What Would You Save In A Fire?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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You guys are fans of the show Modern Family, right? (If not, please start watching it! You won’t regret it!) Well, a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor’s home burns down, so the whole (modern) family rallies and organizes a community drive to help out. Naturally, a bunch of hilarious antics transpire during the episode, but it got me thinking about what I would save from a fire if my own house burned down.


Obviously, the first thing I’d save is this guy:

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If had Murphy (and Mal, of course, but I assume he’d get out alright on his own), life would be okay. Mal + Murphy = happy life.

The next thing I’d save (if I could physically carry it) is the trunk in our living room.

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It’s full of photo albums and memories from high school and college (aka before digital cameras). I’d be so sad if they got destroyed.

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Other than Murphy and my photo albums, there’s not much else I’d want to save. I wear my engagement and wedding rings 24/7, so they would already be with me. Everything else is just stuff to me.


Mal was on dinner duty last night. He cooked some burgers on the grill and then added leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and salad to the meal. I drizzled buffalo sauce on my burger and mashed potatoes and balsamic vinegar on my salad. Delish.

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After dinner, I ate a couple of Christmas sugar cookies. Obviously.


I eat a lot of peanut butter, which means I eat a lot of Oats in a Jar. No jar goes to waste in this house””just ask Murphy!

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In the mix: oats, banana, almond milk, ground flaxseed meal, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, mushroom powder, and an extra scoop of peanut butter.

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Do the KIND Thing

I’ve always believed that one act of kindness can go a long way and really make a difference, so when the folks at KIND bars contacted me about their Do the KIND Thing movement, I knew I wanted to tell you guys about it. By getting involved with Do the KIND Thing, you will have the opportunity to help homeless children”” and all it takes is one act of kindness. 


Here’s how it works: Every month, Do the KIND Thing challenges its community to do one act of kindness for someone else. If enough people sign up and do it, KIND gives back in BIG ways to people who really need it.

Starting today, Do the KIND Thing is challenging people to do the following act of kindness: Donate one or more items to a local food bank or shelter of your choice by Tuesday, December 6th. If enough people pledge to carry out this act, KIND will partner with Publix and the Chapman Partnership to deliver holiday gifts to hundreds of homeless children who otherwise may not open a single gift this holiday season.

Now, get out there and donate some items! I already have a few non-perishable items ready to donate to my local food pantry.

Question of the Day

What would you save in a fire?



  1. Modern family is my favorite show! And that episode got me thinking too, and I would have to save my laptop, because it has all my pictures on it. I should really save a backup copy and leave it at my moms, incase of a fire or a computer crash, which has happened to me before. I lost all my pictures of my first 2 years of college…

  2. I would save my dog no question. She is the only thing that can’t be replaced. If I had time I’d take my laptop too because it has all my pictures on it (I scanned most of my old ones too), but everything else can burn. Im not too attached to the items in my house.
    Speaking of fires though, my neighbors have a sign on their window in the shape of a dog that says, “In case of emergency, please save me.” I’ve been looking for one to put in my own window, because I think it’s the best idea.

  3. Computer & iPhone and I’d grab my bike on the way out the door. (and probably get yelled at by the firefighters.) If I had time I’d throw my lululemon clothes out the window and grab all my bras (at 36H those babies are pricey!)

    I have renters insurance so almost everything else could be replaced.

  4. I haven’t had a chance to watch this season of Modern Family, so I can’t wait to watch it. In a fire, I would also save my dog and photos. Other than that, I don’t really have anything valuable yet, so we’d be off in a heartbeat!

  5. My husband and I just discussed this with our friends the other night. We excluded people/pets…and I always wear my rings too, so I chose my stuffed elephant. My husband got me the elephant at a flea market in Maine (it was new though) when we were first dating, 9 years ago. It might sound silly, but it’s special to me.

  6. My in-laws’ house burned down a week before Christmas in 2007. They grabbed their wedding rings and the scrapbooks of all the kids. Amazingly, my mother in law’s wedding dress was salvaged as well as all of her kids baby shoes. But a lot of what they owned was destroyed. I am always in awe of how well they have come back from that. And the neighborood donated stuff to them and even had a spaghetti dinner to raise money for them. I just thank God every day that they made it out.

    If my house was to ever burn down, I would grab my computer, wedding album and pretty much as many photo albums as possible.

  7. Unfortunately, we did lose our house to a wildfire. Our entire neighborhood was affected and almost all the houses on our street were burned down to the ground. There was nothing left but chimneys and a pile of debris. We didn’t have any notice before the fire was in our yard as it was 8 am on a Sunday morning and the fire was moving fast, so we grabbed our 2 boys (2 years old at the time), our 3 cats, some diapers, some clothes for the boys, 2 bottles and my purse. I ran in for a pair of flip-flops by the door. My husband had just returned from a business trip and he still had a suitcase and his computer in the car. We drove off all together in one car and I kicked myself because I forgot to get in our OTHER car that was in the garage! My husband talked me out of going back. Everything burned. A few days later when we were allowed back in to the neighborhood, I was sifting through the ashes and I found my great grandmothers platinum dinner ring! It needed some work, but it was intact with all the diamonds. Anyway, despite all the hassle of the stuff that we lost (including baby pictures, wedding pictures, etc) it still was all just stuff. It was oddly freeing in a way.

  8. What a great topic to discuss, I actually had nearly all of my possessions stolen from me 2 weeks ago as they were all packed up and ready to go behind my house and someone came and stole them. Luckily I was able to run after him and get them back. It was really startling and it shook me up to think of everything I almost lost (and the trip to Europe I was about to go on that would no longer have happened). But hearing you say- they are just things and you could survive without most everything else in your life puts it in perspective. I was fortunate to get it all back but would have been okay eventually without it all too.

  9. We had brush fires here in SoCal and one time we had to evacuate and was told to grab items from our household “just in case” the fire jumps the freeway and burn our house.

    Well, the only thing I grabbed were pictures too. Old pictures from my childhood. I figured everything else can be replaced.

  10. Assuming everything alive (dogs, cat, husband) makes its own way out, I’d save my ratty old yellow blanket and Tiko, my dad’s teddy bear from when he was a baby. When we evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, we didn’t have space in the car to bring more than our pets and a couple changes of clothes, and those were the only things I agonized over until we were able to get back into the house and salvage what we could.

  11. Haha… funny you should ask this since I was faced with this exact dilemma on Sunday night!

    Our city had an insane windstorm that led to a bunch of fires including one veering right towards the west side of the city where all of us university cities live. The smoke was to thick that you couldn’t even see and we were put in evacuation alert since the firefighters couldn’t control the fire in the wind! I have never been so scared in my life.

    Anyways, we just have a tiny apartment but we grabbed suitcases & started loading what we could into our car. I thought more things would be important to me, but all I actually ended up grabbing was my cat & her things, clothes, a quilt my grandmother made me, my laptop, my phone charger my purse & my camera. The thing I was saddest about leaving but knew I wouldn’t take was my huge book collection stored under our bed.

    Luckily, the firefighters pulled through and our homes didn’t burn down, but that was the first time in my life I actually had to think about what was most important to save! 🙂 Great question.

  12. My cousin lost everything in a fire. It still impacts her to this day. It’s been three years since, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a visit with her that it doesn’t come up somehow. Not deliberately, just in conversation.

    She didn’t get to save anything as she wasn’t in the apartment when the fire started. Miraculously they did find some of her journals, even though the entire building burned to the ground! They are in semi-readable state, and a couple weekends ago we spent some time scanning pieces of them into my computer. Even after all this time they still smelled burned.

  13. Thanks for your words Tina. My thinking is that for me, this was a valuable life lesson about “stuff”. Your message today really did resonate with me! We rebuilt our house, have a daughter and two dogs now in addition to our 2 boys and 3 cats. It has worked out fine for us. 🙂


  14. Love Modern Family!

    I would definitely save my photo albums – pictures going back to when I was a baby. And important documents, but other than that I think all of my stuff is expendable. Although it would be a huge pain to replace!

  15. Good question. I’d probably scramble to gather up as many pictures as I could. Anything that had any real sentimental value. And I’d grab a jar of peanut butter on the way out. Not that that’s important, but I probably wouldn’t overlook snackage, all the same.

  16. Modern family is SO SO good!!! And that was really a hilarious episode. I guess if there was a fire I’d save my kitty first (Capt. Jack Sparrow) and then my external hard drive that has all of my writing and photos. I would probably die if I didn’t have all of my creative work as well as memories. But that’s probably what people usually save, isn’t it? Oh, and the beautiful sapphire ring my parents bought me for college graduation.

  17. Modern Family is hilarious. 😀 I have sentimental attachment to EVERYTHING. I would be a hoarder if Hubby didn’t keep me in check. First and foremost I’d throw my 3 cats in their crate, grab my blind stuffed sheep (my companion since infancy) some memory sticks that hold backups of my photos and computer work and run like hell. Hubby would grab Lando (our dog) and the folder with all our information in it. I would rather lose material stuff than the most important loves of my life. Hubby and furry children. I know wouldn’t be able to recover without them.

    When we do get a house, you bet we’re putting the sticker on the window to tell fire fighters there are animals to be saved if, goddess forbid, we are away and a fire happens.

  18. We had this same conversation after that episode. I had similar answers. Once husband, dog and cat were taken care of, I would grab my computer most likely. It has all my photos on it and all my work. I too always have my wedding band and engagement ring on so that would be the only “thing”.

  19. My julienne peeler and my cherry pitter! HA! Kidding….all I’d be concerned about would be my husband and my cat (not necessarily in that order – my husband would be ok to get out on his own, our cat is deaf so I’d need to ensure we could grab her). I’d be sad if I lost old photos, but life would go on if they burnt, and really, that is all that matters. (though I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before I replaced the peeler! 🙂 )

  20. That’s the first thing my parents grabbed when they were evacuated for a fire (photographs and their lockbox). To hear my mom say something along the lines of, “it makes you wonder how you collect so much stuff and things throughout the years, to only leave with photographs” that really hit home. Because in the end, things don’t matter… people and memories do : )

  21. People love to ask this question. My family’s house burned down a couple of years ago, and the thing we managed to grab that peope never think of, maybe because it’s such a boring answer: cell phones. When you have no home and people don’t know where to find you, a connection to your support system is essential.

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