Family, Opinion

Memorial Day 2016

Many forget the true purpose of Memorial Day and use it to party since it is a 3 day weekend. However, Memorial Day is a day to honor all fallen service men and women that have died to protect this country and our freedom. 

My family has been highly involved in the military over the years and it makes me proud knowing they have done so much to protect not only their family and freedom but that of complete strangers across the country. I would like to give a special thank you to both my great grandfathers for their involvement. They were wonderful men and played an important role in my life growing up. They were my heroes and will always be. 

As some of you may know, my husband served in Afghanistan for a few years. He is combat USMC veteran now. He has become such an amazing husband and father. 

For all the service men and women out there fighting for our freedom today, thank you. Without them, this country wouldn’t be what it is and many people take their freedom for granted. 

For all the fallen, thank you for your sacrifice. Your death has not been in vain and you will always be remembered. 

I hope everyone takes a minute today to be grateful for the risks our servicemen put themselves in to protect this great country. And remember the fallen for giving their all. 

Happy Memorial Day!!

Family, Opinion

Flashback Friday #2 – Childhood Before Technological Integration

Since I’ve got two little ones of my own, I am amazed at how much they understand and crave technology. Kids today are growing up in a completely different way with technology at their fingertips. Everywhere you go, kids on iPads, iPhones and they know how to use them better than most adults! It’s frightening

When I was growing up, some technology was becoming popular but not common. For fun we would go outside and play games or pass a ball around or go exploring our town with friends. Today, kids watch others on youtube, chat with complete strangers over messaging apps and would rather browse Facebook than go socialize in the real world. 

I watch my own children and I can see how easy it is to let them get absorbed into technology. It keeps them busy and makes getting things done with kids easier. But at the same time, they have an attachment to the devices and throw the biggest tantrums when they are taken away. With that being said, I’ve been really trying to get them to experience some of the same thing I did as a kid but that means no iPad aka no life source. 

I remember the good days when we would build forts out of anything and everything we could find, we actually spent time engaging with our friends when we hung out with them, we would wander our town looking for an adventure, we made up the most absurd games or activities to entertain ourselves and nobody had to worry about anyone recording you when you acted crazy or funny. We traded cards and most games were made out of paper. 

I know I can’t stop the way things are but I hope to instill some sense of adventure and curiousity for life outside of the Internet. 

If any of y’all have some good memories of childhood before the Internet, comment below with your favorite ones! πŸ˜‹

Advice/Tips, Opinion

Summer Hacks

In honor of the start of summer, I have come up with a few hacks I’ve learned over the years that have saved me stress, money and/or time. Depending on where you live, they may not all apply but still good to know. πŸ˜‰

  • If you are like me, then you probably worry about leaving your valuables when you get in the water. Only since having kids, I use a new diaper. Put all your valuables in the clean diaper and roll up to look used. Nobody will ever touch it 😜
  • If you’ve ever been at the beach, then you know that feeling of dryness from the ocean mist. Use a spray bottle filled with green tea to spray on to keep yourself refreshed and moisturized. 
  • It can seem like as much as you try and dust off the sand, you never can seem to get it all off. Put baby powder on and then dust again, it all comes off. 
  • It’s annoying when sand gets in your  drink. Use press and seal on top and poke a straw through. 
  • Want to get tan faster? Going on a walk or swimming gets you more tan than laying out. The higher your heart rate, the faster you tan. 
  • Hate getting sand all over your car from the towels and toys? Bring grocery bags to put everything in.
  • Sunburnt? Use aloe vera gel or soaked tea bags to take the burn away. 
  • Want the ‘just been at the beach’ wavy hair? Mix together 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon hair gel

Well there you have it! Just a few simple tips for summer. Hope y’all enjoy your summer!!

Comment below with any other summer tip or what your summer plans are πŸ˜‰

    Family, Opinion

    Motivation Monday #1 – One of a Kind

    It seems like every way I turn, I hear or see people trying to be like a Kardashian or Ariana Grande or Justin Beiber. What ever happened to being ourselves and being unique? People think we all need to strive to be ‘perfect’ but in reality, nobody is perfect. What classifies someone or something as perfect? Everything is in perspective. I think people need to recognize what makes them different and really enjoy doing what makes them happy. People need to stop trying to be an imitation of someone else and be their own unique, one-of-a-kind person. 

    I am by no means perfect but I am happy being me and being different. Everyone has something special and unique about them but we just need to acknowledge it and use it. Even the things in our lives that seem like a negative can be turned around and made into a positive. I can list a few things about myself that I feel makes me who I am. 

    • I come from a broken and mixed family but I love that we are all different but still connected. 
    • I am proud of my ethnicity. I am 25% Cherokee Indian, 25% Japanese, and the rest is a mix of German, French and Irish.
    • I am still a child at heart and love cartoons and art n’ crafts. 
    • I had my gallbladder removed 😁
    • I laugh at my own jokes. 
    • I’ve been through some hard events that have made me stronger. 
    • I have a love for all things country: music, dance, attire. 
    • I have vitiligo and psoriasis
    • I had a tumor that was removed. 
    •  I love the rain. 
    • I’m weird and love it 😜

    What I’m trying to get at is, stop trying to be something you’re not and be happy with what you have been given. We were all made different for a reason, life would be boring if we were all the same so embrace your irreplaceable self! Be your own one-of-a-kind!

    Family, Food

    Flashback Friday #1 – 90’s Toys & Candy

    Today, my family and I were all reminiscing our memories of the 90’s and it really made me feel old. Our main talk was of the toys and candy that we don’t see around much now. I was born in 1990 so I lived through all the 90’s but I was still young. A lot happened in the 90s, way too much for me to write about it all; so I narrowed the topic down to toys I think represent the 90s and candy you don’t see too much anymore. Hope y’all enjoy the memories!
    Here are my top 5 toys from the 90s:

    1. View Master – I loved getting the small reels with Disney characters on them and just scanning through them as we drove to visit family. 

    2. Super Nintendo- I was homeschooled so we played this all the time, my mom even played with us. Some of my favorite games were Donkey Kong of course, Aladdin, Star Fox, Space Invaders, Zelda and Super Mario World.

    3. Nintendo 64 – This was the newest Nintendo system and my family really got into this with family night being teams battling against each other in whichever game we chose. Just to name a few we played: Donkey Kong, Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Golden Eye 007 and Mario Party. 

    4. Tamagotchi or Giga Pets – If you didn’t have one of these growing up in the 90s, you missed out. Everyone I knew had one and we had them linked up with our backpacks. I personally had a gigapet and I loved it. Eventually I got tired of cleaning up the digital dog poop and giving him a bath. Now my gigapet sits in a save box in storage as a fond memory. 

    5. Pogs – Everyone collected these and traded them when I was a kid. They have tons of different images on them. I mainly had Disney or cartoon ones. I collected so many until they banned them in schools and all my friends stopped playing. 

    I definitely have a longer list of my top favorite candies but I’ll try and keep it short for you πŸ˜‹ I also included some snacks because they are too good to forget.

    1. Dunkaroos – These were every kids’ favorite snack. Graham crackers with frosting to dip them in, it could get any better than that! Unfortunately, a whole generation had to grow up without these amazing treats in their lunchbox since they were discontinued. 

    2. Ring Pops – If you didn’t use a Ring Pop in a mock wedding ceremony, you weren’t doing it right. 

    3. Fruit Stripe Gum – Not only did Fruit Stripe Gum step it up in the food-coloring department, but each stick also came with a temporary tattoo. 

    4. Ouch Bubble Gum – Candy in the ’90s just seemed so much more fun. Like gum that looked like fun band-aids.

    5. Those powder filled plastic fruit – I was obsessed with these and would eat these when I was watching Dexters Lab

    6. Bubble Jug – This was good but you never seemed to have enough and would eat the whole thing in one sitting. 

    7. Candy Lipstick – My sister and I would always use these during pretend but we couldn’t resist and they would be gone by the end. 
    I know I missed a bunch of other good ones but I don’t want this post to be rediculously long so I could only do some of my top favorites. I hope y’all enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane!

    Comment below with your favorites 😜

    Until next time, Cloe πŸ’œ

    Family, Relationships

    Marriage Tip #1 – Communication

    Every couple will have disagreements or have something that is bothering them on their mind. Secret to a happy marriage and keeping your sanity- communication. 

    This past weekend we spent hanging out with other couples with kids and we all talked about our problems. Mine was simple – finances. We are trying to save to buy a home in the next few years and working out a budget can be problematic. Both the other women didn’t have that problem but they had a more troublesome one, they were not agreeing in their marriages and have started counseling. Biggest issue, they didn’t know how to talk to their partner or didn’t want to talk to them. 

    From day one with my husband we agreed to tell each other everything so that we had nothing to hide. Ever since we have kept to that and tell each other the good, the bad and all in between. It keeps a strong bond of trust and faithfulness but also shows respect for one another. We have learned that being able to talk about anything and everything really makes our marriage feel like a wonderful friendship because we listen and understand each other.

    Learning to work together when it comes to disagreements has been the most valuable tool. Aaron, my husband, is a little hot tempered while I stay calm and collected. To make disagreements work, Aaron will step away to calm down and then come back to talk. We NEVER bad mouth the other person or insult them; this helps us avoid saying things you don’t mean and later regret. Most of the time we meet in the middle but sometimes one of us may have a valid argument that we eventually agree upon.

    Listening is an important part of communication. My husband has had bad days and it’s my job to be there for him to vent. And I’m sure everyone has had a day that is emotionally draining and they just need to talk about how they are feeling. Aaron is wonderful at this; dealing with two pregnancies and my wild emotions, he has always be considerate of how I’m feeling. Not only that, but things that made me uncofartable at the beginning of our relationship, he listened and understood where I was coming from and has since changed to not do something that bothers me. So don’t just talk, but listen and be ready to give advice or a solution.

    Lastly, no matter what mood you are in – happy, sad, frustrated or angry – we always say “I love you.” I’ve had moments when I’m upset with him but that doesn’t mean I don’t love him, so by saying those three little words, he can be sure I still care and makes me realize being upset isn’t worth it. If looking forward five years, this disagreement doesn’t make a difference – it’s not worth it.

    I guess what I’m saying is talk about everything with your partner. Make them your best friend and be their best friend in return. Don’t hold grudges cuz they only create bigger problems and resentment. Life is short so choose to make happy memories over bad one, you can’t go back and change anything so work with what you got and move forward with that. I hope I’ve given y’all some insight to a key feature of a happy marriage.

    Any questions or comments are welcomed, just comment below!

    Thanks for reading and until next time πŸ˜‰

    Love, Cloe

    #marriedlife #communication #wisdomwednesday


    My Favorites

    Since some of you may not know me, I figured listing some of my favorite things would give y’all more of an idea of who I am. So I’ll start with some basic ones and then get to more unique ones. If you have more questions for me, post them in the comments and I’ll let you know! πŸ™‚

    1. Color? Purple
    2. Number? 7 and 13
    3. Animal? Lion
    4. Food? Sushi
    5. Book? Way too many to name
    6. Season? Summer, I LOVE the beach
    7. Ice Cream? Mint Chocolate Chip 
    8. Game? Scattegories
    9. Makeup? I don’t wear much but I love lipsticks 
    10. Sport? To watch-baseball, soccer, basketball and gymnastics. To play-swimming, soccer and running
    11. School Subject? English
    12. Music Genre? Country mainly but I listen to a bit of everything
    13. Drink? Sweet Tea or any kind of tea
    14. Holiday? Christmas because of the lights and being able to celebrate with my family
    15. Painting? Starry Night by Van Gogh
    16. TV Shows? Greys Anatomy, Amazing Race, The Voice, Strong, 20/20, Dateline and 48 Hours
    17. Movies? All Harry Potter and LOTR, Age of Adeline, Star Wars, Unbroken and so so many more…
    18. Superhero? Male-batman, female-Wonder Woman
    19. Anime? Sword Art Online
    20. Way of Travel? Train

    I’d love to hear what your favorites are so comment below with your answers! Let’s see how much we have in common! πŸ™‚


    Welcome to My Blog – Friday the 13th

    Welcome to my blog, I hope to share with y’all a bit about me and make this a very interactive place.

    My name is Cloe Pottorff and I am married with two kids. I love my family and enjoy going on adventures and making memories with them.

    I felt Friday the 13th was the best day to start my blog since my lucky number is 13. I’ll be sharing some of my life with y’all and some random thoughts or ideas.

    Your opinions and comments are welcomed and I hope to hear from y’all soon!

    Love, Cloe