flashback friday: my childhood wish list.

by Janetha on December 2, 2011

in flashback

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dudes. christmas is coming! you know how i know? there are commercials for super awesome toys.  kids these days have really high tech toys! one that especially caught my eye was a crayon maker. you throw in a bunch of colors and out pops a new, custom made crayon color. i have to admit, i would have loved that when i was a kid. shoot, i would love to have it NOW.


and man.. don’t even get me started on all the tech toys that are marketed to kids of the 2010s. (is it the 10s? that’s just weird to say.. but we did say 90s, 80s, 70s, etc) those toys just go too far for me. pretty sure most seven year olds could operate an ipod touch better than i can.  i say it’s time to put the nintendo DS down and go fly a kite, for goodness sake.

yeah, i am pretty glad i was a kid back in the day.

back before there was responsibility…

back before i had a full time job, a husband, a mortgage, or a driver’s license…

back before there were blogs.. or even the internet (in my home at least, i am sure it was somewhere in the world..)

there was the 80s.

and i had a wish list.

this wish list was by no means compiled in the same year—just in the 80s/very early 90s in general. some of these gems i was lucky enough to get, others were just longed for, never to be something i could call my own. all were WAY better than any video game out there.

before i go on, let it be known that i hated dolls. HATED. in fact, i was given a doll as a gift at my 4th birthday party and i burst into tears. i remember it vividly. i was more into stuffed animals—namely cats.


yes, that is a pound purrer. and yes, i am wearing a sweet getup with cats on the fabric, that momma b made herself. crafty lady!! fun fact: momma b used to have a sewing business where she sewed appliqués onto sweatshirts called “sweats by sue”—come to think of it, she could totally repurpose that name and use it if she ever wanted to become a personal trainer!

so, here’s my childhood wish list. i am sure a lot of you will relate.

koosh balls.


i loved these things! i remember we had a hole in the wall in my brother’s bedroom, and i accidentally put my koosh ball in the hole and it dropped into the depths of the house walls.. never to return. in fact, i be it’s still sitting there collecting dust. either that, or a mouse has scurried off with it.

64 pack of crayola crayons WITH the built-in sharpener.


oh, and don’t forget the new colors they came out with! remember macaroni and cheese? and asparagus? i loved that they were food-themed.



i wasn’t too into teddy ruxpin or cabbage patch dolls. i just wanted popples! sure wish i had hung onto my collection. i had a few full size ones and a few mini popples—weren’t they called pocket popples?

jelly sandals.


don’t deny it.. you wanted a pair. especially since your mom had been dressing you in saltwater sandals for years. these were WAY cooler than saltwater sandals!

mall madness.


i never owned mall madness.. but luckily my best friend melina did! i remember playing this game for hours and hours. it was so awesome how you had play credit cards and the announcer would tell you which stores were having sales.  now days, kids just actually go to the mall.. and probably have their own credit cards!

easy bake oven.


sigh. this was the one i always longed for and never owned. luckily my mom trusted me in the kitchen and i just ended up using the real appliances at a young age… i even started my own neighborhood restaurant, janetha’s place. i could use the immersion blender better than any other eight year old on the block! er—in the culdesac.

pound puppies & pound purrers.


i had A LOT of these critters. like.. a LOT. do you wonder where i kept them all?

in my pet net, of course! mine was pink.


dude.. pet nets were really convenient! why aren’t they around any more? if i had kids, they would have pet nets.



another one i never had. i always would go to my friend jessica’s house and admire her caboodles.. and her cable TV so she could watch let’s make a deal, supermarket sweep, and whammy.  yeah, i was a strange kid. always loved those game shows! i had (okay, still have) a major crush on richard dawson. so dreamy.

the baby sitters club books.

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i had them all. i read them all. i loved them all. i wanted to be dawn. ann m. martin was my hero. pretty sure i read about 4 or 5 books a week when i was a kid. sheesh, what happened to me?

and.. i saved the best for last…


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okay. i kind of tear up every time i think about my sylvanian families. they were my best friends when i was a kid! well, aside from my imaginary friend, jazzy, but that’s a story for another day.  i simply adored my sylvanian families and would play with them for hours and hours and HOURS on end.  i had the rabbits, the bears, the foxes, the mice, the racoons, the dogs, the cats.. probably others. a personal favorite was the sylvanian-sized china cabinet i had, complete with teacups and saucers.

oh and mom—please don’t feel guilty reading this because i know you do every time i cry about not having my beloved sylvanians. it’s ok. i know it’s not your fault.

oh man. that was a REALLY fun trip down memory lane!! i really loved my childhood and growing up in the time that i did. wouldn’t change it for all the technology in the world!

this year my christmas list includes a professional house cleaning session and a towel rack for my bathroom. not joking. sure would be nice to be a kid again…


what was on your childhood wish list? or what was your favorite toy?

you may want to put the year you were born in your answer.. i bet the age range we have here is pretty large! i was born in 1983.

xo. janetha g.

all product images taken from google images.

*p.s. the winner of the lollihop giveaway was #156, sara, congrats! you can still use the code MEALSANDMOVES for 20% off your lollihop order!

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sarah (sarah learns) December 3, 2011 at 7:20 am

wow, this list IS my childhood! haha! i also always wanted polly pockets and in addition to the baby sitters club books, i really like boxcar children and the little house on the prairie ones. :)

eef December 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

fun post! I was born in 86, so I loved care bears (had a plush cheer bear), my little ponies (i had hundreds!) and ninja turtles (i had sticks i hit my brothers with). I was never into Barbie or most dolls, although I remember wanting an American Girl doll because my friends had them. I wanted Felicity because she had a horse and the time period she lived in (1774, for most of the books, i think) was interesting.
after my little ponies i had grand champion horses and i always wanted breyers because they looked real, but they were really expensive. =[
OH, you know what? i totally have a pinterest board of awesome things from my childhood, here: http://pinterest.com/eef_ink/memory/
too fun. =]

Allison December 3, 2011 at 8:11 am

I was a jelly fanatic! Sadly, I lost a pair into the ocean every summer [I’d wear them cause I was scared I’d get my toes pinched by crabs]… I even bought a pair a couple of years ago from Urban Outfitters that I still love [sparkly silver flats] :D

Holly December 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

Ahhhh! Pet Nets- good memories! I had a Rainbow one that I LOVED. I remember when we moved houses the first thing I made SURE was packed was my pet net. Best idea ever. I agree, my kids will need pet nets too :)
& I saw a commercial for the crayon maker recently & I immediately told Craig that if I was younger I would of had that on the TOP of my Christmas list- I LOVED crayons too- 64 box was the best.
Missed you J!!! Sorry for the lacking of commenting, but know I’m still thinking of you! Xo

Lisa Broadley December 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

I loved POPPLES!! I would it by the tail and whip it around!! My mom would get mad thinking it would break off….never did!

jen (your philly ice cream guide) December 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

Class of ’82. Heading to the big 3-0 soon. Yikes!

Something on my wishlist every year but I never got was a rock tumbler. I was kind of a weird, geeky kid. Actually, I still am. :)

Have you ever heard this song by Something Corporate? It’s called “Babies of the 80s”. I think you’ll dig it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYN7xx93aCg

Alayna @ Thyme Bombe December 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

OMG, either I or one of my friends had every single one of those toys! Like you, I also hated dolls. My mom wanted me to collect limited edition Barbies but I was always so disappointed when I got one because I wasn’t even allowed to play with it (had to stay in the display box.) I was a huge My Little Pony fan. Had a special chest for all of my ponies and everything. My friends and I loved to take them out in the woods to their “natural habitat” and play there.

Kristie December 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

Memory Lane Love! I had so many of these. The pet net definitely graced the corner of my bedroom for years. Saved me from the giant pile up of stuffed creatures sitting at the end of my bed. And I still have my Easy Bake Oven… and still pull it out about once a year to make some of the remaining packages of goodies… expiry dates say what?
One time a friend came over and I swear she stole a few of my pound puppies… I was completely enraged. Those things were my pride and joy. I never trusted her again after that one.

Man I miss kids toys!

Roxanne December 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

born in 1964 and all I wanted was dolls. Got more than one! My mom would go all over the world (with her work) and buy me one from each country.

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

I still have mall madness, lol!

Lauren December 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

Oh my. Talk about a blast from the past.

Is it bad I still hoard about half of these things at home? Lol.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats December 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What an awesome flashback. I was such a hoarder of stuffed animals and I had a pet net as well. My step dad is a professional photographer and one year my mom had me sit on the bed and they put all of my stuffed animals around me so only my face was popping out and the bed was completely covered. It was one of the coolest pictures ever. lol.

One of the biggest things that was on my Christmas wish list as a child was an American Doll. I wanted the pioneer one named Kirsten. I remember I was just basically devastated when my cousin and I were measuring her doll against one of my wrapped gifts. Turns out–I got a pink bathrobe instead! :P

mcintosh December 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Cabbage Patch Kid, smelly stickers, neon clothing, jelly bracelets, smurfs, Snoopy SnoCone Maker, Guess jeans, Izod shirts, tretorn sneakers….etc….etc.

Wow can’t believe how much comes back! Thanks (:

I hated dolls too but loved live animals and used to rescue moles/rabbits etc.

Desiree December 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Wow! That was my childhood toy box! I was born in 1981. I always wanted a cash register with the scanner…. I never got it. I loved jelly’s, but my mom hated them…. My feet would smell so bad by the end if the day! Loved my pogo ball too!!!

Alicia December 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I always wanted a water baby doll, it was a doll that was literally just filled with water, and it made the baby feel “real”.
lol I never got it but I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Krissie J December 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I had pound puppies and purries as a kid, as well as Mall Madness. I loved that game. I completely forgot about Popples! I had one (and a Gloworm!). I also had a Teddy Ruxbin (sp?). Ah, good old 90’s toys. My most prized toys as a kid were My Little Ponies though. I hate what they’ve done to them now. :(

Anne Marie December 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Omg!! I use to have everything on this list…. I had completely forgotten about mall madness!!

Bria @ West of Persia December 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Fun trip down memory lane. I remember lots of the same toys and goodies from my growing up. I know so many girls who wanted Easy Bake ovens and never got them. I was one of them. My mom totally scoffed and said, “If you want to bake, you don’t need toys. We have a kitchen. Use the real oven there.” Smart lady.

Kim @livingdomestically December 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

So I’m pretty sure that we should have been BFFs when we were little. I loved ALL of those toys when I was little. I loved my Popples, and wearing my Jelly shoes until they pretty much melted off my feet in the sun. I remember my first pair of heels were Jelly shoes. I used to own every single Babysitter Little Sister and Babysitter books when I was little–and thrilled when they came out with the movie.

and I was pretty much excited when I saw the crayon mixer maker while on the treadmill yesterday. I’m surprised it took Crayola this long to market something that I’m pretty sure everyone has been doing with their broken crayons in muffin tins since I was born.

April December 4, 2011 at 5:06 am

You were so cute!

I had all those toys except for the Babysitter’s Club books :) I had forgotten about the Sylvanians and pet nets. Now i’m sad about my Sylvanian family too. I bet they’re still in my dad’s garage.

I loved my Strawberry Shortcake dolls and house.


Meghan December 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

Omg I had all those except the oven! I loved the Babysitters club, I totally wanted to start one. This post made me smile!!!

Melina B December 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

Janetha! We still totally have Mall Madness! Do you remember how when there was a sale at the kitchen store it said “There’s a sale in the chiiittchen store”? I think we played it too many times and it wore the poor thing out, but other than that it still works!
I loved our Sylvanian Family toys! I remember playing it in your basement for hours! I’ve tried to find them for my nieces and they are no where to be found. And I have no idea where mine went :o( I do still have my popple though and my nieces play with it now. This was such a fun post to read! Thanks for the memories! We really did have an AWESOME childhood!

Ashley December 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

SUCH a hilarious post!!! Mostly because we are about the same age [I think…28?] and I had almost every single item you listed. I didn’t have the pet net and I can’t remember if I had the Sylvanians, but I definitely remember them! The only thing I didn’t want, were the jelly sandles because of how badly they smelled. :) I LOVED mall madness and am pretty sure it’s still in my grandparent’s basement.

Ali Mc December 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

1982 baby right here I seriously had and loved almost every item on that list…I had a pound puppy and I JUST brought up the wuzzles to Colin last night.,…do you remember them??? I had eleroo and butterbear :P

Popples were SWEET!!!! I miss mine and Stacey (the diabetic) was my fav BSC character lol

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Here’s some honest crap…born 1965 (eek), graduated high school the year you were born. SHITTTTT. One day I’ll actually act my age. Ok that’s I lie. I never will.

OK I also must have been asleep that whole time you were growing up b/c the only thing I even remember is the jelly shoes- oh wait you have those now right? they just updated them a little bit and you wear them to the gym? ;-) I remember the easy bake oven b/c I think that’s been around since even before my time.

My wish list: barbie and of course her dream house, a bike (always) and money so that I could go to the galleria myself and cruise around like a typical kid.

Lauren December 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

OMG, we could have been best friends growing up! I still refuse to let my mom give away my mall madness game…it still works! Wow, this post brings back a lot of amazing memories.

Shannon December 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

Wow TOTAL flashback!!! I LOVED my Jellies and Sylvanians! I totally forgot about the koosh balls too! Those were so fun! I used to pull off the strings by accident because I liked stretching them out. I think my absolute favorite toy from that era was my Teddy Ruxpin. I would just get lost in his stories. Then he broke and we had to get rid of him. :( I think I’m only a few weeks younger than you so we’re definitely bound to have many of the same childhood favorites! The 80’s/early 90’s were the BEST times to be a kid!!!

Emily December 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

Also born in ’83. Also 100% OBSESSED with Babysitters Club. Wanted to be Stacey (she was obviously the coolest) was really more of a Mary Anne. Now, I think I am glad of that!
I wanted a Nintendo. The original. My cousins had one. I got a note from Santa (written in gold ink!) saying that he had just given the last one to a little boy in FL. :(

Christin December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I was born in 82, so I had or had on my wish list a lot of the same things you did! I even owned that exact Popple you pictured! I was also REALLY into the American Girl’s Collection…I had (and still have) Samantha and Felicity…even though I look like Kirsten :)

Cassy December 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm

this is a rad post.
i loved EVERYTHING you wanted!!!!!!! our childhood was soo rad!

Toronto Girl West December 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

lol I thought you were younger than me but our lists are surprisingly similar! :P

The only thing I didn’t get that I ALWAYS wanted as a kid was the Fisher Price kitchen. That’s definitely on my list!!!!

natalie (the sweets life) December 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

my sisters and I STILL pull out Mall MAdness and play it at home when we’re all together–way too fun :)

elise December 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

i think i used to cry when i got clothes for christmas. i HATED clothes.

i think soon everyone is just going to get amazon giftcards for presents. then you can get anything.

Janetha December 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

hahah. dude. i was taking photos of little kids with santa for 3 hours last night and everyone asked for ipads, ipods, iphones, and itouches. also, this girl asked for something, and then she says to santa: “you can find it on amazon.com!”


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

It’s funny how some trends stick around and others disappear really fast. I was born in 1990 and I remember Caboodles, Koosh balls, Easy Bake Ovens, jelly sandals and Mall Madness…others included Furbies (I hated them), Tomagotchis, American Girl dolls and Beanie Babies. Of course.

Carly D. @ CarlyBananas December 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I loved Mall Madness. Also, I grew up in the same town that Crayola crayons are made. We used to go on field trips to the factory every single year when I was in elementary school. And everyone who made crayons there looked positively miserable (probably because they stirred hot wax 8 hours a day). It made me dislike crayons and I would only color with markers or colored pencils.
I desperately wanted an American Girl doll but they were too expensive.

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