game commercials, eat tons of dips and steak fajitas. 
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TWO: I really want to buy a pair of New Balance sneakers. I think they'll get a lot of use once the baby arrives and I walk for exercise until I can get back into my yoga routine. Now I just have to decide on a color... I keep going back between grey, black, and navy. I wear a lot of black so I thought I should probably mix it up... or not. Which pair is your favorite?
THREE: Graphic Image (GiGi New York's parent company) is having a huge sale, 50% off! -- their collection of leather datebooks.
FOUR: I recently discovered Soon Maternity, a Melbourne-based shop with stylish and sophisticated pieces for pregnancy and after baby. They have a great collection of dresses and basics. And one of my favorite items is their Love to Labour Gift Box, which includes Soon Maternity essentials for a new mama's hospital stay. The gift box includes a Soon Maternity Feeding Tee or Tank (Black or White), Long Leggings, Fluffy Socks, Tom Organic Maternity Pads, Nursing Pads, and Milk 'Take a Trip' Pack.
FIVE: I LOVE this ad.

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian
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1.29.2015

made especially for you.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary item from Ludi GiftBox to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

LUDI GiftBox was sweet enough to send over one of their unique gift boxes earlier this week. I loveeed the packaging -- my white gift box came with a bold black and white stripe grosgrain ribbon and bright poppy print paper inside.
I received the "For the milk & cookies lover" LUDI GiftBox:
I'm a total cookie fan monster + tea towel hoarder, so this gift was a perfect fit. The box included a "cookies" porcelain tray, two glass milk bottles, and a black and cream plaid tea towel. The cookies are not included, but I used that as an excuse to buy some Oreos and chocolate chip cookies. I had to see which cookies were more photogenic... just doing my job as a "serious" blogger. The chocolate chip cookies won! 
Anyhoo back to the box -- I love the concept of curated gift boxes because they make gift giving really easy. You can pick from their collection of gift boxes or LUDI GiftBox will work with you to create a custom GiftBox. You just pick a theme, set a budget, and then fill out a little information about the gift recipient -- they'll take care of the shopping, packaging, and shipping!

Have you ever tried a curated gift box service?
-xo-
Jillian
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1.28.2015

craving: steak.

When my parents visited over Christmas they brought a cooler full of ground beef and giant steaks (...you know you grew up on a farm when). H and I usually don't eat a ton of red meat, so we're pretty excited to have a freezer full of premium meat. The ground beef is easy to cook with but the steaks are tricky -- we don't have a grill! Pinterest to the rescue -- I found some easy skillet recipes that incorporate steak into veggie-centered meals:

Are you a steak fan? How do you like to prepare it?
-xo-
Jillian
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1.27.2015

etsy valentine's day picks.

Valentine's Day is almost here! As much as I love pink and red, hearts and arrows, and chocolate, I'll be honest -- H and I keep things pretty low-key. We usually get each other a card and we make a special dinner together at home, but we don't go crazy with gifts. But I still have my eye on some cute Valentine's Day inspired things over on Etsy: 

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
-xo-
Jillian
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1.26.2015

weekend good things.

Happy Monday, my weekend went by sooo fast but it was a good one. We saw Birdman on Friday night -- it was weird but not as crazy as I thought it would be. I really loved how it was filmed, as one continuous long take. But overall I thought the movie was just okay -- I'm glad I saw it but I wouldn't want to watch it again. The best part of any movie is always the popcorn -- and that didn't disappoint :)
On Saturday we took a morning trip to the gym and afterwards I met up with the girls for a late lunch at Butcher & Bee. I had a cheeseburger + fries (add that to my list of pregnancy cravings). It was REALLY good and I can't wait to go back and try some other sandwiches.The next day the weather was sunny, so H and I decided to walk the Ravenel Bridge. The bridge is huge with eight lanes of traffic and a protected pathway for bikers and runners. It connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant and goes over the Cooper River and it's about 2.7 miles long each way. It was a great workout and the views of the water were beautiful. I'm excited to walk the bridge again with a stroller and a baby in a few months.
How was your weekend? 
-xo-
Jillian
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1.23.2015

five on friday.

Happy Friday -- I'm I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci today. 
Here are five things on my mind lately:
ONE: H and I want to go to a movie this weekend -- we're considering seeing Birdman, The Imitation Game, or Foxcatcher... have any recommendations?
TWO: Splurge vs. Steal. I received a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas so I decided to treat myself and buy an expensive ($78!) robe. When I got it in the mail I loved how soft it was but the front-tie was sooo awkward. Even without a bump, the tie in the front is not practical because when that fabric swings open you see can everything. So I returned the robe (hooray for free returns) and bought a much cheaper robe from Target. The Target robe has a similar kimono style, ties on the side and it's super soft. Plus at $22 I won't mind if this one gets spit up on :)
THREE: Minted has a really cute collection of Valentine's Day Cards! They are offering 20% off foil-pressed designs with the code FOILLOVE (offer expires at 11:50 PM PST on 1/26/2015).
FOUR: I'm still working my way through my Charleston restaurant wish list. It seems like everytime I cross something off I have a new restaurant I want to add :) but I'm not complaining! This weekend I'm having lunch with the girls at Butcher & Bee. Their menu changes daily so realllly hope they're serving burgers!
FIVE: Don't forget to enter the RapidLash giveaway! A winner will be emailed on Wednesday, January 28. 

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian
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1.22.2015

9 essential maternity pieces for fall and winter.

Yesterday I reached 32 weeks, so I thought it was time to share some of my favorite maternity pieces. I didn't want to buy a ton of maternity clothes but I wanted to be comfortable in my clothes and show off my growing bump :) At a certain point you'll need bigger clothes but that doesn't mean you can't buy things you can wear throughout and after your pregnancy. So with that in mind, for the last few months my wardrobe has revolved around tanks, flowy tops, open cardigans, leggings, ballet flats, and a pair of full-panel maternity jeans (a necessary and very comfortable evil).

Flowy Tees -- I bought a 3/4 sleeve raglan tee and supersoft stripe crew tee from Gap Maternity and I have worn them throughout my pregnancy. The tees are light enough to wear with a cardigan. I also bought a few non-maternity tees (I ordered a size up). I tried to avoid tops with shirring on the side, which scream "maternity," that way I can wear them after the baby arrives when I want something loose and comfortable.

Flowy Sweater -- I love Gap's maternity eversoft v-neck sweater -- it has a circle hem that's longer in the back - perfect to wear with leggings and it covers up your butt.

Layering Tanks -- Target sells great maternity cotton tank tops that are stretchy, comfortable, and affordable. They are great to wear with cardigans or open button-up shirts already in your closet. These tanks also don't have ruching so they can be worn after the baby arrives. (I also own and love this tank from ASOS).

Cardigans -- Cardigans are the easiest thing to wear during pregnancy especially if they are swingy open styles (you won't need to buy the maternity size). Jcrew Factory's Always Cardigan and the Tuck Stitch Cover-Up from Express are great light options. For something heavier I like the Ribbed High-Low Open Cardigan from Banana Republic and Open-Front Cardigan from Old Navy.

Tunic Slip Dress -- I loooove my Tee's By Tina Tunic Slip Dress and I have worn it a LOT during my pregnancy. It's super stretchy and one-size-fits-all so you don't have to worry about what size to order. I love to layer it with everything -- cardigans, tees, and sweaters. The long tunic covers my booty and makes me feel totally comfortable in leggings. It's another piece I can wear post-pregnancy to suck everything in :)


Leggings -- I picked up a few leggings from Tee's By Tina and I wear them all the time (over the bump for the first few months and now under the bump). They are thick, not see-through, and available in a ton of colors and patterns. If you want a full-panel option I love Seraphine's Black Over-Bump Bamboo Active Maternity Leggings.

Full Panel Maternity Jeans -- I bought a pair of full panel legging jeans from Gap when I was about 19 weeks pregnant and at first I was not a fan. It took a while for them to fit without falling down, but it turns out I just had to wait until my bump got bigger! Now I love them and wear them at least twice a week (sometimes you just have to give the leggings a break). 


Swing Dress -- A loose swing dress is a great addition to your maternity wardrobe. Swing dresses can be dressed up or down with a belt and jewelry (and worn in the winter with a cardigan and leggings). I wore this dress for my baby shower and it's something I look forward to wearing again after pregnancy.

Comfy Ballet Flats -- I loved my Tieks ballet flats before pregnancy, and now with more weight to carry around I am even more thankful for them. For me comfort is everything -- I'll be the first to admit that I am not running around pregnant in heels (more power to you if you are!)


Mama's what are your favorite maternity pieces? 
-xo-
Jillian 

p.s. Don't forget to enter the RapidLash giveaway!
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1.21.2015

RapidLash beauty review + giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for RapidLash. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have only used false eyelashes once. I had a makeup artist glue them on for my wedding and I loved them! But applying false eyelashes everyday seems like way too much work, and I'm too lazy/cheap to pay for lash extensions. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. RapidLash is a clinically-proven, paraben-free formula that helps enhance, condition, and strengthen lashes and brows. It's proven to transform your lashes and brows in 4-8 weeks.
When I put on makeup (which let's be honest, now that I work from home -- doesn't happen every day) I usually stick to the eyes and I use eye shadow, liner, and mascara. I like wearing eye makeup but I really hate taking off my mascara at the end of the day. So I used RapidLash every night before bed for the past 6 weeks and within a few weeks I noticed a difference. My eyelashes appeared darker, fuller, thicker, and longer. The serum is easy to apply -- just remove all of your eye makeup and brush RapidLash onto your lashes before bed. The serum dries quickly and I never had any issues with dripping. In the morning I resumed my normal makeup routine, and after a few weeks I stopped wearing mascara because I didn't really need to anymore. I plan to continue using RapidLash in the future and including it in my regular night-time beauty routine.
    RapidLash is fragrance-free, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and is safe for people who wear contact lens. It’s not a prescription and you can buy RapidLash in-stores at CVS, ULTA, Bed Bath & Beyond, Meijer, Fred Meyer, and Kohl's, and online at CVS.com, ULTA.com, Bedbathandbeyond.com, Kohls.com, Drugstore.com, Dermstore.com, Skinstore.com, Walmart.com, and Costco.comFollow RapidLash: Facebook - Pinterest

Enter to win a bottle of Rapidlash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Wednesday, January 28, 2015. 
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

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1.20.2015

3-day weekend good things.

I loveee long weekends and visitors! :)
On Saturday I met up with Caitlyn, Ally, and Shelby for brunch at Eli's Table (sooo good! I had a giant egg biscuit sandwich). After we finished eating we went to a candle making class at Candlefish. Locals -- you have to visit this shop! It's full of unique gifts and tons of candles. I made a coconut, almond, vanilla, caramel candle and it smells amazing. We did a little shopping on King street and then I met up with H and his friend. Later that night I made lasagna soup for dinner (my go-to dish for guests!) and we went out to Kaminsky's for dessert.
We spent most of Sunday afternoon walking around downtown. We stopped by the graveyards at the Circular Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church before having brunch at Toast. I had a short stack of banana pecan pancakes that would have made Jack Johnson jealous :)
After brunch we visited the Old Exchange Building and Provost DungeonI'm not convinced it's worth the $10 admission but I'm glad I crossed it off my Charleston to-do list. Since it was such a beautiful day (66 and sunny!) we finished the day with a trip out to Folly Beach.
On Monday we took a boat ride out to Fort Sumter. The National Monument is absolutely worth visiting and we saw dolphins riding the waves near our boat on the way back! Later that afternoon we had lunch at Poe's Tavern (we take all our visitors here), they have the best pimento cheeseburger! After lunch we walked around Sullivans Island beach and stopped by Shem Creek on the way home. By the end of the weekend I was exhausted but I had so much fun playing tour guide :)

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian 
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1.16.2015

five on friday.

Happy Friday -- Cheers to a long weekend! I'm I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci today.
ONE: H's friend is visiting this weekend -- I'm excited to show him around Charleston and play tourist and visit a few new (to us) sites: Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon and Fort Sumter.
TWO: I loveee me some Cadbury Cream Eggs and I'm sure by now you've heard that they are changing the recipe. But only in the UK. 
According to Today: For now, creme egg aficionados in the United States don’t have to worry. The Pennsylvania-based Hershey Company has a license to make Cadbury products in the U.S. and says while “there has always been a slight formula variation in the product between countries” to account for different palates, company spokeswoman Anna Lingeris said we'll still get the same treat. “There are no changes planned. It is the same product everyone knows and loves," she said. phew...crisis averted!
THREE: I'm going to another candle making class at Candlefish on Saturday with the girls! This time I want to make a fruity candle for Spring.
FOUR: Megan and Christina posted a cute "four things" little survey... and now I'm stealing it :) 

Four names that people call me other than my real name: Jilly, Jilly Bean --- and from H: Deets, Jill Jelly, Jillinois, Giuliana, Cornflake... he's a fan of nicknames ;)

Four jobs I’ve had: Grocery bagger before my big promotion to cashier -- my first "real" job ;); Marketing Content Coordinator; Marketing Communications Specialist; Graphic Design Consultant 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once: Sense and Sensibility; Love Actually; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Sliding Doors

Four books I’d recommend: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes; Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri; Where'd you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple; To Dance With Kings by Rosalind Laker

Four places I’ve lived: Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; West Ashely, SC; Charleston, SC

Four places I’ve visited: GreeceItalyFranceTurkey

Four things I prefer not to eat: mushrooms; olives; fish; eggplant 

Four of my favorite foods: sandwiches; carrot cake; peanut butter; and CHEESE: goat, feta, blue cheese, sharp cheddar

Four things I’m looking forward to this year: Meeting Violet; Spring in Charleston; Moving to our new home when H finishes fellowship-- still TBD!; Baby's first Thanksgiving and Christmas
FIVE: Don't forget to enter the Evolution Fresh $40 Starbucks gift card giveaway

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian
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1.15.2015

blueberries for breakfast.

Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

A lot of people make the new years resolution to eat healthy, and it's amazing how little changes in your diet can make a huge difference. Now that I'm almost 8 months pregnant I wake up hungry, so skipping breakfast isn't an option. When I start the day with a healthy meal it usually helps me eat right throughout the rest of the day.
My favorite breakfast is a bowl of Quaker Oats Weight Management Oatmeal. It has added protein to keep you fuller longer and contains less sugar than other low-sugar options. Prior to pregnancy I used to make my oatmeal with water, but now I use milk (for extra protein and calcium) and I top it off with a handful of fresh blueberries. Those little changes have made my breakfast more nutritious and a little sweeter.
For a sweet snack I like to bake muffins. Homemade muffins taste sooo much better than the processed, packaged ones and you know exactly what ingredients go into them. I found a really delicious blueberry muffin recipe on Refined Mom blog. These muffins are super easy to make and they only require 9 simple ingredients.
Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 teaspoons baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 egg (room temp) 
1/2 cup milk or half-half (room temp) 
3 tablespoons butter, melted 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
3/4 cup fresh blueberries 

Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pan or use cooking spray. Melt butter in a dish, set aside and let cool. Mix dry ingredients together and then add eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Don't mix your berries into the batter -- fill each muffin cup 1/3 of the way with batter and then place a few berries into each cup. Fill muffin cup to the top with the remaining batter. Cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a Sweepstakes with some amazing prizes -- the grand prize is a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge, four runner ups will win $500 gift cards to Whole Foods or Lululemon (yes, please!!). The Sweepstakes ends February 16, 2015! Enter HERE.

Follow the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?
-xo-
Jillian
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1.14.2015

my favorite winter beauty products.

Moving to Charleston from Chicago has dramatically reduced how dry my skin gets in the winter. In Chicago I used to get really dry legs, and my skin on my hands would turn red and crack...it wasn't pretty. Now that I live somewhere warmer with more humidity in the air my skin doesn't dry out as fast, but I still do what I can to help keep my skin hydrated. I have developed a nighttime beauty routine that involves a variety of lotions:

Face: Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion - I have been using this since I was 16 and it hasn't let me down yet. It provides enough moisture to hydrate my face without leaving it greasy. 
Lips: Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating SPF 10 Lip Care - I use this almost everyday, unless I switch it up for Aquaphor Lip Repair when I have really chapped lips.
Legs: Whish Almond Hair Inhibitor Gel - This gel keeps my legs hydrated and slows future hair growth. I also love that it's made out of organic ingredients. 
Baby belly + boobs: Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter - I have used this super thick cream throughout pregnancy, designed to keep stretch marks away (so far it's working!). I also use Mama Mio Boob Tube to help the ladies stay firm. I like that both lotions have light, refreshing scents that aren't overwhelming.
Hands: Aveda Hand Relief Hand Lotion - This is my go-to hand lotion, I love the rich scent. It soothes really dry, chapped hands. I also use L'Occitane Almond Delicious Hand Cream for something with a light almond scent (my favorite). 
Feet: Gold Bond Healing Foot Therapy Cream - This super thick cream has a very light scent and I love to use it right out of the shower. For something with a stronger scent I use the Aveda Foot Relief Foot Cream -- it's a little minty.
Arms and everywhere else: Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin - This lotion is fragrance free and soaks into your skin fast. 

In the shower I use Fresh Sugar Lychee Bath & Shower Gel (fruity scent with a great lather) or L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil (the oil softens and hydrates your skin) and Whish Shave Crave shaving cream. When my scalp is dry I use Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Shampoo twice a week. The Almond Oil version smells much better than their original formula and leaves my hair super shiny and flake-free.

What are your favorite winter beauty products?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. don't forget to sign up to win a Evolution Fresh $40 Starbucks gift card

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1.13.2015

Evolution Fresh #3DaystoGreen Challenge + a $40 Giveaway!

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

I've raved about Evolution Fresh before and I'm teaming up with them again to kick off the #3DaystoGreen challenge and a giveaway.
Evolution Fresh has four cold-pressed green juices – including Sweet Greens and Lemon and Essential Greens with Lime – that pack more than one pound of green vegetables in each bottle. The drinks have 10 grams of sugar or less per eight ounce serving, and have no added flavors or sweeteners. You can find Evolution Fresh at your local grocery store or Starbucks.

Evolution Fresh is challenging Americans to get into the green routine by drinking one green juice a day for three days with the 3 Days to Green Movement. I'll be starting with the Smooth Greens juice (and sneaking in a Defense Up juice--my favorite!) Take the #3DaystoGreen pledge online and enter the 3 Days to Green sweepstakes (prizes include one month of free Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice, workout wear, fitness trackers and more).

Enter to win a $40 Evolution Fresh Starbucks gift card! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Tuesday, January 20, 2015. 
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian
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1.12.2015

weekend good things.

We had another low-key weekend -- we took two trips to the gym, I started reading a new book, and we tried a local Indian restaurant (soooo good!) I'm savoring these quiet weekends before things get a little busier in March :) I watched the Golden Globes on Sunday (with an hour Downton Abbey intermission). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn't disappoint and I looooved playing Fashion Police and picked out my favorite and least favorite looks of the night:
BEST: Reese Witherspoon (perfect fit, gorgeous color that works well with her blond hair...I love this old hollywood look), Emma Stone (she can totally pull off the top/pants combo), Sienna Miller (I love her hair and the embroidered details and deep v-neck on her dress) Amal Clooney is gorgeous (I liked her dress but I was not a fan of the white gloves -- they reminded me of cleaning gloves!)
WORST: Amanda Peet (ugh.. my least favorite. this dress is really frumpy and doesn't give her any shape), Kate Mara (I really didn't like the 80's belt and the dress neckline looks like something from Pretty Woman), Rosamund Pike (I like the fabric and color but the cutouts are a little awkward), and Zosia Mamet (the taupe top looks frumpy and lumpy and the skirt is too long). 

How was your weekend?
Who made your Golden Globes Best and Worst dressed list?
-xo-
Jillian
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1.09.2015

five on friday.

ONE: We experienced some winter weather this week in Charleston -- Ugh...this is not what I signed up for. We left Chicago because we aren't a fan of frigid temps! (and yes, I realize after six months I'm a total wimp when it comes to "cold" temps, but I'd rather not walk outside in -5 degrees again). Anyhoo, I used the chilly weather as an excuse to be a hermit and finish reading All Fall Down. It was a pretty good book, but sort of dragged on in spots (although I'd love to see a movie version). I'm also half-way through Yes Please and I'm really disappointed that I don't love it. Amy Poehler is funny but all the name dropping of comedians is a little lame (especially since I have to google them bc I have no idea who they are!) I'm going to try to finish it and hopefully it'll get better.
TWO: I'm getting a little tired of our current dinner rotation of meals, so I'd love to try some new recipes. I want to make chicken noodle soupBBQ chicken french bread pizza, and finally figure out how to make my own pizza dough (we usually buy flatbread to make our pizzas).
THREE: The Golden Globes are on this weekend and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting! I'm excited to watch the show and see who wins -- and more importantly what everyone wears. Will you be watching?
FOUR: My wish list for Violet is growing every day. I can't help it, there's sooo much cute stuff out there for babies and kids! Living in a small place has stopped me from buying a lot of excess stuff but we have a closet in the bathroom with tons of space for some adorable baby bathrobes :)
FIVE: There's still a few days left to enter the A Beautiful RAWR "Love and Grit" Racerback tank giveaway!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian
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1.08.2015

Middleton Place - Charleston, SC.

While my parents were in town this Christmas, we took a trip out to Middleton Place Plantation. Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. The plantation is located 30 minutes outside of downtown Charleston and it features 65 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. Visitors can choose from a variety of ticket packages -- we went with the "Spend-The-Day" option which included: general admission, house museum tour, and a carriage ride (it was a great way to see everything). My parents and I love taking tours but H gets bored easily... so he ran off and took some (gorgeous) photos, while we learned about the history surrounding the main house ruins and gardens.
The main house was destroyed during the Civil War and an earthquake but the gardens and grounds are really beautiful. It was also fun to walk around the plantation stableyards and see some farm animals (this would be a real treat for kids!) I've been to a few other Plantations in Charleston (Drayton Hall, Boone Hall, and Magnolia Plantation), but Middleton Place is one of my favorites.

Visit Middleton Place: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC.
-xo-
Jillian
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1.07.2015

bumpdate: 7 months.


How far along: I'm 30 weeks -- about halfway through 7 months of pregnancy. (H took this photo at 29 weeks-- hooray for winter beach days).

Size of the baby: According to the My Pregnancy app our baby is the size of large cabbage. She is 15.7 inches long and weighs around 3 pounds. 

Gender: A GIRL and we're naming her Violet Mae :) -- she shares her great-grandma's middle name.

How do you feel? I'm pretty tired by 8:30 or 9:00 PM... other than that I feel great! My wedding ring fits but the top part of my belly button is officially an outie (yikes!). 

Eating/Cravings: Eating: Oatmeal with blueberries, popcorn (I addicted to this stuff), avocados, scrambled eggs, honeycrisp apples, hummus and veggies (still), and I just finished off the last of the Christmas sugar cookies (whompwhomp). Craving: Portillo's italian roast beef sandwich + cheesy fries, cheesecake (which is a weird one since I haven't had it in years), Chili's salsa + chips.

Miss anything? I really miss riding my bike... it's my first winter in the South and I would LOVE to take advantage of the warm weather and ride around our neighborhood. 

General mood: EXCITED! and a little anxious... I just want our baby to be safe, healthy, and happy. 

Fears: I hate to complain because overall body/symptom-wise this pregnancy has been really wonderful. I don't have aches or pains, food aversions or nausea, but I have dealt with a lot of anxiety. It seems like every time we go in for an appointment or ultrasound they find something new. First it was abnormal results from the Amniocentesis test (we followed up with another test and she is fine). Then placenta previa (which thankfully cleared itself up), and then I failed my first glucose test (I passed the 3-hour test a few days later). Yesterday we saw a pediatric cardiologist for another ultrasound because they saw something unusual in Violet's heart (hello, first time parent panic). Her heart is functioning normally but she has an extra leaflet in the right valve and it's something we're going to have to check on after she is born. I'm praying that everything will be okay and we won't have to do further tests or procedures.

Sleep: Still sleeping okay, but I'm sick of sleeping on my side.

Workouts: I'm staying active as possible and working out 4-5 times a week, although most days my workouts now last around 30 mins instead of 45 mins.

Things I am looking forward to: We're taking some baby classes (childbirth, basic newborn care, and infant CPR) next month, so that should be interesting.


Best moment this month: Spending the holidays with my parents, feeling Vi move and kick especially after I eat, going to the beach and talking about all the things we want to do with our baby as she grows into a little lady.

Shout out to my baby daddy: H has been incredibly supportive throughout this pregnancy. He has gone to all of my doctor's appointments and calmed me down during my freak out moments.

Maternity clothes: I'm sticking to the tank/cardigan combo for most days. I'm thankful I work from home so I can live in maternity jeans and leggings.

Purchased/ Currently in my shopping cart: I stopped buying baby clothes after my brother told me his newborn daughter is usually swaddled or in diapers for most of the day. Violet already has a solid wardrobe, so I'm trying not to over do it. Lately I've been buying accessories (bows, headbands, pacifier clips) and odds and ends for her nursery (baskets and frames). 
-xo-
Jillian
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