About A Nod To Nostalgia




About Me

I grew up in West Michigan, married my high school sweetheart and started a family. Because I wanted to stay home with my kids, I quit my accounting job when my oldest daughter was three months old. Then, in 2010, instead of going back to work, I started blogging. My first blog, Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor, is all about home decor and crafting. I loved blogging and blog design so much that I went back to school in 2014. This time around I earned a certificate in Web Design and Development. The biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed design. I use this knowledge now for designing my own blogs.

The Beginning of A Nod To Nostalgia

Fast forward to July, 2017. Because I am now an empty nester with a much smaller home, my blogging focus has changed. The things I am motivated to write about apply more directly to my current lifestyle. I’d like to thing that with age comes wisdom! I definitely know that I have learned a lot through my experiences over the years.I am excited to share with you what I have learned.

My husband and I now live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We went from a nearly 5000 square foot house to a much smaller 850 square foot loft. The transition was a bit of a struggle at first but we now love it! We also have a cabin in Northern Michigan where we spend a lot of our time. During the week, my husband has a job requiring a lot of travel. Since I am fairly mobile, I travel with him. The great thing is that I can blog from anywhere and get to see so many new areas.

Two of our grown children now live within a few miles from us and our other daughter is only a few hours away. The most fantastic news is that I am going to be a grandma! Our middle daughter and son in law are expecting in January, 2018. I’m sure this will be yet another great phase in our lives.

The Blog Name

When thinking of a name for this blog, I considered how nostalgic some of my themes would be. From looking back at the family I raised to clean eating how my grandparents would have done, the topics all screamed of the sentimental. I even use many antiques and salvaged items in my home decor, which bring about a little nostalgia. The name seemed perfect and that’s how “A Nod To Nostalgia” was born.

What You Can Expect From This Lifestyle Blog

Advice About Clean Eating

I have to admit that I haven’t always been the healthiest eater. In fact, I used to love junk food. I also struggled with health issues because of that. My clean eating advice comes from my own experiences. I have researched extensively about diet and health and am now reaping the benefits. I hope that some of what I have experienced and the tips I have come up with will be a benefit to you.

Family Experiences

Raising a family has been the most rewarding thing that I have done. Every child is different so it was a constant learning experience. Along the way, I learned a lot that can be shared. I also have new experiences coming up as well, like becoming a grandparent! I can’t wait to see what this stage in life has to offer.

Travel Tips

Because I now travel so much with my husband, there are a lot of tips I can give on the different areas. I have stayed at some great hotels, eaten at fantastic restaurants and experienced unique excursions in popular and more obscure locations.

Design Ideas

Besides raising a family, my favorite thing to do is design things. From designing our home and cabin floor plans to decorating to web and graphic design, I just love to create! I plan on sharing my ideas and tips with you.

Visit My Zazzle Store

At the end of September, 2017, I am opening a Zazzle store with products depicting my own designs. Visit Renee Hanlon Designs for cards and gift items.

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