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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!

Star Spangled Cupcake Toppers

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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 :)

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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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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san antonio parade of homes design blog modern black white and grey kitchen with industrial bar stools

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!