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Week 47: Finding Holidays in the Everyday | Everyday Nostalgia

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It is Thanksgiving, and I’m sitting in my living room, watching the afternoon light as it starts to fade away from the day.

My apartment is dark and quiet. In my kitchen, there is no turkey waiting to be carved. In the oven, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole are nowhere to be found. There are no rolls, mashed potatoes, or canned cranberries set out in serving bowls. The seats at my kitchen table are empty, leaving the surrounding space devoid of the low din of happy conversation that normally comes with the holidays. There is nothing happening here that even remotely resembles the nostalgic way Thanksgiving always used to feel to me as I was growing up: rich, full, and abundant.

The only thing here is me, curled up underneath a blanket in the corner of my couch, drinking a cup of tea, staring up at the twinkling lights of my Christmas tree, thinking about how it’s Thanksgiving afternoon, I’m alone, and there is no pie.

It is a combination that has the potential to end poorly.

Very poorly.

But as I look up at those tiny, white lights, my thoughts thankfully drift to something else.

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Week 45: I’m failing at dinner—but not as a parent | Everyday Nostalgia

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It’s 7:48 in the evening, and my daughter, Zoey, and I are almost finished with her bedtime routine.

Almost.

I close the chapter book we are currently reading, set it on her nightstand, and turn off her lamp.

Darkness fills the room, and I feel the bed shift beneath us as Zoey finds her way over to me. She lifts my arm and settles into the spot on my chest she has come to claim as her own.

“Know what time it is?” I ask.

“One of the best parts of my day,” Zoey replies. “I’ll go first.” Continue reading “Week 45: I’m failing at dinner—but not as a parent | Everyday Nostalgia”

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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.

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