Childhood Games

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning! Happy Thursday!

Last night’s WOD was “easier” than most. I’d normally be annoyed by an easy workout, but I totally embraced this one because I was so exhausted. I probably should have skipped CrossFit all together, but “Annie” didn’t look too tough. I made it through the WOD no problem, but today is definitely going to be a rest day. My body needs it!



50-40-30-20-10 rep rounds of:



“Annie” is 150 Double-unders (a jump rope exercise in which the rope makes two passes under the feet per jump) + 150 Sit-ups. I’m still working on my Double-unders (I can consistency do 2-4 in a row, but no more than that), so I did the Level 1 option, which was doubling the reps. So, instead of 50 Double-unders, I did 100. Instead of 40, I did 80. You get the idea. (I did the prescribed number of Sit-ups. No need to double those!) I finished in 10:30.

Before we started the WOD, the class spent some time practicing Double-unders. While I tried to get them down, I chatted with a couple of the other ladies in class. We started talking about jump-roping as kids and other games we played, like Chinese Jump Rope and Cat’s cradle. I was also a fan of Skip-Its, Pocket Rockers, and Pogo Balls growing up. I was totally a child of the 80’s.


As I was writing this post just now, this game randomly popped into my head:


Anyone else remember Mall Madness? It was such an awesome game. You went to the mall to go shopping in order to win and the game was electronic, so it talked to you, which, of course, was super cool in the late-80’s. I thought it was the neatest game ever. I never actually owned Mall Madness, but my friend Jenn did, so we’d play every time I went to her house.


After CrossFit, I came home and snacked on some veggies with Creamy Spinach Dip while dinner cooked. I was starving and couldn’t wait to eat!

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On the menu: BAT’s (bacon, avocado, tomato) on Paleo Bread with sliced tomato sprinkled with truffle salt. The BAT was so delicious. I really love that Paleo Bread!

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After dinner, I still wanted something to eat, so I broke out some Pretzel Crisps + White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter to eat together. I ate a bunch and then went back again for a second round. The munchies hit me hard last night!

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Question of the Day

What were your favorite childhood games?



  1. I LOVED Mall Madness! it was definitely super high functioning for the 80s! Other 80s games I loved – Skip It, Pretty Pretty Princess, Meet Me at the Mall and not really a game, but I LOVED Barbies!!

  2. I used to LOVE Chinese jump rope! We would play it all the time at recess.

    It is so funny you brought up Mall Madness – we were talking about it last night. I never played it but it sounds like fun.

  3. ha, i loved Mall Madness. My cousin and i used to crack up at how they would say “Kitchen Store”… it was like “there is a sale at the chich-chen store!”.

  4. I never saw Mall Madness as a kid but I bet I would have loved it!

    I was addicted to Candy Land. I’d pull out all the cards with people and play just with them when I couldn’t get anyone to play with me. Over time those cards became so beat up and bent it was easy to spot them in the deck of cards. 🙂

    Also was a HUGE jump rope fantatic. We’d play every lunch hour and even got quite good at double dutch.

  5. I liked this game where you had all these different pictures of boys and you had to pick one and you’d get cards saying stuff about them. I cant remember what it’s called.

  6. My favorite childhood game was the Skip-it! I used to take that thing everywhere and drive my family crazy. One day when I was at the park, it was stolen. Saddest day of my childhood 🙁

  7. I did a post on my childhood Christmas list from the 90’s… games like Mall Madness… toys like Skip-It, Giga Pets.. and the like!

    So fun to remember. I totally forgot about Chinese Jump-Ropes, though! Loved those, too!

  8. I loved Mall Madness!! I think I still have it at my parents house. Another favorite game in our household growing up was Pretty, Pretty, Princess. My sister and I were obsessed with that game!

  9. Loooooved Mall Maddness! “Store is closed. Try Again Later!” Haha!
    Skip-It was awesome too! My friends and I used to race to see who could “skip-it” the fastest. 🙂

  10. OMG, yes I do remember Mall Madness! I didn’t own it either but my friend did. I loved that you had a credit card to swipe, and what girl didn’t like a game about shopping. It really was a cool game for its time, being that it was electronic and all. My big thing that I loved in the 80’s was Pound Puppies and My Little Ponies. Yes they have brought them back but they are DEFINITELY NOT the same. Toys were made different and I think better back in the 80’s. Gotta love the 80’s! I am such a dork, lol!

  11. Oh…My…God!!! Mall Madness was my FAVORITE game ever!!! The electronic phrases from that game will be forever locked into my brain “You get a special CLEARANCE!!!” hahahahaha. Love it. There was another awesome interactive game with a video you had to put in while playing and it involved two “hot guys” wanting to go on a date with you. I can’t remember what it was called maybe something like “Dream Date?” Anyone have an idea? Any game with boys or shopping I was playing!!

  12. I loved Mall Madness! Totally my favorite game. My parents don’t have it at their house anymore, but I did spot my old Babysitters Club game! Also loved Girl Talk and Dream Phone. Man, I was such a girlie girl!

  13. dream phone! (you called boys on the electronic telephone, trying to figure out who liked you – oh, i must just ignore what my feminist self thinks about this game from my past – ha!)

    then the game of life, which we turned into a role play game in our basements, as we all set up shops, and had families… i miss that game!

  14. I so wanted Mall Madness when I was a kid but because it was usually my brother playing games with me, I never got it! I always loved the classics (Monopoly and Life) and now I’m obsessed with Taboo!

  15. Girl talk was the favorite game of all sleepovers! I remember wanting Mall Madness but my parents wouldn’t buy it for me!

  16. As a child I had a pogo ball and a skip it thingy, I was also playing “Elastics” and jumping rope… but what I remember the most is “leather pear ball”, my dad even installed me a structure to play in my backyard. 🙂

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