17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer

17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

There you are at the pool or beach, lounging in your swimsuit, sipping a cold drink (preferably with a little umbrella in it, right?), and then you feel it: a small bead of sweat trickling down your back. You’re hot, but you don’t care, because guess what? The sun feels good, and a cool dip of water—that blissful sweet relief—is just a few feet away. Ah, summer, how we love you…

Summer is a season where all of your senses have a fun time coming out to play. Last week we had fun taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane with our favorite 7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer, and for this week’s Throwback Thursday post, we’ve rounded up 17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer—the things that emerge in all their glory during this happy season of sun. And for some added fun, we’re sharing an interesting fact about each of them in case you need a good ice-breaker at your next summer BBQ or get-together (Just make sure to use them sparingly—you don’t want to be that guy). Continue reading “17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer”

Childhood · Nostalgia

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”

Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

10 Things We’re Loving Online | June

10 Things We're Loving Right Now | June | The Nostalgia Diaries

June marked the official beginning of summer and a sudden influx of sunny, hot days here in Colorado. This summer sunshine warmth found us feeling rather…well, nostalgic… around here (shocker, right?), so it’s no surprise that our internet finds this month really had a way of taking us back to simpler times, the ones where days lasted forever and everything seemed so much more “unplugged.”

It seems like we aren’t the only ones loving nostalgia these days… Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Online | June”


10 Things We’re Loving Online | May

10 Things We Loved This Month | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Did you know nostalgia strengthens a sense of meaning in life? In fact, nostalgia provides all kinds of positive benefits you may not know about.  Our goal here at The Nostalgia Diaries is to help you live a more simple, positive, and happier life by celebrating the past to create better days today. 

One of the ways we do that is by sharing cool, interesting, remarkable, fun, helpful, positive, motivating content (mostly centered around nostalgia) that we find around the interwebs. We do that here on the blog with our Music on Mondays, our Throwbacks on Thursdays, our #RememberReminders on Friday, and our Everyday Nostalgia on Sundays.  We do it every day on Facebook.  And while we don’t generally share other people’s stuff on The Nostalgia Diaries’ Instagram feed, we see some great content posted daily by our followers and those we follow. Like these shoes that Christina Campbell at _christina.pearl_  recently posted: Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Online | May”

Art / Architecture / Design · Holiday · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

#tbt: Light Up the Season | Nostalgic Bubble Lights


Christmas lights are one of those things that define the holiday season. They are usually one of the first decorations to go up to start the Christmas celebrations and typically the last to come down when it is all over. Most take them down soon after the New Year celebrations are over.

Sometimes people leave them up all year . . . You know who you are.

Variety is the name of the game when it comes to Christmas lights. Christmas lights come in all shapes and sizes. LED’s are the current light of choice as they use far less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, they last far longer than traditional lights, and they are quite durable. LED’s are also versatile; not only do they come in all the traditional shapes (C9’s and C7’s as well as mini lights), but also in “wide angle,” shimmering spot, and other varieties.

But there is something about a string of vintage Christmas lights that gets the nostalgia bubbling, and there are no greater nostalgic Christmas lights than . . . bubble lights!

#tbt  #bubblelights  #merryandbright  #bubblicious

First patented in the 1930’s, millions of bubble lights were manufactured from the 40’s to the 70’s, when they fell out of favor as people’s go-to decorative lighting.bubblelightpatent

Then there’s the little problem that the contents of bubble lights can be poisonous. Of course. Because the most fun things always seem to be dangerous.  Like lawn darts.

Health hazards aside, if you are looking for vintage Christmas-time illumination, bubble lights remain a super-nostalgic way to brighten your holidays. You can buy them—and all kinds of other Christmas lights—on Amazon.

What are your favorite Christmas lights? Do you prefer colored ones? Or perhaps just white? Maybe you have some other brilliant way you light your tree or house? Let us know in the comments below!

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