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Remember Reminder #1: Delight in the Little Things

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#rememberreminder: Delight in the Little Things

We are so excited to announce our newest series here on The Nostalgia Diaries! In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a big fan of consistency over here on the blog: we keep your feet tapping with Music Mondays, take you back on Throwback Thursdays, and share stories with our Everyday Nostalgia series on Sundays.

So it got us thinking — why not one more? Every Friday, we will be posting Remember Reminders. These simple images will hold simple reminders — brought to you in a classic Post-It note style — that we believe sum up one of the things we’re all about here on Nostalgia Diaries: offering gentle reminders to help make your todays worthy of remembering tomorrow. Continue reading “Remember Reminder #1: Delight in the Little Things”

culture · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

National Scrabble Day 2017: Oh, My Word!

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We’ve been feeling pretty lucky lately over here on the The Nostalgia Diaries. For the past few weeks, some fun, nostalgia-inducing holidays have been falling on Thursdays, which means they were just begging for us to highlight them on #throwbackthursday. Two weeks ago, we had a colorful #tbt with National Crayon Day, and last week we had the pretty sweet opportunity to enjoy National Twinkie Day.

And then we couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered that today was National Scrabble Day—it’s like we hit a trifecta of Throwback Thursday goodness!

Trifecta, in case you were wondering, is the highest scoring word you can create if you have the letters F,R,C,T,E,I,T, and A on your Scrabble rack. It comes in at 13 points, whereas the other words you can create with those seven letters—ATTRETIC, CATTIER, CITRATE, and FATTIER—will get you at most 10 points. So plop those letters down on the board, make sure one of them falls on a triple word score, and you’ll have a true trifecta of goodness and a total of 36 points (even more if you play off another word or create a new one in the process!).

But we digress…

Scrabble—a game where “Every Word Counts”—has been winning over hearts and twisting words since American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created it back in the 1930’s. And, considering the board game is popular in over 120 countries and is found in one-third of all American houses, we’re betting that we’re not the only ones nostalgic for this famous, family-friendly pastime.

Heck, people love Scrabble so much that they’ve even come up with other ways to use those perfect little wooden letter blocks instead of just building words. You can find them (or some version of them) in jewelry, home decor, and artwork (Corey even has some hanging around her place). The massive success of the Scrabble app and other word game apps such as Words With Friends also prove the popularity—and staying power—of this simple, classic game.

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So in honor of this locution-filled holiday, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite Scrabble fun facts:

  1. What’s in a Name? Mr. Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. It was then referred to as Criss-Cross Words during the 30’s and 40’s and wasn’t trademarked as Scrabble until 1948.
  2. Hey! No Cheating! Feeling the surface of a tile when your hand is in the bag— otherwise known as “brailing”—is forbidden in Scrabble play.
  3. How Many? There are 187,632 words on the official Scrabble tournament and club word list.
  4. It’s Official! In 2014, 5,000 new words were added to the official Merriam-Webster Scrabble Players Dictionary. Some of the new words included pop-culture mainstays such as selfie, hashtag, mixtape, frenemy, and chillax.
  5. Bingo! When a player uses all seven of their Scrabble tiles to make a word, it’s called a bingo. Yell it out and your opponents might get confused as to what game they’re actually playing.
  6. 1782 Wasn’t Just a Year! It’s also how many points competitive Scrabble player Benjamin Woo won with just ONE word. The word was OXYPHENBUTAZONE, and he played it across the top of the board, hitting three Triple Word Score squares while making seven crosswords downward. Talk about an over-achiever…
  7. Nostalgia for the Win (Maybe…)! Playing NOSTALGIA on the board will score you only 10 points, so try to find a bonus spot to up your total.

So go on . . . get playing, and good luck!

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Tell us: Are you a Scrabble fan? What other classic “board games” do you remember playing? Monopoly? Life? Risk? Sorry? Clue? Yahtzee? What was your favorite? Do you still play board games?

P.S. We also think this might be the coolest Scrabble board ever…

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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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Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace

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“Everyone jump upon the Peace Train,
Come on, come on, come on…” – Cat Stevens

April is all about peace and acceptance and over here at The Nostalgia Diaries (and Corey’s Everyday Nostalgia post yesterday told you about her journey to make peace with where she is in her life, and a week ago she wrote about finding peace in being enough). So today we decided that we should put together a Music Monday post of artists who have crafted songs about harmony, tranquility, happiness, and love. In a word:

Peace. Continue reading “Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 14: Make Peace With Where You Are | Everyday Nostalgia

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In a few days, I will have lived in my new place for a year. Some days, it feels like it’s only been a few months. But as I looked at my dusty baseboards the other day, it definitely looked like I’d lived there much longer than a year… a lot longer. So last week, I decided to do some much needed spring cleaning. I started with the bathrooms, scouring the tub and installing a new shower liner. Then I tackled those dusty baseboards, and when those were done, it was window time. 

I started with my daughter Zoey’s windows—I even saw marks from her snow day wishing that I had somehow missed—and moved on to the living room. I pulled up the blinds, and because it was such a beautiful day, the outdoor light quickly filled the space around me.

The bright sunshine forced me to close my eyes, and for some reason, a wave of nostalgia washed over me. But the nostalgia wasn’t for something I’d once had, it was for something I’d once dreamed about. Continue reading “Week 14: Make Peace With Where You Are | Everyday Nostalgia”

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100 Blog Posts!

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Yesterday we hit another milestone: The Nostalgia Diaries published its 100th blog post! When we started this blog in October of last year, we had so many ideas and so much to say.  But we had to start somewhere, so we started here with our very first post:

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It was scary pushing that “PUBLISH” button, but once we did it, there was no going back. That first post was the start of something wonderful. Of course at that moment, we had exactly ZERO people following us, so those early posts, like our very first one, have seen a limited audience. For those of you who haven’t read our first post, Time to Begin gives you a chance to see where it all began. Continue reading “100 Blog Posts!”