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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!

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!

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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  :)

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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?

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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!

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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.  :)

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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…

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

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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!

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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!!