Blast from the Past

Blast From The Past, Back in the day
Nostalgia pretty much runs through my veins. I love jamming out to all the hit songs from my youth, reminiscing with my bestie about our glory days in junior high and reliving my teenage dreams at Backstreet Boys concerts. So naturally when Suze, Steph and Steph created this link up I had to jump on the bandwagon to complain about how I used to walk 1 mile in the snow just to get to school. Okay, so maybe I never suffered through a long walk in the snow (especially in South Texas), but I did endure plenty of other awesomely embarrassing things that only a child from the 80s and 90s can understand.
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Back in my day …

Playing video games meant taking turns trying to save the princess. And if you were the younger sibling, you were Luigi.

Lisa Frank was the only designer you cared about.

Lisa Frank

The weekends were for TGIF, SNICK and Saturday morning cartoons.

It was all about the bike shorts. Everyone and their mom rocked some bike shorts around town.

Polaroid Photo, Bike shorts

Seriously, look how happy I am to be showing off those bike shorts.

Leggings had stirrups and shirts were tied up in knots.

Hair was big and everyone rocked a poof or big bangs. Personally, I hated the poof my mom always styled at the top of my head.

80s Hairstyles

Instagram meant that the Polaroid photo, like the one above, would ‘instantly’ appear after you shook it for a few minutes.

Sending pics to your friends meant actually swapping school, dance or sports pictures.


We didn’t have Gangnam Style. We had the Macarena.

We didn’t drop it like it was hot. We dipped.

The Dip

Designing your Myspace page was the best way to showcase your awesome personality.

And Myspace quizzes were basically where it was at.

What were things like back in your day? What things do you miss the most?

  • kathy@vodka and soda

    hahah poor luigi. he always got the shaft.

    and we didn’t dip, we did the hustle. i HATED that song. we also rocked me amadeus. LOL

    my freaking blog is DOWN AGAIN!!! stupid typepad 🙁

    Vodka and Soda

    • Haha! Oh, the dances from our youth. I think we should have a big ole dance party with all these dances!

      I hope your blog gets back up soon! That has to be so frustrating! It’s ridiculous that it keeps coming back up only to be down again soon after. It’s moodier than a girl PMSing!

  • The poofs were required. I never had a perm but my bangs were always big during that poof time.

    The stirrups were god-awful and universally unflattering but we all wore them like a boss!

    Thanks for linking up!

    • My hair is naturally curly, so I never needed the perm. My mom just tried to make my hair even bigger! Hah. We did rock some pretty awful styles back then.

  • My hair wouldn’t poof so my mom took me to get a perm. Worst idea ever!!! I looked like a poodle for months. MONTHS.

    The Dip and the Macarena were my jam. Along with the train!!!!

    Myspace profiles were so awesome. I sort of wish they were still a thing. Along with AIM chat because, duh!

    Now if you would excuse me, I am listening to LFO and ordering some Lisa Frank stuff for my office.

    • Baha! Lisa Frank should be in EVERY office! It would make work so much more fun.

  • Mare/Three of Cups

    We had no video games… when they finally came out, it was tennis – a little square bopped back and forth across a black screen! By that time, I was an adult!

  • I had completely forgotten about biker shorts, SNICK, and TGIF!!! My sister and I were glued to the TV on Friday night just for Full House and Urkle. Too bad TV isn’t like that today! Great post!

    • Friday nights were awesome! I never missed a show. When I was in elementary, I would build a makeshift fort Saturday night and get ready for Are You Afraid of the Dark?. 🙂

  • Nic

    OMG I love this post.

    Back In My Day
    There weren’t mobile phones and if you wanted to talk to your friends you had to use the house phone or go round their house.

    Cartoons on a saturday morning was the norm


    • Hah! Yes. I was so excited when we finally got a cordless phone! And I never minded waking up early when it was for Saturday morning cartoons. 🙂

  • Oh the stirrup pants…. facepalm. And I remember my Angelfire “webpage,” where I talked about my awesome friends and planned my future wedding (HA!).

    • Haha! Yes! I remember the days of Angelfire and LiveJournal. We thought we were so cool back then with our webpages. 😀

  • Gosh, I love recalling the “good ole days”, haha. Oh man, Lisa Frank. And Starter jackets. I LOOOOOOOOVED TGIF! Loved it. And stirrup leggings! Rolled-up jeans. I went through a phase where I wore over-sized shirts that were meant to be sleep “dresses”. And yeeeesss, swapping class and prom photos!!! LOL on the “dip, you dip, we dip”. Oh man. Electric slide.

    • I totally remember dancing ‘the dip’ at the middle school dance with my friends! Hah. And I went through a phase where all I wore were baggy shirts and jeans, true 90s fashion. 😀

  • Haha! We’re old! I remember!
    You look gorgeous on that last picture! You were a basketball player? Check you out!
    Remember the aerosol hair spray? I think it was aquanet! Haha!

    • Thanks! That’s actually a volleyball picture, but I did play basketball in middle school. I wasn’t as good at it, so I stuck to softball and volleyball in high school. 🙂 I totally remember Aquanet! It’s how everyone got their bangs and hair to stay so big! Haha

  • Love this post! Back in my day there were hair scrunchies and those godawful banana hair clip things. I dyed my hair blonde with liberal applications of Sun In and lived in dungarees!

    • Haha! I rocked a mean scrunchie! And Sun In was the thing to do during the summer. I mean, it made you look like the sun had lightened your hair. Total win! 😀

  • I didn’t even have MySpace… poor deprived child!

    • Hah! I didn’t get Myspace until my senior year of high school or freshman year of college. I don’t even remember. You missed out on the days of taking endless quizzes and surveys. I mean, my friends totally wanted to know what guy was my type, right? Heh.

  • Yes!! My younger sister was ALWAYS Luigi and she hated it! I totally forgot about that. But I unfortunately remember those stirrup pants. Thanks for linking up!!

    • Hah! I am the younger sister, so I was Luigi. Luckily, at some point my sister lost interest and I had the Nintendo all to myself. 😀 Thanks for hosting such an awesome link up!

  • I ROCKED the big hair, stirrups, and knitted shirt look. And I accentuated with a scrunchie. Of course.

    As the oldest, I never had to be Luigi. Which is kind of awesome.

    • I totally had scrunchies in every color! It was my favorite accessory. And you are so luck that you never had to be Luigi! 😀

  • Amanda

    Bahahahaa! Yes to TGIF, biker shorts and the Macarena! Ahhh, the good ol’ days! 🙂

    • Those were definitely the best of the good ol’ days! We should bring it all back!

  • I totally forgot about “switching” phones. I remember changing phones and screaming through the house for the other line to be hung up 🙂

    • Haha! Oh yes! I remember that! You also had to make sure no one was listening in to your phone calls on the other phone. 😀

  • I totally remember cutting up school photos and trading them with your friends. I kept all my BFFs in the clear sleeve of my binder. Haha!

    • Haha! Yes! And you had to fill out the back with something funny or meaningful of course! 😀

  • Oh my gosh I LOVE that dip meme. Soooo funny!

  • Ha I totally forgot about SNICK but I basically thought I was going to be on All That when I was a kid…

    • I always wanted to win one of those contests that would send 1 lucky kid to be on Nickelodeon! Hah. Of course, I never did. 🙂

  • Love this!

    Although I never got what was wrong with Luigi, he was always my favourite, and I say this as the oldest child! He was just far better than Mario, I’m not sure why everyone liked Mario!

    • Haha! You know, I’m not sure why everyone loved Mario. I think it was just because he was player 1 and got to go first. 😀

  • oh yes, I loved lisa frank “everything” 🙂

  • GREAt seeing these past bits. Did you play Zelda games? They were even a popular thing in my kid-era 🙂

    • I actually never played Zelda games, but my boyfriend did. He still loves them! 😀

  • I loved Lisa Frank stuff…especially her unicorn designs!! It also helped that I had the same name as her, which made me ask my mom for even more of her school supplies.

    • Lisa Frank made school supplies awesome! 😀 I’m sure you were proud to have the same name.

  • My friend and I used to measure our bangs in junior high. I used to love that dip song!! I was always the first to wake up so I got to be Mario.

    • Haha! I remember my sister’s friends using so much hairspray on their bangs. I also remember dancing to that dip song at every middle school dance! 🙂