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    35 Things From The '80s That Women Now Between The Ages Of 36–45 Used To Do

    "OMG, this was my life as a kid!" —You, reading this post.

    1. Dreaming one day of having a tree house just like Punky's on Punky Brewster:

    A exterior shot of a tree with Punky's colorful tree house on top of it

    2. Owning a bunch of Smurf PVC figures that you had no idea where they came from (but that you absolutely loved):

    Three dozen Smurf PVC toys in a pile

    3. And owning a bunch of Fisher-Price Little People that you had no idea where they came from (but that you absolutely loved):

    A pile of plastic Fisher-Price Little People from the 1980s

    4. Having the Fisher-Price Little People Family Playhouse be both for your Little People and other PVC figures, like the Smurfs — since in your head, they all lived in the same universe:

    A Tudor style Fisher-Price Little People Family Playhouse

    5. Being entertained by playing with your paper dolls for like 10 minutes, tops:

    A Jem and the Holograms paper doll book

    6. Being grossed out by the taste of the stickers in the Sticker Fun coloring books:

    A Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, and Poochie Sticker Fun book from the 1980s

    7. Always being scared that these were going to pop off your head and hurt someone:

    Two boxes of ponytail holders from the 1980s

    8. Wearing ruffled socks like these:

    A photo of a kid and her white canvas shoes wearing white ribbed ruffled socks

    9. And wearing fancy ruffled socks whenever you went to a party or anywhere ~fancy~:

    A white sock with a large pageant style ruffle

    10. Playing your favorite tapes on this exact player:

    A late-'80s salmon pink Sharp boombox

    11. Owning a bunch of Care Bear books — which always felt a little preachy, but were cute:

    A collection of Care Bears books

    12. Knowing you were going to get an Icee if you went to Target or K-Mart with your parents:

    A classic Icee cup with plastic red Icee on top and a red and white straw

    13. Owning either the ballerina jewelry box...

    An open jewelry box with a flower pattern on the outside and with teal cloth interior and a tiny ballerina in front of mirror

    14. ...or one that looked like this (that also doubled as a Barbie dresser during playtime):

    A white jewelry box with drawers on one side and a glass door on the other to hang necklaces and bracelets on

    15. Using Baby Magic baby lotion that came in bottles that looked like this:

    A collection of six Baby Magic baby lotion in pink with '80s-ish font

    16. Thinking you were oh-so-grown up when you finally got a pair of lace-up ankle roller skates :

    A pair of '80s Barbie lace-up rollerskates

    17. And thinking Swatch watches were the chicest watches around:

    A close up of the face of a Swatch Watch

    18. Having a pretty bedsheet set that looked like it was straight out of a Laura Ashley catalog:

    A blue and white flower pillow case with a ruffle

    19. Using Sparkle Crest for Kids toothpaste and low-key being tempted to eat it (it had no right to taste that sweet):

    A screen shot from a commercial of Sparkle Crest for Kids tube flying through the sky

    20. Carrying all your Chuck E. Cheese tokens in their waxy soda cups:

    An orange and brown Chuck E. Cheese cup from the '80s with Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre written on it

    21. Never really playing Pictionary like you were supposed to and basically just doodling on the pads:

    A red box from the '80s of Pictionary Junior

    22. Thinking you were a FASHION DESIGNER 'cause of Fashion Plates:

    A Fashion Plates play set from the early '80s

    23. Watching Dynasty with your mom or grandma and having no idea what was going on, but being invested in the over-the-top drama — as well as having to close your eyes during the sex scenes:

    A photo from Dynasty of Crystal, Blake, Dex, and Alexis standing the living room of the Carrington manor

    24. Knowing that, even by '80s standards, Small Wonder had BAD special effects and was also budget-looking:

    A screenshot of Jamie yelling at Vicki the Robot as Joan looks on

    25. Playing with your Sea Wees during bath time — which were friends with My Little Pony ponies, your other bath time toys:

    A Sea Wee mermaid doll with white hair and green streak

    26. Wanting a Ben Cooper character Halloween costume and regretting it when you went trick-or-treating 'cause the mask would barely let you see and breathe:


    27. Totally wanting to kick ass like She-Ra:

    She-Ra riding of Swift Wing while flying through the air

    28. And liking the Misfits over Jem and the Holograms (LBH, their songs were way better and they were legit rock stars):

    A screenshot of the Misfits from the cartoon

    29. Thinking Breyers Viennetta was the fanciest dessert you could eat:

    A screenshot of a Breyers Viennetta ice cream cake from the commercial for it

    30. And thinking that Grey Poupon was something only rich people ate:

    A screenshot of one hand handing another hand a jar of Grey Poupon with "One of life's finer pleasures" written underneath it from the commercial for it

    31. Feeling cool whenever you wore these pen bracelets (even if they weren't great for writing with):

    32. Wanting a Power Pad for your Nintendo, even if you had no idea what the hell you could play with it:

    A Power Pad extended on a wood floor

    33. Thinking you were cool and grown-up because you read Girl Talk books:

    A stack of six pink "Girl Talk" books

    34. Debating where you would stick your SandyLion stickers (especially the ballerina slipper ones):

    Six iridescent SandyLion ballet slipper stickers still on the sticker strip

    35. And finally, dealing with the struggle of putting your Popple into its ball shape:

    A yellow Popple stuffed animal