Around the house .. of late

Be you … you are unique and beautiful in all you do and who you are!!
I found this sign to be a great reminder, go easy on yourself, life is too short.

My little bathroom remodel. The counter is my old oak dining table, cut down and repurposed. I used a white chalk paint. Very happy with the result.

This was the mess I started with. I had to remove the old tile top and drop sink. It was a little intimidating, but once I got started, it went really smooth.

The sink was a great find at Menards, at a wonderful low price of $34, I believe. Of course it was little more for the faucet, overall, a very affordable update.

My little kitchen, with only about 8 feet of counter space, there are not a lot of options, without doing a major renovation. So I picked the things most important to me and did a small update. New quartz countertop, sink. New stainless steel appliances and range hood.

My biggest decision, which I am so happy with, was to go from an electric to a gas range. I decided to go with a duel fuel range, having an electric oven. It is so beautiful, I almost hate to use it.

Amazing how the small updates have such an impact.
In closing today, I found these sweet framed notes, that say so much in such little space.
be simple friends,
~ronda

Fear not ….

Hello friends …
Hoping this day finds you well.

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I came across this on Pinterest today .. 

Both directives can be true … and the real truth about this is that
The Choice Is Yours

Yay, my hostas are up! Spring has finally arrived!
My Callie, so stoic and beautiful!! She turned 5 this month. 

hanging with Karter
Springtime afternoon and evenings at the ballpark. So much fun. Oh my though, tough on my diet, the deep fried jumbo pretzels with cheese are irresistible. Starve myself all day, just to justify the indulgence.
Whatever you do today, take time to appreciate the little things that make life so special.
xoxo,
Ronda

Moving along ….

Moving along, going forward.

Learning to relax and enjoy the simple things in life.
Not always easy in the woes of the day, I found this diagram interesting and helpful. It is not self centered to take care of oneself, but of utmost importance so that you are totally in the moment, mentally and physically. 
Life is so much about happenstance, preparation meets opportunity. 
Be ready.

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Struggling to get back to a healthier diet. Clean eating is so simple, yet the comforts of consoling foods are so addicting. Finding myself in a cycle of emotional eating.  Still working to finalize my parents estate, so many memories, laughing, crying, missing. 
I found this quinoa recipe that I am anxious to try.

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This amazing dish will start your morning off on a sweet note
Clean Eating Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This amazing dish will start your morning off on a sweet note!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Yield10 servings
Calories212 kcal
AuthorThe Gracious Pantry
Ingredients
  • 4 cups quinoa, cooked with unsweetened almond milk to package directions, then cooled*
  • 1 cup juice sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and serve.
  2. Note: When cooking the quinoa, simply substitute the water for almond milk in equal amounts according to package directions. If you find that the quinoa is not completely cooked when the milk has cooked out, simply add in 1/2 cup at a time until the quinoa is fully cooked. Keep the heat on low to medium to avoid burning.
                 

Spring is finally showing its face, soccer and little league baseball are getting underway. Still a bit chilly, but happy to be spending time outside.

Grandsons are so ready.

Karter on the left is our miracle micro-preemie, so blessed to see him thrive.

Grayson on the right (with his dad Shane) ready for baseball.

Looking forward to the season!

take care!!

xoxo,
Ronda