Forget the Siesta, it’s time to Fiesta!

by HEAB on June 16, 2013

Today is Charlie and Katie’s first birthday and yesterday we threw a little fiesta to celebrate!

There was a coloring table…

Nonna (my mom) made gluten free cupcakes for our wheat-free guests.  She used a boxed mixed and then doctored them up with homemade chocolate fudge and lemon buttercream icings.  We’re all about the frosting around here.

And Grandma (CD’s mom) made a delicious rice salad.  Seriously cannot wait to make this again myself.  Recipe at end of post.

Below are some of the other delicious eats, including the best ever guacamole.  Ina Garten has never done me wrong.  We also served black refried beans topped with cheese, chicken nuggets (picked up from a restaurant), Chuy’s creamy jalapeno dip (LOVE!), fresh veggie pizza, and fruit.

I had fun during nap time this week decorating our chalkboard using these markers.  The markers wipe away with water and can also be used on windows.  So, I wrote directions to drinks and outdoor activities on our back window.  Pretty sure I’ll get a lot of use out of these markers over the next few years.  Oh, and I forgot to snap a photo of CD’s drink set up.  He packed a wheelbarrow with ice out back and filled it with bottled water, juice boxes, sodas, and beer.  I got the idea from Pinterest, and it was a lot more fun than the typical cooler.

We found most of the decorations on Amazon….

I love the above banner and plan to use it in the new baby’s room.

The cupcake toppers and gift bag tags are from Etsy, and the gift bags themselves contained little fiesta themed trinkets from here.

We had a pull string piñata filled with bracelets, ink stamps, miniature decks of cards, and bouncy balls.  The adults all laughed watching the kids fill their little plastic bags when the goods fell to the ground.   I think Summer walked away with the biggest stash.

Rice Salad Recipe


  • 4 cups cooked rice (I used brown short grain)
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans of whole kernel sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (16 ounce) sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped.  Red or orange add more color.
  • 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro, chopped

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup Italian dressing
  • Fresh lime juice to taste (we used 2 limes)


  • Combine all ingredients except for dressing.  For the dressing, shake picante sauce, Italian dressing, and lime juice together in a large mason jar and then add to salad.
  • Options: Use black beans instead of olives or add marinated grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp.  For marinade: 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper.  Marinate meat for 2 to 4 hours before grilling.

Happy Birthday Charlie and Katie – I still can’t believe you’re one!  Your dad and I have loved every minute (well most of them anyway!) of our first year with you.  Today is also Father’s Day, and I as I sit here next to CD enjoying a quiet moment together (C & K are napping, and Summer is playing with Grandma and Grandpa), I feel blessed to be married to such a wonderful man.  CD, thanks for the being the father that you are to Summer, Charlie, and Katie, and for the father you will be to baby #4.  I love you so much.



kathy July 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Wow, baby #4? How did I miss that announcement? Congrats. And happy birthday to Charlie & Katie. Time is definitely flying by.

HEAB July 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

Thanks so much Kathy, and yes, the years are starting to go by so fast…too fast!

Ambri July 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hello! Just wanted to say congratulations on baby #4! I found your website a while ago when I was looking up a recipe for homemade almond butter. I love that stuff too. I was very inspired by your HEAB diet. I feel like I kind of have the same food history as you do. You’ve inspired me to figure out what works for me and to stop torturing myself with food. Also I just had to contact you to let you know that I also have twins! They were born in September 2012 AND one of them is named Summer! Happy Pregnancy and wishing you all the best!

HEAB July 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi Ambri,
Thank you. Glad you found me, and I LOVE hearing from other moms of twins. Isn’t it the most amazing thing ever? We knew there was a risk for twins if we tried for another baby, and we were totally okay with that as I’d do all over again in a heartbeat! It’s just so fun to watch them grow and change together. Charlie and Katie are interacting all the time with each other now, and it warms my heart more and more everyday.

Thanks for reading, and I truly hope you find a way of eating that works best for you. You will – just keep listening to your body and be patient with yourself.
PS You have great taste in names. 😉

Lorne June 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Aw sweet babies – Happy Birthday. This year seems to have gone by so quickly Heather…Our wee ones are growing wayyyy too quickly.

Cara (Twinthusiast) June 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Happy birthday to Charlie and Katie! What a cute party. Heather, congrats on making it through year one with twins! 😉 And holy smokes, congrats on your next child too. You are a super mom!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks so much Cara, and yes we survived the first year. Kind of nervous about year two (ahhh, can’t imagine what it will be like when they’re both walking!), but just trying to soak in and enjoy every second as it’s going by way too fast.

Alyssa June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

Aw, happy birthday & happy dad’s day!
The time does fly by, doesn’t it?

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thanks so much Alyssa, and yes, time does indeed fly! This past year went by way too fast.

Lara June 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Looks like such a fun and tasty party! I pinned the rice recipe and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the chalk markers link. I can’t wait to try those!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Lara – it was a fun day, and I can’t wait to see Graham’s birthday party. You said you weren’t crafty, but I saw genius at work on Instagram. That Mickey Mouse banner looked so cute!

Lara June 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Thanks Heabs. I found that and a few other cute ideas on Instagram and with the generous help from a friend, I am trying my darndest to make G’s first party not totally lame. I’ll let you know the final result 😉 Wish you could come!

Meghan June 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Looks like a great party! Congrats on Baby #4!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Meghan!

Colleen Murphy Stewart June 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Hi Heather! First off Happy Birthday to the twins!! And I’m so glad I came to check on your blog and hear another baby is joining your sweet family!!! How exciting!! You and CD are so very blessed! We are expecting our second grand baby at the end of October to join our 5 year old grandson. I have baby fever 🙂
PS I just sent a request to you on Instagram. Colleen13Stewart. I totally understand if you don’t except 🙂 Congratulations!!!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks so much Colleen, and so glad you found me on Instagram! CD and I are blessed indeed, as are you. Our parents are so in love with our kids. Something about grandkids that brings them so much joy, and it’s really sweet to watch them interact with their grandbabies. I know you must feel the same way about yours. 🙂

Jackie June 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That rice salad looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Jackie, hope you tried the recipe. It was really good!

janetha June 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

This is awesome! Happy birthday to your kiddos. xoxo

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Thanks JG Bean! 🙂

Christa @ Edible Balance June 17, 2013 at 10:59 am

Happy Birthday to Charlie and Katie! What a blessing to have you as parents, and what little joys you have in your kids 🙂 Love that you filled the pinata with toys in place of sugary treats, so fun!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Thanks Christa – they really do bring us so much joy, and yes, no sugar in the pinata. I figured the cupcakes were enough! 😉

sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

Happy Birthday to Charlie and Katie! I can’t believe they are 1! It goes too fast! You always throw the best parties! Love this one. So much fun!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Sarena, I can’t believe it either. Really does go by way too fast. 🙁

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) June 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

you throw the best parties HEAB! happy bday C&K!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks Melissa – it was a fun day. 🙂

Katie June 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Ahppy birthday to Katie and Charlie! I can’t believe the party you had – you really should go into the party planning business. You’ve got skillz, lady!

Your kids are lucky little ones!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks Katie – it was a fun day. Chicken nuggets aren’t quite as good as grilled hot dogs, but we are grill-less at the moment. Hopefully not for long though!

Lou June 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Wow I can’t believe the twins are ONE. Time really does fly doesn’t it!?! This looks like the coolest party – filling the pinata with fun trinkets is SUCH a better idea than lollies (and no children in sugar-comas! 😉 ) Much love to you all x

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I can’t believe they are one either. Time sure does fly. The party was fun, and yes, no sugar in the pinata. There was enough in the cupcakes. 😉

Meagan June 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

A year goes SOO fast doesn’t it? Seems like yesterday my little newphews were born! June was obv the month for twins in 2012!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Meagan, yes, time is flying, and I totally remember you making the oaties for your SIL. Cannot believe that was a year ago! Happy Birthday to your nephews. 🙂

Cherie June 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Love this post Heather! Happy birthday to Katie & Charlie and Happy Father’s Day to CD! What a wonderful day for your family!

Oh, and cute party! You are always so creative and inspiring . And thanks for sharing CD’s Mom’s recipe…love all the option, too! YUM!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Cherie – it was a wonderful day. 🙂
Hope you enjoy that rice salad recipe soon. It was delicious!

Averie @ Averie Cooks June 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Time flies – and pretty soon…you’ll be having baby #4. In just a few months! Amazing. And when I met you, you had a dog 🙂 And a few years later, you have 4 kids!

My husband’s mom had four kids; including 1 set of twins, in the span of 3 years. Just like someone else I know 🙂

Happy Bday to your babies!

Kristin (Cook Bake Nibble/Niblet Blog) June 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

One already! Wow! What a cute party, happy birthday to your little ones and happy fathers day to CD!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Thanks Kristin, and yes, already one. I can’t believe it. This past year went by so fast!

Ana June 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Oh my Heather, cannot believe they are one already! Geez were did the time go? I still keep thinking that just the other day you were pregnant woth Summer and we were talking about ice cream! And yet Matheus is already going to middle school in August… yep time is truly flying by… good thing is that we enjoy the most we possibly can with our kids!
Hugs and love!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I know, and I CANNOT believe Matheus starts middle school this year. No no no, what happened to your little boy who loved a good peanut butter/chocolate combo?!? Hope he still does even if he is growing up. Never too old for a pb & chocolate flourless crepe! 🙂

Ana June 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I cannot believe either Heather, although he is so tall (almost as tall as me, I am 5″5′) that looking at him you can definitely believe it, haha! And he totally do still love the PB and chocolate combo, it is still his very favorite!!!

natalie June 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

how adorable!!!

Tracy June 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Happy Birthday to Charlie & Katie!! I cannot believe they are one already!! Why, why does time go by so quickly??

Happy Father’s day to CD!!

Heather, as you know, you are truly blessed (as am I!). I’m looking forward to watching your family grow this year. It brings back such wonderful memories of my family at that stage. We’ve been cleaning our basement getting ready to remodel (so my teens have a place to hang with their friends) and I’ve been crying over all the old photos and keepsakes. Tear! Love my kiddos!


HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Thanks again for all the encouragement Tracy. It’s so good to hear, and you get me so excited about our future together as a family of 6! 🙂

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

PS Good luck with the remodel!

Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple June 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Aw, happy birthday! So exciting! My little Daniel turns one in about 3 weeks. Time goes so fast.

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks Marcia and Happy (early) Birthday to Daniel! 🙂

Hannah June 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Your paragraph at the end sings. So much joy. Happy birthday, happy father’s day, happy every day to you all!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks so much sweet Hannah. Hope you’re enjoying your travels. Love following your adventures via Instagram!

Kim June 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Happy Birthday Charlie and Katie! 1 already! Amazing how fast time goes by!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks Kim, and yes, this past year just flew by!

Sarah June 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Happy, happy birthday to Charlie and Katie! I can’t believe they are a year old already!

HEAB June 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks Sarah, I can’t either!

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