80’s Toys & Getting Ready For Disney

I told my son that going to Disney World (in a few days!) was his Hanukkah present but of course I still had to locate a few small gifts to give him for the nights we light the menorah.

I got creative on a small budget and bought him some good old-fashioned toys.

Magic 8 Ball

Please tell me you had a Magic 8 Ball too?

I will admit that I have already asked it a few questions.

And there’s lots of fun taking place on the kitchen floor lately.


As I play Jax (which by the way, I haven’t lost my touch one bit!) I wipe the floor with a wet paper towel.

People like me should not sit eye level with their kitchen floor. Not only do I see the spots I miss, but the view of the cabinets from down there is not good.

Do you know how dirty your cabinets look when you sit eye to eye with them?

I am obsessed this week with looking at the latest Buzzfeed  link of 35 toys all girls wanted in the 80’s.

I had every toy on this list except for She-Ra’s castle because it really wasn’t girly enough.

cabbage patch kids

It’s not easy making an old photo from 1985 come out clear on a computer screen but that’s me!

I need to find my charm necklace so I can wear it. I recall the zit stickers from playing Girl Talk all too well.

I would do anything to play Barbies with the Heart Family and make them all ride in the corvette on their way to the Dreamhouse (I had that exact one!) alongside My Little Ponies all lined up in their barn storage case as my Cabbage Patch kids, Pillow People, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Rainbow Brite, Sweet Secrets and Pound Puppies watch me play while listening to my pink boom box and twirling my baton.

And Poochie! I loved Poochie.

Anyway, all week while running I mentally packed us up for our trip to Disney so now I just have to convert that mental pack into a real pack.

I have also been busy scoping out of the Disney foodie hashtags on instagram and texting the pictures to my son to let him what’s on our agenda.

disney desserts

And this too.

Disney Chocolate Apples


I don’t expect to need many emergency snacks as we should be more than full from breakfast at the hotel, the desserts in the park and the reservations I have made for us throughout our stay but of course I am coming prepared anyway.

A few food things on my list for the plane and our room:

  • Justin’s Peanut Butter packets
  • Instant coffee packets
  • Yogi Tea
  • Apple Slices – with some Ziploc baggies so I can easily take a handful with me in my pocketbook to the parks.
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Granola Bars
  • My homemade oatmeal packets
  • Love Grown Oat Clusters


As a LOVE GROWN ambassador, I received my LOVE drop yesterday which was perfect timing!

I love their Super Oats with Chia (a gluten-free mix of oats, chia and amaranth).

As for the apples, I did a smart thing this trip and bought the pre-sliced variety.

organic apple slices

Perfect for the plane, with some peanut butter or to be placed in a baggie to take with us for a snack. We have a refrigerator in our room so they will stay just fine.

Before I go get this day moving, I need to confess that I did a really passive-aggressive parenting thing the other day…

I took my son to the mall and forced him inside the Disney store asking him to pick out what he wanted.

He wanted nothing.

I told him to remember that feeling once inside the Disney World gift shops.         


Do theme park gift shops brainwash you into think you need it all?

Did you see that Buzzfeed article? Did you have any of those toys too?

Are you traveling anywhere over the holiday?

Favorite food/restaurant in Disney?

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  • Jessie December 19, 2014, 6:27 am

    I loved my pink magic 8 ball. I would even believe the answers it gave me after asking whatever stupid question i did. Which would obviously just break my heart when whatever boy didn’t like me 🙁 Hah!

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 19, 2014, 6:39 am

    You are going to have so much fun in Disney – and all those treats look delicious! I love how you pack snacks when you travel – I do the same thing. I always want to have the option to have something I normally would if I wasn’t on vacation. Happy Friday 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 19, 2014, 9:07 am

      I am known to bring tons of ready-to-eat food with me! This time though, I know we will be well-fed with good stuff throughout the trip so my necessities list is a little smaller and mainly for the plane/emergencies.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma December 19, 2014, 6:46 am

    My sister was obsessed with her magic 8 ball and drove me nuts with it! You’re going to have an awesome time at Disney, so exciting! I am also a big snack packer when travelling. Nowhere for us this break, which I’m actually happy about since travelling with crowds and 3 kids stresses me out!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 19, 2014, 9:06 am

      It’s nice having off for this break and not dealing with the school routine, right? I can only imagine traveling with three kids. All of the packing logistics and getting everywhere – you would need a vacation after your trip.

  • Carmella December 19, 2014, 7:30 am

    Enjoy your trip! Break starts for me today and we don’t report back to school till January 5, 2015.
    Happy Running!!!!!!!

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine December 19, 2014, 8:45 am

    I just read that list of 80s stuff and it definitely brought back memories! I probably had about 1/2 of the things on that list at some point.
    That was an awesome strategy to bring your son to the Disney store before he get to the parks! I hope you guys have a great trip!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 19, 2014, 9:05 am

      I thought it was an awesome idea too! Let’s hope he remembers it when we are in all of the gift shops not needing anything but a magnet.

  • Ashley @ Kickashmom December 19, 2014, 9:20 am

    My mom always tells the story of how she searched and searched and finally found me a cabbage patch doll. I was only 1 so it was her that wanted it so bad!

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 19, 2014, 9:41 am

    Ohhhh I remember those toys! I didn’t have all of them, but definitely a good chunk. My Little Ponies were probably my biggest obsession, followed by Pound Puppies and Care Bears. Ohhh the good old days. I’m headed to the mountains tomorrow for some pre-Christmas fun, and I feel like I still have so many things to do before I leave. Gah!
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  • Alycia December 19, 2014, 5:47 pm

    Every time I see that article of the 80s girl stuff it makes me so happy! I had most of the stuff on there, and would totally rock it today if it was acceptable at 35!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 21, 2014, 1:52 pm

      I am 36 – if I can find that charm necklace, you better believe I would find an acceptable way to wear it!

  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating December 19, 2014, 10:44 pm

    Haha, your story at the end with your son cracked me up. Nice play. 😉 Ooh, I’m a LoveGrown Ambassador for the first time this year and am so excited to start getting on board with more perks and sharing more LOVE with packages to friends as well!
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  • GiGi Eats December 19, 2014, 11:02 pm

    Those NOSTALGIC Buzz Feed articles GET ME EVERY TIME!!!!! Of course I had a Magic 8 Ball…. I wouldn’t have made some of my life’s biggest decisions without it! LOL!

    Should I tell Ryan I have a crush on him?


    DONE! LOL!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 21, 2014, 1:51 pm

      Haha- I liked when it told me no so I just kept asking until I saw the AS I SEE IT, YES!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 21, 2014, 1:51 pm

      Haha- I liked when it told me no so I just kept asking until I saw the AS I SEE IT, YES!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 21, 2014, 9:38 am

    Your trip sounds like it’s going to be a blast, and I’d say you are definitely well prepared. I love the idea of bringing so much fruit and granola to snack on. A woman after my own heart.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 21, 2014, 1:47 pm

      I never travel without my emergency snacks. Packets of peanut butter, apples and oatmeal. Can’t go wrong.