25 Toys Every Millennial Girl Will Remember Stuffing Into Her Toys 'R' Us (RIP) Shopping Cart

25 Toys Every Millennial Girl Will Remember Stuffing Into Her Toys 'R' Us (RIP) Shopping Cart

Let's remember the iconic toys we bought from Toys "R" Us that will never, ever be forgotten... like, ever.

That's right, folks, Toys "R" Us is closing — all across the nation. While we hold a moment of silence for the closing of literally every millennial girl's favorite toy store, let's remember the iconic toys we bought from Toys "R" Us that will never, ever be forgotten... like, ever.

1. Video Now

Before iPhones and iPads, we had VideoNows, and they were the best thing ever. Literally. You could watch color tv on a six-inch screen from the back of your mom's car — it didn't get much better than that.

2. Furby

Furbies! Who knows why we actually loved these things, because, to be honest, they're kind of scary looking, but hey, we'll never forget spending way too long picking out which color we wanted in Toys "R" Us.

3. Tamagotchi

We could barely pronounce the word "Tamagotchi," but we never failed to take care of our virtual, well, whatever they were.

4. iDogs

I mean, we couldn't possibly play our music through regular speakers. Only these head-bobbing Idogs were fit to play our latest Hannah Montana jams.

5. Floam

Probably one of the weirder things we shopped the aisles for, but hey, we couldn't be seen with Play-Doh — that was peasant's play.

6. Pixel Chix

In retrospect, these things were actually REALLY annoying and didn't have an "off button." You had to wait a solid 10 minutes before it would turn off by itself, and if you didn't visit her for like a day, she got super angry. There's probably a reason my mom only bought me one of these things...

7. Lite Brite

Lite Brite was literally the best, especially if you were like me and had an art skill level of like negative 500 — this made you feel sort of artsy.

8. Polly Pocket

When your mom let you go into the Polly Pocket aisle, it was basically a second birthday.

9. Trolls

OK, admittedly, kind of scary looking, but they were all the rage with their colored hair and all.

10. Easy Bake Oven

The item we all looked at longingly as we walked down the aisles — if only our parents would buy it for us, we'd totally be a gourmet chef in no time.

11. Skip It

Just don't mess up because then, you felt the stinging pain of the totally not kid-friendly plastic this thing was made of.

12. Beanie Babies

Please, Mom, I definitely need Beanie Baby number 50.

13. Digi Draw

Remember your lack of art skills from number seven? Yeah, this was another way you tricked people into thinking you had art skills — you traced those pictures like there was no tomorrow.

14. My Little Pony

Were these things really magical? Who knows! But, they were all the rave — that aisle was a danger zone.

15. Doodle Bear

The thing that kept you from drawing on things you shouldn't have...

16. Bratz Dolls

And then you questioned why you weren't allowed to dress like this...

17. My Scene Dolls

I'll never understand why they didn't have real feet, though. Literally — their feet didn't exist — they had pop on shoes.

18. Barbie Cash Register

I also thought that being a cashier was going to be my lifetime career because I was just so darn good at making change for Barbie.

19. Barbie Train

If you couldn't talk Mom into the dream house, this was the next closest thing. Barbie went places on this train that no one should ever have to go on a train.

20. Barbie Car

And, if the train was a no go, you AT LEAST had to have her car. This is the reason why my "dream car" used to be a VW Bug...

21. Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs were how every girl proved she could hang with the boys.

22. Littlest Pet Shop

And if you had a real pet, the last thing your parents really wanted to buy you was a bunch of tiny plastic ones, but they did it anyway.

23. Water Wigglies

I mean, I'm not sure what the point of these was, but they were extremely cool.

24. Care Bears

They were cute, cuddly and had names that promoted good values! Plus, they're so cute.

25. Voice Password Diary

I mean, no one could find out you thought Mark who sat next to you in math class was cute.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

SEE ALSO: To The Girl Patiently Waiting With An Impatient Heart

So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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