15 Things The Noughties Teen Will Remember

  1. If u can read dis ur a 00’s teen. We wer on PAYG n evry msg cost 10p so ud avoid usin ‘,?!: as mch as poss. Ud txt ur m8s from ur nokia 3210 as mch as u cud squeeze in2 190 characters, non of dis difrent msg 4 each sentence nonsense of 2day. Ud end ur txt wid ‘luv me x’. Den ud go bk to plyin Snake.
  2. We used Microsoft Encarta for our homework.
  3. We didn’t know what a selfie was and only went online for MSN messenger. The only social network around was Friends Reunited, which definitely wasn’t cool because our Dads were on it. And err hello?! We saw our friends at school all day and then talked on the phone all night. The landline obviously, we didn’t have enough credit for calls.
  4. The ONLY place to shop was Tammy Girl. Despite this, you’d still get annoyed if someone else ‘copied’ you. Clearly there was not enough Tammy Girl to go around. You could also go into town on a Saturday with Β£10 in your miniature bowling bag and somehow manage to get lunch, a top, a compact powder a few shades too dark and a very gloopy mascara. All without stealing.
  5. Rockport shoes were the ultimate status symbol. Even better if worn with Miss Sixty jeans.
  6. Your school bag would be as small as possible and you’d stuff everything else into a Jane Norman carrier.
  7. You spent your evenings downloading music from Limewire. Then burning it to CDs. Or playing it while flirting with boys on MSN.
  8. Big Brother, Footballers Wives and Friends were all you wanted to watch.
  9. You’d probably eat a Turkey Twizzler for your school lunch at least once a week. Finished with cornflake tart or chocolate concrete.
  10. Your go-to hairstyle was a slicked back, possibly looped ponytail with two sprayed-solid clumps of hair pulled out at the front. You’d finish of the look with butterfly clips placed in a row in front of your feather scrunchy.
  11. The start of a new term meant a new pencil case from Kookai, filled with brand new scented gel pens.
  12. If you didn’t have Rockports, your school shoes were probably Pod or Kickers and had a keyring tied into the laces.
  13. It was perfectly acceptable, and desirable to wear combat trousers. Or worse, parachute trousers. And in the summer, pedal pushers. It was also perfectly acceptable to wear skirts, or dresses, over trousers. Infact they sold them ready-to-go in Tammy Girl.
  14. You had one or more of the following; a tooth charm, two brightly coloured hair pieces glued in either side of your centre parting, a very bold french manicure.
  15. You were pretty much guaranteed to get one of the following for your birthday – a TY Beanie Baby, some kind of ‘Bang on the Door – groovy chick’ merchandise, and a Bubblegum card addressed to ‘Loopy Lass’, ‘Disco Diva’ or ‘Top Totty’.

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  1. January 26, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Haha. Absolutely love this. I thought I looked really cool with my hair scraped back with the smallest strands of hair out at the front! Haha. Oh god. #CoolMumClub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you for commenting! At least we werent all isolated in our dodgy hairstyles! x

  2. January 26, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Hahaha ahh the Jane Norman carrier bags. Why did we do that? I love a nostalgic post. Thanks for brightening up a grey Thursday #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      I have no idea! To show that we shopped there? Although I think most of mine were stolen from my friends older sister. But they knew what they were doing, they used to change the colours of them so everyone would know if you were recycling! Thank you for commenting! x

  3. January 26, 2017 / 9:18 am

    OH MY GOD. This is my teens. I had a groovy chick shower radio, and a Nokia 3210, I had the trouser skirt- think it was New Look though. I remember having these grey combats from Tammy Girl and I wore them everywhere with my Nike Air Max and my butterfly clips. My teens in a bubble! I think I had something Disco Diva too I can picture it – might have been a pencil case – a tin one. So funny, thanks for the memories! #CoolMumClub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed! x

  4. January 26, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I was a 90s teen, but this reminded me of all of the things that just don’t exist any more. So much so I may have to write my own 90s version! Love the txt spk reference too! #stayclassymama

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Oh you should! Let me know if you do as I’d love to read! Thank you for commenting xx

  5. January 26, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness, I had Pod shoes for years. Always with a keyring! I always got Bang on the Door stuff for my birthday too. I still have a mug in my cupboard now. Ah the 90s….

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Oh I wish I had a mug! Thank you for commenting! x

  6. January 26, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I was a 90s teen – what an old fogey eh?!! but can definitely relate to so much of this. God knows what our children are going to think?! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you for commenting and for hosting! Our children will think we’re complete, uncool weirdos. But then their children will think the same of them and the circle of uncool will be complete! x

  7. January 26, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    yep this was me. My kickers, kookai pencil case and weird brightly coloured hair extensions (and hair mascara?!?) Oh year, thank goodness those days are GONE! #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you for commenting! What was hair mascara? And glitter?! x

  8. January 26, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Oh. My. God. I have no words. It’s like I’m 15 again. This has made me feel both very old and very predictable. It was Tammy Girl or Miss Selfridge for me. I wore Kickers to school and fake glasses with blue lenses. Getting braces was cool thanks to All Saints. MSN Messenger absorbed every evening and I was amazing at snake. Geeze. #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Haha, you sound like we’d have been great friends! Thank you for commenting and I’m glad it brought back some memories! x

  9. January 26, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Love it, brought back some memories!! do you all also remember the dial up tone when connecting to the net!!??


    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Yes! And that it took forever. I also had to come off the internet whenever someone wanted to use the phone! Thank you for commenting! x

  10. January 26, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    YES! This is a scarily accurate list of my teenage years! It had me chuckling all the way through. I bought ALL my clothes from TammyGirl! And I had some pastel pink pedal pushers that I wore all the time! #ABloggingGoodTime

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I feel like I could add loads to it actually! I had some black silky ones that I wore with a cropped t-shirt with a hood. AWFUL! Thank you for commenting! x

  11. January 26, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Hahahahaha yes!!! remember nail piercings? having a hooped jewel in your little finger nail was the epitomy of cool! and i thought the craze years ago of teens sucking on dummys was wierd haha #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Yes! I was just talking about them the other day! The dummy thing was very strange! Thank you for your comment! x

  12. January 26, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    I’m old and not from the UK so I have no idea what half of this means – but can you explain the key ring tied intot the laces? How’d you open the door with your foot???? #Stayclassymama

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Haha, I have no idea why they used to have key rings tied to the laces but it was cool at the time! Thank you for your comment! x

  13. January 27, 2017 / 12:47 am

    This is too funny! I’m just glad I was a style icon with my Rockport shoes. Do I also get extra points for having a berghaus coat? #ablogginggoodtime

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      You can definitely have a few more points for your coat. Not as many as you’d have got if it were Helly Hanson or Carhart though! x

  14. January 27, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Hilarious! Oh I’d love to see what this generation of teens write – time moves so damn quickly and life changes unrecognisably – great reflection and great little reminders of what it used to be like! #CoolMumClub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment and I’m glad you enjoyed! x

  15. January 27, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Lol, I remember a lot of these although I was a teen in the 90s rather than the noughties. Tammy Girl was our shop of choice back then too and I remember sending Bubblegum cards to all my friends at uni – there were usually a couple of them pinned on my pinboard at any one time! I’d forgotten all about Microsoft Encarta and the joys of having to use txt spk so you could fit a message in one text! πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I wonder what ever happened to Bubblegum?! x

  16. January 28, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I was a 90’s teen. Much like many of your other commenters. But in all honesty it doesn’t sound toooo dissimilar! Tammy Girl was definitely the go to shop and I too had a Nokia! I was just lucky enough to have it on contract which incidentally ended up in me running up a huge bill! I may have been older but not that wiser, clearly! Great post full of nostalgia. #ablogginggoodtime

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      January 29, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I think there were some overlaps, particularly in the early 2000’s! Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you enjoyed! xx

  17. January 30, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Yes to all of these – sadly I was a nineties teen but don’t tell anyone! #ablogginggoodtime

  18. January 31, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Love love love this!! My god I totally forgot about Encarta! And LimeWire! And Jane Norman – I was so a naughties teen. Pretty sure I also had a tooth gem at one point and I lived in my combat trousers (All Saints were sooo cool!) Thanks for sharing I lolled the whole way through πŸ™‚ x #coolmumclub

  19. January 31, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Popping back from #coolmumclub

  20. February 1, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Hahaha I loved this!! The Jame Norman carrier bag comment made me laugh out loud! I did that!!!! #ablogginggoodtime

  21. February 1, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Lol I defo got da first 1. Texting on my Nokia was a pretty amazing skill to have at that age. Did you ever speak in pig Latin with your friends? (This might have been an American thing). Love this! You’ve made me laugh out loud on the train so now everyone is looking at me haha. Thanks for sharing with #stayclassymama!

  22. February 17, 2017 / 5:20 am

    I love this!!! Microsoft Encarta, now that made you feel so sophisticated! I once used the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream” soundbite from the Encarta library to wow my class during an oral presentation. I was the cool kid for weeks because we had the first copy of it! #BlogCrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Oh that sounds fancy! x

  23. February 17, 2017 / 6:22 am

    Yes Yes and Yes again – the days of gel pens, Jane Norman carriers and the holy grail Kookai pencil case! I LOVE this post! xx #blogcrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you! x

  24. February 17, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Omg I love this!I used to have kickers for school as my mam wouldn’t buy me rockports….can anyone else remember those kids who’d come to school in rocksports not noticing they were fake?!
    I used to love my Jane Norman carrier bag for my PE kit πŸ™‚ mine was bright pink obviously!
    I’m going to go and look at some old pics now πŸ˜‚ xxx

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Yes, or Rockfords? Thank you!

  25. February 17, 2017 / 8:04 am

    haha … love it. I still watch Friends, it drives my husband mad! #BlogCrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Me too, still my fave! x

  26. February 17, 2017 / 11:01 am

    This makes me feel old, my kids were noughties teens!! Of course I started again so my current kids will be hitting their teens just in time for the 20s now that sounds weird. Memories from my teens…no mobile, you had to use phone boxes to phone your boyfriend/bestfriend, no computers and stilletoes, even for work all day. πŸ™‚

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      I didn’t have a mobile until I was 12 but I can’t really remember being without one! x

  27. February 17, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I went into this thinking ‘great, a bit of nostalgia’ then I remembered I was in my 20s by the noughties.
    Still a fantastic list though even if it served to make me feel prehistoric πŸ™‚ #blogcrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Twenties is almost teens! x

  28. February 17, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Totally forgot about the stylish carrier bag for school!!! #blogcrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      It had to have string handles or be made from cardboard! x

  29. February 17, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Awesome post!!! The Txt and playing snake!! Pedal pushers hahahaah and slick back hair!!! #Blogcrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed! x

  30. February 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Haha I can relate to ALL of this and it’s so embarrassing I used 2 txt like dis! Thanks for the nostalgia, loved this post.xx #BlogCrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you! x

  31. February 18, 2017 / 9:53 am

    This is hilarious! Perfect read for a sat morning!
    PS: no.10 was plus about 4/5 scrunchies too!

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Haha yes! Tied at varying tightness?! x

  32. February 19, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Microsoft Encarta & Jane Norman! Lol. I was a 90s teen but I rarely admit that out loud! Such a fun post! Have to share! #blogcrush

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 19, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you for commenting and for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed! x

  33. February 21, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Brillaint. I was a 90s teen and living out in the sticks I don’t think anyone had even heard of Jane Norman. The carrier bag of choice for us was River Island but they did really cool fancy designs on them back them, honest πŸ˜‚

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      February 25, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I remember the cool river island bags in different colours with the strings! X

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