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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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Healthy Eating/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

Real Food Challenge

There is a Real Food movement going on and I’m happy to be moving with it.  My movement has been gradual, but I can’t tell you how great it has been to feel like the foods I have chosen to feed my family have been doing wonders for their health.

We have always been a family who were known for being sick…ALL THE TIME!  It felt like we lived at the dr.’s office (every two-three weeks at least, for years- no joke!)  Since deciding to eat Real Foods, that is no longer the case.  We have not been to the doctor since LAST MAY!!  We have had a cold here and stomach flu there, but usually only one of us gets it now(instead of the usual domino effect of illness that would happen when one would get sick–we’d all get it!) and it is over quickly.  I was the mom that got letters from the principal every year for each girl, telling me they had missed too much school.  Now the only school they have missed is when mommy falls for brilliant acting on my girls part:) That has happened twice recently, but momma’s not gonna fall for it again!  If they perk up after keeping them home a few hours, off to school they are gonna go!

A few months ago, I visited my pediatrician for a referral to an allergist to get my daughter checked for a suspected corn allergy.(never went to the allergist, symptoms disappeared when we stopped eating processed foods regularly)  When she saw us, she couldn’t believe how long it had been since we had been in, and was really surprised my daughter was off all inhalers for her asthma.  I loved it.  I feel like God has been so faithful in guiding me to some answers to my family’s health issues.

All that to say, I truly believe our eating habits are the reason why we are healthier.  I believe our immune systems are working as they should be, and our bodies are getting what they need through our foods.  We are by no means doing everything we could be doing, and I am at peace with that.  We are doing enough to make a difference in our health, so pressure is off to follow the movement perfectly.  I’ll be interested to see where this challenge takes us, and if there will be a point I draw a line and say, “nope  not ready for that.”

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