Top 3 Friday 8/19/16

August 19, 2016 in Friday Favorites

Hi guys! Happy Friday- we made it!!  Linking up with Kate today for this post. Let’s get started!

Top 3 Eats 

These pancakes with brown sugar cinnamon pb from Nut butter nation, banana, and cinnamon. SO GOOD GUYS! (recipe is on my Instagram if you want it- blissful_lyss29!)


This ice cream was AMAZING. One scoop milky way and one scoop Toll House. Perfectionnnnnn


Spaghetti squash fresh from my mom’s garden! Topped with marinara, mozzarella, and broccoli with a piece of toast spread with coconut oil on the side 🙂


Top 3 Highs 

-Spending the night with my bff and watching the Olympics together!

-Discovering the website “She Reads Truth” and getting to spend time in the morning reading scriptures on that with a warm cup of coffee… truly made me smile!

-My friend Jessie came up Tuesday and we spent the day together. Lunch and lots of shopping was just what I needed 🙂

OH… ANDDDD I got my nose pierced and am in love with it. 😀 (S/O to Jessie for letting me squeeze her hand hehe)


(I tried really hard to be hipster and cool in this pic but I think it just looks like I’m constipated ha ha but I love it so here it is world)

Top 3 lows

-ANXIETY. I had some things I was anxious about. And the feeling of anxiety just sucks sometimes. The tightness in your chest… the replaying thoughts in your head. I am thankful I have coping mechanisms now to get through it!

-A bad night’s sleep. I blame this partially to anxiety. I listened to meditation music though and was finally able to fall asleep at least! 🙂

-I don’t have a third!

Top 3 Reads 

Thankful Thursday

This post from Susie reminded me how much there truly is to be thankful for. Gratitude is so so beautiful!

Making the college move easier

These tips from Caroline are definitely going to help me as I prep to move into my dorm room soon!

5 positive ways mindfulness can affect your workout

Loved this post by Kalia. Mindfulness is key in so many aspects of our lives.

3 things I am grateful for (switching it up a bit)

-The family vacation I got to go on last week! Maine is such a beautiful place and the time I get to spend with my family is time I truly cherish.

-The fact that I can even receive a college education. With school approaching quickly and as nerves come with that, I always remind myself how incredibly blessed I am that I can even go to college as so many can’t. The gift of learning is one we often take for granted.

-Going to the Blink 182 concert today! I’m so grateful that I was able to get tickets and that I can spend the night with my friends later on today. 🙂

And I am SO grateful for all of you who make me smile so stinkin’ big 😀

That’s it for today!

Now tell me: 

What’s one thing you are feeling extra thankful for lately? 

Pancakes or waffles? ( I love both! But flipping pancakes is def the challenge lol) 

Happy Friday babes!! Have a blessed day <3

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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I loveeee She Reads Truth!

    How cute does your nose piercing look too!? Not many people can pull it off but it suits you!

    I’m praying for you with your anxiety, sweet girl! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:58 am

      awe thank you Kristy!! And thank you so much for your prayers love <3

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It August 19, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Aww this makes me smile so much, that ice cream looks amazing!! 🙂 I’m extra thankful for YOU today. I’m so happy we met and we’re staying in touch, and your texts always make me happy!!! 🙂 I’m a total pancake girl, omg I LOVEEE pancakes! Every day should be pancake day. 😉 Happy Friday babe! xo
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Awe babe I am always so so so thankful for you 🙂 You are the best!! I always want your pancakes hehe and your oats!! You are the queeeen of breakfast <3 love ya!!

  • Reply Kate August 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so jealous that you’re going to see Blink 182! Rock out hard for me.
    That ice cream looks amazing- I love hand scooped ice cream!
    I’m feeling extra thankful for my new place. I’m so excited for a new adventure!
    I love both pancakes and waffles but I HATE cleaning my waffle maker 🙁
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:57 am

      it was such a great concert Kate!! Hand scooped ice cream is the best 🙂 totally agree

  • Reply Stephanie August 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Hello, I am sorry for not being there for you with understanding words. But I am grateful for your forgiveness and your positive words in this blog it does my heart Joy! Have fun tonight!
    Much love Lyss.

    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:56 am

      it’s okay mom 🙂 I love you!!!

  • Reply kat August 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    She Reads Truth is awesome!! I love the devotions that they have.
    Also I wont lie, getting a nose piercing was always something I REALLY wanted to do, but I dont have the cutest nose [I broke it when I was younger]. Yours looks super cute though!!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Same here- love the devotions they have! and aw haha that stinks! but thanks love <3 Hope you had a great weekend!!

  • Reply Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog August 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my mindfulness post, love!! You’re the best. Happy Friday!!!

  • Reply Evangeline August 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I’ll be praying for you as the school year starts, and I’m hoping that better nights of rest are headed your way 🙂 Those pancakes look so awesome. I’m convinced that PB is one of the best toppings for pancakes and waffles. Yum!

    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Thank you so much sweet gal!! and yes peanut butter really is- totally agree hehe
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  • Reply Emily August 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    AMEN! We have so much to be grateful for, and I love how you emphasized that it’s a gift, a privilege to be able to get further education. I love the ‘She Reads Truth’, and one of my favorite Scripture meditation apps on my I-pod is called ‘Morning and Evening.’ Praying for your anxiety. I was struggling with fear and anxiety last night, and songs and verses kept running through my head. Prayer is the best cure, knowing that He cares for you.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:53 am

      I love the reading plans on she reads truth- it is so helpful for me! <3 hope you are doing well!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot August 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I had a bit of an anxious week too–i hope we both begin to feel better this weekend! Enjoy the concert tonight and i think your nose ring looks super cute! I am grateful for a supportive family. Pancakes vs waffles is so hard but i think id say pancakes!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:52 am

      I’m sorry to hear that- we are in this together girl! Anxiety sucks 😛
      Thank you for your sweet words- and ah yes pancakes are just delightful 🙂
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  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life August 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Oooh I am going to check out that pancake recipe! Pancakes all the way for me. I know pancakes and waffles pretty much taste the same but I don’t like the crispy parts of waffles (I sound like I’m ten saying that but it’s true haha) 😛

    Something I’m feeling extra thankful for today? Only one week left of my internship after I get off work this afternoon and then it’s vacation time! 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:51 am

      awe so exciting that you have some vacation time coming your way! That’s awesome 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Edye August 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I love pancakes and waffles, but I have to say I’m more of a pancake girl. YUM! Love your nose piercing, you look so cute 😀
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  • Reply Susie @ Suzlyfe August 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you so much for spreading the Thankfulness! I think it is something that we all need reminders of throughout our lives. OMG have so much fun at the Blink 182 concert–that is my husband’s younger self’s dream! Have a great weekend, Alyssa!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:50 am

      thank YOU! <3
      The concert was so much fun! Hope you had a lovely weekend too!!

  • Reply Megan Hallier August 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Mmm I just made pancakes for breakfast. It is such a nice treat for breakfast on the weekend.
    I’m thankful that this is the last weekend before the break and I’ll be going home soon! But for now I’m also thankful that I got to have coffee with my brother yesterday <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:50 am

      Aw sibling time is the best:) same with coffee dates!! xoxo

  • Reply Ellie August 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Your nose piercing is great! Just be careful on towels, it gets caught and comes out (speaking from experience). One thing I’m thankful for today is getting to come home from work an hour early and meeting a few friends for ice cream tonight.
    I’m team waffles because I have never successfully flipped pancakes =P
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    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:49 am

      ooh good to know- thank you!
      And flipping pancakes is SO hard lol

  • Reply sarah August 20, 2016 at 1:14 am

    OMG girl have fun at the concert! And Toll House ice cream sounds incredible! Thank you for your support today too <3
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  • Reply Melanie August 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I just checked out that website ‘She Reads Truth’- wow! I love it. I’ve been reading a meditation called Inner Harvest: Daily Meditations for Recovery from Eating Disorders. It is so uplifting.
    Your nose piercing looks so good!! Wish I could pull that off lol 😀
    One thing I’m thankful for is having my sister home this weekend and going shopping with her!
    Waffles vs. pancakes- omg. So hard to choose. I think I would have to go with pancakes!

    • Reply Alyssa August 22, 2016 at 1:47 am

      I need to check that out!! And thank you so much Melanie 🙂 Isn’t it so hard to pick too?! waffles and pancakes are so dang goooood

  • Reply Carina August 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Oh my, your top 3 eats look very appetising. Need to check out your reads.


  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet August 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh I adore the nose piercing on you. To be honest I always thought veeeery few people look good with them (just an opinion) but you ROCK IT. So cute and sassy. Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with anxiety lately hun, it helps me to remember that nothing is permanent in those times of tough emotions. Oh, and I’m a total pancake gal.
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