Skin Care

Acne: Our Enemy

By on June 15, 2017

Acne. A skin condition that can damage self esteem and self confidence in all ages, especially tweens. Isn’t life hard enough at this age?!? But then to deal with skin issues too seems totally unfair…

I have a long career in Dermatology and believe my life mission is to find and remove skin cancers. But I also have a passion to rid the world of acne. This is something I struggled with growing up but we lived in a small town where Dermatologists were hard to come by.  Fortunately after having babies, my acne has settled down. But for our beautiful daughter, the acne struggle is real. She has struggled with acne for a few years now and despite prescriptions,  wasn’t getting better. She is a hockey player year round and just could not get rid of the stubborn beasts.

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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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Keeping A Clean Home

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In my mind, there is nothing better than a fresh, clean home. We breathe better, sleep better and life just functions better. But we are a busy family and keeping our home spotless is not always a realistic goal. I want our children to remember all of the wonderful memories we have made, not simply that we have had a clean home. But… I do know that a clean home is necessary for our well being.

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Recipes & Meal Ideas

Farfalle with Prosiutto

By on May 1, 2017

If  you are looking for an easy dinner that tastes like a restaurant-quality feast, I have just the recipe for you! My entire family loves this meal. Pair it with a nice salad, fresh rolls and a lovely dessert, and there will be no need to eat out.





Farfalle with Prosciutto

This meals comes together in just minutes, but tastes like our favorite entree at  a local Italian restaurant. Sure to please the entire family!

*adapted from Barilla

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 1 box (16 oz) Farfalle pasta
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 packages (3.5 oz) Prosciutto, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups Frozen Peas
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook onion in hot olive oil in a large (3-inch-deep) skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add prosciutto and peas, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in wine, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Stir in half-and-half and cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss hot cooked pasta with cream mixture. Stir in cheese.


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Grace Talks

4 DIY Face Masks

By on April 27, 2017

Hi guys! This week i’m going to be sharing 4 DIY face masks!


Now if you’re like me, you see all of these expensive masks from Lush or other beauty stores. Of course they sound like they will work wonders for your skin, but you don’t know much of what’s in the mask. By making your own, you are guaranteed to  know what is going on your skin.


Avocado Face Mask: moisturizing

Ingredients –

½ of an avocado

½ of a very ripe banana

1 tbsp of any oil (I used olive oil)

  • Leave on for 10-20 min


Coffee Mud Face Mask: exfoliates, tightens pores, accelerates scar healing, and reduces inflammation.

Ingredients –

2 tsp cosmetic clay (White cosmetic clay – dry skin. Bentonite clay – normal to oily skin. French green clay – oily skin.)

1 tsp of ground coffee

1 – 1 ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar

2-3 drops of tea tree oil (optional)

  • Leave on for 5-15 min


Turmeric Lemon Face Mask: heal acne, help skin retain moisture, cleans pores, and fights skin infections.

Ingredients –

3 tbsp of rolled oats

1 tbsp of honey

½ tsp of turmeric

1 squeeze of lemon juice

  • Leave on for 15-20 min (may have to rinse face multiple times to get rid of yellow tint)     


Peeling Mask: removes blackheads, tightens pores, and clears up skin.  

Ingredients –

½ tbsp of apple cider vinegar

1 pack of unflavored gelatin (or non toxic elmers glue)   

3-5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

*put in microwave for 10-15 seconds if using unflavored gelatin*

  • Leave on for 5-10 min then peel/rinse off



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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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This weekend I bought a succulent and a cactus. Having living plants in my room has been my current obsession, especially cacti. You only need to water them a few times a week, and they require no sun.

Having living plants in your work space not only serves as decoration, but they can improve your brain.  A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.


So, I just thought I’d share my obsession for this week, hopefully you all learned something from this. Talk to you next week!


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