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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!

Mud Bars || Butterscotch & Chocolate

Yesterday, I baked. And by baked, I mean I pulled out an easy recipe that my mom used to make for us all the time, and for about 15 minutes…I baked.  :)

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We’ve always called these mud bars. This is one of those desserts that is hard to make “Pinterest Pretty” but it doesn’t really matter because they are so delish. Also, they are made in a 9×9 inch pan so they hardly last for 10 seconds in our house! I snapped a picture before Reagan got home…

easy cookie bar with chocolate and butterscotch

Mmm, see that ooey gooey chocolate butterscotch goodness! I think the butterscotch is really what makes them so good.

chocolate and butterscotch dessert recipe

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What you don’t see in the above picture is the little hand that came up and tried to snatch this bar! The little hand that then smushed her mud bar into my blue settee (yes, fancy pants). The little hand that opened up my silver polishing cream and squirted it all over the dining room as I was cleaning up the smushed cookie bar. The little hand that led mama to eat one too many of these last night!

Here is the how to on these easy cookie bars!

 

Butterscotch & Chocolate Mud Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup & 2Tb flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Butterscotch Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In another bowl, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Next, gradually add in the flour mixture. Stir in the butterscotch and chocolate chips and spread into a foil-lined 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
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*recipe adapted from Toll House

August 13, 2014 - 7:52 am

Ashley - These look so good and right up my alley when it comes to baking :)

August 14, 2014 - 12:38 am

stacy - Haha, sounds like you have been super busy!! These bars look amazing, I know my little hands would eat these right up

August 14, 2014 - 8:33 am

Sada - She keeps me on my toes! :)

Sneaky Storage

This is the wall by our back door. It is technically part of our dining room but I wanted to create a little hidden mudroom with a place to put our shoes. Enter the Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet!

Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet - hidden storage solutions for shoes

I love that it just looks like a nice little dresser…and then BAM!

Ikea Hmnes Show Cabinet review

You open the drawer…

Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Review - Storage Solution for Shoes

And you can store shoes, umbrellas, sunscreen, the dog leash, you name it!

Storage ideas for shoes

Close the drawers and it is all hidden away! Sneaky storage (see what I did there? storage for your sneakers…ok.)

Target Modern Pictures Frames - Striped Rustic Grey White

I’ve been eyeing this picture frame from Target for awhile and finally just bought it. I don’t really feel like this picture does it justice.

large wooden bread bowl

The shoe cabinet is only about 8 inches deep, which is perfect for this space by the door because the door actually swings out towards it. But I love that it still gives you 8 inches of space to place picture frames and extra storage. I bought this cool bread bowl a few years ago from one of the first daily deal websites but the name of the site is escaping me at the moment.

Joann

Still love my deer head from Joann’s. (On sale for $4.50 right now!)

Hobby Lobby Grey Rustic Wreath

You could probably DIY this grey painted wreath, but why would you when you can get it for 40% off at Hobby Lobby?!  :)

Ikea products are definitely hit or miss but I have been so happy with this one. I mentioned before that our door swings towards it and that dang door probably hits the shoe cabinet about 7 times a day. But so far there are no dents or paint chips! Thank goodness. Right now you can probably guess who uses this cabinet the most (ME.) but I’m planning to make it a rule for Paige as she gets older to always put her shoes away! The closest Ikea to us is about 1.5 hours away so we only end up going once or twice a year, especially as we are becoming real adults who buy real furniture (sigh). Our last trip was definitely worth it for this bad boy though!

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August 12, 2014 - 5:49 am

donya - Love this and am glad you shared how it’s holding up. I have had my eye on this shoe organizer for awhile but have been hesitant to purchase it.

August 12, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Sada - Donya – I’m literally shocked that it isn’t scratched where the door hits it! So far, so good! :)

August 19, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Rebecca - I have been wanting one of those cabinets for my kids’ shoes, they are such a smart solution. I love the way you have yours styled.

Tassel Garland!

The tassel garland is up! The wall is painted! It’s like a Christmas miracle. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but this is one project that got stretched out longer than expected! I do have to say it is tricky working on Paige’s room. The only time Reagan and I have to work on it is late at night, but obviously the munchkin is in bed. Anyways, one half of the room update is done! Here are a few pics  :)

how to create a tassel garland

This is definitely a very simple look but I like that it brings some fun color into the space. the other side of the room will have more of an impact so I didn’t want anything too crazy over here. Plus, as I mentioned before, since this is above her crib we have to be careful what we put up. It is high enough that she can’t reach it…yet!

DIY tassel garland tutorial - coral gold yellow nursery toddler room

I used Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread to create the coral, peach, and yellow tassels and I  used jewelry cording (2 ply gold lame cord) to create the gold tassels. You can see the full tassel tutorial here – Tassel Tutorial. To create the garland I just tied each tassel to the garland string about an inch apart! If you don’t tie them onto the string they just kind of bunch up at the center when you hang it.

tassel garland over crib tutorial

Now on to complete the rest of the room! Have a great weekend!

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Paint Wars

I love how paint can so dramatically change the look of a room but I have a serious love/hate relationship with it! And for some reason, Paige’s room has had so many ups & downs! The most recent hiccup occurred last week after I hung the tassel garland. I went to fill a few holes and touch up the paint, no big deal, right? I had just been at Sherwin Williams and got another sample of Silverplate at 50% to have for future touchups. I started to touch up the areas and very liberally (as you will see below) just painted over the areas in need. It didn’t even cross my mind that the paint sample would potentially not match the paint I had on my wall! Oh, naive little me. I stared at it after I finished and panicked!! It was way too light! I ran out to the shed to see if we had any of the original paint left over. Our bedroom is actually paint Silverplate as well but at 100% and nothing in the shed was marked 50% or 100%. So I did my best guess and went back and painted the same areas with what I thought was now the correct shade…nope. Serious FAIL. You can see below -

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Now the paint was too dark! I was so frustrated with the paint and mad at myself. Reagan went out of town for a few days so I just let it be and stewed over what I should do. On Sunday afternoon Reagan came home and took Paige to the pool. I knew that if I was going to have to repaint this whole wall this was my opportunity!

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I decided to try one more time to match the paint. I mixed a little of the “too dark” shade with the “too light” shade. I was hoping that I could still just paint over my boo boo area (because I’m lazy and impatient). After watching paint dry for a bit I finally added a lot of paint together and you guys…it MATCHED! I don’t know how it happened and I honestly don’t recommend it because I am pretty sure it was a fluke! I ended up rolling a huge area still but I was so happy that I didn’t have to totally repaint the whole wall! The only problem was that now the room was a wreck…

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Why is it that projects have to get really ugly before they finally get pretty??

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Well, good news is that the wall is painted and I finally snapped a few shots of the garland hanging up!! Woo hoo! Here’s a sneak!

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More (pretty) pictures to come tomorrow!!

Krispy Kreme Family Night!

Every Wednesday night from 6-8pm, a Krispy Kreme by us holds Family Night. Aka FREE DONUT DECORATING + Kids Activities! AKA Awesomesauce. If you follow this blog or my Instagram, you know how this family feels about donuts. I heart donuts. I found out about this amazing event via San Antonio Mom Blogs! If you are in San Antonio, Colleen posts every week about free events going on! Krispy Kreme Family Night is hosted at a few different locations around Texas, you can click here to see all of the locations. We’ve been to family night twice now and I finally remembered to bring my camera last night to snap a few pics.

Krispy Kreme Texas Family Night Free Donut Decorating Kids Crafts Activities

I am going to be honest and say that Paige is on the younger side for this activity. However, at 20 months, Paige is pretty much on the young side for EVERY activity (or so it feels like). But it is a great event, the staff are all really nice, and she loves watching the donuts being made so it’s a win for us.

Krispy Kreme Family Night Donut Decorating

The coolest part is that your munchkin can decorate their own donut! How fun is that? I’d secretly really like to decorate my own too but I try to pretend like “this is for the kids”.

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Thankfully the wonderful staff helped Paige to make her donut!

Free activities for kids krispy kreme family night free donut decorating crafts activities

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san antonio free activities for kids krispy kreme family night free donut decorating

My child only wants to eat the sprinkles….go figure. She’ll eat toothpaste, chalk, any type of medicinal cream, but donuts – only the sprinkles, please.

krispy kreme family night free donut for kids

Can we talk about her messy ponytail for one second? This is the first time I’ve put it all the way up! Love.

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Milk, it does a body good.

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 Oh, and I should probably mention Paige’s black eye. Gang fight. Jk, that’s what I posted on Insta earlier this week. She actually just got in a fight with a wooden headboard  :(

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Aaaand this is how Paige left her donut. Such a silly girl. They do also have some fun activities for kids to do. Last time they had a cool art project with foam stickers that you could work on. My niece, Liesl, loved it. This time Paige was more interested in looking at the donuts and trying to crawl behind the counter  :)

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And a few pics of Paige being the little monkey that she is!

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san antonio lifestyle blogger free kids activities texas

san antonio lifestyle blogger free kids activities texas

Come join us at family night next week! Although, I have vowed to not go every week, otherwise I would get very large!

PS – this post is not sponsored. I just really like donuts.

July 31, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Emily - How cool is this!!!?? seriously! I totally wished I lived closer. What a fun thing little night to have as a family. And DONUTS??? Couldnt has for a better night. Ms. P is just looking like a little girl. OMG. What a cutie!

July 31, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Sara P. (@SensiblySara) - We missed family night last week (and this week!) but we WILL make it next week!!

PS: Paige’s shoes are STINKIN’ CUTE!!

July 31, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Sada - Sweet! Hopefully we’ll see you there soon Sara! I wanted to buy those shoes for Paige in every size!! But they are already gone :(

July 31, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Sada - Emily, you should check and see if they have something similar in your area!

July 31, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Colleen Pence - Thanks so much for mentioning my site, Sada! Krispy Kreme is one of our very favorite places too. We’ve hosted two of our son’s birthday parties there (they do an amazing job and it’s only $100 for 12 kids plus a cake made of donuts!).

July 31, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Katie - That’s awesome! I keep thinking I’ll take the littles and then forget. You got some fabulous pictures! My littlest also only eats the sprinkles – except for Sunday mornings when the only option from the donut table at Church is glazed… Then she’ll actually eat the donut.

August 4, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Sada - That’s too funny, Katie! You’d think she’d eat the one with sprinkles and not the plain glazed! Kids :)

August 5, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Free in San Antonio through August 10, 2014 | San Antonio Mom Blogs ™ - […] Wednesday, August 6, Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 and 12328 IH 10 West, 78230), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages. San Antonio mom blogger Sada Lewis recently wrote about Krispy Kreme’s fun, family event. […]