Must See TV (and Movies!): We Love the ’90s


I recently came across the tail-end of a documentary titled The ’90s: The Last Great Decade and I found myself reminiscing about all the amazing things that I couldn’t live without almost (cough, cough) years ago. From Beanie Babies and the Macarena to Tamagotchis and AOL, that ten-year stretch of time could. not. be. beat. Honestly, I think we took for granted how good we had it!

While many of the fads have faded, the best parts of the ’90s (in my not-so-humble opinion) have been captured on tape and live on for us to binge-watch until the end of time. Over the past year or so, we’ve been playing some of our favorite “old” shows and movies for our kids (now seven and five) and have been virtually transported back to our childhoods right along with Buckwheat, Michelle Tanner and Kevin McAllister.

Our top five list consists of:

1. Full House

Both kids know the theme song, they think “baby Michelle” is hands-down adorable and they have (in all seriousness) marveled aloud at Uncle Jesse’s ever-evolving hairstyles. My only complaint is that the rate at which we are making our way through the seasons has the kids on the show maturing a little too fast (and therefore getting themselves into “older” situations); I think we’ll have to press pause until my kids get a little bigger.

2. Jumanji

We just watched this one (again, for the millionth time) this past weekend. I love a good Bonnie Hunt movie and baby-faced Kirsten Dunst is such a blast from the past. I’m a sucker for a good Robin Williams film and of course my kids can’t get enough of the absolutely insane damage done to the house (and, spoiler alert, rest of the town!).

3. The Sandlot

Legends never die. Neither does my kids’ desire to watch this movie! My son is a big baseball fan and I think he’s secretly jealous that we don’t live next to an empty lot where he can meet up with his friends and try not to be eaten by the monster on the other side of the fence. Even though she wants nothing to do with the “boy movies” (aka superhero action flicks) that her brother loves, my daughter loves this one, too!

4. Home Alone (both One and Two)

I credit this film with my seven-year-old’s desire to visit New York City. I think he thinks it’s always snowy and Christmassy and festive. He loves the Rube Goldberg-style tricks and traps, and always gets a kick out of the face-slapping aftershave scene.

5. EVERY Disney movie made during the ’90s

Without exaggeration, the ’90s produced, hands-down, the best run of animated Disney movies EVER. Like, EVER. I mean, seriously. Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame…should I go on?

Now that school is back in session, I can almost feel the cool breeze of fall and am SO looking forward to chilly nights snuggled up on the couch with my family – enjoying our own trip back in time to enjoy some of our favorite memories AS kids with OUR kids!

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Back when I graduated from the University of Tennesse {GO Vols!!}, I never thought that one day I’d be working a full time job, getting to raise two amazing kiddos with a pretty great husband, oh and by the way starting a small custom gifts business out of our house {Check out Two Blooms!} I grew up in the Buckeye state, and between college and now, my husband Chris and I did a brief stint in the Windy City. Living in downtown Chicago was amazing, but it has made me appreciate Knox-vegas even more! There are so many things to do and see here, and we are always on the go enjoying activities and trying to keep our little guy, Collier, and sweet girly-girl, Emerson, entertained. Just like my scatter-brain, I’m looking forward to sharing all sorts of great random tips, tricks and finds with other mamas in Knoxville. We’re all sharing this crazy life together – and that’s the part of being a mom that’s the most fun for me!


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