It’s Only a Happy Meal Because Of the Toy

I have no answer for you. I cannot tell you why. There is no reason for why my parents chose to keep and protect a plastic bin full of old, fast-food restaurant kid’s meal toys. I am not sure if they thought my brother and I would want to pass them on to our children or if they considered the toys may be worth money someday or maybe they thought they could be used as currency in a future apocalypse. Though I cannot fathom the reason behind them keeping such a random and weird artifact from my childhood, I am certainly glad they did.

During a recent visit home, my dad brought out this box of ancient artifacts and we went through them for a old-times-sake. It was entertaining and heartwarming and puzzling all at the same time. Some toys I remembered fondly, some toys I can’t even believe were made and some toys I have absolutely no idea who they heck they are. I pulled some of the most entertaining toys from the box, did a little bit of research on each one and wanted to share my findings with you all in hopes that it will bring back sweet memories of sitting in the drive-thru, smelling that glorious scent of french fries and anxiously awaiting the surprise of what toy would be including with your meal. Bon appetite and enjoy! Read more

7 New Year’s Resolutions To Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

I have not made a New Year’s Resolution in probably 12 years. Mostly because as we age, the resolutions get less exciting and optimistic and more about trying to lose weight and save money. #depressing When I was younger, I actually looked forward to making a commitment for the new year that would somehow enhance my life. So, instead of making a resolution to work out, eat better, get a new job, save money, be more organized or some other boring, grown-up resolution, I suggest some more fun-loving and good-for-the-soul resolutions. Resolutions that will make you feel young again. Here’s hoping these inspire you to make some awesome resolutions of your own in 2018 that bring back memories of your childhood. Read more

Humor, History and He-Man: An Interview with Brian Volk-Weiss, Creator of “The Toys That Made Us”

Only FOUR days separate us from the debut of Netflix’s documentary, “The Toys That Made Us.” Can you hardly stand it? I have been looking forward to this series for weeks now. As you may have seen in my blog, the upcoming show features eight different toys from our childhood, and chronicles, with much humor, each one from inception to present time. If you haven’t read it, click here to view the post.

To my delight, the creator of “The Toys That Made Us,” Brian Volk-Weiss, offered me an opportunity to interview him about the show. How radical is that?! I got the inside scoop on the background of the show, what viewers can expect and what the future holds for the series. Read on for my interview with Brian Volk-Weiss! Read more

“The Toys that Made Us” – A New Nostalgic Netflix Documentary Coming Soon

Image Courtesy Of Netflix “The Toys that Made Us”

Oh, Netflix, as if we didn’t love you enough already. Netflix seems to be riding the nostalgia train and adding as many cars to the track as possible. The popularity of Fuller House, a Full House spin-off, and Stranger Things, a sci-fi drama set in the 1980s, must have the streaming service thinking about how to bring back more favorites from those eras. Earlier this year, Netflix announced plans for a new documentary series called, “The Toys that Made Us” (MoviePilot.com). As you can gather from the title of the series, it’s all about different and popular toys from the 80s. And, we finally have a release date for the series! It will debut on Netflix on December 22 and season one will include eight episodes. The anticipation is killing me! Read more

15 Words & Phrases that Need to Make a Comeback

It’s incredible how identifying certain vocabulary is, isn’t it? You can easily tell if someone is from the South the minute they say “ya’ll” instead of “you guys.” You can notice if someone is from England if they call an elevator a “lift.” You can also recognize if you’re talking to someone younger if they say “hashtag insert anything here.” #nojudgement  Believe it or not, you can also tell if someone grew up in the 80s and 90s by certain words and phrases they use. Now, you don’t hear them very often nowadays, but I am hoping that together we can change all that. Can we just agree that the slang from when we were kids was the greatest? Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s start a movement and recirculate these epic terms throughout society today. If we can replace just one #YOLO with a Cowabunga, I will be one happy lady.

Can’t remember all the key words and phrases from the 80s and 90s? Need a reminder? You got it, dude. Here are 15 Words and Phrases from back in the day that are desperately in need of a comeback. Read more

AIM is Signing Off After 20 Years

Boy, have I got a not-so-shocking, yet still sad announcement for ya’ll. On December 15, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will no longer be available for users, according to TechCrunch.com. *gasp* The chat service, which debuted in 1997, will no longer be supported on any operating system. Can you all believe AIM has been around for 20 years? While I haven’t used the platform in over 14 years probably, I can’t help but be dismayed by its departure. For most of us, I am sure AIM was our first “chat” experience online. Before we say goodbye, let’s take a look back at AIM and the influence it had on our typing skills, connection with people via the internet and unforgettable screen names. Read more

Holiday Wish Lists

This past weekend, I celebrated Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the official start of the holiday season with my family. We laughed, cooked, ate way too much food and went Black Friday shopping. Yes, we are those crazy people among the crowds of shoppers vying for a killer deal at 5 a.m. Part of the preparation for Black Friday shopping includes going through the newspaper, scouring the ads and planning which stores and which deals are a top priority. I am happy to report that my husband and I survived Black Friday (it was actually a relatively pleasant experience) and walked away with a Smart T.V., wireless printer, rice cooker and wet/dry vacuum cleaner all at amazing deals. We had a great weekend!

While planning for our shopping escapade, thumbing through the ads brought back memories from my childhood of putting together my holiday wish list. Was there anything that a kid put more thought into than making a list of toys to request for the holiday season? Certainly not school work. Certainly not chores. The process of creating a holiday wish list was quite involved. I still remember all the steps I took to ensure there was no question about what I wanted to see under the tree on Christmas morning. Read more