Confessions of a crazy Pinterest mom – the 3rd birthday!

Confessions of a crazy Pinterest Mom

The 3rd birthday edition


I promised myself that the 3rd birthday would be simple and uncomplicated compared to the first and second birthdays! I clearly do not know how to implement simple and uncomplicated! For Charlotte’s 3rd birthday I went with an Olaf beach party theme. I love the irony of this theme πŸ˜‚! Charley is getting to the age where she would like a say in her birthday theme, but I just don’t have it in me to throw a frozen party with Anna and Elsa everywhere! I thought an Olaf beach party was a good compromise. With the beach aspect I could easily bring the cute ‘Pinterest‘ vibe into the party!

 

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

You can read all about The Decor, The Details, The Cake, The Activities & The Goody Bags! I hope I can help to inspire you if you are also planning an Olaf Beach Party!

The Decor 

The palm tree, parrot & flamingo inflatables are from Party City. For the table skirt I purchased 4 plastic green table cloths from the dollar store. I folded the cloth in half and cut slits to make it look like a grass skirt. I also purchased tissue paper from the dollar store and made the tissue paper hibiscus flowers using a tutorial from Pinterest. There are hundreds of tutorials for tissue paper flowers. 

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

The It’s Luau time sign is from Party City. The adorable VW surf Westfalia is from some cute boutique store in Palm Springs. Sorry I know that doesn’t help, but my mom bought it a few years ago and I LOVE IT! I was so excited when it worked perfectly with the decor! 

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The Olaf decal was from Michaels. It came with 2 Olaf decals. The hibiscus felt flowers and the the inflatable beach balls were from the dollar store.

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

The Details

I love bringing in all the fun little details that pull each party together. The party always starts with the invite. The Invite sets the tone of what to expect. All of Charley’s invites said:

I can’t wait to see what my buddies all think of me, 

Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be when I’m 3!

I made sure to find a super ‘cool’ picture of Charley! But how perfect does that work out for an Olaf beach party invitation?!!! As you can tell I was pretty proud of myself when I came up with that!

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 All the goody bags could be found and picked up from Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Sauna! Along with the Big Summer Blowout that included incredible deals like half off swimming suits, clogs, and sun balm, all goody bags had to go and were free at the end of the party! The kids all loved this little detail! I also incorporated some of Olaf’s most memorable quotes about summer. When all the guests arrived there was a bowl full of Lei’s at the front. I purchased the Lei’s from Party City, they come in packs of 25, 50 and 144. I think the Freezes were one of my favourite details. They were also a must, it was 30 degrees Celsius out!  

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

The Cake

I made Charley’s cake again this year! Yes I know I am also just as SHOCKED!!!! I had so much fun making her cake and all the cupcakes. I made an 8 inch rainbow bit cake for the top tier and 3 tiers of cupcakes (I should clarify I did use boxed cake mixes). I also used pre-made fondant from Bulk Barn and coloured the fondant with Wilton Icing Color. For the cupcakes I used cupcake cups that I found at the dollar store. I have also seen them at Michaels. They are AMAZING!!! I don’t know if I would ever use a regular muffin liner again. With the baking cups you do not need to use a muffin tin, so you can bake way more cupcakes. I just lined up all the cups on a baking sheet.

Making this cake and working with fondant was way too much fun! For my sister’s birthday a few years ago we went to a Fondant Basics Course at SAIT. It was about 4 hours long and the best 80 dollars I have ever spent! It equipped me with the basic skills to produce Charley’s 3rd birthday cake!      

I had to free hand the hibiscus flowers, I could not find just a simple flower cookie cutter anywhere. For the Happy Birthday Charlotte sign I used letter cutters. For the Palm tree I used a wooden skewer and wrapped fondant around it. The tissue paper flowers on toothpicks were from  Party City and I made the fondant beach balls. I am definitely not good enough to hand carve an Olaf out of Fondant or modelling chocolate yet, there are some corners that just have to be cut! The hula Olaf was on clearance from the Disney Store.

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

The Activities

To keep everyone entertained we had an Olaf piΓ±ata. I was worried that attacking and destroying Olaf may disturb the children, but their excitement for candy outweighed any long-term scaring of dismembering Olaf with a hockey stick! The PiΓ±ata was from Bulk Barn. We also rented a bouncy house with palm trees from Fun 4us Rentals in Calgary. I would definitely rent a bouncy house from them again! The cost was extremely reasonable, you have the bouncy house for 24 hours, the set up is really easy, and the staff was extremely friendly and easy to get a hold of!

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

The Goody (Goodie?) Bags 

Oh the goody bags! I know I am ridiculous, but the goody bags are definitely one of my favourite elements of planning a party! I love tying the entire theme together with goody bag and I think I successfully pulled that off this year! The beach buckets and beach balls are from Party City, and the Olaf water shooters are from the dollar store (specifically Dollarama).  

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Olaf beach party birthday @fitlessflavor

Whoo! I am tired! I swear next year will be a slab cake and streamers! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ … Probably not! #Ihaveaproblem

Top 10 Dinner Recipes

Top 10 Dinner Recipes

There are some delicious recipes in this top 10 list. I could have easily made this my top 20 list and had like 10 number ones. So hard to narrow down a year and half of delicious recipes! I hope you enjoy!

Clicking on the link will take you to the week that the recipe was featured, you may need to scroll down to find.


10. Spicy Chicken Wrap

Not every top 10 recipe needs to be ridiculously over the top gourmet. Half this recipe is pre-made, but hey you can still have convenient healthy options. This is a family favourite, Jordan and I make this regularly on the weekends. It takes less than 5 minutes to prep and everyone looks forward to this meal. Honestly there is not really even a recipe for this dish. It is a whole grain tortilla, with Pinty’s buffalo chicken bites from Costco, Sweet Kale salad from Eat Smart (just the salad not prepared with dressing), cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing. 

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9. Spaghetti squash mac & cheese

As my original review said: “Do I really need to try and sell you on this one? Just look at the picture!” Recipe inspired by: B.Britnell Life. One Meal At A Time

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8. Coconut shrimp tacos

This was amazing and husband approved! The lime zest in the coconut crust was a genius addition to this recipe! Recipe from: House wife in training files 

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7. Lazy Cabbage Rolls

I don’t know why this dish grew on me so much! My original review only gave it a 4/5, but every time I scroll through my past recipes I always want to make this dish again. It was simple in flavour and not overly elaborate. It did require a bit more salt, but it was such a wonderful comfort dish! Recipe from: All Recipes

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6. Grilled Fajitas

 The grilled flavour adds so much to this classic dish! It was one of Jordan’s favourite dishes! Even though it smoked up the entire house, it was definitely worth it!!! 

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5. Glazed anything!

Okay so I kind of cheated. I struggled to narrow down this top 10 list. So for number 5 on the list I went with 2 of my favourite glazed dinner dishes! The glazed salmon was one of my first huge successes since starting this blog. My husband who hates fish, especially salmon, finished his entire portion and loved it! The glazed pork AMAZING!!! It MUST be served with with the cauliflower rice!  

Glazed Salmon 

Original recipe: Let the Baking Begin

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Glazed Pork

Original Recipe (from one of my favourite blogs): The Food Charlatan 

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4. Spaghetti Squash Yakisoba

I could eat this every single night for dinner! The entire family loved this dish!!! Jordan went back for seconds and said he really enjoyed it! It was light but filling and packed with flavour.

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3. Dill Pickle Soup

 I was so baffled by this recipe at first, I was undecided if I liked it, I kept taking a bite trying to decide, then I realized the whole bowl was gone! I have not made this recipes since it first debuted on the blog, but every time I scroll by this dish I instantly crave it. I must make this again soon! So so SO GOOD! This is our families new comfort food! 

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2. Pesto stuffed pork chop

The wonderful saltiness of the feta with the freshness of the pesto, and the wonderful sticky texture of the balsamic glaze with the kick of the red pepper flakes is perfection in this dish! YOU MUST TRY THIS!!!

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1. Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Spicy Honey Bacon Glaze

All I can say is … you’re welcome! I promise that this will become your new go-to dish! Every time I make this dish EVERYONE include children rave! The savoury balsamic, steak spice marinade with the sticky sweet bacon glaze on top is a heavenly combination!

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Top 10 Lunches

Top 10 Lunches

This list was really difficult to narrow down. There were a number of contenders for the top 10 lunches, but here are the recipes that made the cut! Enjoy!

Clicking on the link will take you to the week the recipe was featured. You may have to scroll down to find the recipe.


10. Grilled Vegetable Sourdough

This dish is heavenly! There is something about the combination of warm toasted sourdough with garlic and thyme mayo and warm grilled eggplant and zucchini that harmonizes so perfectly together! I could eat this every day!

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9. Quinoa Rice Cakes

Not only are the options for rice cake toppings endless, they are fast to prepare and delicious! I really enjoyed the grilled halloumi with the balsamic reduction and the avocado, tomato and feta was AMAZING! But wait that recipe is not available yet! It is coming I promise, it is just a bit of teaser for now. When I post it I will come back and add the link! 

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Gourmet Grilled Cheese!
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Coming soon: Avocado, Feta Quinoa Rice Cakes!

8. Mango Basil Pizza

 This was so so SO good! Super fresh, but still very savoury! I also love how fast it was to prepare this simple yet flavourful dish!

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7. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

I was worried this would be too sweet with ingredients like pumpkin and nutmeg. It was not sweet at all, it was very savoury, and a nice spicy kick to it. It was very tasty and pretty quick to make with very few ingredients; a very budget friendly dish. 

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6. Gruyere Chicken Crepe

This crepe with the mushroom gravy is so decadent! The flavours are rich and wonderful! Delicious!!!

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5. Steak & Goat Cheese Salad

This salad is FANTASTIC! Trust me just make it and you will immediately realize why this recipe came in at number 5 of my top 10!

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4. Instant Noodles

This recipe is fast, delicious, simple, and convenient! One of my absolute favourite recipe concepts! 

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3. Quinoa & Buckwheat Salad

The simplicity of this dish is why it has come in at number 3. The flavour of this dish with so few ingredients is a wonderfully pleasant surprise! The saltiness of the feta with the freshness of the lemon cannot be beat! Yum!

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2. Egg Salad Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a good egg salad sandwich?! They are fast to prepare and hearty! Don’t get me wrong I love a classic egg salad sandwich, but I don’t know if I will ever prepare egg salad the classic way after trying these two recipes. I loved adding sriracha to my egg salad for the perfect spicy kick (I also recently added it to my tuna sandwiches and I won’t go back)! The scrambled egg salad sandwich was an even faster method, by avoiding the sometimes tedious task of hard-boiling eggs. The texture was perfect and the flavour was outstanding! I think you will appreciate why these recipes came in at number 2 on my top 10 list when you make them for yourself! … You are welcome! 

Scrambled egg salad

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Spicy Egg Salad

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Must be made with Chia Flax Bagel!

1. Spicy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Pasta

So I actually haven’t even published this recipe yet, but I promise it is coming!!! THIS DISH WAS LIFE CHANGING!!! It took a bit of time to prepare, but after that first bite it was completely worth it! The texture of the raw zucchini with the cooked pasta noodles was amazing. The spicy avocado pesto may be the most delicious pasta sauce ever!!! I had halloumi, but tragically when I went to grill it, it had gone mouldy 😩. I ended up using bocconcini which was still delicious. I will have this recipe out to you soon I promise, or you can go over and find it for yourself at Half Baked Harvest

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