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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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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

Friends,

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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I Do BBQ

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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Paisley the Pug

By on August 11, 2017

Paisley the Pug:

Our family has grown +1 this month and we are in love with our new pug, Paisley! There is an amazing story of love, determination, persistence and having a dream behind the story of this little pug that I think is worth sharing. And it will likely help you understand why a busy family of 4 that owns 2 businesses, works 2 career jobs, owns 2 homes and already has 2 dogs, would be crazy enough to get a third!

                                 

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Lake Life | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Texas Caviar

By on June 28, 2017

This snack has many names but is a healthy favorite in our house and a lake house weekend must have! Ready in just minutes, large batch to feed a crowd and includes veggies! A win in my book.

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Texas Caviar

A quick and healthy appetizer that is a family favorite and a lake life weekend must have!

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 2 Green Peppers, diced
  • 1 half Red Onion, diced
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 can Black Eyed Peas, rinsed
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bag Frozen Corn, thawed
  • 1 small bottle Italian dressing

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit in fridge for 2 hours before serving. Serve with Tostitos, Frito Scoops or your favorite veggies and crackers.


    Enjoy!

 

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Organizing & Decorating

How I Stay Organized

By on June 27, 2017

Owning two businesses and working my career job, along with being a Mom to two busy kiddos and having a Hubs who works all hours of the day means I MUST stay organized! It is no joke that if I were to lose my planner, our world would stop. Is it just me or can you not remember what you did yesterday either?!?

 

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Fifty Years

By on June 23, 2017

Hello Friends,

How is your summer going? Can you even believe it is the end of June already?!? We are in full summer mode… hockey camps, work during the week and lake life on the weekends! We are beyond grateful for this season of our lives…

This last weekend, my parents celebrated 50 years of marriage! We celebrated with our immediate family at the lake and had a wonderful weekend full of boating, relaxing, reading, eating and trying on Grandma’s wedding dress!

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