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Captured Life Tidbits–Our Life In Instagram Pictures

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So thankful for these moments– these tidbits–that make up life.  
Capturing the moments visually is a gift. 
It keeps me present, it keeps me thankful, & reminds me to live NEW!
Valentinos Family Pizza night
~a yearly tradition.  A Family night out to Valentino’s Pizza Buffet

Halmark Ornaments Family
~after pizza, we each chose an ornament. The after Christmas sales are great! 

Bible verse
~reading Scripture on my phone.  A simple click to underline & share.

Gifts in the mail
~gifts of love in the mail from our heart friends in Cali.

family night at 5Guys
~a family date day, planned by Dad

family time at bookstore
~a trip to Omaha on our family date, to a Christian bookstore

family time at bookstore
~fun, family chill time.

family time at bookstore
~oh how I love my 3 lovelies

Starbucks salted caramel cake pops
~Salted Caramel Pops.  A Starbucks snack for the ride home.

Jesus calling for teens
~Dad instructs each girl to choose a Bible, a book & a devotional

Jesus calling for teens
~evidence of their choices being used.  How their choices show their individual personalities

happy new year snacks
~a low key New Years Eve at home.  A few fun snacks.

happy new year snacks
~how festive touches make it fun

sparkle nail polish
~using my manicure skills to make their fingers sparkle & spend quality time with them

FAMILY/ Kids/Family

Captured Life Tidbits – Our Life In Instagram Photos

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So thankful for these moments– these tidbits–that make up life.  
Capturing the moments visually is a gift.  All of life is a gift!
making bread
 ~whole wheat bread in the bread maker
Hot chocolate with cousins
 ~cocoa cousins
Christmas Concert
~Christmas concert

Children's Christmas Concert
~Lil one being brave, singing for a crowd

Christmas memory tree
~putting up our memory tree

Father and daughter sorting ornaments
~Father and daughter sorting ornaments

Advent book
~family Jesse Tree readings for Advent

Showered and in pajamas
~freshly showered little one in pajamas

Sick daughter
~a sick teen who still needs her Mom

Daughter sleeping
~sleeping beauty in her pink snuggle robe

Christmas living room
~all is blurry but peace.  I still found peace despite the blur.

frosted windowpane
~frosted windowpane. 

snow day plans
~Lil’ ones snow day plans

Christmas art
~priceless art

Backyard covered in snow
~our backyard in white

Snow covered table
~the pureness of snow

Snow shoveling
~fun in the snow!

Shadows and lines
~shadows and lines

peanut butter banana sushi
~ Lil one proudly shows me her peanut butter banana “sushi”

fun with pictures
~a middle child who is camera shy
art supplies
~art supplies from Gpa & Gma for Christmas

silly mustaches
~silly mustaches from silly aunts

festive beverages and Christmas treats
~festive beverages & Christmas treats

~oh how Granddaughters love chocolates!

family prayer
~family prayer at Christmas

mother and daughter
~my oldest and I

Christmas hat
~my middle child got a new hat for Christmas

New laptop case
~I got a new laptop case for Christmas and I lurve it!

Fun curly hair
~crazy curls from chemo

stocking stuffers
~the stuffings of stockings

neighborhood coffee and wine bistro
~my new neighborhood coffee and wine bistro

playing headbandz
~Headbandz with cousins

Christmas Eve
~a very special Christmas Eve 


Welcome To The “New” New Nostalgia!

wife | mother | blogger | cancer fighter | hair stylist | homemaker | lover of beauty | lover of God

~ my quest to be present in each moment, 
learning from yesterday and living simply in the NEW!

Welcome to the New, New Nostalgia!  

Along with a new blog design, comes a new tagline.  Before, it was “My quest to recapture the simplicity of yesterday and apply it to today.” Well, that just does not cut it anymore.  I still love simplicity, but I am no longer on a quest for it.  

Instead, I am on a quest to LIVE!

To apply what I have learned from the past and remember that I have been made NEW!  

How to live new on a daily basis, in all those little moments that add up and create a simple and meaningful LIFE.

Yes, living simply is part of that, but only a piece.

Cancer has changed me.

I am a completely different person than I used to be.

I am finding that what is important to me now, 
and how I want to spend my energy and time is different than before.  

Much of that energy and many of my posts will be on how I pursue health in every way:
 spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically.  

Because my focus is different than before, there has been change to my writing.  My posts are deeper, and at times, heavier.  But at other times, a silly lightness has also come with the awareness that life on this earth is short. I will share the small, simple things that bring joy and make up life– the tidbits that I want recorded for the future. Pretty much what I have always done, just tweaked a little.

Bear with me, as I will also share updates of my medical journey and posts that leave my heart and soul bare at times.  

Come with me as I take advantage of this new outlook, striving for the simple life which allows one to be present in the moments, knowing that we never know how many of those precious moments we have left.

Before I move on to the more specific posts that make up New Nostalgia, I must introduce you to someone who has helped make New Nostalgia what it now is. 

New Nostalgia Ad Coordinator & Chief Coder

Robyn from She Makes Media & She Makes Hats is someone who has been such a gift to me and to pretty much every one else that meets her.  She writes about her goal of giving away 10,000 hats in her lifetime at She Makes Hats, and also uses her expertise at She Makes Media, in blog design and coding. Without her, this new design would not exist, she has been an absolute joy to have by my side. Get to know Robyn, as I will be mentioning her from time to time, for really her presence is all over my life and this site!

The Best Of New Nostalgia:

My husband of 16 years, Todd.

Todd is a regular contributor.  He writes the series, Purposeful Living.  He is a man who not only writes about living purposefully, but lives it out every day.  How did I get so lucky?

My 3 girls, age 13, 11 & 9

You will see them pop up from time to time.  They are my lovelies.  They are my heart.  They bring so much joy to the moments that at times I think I could burst!

I try hard to use ingredients that have been around awhile, before processed “food” came about. Simple and healthful is my goal.  You will see a shift in my recipes, as I have embraced an 80% plant based diet.  I no longer eat meat, but I still make it occasionally for my family, so there will see recipes of all types here at New Nostalgia

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Organize & Simplify
Organizing and Simplifying seem to be on everyones mind.  In our house, routines and charts are key! I chuckle to myself when writing this one, if you could only see the state of my house right now!  

Diagnosed August 2010 with Stage 3b Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, I coped by writing honestly and candidly, and my readers buckled down and were by my side through the whole ride.  Here is a taste of some of those posts.  For me, the most precious is seeing the comments from all of you under each of these posts. Amazing support and love.  For more, see my ‘Cancer Journey’ & ‘Caring Bridge’ category buttons in my sidebar.
{Happy Anniversary Husband! (a video of the journey in pictures)}

I am a hairstylist turned full time homemaker / blogger, so the creative in me loves to find beauty in everything.  I like to explore beauty, without spending a fortune doing it.
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Oh, to have this one figured out.  I love being a mom.  I do my best, but have much to learn!  My prayer is that I will never stop growing as I explore this thing called motherhood.  I post as I go, sharing the things I discover that help me in this amazing job called “mom.”
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I’ve always tried to embrace a healthy lifestyle, but got super serious about it after diagnosis.  Here are a few ways I have embraced a more healthy lifestyle.

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Again, I love to create, and so do my 3 girls (age 12, 11 & 9). 
Here are some of the things we have done together.

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A job I take very seriously.  We have such power as moms to create an environment to (as my joy post said) hurt or heal.  I desire home to be a place where my family can come and be fully who they are, and to heal from what life brings. This, to me, makes home environment so important!
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It is THE thread that holds all of who I am together, it affects all that I do, because He IS.

 It is a once a week place where you and I can get things done together!
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