Neon Nails Are Back!

Do you love this 80s trend?

Lots of 80s trends have been circulating around lately, and neon nails are making a comeback and I'm here for it! Neon colors are SO fun and so 80s. As a tween I had the brightest neon jacket ever and I sure loved those bright orange, pink, blue, green and yellow neon nail colors.

The thing about bringing back this trend is that today's nail styles have so many cool new modifications, from gel options to nail art and all kinds of peel options, to make it even more unique and personalized. I love the idea of seeing those bright colors more often. They are so stylish, colorful and fun!

Do you like to use neon colors? Do you paint your nails with these shades?

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80s Cocktails

What would Ted Danson and Tom Selleck drink?

When I picture people drinking in the 80s, I always think of Three Men and a Baby! Those guys obviously had some parties before the baby came around. Of course, you could picture any 80s movie, even those that weren't made in the time period like The Wedding Singer or American Psycho, to get an idea of what kinds of drinks were being served.

Fin & Fino are coming up with some 80s-inspired cocktails that might just be the fun we need for the weekend! You could copy these recipes the NC restaurant is using to sell drinks to go or, if you're local, pick some up and take them home to try.

What 80s drinks do you enjoy? Share them in the chat!

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Bring Back Pen Pals

Did you have one in the 80s?

If there's ever been a great time to start writing a pen pal, quarantine has to be it! Back in the 80s so many people had pen pals and created rewarding long distance relationships. Today people still find pen pals to write via email but writing actual snail mail isn't as big as it once was.

So let's revive the practice! If you need a place to find a pen pal, you can even start by calling local nursing homes to see if anyone would like a pen pal. You might develop a life-long relationship

Do you have a pen pal? Any pen pal service suggestions?

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Ivan Reitman Loves The New Ghostbusters

Will you be seeing Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife has impressed his father, Ivan Reitman, the director who made the original movies. Reitman cried upon seeing the film and thought it did right by his original two, which is pretty cool... right?

Well, yes. And no. For starters, the originals aren't sacred; there have been so many cartoons, comics and yes, Answer the Call, which I loved. When the younger Reitman said this version was "for the fans," it implied that the all-girls team... wasn't. As a fan who really enjoyed it, I wasn't impressed with that statement. The originals really didn't age well, either, and even when I share them with my kid, he criticizes them for some pretty toxic stuff.

We shouldn't hold the originals up on a pedestal, gatekeep people from making more like Answer which made me laugh AND feel represented, or act like any deviations are "ruining childhoods." Personally I'm all about seeing new takes on my favorites and while I'm excited about Afterlife, I'm still deeply bummed about Feig not getting a chance to make another movie--the one I so wanted to see--because too many reviewers held this view.

Will you be seeing Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

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80s Songs to Slow Your Heart Rate

Share your favorites!

My teen is all about psychology and philosophy these days, and yesterday I was informed by said teen that many 80s songs have a great slow beat to slow your heart rate. Did you know that your heart will match up to the slow beats around you, which is why it's helpful to play music with slow, soothing beats when you are stressed? The kid further informed me that by playing just a few minutes of this music a day, kids in schools feel less stress and have better days. Why don't we all do that?

My child LOVES 80s music, so it's no surprise that my teen suggests listening to relaxing 80s music for the best result. Some suggestions include this 80s and 90s playlist, but I was thinking we could share our own favorites in the chat.

So how about it? What songs do you love that help slow your heart rate?

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Season 4 Is Hopper's Best

At least according to the man who plays him

With so many friends reading a certain book sequel filled with nostalgia for nostalgia's sake and me abstaining because I can't stand the main character and his horrible views, attitude and behavior, I'm re-watching Stranger Things because it's my favorite source of nostalgia and SO much more wholesome. I can't wait for season four, and according to David Harbour, it's going to be the best season for Hopper.

Season four is his favorite because we will "get to see an entirely other color of him that's been hinted at," and that we'll get to see our favorite characters doing what we want them to as well as some twists in entirely new directions. This sounds very exciting! Does that mean we'll finally see Joyce and Hopper become a family? I have a feeling we're going to see Hopper's ingenuity and cleverness as he escapes from prison somehow. Maybe El's powers will come into play as well. We know Hop is one astute man but maybe we've only seen the tip of that.

What are your predictions for Jim's arc next season? Share them in the chat.

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The Best 80s Look of 2020

Share your favorites!

As the year ends, we can look back on a lot of fun 80s styles that made comebacks--either via media or through celebrity fashion in general. Let's take a look at some of them and share our favorites!

The most recent one of these is definitely my favorite: Gal Gadot's cute pink minidress. She shared this look on TikTok, topping it off with white sneakers, and it gave me Kids Incorporated flashbacks, it was so adorable. And I LOVE that ponytail. I have definitely rocked that a few times.

Here are some more trends that came back this year. Which was your favorite? Which example do you love best?

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A Very 80s Christmas

How would you pull it off?

While being home for the holidays isn't ideal, it does mean that we can all create our own holiday in the theme we like best. So if you're thinking of an 80s Christmas or New Year's, how would you go about it?

For starters, I think I'd read the Sweet Valley High Christmas Special. Not the one where they're older and Jessica wants to be Miss Christmastime or whatever but the one where they travel to another land and fall in love with princes. Remember that? I can't seem to find it but if you do let me know where I can get a copy! I think I'd also watch A Very Brady Christmas, which I used to watch with my aunt, who loves The Brady Bunch. 

What would you do to make it a very 80s Christmas?

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Disney And Pixar Just Made Lots Of 80s Kids Happy

What are you excited about?

Many Millennials LOVE Disney and Star Wars, having grown up on a steady diet of both. So imagine our surprise when the companies released a bunch of sneak peeks of what they're currently working on, which is incredibly exciting for us 80s kids!

There's Hocus Pocus 2. There's a new Rescue Rangers starring John Mulaney, Seth Rogan and Andy Samburg, which sounds SO good! There's an Ahsoka series coming up starring the lovely Rosario Dawson. Are you getting excited?

There are plenty of other exciting programs in development, too, from Raya and the Last Dragon, which looks absolutely adorable, to Encanto, which will feature Lin Manuel Miranda's work. There will be series featuring Princess Moana, Princess Tiana, Baymax and Zootopia! What are you most excited about?

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Playing D&D Online

The Stranger Things Cast Shows How It's Done

During quarantine, lots of adults and teens have missed playing Dungeons and Dragons, especially after many of the had just discovered the game courtesy of Stranger Things. Some adults and teens have kept the fun going, however, with some online playing. Some have used platforms like Google Meet and Discord, while others are streaming on YouTube to their subscribers.

The same is true for the cast of Stranger Things themselves, who have played D&D together virtually during quarantine. It sounds like some of them aren't that comfortable with the tech needed to play, which many of us can relate to.

Have you and your friends been playing RPG games virtually this year? What has made it work for you?

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