Helloooooo everyone. Welcome to day 984983 of Quarantine!! How is everyone?? Going completely insane? Same! So today I figured, why not in my usual manner, take yet another trip down memory lane. In today’s post I wanted to take a look at some toys that we all loved and played with as 90s/00s kids, but might not have remembered until right now! Enjoy!
10. This Disc Gun
The most random of objects that I swear every household had at least one of. Little foam discs that you could shoot at siblings only to have them cry and you’d get in trouble. Great invention.
9. Cupcake Dolls
You see, it was a doll, that had a CUPCAKE SKIRT. Aka, you flipped the skirt up and the doll turned into a giant cupcake. Revolutionary. Truly revolutionary. My cousin had one and for some reason I was always so excited to go to her house solely to play with this doll specifically. So fascinating to see which toys as kids truly infatuated us the most for no reason.
8. Aqua Sand
I swear this is one of those strange things that came out after Moon Sand became a big hit. I never actually played with this stuff nor did I obviously own it. But it honestly looked like a huge mess to me no matter what they said about the sand coming out of the water dry like magic.
7. 20Q Game
This. Game. Knew. Everything. IT WAS WEIRD. Anything you could think of, either on it’s first try or after a few, it would get it. I swear this is where electronic devices started reading our minds.
6. Mighty Beanz
Think of mini punching bags that you could throw anywhere but were always leveled to land back upright. Then slap some funny and famous faces on them to add a little extra appeal to the population. Such a strange concept yet everyone wanted to collect as many different ones as they could.
5. Water Babies
I LOVED my water baby. It literally came as a slightly deflated looking baby doll that you then added water to. With the water it had a strange squishy texture that was suppose to make it feel more “life-like.” I will admit as a kid I loved squishing it, until I would make all the water ooze out of the latch in the back by accident.
4. Doodle Bear
I never had one but a LOT of my friends did. I was always SO jealous, even though after time, I think we can all admit, the marker would slowly stop washing off. My parents probably figured if I knew could draw on a bear, I’d probably try to draw on other things which makes sense. I was a mischievous one.
3. Lite Brite
This is literally the OG children’s activity that doesn’t even need explaining. If you don’t know what this is, then you’re too young my pal.
The best building set to build the strangest of things. I loved the building kits where you could make cool things like carnival rides or pirate ships. They were so complicated and intricate sometimes that it made me feel that much more accomplished when I completed one. I want to know how someone was able to create the idea behind all the pieces.
1. Felt Friends
Now THIS is where things get real for me. What a throwback. For those of you who didn’t get the privilege of knowing what Felt Friends were, I truly feel bad for you. Felt Friends were exactly what you’d expect, little felt people. You could change their outfits, their surroundings and you could keep getting more new felt people as well as boards to expand your collection. Think of them as the flat polly pockets of the world. I remember having a Madeline set that showed her scar where she got her appendix removed. Thought it was so cool. I swear I still have all of them up in my attic. Love them.
Hello everyone! Now I’m not going to lie and say I totally remembered that Easter was tomorrow, because frankly right now I don’t even quite remember what day it is. BUT, ya, Easter is umm TOMORROW. I know many of us who are in quarantine right now are unable to celebrate Easter with family members and quite frankly it does suck. But I thought it would be fun to put together a list of fun dessert ideas that will make people feel festive & happy, but also take up some time to get creative while stuck inside. So enjoy this list of 15 fun and creative Easter desserts to make while in quarantine!
15. Gluten Free Bunny Munch from Iowa Girl Eats
Let’s start things off with some amazing munchies to snack on throughout the day. Not only does this munchy dessert scream spring, but it’s also gluten free and super easy to make! This would be a really fun dessert to make with kids and definitely a hands on activity! For the full recipe by Iowa Girl Eats, check out her site, here!
14. Easy Easter Marshmallow Bark from Butter with a side of Bread
Usually when I think of bark my mind jumps right to Christmas. I have this unhealthy addiction t one kind of chocolate bark I ALWAYS have at my aunts house. It’s basically chocolate with marshmallows. SO NOW LETS GO TO THE PICTURE ABOVE. Chocolate, WITH MARSHMALLOWS. Glorious, but with a great Easter touch. I also love the colored marshmallows too. For the full recipe, check out Butter with a side of Bread’s site here.
13. Coconut Macaroon Nests from Inspired by Charm
Such a cute and easy treat for anyone who wants a tasty coconut macaroon with a little extra Easter flair! I love how simple yet festive the idea is to turn them into nests with the addition of some chocolate eggs! For the full recipe guide as well as some other awesome Easter recipes, check out Inspired by Charm’s site here.
12. Easy Easter Dessert Easter M&M’s Cookie Bar from No.2 Pencil
Cookie bars are always a good way to go when it comes to delicious desserts. Plus adding pastel colored M&Ms to anything, gives every dessert that needed springtime boost. For the full recipe by No.2 Pencil, check out their site here.
11. Easter Bunny Milkshake from Salty Canary
Can we talk about the pure genius that is putting a milkshake INSIDE A HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNY!? Like how have I NEVER seen this before!? It’s such a good idea!!!!! For this full extreme Easter milkshake recipe inspiration, check out Salty Canary’s site here!
10. Peeps Skillet Dip from Francesca Bean on Brit+Co
For those of you who know me, know I’m a HUGE Peeps person. Which is why the idea of this peeps skillet dip is INSANELY enticing. Plus I love the added idea of using vanilla wafers or vanilla cookies to eat along with the dip. 10/10 idea all around. For the full how-to guide, check out Francesca Bean’s recipe on Brit+Co here!
9. Layered Peeps Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road
What do I love more than marshmallows??? Rice Krispie Treats. Aka the ultimate marshmallow dessert. How to amp up your game by 1000?! USE PEEPS! Love the creativity and color from this recipe by Yellow Bliss Road. For the full list of instructions, check out their website here.
8. Creme Egg Cheesecake from Taming Twins
When it comes to Easter treats, Creme or Cadbury Eggs are truly the height of excitement. So why not take that excitement to the next level? If your mouth isn’t watering just from looking at these picture then you’re clearly not a dessert person. For a written recipe as well as video tutorial on how to accomplish this delicious genius, check out the Taming Twins’ website here!
7. Bunny Butt Chocolate Cheesecake Ball from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Talk about super creative as well as completely adorable! From classic homemade cheeseball to dessert chocolate cheesecake bunny butt! Such a cute idea! For the full how-to recipe, check out 4 Sons ‘R’ Us’s website here.
6. Easter Basket Cupcakes from Betty Crocker Kitchens
I figured this would be a cute little addition to this creative dessert post. Just to get the creative juices flowing on how you can truly add some flair to any dessert. I love this concept of turning a cupcake into and Easter Basket! Check out the full recipe from Betty Crocker Kitchens here.
5. Easter Egg Blondies from Averie Cooks
Talk about a perfect little springtime blondie to put you in the hippity-hoppity spirit! This is a brightly colorful dessert that will leave you craving more! For the full recipe by Averie Cooks, check out their webiste here.
4. Peanut Butter Eggs from Preppy Kitchen
Love Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs? Maybe you’re a little nervous about going to the store to get some right now? Well then is this the recipe for you! Check out this awesome recreation from the Preppy Kitchen and whip up your own PB Eggs creation! I would probably eat the entire batch… in one sitting… by myself. ANYWAYS, check out their website here for complete instructions!
3. Easter Dirt Cake from Lil Luna
This always seems to be a staple in most households when it comes to Easter Desserts if you ask me. Basically you make worms in dirt but instead you substitute the worms for peeps and M&Ms! Sounds like a delicious substitution to me. For this full Easter Dirt Cake recipe from Lil Luna, check out their website here!
2. Easy Carrot Cake Recipe from Grandbaby Cakes
I feel like when it comes to flavors and Easter the only right way to go (besides white cake with pastel food dye) is carrot cake! Check out this amazingly gorgeous take on the classic flavor with a cute little Easter twist! For the complete recipe, check out Grandbaby Cakes’ site here!
1. Easter Egg Layered Cake from I Heart Naptime
When it comes to cake, next to Red Velvet, I’m a sucker for classic white with fluffy vanilla frosting. But how do you step up your festive game? Add some food dye to create a beautiful pastel middle that’ll be sure to wow the family when you slice into it! For the full recipe guide to this pastel cake, check out I Heart Naptime’s site here.
Enjoy baking everyone!!
Okay guys. We’re all stuck inside so why not take it back to a happier time? Why not remember some TV shows you definitely forgot about?? Then if you want to take it a step further, you could try to find them on YouTube or something after just to pass more time! Anyways, time to relive some awesome shows and some very strange shows that still live in the back part of our brain. ENJOY!
25. Brace Face (2001-2004, 3 Seasons)
I actually loved this show. Basically it’s all about a girl named Sharon who is just living her normal teenage life, except for the fact that she has braces. Literally don’t know why they gotta hate on the braces but in some episodes she uses them to hack into listening devices. Cool twist right? Plus Alicia Silverstone voiced her for the first two seasons, talk about a Clueless win! Also the characters ALWAYS reminded me of Lizzie McGuire and her friend group. Coincidence? Hm.
24. Dave The Barbarian (2004, One Season)
Literally a random Disney Channel TV Show that centered around a Barbarian named Dave who loved to cook. It also focused on his sisters, a strange wizard, and a talking sword, who all of which go on adventures while Dave’s parents are away “fighting.” A concept. There’s a reason it only lasted one season.
23. Tutenstein (2003-2008, 3 Seasons)
Basically a Egyptian boy king zombie comes back to life after being dead for years in a museum. Wonder how a young Pharaoh is able to assimilate into modern day society? Watch to find out!
22. The X’s (2005-2006, 1 Season)
Basically the incredibles but in spy form. A family has some issues keeping their secret identities, well, a secret. I liked it!
21. Between The Lions (2000-2010, 10 Seasons)
Don’t even get me started on how much I loved this show. Too late, I’ve already started. This show was jam packed with educational material yet so addicting to watch as a kid in my personal opinion. There is a reason it lasted 10 seasons! Lion librarians teaching you about the joy of reading and learning!? Books coming to life on the pages in front of their eyes?! CLIFF HANGER??? So good. So SO good. I recommend anyone with kids who have yet to see this show should show it to them.
20. Maya & Miguel (2004-2007, 5 Seasons)
This show followed the adventures of twins, Maya and Miguel. The two not only find themselves in plenty of mischievous trouble, as many kids do, but they also teach viewers a lot about Spanish culture and customs. It’s another great learning device turned TV show.
19. Little Bear (1995-2003, 5 Seasons)
Based on the equally amazing books, Little Bear was one of my favorite shows growing up! Basically revolved around a, you guessed it, Little Bear, and all of his animal (and one human) friends going on adventures in the forest they resided in! Such a cute animated show.
18. Ni Hao Kai-Lan (2007-2011, 3 Seasons)
Kai-Lan is an adorable little girl that teaches children about both Chinese and American customs and how two cultures can come together! Such a cute little show that also taught some Mandarin words to kids! Great way to learn about other cultures.
17. The Busy World of Richard Scarry (1994-1997, 5 Seasons)
I use to love the books and COMPUTER GAME that also revolved around the magical world of Richard Scarry. Basically a normal quaint town, whose residents live their every day lives, except all the residents are talking animals. Good stuff!
16. Higgly Town Heroes (2004-2008, 3 Seasons)
I actually loved this show and the important message behind it. Especially in the current concern we are going through, the message that not all heroes wear capes is extremely important to teach kids. This show showcased how every day workers in normal society can be seen as heroes when they perform their duties to assist others. Great lesson!
15. Maggie and The Ferocious Beast (2000-2013, 8 Seasons)
Maggie is an imaginative little girl who brings her toys to life through her imagination. The show revolves around the adventures of Maggie with mainly her giant Ferocious Beast and his iconic red spots!
14. Lloyd In Space (2001-2007, 5 Seasons)
Living life as a teenager in a space station can be hard, but how about being an alien on top of it all? The show followed along with the crazy life of Lloyd, well, in space!
13. Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat (2001-2003, 1 Season)
Sagwa is a Siamese cat who is a member of the royal Chinese family. The show takes place in the past to teach children about old Chinese culture and customs. Definitely a great show on PBS to teach children about another other parts of the world as well as other cultures.
12. My Gym Partner’s A Monkey (2005-2008, 4 Seasons)
This is a show that I question how was able to have so many seasons. Basically a kid gets sent to a middle school for animals, not humans, after a mistake on his transcript. There he befriends a monkey and goes on wild adventures. I do appreciate that the middle school is named Charles Darwin Middle School. Well played on that one, I’ll give it that.
11. My Dad The Rock Star (2003-2004, 2 Seasons)
Kid just wants a normal life but can’t. Why not? Does the title give it away? You guessed it yet again, his dad just so happens to be a rock star. Kind of hard to live under the radar with a dad like this one.
10. The Weekenders (2000-2004, 4 Seasons)
Toon Disney and Disney’s Saturday Mornings were the best things to ever happen to TV and they should have never gone away. The Weekenders focused on four friends from very different backgrounds, who lived to have the best weekends a friend group could have. It showed the younger generation that anyone can be friends and find things in common!
9. Oswald (2001-2003, 1 Season)
This was literally a show about a giant blue octopus named Oswald, with a pet dog NAMED WEENIE, and his friends who were a flower and a penguin. Enough said.
8. Fillmore (2002-2004, 3 Seasons)
Basically like one of those cheesy cop and sidekick shows, but set in a middle school for kids enjoyment.
7. Jay Jay The Jet Plane (1998-2005, 4 Seasons)
Anyone watch this show and get severely creeped out by the strangely animated faces? No? Just me? Well then…. Anyways, think Thomas the Train but in plane form and there you have Jay Jay.
6. Catscratch (2005, One Season)
Three strange animated cats gain an inheritance. I wonder why some shows even existed. This was one of them.
5. The Mighty Bee (2008-2011, 2 Seasons)
This show was such a concept because it basically revolved around a girl named Bessie who was determined to earn all of her Honeybee Scout badges (think of it like girl scouts). But the weird concept was is it was set in I think the 1980s. I remember one episode where they went to a museum and it was saying what the “future” would bring and I think it was either like 1998 or 2000 was the year they predicted there would be fly cars. That’s when I knew the show as taking place before my time.
4. The Buzz On Maggie (2005-2006, 1 Season)
A show literally about a young fly named Maggie who lived in a city of flies located in a dump. Maggie dreams of being a rockstar, has little larva siblings and germs for pets. Another concept.
3. Codename: Kids Next Door (1998-2008, 6 Seasons)
Such a cool show that definitely fueled my imagination. Basically the show revolved around a group of “spies” (kids), each with specialized skills, and worked out of a secret tree house. There they would take on “evil-doing” adults to make sure the world was safe for all kids! Loved it.
2. My Life As A Teenage Robot (2003-2007, 3 Seasons)
Basically about an old lady who didn’t have kids so she had a robot instead to treat as a teenage daughter. Meanwhile the robot just wants to be human and do human things to be a normal teenager. For some reason the episode that always sticks out the most to me is the one where she learns to dream like people do. Then she started clashing her dreams with reality. Interesting concept of an episode.
1. Jojo’s Circus (2003-2007, 3 Seasons)
A kid clown who lives with her clown family in a Circus teaches kids about colors and shapes as well as being active. She loved to sing and make you dance while she would sometimes uncomfortably stare you down like Dora.
Hey guys. I know it’s been a while and I think it’s pretty self-explanatory that things recently have been crazy. I started working from home and the transition took a little while to get use to. As we know, the world right now is starting to get use to a very new type of ‘normal’ and it is something that will be affecting us for the months to come. Coming from a girl who currently resides in Boston, I can say that I am seeing the affects of Corona first-hand and know the importance of social distancing.
With that being said, I am going stir crazy as I am sure many of you are as well. So I decided to compile a list of 20 activities that you can do when you’re on the brink of insanity. Some of these might be out of the box ideas and some may be very generic. But I wanted to make the list to not only spur some creativity in the world, but also to remind those who are having a hard time with this adjustment that we are all in the same boat. We’re in this together guys! Enjoy.
20. Read Where You Left Off or Start A Series
Grab a cup of coffee or sip on some tea and read! Whether it’s a magazine or hardcover, take the time to explore a new topic or one of your favorite genres. Maybe you haven’t had time before or you’re right in the middle of a great series, get it going! Take your mind away from the current situation and dive into a world within the pages. I’m a big reader, so I will list some of my other articles below that give some book suggests for those who may want them!
–11 Of My Favorite YA Novels
–10 Book Series To Read If You Love Peter Pan
–10 Pieces of 20th Century American Literature & Short Stories Everyone Should Read
–10 Easy Reads You Should Read To Get Into The Spooky Spirit
19. Binge Watch A Show
Streaming services are doing a great job right now at trying to keep people inside and occupied. Many big name companies are putting their new movies online as well as doing their best to release TV shows early. Take advantage of it! Now is your time to watch that one TV show you’ve been meaning to get to or get caught up on your favorite flick! Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, The Office, Mindhunters, FROZEN II etc. So many options to choose from right at your finger tips!
Turn on The Great British Baking Show and grab your whisk! Either make a boxed dessert or start something from scratch! Baking is a great way to ease your mind as well as getting a nice little treat out of the activity! My favorite thing to do is enhancing boxed desserts through Pinterest inspiration. Whether that means adding dried fruit to a cookie mix or maybe combining two deserts together, it’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing! Either way it makes the house smell good and your stomach happy! I will share some of my previous baking articles below to kick start your inspiration!
17. Support Local Restaurants
Order take out! This is an extremely hard time for all businesses, but especially all the mom & pop restaurants out there who are trying their best to stay open. With the ability to still order take out from many local places, avoid a trip to the grocery store and order one of your favorite meals for a night spent in!
16. Paint or Draw Something!
Time to get crafty! You don’t have to be a Leonardo DaVinci or Bob Ross to enjoy a relaxing session of painting or drawing. Instead go into it with no expectations other than enjoyment. Whether you decide to repaint a room, a piece of furniture, a canvas, some home decor, or even just a rock from outside, have fun with it! Anything can become a piece of art with enough creativity. Don’t have paint or don’t want to make a mess? Try drawing! Watch an online tutorial or maybe even just color with a coloring book. Do whatever will make you contend and happy!
15. Play Some Video Games
Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mac/PCs? BREAK EM OUT. Unless you already have them well broken into like me. Sims 4, Animal Crossing, the possibilities of new games out right now to keep you nice and entertained are endless! Play your favorite virtual game and dive into the generated world in front of your eyes!
14. Break Out The OLD Video Games
I’m talking the Playstation 2, the Gameboy, the DS Lite, maybe even a PC with old CD games. Anything that’ll keep you entertained, but also bring in that warm nostalgia feeling! For example, my brother and I have reconnected our Playstation 2 and Wii. On Playstation we’ve been playing the original Kingdom Hearts, Series of Unfortunate Events, and even the Spongebob Movie Game. Then on Wii we broke out the good old Wii Sports, Mario Kart, and Sims Castaway! Got all the old computer games going like Pajama Sam, Freddie Fish, the Original Sims, and all the old Disney Interactive games. I even found my Gameboy with The Sims Bustin’ Out and my DS with Cooking Mama. So you could say we’ve been taking a big trip down memory lane!
13. Do A Puzzle or Board Game
Do a family or friend puzzle. Whip out the Monopoly or Cards Against Humanity! There are even boardgames you can play with friends over the phone now either throw the games specific app or over text of Game Pigeon! Bet money on it to make things interesting!
12. Get Nostalgic
Take a trip down memory lane! Go through a box of old toys you haven’t gone through since you were a kid. Look through old photo albums or watch old home videos. Looking up things from your past that you completely forgot about! Take the time to bring back that warm fuzzy feeling inside. If you need some inspiration or looking for nostalgia when you don’t have anything physical at home, check out some of my articles below!
What better time to kick start that spring cleaning!? Maybe you’ve been pushing aside scrubbing the bathroom or those darn kitchen grease stains; well now there’s no excuse to avoid it any longer! Maybe you’ve already cleaned? Then maybe it’s time to do some redecorating or rearranging the furniture in your bedroom or living room. Organize your closet and go through old clothes. Basically take on all those housekeeping tasks you usually don’t have time for. When it’s done you’ll feel accomplished and a clean house leads to a healthier mindset!
10. Video Chat With Friends & Family
Thanks to the technology today, there are so many ways for people to communicate face to face without actually being next to each other! FaceTime, Facebook Video, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc! There are so many ways to get that social interaction time many people are longing for at the moment. Watch a show together and give your opinions, play battleship or guess who or charades, there are so many things you can do through video chat!
9. Exercise Or Go For A Walk
Depending on the weather and where you live, go for a walk! Fresh air is still extremely important even during a time of quarantining. Get some light exercise in or maybe even go for a run depending on how you feel! Go on a hike, a bike ride, or simply a stroll. Let your mind relax and clear your head. It’s definitely an important piece to keeping your sanity during this time.
8. Make Dinner For Yourself Or Your Household!
Not in a baking mood? Or maybe you’re trying to stay healthy during this quarantining session? Well then try cooking a meal whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, for either yourself or your entire household! Who knows, you could come out of this quarantine as a master chef. Impress everyone with an easy online recipe to start and build your skill from there. To spur some inspiration and to get the creative juices flowing, I will post some of my food articles below! Lets get cookin!
-15 Paleo Breakfast Recipes To Start Your Day Off Right!
–20 Healthy Paleo Meals To Prep For Holiday Eating
–15 Paleo Alternatives to Classic Thanksgiving Fixings
–15 Delicious Whole30 Meals
7. Online Shop
Okay, I know it might not be the smartest move at the moment, BUTTTT a lot of sites are having some pretty great quarantine sales. Can’t help but take a peek and ya know start adding to my unnecessary summer wardrobe. Why not treat yourself when you’re feeling a little down? Make sure that when you start hanging with friends again that you look on POINT (and not just recycling the same three sweatshirts like I am in my house now). Enjoy the window shopping online experience!
6. Learn A New Skill!
Maybe you’ve been interested in learning to knit or crochet? Maybe you want to try doing some DIY craft or tie dye. Welp, now you have plenty of time to learn! Have string? Learn how to make a bracelet or do some light weaving. Maybe break out the old school gimp and make a box. Learn how to fix and appliance or play an instrument. The possibilities here are endless and if you have a computer, you have a world full of teachers at your fingertips! Whether it’s through a paid online course or even just YouTube, why not take advantage of the time to learn something new?
5. Meditate Or Yoga
Breathe in and outtttttt. Take a moment to live well, in the moment. Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring. Instead, focus on yourself and the now. Whether it’s yoga inside or out, online or self-instructed, just take the time to stretch out. Looking for something even slower paced or not exercised inducing? Try meditating. It’s a great way to ease your mind during what can definitely be a stressful time.
4. Watch A Documentary Or Do Some Research
Since we’re in the middle of living in a very historical moment that will probably be taught in schools in the future, why not take the time to learn a bit more about history or topics yourself. I’ll list a couple of docs or historical shows below that are interesting to give you a jump start! But if you don’t feel like watching something, read some articles to spark interest! History.com is also a very interesting site to brush up on some history. They cover all major topics and events from across the globe in history in individual articles! Great way to learn!
-Casting JonBenet (Netflix)
-The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Netflix)
-Abducted In Plain Sight (Netflix)
-Apollo 11 (Hulu)
-The Witness (Amazon Prime)
-Chasing Happiness (Amazon Prime)
-Thin (Amazon Prime)
-Disney Nature (Disney Plus)
Historical Documentary TV Shows
-Mysteries at The Museum (Hulu)
-Museum Secrets (Amazon Prime)
-Million Dollar American Princesses (Hulu)
-Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix)
-National Geographic Docs (Disney Plus)
Hey, who knows, maybe you’re a poet and you didn’t know it! Anyways, in all seriousness, try focusing your thoughts into words. Try journalling each day or writing down the tasks you got accomplished to stay sane while being stuck at home. Maybe try your hand at a poem or haiku. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start a short story or simply brainstorm your ideas. There are so many ways to get some inspiration or thoughts down on paper. You don’t have to be an author or English major to accomplish it, you simply either need a pen and paper or a computer! Try it, ya never know what might come out of it!
2. Spiral On The Internet
Go down a wikipedia wormhole. Check out some new inspiration on Pinterest. Check out what your favorite YouTubers are up to! The possibilities are endless! Find something online that might interest you whether it’s a game or a good news article and get invested! I’ll link some of my articles on more interesting or strange topics as well as a few videos if anyone would like a starting point!
1. Do Some Much Deserved Self-Pampering!
Do a face mask. Have a glass of wine. Make your favorite dessert. Light a candle and hop in a hot bath. Relax yourself and ease your mind. You deserve this time to take time for YOURSELF. This is a hard time for a lot of people, me included, and I believe it is extremely important to take a moment to fully focus on yourself. Mental health is severely important during this isolation period. It’s time to breathe and know that everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is suffer is some way shape or form due to this growing concern. Some obviously more than others, so appreciate what you have and where you are right now. Breathe. 🙂
10. Seeing How Far You Could Reach
This along side the mile and the sit-up test was one of the worst days of my elementary school gym-class career. I hated everyone compared how flexible they were because, well, quite frankly, I never was.
9. Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections Books & Eye Witness Books
These books were amazingly entertaining yet equally incredibly informative. It’s amazing how much detail and information could be put into one book and the amount of different topics the books covered. I still love flipping through these books solely for the pictures and tid-bits of information.
8. These Math Class Bears
These bears were basically giving toys to the class. As soon as we had our hands on them the distractions started almost right away. Great concept for math, but not a good idea depending on the age group.
7. These Clear Bingo Chips
I always loved trying to get one of each color when the teacher would hand out these chips or stacking them on top of each other to make other colors. The small things that entertained me in school as a kid.
6. Zip-up Pencil Cases
Another grade A distraction during class and I’m surprised the teachers didn’t ban them. Honestly I don’t think enough kids had them to really cause a full class distraction, but fully unzipping then zipping these cases back up were both fun and LOUD.
5. Art Class Water Color Kits
Between the smell and the lack of color they truly produced, these water color kits were the STAPLE of any elementary school art class. I remember always fighting with the rest of the class over finding the cleanest palette. Compared to the one that was clearly utilized with a little TOO much water in it’s previous use.
4. Flexible Rulers
You could distract yourself in class with it, you could bend it, and most of all it almost never actually made a straight line. Wins all around right?
3. The Smell of These Library Cards
Nothing beat the smell of an elementary school library (or just an old library in general). But getting a book checked out and the musty smell of the ancient card in the back hit differently. I remember in my elementary school a lot of kids would find their parents names in the backs of the books from when they were children. Small town vibes right there.
2. The Best Day of The Week
GUYS. I honestly don’t even know where to begin when it comes to these bad boy Mozzarella sticks. Like they look fake and felt a little fake, but MAN they were GOOD. People would race down to the cafeteria on whatever day they were on the menu to make sure they got their fill before the cafeteria ran out!
1. Pain Worse Than A Scooter To The Ankle
See here’s the issue. They were fun to play with in gym class until things got out of control. One wrong movement and you’d either get slapped in the face or some good plastic to the top of your head. Both were equally painful.
Welcome back all my nostalgic lovers! Today, we are going to focus on 15 MORE things that you definitely forgot about if you were a 90s/00s kid. I am here as an educator to remind everyone about things that were considered life-changing as a kid, that you may have completely forgot about until right now! Now of course, I’m sure some of these things will be remembered by many and not considered ‘forgotten’, but I am creating the list based off MY memory. ENJOY!
15. These Stick On Earrings
This was THE BRAND when it came to stick on earrings because I swear there was something magical about them that made them last longer. Then came the hard part of deciding which ones to wear based on your outfit that day. That is of course if you were like me and didn’t have your ears actually pierced.
14. The Magic Baby Bottle
Where did the milk go? How does it do that!? Welp, our brains will never know I guess! It’s actually pretty easy to understand how it works now, but back then it was basically magic.
13. The Vacuum That Probably Drove Your Parents INSANE
Pop, pop, pop, POPPPPP. Who invented these and why did we find so much joy in driving our parents insane by using them? I think this is why I have vacuums now.
12. Starting A Box
The true prize of any successful summer camp day was coming home with one of these bad boys. Once you got started it was pretty much a breeze, but starting a gimp box? Basically impossible. Usually there was always one friend in the group that started them for everyone else to complete.
The best website for all of your modeling and fashion styling dreams really. Basically you had these (mostly poorly) animated online paper dolls of popular celebrities. As well as some rocking outfits they’ve either actually been seen in or WISH they’ve been seen in. From there it was up to you to mix and match and have them runway ready!
10. These Bubble Necklaces
Ya know, just in case you were randomly overcome with the sudden urge to blow a bubble. These were usually the height of goodie bags or prizes at school fairs.
The best way to have fun and inhale liquid plastic, AT THE SAME TIME. Talk about an amazing time. If you were really skilled you’d be able to blow a big balloon with the puddy before it started to deflate on you.
8. Burning Your Insides
We all know the pizza roll burn of that first bite, but never forget that boiling cheese on the roof of your mouth.
7. The Old School KitKat Wrappers
Something about opening up a KitKat in one of these foil wrappers hit a totally different way. The noise it made and the way it looked made you feel like Charlie Bucket about to strike gold.
No one really knows just exactly WHERE they came from, and quite frankly a lot of people don’t exactly know why they exists. Weepuls were the little pals that chilled on your desk at school or on your pencil until they became too much of a class ‘distraction’ and they were banned by teachers.
5. Del Sol Nail Polish (DelSol Everything)
Wait a minute, are you telling me your nail polish just went from sparkly silver to RED!? And that shirt you have on? You’re telling me in the sun it goes from being a boring old t-shirt to a colorful masterpiece!? MAGIC. Thanks to Del Sol most people came back from any tropical vacation feeling like a million bucks in the sunlight. I use to LOVE their nail polish and honestly would still wear it now.
Aka where did all the butterflies go over time? I think there was like five left by the time that toy got thrown out. This is one of those games that I compare to Monopoly in the sense that you definitely lost friends over thanks to competition.
3. Oreo Cakesters
Randomly saw a picture of these on Pinterest and I swear my mind had a brain blast. I had COMPLETELY forgot about these and they were so dang good! Minus the fact that they constantly got stuck to the roof of your mouth. They were like little fluffy Oreos.
Go from boring to exciting with FLOAM. I remember all the commercials would emphasize the fact that you could use neon Floam to decorate random household objects to liven your life up. In realty Floam in packaging kinda looked gross sometimes and I’m pretty sure they had a recall at one point. Either way my mother never let me buy it and honestly I understand why now. Messy stuff.
1. THIS ANXIETY INDUCING PICTURE
My hearts pounding, I refuse to even look at the picture for too long in fear of what comes next. If you know, YOU KNOW.
Back before everyone had their own cell phones, social media to browse, or personal laptops, we had to get pretty creative as to how to throw a rockin sleepover. So here is a nostalgic list of all the EPIC things we did to have an EPIC sleepover as a 90s/00s kid.
15. Tiger Beat, J-14 & Seventeen
Which celebrity would I get along with? Who is my celebrity boyfriend!? Clearly these were the answers we NEEDED back then and the only way to truly find out was to buy any of these ~classy~ kid friendly magazines. I personally loved the giant fold out posters each magazine came with or the the “OMG” pages.
14. Did Each Other’s Nails & Makeup & Hair
What better way to spend a night than to glam up and go absolutely no where!? Am I right?? Somehow the best part of sleepovers tended to be getting your hair straightened or nails painted in hopes they would stay just as glamorous into the next day to fully show off.
13. Freezing Someone’s Bra
I remember in middle school we would all panic and try not to be the first one to fall asleep at a sleepover. Why? Well first was asleep usually meant first one to be pranked and if you were like my friends, it usually meant bra in the freezer. What better way to start the morning after a sleepover than having to put on a ice cold bra to fully wake you up.
12. Mystery Date & Mall Madness (Or Ouija)
Depended on the mood you guys were in that night really. Like were ya feeling like finding a boyfriend or fighting over Chris Evans’ (yes he was a model for the game back in the day) card in Mystery Date? Or were you feeling like finding the best deals at the mall? OR did you decide to take a terrifying turn and talk to the dead? That escalated quickly.
11. Dance Parties & Hairbrush Singing
GET MY BOOMBOX, TURN ON RADIO DISNEY OR KISS, AND LET’S JAM. Everyone use to love grabbing that hairbrush microphone and sing their little hearts out like they were the next big winner on American Idol (back when it was GOOD).
10. Fighting Over The Sims & Dream Life
When we would decide it was time to play a game on the tv or on our single desktop computer, it usually came down to the Sims or Dream Life. For those of you who don’t know what either of these games are, GET WITH IT. Anyways, if your sleepover was with one other person the rule usually was each player got a “day” in the game before giving the other person a turn. Only issue was it usually turned into a fight on how each person decided to spend that “day” while the other person watched on.
9. Photo Shoot On Your Parents Digital Camera
Digital camera? Time to take some ~crazy~ pics that you will regret developing the next day! This usually occurred either after you got all glammed up or during your hairbrush rock concert.
8. Messaging Your Crush
Peer-pressure or sleepover courage? The world may never know, but something about bringing a group of young girls together somehow usually led to being encouraged to message your crush on AIM or Facebook. They don’t respond the way you wanted them to? That’s when you lie and claim your friend hacked you. Problem solved and embarrassment avoided.
7. StumbleUpon & FML
StumbleUpon was such a weird website, but my friends and I would love to explore the random places it brought you to. FML on the other hand was a hilarious website to make you feel better about yourself after listening to others’ misfortunes. Middle school me would scoff at the embarrassing moments people would post about, who knew I’d grow up to be the living embarrassment????
You can’t have a group of Elementary or Middle School girls together without a gossip session coming into play. Did you see Mikey let Julia borrow his pencil in class today? I can already hear the wedding bells ringing. Scandalous really.
5. Prank Calls
Back in the day of *67 or only knowing people’s home numbers, you had to get pretty creative with your prank calls. I remember one time my friend prank called her brother’s friends house. Without realizing it was the home phone number. She then, in a split second decision, decided to lower her voice and pretend to be her brother when the parents answered the phone. Quite the time.
4. Staying Up LATE
I may be in my 20s, but I still don’t know how younger me was able to stay up so late with little to no repercussions. 3am, 4am, 6am!? Who was I. Like if you didn’t stay up till at least 2 or 3am you were considered lame. Well, I’d like to say that I am very lame now by those standards.
3. PIZZA & Munchies
The night usually started with the ordering of pizza for the crew. Or if your parents were in a really good mood that night they’d take you to the grocery store to pick out some ~snacks. Either way there was usually an abundance of chips or cookie dough along with pizza on a quality sleepover night.
2. Trip To Blockbuster AHEAD Of Time
IMPORTANT. Before the age of fighting over which movie to rent for the night, we had to take the communal (or go before everyone arrived so they couldn’t argue) trip to Blockbuster. This was the ultimate power movie if you wanted to watch a new or popular movie at your sleepover. Plus sometimes you could persuade your parents to buy you some extremely overpriced candy.
Last, but definitely the MOST important would be the classic game of M.A.S.H. For the crazy youngin’s out there that have no idea what MASH stands for, it stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shed, or House. Basically the game was a list of categories that would predict your future. And let me tell you, we take these games VERY seriously.
WELCOME BACK you fear loving readers. Clearly the phobias thing is something that fascinates a LOT of you and honestly, it fascinates me too. I love researching new names and new phobias and sharing my findings with you all! Today, I decided to focus on phobias that are actually pretty common among the general public but you one, may not realize you actually have this phobia, and two may not have even realized it was a phobia with a name at all! So without further ado, ENJOY facing your fears.
The fear of slopes or stairs. Okay hear me out on this one. Do you ever have dreams (or nightmares) of being on stairs and not being able to reach the top or maybe they’re so steep that your heart starts racing thinking you’ll fall? No? Just me? Okay maybe it’s because I’m short. But if you’re like me, something about going up steep or long staircase or escalators have always freaked me out. It also said that if you had this fear as a child, it’s more common to grow with you into adulthood which also makes sense. When I was younger, if there was stairs with gaps between each step (which I will picture above to explain my case), I ALWAYS thought I was going to fall through and still have nightmares randomly about it to this day!
The fear of making decisions. Call it indecisive. Call it whatever you want. When it comes to making a decision and the possibility of choosing the wrong option, you could say I have this phobia.
The fear of puppets or marionettes. I think the only person on the planet who didn’t have this fear was Jim Henson himself.
The fear of your mother-in-law. This one made me laugh and think of all the people who claim they have mother-in-law zillas. So now if you’re not a big fan of your new mother and want to make it known without making it too obvious, just say you have Pentheraphobia.
The fear of dinner parties or banquets. Aka, the fear of dining out or with a large group of people. This is a common case when it comes to social anxiety, but many don’t realize how specified phobias can be. Like the fact that this specific kind of situation has it’s own phobia name amazes me.
The fear of cancer or developing cancer. This I truly believe is a phobia everyone has even if it is subconscious in many peoples’ minds. Everyone has the fear of leaving this world early and many know someone who left too soon due to this awful illness. Of course as a phobia, I assume this term is used for those who can’t seem to get the fear off their mind almost constantly, but overall I still think it may be an underlying phobia in everyone.
The fear of vomiting or seeing vomit. This phobia is EXTREMELY common, in fact I watch a LOT of YouTubers who explain this to be their biggest phobia. Since my parents are both nurses, I believe that is why throwing up never seemed to phase me. Of course, I am not a fan of throwing up myself because it usually means I feel sick. But if I see someone throw up, I am more than willing to assist them, rather than not being able to stand the sight of the ordeal.
The fear of thunder and lightning. I find it fascinating that there are separate phobia names for those who are just afraid of thunder and others who are just afraid of lightning. The list of phobia names are truly limitless. But this one I find to be very common in people as well. I mainly think of kids who, like I use to be, are terrified of thunder storms. Then I believe this phobia pertains to the people who never grow out of this fear even into adulthood. I understand the fear though, thunder storms can be loud and dangerous!
The fear of needles or getting shots. This usually then leads to the overarching fear of doctors or doctor offices. I know SO many people who live with this fear as well as the phobia of seeing blood. It all combines together really. As for me, as a child I HATED shots. I swear I would need multiple nurses to hold me down as I thrashed around. Now, I am MUCH better. The sight nor the feeling doesn’t affect me like it use to, but I still know so many people who will have panic attacks on their way to the doctors.
This phobia is a little more general than most of the others I have on this list in the sense that it has a few different meanings. The main definition I follow when it comes to this term is the fear of crowded or public places. The entirety of the phobia usually relates to social anxiety or anxiety in general. The idea that a public place may be too crowded leading to a panic attack or it may lead to an embarrassing social situation that then will lead to a panic attack.
I CANT EVEN LOOK UP PICTURES FOR THIS UGH. The fear of small holes close together. Like I can’t even begin to describe to you how I have this phobia so bad but I do. Like my mind can’t even begin to make sense as to why this makes me feel so uncomfortable but just googling pictures of this phenomenon makes my skin crawl so sorry guys, you’ll have to look this one up for yourself.