10 Middle School Fads That I Admit I Miss

10 Middle School Fads That I Admit I Miss

Don't you miss Abercrombie, too?
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While everyone says that middle school was a dark time filled with braces, unfortunate haircuts, and undesirable fashion trends, there are a few things from the early 2000’s that I wish I could bring back. Here is my personal list of the top 10 middle school fads that I admit I miss:

1. Silly Bandz

I remember going to school with an arm full of Silly Bandz. Recess would be my favorite time of the day not just because we wouldn't be sitting in class, but all of my classmates would trade Silly Bandz. They were stretchy, colorful, and came in thousands of shapes. I have a box of about 80 Silly Bandz sitting in my closet, just waiting to be worn again.

2. Crocs

Crocs are probably some of the comfiest shoes I have ever worn, especially if you were cool like me and had a pair with fur inside of them. You could even buy jibbitz, essentially Crocs jewelry or shoe charms, to decorate them. My mom got me a new pink pair last Christmas that I only wore when I knew I wasn’t going to see a lot of people. However, that’s going to change. From now on, you’ll see me rocking my Crocs everywhere I go (if anyone sees any new cute jibbitz, let me know).

3. Jean Skirts

I only had one jean skirt in my middle school years but I wore it everywhere. My go-to outfit was my jean skirt and my favorite Aeropostale logo tee. Jean skirts went with everything: tee shirts, polos, flip-flops, boots…the possible outfit combinations were endless.

4. Heelys

Okay, so what’s not to like about Heelys? The were shoes with wheels! If you were tired of walking, you just had to give yourself a boost, lean back, and let your Heelys do the rest! Not too sure why this fad went bad.

5. Bath & Body Works’ “Liplicious” Lip Gloss

I can not even begin to count how many Bath & Body Works frosted lip glosses I had. Every time I went to the mall, I made sure to visit Bath & Body Works to see if they had come out with a new “Liplicious” flavor (my 2 favorites were Passionfruit Guava and Whipped Vanilla). I kept a small cosmetic bag in my backpack filled with about 5 different lip glosses that I would pull out throughout the day to brag about all the flavors I had. And of course, I exchanged those lip glosses for a new 5 each night to bring to school the following day.

6. dELiA*s Graphic Tees

dELiA*s wall of hanging graphic tees was always a beautiful sight for a middle school girl. The shirts typically had graphics of animals, food with human features, and popular cartoon characters. They were super cool and also super comfy.

7. Claire’s Stud Earrings

Claire’s had some of the best jewelry for young girls. My personal favorite were the stud earrings. I wish it was socially acceptable for a 19-year-old girl to wear panda earrings or earrings that spelled out “LOL.” From earrings designed as animals or words or food or crazy shapes, Claire’s had it all.

8. Juicy Couture Jacket

The Juicy jacket fashion trend started up around 8th grade. We girls realized we were close to being highschoolers and decided to begin wearing more of an “adult” brand. Thus, Juicy Couture jackets became popular.

9. Soffes

Soffe shorts were THE loungewear to have in middle school. I would pack a pair for every sleepover I went to. They were comfortable, easy to thrown on, and came in so many colors.

10. Anything Abercrombie

And finally, the good ol’ Abercrombie and Fitch. Anything Abercrombie was popular in middle school. Whether you had Abercrombie logo tees, v-necks, jeggings, tank tops, skirts, etc., any and all Abercrombie was cool. My personal favorite were the skirts. They were floral-printed skater skirts with an elastic waist, and I hate to admit it but, I still find them super cute.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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12. A mini cactus

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Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

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