Top 3 Friday 7/15/16

July 15, 2016 in Friday Favorites

Hi guys! Happy Friday- we made it!! Sending you all a virtual pat on the back 🙂 Linking up with Kate today for this post. Let’s get started!

Top 3 Eats 

This turkey burger topped with avocado and ketchup on a toasted whole wheat bun as part of dinner!


These Ezeikel golden flax toaster waffles, legendary foods blueberry cinnamon bun cashew butter, banana, cinnamon, and a warm cup of coffee made for a delicious breakfast. Loved this cashew butter too!


This new restaurant opened up near me, and I finally had the chance to try it with my dad! (BTW- his bday is TODAY, so everyone wish him a hbd!! I love him very very much <3) I got the chicken rice soup and half a quinoa salad with some bread! It was so so yummy.


Top 3 Highs 

  1. Having Tuesday and Wednesday off from work and getting to take some time for myself by doing things like hot yoga, grocery shopping, listening to podcasts, napping by my pool, and seeing my friends. 🙂
  2. Catching up with my friend Emily (she was on Instagram as lilbitsofemmy) and talking to her on the phone! I love phone calls with friends, I feel like it’s so much more personable than texting.
  3. An exciting weekend ahead! Today is my dad’s birthday, and later tonight my bff Jillian from college is staying over and then we are heading up to my roomie’s beach house in Rhode Island tomorrow! We are spending the day and night there with some friends from school. 🙂

Top 3 Lows

  1. PRD- post retreat depression. Is that a thing?? I think it is most definitely a real thing.
  2. Tiredness. Yesterday I was pooped. Babysitting wears me out even more than my job at GNC does. I guess having to do them both in the same day got the best of me. That’s when Starbucks comes in handy.
  3. Not enough time to improve the blog. I want to work on ways to improve the blog- figure out Pinterest better, enhance it visually, film more videos, etc. Hoping to have more time next week!

Top 3 Instagrams 


How cute is Kat?! And this pup!! So much adorableness in one pic 🙂




Completely agree with what Jennifer Aniston said, and really am praying we can change this one day.

Top 3 Reads 

Mirrors- the good, bad, and ugly

Mirrors do not HAVE to control our lives. Such a powerful post by my lovely friend Marina.

Why I don’t eat quest bars anymore

I’m taking the stand with my friend Cayanne on this one. Also- I think eating these/ a lot of protein bars contributed to bloating just from my experience. And we should never have to #cheatclean.

Conquering ED voices

Been loving my friend Lauren’s videos lately. Yay for conquering all those ED voices and making recovery wins!

That’s it for this Friday!

Now you tell me: 

Do you like using Pinterest? Do you find it helpful to use with your blog?  

Favorite animal? (Clearly I love dogs)

Have a wonderful weekend friends!! <3

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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It July 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Thank you SO much for including my post babe!! 🙂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYSS’S DAD! I hope he has an awesome birthday!! I like Pinterest but I’m having trouble using it for my blog, I’m not sure what I should be doing lol. I hope you have the best day ever Lyss!!!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Of course love!! He did have a fantastic day. I feel the same way with pinterest!! I need more time to figure it out. Hope you had a fab weekend babe!

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy July 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Have so much fun in Rhode Island – my favorite place! I’m also a turkey burger lover and those waffles look mighty delicious. Your retreat sounds so awesome and cathartic. I would love to do one like that. Have a great weekend and happy birthday to your dad!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Rhode Island was great! I loved it. I bet you would love these waffles Sarah. They were so good! Hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂

  • Reply Kate July 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Quest bars are the worst in how they make me feel. It’s like a brick is my stomach after eating one!
    I know exactly what you mean about PRD- I have that when I get back from a camp that I loved.
    I am right with you on not having enough time to improve my blog. It’s something that I’d really like to do, I just don’t know when to do it!
    Have a great weekend girl!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:40 am

      I feel the same after I eat a quest bar! I really don’t know when to improve the blog either. Hopefully soon I will get the time to do it! Hope you had a great weekend too Kate 🙂

  • Reply Cora July 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Um, blueberry cinnamon cashew butter? Where do you find this gold mine?? I can empathize with your low of not having the time to do the blog stuff you want. It seems like we think Summer would give us all this extra time to finally do these things, but then it seems we have even less time than we did before summer! I know I have a list of blog stuff I was wanting to get to – including just right now catching up on many blogs, like yours . Oh well… it’ll happen when the time is right.
    Also – definite happy birthday to your dad!!! Hope you guys have a lovely celebration this weekend.

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:42 am

      Check out legendary foods for the nut butter- it is amazing!! And thank you so much, my dad is really appreciating all these happy birthday wishes. 🙂 We had a good night out Friday with all the fam which was so nice!

  • Reply Michelle July 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I babysit too and definite find it tiring! Little kids have so much energy always. Last week, the girl I babysit made me push her around on her bike and car for about 45 minuets in 90 degree heat. That lunch with your dad looks so yummy! And I’ve never but avocado on my turkey burger before and now I don’t know why that has never occurred to me! Have an awesome weekend girly!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:42 am

      They really are non-stop! I bet you would love avo on your turkey burger. It compliments the burger so well!!

  • Reply Dani @ Dani California Cooks July 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    boy do i need to try those toaster waffles!!!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:42 am

      Yes you do indeed, I think they are great!

  • Reply Jessica Kuepfer July 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I am the WORST with pinterest. I always forget I have it. . .

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Haha I am the same exact way Jessica ;D

  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life July 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Ooooh I feel you on the “no time to improve the blog.” A part of my sidebar has been broken for at least a month and a half and I still haven’t gotten around to fixing it! Ugh!

    Also, I love that article about Quest bars. I’ve seen it linked up a couple of times today and while I never ate them myself, I really wanted to try them at one point because they were such a craze on IG! It’s funny but sad how much social media influences how we see things. After starting recovery, I’ve just seen them as filled with chemicals and sadly making money off of people by promoting an unhealthy relationship with food.

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:44 am

      They really are so popular on IG! I don’t like the cheat clean motto and I wish I never got hooked on the quest craze either! just glad I am out of it now. Hope you had a great weekend Claire!

  • Reply Edye July 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I love using pinterest! Recently I discovered where you can schedule your pins. I’ve noticed a decent increase in my pinterest follower count since using it. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Ooh I will have to check out tailwind!

  • Reply Ellie July 16, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I am so unfamiliar with how to use Pinterest other than creating boards for my own personal use. I keep meaning to do that but…
    My favorite animal is probably a stegosaurus 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      I am the same way with pinterest Ellie! Hoping to improve my use of it with the blog

  • Reply Caroline July 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I love Pinterest for finding ideas and saving articles but the idea of using it in conjunction with blogging overwhelms me. I, too, want to take some real time with blogging and especially building relationships with other bloggers! I’m hoping to have a little more time in the next month to do just that! I looovvveee dogs! Used to be really scared of them but now nothing makes me happier than seeing one! Have a wonderful weekend, and hope your dad had a happy birthday!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      It overwhelms me too Caroline! I used to be scared of dogs when I was younger too. Now I love them! I know i will want a few when I’m older. Hope you had a great weekend!!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law July 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I hope your Dad had a wonderful birthday!

    I am a dog lover too! I used to be terrified of dogs, however, once I finally realised our puppy wasn’t going to kill me and she was actually kind of cute I started to like them more – and then when my parents bought Chanel for my 16th birthday I really became a puppy lover 😛 Though I’m still scared of big dogs!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      He did, thank you Kristy!! I am scared of big dogs too, I am definitely more of a small dog gal haha

  • Reply sarah July 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    For some reason I have always liked square waffles more than round ones, lol! I will have to look out for that brand at the store.

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Square waffles are so much better for toppings 🙂 I bet you would love this brand Sarah!

  • Reply Stephanie Leduc July 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Late but happy birthday to your dad!!
    I am not super interested in Quest bars, but I must admit when I am travelling and see them at the airport, it is the only time I ever want them haha, they taste too much like fake sweeteners, but then again, I like em every now and then. It’s true though, the protein craze is being pushed a little too far, especially with these kinds of bars!
    I absolutely love pinterest, it’s the only way I can remember that I want to make some recipes because if I don’t pin them, I forget!

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      You really can taste the fake sweeteners! I think the craze is being pushed too far too with all these bars and such. I need to get into pinterest more!

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet July 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Happy belated bday to your dad girlie! And I agree, babysitting is exhausting! I used to go to war with this one little munchkin to get him to go to bed…ah fun times!

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