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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Throwback Thursday Thanksgiving Edition

I know, I know, Thanksgiving was SO last week, but I’m finally taking a quick break from editing photos to share these pics with you!

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If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peeks of our Thanksgiving. On the morning of Thanksgiving, Reagan was off frying our turkey (best idea ever, btw) and Paige was watching Mary Poppins so I decided to whip something up really quick to put on our dining room table! Love these freebies from! Also, still obsessed with my Silhouette Portrait. Once I made the design I ran these babies through my portrait to easily cut them in a circle! Literally took me about 30 minutes all in all to design, print, and cut! Love a quick, easy project. You can download the design at the end of this post. Our table wasn’t super fancy, but here it is…

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I wanted to share these placemats with you because they are awesome. They are these silver placemats from Target and they are great because you just wipe them off! No washing, drying, ironing nonsense! Kid friendly is the name of the game around here.

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The best & easiest party drink ever – raspberry lemonade & sprite in mason jars!

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These cute little do-dads just happened to still be on the table from Paige’s birthday party! They are actually ornaments that I painted and now they are hung on the tree, lol! I’ll share more info on these soon.

Compendium Book Giving Thanks

I was super excited because Compendium sent me another book! You may have seen a little sneak peek of their cute packaging on instagram. I love the idea behind this book. It is a journal where you can document each year what you are thankful for. How genius is that?!

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And of course, the book is styled to perfection. Great typography & the gold foil makes it so fun! I took some time to write out all we are thankful for this year. I can’t wait until next year when Paige can add what she is thankful for! And what am I most thankful for?

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These two!

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When did her hair get so long?!

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The lighting is kinda cray in these next few, but these faces!! Love her.

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 Be sure to check out Compendium! I just saw that they have some really awesome Christmas stuff!

You can download the Give Thanks Design Here – Give Thanks In Everything

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 *Compendium sent me this book but you all know that the opinions are 100%. * Affiliate links used in post.

March 18, 2015 - 8:00 am

Christina - Hi there!! I am sure you already know this…but I was perusing through Consumer Reports magazine (I think it was April/May 2015) and a picture of your all’s dining area was in it!! It looked so pretty. Congratulations!! That’s just so cool!

Hexagon Wall Art

I finally took some pictures of Paige’s hexagon honeycomb wall!

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I’ve been rearranging the hexagons for the past couple months and haven’t decided if I’ve landed on the right configuration yet, but for now…I like this! The hexagon plates are hung up by Command picture hanging strips so they are easy to move around!

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I didn’t really have a good plan of action for this wall when I first started decorating her room. It was a very large space, which can be intimidating. When I found the hexagon shaped plates in the dollar section at Target, I literally bought all of them because I knew they had potential for a big statement piece somewhere in our house of empty walls!

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It is such a fun and happy addition to her room! And a tricky addition to photograph  :)

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Here is what I started with…

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Green and yellow plastic plates found in the fabulous Target dollar section. I don’t actually shop the dollar section much but these bright colors caught my eye and I couldn’t pass up a couple hexagon plates! So I grabbed as many as I could and they sat at my house for a long time until I had a plan!

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I painted them, of course. I took a pretty picture of the paints but now I can’t find it! That’s what happens when you string a project out over months! Here are the paint colors – Behr Modestly Peach, Behr Smiley Face, Behr Cantaloup Slice, and Behr Blushing Apricot.

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I actually tried using my yellow chalk paint at first (as you can see in the pic above) but the color just didn’t look right. So I repainted the yellow plates in smiley face yellow! After that, Reagan and I created a large wooden frame to house the pattern. We picked up a few 2×4’s and I stained them. Then we just simply used wood glue and a few nails to secure it.Target Hexagon Plates Blog-0004

I picked up this metal P at Hobby Lobby. I laid everything on the ground and stared at it for a long time before hanging anything on the wall.

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I’ve used Command strips for multiple projects now and I love them! So far everything seems very secure. These plates are really light but I used them to hang a large gallery wall in our living room as well. They worked like a charm here!

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The outcome is fun and playful and really brightens up the room! The only thing that slightly bugs me is I feel like the frame could be a tad smaller, but, at this point, I’m just happy it is up and finished!

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me on this project! I have one more project I’d like to do for Paige’s room. It is a little artsy fartsy for me but I just need to do some research and tackle it! And by the time I do that, it will be time to change Paige’s room again! You can see the other project I tackled for her room here – Tassel Garland –  and her baby nursery here – Paige’s Nursery.

November 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Patti - It’s gorg! I love that you could totally adapt the colors to the child.

November 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

aimee fauci - This came out beautiful!

November 18, 2014 - 10:16 am

Kristin - That looks really great! I like how the size of the frame matches up with the couch & the colors, wood & P finishes are so fun together!

I just bought some hexagonal mirrors from Ikea that look around the same size as those plates so now I really cant wait to get mine up on the wall. Since they are fairly heavy I think I’m going to use a thick double sided tape & hope it doesn’t ruin the wall when we move (renters problems!).

November 18, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Katie - That looks fabulous! I don’t know that I would have ever thought to paint Target dollar spot plates for wall art. Seriously awesome idea!

All Good Things!

Normally, I never work while Paige is at home with me. Usually it’s not even remotely possible! But this week I am slammed and today Paige sat down at my desk with me and watched the iPad while I was editing! It was kinda awesome and for about an hour I sucked up the mom guilt and worked. The only slight downside was that she found youtube on the iPad and watched some crazy Frozen video where Olaf says, “All good things” about 17 times. So now I keep saying, “all good things” because it is permanently engrained INTO MY BRAIN! Luckily…there are a lot of good things going on that I wanted to share!!

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First up, the awesome team over at Red Tricycle featured Paige’s nursery! Check out their website and you can see the article here – Knockout Gender Neutral Nurseries – if you are looking for more nursery ideas!

I am so excited to finally share this project that has been under wraps for awhile! I was super excited to have the opportunity to shoot for The Everygirl! Lauren Overholser is a local San Antonio designer who has created her own furniture line called Copper + Walnut. I met up with her earlier this year and got to snap photos of her furniture and her fun home office.

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Go check out The Everygirl article here and be sure to stop by Copper + Walnut!

And finally, I shot a lifestyle session for a local news anchor and a few of the photos were featured in the San Antonio Express News yesterday! You can see the online article here. Such a beautiful family. I loved meeting them and capturing this special time!

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The photo biz is good but business is cray cray right now! I was thinking it would slow down in December and I would be able to catch up on some blogging (oh, and take a nap!) but I seem to keep squeezing people in through the end of the year. Such is life and I am just thankful to be doing something I love! I do have some Paigey room updates that I will share soon! Thanks for bearing with me through busy season!

My Little Pumpkin

Correction: My WILD Little Pumpkin!  :)

I had grand ideas of capturing Paige at our church pumpkin patch like I did last year at this time. You can see our photos from last year here – Pumpkin Patch 2013!

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Toddlers are hard to photograph, but man OH man, Paige Lily is HARD to photograph! I photograph kids multiple times a week and I honestly pride myself on being able to capture smiles from even the most difficult kiddos. But Paige Lily? Not only is she too fast and “very active for her age” as everyone likes to tell me (including the ladies at the pumpkin patch), but she also knows what the big black camera means. It either means I am going to ask her to do a million things while I have that big black thing in my face OR it means mom is leaving for a session, neither of which she likes! But with all that in mind, I was still able to capture some cute shots that I love. I don’t pull out my big camera too much to be quite honest (especially since I got the iPhone 6) but I just love capturing the memories so I have to try! Here are some of my favorite shots along with a few photo tips and some info on her cute shoes!!

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With this season of life, I am enjoying capturing her in her element. It is nice to have a picture of her smiling at me, of course, but I loooove all of the other  little things that I see through my lens. She had so much fun picking up all of the pumpkins that were just the perfect size for her!

Photo Tip: Distractions! I would tell her, “Paige go pick up a little pumpkin and show mom!!”

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 I did get one of her smiling at me!! Don’t mind that crazy messy hair!

Photo tip: I swear a small chair to a child is like a pot of gold. They love that it is just their size and will usually happily sit in it!

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I also had another motive for this mini photo shoot – these shoes!! When April (of the boutique Autumn & April) asked me if I wanted to try out a pair of their moccasins I said heck yes!! These little beauties are perfect for fall, right? They are adorable and just look so comfy. I need a pair in my size…

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Photo tip: Take a shot from every angle – above, below, sideways. Sometimes magical shots happen from the angle that you least expect!

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Photo tip: I do my best to go with the flow. You want to play in the dirt? Sure. Sit on a pumpkin? Why not!

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Photo tip: I am only sharing a few of the best shots but I probably took 50-60 photos. I take a million pics to get a few great ones.  I’ve totally gotten over the fact that I may look like a crazy person to everyone else.

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She loved these mini pumpkins that looked like stars.

I can’t believe she’s almost two!

Visit Autumn & April to pick up a pair of these cute shoes! PS – they also come in a really cute polka dot bag. It’s the little things that get me ya know:)

October 21, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Katie - Beautiful pictures and a darling little girl!

The light here is gorgeous! Do you mind sharing where this pumpkin patch is?

October 21, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Sada - Katie, it’s the pumpkin patch at Alamo Heights Methodist. I took these photos early in the morning and the sun is behind the church so it provides some great backlighting! :)

October 21, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Emily - Sada,these photos are stunning. LOVE all the pumpkins!!! SOO FALL-ish!!
your incredible.

October 22, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Sada - Thanks Emily! :)

October 24, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Kim - Love your pictures! I also had grand plans for my son at the pumpkin patch, but it just did not work out for me. He is almost 15 months so getting him to cooperate is so hard, and he also is a very very active little guy. Plus, the cold temps & freak mini-hail storm did not help ha! Maybe next year??

November 11, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Chelsea - This is the exact place we took Declan a few weeks ago for his first pumpkin patch! I’m calling you in the next few days to schedule his 1 year pics! It’s already that time! I can’t believe it!

Fall Home Decor at Target

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Natural & Faux Bone FrameGold Chevron Pillow | Pierced Patterned Hurricane Candle Holder | Woven Peak Throw Blanket |  Threshold Square Geometric Rug | Grey Chevron Pouf | Gold Task Lamp | Grey Dots Throw Blanket Copper Foil Pillow | Gold Foil Pillow

I was browsing (yeah, right! probably running!) through Target the other day and I stopped when I saw some of the new home decor items! I am always drawn to metallics. I think I might have to buy that gold chevron pillow for our master bedroom. I am loving the gold and copper, the geometric patterns (as always), and the natural wood tones. And since we are talking about fall decor, I really loved these new, subtle fall pumpkins that I saw at Target.

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I am not going to lie, I’m not a huge Halloween decorator. I think I will get more into it as Paige gets older, but right now I just have a few pumpkins that I  set out. I love that these are neutral options that you can store away and reuse every year!