10.21.2016

five things.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Christina, April, and Natasha to share a few things that have been on my mind lately:
ONE: I splurged on a new pair of Freshly Picked moccasins for Vi -- the saltwater purple/sand gray combo is perfect for her Halloween costume.
DIY Heirloom Pumpkin Tutorial / Stephanie from Olive and Tate / (I also love Hope's mantle)
TWO: I am loving decorating with eucalyptus! I posted a photo of our mantle on Instagram, but these spaces are so inspiring. I picked up a bunch at the grocery store (you can also find them online: fresh eucalyptus branches or faux silver dollar eucalyptus garland and wreath).
THREE: I want pretty much everything from J Crew's active line with New Balance. I love stripes, polka dots, and colorblock and they have it all - not to mention almost everything is available in navy. And speaking of J Crew I can't wait for my new winter coat to come in the mail!
FOUR: Bitsy's Brainfood sent over some samples for Vi to try! Created by moms, they have a mission to make healthy packaged food for babies and kids. Their Spooky Snacks are made in a nut free facility and are allergy friendly, certified organic, GMO free and free of artificial ingredients, and they come in fun alphabet shapes so kids can play and learn while they eat! Vi loved the orange chocolate beet and I already ate some of her sweet potato oatmeal raisin smart cookies. Spooky Snacks would be a fun treat to pass out on Halloween.
FIVE: Don't forget to enter my Minted $150 giveaway - there will be two winners!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian
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10.19.2016

2016 Minted Holiday Card Picks + $150 Giveaway!

Full Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Minted. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

It doesn't really feel like Fall around here with 70+ degree temps -- I'm not complaining! -- but Halloween will be here soon and then Thanksgiving and Christmas!! So it's time to start thinking about holiday cards. I have a holiday photoshoot scheduled with my friend (and seriously talented professional photographer) Liz at Coach House Pictures next month. Violet is going to wear a classic black and white dress that I bought when I was in high school (!!) in the hopes I would have a baby girl in the future (it reminded me of a similar dress Audrey Hepburn wore in one my favorite movies Sabrina). 

Anyways, now that I have the photographer and wardrobe figured out, I need to pick out my favorite holiday card design. I've ordered holiday cards, Vi's birth announcement, and birthday invitation from Minted over the past few years and I am always so impressed with the quality of the cards, and the unique designs. Minted's 2016 Holiday Card collection did not disappoint! Here are my favorite designs:holiday frame - statement joy (my favorite!) - oh what fun! - golden evergreens - southern charm (I hope one of my Charleston friends uses this design, it's so cute) - writing on the wall

I also love traditional cards without photos. Here are some of my favorite non-photo holiday cards:
blooming year - noeliathe gift (I love the simplicity of this one!) -  vines of flowers - floral joy - woodland joy

Minted is generously giving away $150 to TWO lucky readers -- Enter HERE!
This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents, please enter by 10/27.

What is your favorite Minted holiday card?
-xo-
Jillian
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10.13.2016

DIY no-sew owl halloween costume.

Halloween is almost here!! Last year Violet was the cutest skunk (with a costume from Pottery Barn Kids), but this year I decided to make her costume. Violet is never without her stuffed animal Bernie the Owl, so that seemed like the perfect costume idea. I found a great no-sew idea on Pinterest (here), and I modified the costume to fit my toddler's personality. It was a labor of love, but I really liked how everything turned out!

Here's the supplies you need for this project:
  • A sweatshirt and sweatpants. I lucked out and found a really cute white fluffy coat at a thrift shop for under $5! I used these $5 sweatpants
  • 1/2 yard of fleece in two colors and 1 yard of fleece in a 3rd color – Depending on the size of your wings, you may have some left over.
  • Mini hot glue gun + extra glue sticks (I initially tried using Liquid Stitch but a hot glue gun was faster and more effective). 
  • Sharp fabric scissors (pro tip from my mama: don't use these scissors on anything other than fabric to avoid dulling the blades). 
1. First pick your colors and fabric. I went with light gray and purple fleece and fluffy white swirl-fur fabric (I love how soft this fabric is, but it's a total pain to cut -- it sheds like crazy, so make sure you shake it out after you cut out the "feathers" to release any extra "fur"). 

2. Cut out a tear-shape "feather" template from cardboard. You'll use this to help cut out all of your feathers. I placed the template on doubled over fleece and cut out two feathers at a time. If you use the fur fabric only only cut out one at a time. 

3. Cut, cut, cut out those feathers. Vi's costume probably has over 200 feathers on it... it was a good project to do while I was watching TV at night.

4. Measure your child's wingspan - have them raise their hands up like they are flying and measure across. Mark your fleece with the length of the wingspan. Next, tie a piece of string onto a pen, hold the string in the middle at the top of the fleece with one hand, straighten out the string to your desired length with your other hand (or have someone help!), and draw a semicircle. Finally use the pen marks to cut out the semicircle. 

5. Glue your feathers on with hot glue gun. I started at the bottom of the semicircle with a row of white feathers. I staggered a row of feathers in gray over the white, and then again staggering purple feathers over the gray ones. Repeat this pattern until the wings are covered.
6. Add feathers to the front of your sweatshirt in any desired pattern. I did nine alternating rows of the same white, purple and gray feathers.

7. When you finish the sweatshirt it's time to attach the wings! You can use Velcro if you want to be able to remove the wings, but I opted for the permanent route and attached the top of the wings with a hot glue gun.
8. To finish the costume, glue a few feathers to the front and back to the cuffs of the sweatpants.

Optional steps: Add an Owl Hat! I found a cute knitted hat on AmazonThere are additional options on Etsy too. There are online tutorials on how to make a hat for an owl costume, but I liked the idea of having a nice knit hat that she might actually wear again after Halloween.
You can also make some wings for a friend! I had some extra feathers so I decided to make a matching costume for Bernie.
I can't wait to see Violet all dressed up this year!
-xo-
Jillian
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10.07.2016

five things.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is doing well, it's been a while so I have a lot of things on my mind lately -- here's five quick things:
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ONE: Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue has Mini Melissa rain boots on sale! We bought Vi a pair of light pink duck boots over the weekend and they are so cute in person. I also love the boots with bows. Saks Fifth Avenue has a ton of other styles on sale with their Friends and Family sale -- Vi's classic bow mary janes are on sale and I'm really tempted to buy her a pair of owl mary janes.
TWO: Mini Boden has a limited edition Roald Dahl collection! Everything is so cute and the pieces makes me want to re-read all of Dahl's books. I especially love the Giant Peach T-shirt, Mrs. Ladybird Dress, the BFG cape with it's pretty London cityscape lining, the Alphabet Cord Dress - it's perfect for my bookworm, and the glow-in-the-dark Dream Jar Pajamas. The Rainbow Drops Dress and Veruca Faux Fur Coat are really fun too and soooo Willy Wonka
THREE: H and I finished watching all three seasons of Broad City. It's hilarious and I wish I didn't wait so long to start watching it. All three seasons are on Hulu. I'm also loving Younger with Sutton Foster (she was in Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's other show Bunheads). It's a lot of fun and a total guilty pleasure show (H does not watch this one).
FOUR: We finally tried Blue Apron! The first week had three great meals and I cooked with ingredients that I hardly ever use. It was a lot of fun -- but of course more work than going out to a restaurant and almost as expensive. We had two meals that we didn't like the next week so we decided to cancel our subscription. While I like the idea of cooking outside of my comfort zone, the meals weren't filling enough for H and too heavy for me. I also didn't like how much packaging they used for every piece of produce (you can recycle everything but it's still excessive). In the end it wasn't a good fit for us. So this week I decided to finally use my recipes on Pinterest. I made Greek Pizza and it was SO good. I also tried a gnocchi recipe which was way too rich (hello cream base, what was I thinking?!) Anyways the whole Blue Apron experience encouraged me to introduce some new recipes into our usual meal rotation.

FIVE: I'm thinking of all of my family and friends in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina stay safe during Hurricane Matthew!! 

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian
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