Tomorrow I turn 35! To remind myself just how old I am, I thought it would be fun to share a round up of 20 nostalgic things I remember from my childhood and through my teens. This was seriously such an entertaining rabbit hole to go down. A lot of these items were popular among 90s kids too and some of these things have even made a comeback for kids today! If you’re my age, I hope this post takes you back!
I think I still have this set somewhere in my parents’ attic…
2. Skip It
I remember playing with my skip it for hours as a kid. The 80’s version (different from the one below) even kept count of how many circles you completed!
Definitely remember this campaign from elementary school.
4. Blockbuster Video
Every Friday night my mom took me and my siblings to Blockbuster to each pick out a movie. It was the highlight of our week. Here are a few movies that certainly stood out (either for traumatic scenes that scarred me for life or they we rented them a billion weeks in a row). I know I’m forgetting SO many. Also, if you’re side eying any of these movies…it’s because my grandma let us watch them at her house (where ratings didn’t matter)…
- The Goonies
- The NeverEnding Story
- The Land Before Time
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Mary Kate & Ashley
- Dirty Dancing
- The Sandlot
- Hocus Pocus
- …and of course, many Disney movies.
5. Hair Accessories
I had an incredible collection of hair accessories…
I had an entire shelf of these porcelain collectables…
7. Mall Madness
The game played at every little girl’s sleepover.
8. The Best Nickelodeon Game Shows
The shows that every kid wished they could be on…Double Dare & Legends of the Hidden Temple.
And you definitely had to blow into the cartridges to make them work…
10. School Back in the Day…
One of the best parts of back to school shopping? Picking out a new Trapper Keeper!!
Remember sharpening your pencils?
Unless you used these…Remember passing notes in class like this? Or playing M.A.S.H.?
You found your library books using the card catalog system…
12. The Evolution of My Phones
My first phone — the Chatter Phone.
It was a really big deal when I had my own landline telephone in my bedroom — and of course it was this one…
My parents wouldn’t let us have pagers like our friends. But many years later we finally got our first cell phones where we paid by the minute and spent too much time playing the snake game…
13. Lite Brite
So many incredible creations made on this!
14. View Master
We had a full collection of reels for our view masters.
15. Easy Bake Oven
How my love for baking began! And don’t forget…the Creepy Crawlers Bug Maker Machine for the boys!
Some of these were so…gross (ahem, wax bottles and squeeze ooze tubes, circus peanuts)…slightly inappropriate (candy cigarettes — “just like dad!”) and delicious (chiclets, satellite wafers). We LOVED all of these as kids.
17. The Evolution of My Music Collection…
And if you wanted to know the lyrics, just unfold the cassete insert!
Eventually we moved to CDs…and it would take me all night to burn a CD on my computer. How I stored my music library…
18. Beauty Products
The amount of chemicals I put on my body from these products growing up…
Other scents I loved through the years — anything by Bath & Body Works (but Sun Ripened Raspberry was definitely my favorite) and eventually I became obsessed with Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Mist (which is STILL available today!!)How I stored all my beauty products…the caboodle! I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that caboodles are BACK! Caroline loves hers!
Back when no one cared about sugar or artificial flavors, our milk, orange juice and juice boxes looked a little different…
20. Computer Games
I’ll never forget how mind blowing it was for us to get our first computer…and then eventually — internet! We didn’t even care if the dial-up internet took forever to connect…