i’ve been MIA

And I hate it!  I just am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things with the blog.  I was using the move as an excuse and now that I am settled, I’ve been prepping for some showers I’ve hosted and now it’s the holidays.  AH!

Well, thanks to those that are still reading.  And if it is easier for you to keep up – I have been posting more on Instagram and particularly, my Instagram story (@hillarykweidner).

Here are some fun things as of late…

  1.  I live with 2 mini adults.  Also, find their dresses HERE (named the “Beatrice dress so obviously had to buy :))  Jackets were a find a few months ago from TJMaxx


2.  I’m very into wearing this headband thanks to the inspo from my friend Meggie!  Find it HERE.


3.  We took Christmas card pictures recently and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see the finals!


4.  I finished one of my needlepoint ornaments and am now on to my second of the season.  I bought my patterns from Absolutely Needlepoint.


5.  Tons of compliments on this vest and it’s majorly on sale.  Find it HERE.


6.  Poppy still loves yogurt.


7.  I was loving the ice storm (probably because it didn’t knock out my power) and especially loved seeing how beautiful it made one of my favorite trees look!


8.  A must have from Trader Joes.



9.   You have to buy these slippers HERE.  They are amazing.


10.  I live with 2 mini adults (still).


11.  I am making more of an effort to talk about little girl’s clothing and started off posting on my Instagram story about this cute sweater form Cat & Jack for Target!


12.  My latest mirror obsession that just got hung in Miss Bea’s room.  Find it HERE and it’s 25% off right now!

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sweater season

Sweater season is upon us and I have purchased some GREAT ones recently!  With being pregnant and not sure of my size this season, I am keeping things loose and comfortable.  Check out some of my recent favorites!


JCrew Sweater HERE:

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JCrew Roll Neck Sweater HERE.  LOVE this look.

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Free People Sweater HERE.

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Splendid Cardigan HERE.

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Line & Dot HERE

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English Factory Sweater HERE.

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WAYF Sweater HERE.

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English Factory Sweater HERE

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Happy shopping!



random thought


I hope you all had a great weekend – ours was spent celebrating two very special friends at their wedding in Essex, CT.  It was such a nice weekend away for us and we got to explore some really cute east coast towns – it was the best!

This post is kind of random but the further out that we get from Bea’s liver transplant, the less I think about it.  Yes, I still think about when she was diagnosed, how much time we spent in the hospital, watching her get sicker, etc but it doesn’t consume my mind like it used to.  Thankfully, she has remained fairly healthy over the last 3ish years which has allowed us to take a deep breathe and enjoy our time as a family of 4.

I am still involved in Cincinnati Children’s in a lot of different ways and had a meeting last night about patient care at CCHMC.  Before the main speaker a couple of parents got up and talked about their time in patient with their children.  Both had different circumstances and different outcomes, but I couldn’t help but be taken back to that moment of living and breathing all things liver and CCHMC.  Hearing them talk about their kids and their stories and the toll it had (and still has) on their lives is astounding and, unfortunately, relatable.

Something the woman said that really struck me and almost hit me to the point of crying with no return was when she talked about how you experience the life altering moment of becoming a parent.  That, alone, is a total game changer for most.  And then you have a child that is diagnosed with a life threatening illness.  You are tossed into a situation you would do anything not to be in and one of the scariest things is – you know nothing about the illness.  You are in finance, or social media, or in education.  You don’t know anything about the medical industry but you are tossed into it in the blink of an eye.

Something that she put into words that was hard for me to explain is that while you know nothing about this industry or this specific, rare disease and then are told in that moment you are your child’s voice, you are their advocate, and you are their fighting chance.  How can you be those things when you don’t even know what you are talking about?

There is an insane amount of pressure in being a parent but an even unmeasurable amount when being a parent to a special needs child.

So, for those that are going through it now – I see you and I understand. You may not always know if you are making the right decisions but always speak up if you feel something isn’t right.  Rely on your trusted medical team but ALWAYS feel like you can challenge, question, or  advocate for your child.  At the end of the day, you know them best.

And for those who are reading this without a special needs child – hopefully this post helps you understand a little better those who do 🙂