7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer

7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

When I look back on my fond memories of summertime as a child, I tend to go into a little bit of a nostalgic, sensory overload:

I remember the way summer tasted… a delicious mixture of ice-cold sun tea, juicy watermelon, plump strawberries, delicious grilled hot dogs, and sweet, melting Popsicles.

I remember the way summer smelled… a potent potpourri of coconut-laced sunscreen, smoky, toasty campfires, newly cut lawns, and freshly fallen rain.

I remember the way summer felt… an intoxicating combination of lush, soft grass, the hot, hard concrete of a pool’s edge, warm, gritty sand, and freezing cold water sprayed from hoses, Slip ‘n Slides, and sprinklers.

And I also remember the way summer sounded. Continue reading “7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 26: The Good Stuff | Everyday Nostalgia

The Good Stuff | Everyday Nostalgia | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

It’s 11:30 in the morning, and I’m sitting at a cafeteria table.

The air is filled with the sound of children’s voices and the smell of the day’s hot lunch—chicken nuggets and french fries—but to be perfectly honest, I’m really not paying that much attention: My lunchbox sits in front of me, and my little 8-year-old self is trying to guess what’s inside.

For as long as I remember, my mom has made my school-time lunches, and I love them so much that I hardly ever buy hot lunch. Because aside from the typical yummy sandwiches and snacks, she always throws in a few extra special treats. One of them is always a Little Debbie. I don’t have discriminating tastes when it comes to these delicious desserts, so it’s always a surprise as to which one my lunchbox holds: Will it be an Oatmeal Creme Pie, or maybe a Zebra Cake? Maybe it’s a Swiss Roll, a Star Crunch, or a Fudge Round. It might even be a Nutty Bar, a Chocolate Chip Cake, or—if it’s December—a Christmas Tree Cake. Continue reading “Week 26: The Good Stuff | Everyday Nostalgia”

Childhood · culture · Nostalgia

A Nostalgic Look at All Things Pink: Celebrating National Pink Day



It’s such an ephemeral, delicate, tender, happy color, isn’t it? Often associated with flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and ballerinas, this bubble-gum hued color is sweet and playful and cute. It’s romantic and charming and feminine. And, as if the color pink wasn’t amazing enough, it’s so special it doesn’t even appear in the rainbow. It’s like a unicorn: rare and magical and mystical and oh-so-beloved.

First used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color named after a flower of the same name. For you garden buffs out there, we’re talking about Dianthus plumarius here, which are also known as the common, garden, or wild pink.
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Corey’s Writing Featured on Red Tricycle


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.



Photo Credit: Jon Flobrant




Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You

Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You | The Nostalgia Dairies Blog
#rememberreminder: Say Thank You 

Even though today’s Remember Reminder — Say Thank You — is probably one of the first things you remember being reminded to do as a child, it very well might be one of the most powerful and important lessons you’ve ever learned.

After extensive research back in 2007, author Robert Emmons found that expressing gratitude — our emotion that that relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation — has the ability to improve our mental, physical, and relational well-being. Being grateful can also impact our overall experience of happiness, and these effects tend to be long-lasting. This makes sense, because we all know how wonderful it makes us feel to say “thank you” to someone. It’s powerful to let someone know that they made a difference in your life, no matter how big or small their kindness or generosity or thoughtfulness may have been. Continue reading “Remember Reminder #7: Say Thank You”