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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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.


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


  • 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


  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.



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Lake Life | Uncategorized

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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Lake Life

By on June 14, 2017

Today I am going to share a personal story with you. We own a candle company named Lake Life Candle Co. How we came up with the name Lake Life is a bit of a story, so I think we should start from the beginning… 2008.

One side note: my Hubs will not make much of an appearance on our website because of his line of work. He will be referred to simply as “Hubs.” Know that he exists and is an amazing person!

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Lake House Spring Cleaning

By on May 31, 2017

Every spring, we like to do a good spring cleaning at our lake house to prepare for the busy summer season. While we use our home year round, it definitely is most used in the summer months. And because we want our home to be warm and inviting to all of our guests, we want it to be clean and well stocked.

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Lake Life | Skin Care

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

By on May 20, 2017

I have been blessed with a long career in Dermatology and am passionate about skin care. I often say that two of my life’s missions are to find skin cancers and rid the world of acne. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and I thought it would be a perfect time to share some facts about skin cancer that you may not know…


  • Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.
  • Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. More than 4 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 1 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
  • Organ transplant patients are approximately 100 times more likely than the general public to develop squamous cell carcinoma.
  • About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. 
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 54 minutes).
  • Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.


The humbling truth about skin cancer is that while there are more cases diagnosed each year than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer combined, at least half of my patients still do not wear sunscreen. Tanning beds still exist and people still use them. Melanoma has directly affected three of my family members and my family has seen how quickly it can take a life.

What can we do to prevent skin cancer?

  • Regular skin checks with your primary provider or in Dermatology.
  • Wear sunscreen when outdoors, for long car rides, on your face year round in a moisturizer
  • Make an appointment for any lesions that are non-healing, bleeding, rapidly growing or changing.
  • Use sunless tanners if you wish to have tan complexion.

When choosing a sunscreen, please remember:

  • We should wear sunscreen every day. All skin types and ethnic groups are at risk for skin cancer. Infants under 6 months should not wear sunscreen, but rather be kept in the shade.
  • You get sun exposure even on cloudy days.
  • Check the expiration date on your bottle. All sunscreens are required by the FDA to last for 3 years. Throw your’s out and get a new bottle if it has expired.
  • Windows do not protect us from UV sun damage. If you have an office with windows or drive for your job or are planning a road trip, you should wear sunscreen.
  • We should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out, to allow it to completely absorb into our skin. And then re-apply every 2 hours.


And if you have any spots that you are concerned about, be sure to make an appointment to have them looked at!

When in doubt, check it out!


xoxo, Amy


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Lake House tips

By on April 17, 2017


Seven summers ago, we made the decision to purchase a lake home. This was scary and exciting and super intimidating for a couple in our early 30’s with two small children. But we had just survived a scary year, after Hubs was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm the day after Christmas. He survived and recovered. This is what we call our “life changing moment.” We decided that life was too short to waste, so owning a lake home seemed like the perfect way to slow life down and enjoy more time with family and friends. We worked hard at our full time jobs but we wanted to play with our kids too. The fact that it was walking distance from family members was even better.

When we first purchased the home, I was overwhelmed by the thought of how  I would  possibly  keep two houses cleaned and organized. But I soon realized that I didn’t want my children to grow up and tell everyone that we had a clean house, I wanted them to remember all of the amazing memories that we had created along the way. We shopped our own house and kitchen to find extra bedding, kitchen utensils, dishes, games and toys that we could take to the lake. This not only helped us stay in our budget but help us cut down on clutter. I shopped the clearance racks at Target for new towels, dish sets, any household items that we were in need of. Amazing what you can find in those clearance aisles! Friends and family gifted us items that they knew we could use as well.

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