Childhood · Nostalgia

Remember the Simple Choices of Childhood

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Close your eyes and take a nostalgic little trip on this Throwback Thursday… It’s time to reminisce about your childhood days, when the hardest decisions involved the simplest things…

Cheerios or Rice Krispies…

 Red-Orange or Orange-Red…

Asteroids or Centipede…

Markers or colored pencils… 

Swings or monkey bars…

Red Rover or Red Light, Green Light…

Reading or playing outside…

Remember how, no matter what you picked, the days were still happy? Continue reading “Remember the Simple Choices of Childhood”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

Nostalgia Between the Pages: Little Golden Books

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It began with The Poky Little Puppy, Three Little Kittens, The Little Red Hen, and 9 other books in 1942.

Little Golden Books began as a collaboration between legendary publishing company Simon & Schuster and Western Printing based in Racine, Wisconsin. These little full-color books for young readers were published with one idea in mind: make high-quality illustrated children’s books affordable and thus, more accessible.

The concept worked; at the 50-year anniversary of Little Golden Books—25 years ago—the publisher reported that more than a billion and half Little Golden Books had been sold. A publishing achievement of astronomical proportions. Continue reading “Nostalgia Between the Pages: Little Golden Books”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 6: Spread Warmth | Everyday Nostalgia

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The other night as my daughter Zoey showered (because, as she says, baths are so last year), I stood in the laundry room, surrounded by a pile of laundry. It had somehow missed the memo that learning to fold itself would be greatly appreciated; though in its defense, if I remember correctly, it had been washed and dried twice prior to me finally getting around to pulling it out of the dryer, so it was most likely tired from all that work…

And like that laundry, I, too, was tired. I was tired from a day of dropping off and picking up and sitting in traffic, of meetings and deadlines, of cooking and cleaning and dishes, and from the knowledge that after I put Zoey to bed, there would still be more work to do.

Down the hallway, I could hear the sound of Zoey’s soft, lilting voice. She was singing a song I wasn’t familiar with, and given the nonsensical lyrics the song contained, I was pretty sure she was making it up as she went along. Smiling, I began tackling the clothes, towels, and sheets. Continue reading “Week 6: Spread Warmth | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Be Mine [FREE Printable Valentine Coloring Page]

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Let’s go way back… There you are at your desk, unable to sit still, your little heart all aflutter with hope and anticipation. In front of you, a pink, red, and white decorated shoe box. As you lift up the top and see the dozens of Valentines stuffed inside, you hope that one will be from that special someone. That boy or girl classmate who makes you light up when you see them on Monday morning, the one who makes you smile a little differently, the one that you’d share your peanut butter and jelly sandwich with any day.

As kids, we looked forward to the Valentine holiday at school, didn’t we? The day everyone had overflowing shoe boxes filled with sweet and innocent little cards. “I Like You!” they said. “You’re Pretty Cool!” Continue reading “Be Mine [FREE Printable Valentine Coloring Page]”

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Week 4: Choose Joy | Everyday Nostalgia

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If you read last week’s Everyday Nostalgia post, Find Your Must, you might remember my daughter Zoey asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response? I wanted to be like her, because she believes anything is possible.

While that’s a good reason to want to be like her, it’s just one of many. To me, she has some of the most enviable qualities possible. I especially love the fact that:

She is kind.

I remember when Zoey would come home from day care with notes from her teachers saying how she wasn’t napping because she was too busy walking around to all the other kids and rubbing their backs to help them fall asleep. Continue reading “Week 4: Choose Joy | Everyday Nostalgia”