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Hello, sweet Friends!

August 1, 2018

Hi Friends! My name is Amy and I love...

*my family

*the lake

*labs and pugs

*pizza

*organizing

*playing harder and working smarter

*my Tribe

Welcome to this little space. Here you have a place at the table no matter your color, size or shape. My only rule is that you have to be nice and positive. We all have crap, but let's not give it to each other. 


xoxo, Amy

Owning a Lake Home

August 10, 2018

Managing a second home... {lake house, cabin, cottage} can be a lot of work but our Lake Home has been a blessing for our entire family.


We purchased our Lake Home eight years ago, after my husband suffered a brain aneurysm. Being in our early 30's, it was a huge life changing moment and we decided to make the most of each day. We both had busy professional careers and two small children and were just busy juggling life.

We decided we wanted to really LIVE.


So, we found a perfect little home on a lake just down the road from our cousins in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and took the leap. People thought we were crazy. Our family thought we had made the best decision of their lives... Our Dads told us it was their dream come true.

Eight years later, we still feel so very blessed to have made this decision to have our Lake Home. It has brought us endless hours of laughter and joy with our family and friends. I just simply cannot imagine life without Lake Life. So much so that we have created an entire brand and family business around this concept.


It is the only place that our busy family can escape the stressors of a busy medical career and a Law Enforcement career, busy sport and school schedules and simply just play and enjoy each other. We just simply live vacation life every.single.day at the Lake. We have created a life where we can have this anytime that we want, not just once a year. All because we got an accepted offer on this cute house on the beach.


But, let's be honest. Managing two homes takes work, organization and patience. I am "type-A all the way" and I like our home clean and organized. But with a Lake Home, there has to be a level of grace that comes with this... We have wet dogs, children and a whole lot of people that come in and out all day long. Sand and water alone make for their own mess. We want to have fun. We want to have our home filled with people and children and dogs. I don't want to clean the house the whole day. So, we have mastered a system over the last eight years that I want to share with you. I hope that this can help you enjoy your second home more, stress about the meals and cleaning less, and simply take the leap to JUMP IN to owning your own second home.

1. Stock it like your own home.

Fill the kitchen with all of the utensils, appliances, necessities that you like in your own home. Fill your pantry with the necessities. Keep the condiments in the fridge that have a long shelf life. Have some frozen pizzas in the freezer for those late nights when you roll into town or when you need a quick meal in a pinch. Grocery stores are not always close or convenient, plan ahead. Do a deep clean once before winter and once in the Spring. Stock up before the busy summer season.

2. Have an extra set of sheets for every bed.

Have a washer and dryer!! (hard must have) Our home did not have a washer and dryer when we moved in but this was a must have for me. We have extra bedding so when guests are preparing to leave, they strip their own beds and throw them in the wash. Then they make their own beds and clean their rooms for the next guests. I am not toting home a car full of dirty laundry. No thank you.

3. Plan meals and assign a meal to every family.

We host a ton of people at the lake. Like, we never go alone with our family of 4. We just love being around family and friends and the Lake is meant for a whole lotta people. So that I don't do all of the cooking and dishes, we now assign families a meal. They prepare/cook/bring the paper plates and all of the necessities for that meal. We all help with the clean up. We also all pitch in and bring appetizers, snacks and drinks for a crowd.

4. Have a bag or tote assigned for the Lake House.

We use a plastic tote and keep this in our basement. Anytime I buy something for the Lake, I put it in the tote. Then this goes with us each trip. We don't have a Costco, Target or Bath and Body Works by the Lake, so I always seem to buy things on sale and throw them in the tote for the Lake. Then these items don't get misplaced and I can restock as I think about it or find things on sale.

5. Clean and organize often... The house gets dirty.

We clean before we leave every single time. The closets and garage fill up with crap. Everyone has good intentions but the Lake House can become a dumping ground for leftovers, if we aren't careful. Purge and organize often. Believe it or not, you do not need 25 beach chairs and 10 games of Life and 5 tubes that have holes in them.

6. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

Please do not be like me and wait 8 years to figure this out. Nobody needs to think you are Superwoman. You are really great no matter what. When a friend offers to bring extra toilet paper, you say "Sure!" When your Mother-in-law offers to stay later and shampoo the carpets, you say "Holy moly, thanks a bunch." When your Mom offers to bring up a new self-propelled lawnmower and mow the yard, you say, "Sweet Jesus, you are the best." Say, please, thank you and absolutely. You will enjoy your time so much more. Your friends and family will enjoy their time because they feel like they are contributing and helping out. They won't have to watch you slaving away and feel guilty. And we will ALL have more time to go jump off the rope swing and eat ice cream.

7. Save the holidays for family.

We invite friends for many weekends of the summer but the Holidays are always for family.

8. When you are at the Lake, you have to practice Lake Life.

Leave your shit at home. You are entering a drama-free zone. Leave your cell phones in your suitcase and leave your watch in the car. Lake Life is a way of life. We love each other, listen to each other. Have GRACE with each other. Remember what matters in life and forget what doesn't. We play with our kids and dogs and we don't care if you spill your drink. Wake up when you want. Eat what you want and don't tell me about your diet. Learn a new trick on the tube, and remember that you are never too old to waterski.

Many of our Friends own second homes, so please share your tips and tricks here. We can all learn from each other!


The best advice a friend gave us before we put in the offer for our Lake House... "No decision is ever permanent."

And remember...

Dream Big. Live Bold. Be Brave.

Just Jump In.

xoxo, Amy

Back to School 

August 24, 2018

It is that time again!

I know many of you are already back at it, but we start school after Labor Day. My nesting kicks in high gear in August and this week will be full of stocking, cleaning and preparing for the craziness that comes with school and sport schedules.


Because I am an organizer, cleaner and "Type A all the way" kind of girl, our family just does better when our house is running smoothly.


First Up: A clean house.

If you are like me, I do not have hours and hours to dedicate to cleaning my house, so I have found a system that allows me to do a little each day over a week's time. And actually, my family and I do many of these things on a regular basis so that our house never gets out of control!

To get started...

1. Make a list: I am a list maker, a trait I inherited from my Dad. I love lists and crossing off the items when I get them done. I use a notebook system... One notebook for our Life To Do, one for our Lake Life business and one for my skincare business.

Start by listing each room of your house.

Then on the bottom, write these things...

shampoo carpet, wash rugs

organize and purge closets and drawers

wash bedding and curtains

restock

yardwork

wash windows

Then clean one room at a time or complete one item at a time...

I like to clean all of our closets first. Then clean the rooms and wash bedding. As I am cleaning, I make a list of all of the products that I need to get at Costco or Target to restock. Then we wash the rugs and shampoo carpets at the very end.

In the kitchen, I also clean all of our appliances and pantry. In the laundry room, we run bleach through the washer and clean out the dryer vent.

Our garage is considered a room and organized the same way.

2. Use natural cleaners. I do not make my own cleaners, but have completely switched to natural, green, earth-friendly products. Once we started making soy candles, I began to research the health concerns behind paraffin candles, air freshener plug ins and all of the cleaning products that I was using. Just for fun... if you burn candles that are not soy, go check out your furnace filter. It is pretty scary. We now use ion air cleaners and our house smells cleaner and fresher than ever before. I never used to believe in them, but my allergies are definitely better with it!!

3. Throughout the year, teach you and your family to organize and purge regularly. Once every few months, my kids clean their closets as they are putting away laundry. I clean out my fridge once a month. You seriously will feel so much better with a clean, organized fridge!


Next, have a good planner.

Find an organization system that works for you and your family. I have an Erin Condren planner that I just love. It is hard cover so it stands up in my purse and bag and keeps our lives running smoothly. We also have a master calendar in our mud room with all of our activities.

https://www.shoplakelifeco.com/shop/planners


 Use a printable grocery list and meal planner to keep your family well fed and happy every day. 

I have created several, sign up for my emails to receive your own FREE copies!


I believe that a clean, organized house makes our lives run happier, smoother and less stressed. We are busy so we do not have a lot of time to commit to cleaning our house, and we sure aren't going to miss out on fun things to clean!!

 But, incorporating these small things regularly will help make life run smoother and happier! And give you more time to play and enjoy the fun things in life!


Do you have other ideas to share? Tips and tricks for other busy people? Please share.

xoxo, Amy

Vision Boards

August 27, 2018

We hosted our first Vision Board class at the Loft last night and it was a huge success! If you have not used a Vision Board in your life, you will definitely want to listen in...


Athletes, successful Entrepreneurs, someone with a fitness goal in mind, students who want to achieve a goal... Vision Boards can work for everyone.


What is a Vision Board?

Vision Boards are visualization tools. They can be handmade, store bought or even digital. They are designed to spark the Law of Attraction.  

Simply put, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you. So, if you stay focused on the good and positive things in your life, you will automatically attract more good and positive things into your life. If you are focused upon lack and negativity, then that is what will be attracted into your life. By creating a Vision Board with images and positive words that reflect your goals and ideal life, and looking at it regularly, you are creating the Law of Attraction.


The Science Behind Vision Boards:

Research suggests that visualizing the action steps that will help you achieve your goals works better than just meditating on the end goal. A study at the University of California, Los Angeles found that students who pictured studying for an exam got better results than just visualizing acing the exam. And even if you don’t know what your action steps are yet, envisioning either action steps or an end goal were both found to work better than not visualizing anything at all, according a 2014 study from the International Journal of Information and Education Technology.

If you have a fitness goal in mind, Neuropsychologia found that doing “mental training,” namely picturing yourself doing a physical exercise, “drives the muscles to a higher activation level and increases strength.” In other words, visualizing yourself exercising helps you get stronger before you even hit the gym.


How to Make a Vision Board:

To make a Vision Board be the most beneficial to you, you have to define clear goals that you are wanting to achieve in the next year. Choose photos, words, images that are positive and uplifting to you. 

We use a variety of photos, magazine pictures, stickers, inspirational quotes, and other craft supplies. Our boards are handmade by a dear friend and local maker, Emily Nelsen. They have a bulletin board in the middle covered by fabric, with a wooden frame. 

We assembled all of our supplies, discussed our goals and ideas, and then set out to create our project.


Once you have your Vision Board, take time regularly to focus on the Vision Board.

1. Define your goals for the upcoming year.

2. Find pictures that represent your goals and inspire you.

3, Make a collage out of your photos.

4. Find words and affirmations that are inspirational to you.

5. Look at your Vision Board when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed.


I am a firm believer in Vision Boards and will continue to host these classes at the Loft. Our 14 yo daughter loved making her's and I can see huge potential for teens, as well as anyone setting out to accomplish a goal. These can work for ANYONE.


Stay tuned for upcoming Vision Board classes... 

(full class schedule posted under Events & Class Schedule)


xoxo, Amy


Pizza Dip

August 29, 2018

Today I am sharing with you one of the easiest recipes ever... and the one appetizer that everyone will ask you to make! 


It isn't actually a recipe, to be honest...

Simply put 2 blocks of cream cheese softened onto the bottom of a dish. Then cover with one jar of pizza sauce. Then cover that layer with a bag of shredded mozzarella cheese. I sprinkle a little Italian seasoning on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until warm and bubbly.

Serve with a baguette or bagel crisps.


Enjoy!


xoxo, Amy


Safe vs Natural

September 7, 2018

The dangers of dihidrogen minoxide (WATER):

it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting

it is a major component in acid rain

it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state

accidental inhalation can kill you

it contributes to erosion

it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes

it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients


The dangers of wine:

addiction

depression

mental health problems

cardiomyopathy

arrhythmias

stroke

hypertension

fatty liver

alcoholic hepatitis

cirrhosis

several cancers

pancreatitis


The dangers of coffee:

It may be unsafe for children to drink caffeinated coffee

Anxiety disorders

Bleeding disorders

Heart disease

Diabetes

Diarrhea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Glaucoma

High blood pressure

Thinning bones (osteoporosis)


I find it interesting that most people who are concerned about the ingredients in skincare, are CONSUMING large amounts of these three beverages on a daily basis. Topical application equals far less absorption that oral ingestion.


I am not here to judge, just simply to point out a few facts...


1. Everything is a chemical, including water. In the proper amounts, they are not harmful to us. It is the DOSE that makes the poison.

2. Our skin does not absorb as much as you think it does... otherwise we would be absorbing all of our bath water and blowing up like a balloon in the pool. DO NOT believe all of the scare tactics on the web.

3. The design of skincare products is to benefit the outer layer of the skin, absorption into the body would waste the effects of these products!

4. I have used organic coconut oil for most of my adult life and it unfortunately has done nothing for my wrinkles or sun spots. While I love it for dry skin and hair, I need VITAMINS A and C for my skin transformation.

5. I use products that are FDA approved and tested in labs. Organic and natural products are not required to follow the same intense guidelines.

So sweet Friends, I just simply ask you...

Rather than be fooled and scared... get SMART!

Know what is in your products, why we use them and understand the difference between safe and natural.


xoxo, Amy



Lake Life Retreat: Now Renting

September 8, 2018

Friends!

We are now renting our beloved Lake Home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. We bought our home 8 years ago after my husband survived a brain aneurysm. It was our "life changing moment" and we knew that we needed to live our lives big, bold and brave. It is the whole reason we fell in love with Lake Life and created our entire business because of it... you can read our full story here:

www.shoplakelifeco.com


Click on the tab above to see our home and find out more rental information.


We look forward to sharing this piece of paradise with you and now you can create your own Lake Life memories here too!


xoxo, Amy

Entrepreneur Spotlight... Meet Nicole! 

September 20, 2018

Hey Friends! 

Welcome to our new series, Entrepreneur Spotlight. In our years as Entrepreneurs, we have been blessed to meet so many amazing men and women who have talents, crafting skills, leadership skills and a general desire to help others. Many of these people are busy working career jobs or own other businesses as well, so they have mastered the art of being busy without being afraid to chase their dreams...


First up, meet my friend Nicole! 


1. What kind of business do you own?

I work with sola wood flowers, making and designing arrangements and home decor.


2. How long have you been in business?

I started playing around with the flowers in January and then launched Nicole From Scratch as a side business in May of this year.


3. What is one piece of advice that you would like to share with other Entrepreneurs?

 Jump! The fear of failure can keep us from something that could be amazing. Put yourself out there. Find your why, your niche, your people, and jump in!


4. What tips can you share with others to maintain balance, organization and keep life running smoothly?

My calendar is life! If it’s not on the calendar, it simply doesn’t exist. My husband and I have a shared calendar on our phones and we make sure to add EVERYTHING to it. This includes any meetings, events, work time, etc... With a full time job, a small home business, a marriage, and two kids; having a set schedule helps so much.

For me, if my space is organized, I am much more productive. I recently had a friend, who specializes in organization, come and stay for a weekend and help me get my space in order. The joy that my space now brings me has not only helped to keep me on track and organized, it’s also helped my creativity.


5. What are your goals for your business?

The biggest goal I have for my business is to continue growing at a pace that I can keep up with. I love that, already, it is allowing me to do some things for my kids that I otherwise may not have been able to do. I want to continue to have the work/family/creative balance that I have in place.

If we are talking big, fat, hairy goals...I would LOVE to do this full time.


✌️💕🌻,

Nicole

Mindset is the KEY to Success 

September 26, 2018

Let's talk about MINDSET for a minute...


I talk to a lot of people who have big dreams, but don't believe that they can succeed, so they don't try.

Our brains think an average of 30,000 thoughts per day, and 3/4 of them are negative.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

Why do we teach our children to do this?


To be honest, I didn't think I had time for personal development and didn't honestly know what it was. But over the last year, I have decided that improving my mindset each day is just as important as sleeping, eating and brushing my teeth.


How do we do this?

*Vision Boards: what do you want to achieve in the next year and dream big! Then put it on paper and hang it where you will see it morning and night.

*Positive Affirmations: Our minds believe what we tell them. Fill your brain with positive things.

"I can achieve ______."

"I am enough."

"I will have an awesome day."

*Read:

Some of my favorite books right now...

The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins (she is equally amazing in person!)

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Listen, Sister by Wendi Green and Debbi Coder

*Listen to Podcasts:

I spend a lot of time driving and I no longer listen to the radio and the depressing news stations on XM! My favorites...

Rise by Rachel Hollis

Goaldigger by Jenna Kutcher


To my Friends who are working countless hours and missing important family and friend time... Believe me when I say, life is too dang short!! My family looked death in the face and WE CHOSE A DIFFERENT PATH. We play, we travel, we have fun together.


And GO FOR THE DREAM!

Open that shop, start that business, do the things that are heavy on your heart and important to you.

I will be right here to cheer you on!!


Dream Big. Live Bold. Be Brave.

Just Jump In.

It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.


xoxo, me

Easy Breakfast Ideas to Feed A Crowd

October 3, 2018

Super easy breakfast ideas! 


We love to host family and friends at our lake house and we host tons of kids at our home on weekends... Finding different breakfast options to feed a crowd that are easy and delicious can be a challenge. Here are some of our favorites!


1. Monkey Bread: we make this with frozen bread dough and it is a definite crowd pleaser!


2. Cinnamon Rolls: I just discovered these in time for Homecoming! So easy and really good! 


3. Egg Bake: I often make these the night before or put them in a crockpot.


4. Yogurt Parfaits: simply line up a buffet of your favorites...

berries, vanilla yogurt, granola

We like to serve our's in mason jars.


With every breakfast gathering, we serve juice and coffee and fresh fruit. 


Life is all about spending time with those you love...  and eating good food! 


xoxo, Amy

The Good Vibe Tribe

October 21, 2018

What if...

What if we lived in a world where we replaced the evil and hatred with kindness and love?


What if we replaced our feelings of jealousy and comparison with appreciation, gratitude and true happiness for others?


What if we filled our thoughts and actions with kindness and compassion towards others?


What if we gave ourselves and others a big dose of GRACE?


I believe that all women need a TRIBE. One that supports, loves, encourages and comforts through the good and the bad in life. Through my years taking care of others in the Medical Field, building two businesses as an Entrepreneur and leading a Team of other Entrepreneurs... I have found that women are drawn to other women who exude kindness and compassion. We like being around each other and we turn to each other. 

But often life gets busy. We are building careers or raising families, and we lose sight of each other. During this season, we often become lonely. 


The Good Vibe Tribe is my effort to encourage you all to come back to the Table... where we are all loved and encouraged. Where we are all given GRACE. Where our past mistakes, failures and trials are laid to rest. Where we can celebrate each other's accomplishments with true joy and without competition or jealousy. Where we collaborate and share ideas to make each other better.

Where we practice gratitude.

And where we learn that in giving to others and being truly joyful for others... we in turn receive happiness for ourselves.


Welcome to the Tribe, my Friends.

There is room for all of us at this Table.


xoxo, Amy

The Holiday House Guests are coming...

November 5, 2018

The Holidays are coming and that means House Guests!


Our family loves to hosts and we prepare our guest room early so that we are not scrambling when we get a call that friends and family are in town and need a place to stay...


Here are some tips to get your guest room in a warm and friendly mood..


✔️Put fresh bedding on the bed... this is a good time to replace old pillows or sheets. Consider adding throw blankets for those that get chilly.


✔️Supply the necessities... fresh towels, a clock, lamp by the nightstand. Be sure your guests have closet or drawer space for their own belongings.


✔️A guest tray provides a warm welcome and extra touch... We include a handmade soy candle, ice water, some chocolates, snacks and granola bars, ice water, and a handmade bar of soap.


✔️Our guests have their own bathroom, so we stock the hand soap, shampoo, and have a drawer full of every necessity we could think of.


✔️Access to your WiFi... We use a dry erase marker and write this on the bedroom mirror, along with a welcome note! ❤️


We love to host, so we say the More the Merrier! 


Planning ahead takes out the work for you.

Adding small thoughtful touches lets your family and friends know that you love them and don't mind hosting.


Spread the holiday cheer my Friends!


xoxo, Amy

Big Jolly is here...

November 7, 2018

As many of you know, we opened a brick and mortar in February of this year, Lake Life Co. in Waunakee, WI. 

In 2015, our family created our own business that started with handmade Sugar Scrubs made by our daughter, and over time has evolved into a full lifestyle brand. This last December, we were stocking 60+ retailers across the United States, filling orders into the wee hours while still working our career jobs, working Markets with our family and decided something had to change...


And so, my dream of opening our own shop started to grow. We started looking at retail spaces with our kids and parents and finally found the perfect space in our town, close to home that had the perfect Loft space for classes and a patio for our outdoor plans. We signed paperwork and moved in a month later! 


Our dream for this space was to not only provide a home for our handmade Soy Candles, Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters and Apparel, but to expand our brand into Lake Life Co. and provide a space for other local Makers who we are blessed to call friends and family... And so, our shop took on a Nautical Farmhouse feel. And became dog friendly with a full line of dog collars, dog toys, handmade feeders and Handmade Dog Treats. We became known for being family friendly with toys, cookies and drinks in our Loft. We have a full calendar of classes and events that encourage other Entrepreneurs, teach the community, feature other Makers. We hosted our First Annual Fall Fest Makers Market. And we now have the opportunity to give back in a larger capacity then ever before...


If you are local, please stop by and say Hi! You will definitely want to see Big Jolly (the 12-foot Christmas Tree_ and all of our Christmas decorations! 

And if not local, you can see our products and our story here:

www.shoplakelifeco.com


xoxo, Amy

If you are like me...

November 22, 2018

Friends...

I want to share a few things about this photo because I know that it will resonate with some of you.


1. I just worked out and my face is not a bright red tomato. For those of you that suffer from this, you know how embarrassing and uncomfortable it is. And how long it takes for the hot to cool off...

If you want help, I got you.


2. I have worked out the majority of the last 14 days. Many of you kill this on a regular basis but I let this one area of my life slack. I was “too busy” really kicking it in all other areas.

But I made a decision to change things and asked for help. I have a plan and went back to the basics and now I don’t have the guilt.

Why do we make something so easy become so.damn.hard??


If you are struggling with fitness, health and overall just not feeling the best, I encourage you to make a plan and just stick with it. Mine is working out, moving my body 30 minutes every day. I mix it up between cardio, walks with my family and dogs, lifting weights and Beachbody. I like riding my stationary bike and reading mindset books. I like going for long walks and listening to podcasts. At this stage in my life, I am doing things that are good for me and my mind, because I WANT TO... 


I think you are awesome and believe in you. 


xoxo, Amy

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours...


xoxo, Amy

Breakfast Casserole

December 1, 2018

Aunt Jan's Breakfast Casserole:

*This recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd and can be made the night before.


1 roll breakfast sausage: cook and drain

2 1/2 cups Sage + Onion croutons

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

4 eggs

2 1/2 cups milk

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup


Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and layer the sausage, croutons, cheese.

In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs, soup and salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.


With all of the family gatherings and hosting you may have on the calendar this month, you will definitely want to add this to your recipe box!


xoxo, Amy

2019

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! 


I hope you had an amazing 2018...

Do you set New Years resolutions?

I do not.

I believe in choosing a word to live by for the year and making changes as needed throughout the year.

My word this year is MOMENTUM...

In life and in business, one small step in front of each other WILL get us over the mountain. It may not be fast or easy, but it will happen.

Have you noticed how hard it is to step away from a project or health goal for awhile, and then try to resume?? I have found that touching my business and working out every day makes things easier. And I am so much more productive in all aspects.


I wish you all the best in the coming year...


xoxo, Amy

Skincare 101: What you REALLY need to know...

January 13, 2019

Hey there!

I hope you are having a fantastic January...

Here in Wisconsin, we are experiencing a mild winter with very little snow {no complaints here} but this is the time when we all.dry.out.

I wanted to touch on a few essential ingredients/molecules/vitamins that your skin REALLY needs...


1. Vitamin A:

This is the powerhouse.

It is used to treat acne, wrinkles, lighten sun spots and minimize the signs of aging.

It is known as Retinol.


2. Vitamin C:

This guy does everything...

It can act as a sunscreen by minimizing the free radicals from the sun.

It needs to be around to help us utilize Vitamin E.

It helps make the lipid barrier in our skin, which helps us become moisturized and treats dry skin.

It helps build collagen which works on anti aging effects.


3. Hyaluronic Acid:

We make less and less as we age...

Our body normally makes this but as we get older, are exposed to sun, cigarette smoke, pollution... we make LESS.

We need this for keeping our skin moisturized, less red and less irritated.


4. Kaolin Clay:

YOU WANT THIS.

It cleanses the skin and is gentle enough to use daily, can replace other harsh cleansers.

It detoxes the skin and rids our pores of dirt, grime, bacteria, also preventing them from getting blocked and causing acne.

It reduces oily skin.


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

In all of my years of Dermatology, these basics will never change...

1. Wear a moisturizer with sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR.

2. When you use premium products, a little goes a long way.

3. You get what you pay for.

4. It is never too soon or too late to start taking care of our skin.

5. Life is too short to not love your skin...


Let me know if you have questions!

xoxo, Amy

Working From Home: 

Tips on how to make your home office work for you...

January 28,  2019

Running two businesses from home has been a blessing for this Medical Provider where working from home is just not an option most of the time... 

As our businesses grew, so did the need for a good Home Office.

While our main floor office did the job just fine, I kept staring at our empty basement and thinking it could have such a better purpose than holding the treadmill and a random recliner...


So... I set out to transform our lower level to a warm, inviting space where I could host Team gatherings, meet with customers, have my children around me and have it be a place of inspiration.

While our basement is finished and partially exposed, basements pose challenges that other areas of our homes do not.


1. They can be damp and cold.

I am a HUGE fan of dehumidifiers. If you do nothing else for your basement, get one of these. It will literally make a basement not feel like one and will warm it right up! 


2. Air isn't as fresh.

Our Ion Air Purifiers have been amazing! I purchased ours through Amazon and have since purchased several more. They make the air smell and feel cleaner, take out bacteria and remove allergens.

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3. Bring in your favorite things.

Just because you work in your Home Office, doesn't mean it shouldn't be as pretty and as welcoming as the rest of your house. Collect things that inspire you, hold deep meaning and that you want to see every day. Light a candle, bring in some plants or fresh flowers and create a space that you look forward to coming into every day. You will get more done when you WANT to be there.


4. Make the space functional.

Let's be honest, the Home Office has a job to do... often really big jobs! Stock up on your favorite office supplies, use shelves and drawers and cute baskets to keep things handy yet organized. Get comfortable chairs to sit in. In our Home Office, we have a kitchen so I have a mini Keurig and mini fridge to keep drinks handy... Less excuse to leave means I get more work done! 


5. Surround yourself with reminders. 

Surround yourself with your Vision Board, pictures of your family and reminders of the goals that you are crushing to live your dream life... When you are feeling unmotivated, paralyzed by too much to do, overwhelmed, just look at those reminders of why you are doing what you are doing.


Remember, your Home Office should be a reflection of you and be a natural extension of your Home. Keep it warm and inviting so that it is a place you look forward to going into every day.


xoxo, Amy

Positive Mindset:

The journey of personal growth...

January 30,  2019

When I first became an Entrepreneur three years ago, I literally put my head down and built a company and brand for the first two years. I gave up friend time, fun time and time for taking care of myself because I was consumed by all that it took to grow our business. Fortunately, the business was in our home so I was always with my family.


But two years ago, I started a second business that was a large Team of women and everyone was talking about personal growth. I honestly didn't even know what this looked like or how I got it... But through trainings and retreats and Team events, I learned that being a leader had to start with the positive mindset and personal growth that it would take to be the best person that I could be.


And so the journey began...


1. I read books, listen to podcasts and fill my brain with good things.

My favorite books right now:

The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis

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My favorite podcasts:

Goaldigger by Jenna Kutcher

Rise by Rachel Hollis

Mindset Reset by Mel Robbins (free online class)


2. Quite possibly the hardest thing for me... I made time for myself.

I started working out again, every morning I show up for myself. I made time for friends again because I believe women need their Tribe. I played more and slowed down.. the second hardest thing for me. 


3. I use a Vision Board and keep it in my bathroom where I see it every morning and every night. I created a portable Vision Board in my Planner, so that I see it throughout the day.

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4. I developed a positive, peaceful mindset.

For a person that has little patience, I decided that I am where I am supposed to be right now. My journey hasn't been as fast as I wanted but I have accomplished great things, met amazing people and have created a schedule and income that allows me to be with my family more.

This is where I am supposed to be right now.

I am enough.

I am capable of great things.

I serve others.


5. I have learned that success and Entrepreneurship, adulthood and becoming a better person is a journey, not a destination.

Every day I donate time to grow my Gratitude Attitude, slow down and appreciate life and do that activities above that I have determined are best for my positive mindset.


We cannot help others, lead others or serve others until we are filling our own cups.


xoxo, Amy

Juicing: Trying something new.


February 1,  2019

We bought a juicer.

We made celery juice.

We need to get used to the taste of celery juice.


Do you drink homemade juice? If so, what are some of your favorite combos?

Email me if you would, pretty please! 

We are playing around with different fruits, veggies and ginger. Fruits are our favorite but we are adding more greens and veggies for the nutrient value.


Once we have a batch of juice made, we store them in these glass bottles from Amazon. Link above and they are on sale! 

We also switched to metal reusable straws... did you know how horrible plastic straws are for the environment and sea life?? I had not idea...


One note on celery juice: it has amazing health benefits but it is best if you drink on an empty stomach.


Cheers to a healthier year! 



xoxo, Amy

Egg Bake: Healthy & EASY!


March 1, 2019

This is not an exact recipe by any means, but I love the ability to tweak it as much as I like...

This Egg Bake is super easy to make, quick to reheat in the morning and provides a delicious start to your busy mornings.

The recipe as stated makes a 9x13 pan but I often split it into two 8x8 pans to give to others. 


Egg Bake:

Whisk together 12 eggs and 1/2 cup milk.

Saute any veggies you like, then add to the egg mixture.

May also add cooked breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon.

Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.


Enjoy!


xoxo, Amy

My Morning Workout Routine


March 4, 2019

Now that I work from home, I have been very deliberate in establishing a routine. After working in the Medical Field since the age of 18, I was like a fish out of water for my first week home...


If you haven't followed me on Social Media, I was able to step away from my Medical career to work from home growing our Lake Life Co. business and my skincare business.


I get up early and workout first. I have never been a fan of going to the gym, just too many excuses that I can come up with, so we created a workout area in my office which is the entire lower level of our home.

Right now I am doing the 21 Day Fix, but also love going for walks, using my treadmill, etc.


I then work for an hour before taking my kids to school. When I get home, I clean up the house, do some dishes and laundry and then get back to work for the rest of the afternoon. I work until 2:oo and then allow myself the rest of the day to do things I enjoy.


It is a blessing that I am so grateful for and not one that I take for granted...


xoxo, Amy

The Enneagram 

March 12, 2019

Have you heard of the Enneagram Personality Test?


The Enneagram is one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others. At its core, the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge. It is often used in business and I have found it very helpful as an Entrepreneur to identify my strengths and weaknesses.


I took this test  and found that I am THE ACHIEVER.  We have tremendous drive and ambition and believe in ourselves. We want to excel and be the best at whatever we do, which means we will put in extra hours to do what we need to do to achieve success. We are very goal-oriented, hard working and diligent.


The downside to this is that we perceive our value based on our achievements and success. We feel a constant pressure to "have it all together." 


I encourage you to take the Enneagram test and see where you score... It is super interesting and may help explain some things...


xoxo, Amy

Strawberry Trifle 

April 9, 2019

Welcome to the easiest SHOWSTOPPER dessert you will find on this planet...


Have you heard of TRIFLE? Not TRUFFLE, as my husband usually calls it...

Trifle means a layered dessert, and this Strawberry Trifle comes together in under 10 minutes with no baking or mixing required! Just some simple, fun assembly and you, my friends, have an amazing dessert! 

Bring this to Easter and your family and friends with thank you!!


Strawberry Trifle:

1 large container, Sarah Lee Pound Cake, thawed and cut into bite size pieces

1 large container Cool Whip, thawed

1 container strawberries, washed and sliced


Start with a clear bowl. Layer cut Pound Cake, then strawberries, then Cool Whip. Repeat with 3 layers. Top with Cool Whip and strawberries.

**The combinations with this dessert are endless! Try a layer of Vanilla Pudding for extra YUM! 

Refrigerate before serving.


xoxo, Amy


Empowered Women Empower Women

May 2, 2019

Over the last three years, I have actively grown my group of Friends, my Tribe. There was a time not so long ago that I felt alone, like I was missing something. And then I realized that amidst my really happy family and great job, I needed MY Tribe. Friends that I could talk to, laugh with, go to movies with...


I am blessed to know so many amazing Women who are raising children, raising dogs, working from home, working career jobs, creating amazing home decor, running global skincare businesses, building online empires. And I am humbled by their presence...


What I have found is that most people, especially Women, do best with companionship. We long for that human connection. None of us are perfect and we need a place where that fact is accepted and loved.


If you are longing for your own Tribe, I encourage you to start looking... reach out to Friends from your past, coworkers, neighbors. Join groups, try new things and put yourself out there... I guarantee there are Friends waiting for you that want the.exact.same.thing.


xoxo, Amy


Reaching a Goal

June 1, 2019

Have you ever set a goal SO BIG that it was scary to even write down? 

To want it so bad but be afraid of the disappointment that would come if you didn't reach that goal?

To be so impatient that it feels you will never reach this goal?


I did.

I do.


My Team of Entrepreneurs recently hit a huge goal and it was something that had been just missed for a few months leading up to May. It was something I had on my Vision Board for TWO years! But as I read, and learn, and practice... goals are dreams written down. And I knew that anything could be achieved if we just did the work. And showed up every day. And it happened!!


If you have a dream... I want you to write it down. If you haven't created a Vision Board yet, I strongly encourage you to do so!!! What is a Vision Board?? Scroll down to one of my earlier blog posts and I will share with you why they are so powerful. And how they work!


And then, I want you to STOP saying you are too busy!

This is one of my very least favorite words in the dictionary and I beg you to stop saying it!!

We all have the same number of hours in each day. Successful people learn how to maximize those hours, while others make excuses, procrastinate or simply spend their lives waiting... for the right time, more money, more time, more whatever! 


If you have a DREAM, make it a GOAL, and then make it a priority to make it HAPPEN!


xoxo, Amy


What I am Reading Now... ABE Book List

June 4, 2019

Summer is here and that means beaches, pools and good books! 

For many years, I was busy raising my kids, working and building two businesses so I totally admit, reading was not on my priority list. However, in the last year, I have started the journey into personal growth and positive mindset and now have a full collection of books that help me grow!


Authors that I am reading now...

1. Brene Brown: I just bought several of her books and am currently reading Braving the Wilderness.

2. Tony Robbins: I love his podcast, just watched his movie on Netflix and am now diving into Unshakeable.

3. Jeff Olson: The Slight Edge

4. Mel Robbins: OMG! I love her to pieces!! I listen to everything she does, especially her online classes! 5 Second Rule: life changing

I even saw her at our last business convention and heard her speak live! 

5. Rachel Hollis: I love her podcasts and Girl, Stop Apologizing is great! 


Because I lead a large Team of Entrepreneurs and own our Retail shop with employees, I feel a responsibility to be the very best version of myself.

I listen to trainings, podcasts and read books in most free moments.


But sometimes.... I just need to shut my brain off and read something for true enjoyment. I LOVE reading beachy books at the Lake. 

Elin Hildebrand is my very favorite author for fiction books! 


There you go, sweet Friends!

This should keep your mind and spirit happy for a long while...


xoxo, Amy


Empowered Facebook Live Series! 

June 8, 2019

I have created a new Series that starts this week! 

Join me LIVE on Facebook where I share time with some of my most talented, successful Friends as they share their best tips, tricks and hacks to leading a productive life...


This week, my Twin sister and I discussed Summer Organization and all things related to Chore Charts and Meal Planning to keep our busy lives running smoothly, even in the Summer! 


Join us every Friday 9am CST Live on Facebook on my page: Amy Bernards.


See you soon!


xoxo, Amy

Baby Macs! 

June 12, 2019

I have a delicious recipe for you to try at your next gathering or even a quick, easy weeknight meal! 


Big Macs have always been a rare treat for me and my kids, but McDonald's is not typically a place we visit. After enjoying Sliders at a wedding reception over the weekend, my kids and I decided to try creating Sliders that tasted like Big Macs! 


The beauty of this recipe is that your kids can help make them, they are super tasty without all of the added calories and you can choose to make them with organic, grass fed ground beef.


Baby Macs:

Sauce

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tsp. yellow mustard

1 Tbsp. relish

1 tsp. white vinegar

⅛ tsp. salt

½ tsp. paprika

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. onion powder


Burgers

Slider buns, toasted

2 lbs. ground beef (preferably organic, from a local butcher)

Salt and pepper

½ cup finely diced onion

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

16 thin slices dill pickles

8 slices aged cheddar cheese


Enjoy! 


xoxo, Amy

Empower Happy Hour

June 13, 2019

Empower Happy Hour.


What a beautiful event this was...

We gathered at our shop, Lake Life Co. in Waunakee, and cheered on/supported/met other Women who are doing good in the world. We shopped, ate and drank and enjoyed growing our Tribe.


I came home with a pocket full of business cards and continue to grow my Tribe of amazing Women who I can call when I need ANYTHING. I have a Realtor, a Travel Agent, a Personal Stylist... the list goes on.


It feels really great to help support other Women's businesses and dreams and we will continue to grow our Mission...


Follow us on Facebook at Empower.

Would you like to be a featured guest? Send me an email! 

[email protected]


Empowered Women Empower Women.


xoxo, Amy

The BEST Banana Bread! 

June 13, 2019

My family loves Banana Bread.

We often will split a piece at Starbucks for a little treat.


But over time, my go to Banana Bread recipe just wasn't creating amazing loaves of goodness...

So, I went on the search to find a new recipe that would create Banana Bread that was delicious and moist. 


Friends...

This recipe is awesome and will create the Banana Bread that you have been dreaming of! 

You can certainly add nuts or chocolate chips to make it extra special! 


Enjoy!


Banana Bread


INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 egg

1⅛ cup sugar

½ cup vegetable or canola oil

2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 bananas mashed very well

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Add flour, baking soda and salt to a small bowl and set aside.

Mix egg, sugar and oil and stir until well combined

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir well. The mixture will be thick and dry.

Next add milk, vanilla and bananas and stir until incorporated.

Mix in walnuts and pour into a loaf pan.

Cook 50-75 minutes, checking regularly until a knife comes out clean.


xoxo, Amy

Shrimp Boil  #lakeliferecipes

June 19, 2019

One of our favorite meals and a crowd favorite at our Lake House...

Shrimp Boil!


This meal is fresh, delicious and easily feeds a crowd. I don't have an exact recipe because you can make this so many different ways...

Here are the basics... then you tweak to your family's favorites!


Shrimp Boil:

In a large pot of water, add...

Beef kielbasa, cut into small pieces

Corn on the cob

Red potatoes

Half of a lemon, sliced

1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning


Cook until the potatoes are tender.

Then add 1 bag uncooked frozen shrimp.


Once everything is cooked, drain and pour onto large platter.

Serve with a loaf of crusty bread.


Enjoy! 

xoxo, Amy

Beach Front Burger Bar! 

July 12, 2019

Every July,we spend a week at our Lake Home. We host tons of relatives and always love planning meals that we can...

1. Enjoy as a large group.

2. Eat outside.


Our meal to host was a Burger Bar! 

We use a 3-burner flat griddle purchased from Cabela's. 

To make the burgers, roll your hamburger meat into a round ball, then flatten on the grill.

The taste of these burgers is amazing... Think perfectly seared meat with a Butter Burger taste, if you are a fan of Culver's! 


We then lined a table full of yummy sides...

Fresh pasta salad

Potato salad

Tater Tots

Burger toppings to build your own: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, different types of cheese, ketchup, mustard and bacon!

Cold Ice Tea and Lemonaide


The beauty of this meal is that you can make some things ahead of time, then set up a super casual meal that your entire family will enjoy! 


Enjoy! 

xoxo, Amy