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Week 20: The Case for Staying Curious | Everyday Nostalgia

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My daughter Zoey and I are walking to the park down the street from where we live. I suppose I should use the word walking loosely, because Zoey never really just puts one foot in front of the other; her momentum always seems to come from a series of leaps and twirls and skips and hops and the occasional hip shake. It seems that for Zoey, she is destined to float and dance through life. 

She runs ahead of me and propels herself into a leap, and after a brief airborne suspension, Zoey lands, one foot at a time, squarely into a puddle. As it splashes around her, Zoey laughs and lifts her head and arms in joy for sticking her landing. 

“A perfect 10!” I say as I catch up to her. Continue reading “Week 20: The Case for Staying Curious | Everyday Nostalgia”

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The Wonder of Fairy Bread

As you know, this month’s posts are dedicated to filling your life with nostalgia-inducing wonder… Have you been following all the wonderful things here on The Nostalgia Diaries blog recently?: A five-decade playlist of One-Hit Wonders; a look back at one of the most beloved songs ever written, What a Wonderful World; and seven ways to enhance your days with 7 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life with Wonder. Check them out if you haven’t had a chance!

But we know another way to fill your life (er, belly) up with wonder, and it comes in the form of a magical, amazing thing called Fairy Bread.

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Continue reading “The Wonder of Fairy Bread”

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Week 18: 7 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life With Wonder | Everyday Nostalgia

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My head is tilted back, mouth open wide in awe. My four-year-old eyes fill with wonder as I watch tiny, reflective drops of light dance across our 1980’s popcorn ceiling.

“What are they?” I whisper, afraid that if I speak too loudly they may vanish.

My mom, sitting on the steps beside me, watches them in awe as well. “Whatever they are,” she whispers back, “they’re magical, don’t you think?”

“Yes…Magical,” I answer. And then, all of a sudden, I know what they are. Continue reading “Week 18: 7 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life With Wonder | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Week 17: The Empty Seat (A Story of Acceptance) | Everyday Nostalgia

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It’s dinnertime, and my daughter Zoey and I go about our nightly routine.

Zoey sits at the kitchen table and studies this week’s spelling words as I finish getting our meal ready. It’s fresh fruit and veggies and homemade mac and cheese. When I finally place our dinner on the kitchen table, Zoey’s face lights up — it’s one of her favorites. She moves her pencil and paper out of the way and pulls her bowl closer.

“Come sit next to me, Mommy,” Zoey says, as she points to the chair next to hers.

I accept her offer and take my rightful place at the empty seat next to Zoey. She tells me about her school day as she begins eating her dinner. For a while I don’t even eat; I quietly sit and listen to this tiny girl, sitting at the table in her little red polo shirt and plaid wool skirt, chattering on about her friends and art class and the day’s lunchtime shenanigans. And as she talks, I can’t help but be reminded of a girl I once knew. Continue reading “Week 17: The Empty Seat (A Story of Acceptance) | Everyday Nostalgia”

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50 Nostalgic Spring Activities

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Nostalgia Diaries Pop Quiz! The air is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining brighter, flowers are blooming everywhere… What season is it?

It’s Spring!

Since the emergence of Spring brings all kinds of opportunities to channel your inner child, we decided to round up 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities to share with you for Throwback Thursday today.

Because who wouldn’t want to relive those fun, easy-going childhood times filled with picnicking and kite flying and flower picking and puddle jumping and bubble blowing?

We’ve even compiled these 50 Nostalgic Spring Activities into a FREE download (complete with check boxes!) for you to print out and slap up on your fridge. Maybe by the end of Spring you’ll be able to check off all these activities — and if not, well, hey, at least you had fun trying!

So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids or a loved one or a friend — or even just yourself! –and get busy celebrating Spring. We think these are perfect ways to make some memories today that you’ll remember tomorrow.

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1. Go on a picnic
2. Fly a kite
3. Plant seeds
4. Play on a playground
5. Lay in the grass
6. Bird watch
7. Search for four-leaf clovers
8. Splash in puddles
9. Go on a scavenger hunt
10. Build a birdhouse
11. Wear flowers in your hair
12. Twirl in a field
13. Get ice cream
14. Take a bike ride
15. Play hide and seek
16. Climb a tree
17. Blow bubbles
18. Try to catch a butterfly
19. Enjoy a sunrise
20. Watch a sunset
21. Catch raindrops on your tongue
22. Star gaze
23. Look for a rainbow after it rains
24. Go to a park
25. Eat a Popsicle
26. Play hopscotch
27. Take a hike
28. Jump rope
29. Have a tea party
30. Hunt for caterpillars
31. Make a wish on a dandelion
32. Read on a rainy day
33. Go to a drive-in movie
34. Pick wildflowers
35. Play in a fountain
36. Make a pet rock
37. Make shapes out of clouds
38. Play Frisbee
39. Make a bird feeder
40. Draw with sidewalk chalk
41. Make a spring music playlist
42. Build a fairy garden
43. Play leap frog
44. Skip stones
45. Buy a fun umbrella
46. Have a barbecue
47. Play miniature golf
48. Press flowers in a book
49. Take a day trip
50. Make s’mores

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Let us know: What are some of your favorite springtime activities?

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

We’d love for you to join us in this journey.

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