She-Ra Warrior Princess

Have I ever mentioned that I have a hard time getting rid of stuff?
Especially if it is even the least bit sentimental.
So today my Momma came over to give me the smack down.
It’s time Ashley. I’m bringing trash bags.
But I wasn’t worried.
I knew she would take one look at the memories inside my bins
and she wouldn’t have the heart to make me get rid of a thing.
And I was right.
My She-Ra doll.

Whenever I would visit my Dad, we would go to the LA Zoo. We never left before I got one of these plastic guerrillas.  I would walk around the Zoo smelling the plastic scent {yeah, I was a weird kid}.

And then I stumbled upon the extent of my “rebelliousness” as a kid.
Hidden within my Chucke Cheese mini backpack, fireworks–that I was always too scared to light, but felt like a rebel because I had them hidden in my room for years.

A picture of my Dad that reminds me of Baby W.

A letter my Aunt wrote to be just before she passed away.

My first glamour shot.

One of the rare pictures taken of me with black hair. Back in the dating days.
A few of my favorites from my childhood knife collection.
I told you I was weird.

Brad Pitts tickets to the Academy Awards that he left in his Limo.

My first cassette tapes. Wow, that makes me feel old.

My Homecoming crown.
So to make space for all my memories we busted out the Space Savers.
Is it weird that these make me giddy?
They might just be the greatest invention of all times.
Here is my Momma loading massive amounts of blankets in the Space Saver.

Woah, right?!
What memories have you been holding onto for years?

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    Gallamore West
    May 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I love, love looking back at old stuff! Here's a post about one of my very favorite things I saved from when I was in 1st grade 🙂

    Laurie 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 5:54 am

    i just love all your old stuff! and oh my gosh I totally had one of those chukee cheese's mini back pack! 🙂 i loved it! I love reading your posts cause it seems like we had a very similar childhood and I love it! 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I totally have a bunch of my baby clothes. As in, the ones I wore and spit up on. Can't decide if that's weird or not. Also, I have a gigantic bin of all the Harry Potter memorabilia I collected from 5th grade until 11th grade. Games, stuffed snitch, Snape action figure…

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    Zsa Zsa
    May 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Oh gosh, all your old stuff is sooo cool! Been keeping old books, old letters and a few stuffed toys. Some toys and books I can probably give away…(would have to think hard about that. lol) Have old letters in old shoeboxes…they bring back so many memories! Thanks for sharing your old stuff — I should start de-cluttering soon! 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 6:38 am

    so many memories is gross, and i will be doing a blog just like this one soon! Spring Cleaning (the first time in 3 years).
    DON"T get rid of the Sheera doll!!! noooooo!

    I'm adding your button to my blog! would love it if you want to add mine! 🙂

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    Jayna Rae
    May 26, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I have about fifteen Strawberry Shortcake dolls, My Catra doll; she can come and play with your She Ra any time; Toys from Happy Meals that are still in packaging and others that aren't, My Sophomore Homecoming dress, My eighth grade graduation dress that I also wore to my dad's funeral the same week, Every paper and notebook from college, credential classes, and my MA program, pass letters from high school, stickers and patches from high school, the Voodoo Glow Skulls set list, Flowers from all of my grandparents' and my father's funerals, My dad's men's size 28 Levi's (this is SUPER skinny). Okay, so I could go on FOREVER!!!! There would be more, but when I moved out of my parents house my husband helped me pack and he forced me to get rid of stuff. He doesn't keep much.

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    The Miller Five
    May 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love going through my old keepsakes! Your stuff is so cool. The letter from your aunt is priceless. I'm glad your momma let you keep your treasures.

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    May 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I love looking back at stuff like that. I moved out of home (and country) when I was 18 so every time I go back to South Africa for a visit I have to do some clearing up of all my old things in my parents house. Every now and again I stumble upon some treasures like the cassette tapes of recordings of my best friend and my "radio show", tons of barbie dolls, my precious lego collection, a large stack of love letters from my first real boyfriend… the list goes on, and Im so excited to see what I can find on my next trip back home later this year.

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I totally LOVED She-Ra!

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    Amanda @ Serenity Now
    May 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    You had me at "She-Ra." That was must-see TV for me in the afternoons. 🙂 I don't know how you got Brad Pitt's tickets, but I think that is pretty awesome!!

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I treasure old school pics and letters from friends. I love to hang onto cards with sweet sentiments in them. My most treasured item would have to be my mother's perfum bottle. It doesn't even have a sprays worth left in the bottle…just enough to smell her. My Mother passed away with Lou Gerhig's disease when I was 15 years old. As you can imagine, I miss her dearly.

    Thank you for letting me share. Your blog is precious and I check it almost daily. 🙂

    Trish in KY

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    [email protected] Stitched
    May 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I keep a box of a few childhood favs and memories! over the years the box as gotten smaller and is now boxed up under my stairs but just knowing it is there makes me feel some sort of comfort! 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Woah! I need this space saver thing!! Where have I been?!?!

    I am a big-time purger, so I have 1 rubbermaid tote that has things like my district spelling bee trophy (woot) from 4th grade, my girl scout sash, 2 old photo albums from jr high and high school, and a scrapbook that i put together w/ newspaper clippings, certificates, report cards, and photos and whatnot of my life.

    At one point, I had a shoebox in there that had my charms necklace (does anyone know those? anyone?), but my kids got at that and destroyed it. same w/ the jelly bracelets that they wore and that immediately disintegrated.

    anyway…knife collection? interesting.

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    Mrs. Me&U
    May 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I keep everything. It's really sad. I'm such a sentimentalist.

    I did want to say that in the picture from when you were younger, you and your son look so much alike in the face!

    Have a great day.

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    Mrs. Me&U
    May 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I keep everything. It's really sad. I'm such a sentimentalist.

    I did want to say that in the picture from when you were younger, you and your son look so much alike in the face!

    Have a great day.

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    May 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    ha! Love this post, brings back some memories for me. no doubt tape? hahaha! love it!

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    May 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    awww i had that she ra doll too 😀 love this post it is soo sweet and it is so much fun to look back on such sweet memories 😀

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    May 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I have a hope chest full of this kind of stuff, my old pound puppy, graduation cap… and I remember buying cassettes so you're not that old. Or, maybe we both are… hahaha.

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    May 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I am SOOOOOO jealous you still have your She-Ra. I once told peple I wanted to be She-Ra when I grew up.

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    Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts
    May 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    That's awesome, I have so many little trinkets like this that I can't force myself to get rid of! That space saver thing? WHAT?! I need one for the THOUSANDS of blankets I have! AWESOME!

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    May 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Fun post.

    I've managed to let go of a lot of things, but only because I had to move and it forced me too.

    I can, however, claim I still on a set of Bobbsey Twin books, hardback!

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    real indiana housewife
    May 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I always wondered if those space savers worked….

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    May 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    totally had those cassett tapes. I told my 5 year old neice about them and said said "hmm I get my music from itunes on the computer." wowza

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    May 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I'm totally the same way! I can't get rid of a thing, whereas my husband doesn't like a lot of clutter or anything. It's so fun to see all of your memories!

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    May 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    the Shera doll is my fave. I had her castle once upon a time. I love digging through old memories. my hubs doesn't get it b/c he never saves ANYTHING. all my bins are in my storage shed. 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Last year my dad sold our house when he remarried and I had to go through all my stuff in storage in our old basement. Due to living 2000 miles from where I grew up and not having any basements in FL, I said good bye to a lot of my childhood memories. But I was thankful that my mom had saved everything and that I got to relive my childhood as an adult for two days

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    Jessica from
    May 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    So funny. I have this huge stack of Garbage Pail Kid stickers. I have no idea if you even know what they are, but I inherited some from my brother and it made my stack about 3 times as large. I have crazy things I can't get rid of either!!
    But Brad PITT!!! I wouldn't be getting rid of that for sure!!

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    May 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    You need to explain how you were in the limo used by Brad Pitt and got his tickets! so cool!

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    Maeve Rachel
    May 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I'm a hoarder too! It runs in my family apparently =P I agree, you must share the Brad Pitt limo story =)

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    MªJose-Dit i Fet
    May 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hola Ashley:
    Es la primera vez que escribo en tu blog, aunque hace mucho que te leo, estoy suscrita a tus entradas y me encanta leerte!
    Llegué aquí de casualidad, buscando como hacer unas flores para el pelo a mi hija de 10 años y ya me he quedado desde entonces…
    Sólo quería felicitarte por tus entradas, me encantan, aunque a veces me cueste un poco seguirlas con el traductor de google porque no tengo ni idea de inglés…
    Un beso desde Ibiza (Spain)

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    May 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Definitely share the brad Pitt story!!! 🙂

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    May 27, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Ah I totally keep everything too.

    But what is the deal with the Brad Pitt tickets?? Do tell!

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    May 27, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Saw the gorilla and could instantly smell the plastic. Caught the worlds biggest grin come across my face. Then I read your comment. Just know you are not alone in loving the plastic smell 🙂
    And yes – do tell about the Brad Pitt tickets!

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    May 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I would never get rid of the Brad Pitt stuff.

    Recently, during our last move, I got rid of a lot of stuff I was holding onto. I kept the really big, important stuff. I tend to throw away more than save.

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    May 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I'm not terribly sentimental when it comes to material things, except for when it comes to my kiddos. (:

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    May 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Way too many. Not too much from my childhood cause we moved so much and I guess we were always getting rid of stuff.

    But I have things that were my daughter's that my granddaughter plays with.

    Then there is the crafting room…..

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    Vintage Marigold
    May 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    They still have those plastic machines at the la zoo! i loved them as a kid and got my son a plastic Kangaroo last time;)

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    Amy Blakely
    May 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Since typing on an iPad isn't easy I'm keeping it simple. SheRa my daughter (3) and her aunt (5) love Shera. In fact they will use straws, and anything vaguely sword shaped, to proclaim loudly and only ever in public- for the honor of greyskull. Also the Shera song now includes he-man because apparently baby Ryker (8 months) needed in on it too.

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    Sandy -- As Told By Mommy
    June 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Love this post! How cute is it! I think we all hold on to things like that…I loved that you shared your memories! SO cute!


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    the momma (aka Shannon)
    June 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    umm…if you're all done with your she-ra…can i have it?
    still remember running around on the playground playing SHE-RA!!! and watching it afterschool at the babysitters…
    ah memories.

    although it sure freaked me out when i saw the "peaches and cream" barbie was re-released as a "vintage" collectable!

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    June 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    She-ra was the BEST!!! I could never decide which one I liked better her or Jem 🙂 Your post took me back to my childhood days and I couldn't help but smile!

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