20 Simple Joys Of The '90s

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Sometimes I think that the reason we all have a tendency to get so nostalgic about the eras in which we grew up is because they were always — always — a simpler time. It’s why I still kind of get a kick out of these simple joys of the ‘90s: They remind me of a time when, say, checking my email was fun, rather than just another one of the many, many responsibilities that come with being a functional adult (especially in a tech-savvy age). Ah, the freedom of youth!

Come to think of it, though, there’s really no reason we can’t continue to enjoy some of the little pleasures of our childhoods well into adulthood. Should we be signing our leases in metallic green Gelly Roll? Probably not, but we can absolutely write our sticky note reminders to ourselves in it. Can we still use Lip Smackers? Absolutely. Is pizza day still a big deal? Always. Peppering our daily slogs with tiny little bursts of sunshine can help us get through even the worst times — so if your methods of self-care involve treating yourself to a bowl of French Toast Crunch every now and again, more power to you. And me. And everyone else. Because French Toast Crunch is the best.

Here are 20 simple joys I still look back on fondly, even though the ‘90s have long since passed. In fact, you know what? I think I’m going to go get myself a Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker later today. Because why the heck not?

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