simplify in style

Hi!

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend – I certainly did 🙂  Jordan and I were able to get out of town one last time before baby #3 arrives and it was just the recharge we needed.

If you follow along on my Instagram stories (@hillarykweidner), you know that I had a BIG week last week getting our play room organized.  I am in full nesting mode and feel the need to get everything put away, washed and ready before this baby comes.  I still have 11 weeks so PLENTY of time but it just makes me feel good to get things crossed off the list.

SO – our house doesn’t have a basement so the main play area for the kids is right off of the mudroom.  It is a more casual family room and has the perfect set up for toys and lounging.  The only issue is – when the mess is out – anyone who pops over is privy.

Since we officially moved in August, we tried to just put stuff away in the built ins but there was really no rhyme or reason.  I kept feeling like I would take the time to organize it myself but the task just seemed overly daunting – hence why I looped in reinforcements 😉

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Simplify in Style is a small business that is owned by a young Cincinnati mom named Danielle.  Danielle and her team specialize in organization and moving services and seemed like the perfect fit to help me with this playroom!

Danielle and I chatted and she popped over one afternoon for a free consultation.  I’m serious, you guys – CALL her for this free consultation.  I learned so much and she was very open about the space and had immediate ideas of what we could do to whip it into shape!

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It was only a week or so later that she scheduled to come back to set the space up.  Her team typically assists in sorting, purging, and organizing the space as a whole but I really felt strongly that I needed to go through all of this stuff and figure out what could be tossed, donated, and kept.  If ANY of you reading this have kids – you know how hard this task is with little sticky fingers running around.  They wanted every toy I pulled out even though they hadn’t seen it in MONTHS and it seemed I was making more of a mess than I was cleaning up.

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All in all, it took me a few hours to go through everything and start the sorting process.

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Danielle and her team came last week and picked up my slack.  They took everything I had sorted and pulled it out, re-sorted, and started categorizing from there.  Danielle purchased all of the bins, supplies, and labels, and by the time I got home from work – it was completely arranged and organized.

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What.A.Relief.

Danielle made this extremely easy and, dare I say it, FUN.  She really helped craft a space that is super organized but functional.  Everything is labeled so it all has a place during clean up – and we can rotate toys in and out based on what bin we want to play with that day.

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SO – if you are moving or just need help cleaning up your closet, pantry, bathroom drawers, kitchen, garage….anything….you are in great hands with Simplify in Style.

We are so grateful for this partnership as it led to a much more FUN environment and is a great lesson in teaching the girls that everything has a “home” and how to clean up accordingly!

xo

Hillary

things i love lately

Hi!

Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share a few things I have been loving lately 🙂  I used to do a post every Monday called “weekly wears” where I would basically recap my weekend and share some outfit details but that has fallen off a little (hello working, raising 2 kids, pregnant with 3rd and running around trying to balance it all!).

ANYWHO – I’m giving myself some grace and not pressuring the regular weekly wears posts and am taking today’s post as A WIN!  I hope you are too 🙂

Nicola Bathie.  She, hands down, creates the most beautiful and feminine earrings.  I love all of her designs, they are light weight, and just great statement pieces that classic enough to stay in rotation for a long time to come.  View my favorite pair below.

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Entry way rug.  I found this rug on Lulu & Georgia (find it HERE) for our entry way and get a ton of compliments on it.  I even bought it in a couple of other sizes for different parts of the house.  For the price, it is a great find and the quality is awesome.

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ASOS Maternity.  What would be do without ASOS Maternity?  This time around I have pretty much all I need in the clothing department but still found myself wanting to wear something newer without spending a ton of money.  One of my best friends (who also just had THE cutest baby boy) was sporting this top.  It was perfect for maternity wear and also post baby wear!

Find her top HERE.

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I also bought this dress right before the holidays to wear for Christmas Eve and was obsessed.  Cute cut and really comfy – also plan to wear for a family wedding coming up.  Find it HERE

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Finally, I purchased the below sweater this week too 🙂  Jordan and I are headed out of town for a quick getaway and I wanted something easy and comfy to pack for one of the dinners.  This sweater paired with my heart shaped earrings – I will feel set!  Find the below sweater HERE.

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Bow dresser handles.  I posted a pic over the weekend as I was cleaning out closets and making room for baby #3 and received a ton of questions on these drawer pulls from Crate.  Find them HERE.  I added them onto Bea’s dresser a couple of years ago and am so happy they are still available!  My goal is to have Poppy officially moved into Bea’s room by February 1st so wish us luck 🙂

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xo

Hillary

 

new year, new motto

Hi!

I hope you all had a great holiday and are gearing up for a great 2019.  When I think about all of 2018 I think of a lot of changes – moving out of our beloved home in Hyde Park where we started our family, renovating a house in a completely different neighborhood, starting BOTH girls at a new school, and still getting used to living day to day without Dad.

When I look back on the goals I set for myself in January of 2018, my motto was “live your life with a grateful heart”.  I truly feel like I embraced that motto.  Yes, there is always room for improvement but I definitely tried to spend more time with the people and in the places that filled my heart the most.

When looking even further back to my 2017 New Years post (find it HERE), many of the same emotions remain.  I realize I am only 32 but most days I feel like I have lived 2 different lives.  Almost like 3 different lives actually.  My first life lasted me up until I was 29 – when Bea was diagnosed.

Before that date in March 2015, I was care free and had little to no major upsets in my life.  Nothing that brought me to my knees like having an infant with a life threatening disease.  Dealing with that for an entire year was difficult but we had the transplant to work towards and ultimately there was light at the end of the tunnel.  That time period was fully dedicated to Beatrice’s health and was a very intense and surreal year.

Then, everything happened with Dad.  That day – that morning – changed my life forever.  This is the 3rd life I’m living – one without Dad.  The first part of my life (up until 29 years old) was great, but it wasn’t as deep.  I didn’t love as hard, worry as much, feel as deeply.  I appreciate things more now and cherish the time I have with loved ones.  So, although I wish none of what has happened had happened – I am starting to find the positive effects after something so tragic.

SO – onto my motto for 2019.

I am a perpetually busy person – busy with work, busy with Jordan & the girls, busy with volunteering at organizations I am involved with, busy with keeping track of all things medical, and busy with friends and family.

Just like everyone else that is probably reading this – I feel like I stretch myself too thin.

Over the last 2 weeks I have embraced the “homebody” part of me and spent more time with Jordan & the girls than I think I ever have before.  We stayed home, had cozy nights in, took them to do fun things, cooked, and just enjoyed each other.  I made time for small things like bathtubs, long showers, and face masks and let myself lay in bed with the girls until we were all ready to make it down for breakfast.  It was heaven.

I started thinking that this is the life I could get used to – a slower version of my normal crazy busy one.   I was scrolling through Instagram one night and came across a girl I knew in college (find her Instagram account HERE).  In one of her stories she mentioned about how she was typically a FOMO person and has decided to change things up in 2019 and becoming a JOMO person:

Joy Of Missing Out.

I am totally embracing this motto for 2019.  Yes, I hate to miss fun plans and have a hard time saying no – but whenever I feel like I need a breather and just want to hang at home, I am letting myself feel fine about that.  I am going to embrace those nights and let myself truly enjoy the quiet (before the baby #3 chaos) of 2019.

SO  – no matter what your motto or mantra or thoughts are for 2019 – I wish health, balance, happiness, and positivity to each of you.  And to feel a little JOMO too 🙂

 

Hillary