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Top 11 Posts From My Heart In 2016

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From My Heart Posts In 2016

What do I mean by “from my heart?” These are posts that go deeper than a recipe post or a DIY post.

These posts are my favorite to write, and also some of the most well received by all of you, which makes this heart of mine so touched and happy. It is clear I often write from my heart when hardship hits, as there are posts on suffering, anxiety, grief & tragedy. But, I also capture meaningful life moments in posts on amazing family memories, this wonderful life I get to live, and my Todd.

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Saturday Morning Musings

Oh my. I must write more posts like this–the ones where I just sit across from you all with a warm cuppa and just chat about life. It is therapeutic, and you are all so dear to just allow me to share. It also captures the fleeting seasons of life, as this post was written just last summer, but life rhythms have already changed so drastically. Time for another Saturday Morning Musing!

Read more here.

 

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A Family Update

Posts like these are so fun to look back on. I’ve talked about how this blog is my recipe binder, my memory keeper, my cancer journal & a place to connect with such a great and caring community.  It has certainly become something very special to me and my family over the years. It is especially comforting as a 2-time cancer survivor that my words and our memories are in a place where my 3 girls could easily access them and know the things I think about and am passionate about. This post captures the personality of my teens in this season of life. I don’t write as often about my girls now that they are teens.  It is a delicate thing, letting their stories be THEIR stories & not over-sharing. But once in a while…

Read more here.

 

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How To Find Relief From Severe Anxiety

Whoa. Reading this post about a year after writing it was…whoa. It brought back many memories of struggle. It reminds me how far I’ve come and how many prayers have been answered.

Read more here.

 

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I Am A Sinner If Its Not One Thing Its Another

This is the post where I write raw all my feelings of shame and failure as a Mom and wife, and then LYSA TERKUERST, one of my all-time fav writers and amazing woman of God, comments on it. She told me that the post was powerfully and beautifully written, with a few more sentences of wisdom that made my year. Yeah, that was a pretty amazing. Take a peek at her comment in the post!

Read more here.

 

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Enter Into Others Suffering

This post is about my beautiful friend and amazing artist, Alison Rush. I want you all to know her. I will be going to her home in just about an hour and wish you all could come with me to meet her. She is pure joy.

Read more here.

 

Severe Anxiety Symptoms |Top Posts From The Heart

Severe Anxiety Symptoms

As I reread these posts on anxiety, I feel like they just might be some of the most important ones I have written. As much as I wish anxiety was not part of my story, reading comments and remembering the emails I get in response make it worth it. Sharing a bit of my very personal journal and journey has brought so many of you to share yours with me, too, and that makes it all worth it. I received an email from a teenage reader on Christmas night that shared her own anxiety story and thanked me for this post. Yes, it is worth it.

Words from my journal, here.

 

On Grief |Amy from New Nostalgia |Top Posts From The Heart

When Grief Hits

“… I also found myself in a pool of sadness, swimming in grief. Anxiety and depression can often go hand in hand. I am acquainted with anxiety, but never of that severity & had not experienced it accompanied with depression. Deep sadness was a new experience for me. Together anxiety and depression are a brutal duet that brought my life music & happiness to a halt. It was survival time. I was a survivor learning what survival really meant…”

Read more here

 

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Help In Suffering

So often a song will spur a writing. That is what happened in this post. It is a cry out to God of help and thanks and praise.

Read more here.

 

Love Wins | Amy from New Nostalgia |Top Posts From The Heart

To Be a Part of Love Winning

I wrote this in response to the Orlando shooting and tell of the time my own sister was caught in a deadly mall shooting.

“I want to feel others pain. I want to have ears to hear and eyes to see and a heart that cares enough to stop for a moment and just listen and absorb, to mourn with and feel with. I want to enter into pain with others because this is what love does…Evil creates pain. Love enters into the pain. Love wins.”

Read more here.

 

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Forced Rest

I write about a hero of mine. I just saw this precious man yesterday and life has not gotten any easier for him or his family since writing this post early last year. They take it day by day not knowing what each day will bring. Yes, he is my hero, and so is his sweet family.

Read more here.

 

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Let Me Tell You About My Todd

Last but not least, my personal favorite post from 2016 because it is about my very favorite guy. How fun that you all liked it too!

Read it here.

 


Well, I have had all the feels reading back over these 11 posts from my heart. THANK YOU for reading and allowing me to share. You all are so dear to me and so very very gentle with my heart.

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My Colsie The Cat Lover + Cool Cat Wall Murals

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I have a cat lover and her name is Colsie, and she has been in mourning lately because her Mom is allergic to cats. Poor Colsie! I’ve been brainstorming how I can make her grief more bearable, and I’m thinking a large, life-like cat mural on her wall just might be the answer!

Pixers Wall Murals

Did you know that it is a thing? Wall murals? I’ve spent some time on a website called Pixers where they have thousands of wall mural options, and I am blown away by all that one can do with just a plain wall! The wall murals of today are not what they used to be. They are art!

The Pixers site has thousands of images! They allow you to try their murals on a photo of your own room , or they show options of your selected mural in provided images of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. It helps so much to see how each one will look in a real room.

The above picture of the sleeping cat looked amazing as a full wall mural. It made the entire wall look like a warm, cozy, fuzzy blanket. My Colsie would LOVE this.

Cat Obsession

Right now, she has a cat post-it note holder on her new desk that she got for Christmas, a cat mug from a sweet friend that she keeps close to sip out of, and a little dish with a cat on it that I brought back from a trip, to hold all the little things. But a HUGE cat on her wall?! I would be mom-of-the-year.

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One thing that does NOT make me mom-of-the-year in my teenagers eyes is talking too much about them here at New Nostalgia, even though I love to! This blog is like having a family diary of sorts, but now that I have teenagers, I must be careful about what I write in this ‘diary’ that the whole world can see! I now try to be selective with the tidbits I share for their desired privacy, but boy do I want to just blab to you all about my girls. I love them so.

Instead, I will just give you a glimpse into my Colsie’s room and world, and tell you about her obsession love for cats.

Colsie’s Room

Her room is one of my favorites in our home. She has always been quite organized and neat, never letting it get too out of control. Just when I think she might need a reminder to clean up, she does it on her own. She spends a lot of time in her room, as most teenagers do. She has fun twinkle lights hanging from a window, photos of her close friends tacked up all around, and a pillow on her bed greeting all who enter, with the word “HELLO” on it.

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Can you imagine the addition of fur-ball taking up an entire wall? It would be so cute on the wall behind Colsie’s bed.

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2 CATS muralsThe above cat mural is not so life-like, but makes me smile as I put it under one of my favorite photos of my Colsie and I. Do you see the resemblance?

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This shows the mural in a room. How fun is that?

The simple, geometric mural below is what I would choose for a wall in my room. Funny how that happens, I find something for myself while shopping for my girl!

simple geometric wall mural

Does the idea of a wall mural intrigue you? There are amazing images of the sky and clouds and thousands of different pattern/image options in the Pixers gallery. If you can imagine it, they probably have it. They have full wall murals, wall decals, window decals, posters and more. All the photos of cats on this post are from Pixers. What would you choose? Visit the Pixers wall murals gallery to see more.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pixers. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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Weekly Update

I have no idea what I really did this week. I DO know what I’ve been doing the last 3 days–enjoying the forced slow of an ice storm! We hunkered down, gathered flash lights, candles, blankets and portable device chargers, made sure we downloaded lots of Netflix, and waiting for the storm. It came, but not intense enough to knock out the power. We had a great time being together, making lots of comfort food, wearing comfy clothes and fuzzy socks and just chillin.

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Today the sun is out. I grabbed my camera and headed outside for some photos as everything was covered in glassy ice. It was beautiful.

Now I’m playing catch-up, answering emails that I put off for 3 days and singing to Chicago Spotify (totally aging myself) as I try not to procrastinate on this Anti-Procrastination post. Enjoy!

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Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms

Dates — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

Do a Pin3-Ingredient Pancakes

 

Daily To-Do

Spiritual –journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

Move Body–walk, yoga or strength training

Hydrate + Nutrients –leafy greens & berries, vitamins, water, powdered greens

One Full Load — dishwasher & laundry

Cleaning, Clutter & Computer Zones — {bathroom + study}, {bins away}, & {tasks in gmail}

 

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Specific Goals

Continue reading: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Finish reading:The Broken Way

Start reading: Wild and Free

Work on  IF: Local Gathering decor plan

All Christmas decorations put away — nope this is STILL not completely done.

Put together a gym bag (I joined a gym!)

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Recipes To Make

Easy Favorite Cheesy Kale Chips

Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie Chicken

Crockpot Bone Broth –every week (made it in Instant Pot this time..post coming soon!)

Instant Pot Yogurt

Vegetable Chicken Gravy over Biscuits using the whey from yogurt making

Spaghetti with Grass Fed Beef

Shredded Chicken Tacos

“Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up” Bars

Cincinnati Style Chili

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Watch my Instagram Stories for a glimpse of the making of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

Are you on Pinterest? Share a favorite pin you want to accomplish.

 

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Plan

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Weekly Update

I feel the slow turn to busy and I’m working hard to keep slowness of heart and mind as the calendar fills up! It is filling up with right and good things, but it is always an adjustment for me to go from low-key holiday mode to life and resolutions and goals!

I have loved thinking about those goals and choosing a One Word for the year. I will share my word with you soon! It has already really challenged and changed my outlook on this fresh new year.

I do have to say that a quiet house has been nice and it makes me motivated to work, write & spend the time of this brand new, fresh year in a wise way!

I do miss my girls, though, now that they are back in school. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be their Mom. My oldest 2 have been walking through some hard stuff that life has brought, and I am so amazed at their resilience and they are choosing to focus on what really matters and pursue that. I sure wish I could write more about the details of their lives because they are just so amazing! I do have to respect that they are teens and don’t want details of their world blasted across the internets. I will share tidbits though, because I just can’t help myself. Oh how I love my girls!

Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms

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New Nostalgia Most Popular Posts on Content 2016

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It’s been a great year of sharing at New Nostalgia! I am so thankful to call this little place in cyberspace home. I’m so thankful to YOU for making it possible by reading my words. I love doing these end-of-the-year roundup posts consisting of the most popular content of the past year.

In January, I will be posting the Top Recipes of This Past Year, the Top Home Living Tips, and the Top Posts From My Heart, so keep checking back to see what resonated the most with all of you!

If you want to see the most popular posts of 2015, you can check them out here, and 2014’s are here!

 

Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

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30 Minute Sloppy Joes

Who knew that the very underrated Sloppy Joe would be so very, very popular on New Nostalgia? This recipe has a ton of repins on Pinterest and is now loved by many. It makes my heart happy because it is my Mom’s recipe and has brought much comfort to me over the years– as only recipes from Mom can!

Get the recipe here.

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Kitchen Savings Tips

If you want simplicity, efficiency and ways to save money in the kitchen, then this post is for you! Freezing lemon slices, making your own taco seasoning, and using cloth napkins are just 3 of the 7 great tips.

Read more here. 

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie With A Secret Ingredient

This post has been popular, but went crazy popular the day before Thanksgiving when everyone was making their Perfect Pumpkin pies! There are actually 2 secret ingredients in this pie, and a fun story about how the recipe just keeps on giving.

Read more here.

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Teenager’s Messy Room

This was one of my more controversial posts. Parenting can always bring on different opinions and I welcome them! I love looking back and seeing glimpses of my girl’s room, and how much it changes as she grows up, even in just a year’s time!

Check out what brought the controversy here.

SEVERE-ANXIETY-FACE

How To Find Relief From Severe Anxiety

Whoa. Reading this post about a year after writing it was…whoa. It brought back many memories of struggle. It reminds me how far I’ve come and how many prayers have been answered.

Read more here.

18 Things You Need To Throw Away

18 Things You Need To Throw Away

I want to go on a decluttering spree after reading about all that can be thrown away. It is amazing how many things we really can get rid of that are just sitting around and taking up space and our energy. January and February are great months to declutter, making spring cleaning a breeze!

Read more here.

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Cranberry Chia Jam

The photos in this post make me realize how far I’ve come with photography this year! I’m really trying hard to create beautiful images for you and improve my photography, and I think it is starting to pay off. I so want to go edit that chia jam photo so that the white table is well…white, instead of that yellow/grey hue.  I will leave it and celebrate improvement over the past year! Oh, and this jam? It’s so my jam. Delicious!

Get the recipe here.

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DIY Pedicure Routine

It was fun to share my professional “cosmetology past” with you all in this DIY Pedicure post. I love getting a professional pedicure, but I usually skip it and do it myself to save money. Follow the exact routine outlined in the post for the perfect pedicure!

Learn how here.

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Severe Anxiety Symptoms

As I reread these posts on anxiety, I feel like they just might be some of the most important ones I have written. As much as I wish anxiety was not part of my story, reading comments and remembering the emails I get in response make it worth it. Sharing a bit of my very personal journal and journey has brought so many of you to share yours with me, and that makes it all worth it. I received an email from a teenage reader on Christmas night that shared her own anxiety story and thanked me for this post. Yes, it is worth it.

Words from my journal, here.

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Let Me Tell You About My Todd

Last but not least, my personal favorite post from 2016 because it is about my very favorite guy. How fun that you all liked it too!

Read it here.

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What was YOUR favorite post at New Nostalgia in 2016?

What type of posts would you like to see more of in 2017?

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