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Getting Older and Reliving My 90s Childhood AD

This post is in collaboration with Walkers Crisps. My favourite is cheese & onion, what's yours?! 

Driving down to Cornwall last month, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for the place that feels more like home than my real hometown does. As we crossed the border, I got that warm fuzzy feeling inside, thinking about home some of the best memories I have from my childhood are being by the sea, eating Cornish pasties and tucking in to an ice cream. But then there was that little twinge of sadness when I thought about how much has changed since those summer holidays to the coast and how life has become so much more complicated.

I said at the start of the year that I wanted to live a more simple life, and having that week away was just what I needed to re-align my goals and appreciate the little things that much more. This got me thinking about my childhood and some of the little things that pre-double digits Naomi enjoyed, and I thought it would be fun to share a few of these things that shaped my 90s childhood and how I am reliving them in my mid 20s!

My favourite place growing up

How the Argos catalogue influenced my Pinterest obsession...

Who doesn't remember leafing through the Argos catalogue before a birthday or Christmas, and putting crosses next to everything you wanted?! This fun yet simple activity of building a wishlist seems to have seeped in to my adult life in the form of my Pinterest where I am forever pinning everything I want from trips I want to take to recipes I want to try to skincare products I want to buy!

How Blind Date influenced my love for dating shows...

Watching Blind Date on a Saturday night, not quite understanding the innuendos and trying to guess who of the 3 the contestant would pick, very likely started my love of watching new relationships unfold on TV. From Love Island to First Dates, I get way too emotionally invested in these TV couples!

How buying roll-on face glitter influenced my love of make-up...

Saving my pocket money each week so I could spend it on roll-on face glitter, a questionable eyeshadow quad and some cupcake scented lip gloss was the start of a lifelong love of make-up.  I guess it was almost inevitable that I was going to become a beauty blogger and spend my time waiting for payday so I can treat myself to a new product from Cult Beauty!

How pretending to be a popstar influenced my Spotify most listened to...

If you didn't spend your time on the playground learning the lyrics to Spice Up Your Life and making up a dance routine with your friends, did you even go to school in the 90s? Whilst me and my friends don't meet up after work to choreograph a dance to the latest hits, I still know all the words to my favourite 90s and 00s hits and you better believe I will sing them at the top of my lungs whenever I get the chance! Spice Girls superfan? You bet! Watch their new ad with Walkers below and feel that 90s nostalgia!



How writing stories influenced my career choice...

I spent hours and hours writing stories about horses and princesses and how they escaped the evil witch by hiding inside their castle. I guess I always loved writing, but little Naomi had her heart set on being a professional show jumper or a famous actress, and didn't realise that writing, in the form of blog posts, was going to be her true calling.

How my childhood imagination influenced my love of films...

I can't remember a time when I didn't love films, getting lost in a different world full of possibilities. When I was little, I loved the Land Before Time, The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Homeward Bound. My favourites list has quite a few more on now, but I could quite happily watch all of these again. These days, going to the cinema is one of my absolute favourite pastimes; I still love to get lost in a new world for a couple of hours...


How 90s birthday parties influenced my love for socialising with food...

Whilst it tends to be countless G&Ts and a charcuterie board these days, I still have a soft spot in my heart for those 90s birthday teas that my cousins and myself tucked in to. Cocktail sausages on sticks, mini pizzas, cheese and pineapple, bowls of Walkers crisps, cheese sandwiches, and of course, birthday cake, jelly and ice-cream, who didn't love a 90s birthday tea?!

How my Tuesday trip to the corner shop influenced my self care habits...

I still remember walking to the corner shop with my Dad to buy some pick'n'mix, a Taz (like a caramel Freddo for anyone who doesn't remember!) and a copy of Mizz magazine on a Tuesday. I maybe spent about £2.50 but it was the best £2.50 I could have spent at that age. Nowadays, I practice the same self care by popping to Waitrose to pick up my favourite chip and dip and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and settling down to read through the new issue of my Blogosphere subscription!

What takes you back to your childhood? Is there anything you love doing now that was influenced by growing up in the 90s or early 00s? 

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