cornflake dreams.: friday five.

11.20.2015

friday five.

I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha today:

ONE: With everything that is going on in the world sometimes it seems really silly to blog. I've always said that I'd keep blogging as long as it was fun. I still enjoy it, but I feel an obligation to get real and talk about something that has been on my mind a lot lately.
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Every time I see a story about the Syrian refugees I can't help but think "What if that was me? What if H and I were forced to leave our home with our baby? What if I had to leave everything behind, sleep outside or in a crowded refugee camp, fear for our safety, and have nowhere to go? What if I worried about basic necessities like food, water, and shelter instead of what I'm going to buy friends and family for Christmas?" Whenever I think about the babies and kids and the terrible things they have to deal with everyday makes me want to cry. What kind of life is that?! No human should have to live in fear, without food, or a home.

So I've finally decided to actually do something about it, and start donating to charities that aid to refugee families in need. If you are interested in helping too here is a list of impactful charities
TWO: We are heading to Chicago on Sunday for a week! I'm so excited to see my family and friends and to eat everything. You can follow along on Instagram I promise there will be a few pizza pics :)
THREE: My (super talented) friend Liz is going to take our family photos for our Christmas cards while we are in Chicago next week. I can't wait to see Violet in her new red corduroy monogrammed holiday dress -- yep, totally embracing the whole Southern thing. I'm also hoping to incorporate Violet's new elf doll from Zubels into a few pics. The doll is super soft and it's an adorable alternative the creepy elf on the shelf dolls!
FOUR: We are having Thanksgiving dinner  at my parents house this year and I volunteered to make a family favorite: the broccoli and cheese casserole. I wouldn't mind having these dishes too: lemony roasted potato and broccoli rabe / hawaiian sweet rolls /  roasted asparagus with garlic and feta

FIVE: confession... I have broken my own rule of not celebrating Christmas before thanksgiving-- I can't stop listening to Christmas music :) My favorite Christmas song is "Do you hear what I hear?" because I have fun memories of playing that song on my parents player piano when I was little. I also love listening to Josh Groban around the holidays. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
-xo-
Jillian 

19 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! What a great and honest post! Love love also two and three! Happy Weekend to you!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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  2. My mom is a resettlement social worker and has worked with refugees for the last 25 years. I think she's a saint and any organization that helps refugees is full of them! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. that is really wonderful biana! she sounds like a saint. we need more people in the world like her. xoox

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  3. I totally hear what you are saying. I think the issue with the Syrian refugees is not that people are heartless it is that they are scared. I am reluctant to have them come to NYC. After what we went through with 9/11 I am terrified of having something similar happen. I have love in my heart and don't want anyone to suffer but the City is so crowded lately with beggars (some homeless and some fake-homeless panhandlers that I see every day asking for money) that I wonder where we would put these people and how we would have the resources. KWIM? I think you're heart is in the right place though and I think it lovely that you are donating to them.

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    1. I totally understand that people are scared.It is a scary world that we live in, and terrorists want us to be scared. I get sad everytime I watch the news and hear about yet another attack or murder. It''s just sad that the refugees are fleeing the same terrorists that we are afraid of, but we are reluctant to help. I respect your concern of welcoming refugees into NYC, but surely there are other cities and states in our country that have the resources to offer aid and asylum.

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  4. V's holiday outfit is SO adorable!
    And thanks for sharing that list of charities. It's so sad to watch images of all the small children and many families being left stranded outside the borders of these European countries -- nowhere to go, nowhere to sleep and no one to help them.

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  5. I love that song! I used to play Christmas carols on the piano at a nursing home, and I still love to play when I go to my dad's house....I have jingle bells down but need some sheet music for other songs!! Have so much fun in Chicago! I'm sure she will look PRECIOUS in that outfit!

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  6. Yay for Christmas music and amazing charities! Have a fabulous trip to Chicago and Thanksgiving with the fam <3

    Green Fashionista

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  7. Ok Violet’s dress is the cutest!! You know I love a good monogram! Have a blast back home!

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  8. I completely agree with you about people who are fleeing their own countries to seek a better life for themselves. How anyone can think "nope - not here" is beyond me. Is that not the basic element of being human? I keep thinking in order to DO better we must BE better. That's awesome you have decided to donate to people rooting for that effort.

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  9. We started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween! Thank you Sirius! More excited than usual this year! Its almost feels more festive sometimes before the stress of getting things finished sets in. And then the days goes so fast......time to sit back now and enjoy!!! And shop.

    http://www.thecharlestonlens.com

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  10. I love what you wrote about the people that need our help. I am definitely going to check out those charities. Have fun in Chicago!

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  11. The elf doll is precious! Also thanks for making me drool over all that yummy food!

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  12. thank you for that list of charities! i have wanted to donate, and didn't know where to start. i can't wait to see the pics. she is gonna be so adorable in her dress!!! hope chicago was a blast and not too cold.

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  13. Great list...thanks so much for sharing it!!!

    And enjoy your trip to Chicago, but be sure to dress for the cold and snow!! :)

    Melissa | So About What I Said

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  14. Have a wonderful trip to Chicago and a wonderful Thanksgiving! Xo, Stephanie

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  15. oh thank you for that list of charities - very helpful. i know what you mean though, i think about that all the time. i don't know how everyone else doesn't think it as well, you know? like how can you ignore that? how can you not think 'what if that were me?'.

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  16. The refugees situation is so sad and so scary! Glad you left the charity links! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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