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Just a Little Note: A trip and a takeover and other fun stuff, oh my!

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Can you believe it’s already August?! Where on earth does the time go?

We’ve had a great summer filled with fun things like Zoey’s 6th birthday and her week-long art camp, visits from my parents, swinging at the park, lounging by the pool, being lazy during the dreary, rainy days, making homemade ice cream, and, as always, being our happy, silly selves. 

But the one thing we haven’t done is the one thing that most people do during the summer—take a vacation! So we’re going to do just that, and believe me, it is much, much needed!
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Corey’s Writing Featured on Red Tricycle

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Corey’s storytelling got some great additional exposure this past week when her post I’m Making Memories with My Daughter…and Leaving a Legacy was featured in the Spoke Contributor Network on the wide-reaching, parent-centric website, Red Tricycle.

If you take a look around Red Tricycle’s site, you’ll see it aligns pretty darn well with The Nostalgia Diaries’ objective of celebrating the past to create better days today.  Indeed, the Red Tricycle about page starts this way:

We believe the best memories are created when families do fun things together and we believe every day is an opportunity to create new stories.

We agree in creating positive memories for ourselves and our kids, and we are pleased as Punch that Corey’s writing on the benefits of using nostalgia to create life’s stories is reaching a wider audience. This story, first posted on The Nostalgia Diaries last December, is a favorite of many readers.  Red Tricycle reader Jen commented: “What a beautiful post! As usual, your stories move my heart!” We hope you agree!

If you like what you read, please share it with others you think would also enjoy it.  Happy Wednesday, friends!


I’m Making Memories with My Daughter
…and Leaving a Legacy

“Zoey!” I call out, the impatience apparent in my voice. I glance at my watch as I place my daughter’s lunchbox in her backpack.

7:32 a.m. Five minutes until we need to leave.

She’s supposed to be brushing her teeth, but instead of running water and toothbrush scrubbing, the only sound I hear coming from the bathroom is her sweet chattering. Zoey’s been talking to herself since she first learned to speak; how comforting it must be, I think, to always have someone to talk to, who you can always count on to listen. If it was the weekend, I would have just smiled to myself and let her carry on her conversation, but alas, it’s a school day.

The first bell will ring in 13 minutes.

Read the rest of the story on the Red Tricycle Spoke Contributor Network.

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Photo Credit: Jon Flobrant

 

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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.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow our colorful, creative spaces on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. We’re fun and happy and whimsical and nostalgic over there, too. Pinky swear.

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Week 8: Hygge Around the Hearth | Everyday Nostalgia

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A curious series of events happened as I began to research my final February post on warmth and nostalgia. I had decided it was going to be all about the quest for coziness that we seek within white-hot flames, particularly those of the candles we light and the fireplaces we tend to gather around during cold, winter months.

After writing about how to create a warm, happy home a few weeks back, a reader commented on the post and asked if I’d ever heard of hygge because she thought I might enjoy it. Not only did I not know what it was, I had no idea how to pronounce the word she’d just written. Did it rhyme with jiggy?  Gettin’ hygge wit it?

So I resorted to the powers of Google to further fuel my curiosity, and I was stunned to see the hundreds of hygge pages that came up in my search results. And what I found is that apparently for the last year I’ve been living under a rock (hey, I had a lot of stuff going on). A Danish word for a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special, hygge (pronounced hoo-gah – duh) had apparently taken the world by storm in 2016. Continue reading “Week 8: Hygge Around the Hearth | Everyday Nostalgia”

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Week 7: Cook Up Some Comfort Food | Everyday Nostalgia

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The other day as I was having a conversation with someone I had just met, and as all first conversations go, we were sharing pleasantries and asking questions of one another. And then the inevitable Colorado question was asked: Are you a native? 

These days it seems not many people in Colorado are natives, and alas, I am not one of them. But I also wasn’t one of the people that spent their whole life in one place and then wanted to venture out and see the world. Due to the nature of my father’s job, I spent my childhood moving from place to place, from Indiana to South Carolina to Tennessee to Ohio. A few years here and a few years there made for some challenging transitions and constant change.

But in spite of all the moving we did, I could count on one constant, no matter what state we ended up in: our old antique kitchen table would always come with us and every night, my mom would cook up and place on that table the delicious, comforting recipes that defined my childhood. And even if it was our first night in a new house, the appearance of those familiar foods helped us feel like we were home.

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