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21 Things I Was Obsessed With From the 70′s

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One of the few things that sucks about being an “older” mom is that my frame of reference is a little different than some of my 80′s and (dear God) 90′s era baby-mama friends. I want to be able to say, “You know what song I just heard on the radio? David Soul’s Don’t Give Up On Us Baby!” and have it met  with, “Sweet! Was it the 70′s soft rock XM station? I loved that song!” not, “Who? What? You’re old.” Because I’m not old in my mind! I”m young and spry and open to new things I just really like to reminisce about the old stuff too.

So here is a list of stuff that I luurved from my youth and feel free to remind me of anything I left out in the comments!

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21 Things I Miss About From My Adolescence in the 70's

A Girl Named Sooner

Did you see this movie? I believe I was ten years old and sobbed so hard that my parents almost put me in therapy. Of course they did put me in therapy a few years later so maybe the two weren't even related. But this is a classic TV movie. The original Lifetime movie before Lifetime even existed. No wonder I loved it.


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11 thoughts on “21 Things I Was Obsessed With From the 70′s

  1. cecily says:

    thanks for the ride down memory lane. corkies (they are back btw) cherokees (low wedge and high wedge versions), chemin de fer jeans, suspenders (i had rainbow ones), mork and mindy, saturday night fever. My fave outfit: mint green dittos, baby tee with shaun cassidy iron on, rainbow suspenders and corkies (the ones with rainbow wedge)…and dorothy hamil haircut! cannot believe we walked around that way!
    could go on forever….

  2. Rebecca says:

    I loved Loves Baby Soft perfume. It seems that I’ve smelled it recently and they must have changed the formula because now it stinks holy hell. Also, I had an Avon bracelet ink pen. Mine was “grape” which means it was purple with some swirly type stripes and I loved that pen. I want another one. Badly.

  3. Jane says:

    loved many of these things… also Bonne Bell Lipsmackers, SEVENTEEN Magazine. gauchos, painter’s pants, cowl necks, stick-pins, Speidel Hang-ups

  4. crystal says:

    I still love V.C. Andrews books they are still good no matter how many times you’ve read them! Definitely worth reading again and all good but some of the later books were not actually written by her. After she died they continued to ghost write books with her name… I don’t care as much for those. The ones she actually wrote are way better.

  5. Kanina says:

    Remember Blue Jeans perfume and powder? Loved it! Seventeen magazine and Young Miss, Shawn Cassidy, and (embarassed…) Bay City Rollers!
    Totally rocked the jeans and rainbow suspenders, as well as the shades of blue-striped suspenders

  6. Heather R says:

    yep, yep and yep! You nailed and and made me happy I’m not the only mommy at the park remembering these things first hand!!!!
    A-smile overalls. I almost stopped reading because I didn’t see them but then you mentioned them so all became right with the world.
    Dolphin shorts and legwarmers was the only thing I missed here:)
    Wish I would have skipped them the first time.

  7. myleneflores says:

    Okay…I was born in ’69. So I remember the ‘fuzzy balls’ on top of the roller skates, consoles that had everything: record player , 8 track AND radio, I had an orange AM radio w/ Bee Gees pic on it AND finally a bottle of Avon’s “Hello Sunshine”. Which, I STILL have from 2nd grade (NOT a hoarder, I hope!)

  8. Jean M. says:

    I was born in 1963 .so for me it was Bonnie Bell lip smackers, Jordache Jeans, Sasson Jeans, Bay City Rollers- (S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! )
    Shaun Cassidy, Partridge Family bubble gum cards, Wacky Packs. those 45 RPM plastic disks for records.. Frye boots were IT( but alas my 12 yr old toothpick legs were swimming in them so I never had a pair.). Straight legs corduroys, Izod Alligator shirts. OH here’s a good one,,,Mood Rings -I wanted one so badly, saved many allowances to get it, looking back it man those rings were so gaudy.

  9. Wendy S. says:

    T-shirts with iron on decals exclaiming “Foxy Lady” or “Classy Lady”
    Gunne Sax dresses
    “Tickle” roll on deodorant- came in a rainbow assortment of colors and scents

  10. Katy says:

    I feel your pain about being older than other parents. Every time my high school boys go off in their marching band uniforms I am compelled to belt out the lyrics to “One Tin Soldier”. And none of the other band parents understand me.

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