As I round out another year, I am reminded of the year when it all began. Picture it: circa 1995. I am a nineties kid by birth, but I had the best of both worlds because my childhood nostalgia covers parts of two great decades. At some point in the last year or so, I feel like I am reliving some of the nineties’ glory with fads returning and revivals of music groups and television shows. While some things are better left in the past, I think it is a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane.
I do not remember a time of not having Ty Beanie Babies. I have to have almost all of the original collectible ones, and you best believe they all have their tags on them. Some even have a plastic protector and in a special box to keep them in mint condition. You know, for the day when they skyrocket in value, and I am crazy enough to sell off a chunk of my childhood.
Before all of the technology came about, I, along with many other kids, was enthralled with the Lite Brite. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you sure missed out. Who knew colored pegs and a lighted box could provide countless hours of entertainment? Much of my time playing was spent with undivided attention to meticulously placing those pegs in random patterns. It was therapeutic in a sense.
Pez dispensers came long before the nineties, but I think I was on a special mission to collect as many as I could. I am beginning to think that a craze in and of itself of that decade was collecting random novelty items in hopes of cashing in big years later, but as for me and my eight-year-old self, I enjoyed playing with them more than I liked eating the chalk-like candy that came with them. Nonetheless, I looked forward to every chance I got to pick out a new one and hunt for the rare ones.
I had my fair share of stick-on earrings. Those were precursors to actually committing to pierced ears. I wore those things like they were the real deal, and I do not know who I was trying to fool because looking back, they looked nothing like real earrings. I eventually graduated to clip-on earrings. Those did not last long. I had lost one too many, and my dad had searched for one for the last time before my begging got me somewhere. And that was to Piercing Pagoda to finally get my ears pierced in Pre-School. While waiting a couple of years does not seem like much, it felt like an eternity for me then.
Among other shows, Lizzie McGuire was one of my favorites. From the books to the show to the movie, I was hooked. You have no idea how much I wanted to be able to do a Disney intro with the glow stick and trace the Mickey Mouse ears in the corner of the screen like Hillary Duff would before the start of her show. I would wait for her to do the intro and have a baton handy to mirror her and then use the same baton as a microphone to sing my heart out to the theme song. I wanted to be ready for any Disney Channel opportunity that came knocking my way. Needless to say, I did not hold my breath on that one.
Lisa Frank was all the rage when I was in elementary school. The school supplies were glorious, and I can still remember picking out pencils and folders. All the things! I had the same Lisa Frank lunchbox for four years, and I loved that thing. I still have it in my basement with some other school things I refused to part with, so it still lives on. I thought it was coolest lunch box, and honestly, if it were acceptable, I probably would still use it. On second thought, I think it is better left in my younger days of use.
I am not sure why butterfly clips were so popular, but I was guilty of the trend. My mom would section off my hair and place them strategically. I can still remember putting five on my right side and four on my left side. While the colorful variety of butterfly clips was plentiful, mine were iridescent and were only pulled out for some special occasions. When I felt like being fancy, I would ask for them, and if I were really milking it, I would get my hair curled too. Oh, to be little again.
Me and M&Ms have basically been inseparable from the start. Now, I love the original just as much as the next person, but there was a special place in my heart for the crispy M&Ms. I was heartbroken when they were no longer available. I took it harder than a normal person should have, and even though the Mars company came through with a remake, nothing will beat the first crispy M&Ms in the blue packaging.
Every nineties girl had an extensive stash of Lip Smackers flavored lip balms. Even though I went through many Tootsie Roll lip balms, my absolute favorite one had to be the Lip Smackers Flip Balms. Those were the best! If they were still available, I would definitely have one (or a few) stashed somewhere. Not only was it an accessory must, but it was also satisfying to flip it open and click it shut. I should have known then that I would end up having a lip product obsession. My parents started a habit young.
I still have a place of nostalgia in my heart for all of the products I loved growing up. My childhood was great, and I would not change anything. Well, maybe a few questionable fashion ensembles, but I cannot take full responsibility for those. I could go on about some fun blasts from the past, but I will put a close on this chapter here for now with the nineties’ top nine.
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