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Crushes Then and Now (Ladies Edition)

Still swooning over your favorite then and now hotties? Well, the feast ain’t over yet!

Give it up for your favorite Crushes of Then and Now – Ladies Edition!


The Shake Senora Crush

Winona Ryder

Everyone’s favorite ghoulish girlcrush! The Beetlejuice star who became the 90’s It Girl with films like Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, and The Crucible! All I can say is, “I saw Goody Ryder with the Devil…and she looked gooood.”

The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air Crush

Tatyana Ali

Will Smith’s younger, adorable cousin, Ashley Banks, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ashley was the naive, well-behaved youngest Banks child. She looked up to her street smart, fun-loving cousin, Will, and the dynamic made us all fall in love.

The Full House Crush

Candace Cameron

Ah, DJ Tanner from Full House – the slightly bossy, but incredibly smart eldest Tanner daughter. Your wholesome, girl next door crush, that is if you can deal with her obnoxious best friend, Kimmy Gibler!

The Immaculate Crush-action


If you can handle this Material Girl, then life could be a Holiday. Remember to Express Yourself and she’ll Cherish you forever!

The Holy Hot Jackson Sister Crush

Janet Jackson

Watch the music video for her hit Again and tell me you’re not in love.

The Mannequin in the City Crush

Kim Cattrall

If you could make your dream girl out of a Mannequin, would you?

The I’d Let You Know All My Secrets Crush

Teri Hatcher

As reporter Lois Lane on Lois and Clark, Teri Hatcher gave us a taste of forbidden romance. Add to her resume the roll of a Bond girl, and we’re Desperate for more!

The Sweet Sixteen Crush

Molly Ringwald

The original Brat Pack Girl. Molly Ringwald was the voice of a generation in the cult classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Admit it, you’d have paid to see her underwear!

The Will You Go Steady With Me? Crush

Tiffani Thiessen

The Saved by the Bell homegirl, Kelly Kapowski. What would you have done to get your locker next to hers?

The Dreamweaver Crush

Tia Carrere

Camera One. Camera Two. Camera One. Camera Two. Doesn’t matter how we look, Tia, you’re gorgeous! Blame it on a Ballroom Blitz! Schwing!

The Summer Lovin’ Crush

Olivia Newton John

Which song would you pick to be your song? A.) “Let’s get PHYSICAL! PHYSICAL!” or B.) “I got chills! They’re multiplying!” Olivia Newton John is electrifying!

The Animated Crush

Marge Simpson

That girlish figure. That grovelly voice. Need I say anymore?

The Barbarella Crush

Jane Fonda

Barbarella is a “5-star, double rated, astro-navigatrix earth girl whose specialty is LOVE!”

That was a quote from the movie trailer. When I finish interpreting it, I’ll tell you why Jane Fonda is your favorite foxy crush!

See Barbarella “do her thing.”


Did your crush make the cut? Share your hotties (and notties) of then and now!

Crushes Then and Now (Guys Edition)

Crushes. We all have them. Ever wonder what happened to them down the road?

Me too.

So I took the liberty of compiling a list of some faves – Guy Edition. I’ll host the Ladies Edition on monday! Here’s the categories I grouped them into, but I can’t wait to hear what you all come up with!


The I’ll Stick With the Fairytale Crush

Barret Oliver

The little boy from The Neverending Story. So innocent, so sweet, such a good reader. Then there was Cocoon, followed by Cocoon: The Return, and the role of Dicken in the Hallmark version of The Secret Garden which totally made me crush on him more. I loved this boy. What happened?

The Make Me a Shingle and You Can Have My Number Crush

Joe Lando

It’s no secret I love Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Sully was a big reason for that. Um, hello?! – A morally driven man who can build you your dream home, survive for weeks in the wildnerness, and respects diversity and honesty. Yes, please.

The High School Crush That Lasted

Mark Paul Gosselaar

Oh, Zach Morris, from Saved by the Bell! Your antics and charming camera smirk still stop my heart. And your grown up roles on shows like Rizzoli and Isles and Franklin and Bash, still prove to make you a hearthrob.

The High School Crush I’m Willing to Walk Away From and Forget Ever Happened

Jason Priestley

Brandon, you seriously should have worn more sunscreen when hanging out in Beverly Hills, 90210. Priestley’s current resume includes mostly TV cameos, so let’s just say I will not be meeting Mr. Priestley at the Peach Pit anytime soon.

The Karate Kid Crush

Ralph Macchio

I’m so glad his Cousin Vinny got the charges dropped so he could grow up to show those bullies a thing or two on the karate floor! 😉

The Boy Your Mother Warned You About Crush

Corey Feldman

One of the original Lost Boys. From The Goonies to Gremlins, Corey was not to be trifled with. Crushing on this guy would not result in a white picket fence! However, he did earn the nickname ‘Mouth’…

The Boy Next Door Crush

James Van Der Beek

If there was anyone I’d allow to crawl into my bedroom window and stay up late watching Spielberg movies with, it’d be Dawson Leery.

The Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Crush

Sidney Poitier

He’s worth upsetting the parents if you ask me. And that voice!

The I Can Make You All Better Crush

Scott Speedman

Ben Covington from Felicity – the boy with the hard knock life who didn’t know you even existed in high school, comes to senses in college and falls in deeply in love with you. *swoon* I must admit though…I choose Noel. Shhh.

The ‘WOH’ Crush

Joey Lawrence

Blossom‘s older brother, Joey. Before there was Friends’ Joey Tribbiani “How you doin’?”, before N’SYNC had Joey Fatone, there was Joey Lawrence, and he had us at “WOH!”

The I’ll Listen to Nasonex Commercials Because They Remind Me of Desperado Crush

Antonio Banderas

I’m a sucker for a sexy voice, what can I say? Whether he’s a gun-wielding, guitar player in Desperado or an animated bee that sells nasal spray, Antonio, you should know “Te amo.”

The Somebody’s Making a Deal With the Devil or Else How Do You Still Look So Good Crush

George Clooney

ER‘s Dr. Doug Ross – You can play doctor on me anytime! Or jack of all trades, Danny Ocean? (Ocean’s Eleven) I could take a gamble on him. 😉

Who did I miss? What hottie (or nottie) crushes are on your list? And don’t spare the gory details! Dish!

Then and Now: How the 80s Defined Us

Did everyone have a good Memorial Day Weekend? What did you do to celebrate? Joe and I kept it pretty lowkey, but we did cook up bacon hot dogs. Jealous?

Did any of you watch the miniseries special The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us on the National Geographic Channel? It originally aired several weeks ago, but is making a second run around soon. Besides being awesomely narrated by Rob Lowe, Bad Ass Saxaphone Player Hottie of the 80’s, the show was really well put together and interesting.

Teach us about the 80’s, Rob!

Being born in the 80’s, I don’t remember a lot about them. Most of what I recall is actually the early 90’s trying to army crawl their way into a new decade. Watching this miniseries was really informational for me to understand what was happening in the world when I was born. And I started taking notes. Because I’m a dork like that. Because I didn’t want you to miss out on these great observations I had.

Then and Now

The Games We Play

Did you know it was the 80’s that brought us Tetris?

I remember playing Tetris, it was a game I was quite good at. Now everyone plays Angry Birds. And my 8 year old nephew told me my AB score was pathetic. #TrueStory

The Phones We Use

The 1980’s brought about the first ever cellular phone call. The phone call was made from inside a car and filmed on the news. As the phone’s creators held their breath, the nation watched to see if it would really work.

How do I get Facebook on this thing?

We’ve advanced from cell phones to smart phones. If you’re like me, your phone is now smarter than YOU are! My 10 year old niece uses her phone to update her Pinterest page. I do not yet have a Pinterest page.

The Way We Talk

The 80’s brought about a fad from West Coast high school girls who hung out at the mall a lot. Valley Girl Talk! Not sure what Valley Girls sound like? Check out Moon Unit Zappa’s hit song, Valley Girl. It’s like totally awesome! Ohmygod!

I’m not sure we have a dialect that is sweeping the nation, but I have been seeing a lot of anagrams sweeping the internet, IYKWIM… LOL.

The Music We Love

Madonna first made waves in the 80’s with hits like Material Girl, Like a Virgin, and Holiday. She was an innovative star who made music and fashion her own, thereby causing the vast population of women, and gay men, to emulate her.

As much as I wish we had a better example, the only one who I think comes close to this decade’s Madonna is Lady Gaga. Love her or hate her, she has a powerful voice and sense of fashion. She’s gained a huge following and is true to her self – meat clothes, black perfume, and all!

The Wars That Last Forever

The Cold War lasted almost an entire decade. It’s aftermath still leaves Germany divided. War, in any capacity, takes generations to overcome. And by the time we start to move forward, it seems we start a new war. I say this not to upset anyone’s political beliefs, or to dishonor our troops. I am very grateful for all those who serve our country. I understand my freedoms are because of their commitment. But watching The 80’s and learning of the Cold War was very engrossing to me. I understood much more about the values my parents raised me with and the shift in economy because of it.

For this generation, anyone born in the early 2000’s, the war that lasted almost a decade will be the War on Terror. A fight I know leaves us all fearful of what’s next.

The Epidemics We Face

Many of you who were of age to watch the news, and cared about it, probably remember the name Ryan White. I didn’t remember his name, but I am glad that I learned of him. At a time when the AIDS virus severely scared the nation, Ryan White put a face to the disease that told America “This could happen to anyone.” After contracting HIV from a blood transfusion, Ryan used his last years to campaign for HIV awareness and his mother still does this activist work today. I am grateful to both of them.

While it isn’t anything new, I think the epidemic we face is cancer. Nowadays you don’t have to look far to know someone whose family member, or they themselves, have been diagnosed with the disease. Both my mother and sister have overcome it. Here’s hoping with our medical advances, we’ll also find a cure to beat both of these diseases yet in our lifetime.

The Ability to Help During Disaster

In the campaign USA for Africa, one of the largest music-based fundraisers was held in the 80’s. We Are the World was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to help the many people of Africa who were dieing of famine. The single sold over 20 million copies and rallied a nation to aid our fellow man.

In 2010, I tuned in to give to the Hope for Haiti fundraiser after a horrific earthquake left the country in desperate need. Many of us made our donations to the Red Cross to help rescue survivors and provide shelter to those who needed it. We do this again to help our neighbors in Oklahoma now.

Our country has made many advances and come a long way, but one thing I’m glad hasn’t changed is our ability to help each other when we need it most.

What do you remember? What was big in the decade you were born in and  how has it changed? Do you wish we could go back to our old ways in anything? Resurrect Devo anyone?

You mean Devo still is together? And they’re on tour in California next month? Then bring on the Devolution!

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