How We Make Meal Planning Work For Us

16628612265_38443f958e_zYou wanna know a secret?

I don’t really like to cook.

Whew! Just admitting that makes me feel a lot better. You see, it’s not something I enjoy. I don’t find it relaxing or a creative outlet or anything like that. I just like to have a plan, have the directions I need, and the tools and ingredients on hand to create a meal that my family and I enjoy (and that doesn’t take too long).

Here are some of the requirements for meals at our home: Continue reading


Some Thoughts On The “But I Died” Commercial

If you watched the Super Bowl tonight, you may have seen this spot from Nationwide Insurance. It was dark and jarring, especially for an event like the Super Bowl. However, the reaction to the spot bothered me more than the spot itself.

Please remember, the “But I Died” memes aren’t funny to everyone. Even reactions to a weird, poorly timed ad can bring up hurts for parents of dead or critically injured kids.

A month ago, I’d probably roll my eyes if I was reading this. But after Wilder’s fall, I learned how quickly a freak accident can change everything. 9,000 kids a year die because of preventable accidents—precious lives that are worth more than a quick joke.

Don’t think for a second I am blaming anyone for laughing at the goofy responses to this ad. I get why people think they’re funny. What I am asking, however, is for you to consider those friends or family members or acquaintances you have who may feel something in those commercials (and resulting ads) that isn’t laughable, and keep them in mind. Maybe don’t share the meme, and say a prayer for them instead.

P.S. The Make Safe Happen website is pretty interesting. If you have young kids in your life, take a look and see if there’s anything you can learn.