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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.

 

Relief From Severe Anxiety |Amy from New Nostalgia Top Posts From The Heart

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

 

Help in Suffering Amy from New Nostalgia |Top Posts From The Heart

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.

 

FORCED REST | Top Posts From The Heart |Amy New Nostalgia

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.

 

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

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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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.

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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.

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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Captured Life Tidbits – February & March 2015

CAPTURED LIFE TIDBITS MUFFINS

So thankful for these moments — these tidbits that make up life.

CAPTURING THE MOMENTS IS A GIFT.

Counting these gifts keeps me present,

keeps me thankful,

& reminds me to live NEW!

Here are a few amazing gifts I have found by scrolling through my Instagram feed from the months of February & March.

#LivingNew

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~a throw-back to 2010, a reminder that life is a gift

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~celebrating Valentines day with our traditional breakfast junk food table

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~a picnic style dinner at the Lied Lodge for a special retreat

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~dear friends who are authors & celebrating upcoming book release dates (pre-order here!)

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~this truth

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~a cupcake bouquet made by little sister for her older sisters birthday

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~celebrating my Colsie’s 14th birthday

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~the beauty of a fresh February snow

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~cozy tea, cozy blankets, cozy insides

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~honey lemon ginger tea for my little ones’ cold

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~a car full of decorations to make a fun retreat beautiful

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~successful decor, a beautiful weekend

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~watching my amazing girl run an early morning Valentine 5K in 13 degree weather

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~that I am

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~hearing Jennifer Lee Dukes speak at Refresh My Heart conference, then cozying up with her book

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~being silly with my Cali heart friend.  Attending conferences together.

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~spring break sushi dates with my Teagan

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~celebrating my Avery’s 12th birthday.  The cake pops she made all by herself.

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~shoe shopping with my Colsie. Her gratitude and excitement over a pair of shoes.

 

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What’s Up With Me

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What I’m Doing?

getting excited about family night tonight and ordering in Indian Food!  woot!

 

What I Did Today?

had some girl-talk time with my Ann Y. friend.  it is only noon…much more to do.

 

What I’m Listening To?

IF: Gathering 2015 Spotify Playlist

 

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What I’m Tasting?

Steel Cut Oats for lunch with brown sugar, dried cranberries & crunchy cinnamon quinoa protein topping

 

What I’m Smelling?

hairspray on my hands. blech.

 

What Makes Me Laugh?

my Karen friend and her cuteness on Voxer

 

What I’m Planning?

a kitchen update with new counters, new sink/faucet & new dishwasher, & paint!

 

What I Hope For?

relief from symptoms of my Zoladex shot

 

What I’m Excited About?

diminishing fear, finding my courage, living this out  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

What I Dread?

next months Zoladex shot

 

What Has Surprised Me?

how much fear I still battle with fear of the unknown

 

What I’m Thankful For?

life.

 

What Melted Me?

the videos my sister sent me from my niece and nephew

 

What I’m Wearing?

workout clothes to motivate me to walk and yoga

 

What I Wish Was Different?

the way hormone cancer is treated.  2 sweet friends with mets who are terminal.

 

What I’m Hungry For?

salted caramel cake pop from Starbucks

 

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What I Ate Today?

not much yet.  a cup of tea. a cup of coffee. a glass of lemon water. steal cut oats. a spoonful of brownie batter. ;P

 

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So that is what is up with me.

I sure would love to know what is up with YOU! Choose a question and leave your answer in the comments!

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Captured Tidbits – January 2015

CAPTURED LIFE TIDBITS MUFFINS

So thankful for these moments — these tidbits that make up life.

CAPTURING THE MOMENTS IS A GIFT.

Counting these gifts keeps me present,

keeps me thankful,

& reminds me to live NEW!

Here are a few amazing gifts I have found by scrolling through my Instagram feed from the month of January. 

#LivingNew

#1110-#1129

 

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~a favorite candle from Christmas, lasting into the New Year

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~slow savored chocolate gifts in fun containers that fit in my purse

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~evidence that my little one has the same love of baking and organization skills that I have

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~watching my Colsie practice her new love of photography

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~room redo’s with Christmas morning loot

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~spending gift cards that were sent with love in the mail

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~family night at the movies, a rare treat

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~ a warm home, pumpkin & banana baked goods

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~fun lights that add romance

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~Grandpa’s chair brought up to my room for quiet morning moments

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~having a sweet friend over for tea and lunch

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~my new favorite lip balm suggested to me by my favorite physical therapist.  The pure ingredient list.

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~pink sky on a Saturday morning.  No filter needed!

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~games with friends visiting for dinner & fun

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~evidence of littles in my house. Baby boy adopted by sweet friends. Amazing gift!

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~my girl baking away, using a mix but homemade frosting

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~watching my girl grow in her length and soccer skills

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~pho soup to go on a chilly day

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~health & happiness & an eagerness for February where red lips are celebrated everywhere!

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So many captured tidbits of life to be thankful for!

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Top 12 Posts From New Nostalgia in 2014

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Cheesy Tortellini Crockpot Soup

 

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5 Reasons To Take A Detox Bath 

 

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Does He Care?

 

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Peanut Butter Banana Fold-Overs

 

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 10 Must See Beauty Treatments To Do AT Home That Are Inexpensive & Natural

 

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 Mental Illness — Going There & A Health Update

 

MAPLE SPICED MOCHA

Almond Vanilla Maple Spiced Mocha

 

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Deconstructed Chevron Wall 

 

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The Best Way To Pack A Lunch

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DIY Coconut Butter

 

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Before & After Home Office Organization

 

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Happy New Year to you all.  Thank you for being such a great community & supporting me here at New Nostalgia.  You all allow me to get to do what I love & I’m so very thankful. –Amy

 

 

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My New Way Of Counting Gifts

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Thanks to Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts,  I have been counting gifts for years.

The most helpful time to count gifts was when I was going through cancer treatment.  I know during that trying time it helped immensely to focus on the blessings in life. I even got my girls involved and we together we looked for ‘treasures’ to count.  The good even in the bad.

When I become mindful of all of the wonderful things there are to discover in a day, it changes me.  It changes my attitude, my heart, & my perspective.  It is hard to have a bad day when you are looking for gifts to write down.

I love having and using tools to help this process.  The camera in my phone is one such tool.  I often take photos of things I see as blessings, big or small, and store them on Instagram.  I call them ‘Captured Life Tidbits‘ –they are just all the ‘goodies’ of life that I find beautiful.  I have also used the notes app in my phone to list gifts, but I found I’m more successful when they are written on paper.

I’ve been thinking a lot about listing the gifts and being faithful in keeping track of them day by day. Because it has been on the forefront of my mind, I was delighted to find the perfect tool for listing all the wonderful tidbits of life.

Enter Moleskine 2015 Weekly Diary/Planner 

I am a huge Moleskine fan, and have over 10 Moleskine journals that I have written in throughout the years.  They are a well-made classic.  I know there are so many cute journals out there, but I’m a pretty simple girl who loves plain & classic. I picture how a journal will look lined up on a bookcase, and I always end up grabbing a simple Moleskine.

I’ve always bought the hard cover journals, but lately I’ve been crushing on their soft cover journals that come in a package of 3.  I keep them in my bag.  I use my phone note app for a lot of things, but for certain things (like my Christmas list) I like having a paper journal to write in.

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The 2015 Moleskine Weekly Diary/Planner

It has the perfect amount of space to list gifts each day. The new 2015 journal gives you a few days before the new year to start, which I have taken full advantage of.

I will pull it out of my bag during the day when I am at home, and have it in a central location or close by to jot down a gift when I notice one.  I will also take it with me in my bag for on- the- go gift listing, but if I forget to grab it, I use Siri to help me list the gifts while I’m on the car or out and about.  I then grab my journal right before bed and transfer any lists of gifts that i mad during the day on my phone.  It then is right there by my bed when I wake up, ready for me to find my perspective for the new day.

Can you see why I need something that is well made and durable?  This book will be by my side and on the move all year!

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So there is my plan.

What do you think?

Have you ever counted and listed the amazing goodie- tidbit gifts of life?

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