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You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked. And the little candy pills!

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it. Who didn't??

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels. And then LIVED on them for the next three years.

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (Admit it!)

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island. Erm...it did kind of frighten me a bit.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamill" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People sometimes thought you were a boy. I totally rocked the Dorothy Hamil all the way through junior high. And, ahem, no one EVER mistook me for a BOY.

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession. Mine was actually a Raggedy Ann sleeping bag. Her head was the pillow and you put your legs down into her "legs" to sleep. It wasn't terribly comfortable as you couldn't turn over once you were down inside of it.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. Gauchos, for sure.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon. Actually, it was Baby Tender Love I desired. She was one of the first dolls that PEED.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits. I TOTALLY HAD THESE!!!!

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. When I wasn't on skates, of course.

The swing set tipped over at least once.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. Wasn't this more an 80s thing?

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.

You wanted to b e Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson! Oh I did better than that. I had several long calico dresses, aprons and matching bonnets that my friends and I wore around the clock when we weren't in school or church.

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.

Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket. Yes, yes and yes.

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie. Had them all.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. My lunchbox was actually Holly Hobbie. I can still remember the way that thing smelled inside...

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazard was your boyfriend. Yeah, that's the 80s.

Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie" will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day.

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too! I saw "Star Wars" in the theater with my mom & my brother. I totally didn't get it. At all.

It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags! Actually, my mother hated The Wizard of Oz. I never saw it until I was a senior in high school.

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy or Leif Garrett?" Shaun...please let it be Shaun...

You completely wore out your Grease and Saturday Night Fever soundtrack record albums. I actually had the EIGHT TRACKS.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! I had a shrinky-dinks charm bracelet.

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker. I SO did this!

You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club. Double score if it was a teddy bear dressed in clothing.

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books. I remember when Leigh Gardner checked out "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." from the school library and then turned it back in in the regular drop box instead of giving it directly to the librarian, which you were supposed to do because only 4-6 grade girls were allowed to check it out, and then John Churu tried to check it out and the librarian held it up and called out, "Who just turned in this book?" and she got in sooooo much trouble.

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin. My brother had a Big Wheel. Several of them, in fact. I was too girly for that but I did ride on his occasionally.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat. Well, not subscriptions, but I used to BEG my mom to buy them for me at the checkout counter, especially when The Hardy Boys were on the cover!!!