Friday Favorites: Throwbacks and Memories

Hooray for Friday Favorites! Before I dive in, I want to welcome you lovely people coming from High Five for Friday. Turns out I’m the featured blogger this week, and I’m kind of stupidly excited about it. I love discovering new blogs and catching up with my favorite ones, and I do that by following awesome Friday faves linkups like H54F.  I’m so glad you dropped by!

The theme for this week could be: I’m old. It’s kind of funny how many memories have been creeping in lately. And maybe because my 20th high school reunion is this weekend (!!)  and I’m having a mini family reunion too, everything I loved this week carried a little bit of nostalgia. So here are a few things I am loving lately, as I wrap up a time-warping kind of week with my fantastic family of four.


Throwback Beverages

When I was a kid, there were these two brands of flavored seltzer water that I thought were the bomb: Zeltzer Seltzer and Clearly Canadian. I’d grab them on summer road trips with my family every chance I got, but they disappeared decades ago. You can imagine my surprise when I was shopping and saw a basket full of Clearly Canadian sitting there like it was 1989.

The country raspberry was even better than I remembered!

When I checked out with my beloved blast from the past, the young man bagging my groceries asked me about it. I told him they used to sell them when I was a kid, but all he said in response was, “They’re always coming out with something new.”

Either I still look like a kid, or this poor guy didn’t see it: These are priceless relics from the ’80s!



Pioneer Quest

I think it was about 15 years ago. Ry and I were newly married, and we found this amazing “reality show” (which at the time was not a normal thing) following two Canadian couples who gave up everything to live life as pioneers for an entire year. They built their own houses and animal pens, they milked cows and churned butter, they gathered their own food to survive the frigid winter, and lived as though it were the late 1800s. It was so good.

Well, we found it again on Amazon Prime and started re-watching, and it’s JUST as good now. It’s completely riveting. We absolutely love the two couples, who have a great sense of humor paired with complete honesty and faith. Watching this show has really made us think about the back-breaking work, dangers, and uncertainty our ancestors faced just so we could have a better life. And boy, do we ever!


Friday Favorites: Pioneer Quest TV Show



My Daughter’s Fashion Sense

Sylvie loves my Alex and Ani bangles with birthstones of our little family of four. (Thanks Nicole and Mom!) I used to wear them almost every day, but stopped when she was a baby. I finally pulled them out again, and it seems my one-year-old is obsessed. I did something I shouldn’t have, and let her wear them for a little while. WELL. Now she thinks they are hers!

I tried looking around for baby/toddler-safe bracelets to pacify her, but all I found were teething bracelets for moms to wear and play jewelry for ages 3 and up (small parts). Does anyone remember jelly bracelets? If it were the ’80s, I’d grab her a couple of those.



All the Photo Books

I didn’t post on Wednesday this week because I was enthralled in other projects, the most pressing being creating my daughter’s first year baby book. My mom and my husband both pitched in more than normal to watch the kids while I created as quickly as I could–partly to meet my own goal of finishing before the end of the month, and partly to make sure I got within a sale period.

I made a lovely (hopefully) book using Shutterfly that covers milestones and sweet moments from Sylvie’s first year. And even though I was a bit rushed, all the memories of where we were a year ago came flooding back–the good right along with the challenging. She’s an amazing girl!


Ack! The annoying little symbol to remove a picture showed up. Please ignore. Thank you.


And then I used Chatbooks to create a couple of quick photo albums for the vacation we took with Ry’s family, and everyday family pics from Spring this year. Can’t wait to start doing this more often to get actual pictures in our hands! (Yeah, their ad worked on me.)



What I’m Pinning: My Favorite Post of the Week

This week’s favorite comes from Welcome Heart and is about an all-too-familiar struggle with the “greet someone you haven’t met” session on Sunday mornings. It’s called Who Sits in Front of You at Church (Or Behind?). This genuine post on hospitality is just a small example of the things Sue shares on her blog, which is full of inspiring devotionals as well as recipes. It’s definitely a new favorite of mine. Go check it out!


I’m on Pinterest here, if you want to see what else I’m pinning lately. I’d love to see what you’re pinning too!

Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!

Linking up with:
Friday Favorites with AndreaNarci, and Erika
High Five for Friday with  Cup of TeaBright on a Budget, byBMG, and Della Devoted
Five on Friday with Smidge of This

16 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Throwbacks and Memories”

  1. Oh yes, I remember the Clearly Canadian water (I had totally forgotten all about them). As for the guy at the check out – I’m not even sure he truly heard you! Congratulations on being the featured blogger on High Five for Friday. It is always wonderful to meet new bloggers. Hope it was a great reunion weekend.

  2. I keep FORGETTING to go search for Clearly Canadian! GAH! Blackberry was my favorite flavor. So yummy! And I love all of those “live as a …” series, and have definitely seen Pioneer Quest! That was a really good one. PBS just finished airing one about people living in the Victorian Slums which was really good. And Amazon Prime has one called The Manor House. Same idea, set during Edwardian times (Downton Abbey). Really good too! Hope you have a glorious weekend! So happy we got to feature you this week!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  3. I’m going to have to check out Pioneer Quest. I watched a show that was similar to this that was called Frontier House. It originally aired on PBS in 2001. It was about 3 families that lived like pioneers for 5 months. It was so good that I’ve watched it 3 times now.

  4. Oh my WORD, what a blast from the past!!!! Girl, I used to LOVE Clearly Canadian! I didn’t even know they still made that!!!! It was always such a treat to get it, too, because my parents always said that it was too expensive so we only got it every once in a while.

    I hope you have a great weekend, Laura! And congratulations on your feature! That is awesome!

  5. Great to meet your fantastic family of four–and is that red hair I see? Strawberry blond maybe? adorable. Thanks for the welcome to Welcome Heart! My husband is from Iowa, so I think that makes us practically related – will be in Ames August 14 for a week. (:

    1. Yep! Well, sort of! I consider my girl a strawberry blond, but sometimes the red really comes through and we get “redhead” comments all the time. 🙂 Oh, how cool that your husband is from Iowa. All the best people are! 😉 We’re not close to Ames or I’d try to meet up with you. So happy to draw attention to your blog today. Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Oh the nostalgia from reunion time!! I hope your reunion weekend is perfect. And I love photo albums. We try to print all our digital photos at least a couple of times a year. Congrats on the feature!

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