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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!

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!

Modern Beautiful Baby Book Gender NeutralModern Beautiful Baby Book Gender Neutral Gold Overlays

It is filled with these amazing gold overlays!

Modern Beautiful Baby Book

Isn’t it beautiful?

Modern Beautiful Baby Book  Compendium Inc.Modern Beautiful Baby Book  Family Tree

Cutest family tree ever!

Modern Beautiful Baby Book Letters to BabyModern Baby Book Beautiful Design Typography

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!!

fun date night idea san antonio texas b-cycle bike rental pearl brewery

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!

date night san antonio

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.

date night idea san antonio b-cycle bike rental ride bike down river walk

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

Mud Bars Recipe - Easy Cookie Bar with Chocolate Chips and Butterscotch Chips-0003

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.