Today’s kids will never know…

Every time I step into a restaurant or a pub these days, I see kids either on their smart phones, or sat watching something or playing a game on their iPad. It made me think a lot about how much times have changed since I was a child. Today’s kids will never know, the struggle of the 90’s kids. It was fun to look back, it’s easy to forget the simple things from our childhood. Well, fellow 90’s babies I’d like to remind you…

today's kids will never know

Today’s kids will never know…

Dial up internet.
Back in the days when the internet had its very own theme tune, you’d be having a crucial conversation on MSN messenger, when suddenly, the internet goes off because SOMEBODY answered the phone. “MUM PUT THE PHONE DOWN”

The little red and white striped, strawberry flavoured sweet, a staple item for long car journeys (with your gameboy), or your parents made you take a giant share bag of them into class after you’d been on holiday and you felt like some sort of sweet god, dishing out freebies upon your return…

No, No… I’m on about the good old Nickelodeon. You know the one back in the day that showed the likes of The Rugrats, The Amanda Show, Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Hey Arnold, and Recess! Today’s kids will never know such great shows, am I right?

The struggle between going to school or letting your tamagotchi die. Sneaking in a quick five minutes during break time to feed it (if your school hadn’t banned them that is) Or been woken up three times a night. Those Tamagotchi’s sure were pretty demanding, but the best toy ever.

When Beanie Babies came to McDonalds
You got a free Beanie Baby with every McDonalds happy meal, they were worth their weight in gold, you weren’t really hungry you just wanted another Beanie Baby, the fear of getting one you already had was REAL.

Inflatable sticky furniture.
Who didn’t have a neon colour inflatable sofa or chair at some point? They were great until you went to get up off of them and you were stuck because they’d stick to you like crazy and you could never get off them gracefully, ever.

Who loves Orange Soda?
Today’s kids will never know the answer to this question… So here it is. Kel loves orange soda. Is it trueeee? MHMMM. I do-I do-I do-ooo. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) p.s I put the screw in the tuna.

Not real aliens, of course. I’m on about those ones in the little plastic eggs, that everyone went nuts for. They promised if you stuck two aliens together it would make an alien baby. This was all LIES. My brother got so (understandably) frustrated and angry he launched his alien into the air where it landed on our garage wall. Sadly it was too high to get it down, so he frazzled in the summer sun and the mark is still there to be seen today, R.I.P gold alien.

Owning a chipped Playstation 1.
Was the best thing ever, playing Spyro and Crash bandicoot and of course Tomb Raider, I mean who didn’t lock the butler in the freezer?!

Did you sing that in your head? Another amazing game console, I loved Micro Machines, Streets of Rage and The Lion King.

The torture of The BN, BN biscuits advert.
If you finished that sentence off with.. do, do, do, do, doo. You’re welcome.

Baby Born
Ah, the best doll of all time, she cried real tears, and had to wear an actual nappy for when she went to the toilet. I remember seeing this in the aisles of Toys R US and hoping I got it on Christmas morning, Baby born, Baby bornnnnn.

Flipping open their phone to answer it.
After my beloved Nokia 3410, I had a Motorola V220, a flip phone, but the best flip phone of all time was the pink Motorola Razr! Today’s kids will never know pressing a button three times just to get the letter / number you need. Texting took a lifetime.

When your mum made Turkey dinosaurs / twizzlers and potato smiles for tea.
Tea time in the 90’s was just epic.

There are so many other things I could say, this was such a fun blog post to write. What did you think of the things that today’s kids will never know? Do you recognise any of them? Feel free to leave your own in the comments 🙂



  1. September 11, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Well, wasn’t this a throwback! I can’t believe my future kids will never know the Joy of having a TY Toy! Crazy! X

    • TY Fan
      September 19, 2015 / 4:21 am

      Why not? TY still make plenty of toys including Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos! They’re adorable, go check them out! 🙂

  2. September 11, 2015 / 10:36 am

    This article really made me smile 🙂 I used to love Keenan and Kel so much that I would pretend to be too ill for school so that I could watch it!

    *sigh* it makes me miss being young enough to have no responsabilities!

    Issie x

  3. September 11, 2015 / 10:36 am

    This post really made me smile, it took me back load! I remember Saturday mornings watching Live & Kicking and SMTV, Kinder eggs and potato smiles and turkey dinosaurs were just the BEST!
    Ah BN BN, I actually got kicked out of my history class for singing the theme tune as I ate it! Good times.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  4. September 11, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Oh those biscuits! I miss them haha.

  5. September 11, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Campino’s and Tamagotchi’s OMG! Miss them so much. I’ve spotted BN’s in Asda recently and every time I see them I sing the flipping song! haha. I love this post, the little rubber aliens! This post is brilliant! xx

  6. September 11, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Aww memories!! I was trying to impress this guy I liked at a party that had inflatable chairs (neon blue -stay classy) but when I got up my trousers made such an awful farting noise against the rubber he made the quickest getaway ever! X

  7. September 11, 2015 / 11:06 am

    This post has made me realise how much kids these days are missing out on. I now have an absolute craving for Campino’s, BN’s. and turkey twizzlers. Oh my days, I would kill for some turkey twizzlers right now. SMTV too, I miss Ant, Dec and Cat. Kids will never know, haha.

  8. September 11, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I forgot about beanie babies in MacDonalds! Do you remember those weird alien things in the egg? And shops like mk1 and Tammy girl!

  9. September 11, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Omg I put the screw in the tuna made me giggle so much =]

  10. September 11, 2015 / 11:24 am

    OMG! Your post made me smile so much. I’d forgotten half that stuff.
    Got me thinking about other stuff kids these days miss out on, like curby!

  11. September 11, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Oh goodness yes I remember a lot of these wow! I feel so old ? ? great post as always becky! xoxo

  12. September 11, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Omg the campino sweets are SUCH a good one! I’d completely forgotten they existed. And I’ve been meaning to buy myself a new tamagotchi for a while, they’re not too expensive. Although I remember saving up for AGES for my first one when I was like 11 haha

  13. September 11, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    This is such a great post that brings back so many memories. Dial up Internet is something I completely forgot about, I used to love the sound it made. I also remember the Alien craze, and the lies about getting them pregnant. I used to get really upset because mine never got pregnant. Tamargotchi’s were massive at my school, until they were banned. This post has definitely given me the feels.

    Beth x

  14. September 11, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    This has made me so nostalgic! I always wanted a Motorola Razr but I had a Nokia 6111 (in pink, of course)

  15. Soph
    September 11, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    I remember every single thing you said haha.. Amazing!


  16. September 11, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    This post is THE ultimate blast from the past! Love it! x

  17. September 11, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    The best day was when we found out you could exchange your free beanie baby from the happy meals for a different one if you already had it! Lots of coercing of McDonalds staff in my day haha.

    I loved those aliens as well, I recently saw one in The Range for £1.99 and you have no idea how tempted I was… thank you for this tremendous throw back of a post!

    Little Green Fancy – New Lifestyle / Vegan Blog!

  18. September 11, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Ahh so many memories!! I’m so glad I had a ‘proper’ fun childhood without all the media absorption. Have you seen the The Goldberg’s? It’s set in the 80’s and is so funny! x

  19. September 11, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Those Campino’s bring back so many memories!! I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for these now!

    Simply Michelle xo.

  20. September 11, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Oh my god, the nostalgia. I loved growing up in the 90’s. It is sad to know that kids today won’t experience life without the internet or social media etc etc. They will never know the struggles of dial up haha. How dare Mum need to use the phone? Great post xx

  21. September 11, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    So much nostalgia, it’s hard to remember life before the internet LOL and I remember the Beanie Babies at McDonalds I think that’s all we ate for a few weeks!

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

  22. September 11, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    This post is just amazing! It’s made me really want to buy a ps1! I loooooved Sypro, Crash & Tomb Raider – my 3 favourite games on the playstation! & the alients and inflatable chairs! Ahhhh! I had a groovy chick inflatable chair!

  23. September 11, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    oh wow! Lots f nostalgia haha. Those camping sweets are the best! And by the way.. Marks and spencer do their own version!

  24. September 11, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    I loved this post hun – absolute genius! I remember when I opened my Baby Born on Christmas morning – I was so excited!! A few other things I remember from my childhood – Pokemon cards, As told by Ginger, Blue Peter/CBBC, Sylvanian Families, Barbie or Sindy – which one is best?! Pogs! 40 40 In (a game we used to play EVERY playtime at school!) Ah, so many memories! Thanks for reminding me 🙂

    Jenny xx

  25. September 11, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    hahah, so many memories. It is such shame kids have no idea how fun these things were back in a day, no iPad can replace these toys.

  26. September 11, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    I still play Spyro! Bloody love it! I play it about once a year just to remind myself what a legendary game it was! The graphics are so terrible but so great all at the same time!

    October Eleven

  27. September 11, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    I loved this post! Well, kids these days are totally missing out in my eyes. This brings back so many memories. And now I really feel like eating these BN cookies again.

  28. September 11, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    All of these take me right back to my childhood, I was addicted to Spyro I swear!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  29. Charlotte
    September 11, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    This post made me so happy in a haze of nostalgia. I had that pink flip out Motorola and thought I was the coolest thing! And now I’m craving Campinos!

  30. September 11, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    I used to love my Tamagotchis! I also remember the frustration of the internet cutting off because someone answered the phone, or me ringing a friend and then getting shouted at by everyone because the internet had stopped working! The good old days 🙂

  31. September 11, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Oh my god – take me back to the 90’s already! I miss those days and I think it’s really sad to see how much things have changed. There’s too much technology out there now and people are not connected how they used to be.

    I mean children don’t go out and play anymore – they’re all inside playing games and glued to their smartphones or tablets!

    Kenan and Kel, I loved that show and always wanted orange soda, Spyro (what a game) the tamagochi (how cute was it though) and those sweets – ahhhhh good old days up north! 🙂

    Layla xx

  32. September 11, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I completely forgot about having to press keys two or three (or even four) times to text. I loved beany babies!

  33. September 11, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    This is a post of JOY. Kenan and Kel was watched DAILY in my household, after Hey Arnold of course. And even As Told By Ginger. Did I mention Sabrina the Teenage Witch? And the glory that was teatime BBC2 with The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air back to back. I’ll stop before I get more carried away but my point is, this post is the bomb. 90s ftw.

  34. September 11, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I remember so much of this! I loved Campinos, but couldn’t eat them when my brother had a severe allergic reaction to them 😮

  35. September 11, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    Oh my god, so much nostalgia here! I used to LOVE getting a McDonalds to get my beanie baby – the toys now just aren’t the same!

    And I’m SO glad BN biscuits are back! I will forever watch the Rugrats, even now!

    Brilliant post!

    Musings & More

  36. September 12, 2015 / 12:57 am

    Love this list! I remember having inflatable furniture and thinking it was so cool LOL. Brings back memories 🙂

  37. September 12, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I remember all of these! I literally had about 5 tamagotchi’s all at one time at one point.. I dropped one down the drain once and I was DISTRAUGHT.
    I still occasionally buy turkey dinosaurs and smiley faces and have them for tea sometimes!

  38. Alice
    September 13, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Hi Becky,

    Can you please let me know what/how you do your ‘wish list’ photos? How do you montage all the photos together and number the pics? Thanks in advance 🙂

  39. September 13, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Oh my God, so much nostalgia! 😀 I remember my cousin having a pink blow up chair, and we would sit on it in her shed/her clubhouse and if you sat on the chair, you were the coolest one. xD

    Oh the days, I miss being a kid. 😛

  40. September 14, 2015 / 3:12 am

    Freakin’ Tamagotchi’s, man. Mine drove me insane, but I took it everywhereeee.
    That and my Baby Born. Oh lordy.

    Christie’s Take on Life. x

  41. September 14, 2015 / 4:00 am

    Oh my gosh I laughed so hard at the Tomb Raider reference.
    I actually still have my Sega and STILL play Lion King on it every now and then. So much fun to bring those memories back.

  42. Sharon Peters
    September 14, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Ha this made me reminisce- my daughter is 25 and has about 350 beanie babies in the loft – I mean the bears were soooo collectable! And campinos! I’d forgotten all about those! Great post!

  43. September 14, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    This post brought back so many memories…I miss being a child and all the fun that I had in the 90/00’s!!

    Sarah xo || See The Stars

  44. September 14, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Oh the memories! Good times in deed. You can also add CDs and CD players to the list. I know a lot of people younger than me who have never played music on a CD player. Lol I have also seen quite a few people who still use flip phones, and some of them are not so old.

  45. September 15, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    There are days when I miss my Tamagotchi so bad. Seriously. If I found it, I would probably buy batteries for it and play it again hah. I wish I was kidding. My house doesn’t allow pets, and I miss them SO BAD.

  46. September 17, 2015 / 9:23 am

    Wow this really took me back, I am 26 so I remember all of the things on your list in great detail. I am still looking for a Campino replacement…

  47. September 21, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    Ah, the nostalgia hit me hard in this post. What ever happened to those delicious red and white swirly candies?! They were sooo good!!

  48. haru yamada
    September 23, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    All these stuff are so nostalgic. To confess I think I still have some ty toys tucked away in the garage. They can probably do with some fresh air and sunshine…

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