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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!

I made a few hair bows…

I finally had a little bit of down time and Paige was in desperate need of some new hair clips, so I got a liiiittle bit carried away one night and made a few…or seven. I love the headbands I made her when she was little but her hair is too long and wild now for those! So I usually put her hair in a side pony and it looks so precious with one of these clips in it!

how to make diy felt bow hair clip for baby or toddler

For these bows I used: Six Sister’s Felt Bow Template | Felt | Alligator Clips

I am still obsessed with this felt from The Felt Pod. Love the colors and the quality.

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diy felt boy hair clip tutorial

The template from the Six Sister’s Stuff blog is spot on. The bows are the perfect size and a cinch to make!

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I could’ve made about 17 more but I stopped myself.  :)

I also turned one of her old headbands into a clip simply by taking off the elastic and glueing it to an alligator clip!

pom pom flower hair clip tutorialThese pom pom flowers are so easy to make. You literally just roll the pom pom ribbon in a spiral until it creates the flower shape and hot glue as you go! You can see a few more pictures from her headband post here.

And finally, I made these super cute pinwheels that I’m obsessed with! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make these.

how to make a felt pinwheel hair clip coral and teal

I’ll be back later to share a tutorial for these bad boys  :)

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July 9, 2014 - 9:47 am

Colleen Pence - They’re so cute but those pinwheels are my favorite!

July 10, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Sada - Thanks Colleen! And thank you so much for sharing! :)

Star Spangled Cupcake Toppers

easy diy cupcake topper sparkly star

I’ve seen variations of this idea used all over Pinterest and I decided to finally try it out for the 4th! However, since I just made stars you could really use these for a variety of different events. This was such an easy DIY cupcake topper!

easy DIY star cupcake topper

Materials needed: Sparkly Pipe Cleaners | Tooth Picks | Wire Cutters | Hot Glue Gun

I googled an image of a star and used it as my guide to create the star shape with the pipe cleaner. I literally held the pipe cleaner up to my screen as I bended it to get a more accurate shape. I clipped off the remaining pipe cleaner with the wire cutters and hot glued the open ends. Then I just glued the star to the tooth pick! So easy!

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DIY cupcake topper easy fourth of july dessert idea

I love how the sparkly pipe cleaners make it seem more festive! Happy fourth, everyone!

PS – Just to keep it real, as per usual, I am much better at making things look pretty than the actual baking. My cupcakes were from a box mix and I still managed to mess up half of my first batch! It’s a gift, really. I’m working on it! Good thing they taste good no matter what!

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July 3, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Christina Coker - So cute & simple!

Real Life…

I was hoping to have some pretty pictures up today showing you the cute new felt hair clips I made for Paige, however…I have something even better. A story. Real life. My life…

Yesterday, we were rushing out the door to get to the zoo super early to meet my friends and their babies to beat the heat! As we were literally on our way out the door I noticed that P had a runny nose and was a bit congested. I stopped to check her out because I knew that her cousins were sick. Not wanting to get anyone else potentially sick, we decided to stay home from the zoo. I pulled out my handy NoseFrida, because I am normally the bomb dot com at using it on Paige. Seriously, ask Reagan. (FYI the NoseFrida is a tool to help you suck snot out of your toddler’s nose). I get all set up in my ridiculous stance on the couch with Paige all ready to go and I put that NoseFrida right up there and I SUCK as hard as I can….

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And a huge ripping pain rolls through my neck and the right side of my upper shoulder and back!

I lay down. Pain. I try to sit up. HORRIBLE pain. I lay down. Paige crawls on top of me. PAIN. I get kneed in the face and have a toddler crushing my bladder. PAIN. I text my sister, “No joke I just tried to NoseFrida Paige and a sharp pain shot through my neck and shoulders. Someone might have to take both of us to the doctor!”. My sister writes back, “No that is just a pulled muscle or a gas pain or tired nerves. You’ll be ok – from Mom.”

Well, whatever kind of strange spasm/pinched nerve I had, I literally spent the rest of the day on the couch in an awkward position watching Netflix. In pain. Thank goodness for my sister and my mom who were able to watch Paige!

I jacked my back sucking snot…

The things we do as parents, right? Luckily, I am much better today! Just sore! It’s a good thing this kid is cute  :)

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PS – These photos were taken at my sister’s place in Utopia, TX. One morning, I found a spot where the lighting was seriously money and we took some  photos! If you want to see some updated photos of her cute bunch, check them out here – Urban Family!

July 5, 2014 - 10:58 am

Colleen Pence - Ouch! This parenting gig ain’t easy! Hope you’re feeling better now. :)

July 7, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Kristin C. - Oh goodness, lol! I hope your back is feeling better now. That NoseFrida gets the job done now!

July 10, 2014 - 12:06 am

Ashley O. - oh no jacked back b/c of snot. mom’s are awesome! the things we do for our littles :)

July 10, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Sada - Haha, yes, Ashley, the things we do! Good thing it is funny story!

Around Here…

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Super excited that Paige’s nursery was included in a gender neutral nursery roundup over on Parents.com! You can see the slideshow here and you can see my full post on her nursery here. I lover her nursery but I am about to change up a couple walls!

I’ve been so focused on my photography business and being a good mom that I haven’t had the chance to do any crafting these past few months. Well, the drought is over! I made a few really fun things for Paige last week that I will share soon! Here is a sneak peek  :)

the felt pod coral and teal felt easy diy project

After almost 5 years of blogging, I lost my mind and finally created a Facebook page!! I don’t know why I avoided it this whole time. It has always felt a bit weird to share certain posts on my personal page and even my photography page, so it is really nice to have a space where I can share not only my posts but also other blogs, home decor items, crafty shenanigans, baby goods (and all of the other random things I post about here) that I love!

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If you are interested, you can follow me here – Casa de Lewis!

family drawing

I finally hung up our family portrait (yes, it’s long overdue. don’t judge.) and it is the first thing I see when I walk in from my car! It is hanging in our new entrance/laundry room add on that we did last year. Our laundry room used to be outside and we enclosed it and updated the space to make it more kid (and adult) friendly. It is a very small space with no windows and so the perfectionist photographer in me hasn’t even really attempted to photograph it but I should give it a go! It has a couple of fun light pendants like this red one and I was excited to use these blue lockers from Ikea next to the washer/dryer!

Ok, enough ramblings. ending with a couple of cute pics of Paigey!

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I was trying to capture her in this super cute black and white romper…she is BY FAR my hardest subject!!

June 30, 2014 - 5:12 pm

E - Ms.P is SOOO BIG! What a cutie! Love her nursery and super excited to see what you have planned next.

June 30, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Sada - She is getting so big! I can’t handle it! Thanks!

July 1, 2014 - 11:47 am

Molly Fabiano - What a sweet family portrait! I love it! Sweet family, too! :)

July 5, 2014 - 10:53 am

Colleen Pence - What a pretty nursery. Congratulations on the feature!

July 7, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Kristin C. - Congrats on the feature! I’ve always loved your nursery. Can’t wait to see the wall changes =)

Our Favorite Bedtime Books

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I know that I have said this about every stage, but this stage (18 months) is SO fun. Hugs and kisses, constant laughter, singing songs, learning new words, letters, and numbers…it’s incredible. We’ve done all of these things since Paige was born, but the difference is that now she fully participates. Singing songs, talking to me all day, understanding every word I say, it blows me away. Readings books is a whole new ballgame as well. I will never tire of seeing Paige “read her books”. It’s got to be the cutest thing ever. Sometimes she runs back to her room, and as I hurriedly walk back there worrying that she is tearing the place apart, I find her sitting on the floor with a book! Cue heart melt. Here is what we are currently loving at bedtime:

favorite toddler bedtime books goodnight gorilla lullaby moon the going to bed book twinkle twinkle little star goodnight owl

Goodnight Gorilla  |  Lullaby Moon  |  The Going to Bed Book  | Twinkle Twinkle  |  Goodnight Owl

*It is possible I may have all of these memorized we’ve read them so many times.*

PS – I am always on the hunt for new, wonderful books. If you have a favorite, please do share!!

June 27, 2014 - 10:09 am

aimee fauci - I love catching my girls reading.. I think it is so magical! I know that might sound silly to some but I just love it!

June 27, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Sada - Aimee, I completely agree! Not silly at all!

June 27, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Melissa D - Beautiful pics!
I love Sandra Boynton books–our favorite bedtime book is Snuggle Puppy! We’ve been reciting it before bed every night since our six-year-old came home from the hospital.

June 27, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Sada - Melissa – I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll have to check it out! Also, I’ve been meaning to tell you that my little munchkin LOVES signing time! We watch it all the time over here :)

June 28, 2014 - 12:35 am

Lidiya - One of our favorites is “Time for Bed” by Mem Fox

June 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Erica - Our favorite book is “God Loves You” by Peek-a-boo Promises. The bible verses are so sweet and the illustrations are adorable. We read this over and over and I actually don’t mind to! :) I need to get The Going to Bed book- we love that author!

June 30, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Sada - Erica – I’ll look it up! I’m definitely in the same boat – I don’t mind reading most books over and over :)