I was born in 1981 and I LOVED almost everything about the 80's. Even though they were a hot mess, I think that's why we love them so much.

I was a bookworm. I always had a book with me (and I still do). I'm not going to list all of the classic literature I read, but I am to list the fun books that I collected and spent most of my allowance on.

TOYS- I LOVED 'My Little Ponies'. I had so many.

Then there was 'Lite Brite'. The hours I would spend poking these little colored things into a piece of paper was insane. But man, did I love it.

The animal lover in me was obsessed with 'Pound Puppies'. I felt so bad for them because they were in the 'pound'. I had to adopt them all.

Care Bears. Oh man. My favorite was 'Bedtime Bear', I slept with him every night.

Who didn't love Teddy Ruxpin??!

Playdough was my everything, lol.

Nintendo. My entire world changed.

Simon. Man. I swear I can still beat anyone at this game!!

Ok, while I know 'Kool-Aid Points' weren't actually toys, you could save them up and buy the coolest things. I boughtall my spy equipment with these ;-)

Cartoons.Where do I even begin?? There were so many that I loved, but i'll only pick a few:

He-Man and She-Ra- I wanted to live on Eternia and
protect the castle Grayskull. And I really wanted to a Unicorn called Swit Horn. I'm still waiting.

Rainbow Brite. A little orphan girl named Wisp is taken by an unknown force to the Colorless world. She rescues the seven 'color kids' (one for each color of the rainbow) and finds the Color Belt which would shoot out color sparkles, in order to defeat the 'bad guys'.

Jem and the Holograms: I so loved this show, but I don't know which band I wanted to be in more, Jem and the Holograms or The Misfits. They were so badass. Hehehe.

Alvin and the Chipmunks (and The Chipettes): You couldn't help but sing along to these badass chipmunks. I also loved the Chipettes, who lived in a tree!?

Duck Tales were the best!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Never have I wanted to go down into the sewers, eat a million pizzas, talk to a rat, wear a mask and fight off an evil dude named 'The Shreddar', more than I did after watching these amazing turtles!

Fraggle Rock was another favorite. All I wanted to do was visit that world!

Ok, now let's get into the sitcoms that shaped my young brain. It seems as though the 80's (and early 90's) had better shows. I don't know, maybe i'm biased, but who knows..

The Cosby Show was obviously amazing. Everyone knows this. It taugh young kid's valuable lessons and at the same time, it entertained the hell out of you. I still watch it whenever I see it on ;-)

Family Ties was another family favorite. Alex P. Keaton was my hero and crush. I loved how he was so into being a Republican, yet he had ex-hippie parents. Perfect. I loved everything about this show. So well done.

Punky Brewster. I so sympathised with this little girl. And when she found her foster dad, Henry, I had to watch and see how this little girl would grow up. I also loved her fashion sense and dressed just like her.

The Wonder Years: BEST SHOW EVER!

Golden Girls was my grandmothers favorite show (besides 'Wheel of Fortune') and I remember watching it w/ her all the time. I remember her laughing. This has always been one of my favorites..

Who's the Boss? Man, I so wanted to be Samantha!!

Favorite cereal of the 80's:

Favorite candy and snacks:

Lastly, here's a nod to my favorite movies of the 80's. Hope you enjoyed this article ;-)