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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!

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1. Nose Frida - This dear contraption saved our lives when Paige got sick and she was only 8 weeks old. Yes, it’s called the snot sucker. Thankfully she doesn’t get sick too often but we’ve used it for allergies and any time she seems stuffy. It seems gross but it’s really not and when your kid is sick, who cares?! They used to only sell it at Whole Foods but word on the street is that you can buy it at Babies R Us now!

2. Bath Seat – So they don’t technically have these for sale in stores anymore. I’m assuming a few bad incidents led them to be pulled, however, if you use it properly and never leave your child in the bathroom alone, this seat for the bathtub is so awesome! We’ve used it ever since she was able to sit up in it on her own and it makes bath time so much more enjoyable for everyone.

3.Lightweight Stroller – I love our BOB jogging stroller and use it all of the time when we go on walks. But we just recently purchased the First Years Jet stroller to use for traveling. It’s light weight, easy to fold, and isn’t crappy like some of the other umbrella strollers. We haven’t had it for long so we’ll see how it holds up, but so far so good. The handles were high enough so I wan’t hunching over and it is good for a child up to 50lbs so hopefully we’ll be able to use it for awhile.

4. Fruit & Veggie Twist – This happy squeeze snack makes for one happy mama! We buy these in bulk at Costco and they are so easy for an on the go snack. Paige squeezes them by herself so it is less mess and allows me to be hands free! Plus I don’t feel guilty since they are so healthy. I mean it has kale in it…isn’t that the cool new health trend?! I’m so hip.

5. Grey & White Jacket – Oh boy, you know I love a good grey and white stripe. I’m forcing Paige to love this trend as well. I am so scooping this up for her for next year!

6. Legging Jeans - BIG fan of the legging jeans. I mean really, if they had them in my size I would definitely wear them over regular (uncomfortable) jeans any day. Ok, not OVER, instead of  :) Jeggings are amazings. 

7. Rain Boots - I’m thinking we definitely need to get some rain boots for this spring so we can jump in puddles together! These are adorable!

8. Click Lock Straw Cup – Paige is way into straws these days and mom is totally down with that as long as there is no spillage. So far these cups have treated us well in that category. I can’t afford spills when I potentially have my million dollar camera in the bag with a zippy cup!

I always love reading other people’s favorite items so, as random as these may be, this is what we are digging lately.  Check out a few of my other baby favorites here and newborn sleep favorites here. I would love to hear what your baby faves are right now! This mama needs as much help as she can get!  :)

February 6, 2014 - 5:16 pm

emily - Love this! I bought over 1/2 of your newborn sleeping recommendations! Do you recommend a specific convertible carseat?

February 11, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Sada - Emily – my mom and I tried our best to research this and I finally bought the Britax Marathon 70 G3. I know Britax is a really good brand and we like it so far. :)

March 28, 2014 - 1:37 pm

katrina - How do you make your image collages? Thanks!

Snuggles

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It is so funny to watch the different phases Paige goes through. For awhile she would come up and rest her head on me like this! This happened to be the same day I had my camera out so I quickly snapped a couple of shots!

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I’ll take snuggles however I can get ‘em girl!

And guess what?! We have a “snow day” in Texas today! Is there snow on the ground? Nope! But just like snuggles, I’ll take snow days however I can get ‘em too! Have a great weekend!

PS – I added a couple of updates to the post about my photo packaging.

Photo Packaging Fun

The fun thing about my photography business is that I am constantly tweaking it. I am always researching and learning new things whether it is directly related to the photos and the editing process, or the client experience, or to make my workflow more efficient. One thing that I love to play around with is the packaging! I could go crazy but I am a stickler for keeping things cute but cost efficient. Just last week I ordered some new cds as well as business cards so I thought I’d snap a few pics and share!

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I’m extremely happy with how the cd’s turned out!

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I switch up my thank you cards a lot, but I’m loving this new design I made recently. I just print these out on thick card stock and cut them myself. I love adding a little personal note to the packaging because my clients are so cool and I feel the need to tell them that. I’ve been using the small chevron bags (from Etsy) for awhile to add a little fun pop of color.

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Slightly obsessed with my new business cards! I was browsing the Tiny Prints website around Christmas time and saw that they had business cards. When I saw this “hello” card it was calling my name! It is weird how perfectly it fits in with my brand. You know me, I feel the need to design everything myself so it is perfect, but it was so nice to just add my info on these bad boys and be done. Well, I switched the fonts and layout a bit on the back, of course! I found a 20% off coupon online and they had free shipping so I was sold!

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Here’s the whole cd. I designed them in Photoshop but I kept them really simple. The little white box at the bottom is so that I can add the client name and year to each cd.

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I also use this cute Scotch tape to secure the kraft cd holder and I  put it on the outside of the package to make it a little prettier. The top one is called mint mosaic and I originally bought it at Target although they have it at a lot of other places as well (Staples, Office Depot).

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So there’s a little sneak peek at how I spend some of my days packaging up client cd’s! Any other photographers out there or Etsy shop owners with packaging tips?! Would love to hear how you package your items!

I’m still blogging new sessions and trying to catch up blogging old sessions from before the holidays, so there are lots of new things over on my photo site – Sada Lewis Photography. Have a great weekend!

PS – I wanted to add that I know the trend has been to move from CD’s to flash drives. I haven’t been quite ready to make the switch yet and don’t have any complaints from my clients. I should also add that the online galleries that I use offer an instant download option, so all of my clients have instant access to their digital files. The CD is more so used as a backup copy. So, I’m not totally old school  :)

January 24, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Snuggles » Casa de Lewis - […] PS – I added a couple of updates to the post about my photo packaging. […]

October 22, 2014 - 11:30 am

Kassandra - Hi There!

I was just wondering where you got the brown cd and business card holder and where you ordered your cd’s from? It’s so simple and pretty! I love your packaging. I am looking for new ways to package my photos. Please feel free to send me an email.

Thanks!

October 22, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Sada - Hi there! The brown cd holders are from Amazon and the cd’s were printed at Blank Media!

My Silly Girl

I don’t have my camera out quite as much these days. P Lily is on the move and we mostly play and run around the house all day! But every once in awhile I make it a point to get out my camera and follow her around for awhile. These were taken at the end of last year and she just looks so precious. Her hair is getting so long and somehow it’s nicely brushed to the side here! She’s working that side swept bang. These are also great because she’s strapped in the high chair so she can’t run away! They remind me a bit of this series that I posted here. She was only 8 months then! So fun to look back and compare.

Such a silly girl, but we are having so much fun! I’ll let you insert your own funny captions to these. Who knows what she’s thinking!

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She’s eating goldfish, by the way!

January 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

Emily - She is growing up so much and is just getting cuter!

Master Bedroom Update

We’ve lived in our house for a little over 2.5 years and we are still sleeping on our bed without a frame. Yep, box springs on the floor! Oh man, classy right? I am embarrassed. Well, no more embarrassment my friends! The day after Christmas, I was roaming on the world wide web and came across this pretty upholstered bed frame on Overstock.com

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Ahahahaaa! The answer to my prayers! And it was on sale! Me and the hubs decided to spend our Christmas money on it. Thanks SANTA! It’s possible that I am a little picky about things, but it took me a long time to find exactly what I wanted. One thing that I was looking for was a headboard that was tall enough so that you could lean the pillows upright and still see the shape of the headboard. Yes, that seems very random, I know, but you would be surprised how many headboards are hidden when you prop up the pillows, therefore almost making it pointless to have a pretty headboard! I’ve also always been drawn to the grey fabric (of course) but I have been worried about how it would look next to our grey walls. I did a little mock up with the sample of our wall color…

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What do you think? I’m hoping there is enough contrast between the two! The bed is supposed to come in next week! Eek!

Since we moved in I’ve had this idea in my head of having the master be a neutral, calm space but I always wanted to add metallic accents. I love color but I just feel like this is the right space for some metallics! We’re not making a huge overhaul to the room but I’m hoping the addition of the bed along with a few new accent pieces will really make the space feel a little more polished and cozy! I’ll take a few photos once it is all set up!

January 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Cassandra - We’ve also been in our house for 2.5 years and also don’t have a frame/headboard. It’s something I want to fix this year but I also haven’t found one I really like yet

January 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

Urban Wife - You are not alone! We lived without a bed frame for 1 year when we first got married. Now, we are still headboard-less…almost 6 years laters. *so embarrassing* I’ve been eyeing one from West Elm for a long time but just the hubs isn’t convinced yet. (I say that’s because he never knew the magical wonders that is a comfy headboard)

Can’t wait to see more pics once your room is all done!

January 10, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Camille - Love it! It will look great. And totally funny too because that was what I got for Christmas too! A new upholstered bed frame! It must have been a Lewis thing :)