Growing up an 80’s & 90’s kid

The last few days I’ve been scrolling Pinterest and I’ve come across so many different items from the 80’s and 90’s that have been taking me back to my childhood and teenage years. I was born in 1980 and for those born around that time, we have literally gone through so many changes, especially when it comes to technology. I’ve remember using pay phones, to pagers, to bulky cell phones that only made and received calls, to text messaging to the present video chats. I’ve been sharing a lot of these photos with my kids and explaining to them how much things have changed since I was young. I’m so grateful that I grew up in the time that I did. I sometimes wish that I could take a step back and experience life without a screen in my face for hours a day. My childhood was so much fun. We were outside for hours playing with friends and riding our bikes. When it was a rainy day we’d play board games or even watch game shows together as a family challenging each other. These days I’m lucky if I even see my kids for more than an hour. They’re usually connecting with cousins online playing video games. It’s so different now.

Anyway… here are some things I found on Pinterest that I think you can relate to if you’re around my age.

~BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO~ I miss Blockbuster so much. I remember our trips to Blockbuster with my mom, usually on Fridays or Saturdays. She’d let me and my sister pick out a video and then she’d choose one that her and my dad would like and we’d take turns watching videos through the weekend. The best part were all the JUMBO box snacks that they had at checkout. We’d load up on all the theater style candies and take them home to eat while we watched our videos. Now everything is so easily accessible through apps. It’s just not the same.

I had this light up phone. I had a few light up phones actually. But a funny story about this one is that I wanted it so badly and finally got it only to get caught talking on it late at night on a school night, a big no-no in my house. I was so depressed when I got home and it was gone. My punishment was my mom returning it while I was at school.

It’s no wonder why so many people are addicted to ciggarettes. When we were kids it was “cool” to smoke. So cool in fact, that as kids we would buy these fake cigarettes to get the 2 puffs of powder smoke out of the paper before breaking our jaws on the hardest gum ever!

These bracelets!!! I would have about 20 on each of my wrists at a time. The more you had the cooler you were. The best was looping 2 together to make them even cooler then they were. I still remember when they came out with the glow in the dark ones.

After school at my elementary, they would sell these for 25 cents. I remember my mom getting so frustrated waiting for me.

I’m gonna make these 80’s and 90’s post a weekly thing! I love the nostalgia that I feel when seeing these items and the memories that come flooding back. Have a great rest of the day everyone!

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