Chicken Taco Bowl


From start to finish, this dish couldn’t be easier. My crockpot cooks at odd temperatures, so you may not want to follow my cooking time. The original recipe calls for the dish to be cooked on low for 8 hours. My pot cooked this dish in under two hours on the low setting. BudgetBytes always offers up delicious and wallet friendly dishes!

1½ lbs. chicken breasts
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
½ lb. (8 oz.) frozen corn
1 Tbsp chili powder
½ Tbsp cumin
½ Tbsp minced garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp salt
to taste cracked pepper
2 cups dry rice
8 oz. shredded cheddar
½ bunch cilantro (optional)

Add everything except the rice, cheese, and cilantro to the slow cooker along with ¼ cup of water (for good measure). Give everything a good stir and make sure the chicken is covered in the mixture.



Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hrs. Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice according to the package directions.
After 8 hours, or however long your crockpot normally takes to cook chicken, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Using two forks shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily). Build the taco bowls by placing rice on the bottom, then the taco chicken mix, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro.


Enjoy! Thanks again, Budget Bytes!


One-to-One Correspondence


We’ve been working on various number recognition and counting activities lately, and I have to admit that Reagan is really beginning to grasp the concept. I was excited to see a one-to-one correspondence activity in the ‘work’ area at Reagan’s young 2’s preschool. It’s reassuring to know that the skills that are being taught at home are being reinforced in school and vice versa. For those unfamiliar, one-to-one correspondence is usually explained as the ability to match one object to one (corresponding) number or object.
We recreated the activity from school and enjoyed sharing it with Reagan’s cousin.

Various colors of felt (we used 6, for numbers 1-6)
Several buttons (we used 21, so that each felt heart would have enough buttons)

1. Cut heart shapes out of felt. We cut out 6 hearts, for numbers 1-6.

2. Label each individual heart with a number and the corresponding number of x’s.

3. Provide child with buttons.

4. Model how activity is done. Count number of x’s, say number, point to number, place a button over each x. And/or point to number, say number, count number of x’s, place a button over each x.



Such a simple and fun way to teach and reinforce one-to-one correspondence.
Below are links to additional activities. Enjoy!
PreK Pages

Spotlight On: StickyGrams


In this digital age we live in and with everyone taking so many pictures on their phones, it’s rare that they become something tangible.  As a fan of photos of our loved ones all around the apartment, StickyGrams are a unique way to get numerous pictures out of your phone and in our case, on to our metal front door.  StickyGram uses your Instagram photos, keeps the same sized square shape and filter, and creates matte finished magnets.  Every time we come and go, the pictures are reminders of memories with some of our favorite people.

(Don't mind Hudson's gnaw marks on the sides of the door)

(Don’t mind Hudson’s gnaw marks on the sides of the door)

I ordered ours back in the fall when they were running a 2 for 3 promotion as they aren’t the cheapest option around but after being such a fan of the product I wouldn’t think twice about ordering our next batch outside of a promotional price.  Anyone else love them?



Delicious breakfast that Reagan and I have been hooked on for the past week.

Ezekiel Bread
Organic Apple Butter
Peanut Butter

1. Mix desired amount of apple butter, peanut butter and honey together in a small bowl.
2. Cut desired number of strawberries into thin slices.
3. Toast Ezekiel Bread.
4. Spread apple butter mixture on toast.
5. Top mixture with sliced strawberries.
6. Enjoy!!

What is Ezekiel Bread?

What is Apple Butter?

So Yummy!

Friday Favorites

You’ve almost made it to the weekend! I got an early start today and am heading to Vermont for a wedding. Winter wedding attire can be tricky and I’m always excited to see what everyone else chooses, but most importantly, the bride! TGIF and happy weekend!


We have been marathoning House of Cards but have to break until I’m back in the city, but it is just so good and so is this parody.

Think I need this print after assessing my most recent purchases and them being all leopard because it is a neutral. Duh!

New shoe collaboration from one of my fave bloggers, Stripes & Sequins x Matt Bernson on Shopbop

and then there’s this mother/daughter collaboration on Instagram that is jut about the cutest thing

Have you seen Google Trend’s visualizer? It’s a live time compilation of searches and may inspire you to search some new things you didn’t know you should be reading up on!

Ever wonder what hipster royals would look like? Your wish came true!