Dev Go-To Tools

a running, hopefully constantly updated, list of the tools i use when making the websites

  • Owl Carouselif you MUST use carousels, this one should do the trick. it’s responsive and has a BOATLOAD of options
  • CMB2 – making custom metaboxes is time consuming and tough to maintain, use CMB2 to make them quicker and cleaner/prettier
  • Prepros – FREE (nagging message every 5 minutes), but only $29 for a lifetime license. awesome tool that works on windows/mac/linux that can compile LESS, Sass, minify js/css, make bacon, etc.
  • Fontello – don’t use images for your social media icons (or any icons for that matter) — you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for on the site. if you need to add more in the future, you can simply drag and drop the original svg you have and then add to it
  • – it’s like pied piper, but just for images. this needs to be a plugin and soon because it does an amazing job at compressing images
  • Slidebars – if you need to create an off-canvas menu/sidebar on your site, this is pretty clean and lightweight

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Tumblr API for WordPress

there are a few assumptions:

  1. you already have your tumblr consumer key, secret, oauth token, and oauth token secret
  2. i used this tutorial as a starting point:
    • i didn’t use the callback.php nor the connect.php files in the zip
  3. create a private (password-protected) tumblr blog and set up each editor as a contributor to it
    • private because you don’t want viewers to happen upon the tumblr site (you’ll lose hits on your own site!)

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Slow Cooked Chicken Enchiladas

anything made with a slow cooker is awesome and will normally last 2-3 more meals. i made these with the chicken breasts i had in my freezer, which happened to have bones… a lot of them. i just had to pick them out when i shredded the chicken

this makes a lot of enchiladas (roughly 10), so you can save the mix in a tupperware and store it in the fridge for a day or two


  • Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 30 oz (big can) of Enchilada Sauce
  • 4 oz (little can) of Diced Green Chilies
  • 15 oz (regular-sized can) Black Beans
  • 15 oz (regular-sized can) Sweet Corn
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

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Zucchini and Ground Turkey Boats

this is a really easy and healthy dinner option! it’s great for lunch the next day too.


  • 4 Zucchini
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds of Ground Turkey
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

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i’m a senior!

welp… i’m officially a senior web developer for competitor group, inc.

it’s huge.

it blows my mind that i’m a senior at something… especially when that something is typing letters, numbers, and symbols that eventually turn into a website. Read the rest of this entry »