Back in My Day

Back in my day we had to walk a mile to the bus stop up hill both ways. Literally. Well, in middle school I did anyways. We lived in a neighborhood that the bus wouldn’t come through so I had to walk down one hill and up another to get to the bus stop, and reverse on the way home!
But seriously, when I first heard of this link up from Steph, I couldn’t have been more excited!!! I freaking LOVE to look back at the things that were popular back in the day, the music, the clothes, the memories, just give it all to me! I feel as though we were a stronger people back then too. There was NONE of this wussification of America going on back then. We didn’t get a trophy for participating, there was no holding an entire class back because of a few kids, there were no feelings hurt over stupid shit, and I think we were better for it. We had a sense of reality. We knew that there were winners and losers in this world. We had to work hard for everything. We had imaginations! We could spell without the computer, survived most of our lives without cell phones attached to our hands at all times.
I feel sorry for kids these days. Completely and absolutely sorry for them.
But enough about my rant….let’s get to the fun stuff!!!!!
Just for reference, I was born in 1983 and am 30 years old now….
You could totally pull of the track suit look.
Cars were bad ass!
All of our school pictures looked the same.
Lisa Frank, troll slippers, 101 Dalmatian Pajamas, white Christmas trees…..
Getting Super Nintendo for Christmas was EPIC! Check out that black velvet dress with the pink bow. So stylish!
Middle school dances rocked!
Turtle necks were a thing….
Cuffed shorts, jean dresses, round glasses…..God love us!
We knew how to decorate a room!
Class of 2001!
This Jeep…so many good memories!!!!
Back in my day, gum doubled as first aid.
Or tattoos
Handheld gaming was less complicated.
Cardboard meant hours of entertainment.
It wasn’t weird to keep a girl in your pocket…
We did do some electronic journal-ling back then…
Nintendo was the shit. Oh wait, it still is 🙂
Glow worms protected you at night.
Bears were our friends…
Dirty Dancing was classy
Cartoons and TV were awesome!


We knew good music

Game shows were fun to watch
Don’t get me wrong, we had our problems.
I wouldn’t trade my memories of the 80’s or 90’s for anything!!!!!
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  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph April 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Not everyone’s a winner. Learn it early. It ensures that you’ll be one later. I absolutely hate the everyone gets a trophy BS now.

    Glow worms! Yes yes yes. They had an intoxicating scent, too.

  • Reply *Liz @ Fitness Blondie* April 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    OMG! NADINE THANKS FOR THE BIGGEST SMILE this morning! I LOVE THIS! Your room was the best, lmfao! I swear we had the same bed.

  • Reply Jessi April 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    SO much good here! ha-ha great family photos and memories of pop culture.

  • Reply Jules April 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Haha I love this! You had great TV taste

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal April 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    🙂 I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST.. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING… I was born in ’84 and will be 30 this coming fall…

    SO.. you basically just went through my entire childhood.. teen angst.. and jogged with me down memory lane!

    I am also raising a kid during the “wussification of america” and it ISN’T EASY… I’m the strict mom because of how hard I make him work, and that not everyone deserves a prize/trophy.. and that hard work pays off.. NOT crying about it….. And why can’t he get the new Nintendo/Xbox/PSwhatdaphluck… because it came out yesterday and all his friends have it.

  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda April 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    hahahahahah i loved everything about this. remember when you raced to get back to the video store by 8pm so that you wouldn’t be charged an extra day? or when you totally forgot to rewind the tape and they charged you an extra dollar? did you have the red race car tape rewinder too? LOL

    so much awesome in this post.

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Anna April 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    POGS!!! I had so many!

    Im also pretty sure i had a shit ton of those ouch bubblegum cans….And everything else up there! Crazy!!

  • Reply Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn April 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love 80s and 90s television! I miss all the block programming like TGIF and SNICK. And I totally had a Dear Diary.

  • Reply Kerry April 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    So much awesome in this post!! Glow Worm, Nintendo, Singled Out so many blasts from the past! I still have my VCR and it funny to watch old home movies.

  • Reply Amanda April 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    There is so much damn cuteness in these pictures that I don’t know what to do with myself right now. You and the kitty?! OMG I want to reach through the computer and give 80’s Nadine a huge squeeze!!!!!
    I can’t believe I forgot about Lisa Frank! I had a jewelry making kit from there and I thought I was THE.SHIT.
    And guuuurlllll… don’t get me started on the Christmas we got a Super Nintendo! Best Christmas EVER! haaha

  • Reply brooke lyn April 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I miss Doug Funnie and Patty

  • Reply Stephanie April 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I was born in 83 too and I can relate to each and every picture. I swear my school picture was identical to yours – right down to the outfit and haircut. Just put my face in there and it would be mine. And game shows then were THE BEST!!! Great pictures and thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Carly April 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Ah, so many good TV shows mentioned here! I remember school picture day being the single most exciting day of the year, mostly because I wore a uniform to school and it was the ONE DAY a year where you got to dress up. It was super exciting to pick your background color to match your outfit. Remember the big boxes of combs they had for you there too? Oh how I wish I got that excited to get my picture taken as an adult!

  • Reply Lauren April 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I had so many of these things! I have the same “OMG I got an SNES!” pic, I loved Winnie the Pooh in middle school, and dream catchers were part of my room decor, obviously. And the ecard about texting nailed it!

  • Reply Laney April 23, 2014 at 2:49 am

    A girl after my own heart. Same age and all. 😀 I’m a HUGE 80’s and 90s chick. more 80’s as my sweetie says. LOL oh you speak to my heart. I loved me some dear diary and Super nintendo. still have super nintendo and would play it before anything else. we dont upgrade around here LOL.
    mario and yoshi were and still are the shit. Dawson’s creek – I loved so much i finally got it on full dvd set about a year or two ago. super market sweep those were the days. oh you remembered stuff i didn’t. brought back some of my fave shows tho. I still watch some time to time. Blossom – i started a while back watching from episode 1. I love them all. saved by the bell, step by step, dawsons creek, full house, family matters, california dreams and so many more. if they’d bring back more shows like this I’d watch more tv instead of what i watch online and all. I love old stuff like the torkelsons, boy meets world, & alf :p

  • Reply Suze April 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Wow- I love your post! We are the same age, and I found myself saying, oh yeah! to everything. I love the Christmas photo- Lisa Frank + troll slippers = my kind of good time.

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Christina April 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! I wrote about Fruit Stripe Gum too! It was my favorite. Hey Dude was my favorite show and I wanted to be Brad so bad!!! I also loved Alex Mack!

  • Reply Katie April 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Yes!! Thank you so much for this awesome walk down memory lane!!!

  • Reply Amanda April 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Umm, I love every single TV show you mentioned here. Especially Ghostwriter! My mom got me one of those Ghostwriter fan club packs one time and I was SO excited.

  • Reply thedumbbelle.com April 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Om.g. this post is perfection haha

  • Reply Vanessa April 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Found you from the link-up – obviously way late, but all these posts are amazing and giving me such a great laugh.
    Love it. ALL of it! I was born in ’84 and am approaching my 30th birthday, so this is exactly my life, only with a way less cool musical selection…
    I totally forgot about the Polly Pocket! I SO had one of those! And the Dear Diary – the personal blogging of the 90s! This was an amazing trip down memory lane!

    And your rant, I am there.
    I actually got rid of Facebook (I know, total weirdo, right?) because it got to be too annoying to me. I miss the days when I didn’t have to hear (aka read) about what people ate for breakfast or why their kid is the most beautiful being to grace the planet. I am fine having to hear about that from my actual friends, but not from 500+ “friends” on Facebook. And I am totally going to drive my kids bonkers – I already made them listen to music from the 90s yesterday in the car and felt like a successful mom to hear them whining about it. Lol

  • Reply Rachelle April 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    OMG OMG All the shows! I loved, loved, loved California Dreams! And Hey Dude! I wanted to be Melody so bad because she was so pretty and nice! LOL Your post just fills me with happy memories and silly jingles – yikes, stripes, fruit stripes gum 🙂

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