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

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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

7 Affordable Throwback Stocking Stuffers

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There are two kinds of people during the holidays; those that love Christmas shopping and those that hate Christmas shopping. I am one of the former – it is one of my favorite things about the holidays! Throughout the year, I pay close attention to things my friends and family seem fond of and grab it then and there, holding it for Christmas so I can see their delight when they open the gift. I find a lot of joy in giving others thoughtful and creative presents. Santa Claus basically has my dream job. Out of all the holiday shopping I do, though, nothing gets me more excited than picking out the perfect stocking gifts. Most people don’t ask for specific stocking gifts, which gives me great creative freedom. That, and the challenge of sticking to a relatively low price point makes stocking shopping a favorite holiday pastime of mine. I must admit, I am pretty good at it, too.

One thing I love adding to my loved ones’ stockings is toys, games and items from the past that remind them of their youth. Read more

The Ultimate Watch Guide: 90s Christmas Movies

I know ya’ll didn’t think I would create an 80s Christmas Movies Ultimate Watch Guide without making one for the 90s, too, right? #duh Since you’re already snuggled up on the couch with hot chocolate, egg nog or hot apple cider and a nice big bowl of buttered popcorn, you might as well let the Christmas movie marathon continue with more holiday favorites from the 90s! Your couch would really miss you if you didn’t. 90s Christmas movies have a completely different feel from the collection of satirical and sometimes racy cinema classics from the 80s. Don’t get me wrong, the 90s holiday movies on this Ultimate Watch Guide are still HILARIOUS, just with a far more family-friendly, warm-and-fuzzy type of humor. Read more

The Ultimate Watch Guide: 80s Christmas Movies

One of my favorite holiday traditions is snuggling up to a nice warm fire with a blanket and hot cocoa to watch a beloved Christmas movie. Something about the glow of the Christmas Tree lit up and the crackling fire in the background make the movie watching experience more magical. Everyone can agree that some of their best memories come from watching the same beloved classic holiday movies year after year. While I do have some favorites from an assortment of decades, the Christmas movies from the 80s have a special place in my heart. Read more