Snackin’ on a Sunday

Hey there! So, this past Sunday turned out to be one of those good ol’ lazy days. I stayed in my comfy clothes all day, sorted some laundry and scrolled through all of my social media accounts. With all of this energy exerted (ha!), I worked up a little hunger. I came up with this midday snack, just something to nibble on a few hours before dinner. 

You ever browse your fridge or pantry for something “good” and sorta end up disappointed? Or is that just me? Grocery shopping isn’t a joy of my life, so I only go when I really need to. However, Sunday was different. I actually had some good ingredients to throw a nice little charcuterie (Google this word, it’s also fun to say) plate together. 

Hopefully, this can give you some ideas of what to make for your own charcuterie plate/platter–perfect to enjoy alone, with your love or to entertain friends and family. The options are endless and creativity is key…and of course presentation. 

Ingredients used (pictured above): Salami bites, Prosciutto, Havarti cheese, Cheddar cheese, almonds and Raisin Rosemary crisps 

Happy Snacking! 

Travel Diaries: Bridgeport, CT



On the wave of winter storms, record-breaking blizzard conditions and frozen temps, I thought I would share a few photos from a trip to Bridgeport, CT. Sadly, my family traveled to Connecticut for my great grandfather’s funeral, but it was nice getting to spend time with some extended family. Later on that evening, everyone congregated in the lobby and the lounge area at the hotel, just chatting away. I got a little antsy and thought I would seek out a little adventure.

I grabbed my camera, asked my brother to accompany me and we took a stroll through downtown Bridgeport…in the snow. To be completely honest, it was freezing! I had my Uggs on, so I made it work. Keep in mind, I’m a beginner to this photography thing, but I love it. The vibrant graffiti/street art was so cool and creative–like seriously visually pleasing to the eye. Let me know what you guys think about the photos! Has anyone else been hit by the photography bug, like me?


New Year, Fresh Start

 First off, Happy New Year! I know it’s been awhile, but I’m back…again! I hope everyone’s 2016 is starting off well. There are so many cliché things I could say, but I really do feel like this year is going to be amazing, not just for me, but for all of you as well! Isn’t the old adage, “speak it into existence?” I am overflowing with positivity and a renewed faith.

I capped off the end of 2015, standing beside my college best friend at her gorgeous Floridian wedding (see pic above of the venue, at sunset). I represented well as her maid of honor, or I made the best attempt (almost forgot her vows in my purse). Lol! It was a great way to bring in the new year, for sure.

With that said, I really do feel like I have a fresh start not just personally, but also with my blog. I have plans to re-vamp and streamline my content. I’m also actually learning to use my fancy Canon camera (finally!), so hopefully there will be less iPhone pictures and more quality ones. This is all a work in progress and I hope you guys stick with me along the way.




Foodie Chronicles: Spaghetti Squash

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On my last supermarket trip, I noticed an entire display of Spaghetti Squash. After hearing so many good things about it (mostly the healthy factor), I decided to give it a try.  Of course, I sourced Pinterest to figure out how to even begin cooking the squash. I landed on the Eat Within Your Means blog, which provided detailed, step-by-step directions. Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Slice squash into rings and discard seeds (unless you want to save those to roast for a tasty snack)

Step 3: Place squash rings on a cookie sheet lined with foil–Bake for 45 minutes

Step 4: Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes

photo 1Step 5: Peel away the squash skin and use a fork to separate the squash strands (which surprisingly turn out looking like real spaghetti pasta!)

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Step 6: Prepare your favorite sauce and serve on top of the spaghetti squash (I went the easy route and made ground chicken and paired it with a traditional jar spaghetti sauce)

Step 7: Mixed 1/4 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan and Romano mix with a pinch of salt and black pepper and topped the sauce with it.  Also, used some parsley for added garnish.


Please try this simple recipe out and let me know your thoughts!

The inspiration is back… Ready? Set. GO!

The Notebook.

After many months, I am glad to say my blog-writing hiatus is now over! Ugh. I know, I know…it’s been entirely too long and I have definitely neglected “Lex of Hearts.” Months have gone by and honestly I was second guessing myself, thinking that what I’ve started here wasn’t really “good enough,” which also led me to feel a bit uninspired. I read tons of blogs and they all look so polished, full of great content and photography. However, I’ve also learned in these last few months that this blogging life is real and like most things, this takes practice and time to create something meaningful enough to share with the world.

A few people have asked me about my blog — “Are you still writing?”,What’s your website?”, “Your last post was in January!” Hanging my head in shame (a little), not really wanting to answer because my answers seem so mediocre, ya know? But at this point, I’ve realized that this is a forum to just be me, in a written/visual format. It’s crazy to think that even the few people that do comment and re-tweet my post links value what I create here and this has helped me get back in the swing of things. My confidence is up and I’m ready to give this a-go! So, to my readers, I thank you for sticking around, being loyal and anticipating the greatness that will soon follow (ha!).

P.S. I’ve also changed up the look of my blog. It’s a little more flashy & bold, but still fun. You like?



Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I found this colorful portrait rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta, on Instagram today. The love they shared is more than evident. I just wanted to take a little time to salute Dr. King and the legacy he left – spreading the gospel of life, equality and most importantly, love, all-around the world.

Spread your loving spirit today! Dr. King would be proud🙂


Photo credit: Unknown (Instagram)

Product Review: Garner’s Garden, an all-natural body care line


Over the years, we’ve become more exposed to organic foods and natural products to enhance our bodies for the better.  Out with the old school concoctions with ingredients labels that we cannot understand, let alone actually knowing what those ‘ingredients’ are. In, with the enhanced and unrefined, handmade goodness from Garner’s Garden.

I’ve been recently introduced to these incredible products from this new, 100% all-natural, handmade body care line:

  • Whipped Body Butter (Citrus) – Promotes soft skin, lightweight and very moisturizing
  • Mineralizing Kaolin Clay – Ultra detoxifying and purifying, can be used as a face and/or body mask
  • Pre-Bath Face Oil (Lavender) – Locks moisture into skin, preventing excessive dryness after cleansing
  • Normalizing Face Oil (Lavender) – Great for removing makeup, non-greasy formula
  • Cocoa Vanilla Lip Balm – Comes in a variety of scents and keeps lips soft and supple, a must-have for everyone!

If you are particular about your bath and body products, Garner’s Garden is definitely a great brand to try. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that what you’re applying to your body is actually nourishing and beneficial.

Check out the full line of Garner’s Garden products here.

P.S. These would make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, too!