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Happy to Be Home

nathan-fertig-271363-unsplashIt’s a typical Monday, and I’m standing in my apartment elevator, scrolling through a handful of late afternoon work emails on my phone as a small brown and white Dachshund stares up at me. The other end of the pup’s limp leash finds another disconnected human staring into his own glowing screen. So here the three of us are, riding up four levels in an uncomfortable silence.

As I wait for the cold, fingerprint-smudged silver door to slide open and deliver me to an echoey hallway leading to my apartment, the quiet surrounding us provides the perfect backdrop for my mind to wander.

This wasn’t how I pictured all of this working out. I once had visions of an idyllic home, with overstuffed couches and a handful of kids underfoot. A bright, happy home with a stainless kitchen sink shining proudly beneath a window that overlooked a sprawling backyard. A comfortable, well-loved home with character to spare and plenty of space to hold the million memories my family surely would make within its walls.

In those dreams, an awkward elevator ride was not part of the plan.

Please click here to read the rest of this essay for Kindred Mom’s Around the Table series. I’m honored to be a Writer-in-Residence on the Kindred Mom team this fall!


coreyCorey is a writer, graphic designer, and mom to her amazing daughter, Zoey. Here at The Nostalgia Diaries, her goal is to simplify, enhance, and engage people’s lives by helping them focus on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.


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Come Sit Next to Me

My daughter, Zoey, and I stand inside the small entryway of our beloved neighborhood restaurant, Sylvie’s, waiting for the hostess to show up and seat us.

Zoey, in true six-year-old fashion, fidgets besides me, her tiny bones full of endless childhood energy. Yet in spite of my daughter’s movement, her hand stays nestled in mine, and as we watch the hostess round a corner and head our way, I feel a gentle, familiar tug on my fingers.

“Don’t forget to ask her,” Zoey whispers loud enough so I can hear over the din of the restaurant.

“Table for two?” the hostess asks.

“Yes,” I say, nodding. “But would it be possible for us to sit at a booth?”

The hostess smiles and tells us we are in luck. After leading us to a booth tucked away from the bustle of the room, she places our silverware and menus on opposite sides of the table in standard restaurant protocol and then leaves, telling us our server will be with us shortly.

I slide into the booth bench, but I don’t stop in the middle. I make my way toward the end, knowing what will happen next: Zoey hops up beside me, reaches across the table to turn her place setting around, and then finally settles down next to me, into the place she has rightfully claimed as her own. We spend our meal curved against one another, our conversation and giggles filling in the space around us with love and letting the rest of the world fade away.

Please click here to read the rest of this essay for Kindred Mom’s Around the Table series. I’m honored to be a Writer-in-Residence on the Kindred Mom team this fall!


coreyCorey is a writer, graphic designer, and mom to her amazing daughter, Zoey. Here at The Nostalgia Diaries, her goal is to simplify, enhance, and engage people’s lives by helping them focus on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.


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Childhood · Nostalgia

Let’s Go Fly A Kite: How a Favorite Childhood Pasttime Can Help Your Health & Happiness Take Flight

 

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We’re letting fun take flight today to reminisce about one of the most quintessential, nostalgia-inducing, childhood activities we can remember: kite flying. Because, after all, it is National Fly a Kite Day.

The origin of the kite dates back more than 2,000 years to Shandong, China: a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in strong winds, and with his simple solution, the concept of the kite was formed. The first kites created were constructed from common but durable materials, such as bamboo, silk, and paper.

By the 16th century, the popularity of kites grew as books and other literature publicized them children’s toys. But as the 18th century approached and the initial novelty of kites wore off, they started being used in field of science. Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite flying experiment during a thunderstorm in 1752 proved that lightning was a form of electricity. Kites even played a part in the development of the airplane in the late 1800’s when the Wright Brothers used them for research purposes. Continue reading “Let’s Go Fly A Kite: How a Favorite Childhood Pasttime Can Help Your Health & Happiness Take Flight”

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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 4 Nostalgic Crafts to Create with Your Kids This Holiday Season

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So looking at this post, you might be saying to yourself, “Crafts?  CRAFTS!? I don’t have time for no stinkin’ crafts! I have shopping and cooking and cleaning and shopping and errands and cleaning and shopping and . . .” 

Whoa there! I get it. The days leading up to Christmas can be hectic. Stressful. Out of control. How can you possibly take the time to make Christmas crafts?

Our suggestion? Take a step back, take a breather, slow it down, get you (and your kiddos) off their phones or Xboxs, and spend an hour or two together cutting and coloring and pasting and laughing and talking and singing and connecting.  Because crafting with your kids is really not about making the crafts, it’s about creating memories. Because when they are gone and out of the house and perhaps starting their own families, are they going to look back and say, “Remember that day I got that high score on Candy Crush!” (or whatever games people are playing now)?  Of course not.  They are going to look back and say, “Remember when every Christmas we would cut out paper snowflakes and hang them from the ceiling? I loved spending time together, listening to Christmas music, and crafting.”

But only if you actually spend the time doing it.

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So today we are sharing 4 Nostalgic Christmas Crafts, with suggested updates for a modern twist. The perfect blend of old and new!  These crafts are simple, fun, easy for all ages, and will help you connect with your loved ones.  So go ahead and start making memories that you (and the kids) will be nostalgic about in the future!  Because remember: Nostalgia helps you live a happier life. It better connects you to loved ones. It make you have a more positive outlook on life.

And goodness knows we need that now.

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