Holidays | Lake Life

Holiday Open House

By on December 13, 2017

Each year my dear friend and business partner, Carey, host two Holiday Open Houses. She hosts one at her house and I host one at my house. It works very nicely because we are then able to merge our friends and family and offer two nights of shopping during the busy Holiday season.  We offer our Soy Candles, Sugar Scrubs and other Lake Life products and Carey makes custom Stemless Wineglasses and drinkware and all sorts of amazing gift baskets! Shopping small, local and handmade makes the best gifts…

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Recipes & Meal Ideas

Holiday Cocktail: Wine Slush

By on December 11, 2017



Wine Slush

This Wine Slush is delicious and easy to make! A perfect holiday cocktail for your adult guests...

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 bottle Lambruso Wine large bottle
  • 1 can Frozen Lemonade
  • 1 can Frozen Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Sugar


  1. Mix all ingredients together and freeze overnight. To serve, mix a few scoops of slush with a Sprite-like soda to make a slush.

Hello Friends!

The Holidays are upon us! Do you have your Christmas shopping done? Gifts wrapped? Treats baked?


Me either.

This is the busiest time of the year for candlemakers and entrepreneurs so we have to hustle these next 2 weeks to get our Christmas shopping done! The rest of our Holiday cheer is in full force. Our house has been decorated since the first of November for a photo shoot. We have been burning holiday candles since July. And I have been playing Christmas music since Halloween…

I am going to share a super easy and delicious Holiday Cocktail with you! This Wine Slush can be made just a day in advance and is a big hit with all your adult guests.

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Pug Life

Paisley the Pug: An Update!

By on November 22, 2017

Paisley the Pug is now 6 months old!! She is the absolute sunshine in our house. You probably remember the story… Grace has wanted a Pug for 5 years now and texted me a picture or video of a Pug daily for 5 years straight. Now that we have Paisley, I absolutely think everyone should own a Pug! Like our Vet told us, they are Labs and Golden Retrievers in little bodies. We are happy to say we only had 3 sleepless nights before she began sleeping through the night. She was completely potty trained (like go to the door and bark!) at 10 weeks and has never destroyed anything in our home. Basically, she is a rockstar!

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Healthy After School Snacks

By on November 21, 2017

Hello Friends!

Cheers to a short school/work week!

I don’t know about you, but my kids come home famished after school. Through the years, we have learned what snacks they like to have around and how we can add variety to their week so that they don’t get bored. Both of my children have sensitive stomachs, so the ideas that I am going to share are ones that work with their tummy issues…

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Ironman WI 2017

By on October 16, 2017

Ironman WI 2017: Medical Tent Crew

Ironman is an event for the elite athlete and those that believe they can achieve anything that they set their minds on. It is a test of strength, endurance and sheer will power. Most will cross the finish line and receive their medal, others will cross the finish line after midnight and others will be brought in to the medical tent unable to finish the race. Either way, they have accomplished far more than most humans ever attempt.

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Skin Care | Uncategorized

R+F Leadership Retreat 2017

By on October 9, 2017

Have you ever taken a huge leap out of your comfort zone and hoped for the best? I did this in January when I started my own skincare company with Rodan + Fields. I initially did it out of desperation to help my tween daughter end her struggle with acne despite prescription treatment. If you have children, you know we will move hell and earth to help them. I have practiced Dermatology for 13 years and my child still struggled with acne, and it was hurting her self esteem. I knew that I had to think “outside the box” and I was willing to consider most options that did not include prescription medications. My friend Becky, a fellow Dermatology PA, introduced me to Rodan + Fields, and is now my Power Partner with our Team Dream. She and I earned a trip to Door County for a Leadership Retreat in September and learned the power of being surrounded by women driven by the desire to live the life that they dream of.

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Instant Pot Ribs

By on September 7, 2017


We cannot continue our Back to School Series without introducing the Instant Pot. This little appliance is a game changer in the world of home cooked meals. Working Moms rejoice! Where has this thing been all of my life?!?

What is an Instant Pot, you ask? Imagine the exact opposite of a crock pot. This baby cooks your meal in 20 minutes or less from start to finish. No joke. It is a pressure cooker, but more high tech and safer to use than the ones our parents used to use. They are available at most stores, I bought mine on Amazon:  Instant Pot


My family loves ribs but I have actually never cooked them because of the time commitment. My wonderful friend, Nikki, makes the best ribs and we can usually convince her to make them for us once a year… So, when I found a recipe that said I could make ribs in 20 minutes, I was all in.

Now, a few disclaimers… this post is not sponsored in anyway. All opinions are my own and as soon as I save up some more cash, I am buying another one. I was deathly afraid of using this because of the posts my friends put on my Facebook page about it. BUT, my awesome Hubs read the manual and talked me through it and I am happy to say that we did not blow a hole in our ceiling. You guys, it is totally a piece of cake to use!! Just read the manual, follow the recipe, and you are ALL GOOD. The Instant Pot does come with a small recipe book but I prefer finding recipes the old fashioned way, searching Mom blogs. These recipes are family-tested and literally walk you through not only the recipe, but also how to use the Instant Pot. For each recipe that we used, I have included the direct link to the website.

The ribs… Holy Moly! They are amazing. We have made them twice now. The first time, we only cooked 1 rack of ribs at a time. Our kids ate the whole entire first rack while the second one cooked. The second time we made them, I put 2 racks of ribs in the pot and they cooked perfectly. Once the ribs are done, brush them with your favorite BBQ sauce and broil them for the perfect glaze.

Instant Pot Ribs




To finish off our meal, and to reinforce the need for a second Instant Pot, we also made Mashed Potatoes (in 10 minutes!!) and Mac and Cheese (homemade in less time than a box mix).


 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes


 Instant Pot Mac and Cheese


Trust me, Friends.

Read this blog and then go right over to Amazon and order yourself an Instant Pot. Your family will thank you.


xoxo, Amy

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Back To School Series | Organizing & Decorating

10 Minute Organizing Projects

By on September 6, 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Here we are, already half way through the week!

Continuing our Back to School Series, today we have 10 Minute Organizing projects. I admit, I am Type-A all the way and having a neatly organized home is the way my family functions best. But life happens and suddenly our neat, organized spaces are disasters. I try to make a point to address one or two of these areas each week when I clean so that I don’t have to dedicate a whole weekend to organizing or cleaning our house. Luckily, my kids and husband are very well “trained” and keep their own spaces very clean and organized as well!

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread

By on September 5, 2017


Hello Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We enjoyed our last summer weekend at the lake and now our kids are back to school today.  This week kicks off our Back to School series.

This week I will share with you easy, delicious family recipes, healthy after school snacks, and 10 minute organizing projects that will make your life run so much  smoother as the school year begins.

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By on August 14, 2017

Happy Monday, friends! We had a busy weekend celebrating my twin sister’s upcoming wedding with an I Do BBQ ! It was a beautiful sunny day and we all agreed that this was one of our favorite themes for a party.  A big thanks to my friend Carey for providing some of the decorations and the best Cake Pops!

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