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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!

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 :)

San Antonio Parade of Homes | Sneak Peek & a Giveaway!

On Saturday morning I got to preview the 2014 San Antonio Parade of Homes in the Dominion with a few fellow San Antonio bloggers! I was able to see 4 of the 5 beautiful houses (before I had to sneak off and shoot a wedding!) and I wanted to share a few pictures from my two favorite houses as well as give you the opportunity to WIN TICKETS to go see these houses for yourself!! For my local peeps, there is a giveaway at the end of this post to receive tickets and a gift card to Piatti’s at the Eilan Hotel!

I don’t want to give too much away but the first house I loved was built by Uptmore Custom Homes and decorated by Lori Caldwell Designs. When I first walked in it was like a breath of fresh air because it was beautiful! (You’ll have to excuse my photos as I was trying to not get too many people in the background. I’m hoping next year they let me in early so I can really snap away and get a few whole room shots!) I loved so many of the little details in this house and you’ll see that I was clearly loving the beautifully decorated tables!

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san antonio design blog parade of homes gold ampersand

Ampersand love!! I might need to buy this…

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I looooved this dining room! The wood tones combined with all of the white and greenery looked so elegant.

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I loved these fun place settings on the outdoor dining table. Aren’t they cute? And I was drooling over these silver lanterns as well!

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The next house was very modern and so stinking cool, you guys. And I was actually able to get a few wider shots here so you’ll have a better overall picture! This house was built by CKC Custom Homes and decorated by D’Ette Cole with Red/Modern Lines/Vintage Finds.

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The front patio immediately introduced the cool greys paired with bright pops of orange and red that you see throughout the downstairs portion of the house. I, of course, loved it!!

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The wood tones combined with the cool greys, different textures, and the succulents! I was in love!

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san antonio design blog parade of homes modern colorful living room with grey couch and pops of yellow and orange

There were so many fun elements in this house!

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I was pretty much obsessed with all of the chairs and tables!

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san antonio design blog parade of homes modern vintage industrial table and chairs

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Here are just a couples snaps of the bedrooms. There were so many cool bedrooms and living areas, there is no way I can share them all!

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This post is already so long and this is only about 1/4 of all of the amazingness of these two houses! If you are in San Antonio, you must go check them out for yourself! Enter below to win tickets!! One person will win two tickets and a gift card to Piatti’s at the Eilan Hotel and Shopping Center and another person will win an additional two tickets!

 

*Giveaway is closed*

June 23, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Laura Nivin - Your pictures are so beautiful! They make me want to entertain and decorate! Wow!

June 24, 2014 - 8:53 am

Christina - Beautiful! Wow, the ambiance of this home is amazing!

June 24, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Michelle Cantu - Ypur pictures are great, I love to go for all of the decor ideas.

June 24, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Sally G. - Um, I need that ampersand too! – do you have any idea where it’s from? :-)

June 25, 2014 - 10:22 am

SAB - Thank you for featuring our CKC Custom Home. Your amazing photography skills make it look fantastic.

June 25, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Erin - I love that bedspread!! Find out where it is from ;) hehe. Such a gorgeous house!

June 27, 2014 - 12:07 am

Dolly - Sada I want too marry you! You are so talented ! I love your pictures and your blog! The pictures are wonderful and gave me lots of inspiration ! Thanks for that!

June 27, 2014 - 12:08 am

Sada - Sally G. – let me see if I can find out!

June 27, 2014 - 12:08 am

Sada - Hahaha, Dolly! I would definitely marry you!

Happy National Donut Day!

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You all know I only blog about REALLY important things…well, today is National Donut Day and you can go to Krispy Kreme and get a free donut! WAHOO! Reagan and I took Paige on a little date there this morning…

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Both are clearly enamored by the donut making!

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happy national donut day free krispy kreme donut

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So we give Paige her donut…her fresh, warm donut.

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happy national donut day free krispy kreme donut

And it just sat there!

happy national donut day free krispy kreme donut

She didn’t eat it! #notmychild

Luckily there were two willing adults to take that off her hands  :)

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And we brought the rest to her cousins!

Happy National Donut Day! Donut miss this opportunity!

(You know I had to.)

San Fran & Sonoma via Instagram

Two weeks ago we tagged along with Reagan to San Fran. He was going to a work conference and Paige and I were going because…well, I was either going to be on my own with Paige in San Antonio or San Francisco. I decided San Francisco sounded more fun! I did not say easier, I said “more fun”! Paige and I cruised all over San Fran and really did have a lot of fun! After Reagan’s conference was over we headed up to Sonoma which was seriously like a little slice of heaven. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these pics but here is a little insta-recap  :)

tips on traveling with a toddler to san francisco and sonoma california

Places we hit in San Fran: Union Square – great shopping, not much to do for a toddler. We played on the escalator at Macy’s! | Yerba Buena Gardens – Paige loved running around this park! | Civic Center – this just happened to be on the way to the library but they have a great playground in front. | SF Public Library - this library was recently redone and they have a great children’s center. We went for toddler time but about 5 minutes in Paige decided she wanted to be up at the front with the teacher and sit in his chair… | Pier 39 – I had heard this was too touristy but a friend ended up taking us here. Paige loved the sea lions, the carrousel, and all the silly shops. | Golden Gate Park – I wish we had more time to explore but we went to the Botanical Gardens and the California Academy of Science. Next time I want to hit the Conservatory of Flowers! tips on traveling with a toddler to san francisco and sonoma california

Good Eats in San Francisco: Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery | Super Duper Burgers

(Obviously we didn’t get to eat out as much with a toddler! Next time, San Fran!)

tips on traveling with a toddler to sonoma california

 These last few pictures are from Sonoma, which was beautiful! Places we hit in Sonoma: Sonoma Plaza – This is a square in Sonoma with a large park in the middle surrounded by cute shops. This is where Paige is smelling all of the beautiful flowers in the pictures above! | The Red Grape – delicious pizza place! | Gundlach Bundschu Winery – We picked one winery to try out with Paige. Tasting wine with a toddler = not easy, but the winery was beautiful with amazing scenery.

I have a few more photos that I took with my big girl camera in Sonoma! I’ll share those soon. I also wanted to mention two things that saved our lives while traveling with a toddler – the iPADKET iPad holder that attached to the airplane seat tray table and these Kidz Gear Headphones. Yes, we totally let our child watch the iPad and these two items were worth every penny. Reagan and I were able to be hands free and I even watched a little tv on my phone! Not for long, but still!

May 27, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Emily - What a fun and amazing trip. such gorgeous photos as usual. glad you had some time away.

May 29, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Ashley O. - I’d love to hear some tips when traveling with toddler. (If you haven’t already done so)
This would come in handy in the future.
(other than the ipad & headphones tip)

:)

Friday Random

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We’ve had an interesting week here getting back from San Francisco. Paige has been sick and now I have some weird allergy stuff going on. Definitely ready to be healthy.

I bought these jeggings, yes, jeggings, after reading this post (don’t judge). You may have seen them in my Instagram post this week. The jury is still out on these bad boys. They are comfy but I do find myself adjusting them in the waist. This doesn’t seem to stop me from wearing them though. They aren’t on sale anymore but at $40 it is a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of other jeans!

In other shopping news, I totally bought a mom swim suit. It is actually not a one piece but it might as well be. Call me crazy, but I have a toddler and I just want a swimsuit that feels a tiny bit more secure and has a little more coverage in the boobage area than all the teeny weeny bikinis out there. Wearing a bikini is stressful enough, let alone, chasing and swimming with a toddler in one! We’re headed to the beach soon so we’ll see how it holds up.

I’m obsessed with JJ Heller’s new album. A few of you asked what the song was in the video I posted yesterday. It is JJ Heller’s “I Dream of You”. I’ll probably play it all weekend while the picture slideshow of Paige plays on my Apple TV and ball my eyes out that this will already be my second Mother’s Day!

Yesterday, at my photo session we were at this beautiful park and I looked over and saw a man release a red heart balloon and just watch it until it faded away into the sunset. I can’t get it out of my head and I wish I would’ve 1) taken a picture and 2) I wish I knew the story behind it. It seemed so sweet and I wish I could’ve captured the moment for him.

Speaking of photo sessions, I am so over the weather forecast, however I am not going to complain because it totally worked in my favor this week! It said it was going to rain on Wednesday and Thursday, the two days I had sessions scheduled, and both days turned out to be beautiful! And now I am staring out at dark grey skies and rain! Whatever, I’ll take it, especially since I am off to nap while Paige Lily naps to see if we can both kick this crud!

Happy Friday, friends, and Happy Mother’s Day to my mama and all the wonderful mothers out there!!

May 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Jessica Lynn - It could’ve totally been a coincidence, but maybe the red balloon was because of this: http://diaryofanaddict.co/red-balloons-ryan/ It’s gone viral the last few days.

May 9, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Emily - What a GORGEOUS photo of you and ms. P. Sorry your not feeling well. hope you all start feeling better soon.

May 9, 2014 - 4:14 pm

donya - I can totally get behind wanting a one piece swim suit these days! & for the very same reason…

I wonder if the balloon was for this: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140507/social-media-outpouring-of-redballoonsforryan-helps-grieving-south-pasadena-family (ps, super sorry if you hadn’t heard about it and just gave you a big downer, but so sweet that you saw a man releasing a balloon with something on his mind)

Hope you feel better soon!

May 9, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Camille - Well it looks like someone else already mentioned that the red balloon may have been for that little boy who died last week. So sad, but also so cool how the online community as pulled together across the country for one little red headed boy. Anyway, I love that picture of you and Paige. It should be framed! :) Hope you feel better!

May 12, 2014 - 11:51 am

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - Those jeggings totally have me curious…I’m debating giving them a shot! Hope you feel better soon! :)