Lexis Rose Posts

This winter, my husband and I have been so thankful to escape the cold weather and live for a few weeks in sunny Florida. (He has a work-from-home- [or anywhere with WiFi] -job, and I have nice coworkers & bosses!) We have been staying with my husband’s family, who spend each winter on Sanibel Island.

This past week, us girls went to lunch with a local friend at Wisteria Tea Room in Fort Myers, Florida.

We had a lot of fun and enjoyed our time so much that I thought I would do a quick review and share some photos from the experience for anyone who might visit the area!

Wisteria Tea Room History

Continue Reading … Wisteria Tea Room – Must Visit in Fort Myers, Florida


If you haven’t read the introduction to this “How To Choose the Best Workout For You” blog series, check it out here!


Aerobic & Full-Body Strength

Origin of Jazzercise:

Many people hear “Jazzercise” and think of the 1980’s. Perhaps you can visualize your mother in a neon leotard and leg warmers getting ready for her weekly class.

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Judi Sheppard Missett created Jazzercise in 1969, which now boasts 8,300+ franchisees (basically their name for “instructors”) teaching 32,000+ classes each week around the world. Apparently, the average student sticks with classes for about seven years!

The Workout:

Continue Reading … Jazzercise – Is It The Best Workout For You? Series Pt. 2


If you haven’t read the introduction to this “How To Choose the Best Workout For You” blog series, check it out here!


Aerobic/HIIT & Full-Body Strength

Origin of Orange Theory:

Orange Theory is a relatively newer gym, but it is catching on rapidly with locations already in 16 countries; it was named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in 2017. Impressive, right? Orange Theory attributes its popularity to providing a full-body strength and cardio HIIT* workout in just one hour.

The Workout:

Continue Reading … Orange Theory – Is It The Best Workout For You? Series Pt. 1


“THIS IS THE BEST WORKOUT”, or so claims article after article. New, flashy ways to “get fit quick” seem to pop up everywhere these days.

Techniques boasting to be the “best” overwhelm the internet so it can be confusing to know what to believe.

Even more, can there really be a “best” when dealing with a matter so subjective?

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Let me elaborate. Some people flourish athletically in a class-type setting, where high energy levels and fun interactions abound. Conversely, the same conditions may overwhelm and distract another athlete. This could prevent him or her from achieving maximum workout potential.

Plus, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you won’t fully commit. Then you need to factor in other specifics, as well. Details like schedule preferences, athletic interests, and local gym availabilities can help or hinder an exercise goal.

It really comes down to, not just the “best” workout according to trends, but the best workout for you, as an individual.

That brings us to the inspiration for today’s post series! I love to take part in a variety of physical activities and am open to trying new things; so, I wanted to do an objective review of the most popular (and some lesser-known) workouts!

Continue Reading … How To Choose The Best Workout For YOU – Series Introduction


Who here loves using a slow cooker? *Raises both hands, waves them around, leaps out of my chair for joy.* Okay, okay. Yes, I’ll admit, I’m a slow cooker fanatic; hence, why I am obsessed with this light chicken tikka masala made in the Crock Pot!

If you haven’t utilized this method of cooking before, what’s wrong with you? I joke. In all seriousness, though, there are few things better than throwing a handful of ingredients in a pot, going about your daily business for four-to-eight hours, and coming home to a warm, perfectly cooked meal.

“Why, who did all of this slaving away in the kitchen? Oh – heh heh – it was me. Silly me.” *hair flip*.

Recently I’ve also become a bigger fan of Indian foods, but sometimes the heavy creams in those deliciously thick sauces just don’t sit too well in the tummy… or on the thighs. Ha! Therefore, I bring to you today a recipe that has grown near and dear to my heart (and tastebuds) – Slow Cooker Light Chicken Tikka Masala.

Continue Reading … Chicken Tikka Masala – Lightened Up & Slow-Cooker Recipe

Food & Drinks

You know the feeling: the clock seems to be creeping past three-thirty, your lunch has fully digested, and it seems like forever until dinner time – not to mention, your energy-level has officially tanked. Don’t grab the chips, don’t grab the cookies, and definitely don’t go for the candy bars; instead, whip up a batch of easy, nutritious energy bites!

Made with only six ingredients, these energy bites will leave you feeling empowered and ready-to-go, unlike those greasy, processed, chemical-filled snacks calling from that tempting metal box in the breakroom. These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, children’s sports team snack, quick breakfast, or when you just want a few bites of something sweet!

Continue Reading … No Bake Nut Butter Energy Bites

Food & Drinks

Hey, friends! I hope your December is off to a good start. The winter months can be tough on many people, but before we know it, March will be here, snow will be melting away, and tulips will be blooming. It may seem like a lo-o-ong wait, but you can do it!

One thing that helps me to remain positive during the short winter days is keeping busy with productive, rewarding “projects”, like the one I bring you today.

Recently I refinished some cheap, wooden bar stools for our kitchen countertop. They were so basic and simple before, but with just 30 minutes I was able to take them from ‘blah’ to ‘AH’!

Now they look GREAT and really blend in with the mood of the room. Even though you’ll notice these photos were taken outside, this project is not very complicated, and could very well be done completely indoors, provided you cover your work surface and have adequate ventilation.

Continue Reading … 30-Minute Project: Metallic-Dipped Bar Stool Upgrade


Hello, and welcome to my second installment of experiences and photos from our recent Vermont summer trip! For a more proper introduction to this mini-series, be sure to check out East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, VT.

If you arrived at this post via the link at the end of the aforementioned, thanks for reading!

‘All work and no play…’ Well, I’m sure you could finish that age-old adage. Besides ‘making Jack a dull boy’, a lack of appropriately-balanced recreation is linked to elevated stress levels, which may, in turn, present other negative effects as well… (why do I feel like I am typing out the thesis for a high-school term paper?!)

My point? Ah yes, my point: though our purpose of the trip was to volunteer, we were able to take some time off to enjoy the hidden gems that a Vermont summer has to offer.

While many people view the Green Mountain State as one primarily oriented around winter sports, if you happen upon the option to visit Vermont in the summer, here are some activities that you don’t want to miss! Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 2: Summer Things To Do In VT


Hiya! Hope everyone’s doing well! Quickie post here for my new favorite recipe: Creamy Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bake!

September is always a busy month, whether the kids are going back to school, or secular work is getting more hectic; the end of summer means getting back into a schedule and accomplishing goals!

I’m adjusting to a new work schedule; starting the first week in September, I switched from Monday’s and Wednesday’s at the office to Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. I spend my “off” days volunteering and taking care of things around the house, groceries, cleaning, etc.

I LOVE this new schedule, but one aspect has been a bit more difficult: for many different reasons, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are the busiest days for my husband and I. That’s when it comes in handy to have a recipe like the one I want to share with you today!

Continue Reading … Creamy Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bake

Food & Drinks

“Traveling: it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” Or, blogger. 🙂

As alluded to in previous posts, my husband and I, along with his family, voyaged East last month to spend some time volunteering. We stayed in a remote city of Vermont, called Ludlow, which has a population of approximately 800.

This required a drive anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half in order to find residents.

Some of these homes were nestled so deeply into the side of a mountain that, even in a versatile SUV with 4-wheel drive, we almost could not reach them! It was not a good commute for the faint-of-heart, though, it was extremely beautiful, serene, and rewarding.

At the start and conclusion of our volunteering week, we scheduled some time to do a bit of sightseeing. For the first installment of this East Coast Excursions series, I wanted to share some highlights from our first day, which was spent in a quaint village named Woodstock, Vermont.

Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, Vermont