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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!

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

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My blog turns 5 this month! Isn’t that kinda loco? I started blogging in 2009, before I got married, before Paige, and as my obsession with photography was just beginning! There is a whole mess of my life documented in this blog! Kinda strange but also kind of awesome.

To celebrate, we’re kicking off the week with a fun giveaway!!

Casa de Lewis 5 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

I’m so excited to give away some Compendium goodies! If you missed my post last week highlighting some of my favorite products, be sure to check it out HERE.  You’ll also win one of my favorite Baggu totes to carry all your new goodies! And for the sprinkles on top – an Anthropologie gift card!

Enter the giveaway below! Also, Compendium is offering a discount with the following code!

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August 25, 2014 - 7:56 am

Bethe @ Texas Lovely - Happy blog-aversary! I love following – your first nursery was a major inspiration for my little girl’s nursery.

August 25, 2014 - 8:01 am

Erica - Your blog has always been one of the first ones I read when I see a new post! Congrats on 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 8:17 am

jessica lynn - Oh Antrho, how I love thee. I’m pregnant now, so most of their clothes would be off the table for me, but I still dig their accessories and could probably use a new apron. I’m sure I’ll be barefoot and cooking in the kitchen sometime within the next six months :) (also, happy blogiversary!!)

August 25, 2014 - 8:19 am

tawny - Congrats!!!

August 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

Beth S. - Oh Sada…I love everything about your fabulous blog and of course your photography = ) Happy 5 years!! And let’s just say no infinity scarf at Anthro would be safe if I won a gift card!

August 25, 2014 - 8:52 am

Rachel S. - I really like the Love who you are book.

August 25, 2014 - 9:49 am

Katie - Happy 5 year anniversary! I’ve never bought anything from Anthropologie but this gift card could fix that!! :)

August 25, 2014 - 9:54 am

Ashley Hime - Happy 5 years!!! I enjoy reading your blog posts!!

August 25, 2014 - 10:01 am

Megan - I love Anthro and would love to buy some dishwares for the blog!

August 25, 2014 - 10:04 am

Michelle - Sada, I just love you blog! I’ve been a follower since before you and Reagan got married! It’s one of my absolute favorite blogs! Love you style/design, your photography is stunning, and your family is precious! Happy 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 10:19 am

Lucy Smith - Congratulations on your 5 year blog-aversary! :)Thanks for the great giveaway.

August 25, 2014 - 11:00 am

Taryn - Congrats on 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 11:03 am

Jessica Hall - LOVE the blog and all your cute ideas. I’m a bit obsessed with Anthro aprons and I can always compendium goodies – love their stuff! Congrats on 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 11:10 am

Jess - I love everything at Anthro but what I’m always drawn to are the pretty dishes, mugs and kitchen accessories. So many fun colors and patterns!

August 25, 2014 - 11:23 am

Breanna - Congrats on 5 years! Love the blog!

August 25, 2014 - 11:33 am

Alicia - Sada, your creativity absolutely inspires me! I love coming here for ideas!

August 25, 2014 - 11:38 am

Amy - Totally fell in love with all things Compendium!

August 25, 2014 - 11:57 am

Sarah F. - Happy blogiversary! I love Anthro’s accessories, mugs and aprons! <3

August 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Donna - I just love free stuff!

August 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Amanda - Yay!!!! I absolutely love your blog. I get so many great ideas from you. Congrats on five years.

August 25, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Stephanie - I love meeting other photographers! We should get together soon!

August 25, 2014 - 12:34 pm

donya - Happy 5 years!!

August 25, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Meghan - I’m dying to order one of those baby books or just some cards for the amazing detail! And who doesn’t love anthro! Haven’t bought their clothes since baby so I’m due for a trip!

August 25, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Friend Gray - Congratulations on your 5 year blog anniversary! I would buy the Year of Gratitude kit from Copendium and a fall top from Anthropologie.

August 25, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Arlene - Happy Blogiversary! Love your blog and the feature you just did on Compendium. I’ve actually bought a couple of their books as gifts for friends and had no idea they were made by the same company. Now I’m hooked!

August 25, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Kylie - Love seeing your photography

August 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Colleen Delawder - Happy 5 years! What a great thing to celebrate. I just had my 1 year, and I can’t even begin to imagine what another four years will bring. Celebrate BIG!

August 25, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Lindsey - Love your blog and your daughter is SO cute! Happy 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Ami - I enjoy your photos and your interior shots! Happy blogiversary!

August 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Julianne - Wow, 5 years is a long time! Very fun to follow along.

August 25, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Jessica - happy 5 years!

August 25, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Gabrielle - I was so pumped by your last blog post about Compendium. A couple months ago I found the baby book you mentioned and completely fell in love with it and am using it as the baby book for my coming soon little one. It never dawned on me to look up the publisher of the book to see what other cool things they have. SO SMART!

August 25, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Ruth Vallese - First, Happy 5 Year Blogiversary!! Second, I love your blog. I love your DIY projects and crafts, your photos, and look forward to receiving the next post in my email. It’s real, it’s simple, it’s life. Also, thank you for introducing me to Compendium!! Their products are awesome, and I can’t stop looking at their website. Great stuff! Keep up the great work so I can continue to look forward to your emails :)

August 25, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Paige W. - Oh how I love Anthro! I’m in love with just about anything from there, especially their home decor selection!

August 25, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Christina - Happy anniversary! Here’s to another five years. I would probably give the gift card to my niece, but I love trying new things and Compendium and Baggu are new to me.

August 25, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Camille - Look at you!! This brings me back to the tax pit where we worked on our blogs more than taxes :) haha. I’ve loved following your blog journey with you! You are so amazing!

August 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm

kate w - I would love to see you talk about your favorite baby/toddler products now that Paige is older.

August 25, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Liz Smallwood - Congrats on five years! Here’s to five more!!!

August 25, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Cristin - Happy five years! What a fun giveaway!

August 25, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Lauren Pepping - Yay!!! Congrats!

August 25, 2014 - 9:16 pm

sarah r - i love the love who you are book!

August 25, 2014 - 9:58 pm

iamalighthouse - I’d probably shop the clearance at Anthro! :)

August 25, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Lindsey - Happy 5years! I love your blog.

August 25, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Andrea - Happy 5 years! I’ve been a huge fan of your blog and Compendium for years. One of my favorite Compendium books is Be. It’s actually what we based our theme for the new school year on.

August 26, 2014 - 8:54 am

Molly Fabiano - Cheers to five years! I hope I’m still blogging in five years and that one day my site is as cute as yours. :)

August 26, 2014 - 10:39 am

Colleen Pence - Happy blogiversary!

I’d love to see more of your home improvement posts on the blog. They’re awesome and inspiring.

August 26, 2014 - 10:40 am

Sara P. (@SensiblySara) - Happy 5th blog-iversary!

I’d buy bowls at Anthro!

August 26, 2014 - 11:24 am

Christy Curtis - Hooray! Happy 5 years! I love Anthro!

August 26, 2014 - 12:25 pm

laura meeks - i want to see a pregnancy announcement for baby #2… ;) better get busy! LOL!

August 26, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Sarah T - Happy 5 years! I would love to see more Paige updates!

August 26, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Denise - Happy blogiversary! I always enjoy seeing your posts.

August 26, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Velma - Happy anniversary! A new scarf for fall would be it for me’

August 26, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Ali - I just started a new job, so I would love to buy some pretty accessories from Anthro and use some Compendium treats to beautify my workspace!

Congrats on 5 years, and thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!

August 26, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Danielle - Congrats on five years!

August 27, 2014 - 2:04 am

Izabela - Happy blogaversary. I love your blog :)

August 27, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Katie Contests - My favorite Compendium product is the Zombie Apocalypse thank-you card

August 27, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Lorelei - Congrats on five!

So glad you blogged about Compendium’s books-I knew nothing about them, and now I’m plotting them out as holiday gifts :)

August 27, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Julie - I love Anthro’s soy candles! Wonderfully scented while burning cleanly? Yes, please! Oh, and their hand soaps, too.

August 28, 2014 - 9:05 am

Kristin C. - Love that Baggu bag =)

August 28, 2014 - 9:48 am

Betsy - Congratulations on 5 years! So many changes in that time! Thanks for mentioning Compendium – I am enjoying perusing their shop!

August 28, 2014 - 11:53 am

Anne - I love your style and craftiness. Happy blogaversary!

August 28, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Calli - I will put the anthro card toward a dress!

August 29, 2014 - 11:33 am

April - If I could buy an Anthro store, I would. :) I love their tops that look “one of a kind”. They fit my comfortable wardrobe. Then my home could use some décor… I’ve rented my house for 2 years and it’s never looked “homely” per say. A lot of bare white walls that could use some personality!

August 29, 2014 - 10:18 pm

alaine - I would buy a new dress at anthro! thanks for the chance.

August 30, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Kelly - Congrats! Love the compendium baby book…need one for my daughter!

August 30, 2014 - 8:29 pm

rachel - I love Anthro’s soaps!!

Live Inspired

Y’all. I cannot wait to show you what I have in store today. First, a little back story…

After eating dinner one night with Reagan and Paige we went to peruse a nearby toy store. As I was chasing Paige around the store, a book immediately caught my eye. It had a very simple cover but for some reason I was drawn to it. I had to see what it was! The minute I opened it up, I was in HEAVEN. It was the most beautifully designed baby book I have ever seen. And I mean to tell you when Paige was born, I looked, and looked, and looked! It was like my dream come true, I was practically drooling in the store. However, I had about a nano second to look at it. I quickly scanned the book to see who made it. I took out my phone and in the notes I wrote – Compendium. Later that night after Paige went to sleep, I googled Compendium and found their website of amazing products. I lost a SOLID hour or two of productivity just browsing through all of their products! Everything was so beautiful and so well designed. Their mission: Live Inspired. I emailed them to see if they would be interested in collaborating with my blog and lo and behold last week it was like Christmas in August when a box of their products arrived at my door! Here is a little taste of the amazingness…

Modern, Fun, Beautiful Journals Notebooks Compendium Inc.

Ha! This one made me laugh out loud! They have so many fun journals like the one above. I also love all of their motto journals, especially the one below! You may have seen a sneak of this on Instagram  :)

Modern Fun Beautiful Journal Notebook Be Awesome Today Compendium Inc.

 Be Awesome Today. Love it. See all of their notebooks and journals here.

Beautiful Modern Typography Coffee Table Books Inspirational Quotes Compendium Inc.

They have tons of beautiful books filled with inspirational quotes, fun designs, and bold colors. The typography and the colors are just so perfect. I really like this one, this one, this one, and I’d love to give this one to Paige someday.

Modern Beautiful Gift Books Coffee Table Books Compendium Inc.

I took a few snaps of some of the different pages in this book. I love the modern designs and the message!

Modern Beautiful Gift Books Coffee Table Books Compendium Inc.

Modern Design Coffee Table Book Beautiful Fun Modern Graphic Design TypographyModern Coffee Table Book for the Hipster

See all of their books here.

Modern Typography Beautifully Designed Inspirational Greeting Cards Compendium Inc.

These cards are SO cool! They are like small pieces of art! They are printed on very thick card stock and come with a ribbon on top so that you can hang them, pin them up, or send them as a greeting card. How fun is that? And you know I love these designs! They also have so many hysterical greeting cards like this one, this one,  this one, this one (shout out to all the moms!), and this one which pretty much describes my life. There are so many more though, check them out here!

And finally, are you ready for 9 million pictures of the most beautiful baby book in the whole wide world? I hope so  :)

Modern Beautiful Baby Book

This is the simple design that caught my eye. And even though it has a pink or blue label, the book is actually gender neutral, which I love!

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It is filled with these amazing gold overlays!

Modern Beautiful Baby Book

Isn’t it beautiful?

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Cutest family tree ever!

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Beautiful Modern Baby Book And a beautiful pocket at the end to store extra papers and photos! You can find this baby book here and be sure to check out all of their other products for kids!

They sent me so many more goodies and lucky for you, I’ll be sharing them with YOU next week! You can also use the following coupon code!

Compendium Coupon Code

Find Compendium: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

*I was totally perked with these amazing products but all opinions are my own, friends!

August 22, 2014 - 8:11 am

Meghan Witherspoon - Ohh I’ve been looking for a baby book that’s not cheesy or run of then mill for baby boy! So happy you did this blog!! I love those books. Def going on my wish list!

August 22, 2014 - 8:15 am

Colleen Pence - I can see why your eye was drawn to that baby book. Everything is so clean and pretty. I love the colors and the variety of their offerings. Off to visit their site now. Thanks, Sada!

August 22, 2014 - 8:40 am

stacy - Is 8 too late to start a baby book? Because those are adorable!! and have I ever told you about my obsession with notebooks? I have a bajillion. I am like a child, I bought the kids their school supplies and came home with a whole bag of my own. Adding these to mu Christmas list now :)

August 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sada - You definitely need this Meghan! :)

August 22, 2014 - 9:01 am

Sada - Thanks Colleen!

August 22, 2014 - 9:04 am

Sada - Stacy, you are hysterical! All of their notebooks give you serious “feel good” mojo like Be Awesome Today! And shoot, if you can still remember all of the cute things your baby did you can definitely start a baby book now! I can’t remember what Paige did last week…

August 22, 2014 - 9:22 am

Lisa Branam @ A Little Slice of Life - I love all of it. What a great find. I’ll for sure be ordering something from them.

August 22, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Sada - Just added a coupon code Lisa! Great to see you the other night! :)

August 23, 2014 - 8:59 am

Jessica - That’s the baby book we have and I LOVE it. Spent forever trying to find one that was mod and fun and this one hit the spot. Their other products are so cute!

August 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

Tori Johnson - So cute!

August 23, 2014 - 9:42 am

Sada - Why am I not surprised that you already have this baby book Jessica! You are the coolest :)

August 23, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Amanda McDavid - Absolutely love. Thank you. Going to get one of these baby books. Ahhhh

I’m Loving: H&M Home

We just got an H&M here in San Antonio and while I haven’t actually been to the store yet (shopping with a 20 month old? no thanks.) I have been browsing online! I was looking at the home section and they have so many cute, reasonably priced accessories! Here are a few things I am loving…

affordable home decor H&M

 Striped Pillow ($6) | Jute Storage Bin ($15) | Ceramic Bird Dish ($10) | Patterned Plate ($6) | Grey Herringbone Throw ($35) | Jute Basket with Handles ($25)| Metallic Storage Basket ($10) | Small Metal Containers ($5)

affordable home decor H&M blankets, storage bins, pillows

 Jacquard-Weave Throw ($25) | Small Striped Rug ($25) | Metal Milk Basket ($25) | Turquoise Dipped Wooden Bowl ($25) | Vintage White Storage Basket ($13) | Metallic Pillow ($15) | Linen Striped Pillow ($18) | Grey Throw with Teal Stripe ($25) | Striped Laundry Bag ($13)

I was worried that the shipping would be astronomical like some other affordable home decor stores (*cough*IKEA*cough*) but they have a $6 flat rate! I might actually buy a few of my favorites! Have you purchased from H&M home? I would love to hear your experience!

August 18, 2014 - 10:07 am

aimee fauci - Even after the H&M hype I still have not been. You def got me at flat rate shipping. That is awesome..

Date Night | San Antonio B-Cycle Bike Rental!

Reagan and I have been really bad lately about getting out just the two of us. Finally, last Friday we had the opportunity to go out so I decided to plan something fun for us to do. I wanted to do something more exciting than just going out to eat. Don’t get me wrong, going out to eat without doting on a toddler every 2 seconds IS exciting, but I felt like we should go do something. I shoot photo sessions at the Pearl Brewery all of the time and always walk by these bikes that you can rent. So I did some scoping out online of San Antonio’s B-Cycle Bike Rental. It sounded fun and totally up our alley, so I asked around and heard that people bike from the Pearl down to the King William District. Well, it was fun and definitely an adventure!!

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I didn’t tell Reagan what we were doing so it was fun to walk up to the bikes and see him realize what we were about to do!

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We actually started the date calling customer service…romantic, eh? Ha, the machine wasn’t working properly so we had to call! After getting started a bit later than planned, we finally got our bikes and headed down to the river.

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And then as soon as we finally got going, I made us stop and take a picture!! Paige thinks bikes are so cool right now so I wanted to take a few pictures of us that we could show her. And props to the random girl on the river walk for snapping one of the two of us!

date night ideas bike rental

date night san antonio texas river walk

Biking on the river walk was fun and funny, to say the least. It was interesting getting used to riding the B-Cycle bikes, I definitely almost rode into the river a few times!! I told you it was an adventure  :)

fun date night idea bike rental

At one point we realized we were about to bike through the busiest part of the river walk on a Friday night…probably not a smart idea. So we Reagan took our bikes up to the street to finish our journey. There were still a lot of people on the streets but for some reason when thinking about biking into the river vs. biking into a car…we chose car?

fun date night idea incorporate pictures

Nothing like a date night without a few iPhone selfies! For both of these shots I set the phone on the ground using Timercam and ran into the picture!

date night san antonio rosarios

Around 9pm (yes, much later than I had planned) we found the B-Cycle station on South Alamo St. About 20 feet away from Rosario’s. I had planned for us to try a new restaurant but after working up a sweat biking, we ran into Rosario’s for a margarita and some mexican food!

Date night, well done.

PS – Even though our night had a few hiccups, I would definitely rent bikes again! Probably just not on a Friday night. For the month of August you can actually bike for free on Tuesdays!

August 15, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Colleen Delawder - Love the shoes! I bought them in every color, and even two pairs of the brown. Stashing one pair for when the other gets worn out,

August 15, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Sada - That is too funny Colleen because I actually bought them in three colors! But only because I didn’t have time to decide which color I wanted in store. I took them home, decided on the mint, and took the other two back :)

August 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Emily - What a perfect date!! It looks like a blast!

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.  :)

easy cookie bar recipe with butterscotch and chocolate chips salty sweet

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! :)