Nostalgia

Go Find Your Place

Quick: Think of a place where you have visited or lived in that gives you the feels…

You know the place I’m talking about. That place that makes you feel at peace. At home. The place that your mind goes when you think about your “happy place.” Your go-to vacation spot. Your getaway.

How many times have you been there? Once? A hundred times? Maybe you live there. Maybe it’s a place so familiar you can close your eyes and you are instantly transported there.

Or maybe it’s just a place you saw in a travel magazine, and you knew that was YOUR place, and you knew that someday you would get there. Someday. Continue reading “Go Find Your Place”

Nostalgia

And the Winner Is…

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Last week, we decided to host a contest as part of our one year blog anniversary celebration and as a thank you to all of our readers. For the contest, one lucky commenter had the opportunity to win an awesomely nostalgic Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera by answering the following question:

What’s your favorite nostalgic memory?
(The question is only fitting, right?
Given our obsession with nostalgia and all…)

We had so much fun reading through the comments you all left, and although it was SO hard to decide, we’re excited to announce that the winner of our ‘Favorite Nostalgic Memory’ contest is Joanna from Mudpie Lullaby!

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We couldn’t help but fall in love with this wonderfully evocative memory she shared:

“My favorite is swinging on my tummy on the old metal swing set in my gramma’s garden. Her house is in the oak woods on a hill top in North Arkansas, and as I swung I would watch the flickers of sunlight trickling through the oak leaves on the ground in front of me.” 

Reading her words, we felt like we were transported to the those oak woods in Arkansas, swinging in the sunlight right along with her. It felt like so many of the nostalgic memories we share here on the blog!

Congratulations, Joanna! Your awesome Instax Mini 9 camera is on its way!
We hope you enjoy using it to capture some of the wonderful memories you are making with your family.


And thank you again to everyone for sharing with us their favorite nostalgic memories and for joining us in our blogging journey. We’re so happy to have you as a part of The Nostalgia Diaries family!

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At 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.

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Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 42: Why It’s Important to Channel Your Inner Child, No Matter Your Age

We have to listen to the child we once were, the child who still exists inside us. That child understands magic moments. – Paulo Coelho

It’s 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, a time that would normally find me sitting at my desk or sitting in a meeting or, even worse, still sitting in traffic. But today, this early morning hour finds me doing something different: although I am sitting, I’m on my living room floor, next to my daughter, Zoey, and there are crayons to the left of us, Legos to the right, and there we are, stuck in the middle of fun.

Parent-Teacher conferences are in full-swing at Zoey’s school, so she’s off for the day. And after scrambling earlier in the week to try to find a babysitter for her and then realizing I had a vacation day I could use, I am too.

This unexpected three-day weekend has Zoey so excited she can barely contain herself. Continue reading “Week 42: Why It’s Important to Channel Your Inner Child, No Matter Your Age”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Going Back in Time: The Story Behind the Hug

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For the past few months, I’ve been fortunate enough to have my 6 word stories featured over on my friend Eli’s awesome blog, Coach Daddy. You may remember that we sang his praises back in July—if you haven’t checked this blog out yet, you really should: it’s quite wonderful.

I love the challenge that these posts pose. How do you sum up something that could potentially take pages to write or an hour spent chatting with a friend over coffee in just 6 words? This is especially hard for me as I am known for my posts that are thousands of words, but the process really forces to you think about the real heart of the story that you’re trying to tell.

When I sent my 6 Words submission over to Eli for this month’s post, he generously tossed out the idea of my daughter Zoey joining in as well. I immediately told him she’d love to be a part of it, simply because the prompt was so fun:

Who would you go back in time to hug? Continue reading “Going Back in Time: The Story Behind the Hug”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 32: Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My School Supplies | Everyday Nostalgia

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I’m dragging an open pair of scissors down the well-taped seam of a brown cardboard box. Generally speaking, this is a common occurrence in our household, given that my Amazon Prime membership makes it so incredibly easy to get basic, everyday items delivered to me in just two days.

But although having a package to open isn’t unusual, the contents inside are far from ordinary.

My daughter Zoey is next to me, her hands clasped tightly together, her little legs propelling her up and down into joyful, happy jumps. 

“What’s taking you so long?” Zoey exclaims, throwing her arms up in the air. “Hurry up! Please?!” Continue reading “Week 32: Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My School Supplies | Everyday Nostalgia”