Things I Miss From My 90’s Childhood + a Giveaway!

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The other day Kathy posted a timeline about the years gone by and I was cracking up because I have had this post hanging out in my drafts folder and knew I needed to get it finished.  Great minds really think alike.

Before we dive in yours truly is involved in quite the giveaway.  I mean who doesn’t love free stuff and even better a gift card to spend on whatever you want.  I was in there the other day they have some seriously amazing new workout sports bras.


Okay so back to the original story.  So I am pushing 30 which places my birth year at 1984….so I had the epic experience of having my younger years in the 80s and 90s.  I mean I wasn’t as lucky as my sister who was older than me and she therefore got to go to the New Kids on the Block concert….I was too young.  I can still remember her tearing around the house Christmas morning when she got those.  There is video proof….did you parents use to tape record  every Christmas btw??  I digress.

Okay so here are some of the things I miss or at least think what were we thinking back then?

1//  The Pink Barbie Corvette Convertible 

I was never cool enough to have one but my neighbor Danielle would “pick me up” and we would cruise around our street Silver Hill talking on the car phone in the middle.  That is until the 8 minute battery reserve would die and we would have to plug it back it….such early problems of plug in cars.

2// Mall Madness

I am starting to see a trend here….and people wonder why our generation is obsessed with materialistic goods.  I mean pink corvettes and talking mall games??? We were set up to fail at such an early age!  Who could say no to that robotic talking voice “Attention Mall Shoppers….Sale at the Fashion Boutique”.  You even got your own credit card and nobody trained you about “limits” or the percentage the company charged you!

3// Sweet Valley High Books

I think I read every single one of these.  My dad use to call them “bubblegum books” like aka had no substance but who can forget Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield??  Who did you identify more with??  How could you forget their older brother Steven or Elizabeth’s on and off again BF Todd Wilkins.  I mean these books had some real life lessons right?
I mean the stash in that first one…I can’t even….like literally I die over here.

4// Dream Phone

I’m still having a hard time ever thinking my mother would buy this for me.  I think I would play it over at my friends house because this was clearly not an approved way of spending time in my household.  See all the examples we had growing up?  “Hello Hunk??”

5// Pink Crimper

I wasn’t allowed to have one but you know I would sneak and steal my sisters.  Hers was baby pink and I totally wish I still had it.  What color was yours?
Don’t worry my Aunt found one for me at a garage sale recently she said it had my name written all over it.  It has been put to good use.

6// R L Stine Books

This trip down memory lane has been very enlightening.  Perhaps these books were the beginning source for my irrational fear of things jumping out to get me?  I mean with titles such as “Say Cheese and Die!”  I mean honestly!

7//Butterfly Hair Clips

This was a good look…..on nobody.

8// Limited Too Sweatshirts or LTD 

I still look back on these and cringe.  Seriously the most unflattering boxy sweatshirts and I begged my mom to get me one.  I totally had a plaid logo one with the leggings to match.  Also did anyone else’s Limited Too have “store front models” please tell me you did so I don’t feel like the biggest idiot in the entire world.  My little friend Crystal and I would pose in the storefront windows all dressed in the various matched sweatshirt to headband combo for like an hour at a time.  We thought we were so cool and totally “models”.  A little piece of me just died inside as I wrote that out.
(via tumblr)

9// Fun Dip and Candy Cigarettes 

Let’s give children candy sticks and dip them into powdered sugar…..genius.
(via tumblr)
Candy cigarettes????  You know I sure as heck wasn’t allowed to “smoke” aka blow out the powdered sugar. Seriously what big wig executive got those approved for children??  I’m so glad to think about my mother launching those out of my hand when she saw them (at the time no….but now yes).

10// Three Way Calling

I actually don’t miss this one but like how many times did that happen to you??? I would always try to not say anything too snarky but of course the one time I did my “frenemy” let’s say had my “boyfriend” on the phone listening and she was like “see Matt Amanda thinks you are too short for her to go to the 7th grade dance with and she’ll tower over you in her platform silver strappy heels so you should definitely go with me because I’m way shorter and not all tall and awkward like Amanda”. Clearly I have some unresolved feelings about this……

Honorable Mentions (basically I am OCD and like to keep my lists at 10)

Girl Talk
Pretty Pretty Princess
Those awful black plastic choker necklaces
Slap Bracelets
Stick on earrings
I mean the list is endless……
Alright I hope y’all enjoyed my trip down memory lane!  What things do you miss from growing up? Or what things are you like seriously I cannot believe they made that for children!!!
Have a fabulous day and if you enjoyed this random musing of mine please feel free to follow stalk me on my various social media outlets down below….xoxoxoxxo
p.s don’t forget about the giveaway get at it.


  1. February 13, 2014 / 12:30 PM

    bahahahahaha!!! i love this! all of it! ok, i miss:

    garbage pail stickers, smelly stickers, fuzzy stickers…basically any stickers because i love them all and traded them like a boss. i would even go so far as to scrutinize every sticker that was offered to see if it was “worth” the one they wanted from. i had my screening process down.

    GIMP! omg, the gimp. and then there were those black plastic bracelets that we called “madonna bracelets” because when she came out, that’s all she wore. they came for $2.50 for 3 or 5 for $5 at a store called Razz m’ Tazz.

    friendship bracelets/beads/pins. you made them for your friends and you wore the pins on your tretorns.

    PINNED JEANS with leg warmers and tretorns were all the rage.

    Kid n Play and the pajama jammy jams. when that movie came out, basically everyone wanted to have a pajama jammy jam and all the girls wanted to dress like hos

    omg i should make another post about this. there’s so much material!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  2. February 13, 2014 / 12:49 PM

    Loved this!! I had a pink barbie convertible too!! And don’t even get me started with mall madness. My sister and I loved it. I found an original vintage version last year and gave it to her for Christmas!

  3. February 13, 2014 / 1:31 PM

    I don’t even know where to begin… all of these things! But I was obsessed with Goosebumps and I definitely rocked those butterfly clips. I never played mall madness as much as I did pretty pretty princess…. x

  4. February 13, 2014 / 1:49 PM

    I remember every single one of these!! Sweet Valley High – I used to be obsessed with the show and the books!! The butterfly hair clips, don’t even get me started on how many I would use at once!! And Mall Madness….my cousin used to have all the best games so we’d always play at her house!! Wish I was cool enough to have the pink corvette, although probably best I didn’t as I’m sure to have crashed it!!

  5. February 13, 2014 / 1:51 PM

    hahha love this! i had a ton of RL stein books, candy cigarettes (seriously mom, that was ok?!) fun dip candy, and yes… 3 way calling was tricky! i loveeed the delias catalogue and got plastic beads for my closet curtains and plastic glow-in-the-dark stars for my ceiling (TACKY!) it makes me wonder what we’ll look back on from 2010’s and shudder at in the future. hah

  6. February 13, 2014 / 2:24 PM

    OMG I loveeeedddd mall madness!!! I wore those awful black plastic chocker necklaces all the time. I actually have a picture of me wearing one of those and one of those tech vests from Old Navy that were so popular. What was I thinking?!

  7. February 13, 2014 / 2:34 PM

    OMG You just made my morning with these! I remember all of these and it totally took me back to my childhood. Kids these days don’t know what they’re missing out on!! And today after work I’m going on the hunt for FunDip… do they still make that stuff???


  8. February 13, 2014 / 2:36 PM

    Love the flashback and man do I miss the 90’s! I had that Barbie Corvette, it was my FAVE thing ever.

  9. February 13, 2014 / 2:39 PM

    Omg! I was always trying to wear the pretty pretty princess jewelry to kindergarten! The pink set of course. (No one ever let me) I also was not permitted to own dream phone, so I had to indulge at other’s houses. Mall madness was super fun, my older cousin had it. My mom was forever crimping my hair. We used it when I was a witch for Halloween if I recall haha. I used the butterfly clips in a futile attempt to disguise a horrendous 7th grade hair cut. A word of advice don’t bring pictures from the alloy catalog of girl’s that don’t resemble you and expect to acheive the same result. haha! I have since sported long locks and will never try short hair again. lol

  10. February 13, 2014 / 2:43 PM

    OMG i had a corvette too when i was little…couldn’t get enough of that thing except mine was red! haha love this girl …have a great v-day!

    citrus fashion

  11. February 13, 2014 / 2:43 PM

    My BFF in elementary school had Mall Madness and Dream Phone and they were my favorites! And three way calling was so cool when you got a link of like eight people on the phone. It was like an old school group text. I totally coveted that Sarah Michelle Gellar hairstyle, too. What was wrong with us? Why did we need a tribe of tiny butterflies on our heads? Ha!

  12. February 13, 2014 / 2:47 PM

    HA!! I love it!! I was an ’86 kid, so mall madness, the dream phone, and hair crimper bring back such good memories. I actually used my oooollllldddd ass crimper to crimp my 2 years olds hair last week. :-)
    XO – Samantha

  13. February 13, 2014 / 2:49 PM

    omgggg all of this is so amazing. i loved mall madness and those butterfly barrettes? i had a million…then lost them all. naturally. do you remember when hackey sacks were really cool? hahaah

  14. February 13, 2014 / 2:57 PM

    Yes to all of these!! WHY did we think butterfly clips were so cool? And the chokers?! But I wouldn’t mind playing a game of Mall Madness or Dream Phone this weekend- seriously.

  15. February 13, 2014 / 3:12 PM

    Hahaha, I love this!! Mall Madness was awesome and I loved R.L. Stine books. Three-way calling though? PURE. HELL.!!!

  16. February 13, 2014 / 3:13 PM

    Oh yes I had all of these. I was obsessed with Limited Too, too! It makes me said it’s now called Justice and the clothes are so cheap looking! I thought LTD too had cute clothes!

  17. February 13, 2014 / 3:30 PM

    This post is amazing. R.L.Stein books were the BEST! Oh how I wanted a Barbie Convertible but never got one. I had a blue crimper and I would use it ALL the time! Haha, I still sometimes crimp my hair.

  18. February 13, 2014 / 3:31 PM

    Oh how I long for the 90’s back!! Ah Dream Phone I remember late night with the girlfriends playing that….so strange. And Limited Too! Ugh that was the best store ever!

    Clothes & Quotes

  19. February 13, 2014 / 3:46 PM

    oh my gosh, i just nodded my head with every single one of these things. i can’t even come up with my own because you nailed this so good.

  20. February 13, 2014 / 3:46 PM

    Ha! Loved all of these things. Those horrendous black chokers were the worst too…why on earth did we think those were cool?!?! And Candy cigs —lord (high five, society).

    great post!

  21. February 13, 2014 / 4:20 PM

    I LOVED the sweet valley high books! they were always so awesome. I miss all of this stuff!!

  22. February 13, 2014 / 4:25 PM

    This made my day!! I seriously wouldn’t leave the house unless my head was covered in butterfly clips and the highlight of my week was getting to go to the library to check out a new Sweet Valley High book! Speaking of books.. remember Goosebumps? My parents totally had to take those away from me because they would freak me out so much I would stay awake all night! Did you ever have a tomagatchi? That little egg basically ruled my life’s schedule haha!

  23. February 13, 2014 / 4:33 PM

    This is seriously awesome! I was an ’84 baby too…I LOVED RL Stine and those so lame butterfly clips, that I thought were cute. How fun!

  24. February 13, 2014 / 5:02 PM

    I love this post!! Im a 90s baby! This post made me want to do my own 90’s post!!

    I love your blog by the way!

  25. February 13, 2014 / 5:21 PM

    omg, mall madness and dream phone were my favorites! i wish i could get them back and play now with friends (and some wine haha!)

  26. February 13, 2014 / 5:30 PM

    Oh my gosh I loved mall madness and dream phone! Those games were seriously the best. I was also so incredibly obsessed with Limited Too. I needed everything sold there. So many of the pieces were ridiculous, yet I needed to have them!

  27. February 13, 2014 / 5:31 PM

    This is my favorite post!! I remember it all so vividly. Those butterfly hair clips! The hair crimper! I was definitely with the times style wise.

  28. February 13, 2014 / 5:34 PM

    dream phone was the greatest!!!!

  29. February 13, 2014 / 5:48 PM

    I freaking loved the gum cigarettes. And Sweet Valley High. I still own many of the books.

    I was born in 1977, so I attended a few NKOTB concerts. Once in a very small theater when they first came out. I was six rows back!

  30. February 13, 2014 / 5:55 PM

    OH MY GOSH THIS POST IS AMAZING. You best believe I had butterfly clips all up in my hair on the reg! And three way calling was amazing, especially when it was used to catch people in lies! I never did it to anyone but I got to listen in on a few confrontations. R.L. Stine and Sweet Valley High books were some of my favorites! And Limited Too… wow. Thanks for all the horrifyingly awesome flashbacks!

  31. February 13, 2014 / 6:44 PM

    I was ’84 as well :) Definitely with you on the books. My friend had mall madness and dream phone, those were so hilarious! I’d totally play them again now if they existed!

  32. February 13, 2014 / 7:08 PM

    I’m an 86’er. The Pink Barbie Corvette Convertible was my jam. True life: My sister stole my car and crashed into our swingset … aaaand she broke her leg in the accident. Ha!!

  33. February 13, 2014 / 7:10 PM

    I remember CRYING because my mom wouldn’t crimp my hair! I had curly, curly hair so my mom wouldn’t put any heat on it for fear of ruining my hair. I was DEVASTATED. Oh, and Fear Street books?! I was all over those. I read I remember I was always so bummed when they ended up not being scary. Apparently a glutton for punishment, I’d grab the next Fear Street book with hopes this one was going to be the scary one.

  34. February 13, 2014 / 7:14 PM

    This confirmed that my childhood was A) A loooong time ago and B) AWESOME!!! I need to burn all my pictures with butterfly clips. I was obsessed on another level. But I nodded my head to every single flashback. These were great!!

  35. February 13, 2014 / 7:32 PM

    HAHAHAHA how fun! I miss the 90’s! If you got into my car and turned on the satellite radio N’SYNC and Brittany would inevitably be what was playing

    Makeover With Aspen

  36. February 13, 2014 / 7:41 PM

    This entry is everything and now I totally want to play mall madness! I have to admit I still love fun dip :) Sweet Valley High was the best! I loooved the Jr. High ones that came around a little bit later too! I may or may not see if i can find any of those gems on my kindle :) haha

  37. February 13, 2014 / 7:47 PM

    “Those awful black plastic choker necklaces” – My mom wanted to get me one because it was trendy and I said Hell-to-the-no. She loved that I was “exercising my independence”, but I just didn’t want to look ridiculous.

  38. February 13, 2014 / 7:52 PM

    Ahh what a wonderful reminder of all of our fashion misses! It was a joy to take a trip down memory lane (so glad you stopped by my blog!!)
    Wishing a wonderful rest of your week xo

  39. February 13, 2014 / 7:53 PM

    Woot woot for ’84!!

    I remember all of these and I wish life was still as cool as it was in the 90’s. I really miss side pony tails and scrunchies, distresses skinny jeans with a bow at the bottom, tape cassets and old school Nick at Night!

  40. February 13, 2014 / 8:10 PM

    Girl talk!!! Oh lord and the butterfly clips. That was all over my hairstyles. 8th grade. Oh I die.

  41. February 13, 2014 / 8:10 PM

    HA!!! I have two words for you:



  42. February 13, 2014 / 9:39 PM

    That crimper! I totally had one of those, and Caboodles were big with me too! Im a bit older than you so I got to indulge in Kissing Coolers, do you remember those? Great post!

  43. February 14, 2014 / 4:09 AM

    OMG I love this post!!! I played the hell out of some mall madness! And I was the queen of the butterfly clips hahahaha omg I am seriosuly cracking up because I totally forgot about them until now! Love it!!

    <3 Shannon

  44. February 14, 2014 / 12:31 PM

    still have mall madness in the closet!!! omg i had a love/hate with 3-way calling! there was always someone listening to see if you’d say something mean. i still have a butterfly clip my sis gave me when she was 3. i never wear it though! ok, once, to keep my bangs out of my face when i was moving out of an apartment. but we don’t talk about that! ;)

  45. February 16, 2014 / 4:02 PM

    The pink crimper oh my! This brings back memories : )

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  46. February 24, 2014 / 7:11 PM

    I totally want to go back and read the R L Stine books.. Love it alll!!!

  47. lara
    October 16, 2015 / 10:08 PM

    Babysitters club was my favorite 90’s book series.

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