Top 3 Friday 8/26/16

August 26, 2016 in Friday Favorites


Last Friday at home for a while-eeeep!! I am excited to move into school though and be back in the swing of things. 🙂 Anyways, today I’m going to be linking up with Kate for another Top 3 Friday, so let’s get started!

Top 3 Eats 

This chocolate chip zucchini bread from Kristy! SO GOOD!


Multigrain bagel with strawberry cream cheese and an iced almond milk latte from one of my fav little breakfast places ever!!


Didn’t snap a pic, but an oreo milkshake that I had at the beach. GUYS- IT WAS AMAZINGG!

Top 3 Highs 

Feeling confident physically and mentally. My confidence in the gym and my mental confidence and progress has been making me feel so so good. Moving my body in a way that feels good and finding balance with it all is something I am pretty dang proud of!


Spending the day with my best friends at the Cape! Yesterday my two best friends and I went to Cape Cod and spent the day by the beach and it was just SO nice. So thankful for them!!

Spending the night shopping with my mama and getting dinner. I LOVE HER so much, and I’m going to miss her dearly!! Thank goodness for texting and FaceTime though.

Top 3 Lows 

Feeling overwhelmed. I have a lot to do- pack, figure out some scheduling stuff, etc. and I felt all the pressure weighing down on me the other night. I definitely need to remember to just breathe and do the best I can.

Saying goodbye to my best friend Maria yesterday. This girl is like my sister and goodbyes really never get easier. I know I’ll be seeing her soon and visitng her at her college, but it is still hard to go from seeing your bff whenever you want to being 2.5 hours away!

I don’t have a third. 🙂

Top 3 Posts 

What cancer means to me

Such a powerful post from Kat.

Men vs. women: The fitness double standard  

Yessss to this!! Thank you Kaila for touching on this topic!

Mental Health Monday Vlog

Julia talks about an interesting topic in this vlog-> “Does the type of calorie matter?” Such a thought-provoking video!

Top 3 Recipes I want to try 

Easy vegan chocolate waffles

These chocolate waffles from Kristy!

Vanilla oatmeal protein pancakes

These vanilla oatmeal protein pancakes from Marina

Simple vegetarian fajita bowls
This veggie fajita bowl from Liv!

That’s it for this week guys!! I hope you all have a blessed weekend full of love, laughter, sunshine, good food, and fun times. 🙂

Now tell me

Favorite milkshake flavor? 

What are your weekend plans?! 


Lyss <3

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  • Reply Lynne August 26, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Happy Friday Lyss. Looking forward to checking out your recipes you want to try….Have a great weekend 🙂
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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It August 26, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Awww thank you so much for including my pancakes, love!! 🙂 That zucchini bread though….OMG. My fave milkshake flavor is definitely chocolate, can’t beat a classic! 🙂 I hope you have an amazing weekend babe! xoxo
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      ah yes, anything chocolate is seriously so good!! Love you girl and miss ya, hope your monday is off to a good start!

  • Reply Kate August 26, 2016 at 11:37 am

    My favorite milkshake is rocky road. My dad used to make those for me when I was little.
    I know leaving is so hard, even if you’re going to do something you love! I hope all the goodbyes go well 🙂
    Have a great weekend!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      homemade milkshakes are the best! The goodbyes did go well, thank you Kate!! xoxo

  • Reply Michelle August 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    That zucchini bread looks amazing! I’m usually not a good baker and mess up homemade recipes but I think I have to try that! Yay for confidence! My favorite milkshake flavor is something cookie flavored, we used to make milkshakes with chips ahoy or Oreos when I was little, and they were so good!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      those do sound so good!! I hope you have been enjoying your week so far Michelle!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot August 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I like peanut butter cup milkshakes! I know leaving is hard and sad–i hope your new school year goes off to a great start!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      love anything PB! and thank you heather!

  • Reply Caroline August 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Favorite milkshake flavor is definitely blueberry cheesecake! I don’t have milkshakes that often because they upset my stomach quite a bit but they sure are delicious! This weekend I’m planning on getting quite a bit of rest since I’ve had a crazy few weeks back at school. Can’t wait to catch up on everything! Hope you have an amazing weekend, beautiful <3 xoxo
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      blueberry cheescake sounds so good! The past few days have been crazy too and I’m so excited to just be back in a routine and find time for blogging. I hope you have been adjusting well Caroline!

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy August 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    That chocolate chip zucchini bread looks so good! Love those moments and times when mental and physical confidence just gives us an extra boost. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      it was great! Kristy always has the best recipes 🙂

  • Reply Megan August 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Saying goodbye is always hard! My best friend lives about 4 hours away so I know how you feel..
    My favorite milkshake flavor is Oreo or fresh peach.
    Have a great weekend girl! 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      goodbyes are so tough- they honestly suck but I always remind myself that as cheesy as it sounds, “it’s not goodbye, just see you later” 🙂

  • Reply Megan August 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    That chocolate chip zucchini bread… my gosh I could probably eat that entire loaf, looks so good!!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      u gotta try it!! seriously so so gooood

  • Reply Taylor August 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I feel like I am always overwhelmed! lol … but it is nice to stay busy and all that I have going on is good so I just try to remember how lucky I am! Going to a couple baseball games and spending some time on our boat this weekend!!! Have a great weekend girlie!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      that sounds like so much fun! Boat time is the besttt. Hope you had a good weekend Taylor!

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv August 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing my fajita bowl recipe, Lyss! Good luck getting everything all together 🙂 My favorite kind of milkshake is cookies ‘n’ cream although I love any kind of chocolate-y mix in!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      thank you Liv! move in went well 🙂 And love cookies and cream too!

  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life August 26, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Best of luck with move in and everything else this next week! And congrats on your gym progress, too 🙂

    Would you believe I’ve never actually had a milkshake before?! I need to try making a lactose-free one sometime… I think I’m missing out! 😛
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      thank you Claire!!

      and yes- def try a lactose free one. I bet you would love it!!

  • Reply Edye August 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I love a good zucchini recipe, yum 🙂 My favorite milkshake is plain vanilla <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Plain vanilla is always delish!!

  • Reply Ellie Pell August 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I love it when strawberry cream cheese has HUGE chunks of strawberries in it. It just tastes so real 🙂 My favorite milkshake is probably cookie dough or strawberry. A weird one I used to love when I worked at an ice cream store was salted caramel with cookies and cream pieces <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      it does!! that’s the best thing about this bagel place I go to, the cream cheese! And that salted caramel milkshake sounds heavenly!
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  • Reply Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog August 27, 2016 at 12:20 am

    You’re the best Lyss! Thank you so much for featuring my post!!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      of course! xoxoxo

  • Reply sarah August 27, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Confidence looks beautiful on you my love! Have a great weekend!
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      aw you are the best, thank you so much <3

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar August 27, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Hope your move-in to college goes great! That was always a stressful transition for me, although somewhat less so in grad school–maybe because I now that I at least have my own apartment.
    I haven’t had a milkshake in a long time, but I remember I used to adore the banana chocolate ones from Sonic.
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      thank you!! It did go well- now I’m just so tired! Moving in and adjusting takes a lot out of you

  • Reply kat August 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    YAY for feeling confident and powerful!! That to me is the greatest benefit of exercise and heathy eating. That overwhelming confidence that takes over is like nothing else in my opinion!
    Thanks for the shoutout on my post as well! That one was tough to write for me, so it really means a lot! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      totally agree with you on that Kat! And of course, it was so beautiful and honest! xoxo

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law August 29, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I am SO glad you loved that zucchini bread recipe, girl! And your Mom too!!

    I am so glad you’re feeling confident because you certainly should be! You are awesome, girl! <3
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  • Reply Alyssa August 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    aw thank you kristy, and thanks for the awesome recipe!!

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