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.


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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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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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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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.    http://www.skincancer.org/


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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