DIY Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning

Hi ya’all! So it’s Sunday. And preschool is officially over 😭🙀😬😩 I’m feeling many emotions about it as I’m sure you can feel just reading this lol. I’m happy, sad, excited, nervous, and straight up a bit overwhelmed with the thought of my first, precious little girl starting the journey of k-12. She is an amazingly smart, oh so sweet, tender little gal that wears her emotions on her face and sleeve and heart (whatever the expression is 🙆🏼🙈you know what I mean though, right?!). The tears poured out of this poor girl at her preschool graduation. And it was the sweetest, most heart breaking, most amazing thing to watch her push through those tears and sing the songs they’ve been practicing and walked and got her “diploma” but man was it painstakingly hard to watch😩. I just wanted to run up and hug her, but she loses it so much more when I console her, which I get (cuz I’m mom and she knows she can just let it gooooo let itttt goooo 🎶😂🙈🙊). But I didn’t🙅🏼 because she was pulling through👏🏼🙌🏼 (unless she looked at me 🙈then she welled back up😭), but I was just so amazingly impressed at how much my baby has grown up. And after the ceremony, she blossomed into her wonderful little confident self again 💪🏼 and we stayed for dinner and a pool party (not your usual preschool graduation, but it was such a fun time for the kids and parents tooooo, even though there were moments of oh my god I’m ready to goooo😬🙈).

So that’s where I’m at in life ☺️Now I need to figure out what the heck I’m going to do with my girls (5 yrs old & almost 2 yrs old) all 👏🏼summer👏🏼! But in the meantime, one thing I know that will always be apart of our summer is…


And I know, I know, tacos isn’t only a summer meal. My family, we eat tacos at least once a week (not kidding lol). Sometimes we’ll skip a week of taco noché, but you better believe we’ll eat it the next week.

I found my taco seasoning recipe on AllRecipes years ago. And it is THE best (seriously, so yummy🙌🏼). It IS spicy🔥🔥🔥so I’ve altered the recipe since we have 2 little ones that thoroughly enjoy taco noché 😋and since Marley can’t quite handle a taco shell yet, I make her a taco bowl 👌🏼I’m going to link the original recipe, here, and I’ll post my altered version ⬇️

DIY TACO SEASONING (altered version, toddler/kid friendly)

  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder
  • 1/2 TSP onion powder
  • 1/2 TSP oregano
  • 1/2 TSP smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 TSP ground cumin
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TSP pepper

I usually quadruple this recipe and put it in a seasoning jar to get multiple uses out of it (instead of making it every single time, which I stupidly did for far too long and am so happy I keep this stuff in a jar now! I might have to start using a mason jar 😂😮🙌🏼 it’s that good!)



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Welcome to Mommin’ On The Daily, where the times are currently wild and crazy, as I’m sure they might be for you as well 😜 Lets see, if I was new to this site, I’d want to know who the heck this person is that’s writing☺️ Soooo, my name is Ericka, hi🙋🏼! I’m a mama to two girls, 5 yrs old (just turned!) and almost 2 yrs old (July baby!☀️). I’m married to the most amazing guy (on most days😏😜😘 jk jk, love you babe!). We’ve been together for TWELVE years you guys! And married for almost 6 years (I know 😒he made me wait 5 years for a ring! But that’s why I love him so much. We really listen to each other and communicate and bonded almost instantly.. our friends thought we were cray cray probably, they never really told us (lol thanks guys!)! What else?….I love me some hair and make up. I’m a licensed cosmetologist in the state of California ☺️. I’ve just been on a good 5 year hiatus so far 🙆🏼(kids!), and I will always keep my license for the option to go back🙌🏼. But for now, at this point in my life💃🏼, I love being able to stay home with my girls 💞☺️(and I feel so lucky to be able to☺️ I honestly never thought I would be a stay at home mom🙆🏼, but here I am, mommin’ on the daily (no pun intended!💁🏼 …..That’s a lie🙊 I definitely meant the pun😂 Now you know where the name came from🙆🏼) Also, not sure if brackets are allowed inside brackets👀, but we can let some things go here😘, because this is a place for us to not have to be perfect, ask questions, share, vent, laugh, cry! (more brackets inside of brackets, but hopefully we’re crying from laughing tears, but! We can get sentimental here)))) Anyways! If you are still here👏🏼 and reading, thank you! 👋🏼 Let’s be friends. Comment! Share! Enjoy! If you like me lots, please subscribe🙏🏼, and I’ll send you some Mommin’ On The Daily inspo ☺️

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Life Update

Life Update

Can you believe it’s APRIL?!?!?!🙀Was it not just New Year’s?! This year is already a quarter of the way through and it’s blowing my mind…

Marley girl is almost 2! 😭TWO!! 3 more months and it’ll be July (shut the front door! 😬)! She’s a walking, talking (in her own crazy language, of course, with a couple actual words thrown in🙈), wild and crazy (very crazy), bright little bundle of energy and I just love her to pieces! Parker just had her 5th birthday and I’m slightly freaking out that she’s starting kindergarten this 😳year!  Life is happening. These girls are getting big. And I’m so proud of them😚! …minus Marley’s hefty meltdowns and tantrums lately😒.. Those can go eff off✌🏼

Okay, next..

The husband. He’s gotten into gardening. It started with succulents. Those succers are so rad (see what I did there🙊lol). But seriously, the whole family is into it now. And I love that we have something we’re all really fascinated by😍. Watching those little cuttings grow little babies. We look so forward to looking at the plants every day☺️lol. And then we decided we could try and do some herbs (chives, cilantro, oregano, basil) and then some veggies (mini red peppers, sweet cherry tomatoes, and corn. Yes. Corn. P’s obsessed and she’s just too stinkin cute that we decided to grow corn for her). It’s so fun! We have quite the succulent propagation going, we’ll have to see what we’re going to do with all of them! Maybe I could do a giveaway? Any succulent lovers out there?!

As for me, I’ve caught a thrift store bug. Nate and I went to a few around our town looking for things to plant our cute succulents in, and though they can be a bit of a mess to search through (some things are like😒👎🏼 ‘ew how long has this thing been collecting dust’ and others are like 😍🙌🏼‘you spark joy in me’ and my heart flutters because everything’s like 2.99 or .65 orrr 1.99😮 (and I dunno about you, but this mama likes a good deal!) we found so much stuffffff! Mind blown! So many actual pots for plants with drainage, really nice baskets, wood boxes😍😍😍.. Just a lot of really cool, random stuff that we could put our succulents in. So, of course, I’ve gone back a few times, and realized that with a good eye, and patience, there’s a good amount of some really nice clothing hidden in the rows and rows!🙌🏼 I came home and I was like “Babe… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy another piece of clothing for less than 2.99”😂lol he was pretty stoked about it to say the least.

So life is pretty cool💪🏼. Everyone is finally getting better after being sick all last week (ugh, it basically feels like we’ve been sick off and on since November!😣). Easter break is next weeeeeeek🐰🐣 and during that week, the hubs and I are going to the Taking Back Sunday show on the 17th💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼😁😁😁 (eeeeek!)! And then it’ll be Easter.

I mean… anyone else mind boggled?! Easter already?! What’s next? I gotta google this.. oh duh🙈, Mother’s Day! lol well that’s exciting😊!

Anyone else feel like this year is going by way faster than last?!

Tidying Up

Tidying Up

2019 has kind of felt like it’s starting off on a very nice “tidying” note.. I think we can thank Marie Kondo and our undying love for Netflix annnnnd maybe Khloe Kardashion 🙆🏼🙈 (technically, I may cringe to admit it😬, but I really like her. Why cringe? ..there’s so many Kardashion haters out there that are adamant about their hatred for them (so sometime’s I just wont admit I like them🙈) but I’m trying to be unapologetically me, and I like her. She has always had an organizational bug in her 😍(I mean the cookie jars on the counters😍, the pantry😍😍😍, the closet😍😍😍😍.. She’s always had her shit tidy and I’ve noticed lol)😂😍

And I mean watching Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” on Netflix makes you want to pull everything out of everywhere, and make big ‘ol piles, and see what sparks joy and what doesn’t. 😂

And then,

put it all back, but organized 😌🙌🏼, neatly 👏🏼(even in perfect little rectangles. her folding methods are life. changing. 🙌🏼lol). Everything should have a place.👏🏼

That’s the worst part 🙈, for me🙋🏼, at least.. I get major analysis paralysis when it comes to keeping things in specific spots, and then, months later, my husband is like ‘this makes no sense’ lol because I’ve moved everything around instead of putting it back in the same place (anyone else guilty?!… just me?!) 🙈

So, I’m really tryyyyying!

To get it together.


Get ready for it..

Not just the house, but the household.🙊

Households can get crazy and need some tidying of their own. And as crazy as it may sound.. Or maybe it doesn’t sound crazy.. I just thought it was weird on the show, how some of the couples mentioned that they feel like their life is more organized and put together after going through their tidying process… I GET ITTT! 🙌🏼 The more I’ve been organizing and getting my shit together… my shit 👏🏼 is actually 👏🏼 coming together 👏🏼 because I feel so much more on top of it after clearing through all the clutter and organizing.. It’s like I know what I want and I’m getting it💁🏼. Ariana anyone?! Lol sorry I had to🙊It’s so true though! I see it👀 (the beautiful organized homes all over Pinterest). I like it 😍(I mean how could you not?). I want it 🙏🏼(I do, it’s so true. I’m flipping out over the progress I have made, and though it’s nowhere near Pinterest or Insta perfect, it’s waaaaay better😌). I got getting it (it’s a work in progress 🙆🏼). I really am enjoying going through everything. I’m not full on Marie Kondo’ing it. But I did start with organizing clothing drawers, and then organized the kitchen pantry, and then the kitchen cupboards.. Then decided the girls needed a toy rotation because they have so 👏🏼much 👏🏼stuff 👏🏼! They literally weren’t even playing with everything and it was basically sitting there.. So! That sent me on a rampage of organizing all their toys into bins. And I have a cute little toy basket that they can fit enough toys into to play with for the week, and at the end of the week, we put everything aside, go “shopping”, put away last week’s toys, and then they get to play with their new ones for the week and so on (so proud of myself for finally doing this🙌🏼. My husband suggested it many times before 😏 but the challenge wasn’t calling my name until recently when I just did the damn thing 🙆🏼lol so pat on the back because it’s no easy task to go through toys and organize them into bins when your toddler wakes up way earlier than usual from her nap because she probably heard me going through the toys in her sister’s room. Yay me!😳 It probably took 2 hours longer than necessary with toddlers in the way. You are warned. It’s a timely, yet, life changing chore!) I think the toy rotation thing might need a post of its own because I could really elaborate but I got more shit to say about tidying so, onward!

That’s where I’ve been since the beginning of the new year people. Literally spiraling in this amazing “tidying” frenzy. But I mean really, this is a pretty cool year.  Going through all the amazing things we do have, and getting rid of the unnecessary crap 🙊things  (thank you🙏🏼), and donating it. Making space for the things we truly appreciate and love. Knowing where everything is (that👏🏼, is a time saver/life saver, in itself lol💃🏼), not being so stressed out and being more prepared and on top of it😌. Knowing that you can, and to just do it 💪🏼(instead of over thinking, doubting, spiraling lol)

You’ve got this 🙌🏼

Just get to it 😉 stop thinking about it. And go do it 👏🏼. I promise you, you will not be upset that you organized your night stand or medicine cabinet or closet.. However you start, where ever you start, you started 😘 and I bet you’ll love it and crave more (…thaaaaat could just be me🙈, I really enjoy this shit, but maybe not! You might love it too!)

Has tidying been taking over your world too?! Any amazing tips/advice to share with me? Head over to my Instagram and give me a follow! I promise I’ll start posting my progress on my home and I’d love to see your progress too! #momminonthedaily