10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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10 Things That Made 90s Summers All That (And a Bag of Chips)

It was 1996. School was out for the summer. And there we were, red Squeez-Its in hand, taking a much-deserved break from our latest MC Hammer trampoline choreography. I’d seen a million days like this—though we did throw some No Doubt, Will Smith, and Aqua into the dance mix for good measure—and I’d see what felt like a million more.

But then the 90s ended and things changed. Frosted tips were out, and so were my perfect childhood summers. But if I could bring just 10 things back from those beautiful days, you bet it’d be these.

90s summer fun

1. Rollerblading—Duh. The quintessential form of exercise, mode of transportation, and reason for road rash of the 90s.

2. Trampoline sleepovers—Waking up sweating in your sleeping bag, smashed on every side because the eeny-meeny-miny-mo gods condemned you to the middle spot…again. And—bonus—there were no concerns about four young girls being snatched from the un-fenced side yard.

3. Boy Meets World—Because let’s face it, Girl Meets World just isn’t cutting it and nothing could ever represent the definitively 90s neighborhood vibes better than Eric yelling Feeeeeeeeeney out the back door.

4. Land lines—Yes, the prank calling was best done with the provocative risk of a parent answering, but what I really want back is the idea of not being at everyone else’s beck and call 1440 minutes a day (that’s all of them, by the way) because of the blessed/cursed mass propagation of the cell phone.

5. All-day play dates—That were never called that. It was called life. You left in the morning and, so long as you came home at night, what you did in between was a time warp left to your imagination. So many adventures that could never happen with today’s structured “play” regimen.

6. The community pool—Do these still exist? I mean, the way they used to? With the entire family there, picnicking between high dives and underwater somersaulting contests?

7. The Skip-It—Obviously the ankle cuts were worth it, but “the very best part of aaaaaaall, there’s a <pause> counter on this ball!!” I’ll never forget that jam. And was there a greater accomplishment than outskipping your BFFs? I think not.

90s summer skipit

8. Reasonable pay for family chores—There was over half an acre of grass on our property and if I mowed the entire thing, I earned $9. That would now be a job for professionals with a trailer full of equipment and they’d charge $100. Ugh. What has happened to slave child labor?

9. Caboodles—How else would you carry your Polly Pocket collection, LipSmackers, and Pogs all at the same time??

10. Innocence—And not just mine. But the world’s. Sure, there was OJ. And the Lewinsky stuff. And… Well, maybe it wasn’t all the best, but as a kid, it wasn’t shoved in our faces like today. We were ignorantly blissful for the most part, like kids should get to be.

 

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

Every year our family throws a big Super Bowl party.  To be honest, I like sports but I’m not much of a sports fan. However, I do like parties! With 4 crazy-hyper kids that need to be included, I spend a lot of time thinking about food, games and fun.  Here are my favorite Super Bowl party ideas to keep the sports-lovers, haters and littles involved and happy during your big Super Bowl party.

 

SUPER BOWL BINGO

Bingo is a MUST! We keep kid and adult prizes for the first one to call out Bingo. This is anything from a special drink, candy, or a dollar-store toy.

SheKnows has put together a fabulous set of Bingo cards. Visit their site HERE then click on each card to print. It’s important to print each card to have variety for the Bingo cards. Print on cardstock to make stronger cards.

 

SUPER BOWL ‘GET UP AND MOVE’ GAMES

Just because the Super Bowl party is where you sit and watch TV doesn’t mean you can’t do anything else. We like to keep things moving for those that get tired of sitting (or the game, wink-wink), as well as the goo-gobs of kids we have running around.

This game is named FACE GOAL!

You’ll need two players and mini stuffed footballs (I’m not opposed to using marshmallows either). Have one player stand about 10 yards away from the other player and give them a bucket of small footballs. The second player will stand with their hands upright in field goal/touchdown position. To play, the first player must hike footballs (like hiking a football) underneath their legs into the the field goal of the other person, without hitting them in the face. The footballs only count if they go through the player’s arms, not above or around them. First team to hike 7 footballs through the field goal wins. 

Click here to see more hilarious minute-to-win-it party games.

Source: www.playpartyplan.com

 

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION GAME

31 questions of guessing fun! Winner is the person with the most correct answers! Make it a little more fun by asking guests to bring $1 for their card — winner takes the pool!

Print your Super Bowl Predictions Card Game here. (courtesy PartyGamesNow.com)

 

 

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL BINGO

We make a hard rule in our house that no Super Bowl commercials can be watched BEFORE the game. What’s the fun in that?! This makes commercial bingo even more exciting on game day.

Print your Super Bowl Commercial Bingo cards here.

 

 

PERSONAL VEGGIE AND DIP CUPS

I have done personal veggie and dip cups the past few years and love them.These keep little hands out of the community dunking bowl (let’s be honest–where have their hands been?!).  It also creates less stress for those that just can’t take double-dippers and let’s ranch lovers bask in the joy of their own ranch (add more if you want!)

Source: www.chef-in-training.com

 

FOOTBALL BROWNIES

I love to have something that the kids can help me with. They really like getting involved in all the decorating ahead of time, but I also try to find an easy “thing” they can do while all the adults are mingling. We have loved creating football brownies. These are pretty easy because all you need is a football shaped cookie cutter! Make your brownies ahead of time and cut the shapes out (or let the kids do this part if they can). Buy pre-made frosting in tubes and let the kids decorate as footballs!

Source: www.bettycrocker.com

 

CUSTOMIZED SUPER BOWL DECORATIONS (PRINTABLE)

A Super Bowl party isn’t a party unless you have team logos and colors everywhere! Sure you could go spend a fortune at the party store, but why when the wizards of the internet have FREE printables all over the place…and they are darling! Check out these awesome printables from Second Chance to Dream.

Click here for the full list and links to printables.

 

Still need some more decoration ideas? Check out Spaceships and Laser Beams for 100+ FREE Super Bowl Party Printables. CLICK HERE to check them out!

 

What are your plans for the Super Bowl? Share your favorite party recipes, games and more in the comments below!

 

KinderPerfect is the New ‘Cards Against Humanity’ but for Parents (You WANT This!)

KinderPerfect is the new Cards Against Humanity, but for Parents.  If you need something to keep you and your fellow parents entertained through the holiday get-togethers, cabin trips and late-nights, this is the game for you!  This game was inspired by sleep deprivation and too many episodes of freaking Dora the Explorer.

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

KinderPerfect is simple and hilarious.  A person selects a red card and the players submit from their hand a white card that they think the red-card holder will like that ideally somehow matches the phrase on the red card.  The holder of the red card selects a winner from the white cards, and that winner gets to keep the red card.  The object of the game is to win the most red cards.

 

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Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

KinderPerfect was created by Washington DC-based husband and wife team Amy and Wayan Vota. The couple was inspired by their daughters — nine-year-old Hanalei and eight-year-old Archer — to put a parenting twist on Cards Against Humanity. “My wife and I loved playing Cards Against Humanity but we felt the cards didn’t really speak to our experience as parents,” Wayan tells Scary Mommy. “What are the true reasons why Mommy drinks? I’m going to put puke, pee, and Calliou.”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

The couple started creating their own parenting-themed cards to mix in to their Cards Against Humanity deck. Soon their parent friends were having so much fun with the made up cards that the group found themselves playing exclusively with their own cards. After a super successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $20,000 from 800 backers  you can now order KinderPerfect on Amazon, without even making the trip to Target.

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

 

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Vota says thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, they had no problems coming up with hilarious question and answer options for the original 210 card deck. “We had over 800 parents give us 7,000 card ideas — it was crazy,” he says. “Ask parents, ‘What drives you mad?’ and they’ll have a few answers.”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

Using actual KinderPerfect players as sounding boards for ideas, the Votas worked to come up with new cards that could create answers that aren’t just funny but “perfectly cringeworthy.” Vota explains that the game is so fun because these cards echo the natural humor we parents deal with day in and day out. He says his goal was to create cards that would have players saying, “‘Oh dear God, let’s stop and have a conversation about the time I had to deal with a poop mural.’”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

You can grab the original deck right now, or you can pre-order the brand new 400 card deck that drops next week and have it arrive in time for Thanksgiving Break!  I know what we’ll be playing at our annual Eat-All-the-Thanksgiving-Leftovers-Now Feast!

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15 Smart Gift Ideas For Your Kids

We’re crazy about gifts that get our kids brains and bodies moving (check out our Gifts To Get Kids Outside gift guide). Here are some of our top gift ideas that your kids will love and that you can feel really good about!

Smart Gifts For Their Brains!

Science Academy Slime Lab

Get ready for ooey, gooey, slime-splatting polymer science with the Science Academy’s Slime Lab! Slimy stuff is EVERYWHERE! Our bodies make slime, animals make slime, even plants are great at creating gooey ooze. This entertaining kit makes it fun, easy and safe to make a variety of slimes and learn about the chemistry that occurs behind the scenes.

{This one is for my child who loves all things gross}

Science Academy Slime Lab

Snap Circuits

Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts

{An Amazon Best Seller + The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval} 

Snap Circuits {Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products}

Science Academy Bath Bomb Lab 

This kit offers multiple recipe options to experiment with, giving you options for different sizes, colors and scents, and even the ability to create a super bath bomb for ultimate fizzy fun.

{This is for my girl who has always loved potions!}

Bath Bomb Lab

 

Dig It Up! Minerals and Fossils 

A different surprise lies inside each of these clay stones, just waiting to be discovered. Simply chisel away the stone to excavate petrified wood, fool’s gold, amethyst, snowflake obsidian and 8 other minerals and fossils.

{A great gift that your kids can do together}

Dig It Up Fossils and Minerals Set

 Color Daze Books

Have any kids that need to chill out? The intricate details help you focus and relax. It’s science. 

Color Daze Coloring Books

 

Tegu Circuit Racer

Complete with a charging station and magnetic plug, this aerodynamic runabout can go from zero to fun in 3 seconds and is adaptable to any situation, big or small.  Oh, and unlike any other vehicle, it runs on a totally renewable, endless power supply: your imagination. Circuit Racer includes 12 blocks in 7 shapes: 2 Long Planks, 2 Short Planks, 4 Wheels, 1 Charging Station, 1 Charging Plug, 1 Circuit Racer Front, and 1 Circuit Racer Rear.

Tegu Circuit Racer

 

Paint Your Own Porcelain Flower Pots 

Just paint and bake! This is one-of-a-kind art that’s both fun and functional. {And it’s the kind of arts and crafts that you’ll actually want to hang on to!}

Paint Your Own Flower Pots

 Telescopes For Kids

Telescopes for even the smallest scientists! From focus free toddler friendly telescopes to higher powered stuff for your school aged kids, telescopes are the perfect gift!

Telescope For Kids

 

Microscopes For Kids

We got our 1st grader a microscope for her birthday and it’s been her favorite thing.

{Last time she cut her finger she quickly asked for her microscope so she could see the blood}

amscope-microscope

Audible Books

How about an app you actually feel good about for your kids devices? We love audible books for the car, while we’re doing chores, or simply when I hear “I’m bored”!  Audio books are great for your kids that complain about reading. Hearing a story is also great for their brains! 

Audible Books For Kids

 

Marbles

For super fun games like the Marble Run or the Traditional Marble Game that boost your child’s hand-eye coordination and develop useful fine motor skills!

{A great stocking stuffer}

marbles

Dominos

  • Fun number tile matching game and math manipulatives
  • Practice basic math, counting, and sorting skills
  • Dominoes are color-coded
  • Includes 168 dominoes (six double-six sets), storage bucket, and Activity Guide
  • Fun for ages 5+

 

Dominos

Card Games

These classic card games help build important skills like counting, sequencing, matching & social interaction.

Classic Card Games

Melissa & Doug Solar System Puzzle

Puzzle promote hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. Plus, we just love Outer Space. You can snag this puzzle or any of these smart puzzle ideas for a great {and inexpensive} gift to put under the tree. 

Solar System Puzzle

 

3D Printer For Kids

A fully-featured 3D printer that’s safe & simple for kids and adults to unleash their creativity.

{Currently a crowdfunding campaign so you may have to wait, but we think this is the COOLEST!}

 

 What would you add to this list?

 

 

16 Halloween Pinterest Food Fails

Look, the holiday season kicks off with Halloween, right? With it come all the cutesy posts about holiday food and traditions and PINTEREST MIGHT EXPLODE WITH TUTORIALS AND HOLIDAY INSPO!

Let’s all reap the rewards and start this holiday season off right by treating ourselves to some Halloween Pinterest food fails I spotted on Delish.

Enjoy…

zombiefingers

Really you only need one finger to express how you really feel.

vampireteethcookies

Crushed it, really.

pumpkinricekrispies

Always a family favorite.

pbcupspiders

This is because cookies and arachnids should NEVER EVEN BE IN THE SAME SENTENCE. JUST NO.

swirlcookies

I really don’t know if the “before” or “after” is worse. Both look a little like too much like a solid acid trip down Haight and Ashbury lane.

halloweenpancakes

Note to self, work on ghost pancake skills, stat.

skullandcrossbones

I don’t need my bacon to be scary. Bacon is happy. BACON IS ALWAYS HAPPY!

monstereyes

I can barely gird up my loins to even make my kids hot chocolate in the first place. Why would I put eyeballs in it to make things more difficult? Short answer? I wouldn’t.

minicaramelapples

I do love caramel apples. why do they have to be mini? Why does everything have to be mini these days???

mummydogs

Let’s be real, my kids would absolutely eat these anyway. Pigs in a blanket, disturbing looking mummies in a blanket, same diff.

skeletoncookie

Blame it on the alt, alt, alt, altitude!

bundtcake

What even are bundt cakes anyway? If I’m gonna eat a cake, I want to eat a cake WITHOUT a hold in the middle. Give me all the cake!

pumpkinpretzels

I personally have tried dipping pretzels in chocolate on many occasions AND IT BEATS ME EVERY TIME. Moral of the story, I don’t hold anyone accountable for these results.

octopuspie

This looks like you need to have an expert level pie baker’s certificate to even attempt so, I’m not gonna. Also, there are many inappropriate jokes to be made based off of octopus pie, and for that reason alone I cannot abide.

whitechocolatebananapops

Again, dipping objects in chocolate is not in my skill set. Bananas and other objects and foods are no exception.

candycorncookies

People, let’s just leave the candy corns alone. They are meant to be put into a snack mix with peanuts and pb m&m’s and put into my mouth, not baked into cookies.

Stay tuned for Thanksgiving Fails, my friends. It’s coming. And I personally, cannot wait.

Free Batman Mask and Activity Printables

Do you know that Saturday, September 26 marks the return of BATMAN DAY, the celebration of the world’s most popular Super Hero. In honor of the Caped Crusader, thousands of comic book shops, bookstores, schools, libraries and other retail partners will be featuring all things Batman from comics to video games galore.

batman day

We’ve got some printables from DC Comics to make Batman Day (and every other day for Batman fans) even better! These printables are perfect for your Batman birthday party, a rainy afternoon, or really, anytime your little “Batfan” shines the bat signal.

DOWNLOAD FULL BATMAN PRINTABLE SET HERE

Batman Mask Printables

Printable Batman Mask, Perfect for Batman Birthday Party Ideas or just for play!

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Printable Batman Mask Birthday Party Ideas: Batman Masks

LEGO Batman Wordfind

LEGO Batman Word Find Printable

Batman Coloring Sheet

Free Printable Batman Coloring Sheet

Batman Coloring Activity Page

Free Batman Printables - Perfect for Birthday Parties!

Batman Printable Activity Page: Detect the Differences

Batman Activity Printable: Spot the Differences

Batman Coloring Page: Keeping Gotham City Safe!

Batman Coloring Page

Bat Detective Decoder Activity

Bat Detective Decoder Batman Activity Page

Printable Batman Word Scramble

Printable Batman Word Scramble

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Free Batman Printables