Thursday, 17 March 2016

10 Things I Never Understood Growing Up


Hiya! This week has been suuuper stressful, thank god it's nearly over. If I haven't been flapping about deferring my place at uni (YES, I'm finally going to uni!!) then I've been crying about wanting to stuff my face with pizza and McFlurries. Hormones eh. 

I wanted to end the week with a bit of a light hearted post, mainly because I needed something fun to write before I plan a couple of more personal posts and everyone seems to enjoy my lists!

Today I'm going to be talking to you all about the weird stuff that I did/experienced as a child that looking back, really doesn't make sense. Come to think of it, that explanation doesn't make much sense either but once I get into it, you'll get it, I hope.

1. Why were turkey twizzlers banned?
Well, I know damn well why they were banned, no thanks to Jamie Oliver. I looked forward to those yummy and very unhealthy twizzlers every lunchtime and to have them taken away was virtually traumatising as a child.

2. Why did I take sweets into school on my birthday?
I don't know if primary schools nationwide did this but I had to actually give other children sweets on my birthday? This, I will never understand. Surely I should be getting all the treats? Saying that, I sure as heck didn't complain when it was someone else's birthday.

3. Why was I subscribed to the S Club magazine?
I'm sorry Mum, I don't know why I demanded to be subscribed to it. The funky magazine holder I got with it totally wasn't worth it. What can I say? I was obsessed!

4. Why was a wet paper towel the answer to every medical injury?
Broken arm? Stick a wet paper towel on it and you'll be right as rain. THEY DIDN'T HELP AT ALL. Personally, I'd rather have been given a lollipop as a child to make me feel better as opposed to having some freezing cold, sloppy piece of material stuck to my knee.

5. Why did I want to own the entire Sylvanian families collection?
I mean, I was perfectly happy with my Barbies and my Bratz dolls but no, I felt like I needed to own an entire range of furry, plastic animals. Thank god my mum didn't give into that, they're bloody expensive!

6. Why was I forced to do P.E in minus temperatures?
This was absolutely brutal. For some lessons, we had to nag the teachers to let us wear our jumpers or cardigans. God forbid we actually wanted to stay warm and not freeze to death. Ok, a little over dramatic but who wants to run round a soggy field whilst they're at school? Especially not in Winter.

7. Why did I look up to Tracy Beaker?
Don't get me wrong, the show was an absolute blast to watch (meaning I'd still watch it now) but she was like the devil child. My family probably dreaded every time I watched it in case I suddenly started trashing rooms and yelling at them haha!

8. Why were birthday parties at McDonalds the coolest things?
I vaguely even remember my parties at McDonalds but I have so many cute hilarious photos from them, it all seems a little surreal in this day and age doesn't it? You wouldn't be seen dead having a party at Maccies. Maybe that's where my love for nuggets stems from.

9. Why did I watch videos and DVDs on repeat for months?
Honestly, this is something I still can't wrap my head around as I struggle to watch the same films over and over these days. If it wasn't Harry Potter, I'd have Grease or Monsters Inc on repeat. My family probably knew them off by heart as well as I did.

And last but not least...

10. What did I do without the internet?
Ain't nobody got time to wait for the dial up connection, the internet was practically unheard of when I was little! That being said, I got through a fair few Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson books. You'd always find me with my head in a book!

There are just some of the few things that I will probably never understand about my childhood. Can you relate to any of them?

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  1. Omg, I used to have way too many Bratz! It's crazy how quickly it changed what the "cool" thing was to collect, so glad my parents rarely gave in, it would have been so expensive haha :D

    xx Anne / Annesmiles

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  2. I used to love having birthdays at McDonalds! haha I dont think they even do that around here anymore.

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  3. Hahaha omg I never had a Mcdonalds birthday and I can remember being so jealous of kids who did hahaha! <3 xx

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  4. Omg I love this! Wet paper towels were the answer to everything!! I still take cake in to work now on my birthday and I still don't understand why!! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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  5. OMG haha, I loved this post and I can't lie, I agreed with most of them! My mum used to shove me off to primary school with a tub of celebrations and made sure I handed at least one to everybody, even that child that I never got on with lol. And TRACEY BEAKER was my life, literally, its all I ever watched, although Louise was my favourite and loved Cam, wait where am I going with this haha. I loved it and still watch it at 20! And please don't get me started on doing PE in ridiculous temperatures, I mean was that really necessary, I never liked running a cross country and never will!

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  6. never understood why i had to take cakes and sweets into school on MY birthday either haha great post Kat!

    Hannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

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  7. I love #2 - I have to do this at work, bring in cake for everyone else, like, it's MY birthday!!

    I'm not sure I had a McDonald's party, but my friend did, she chose me as one of the "special" ones to use the ice cream machine!! :D x

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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  8. High five for number 9 and 10! I don't think I can live without those two! Hahaha.

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

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  10. I actually never found out why turkey twizzlers were banned but I'm not sure I want to know either now lol. Tracy Beaker was one of my favourite shows when I was little as I was a big fan of Jacqueline Wilson I even bought the Tracy Beaker magazines, I was kinda obsessed haha!

    Also P.E was the worst and it was only after leaving school that I actually liked running because I don't force myself to do it at ridiculous times when it's ice cold! Oh the memories :)

    Ali | Ali Caitrin

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  11. HAHA too true! I loved Barbies and Bratz. I had a whole collection of Sylvanians - they were way too expensive (think of all the makeup I could have bought instead) but they did bring hours of joy, usually! xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Great post :) I loved Sylvanian families!

    www.raiin-monkey.blogspot.com

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  13. Hahaha, some of these are so relatable! I used to hate doing PE outside in the cold, I hated PE anyway but it was ten times worse during winter. Oh how I remember wet paper towels so well, god knows how many I got through when I caught my thumb in a door hinge in middle school - the memories, haha! xo

    ohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Omg, I think these are all relevant to me, haha! I'd love to go back to these times, where my biggest fear was that I'd never understand how to use weighing scales (no idea why this worried me so much as a child) xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  15. Turkey Twizzlers were a-MAZING... i miss them :(
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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  16. Omg this post is so amusing! I still never understood why I had to bring in sweets when it was my birthday hahaha what was that all about?! I never had a turkey twizler omg I clearly missed out xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I brought treats to my classmates on my birthday, too! I never got the excitement behind birthday parties at McDonald's, either, but the internet thing...? Who knows the answer to that question?!

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    Irene | ire is a penguin

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  18. McDonald's birthday party's where the best (we only went for birthdays and the odd treat). Before the internet I had a Gameboy, encyclopedia CD-Rom's and books. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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  19. It's so weird to think that we were alive at a time when the internet just wasn't really a thing, and then you couldn't use the land line when somebody was browsing the web aha! And yes to number 2, but it was always a good day when it was somebody else's birthday and we all got sweets!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  20. Hahaaa this post is amazing and SO relatable! WHY was a wet paper towel the answer to everything? I will honestly never understand haha! OH gosh those adverts for Sylvanian Families.. I wanted the house and everything.. but could not believe how expensive they were.. and to be fair I had so much more fun with barbies... I guess there was just something about them! I was completely obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson... to this day Lola Rose and The Diamond Girls are some of my faves!!

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
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  21. I never had a McDonald's birthday but I used to love collecting all the toys from the Happy Meals. There was so many hyped TV programmes I enjoyed watching but Tracy Beaker, The Worst Witch, My Parents Are Aliens and The Home Farm Twins used to be my favourites! :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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  22. I used to be so obsessed with cartoons like Beyblade, Pokemon, and Digimon and splurged a lot on their merch. I don't get why I was so obsessed. But back then, I SURELY was a proud owner.

    Noor | Noor's Place

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  23. The paper towel for an injury is called a cold compress and it's still used today, in the nursery I do a placement in! I think it's mainly used as a way to shut kids up haha but like you said I would prefer a lollipop! Something I also never understood is why the moon followed my car and why I used to pretend rain drops were having a race on the car window x lovely post

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  24. This actually made me laugh so much haha! I remember dial-up internet... those were the days. The funniest is the films one, I used to watch the same dvd over and over and over again... Why did we do that?!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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  25. Birthdays at McDonald's were the BEST! I miss those days : )
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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  26. Hahah I love this!! I always wonder what I did without internet, like I couldn't do it now how was I not bored? XX

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  27. Haha yes to all. Although, in my primary school, you were cool for having a bowling party. I went to so many of those (and had a few of my own!) I think the only mcdonalds party I went to was one my cousin had!
    Sylvanian families... I was so upset when my mum refused to let me collect them. I never even got one haha. It was only as I got older that I realised just how bloody expensive they were!

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  28. I always took sweets in on my birthday too, it was like it was a law! But I also have to admit that I still really want to have a McDonald's party again, haha xx
    acalculatedmess.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. This definitely brings it back! Seems impossible to think of life without the internet now!

    http://imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com/

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  30. Haha love this, especially bringing in sweets/cake on my birthday and wet paper towels for injuries LOL. I bladdy used to love McDonald's birthdays, but they weren't as good as Limo parties with panda pop hehe. Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  31. Haha I loved this post, I completely forgot about the ridiculous number of Sylvanian families toys I had and the smell of a wet paper town on your arm.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy <3

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  32. This cracked me up! Always used to bring in a tub of sweets on my birthday ;)

    sophee.co.uk

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  33. Hahaha Awesome post! I also was into McDonald's parties, which doesn't make as much sense now and you're totally right about the sweets on out birthdays, why the heck did we do that?!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

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  34. Amen to that last one! I didn't get wifi until my sophomore year of high school, how on Earth did I manage? I also watched my favorite movies on a perpetual repeat haha

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  35. omg the wet paper towel one, haha!! Oh the memories x

    hannatalks

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  36. I was completely in love with S Club 7 and I have no regrets in sharing that I still have some of their songs on my iTunes playlist... I just love them hahaha.

    www.sixthskyline.com x

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  37. I was just like you when it came to movies & DVDs - I think I watched some movies at least 50 times haha. And it was fun Every. Single. Time.
    Life without internet also existed, how crazy is it to look back and see what a difference a decade has made. S Club 7 - oh yes! haha :D
    xox Nadia
    💗 http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  38. Okay but 9 though... I STILL do this. 😂 Old habits die hard. And 10 is super relatable b/c WHERE WOULD WE BE NOW???

    xo, Kimberly
    www.blogsfordays.com

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  39. Hahaaaa the Tracy Beaker one! I actually got banned from watching it as a kid because every time I watched it I was badly behaved afterwards. Oops hehe.

    Angi www.twodifferentworlds.com

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  40. Oh my gosh the wet paper towels! :') I also used to watch things on repeat for months or even years! I watched Grease every day after school for almost two years haha, I have no idea why!


    Sarah
    www.sarahschapter.co.uk

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  42. I can definitely relate to all of these. I used to love Tracy Beaker when I was little, but when you watch kids shows when you're grown up they seem completely different. Apart from Arthur, I will also love Arthur.

    I do want to know why I liked watching Dick & Dom. My Mum used to absolutely hate it, and as an adult looking back I get it.

    I also had the S Club 7 magazines - the dance tutorials, omg. And the hair. Just everything. So cheesy.

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  43. okay I honestly thought it was something the people in my school did about hiding out chocolates and I'm actually guilty of doing this once. thinking about it now, it really doesn't make any sense. like exactly we are meant to be treated not the other way round!

    Rabiah
    Amour Vita

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  44. okay I honestly thought it was something the people in my school did about hiding out chocolates and I'm actually guilty of doing this once. thinking about it now, it really doesn't make any sense. like exactly we are meant to be treated not the other way round!

    Rabiah
    Amour Vita

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