Friday, June 29, 2012

my week in pictures: some beach!

If you were following my instagram last week and this past weekend you would know that I was at the beach and that I LOVE it! I really do, I love everything about the beach, the cool wind on your face, the crashing of the waves, the sand between your toes, the ocean 'grass' that gets stuck in your hair when you swim in the ocean, sun burnt shoulders, sand castle making, sunset, tide pools... can I keep going?? I really love it all! If you don't have instagram take a look at the lovely pictures I took this weekend! You can also follow me on instagram @lyssadawson 
/first night on the beach, I love this view!/
/from above looking at the poarch, like the view?!/
/i finally did my fishtail braid, learned this trick in Mexico (: /
/dinner at the beach, my sweet little niece and Brand they both put a big smile on my face!/
/arizona sunset/

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

store update: lovely blankets

I thought I would leave you with these lovely pictures of my newest shop items! I love these baby blankets! They are so soft and warm! Message me for more details! alyssadawsonblog at 

dimensions: 36x34
color options: any
cost: chevron $45
wheel stitch: $55

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

looking at my legs you'd would never guess that I just went to the beach!

 tank:gifted, undershirt: downeast, jeans: sandals: target, watch: fossil, sunglasses: TOMS

Seriously! Look at those white legs! I just can't get those bad boys tan, or any other color besides white for that matter! I was a little bit hesitant in posting this! My face and arms are a bit darker, or I guess red, haha! I guess I just have to get past the red stage and get to the tan stage! I'll let you know how it works! Also, did you see what was in my hair?! YES! I learned how to fishtail in Rocky Point! I love it! It's really easy and if I can do it anyone can! I'm so serious! And can I tell you that I've been having Rocky Point with drawls already? Day two of no beach or sand has hit me, but I still feel like I can hear the waves crashing. So I decided to find some water and take pictures by it. This was the closest body of water I could find. Very depressing because it's a man made toilet for birds and there are no waves or sand. Oh, well I'll get over my with drawls soon, until then. 
hakuna matata!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

when vacation ends real life begins

Every time vacation ends I am so sad! It's like this big dark storm cloud hangs over my head and says "Alyssa, today is your last day of vacation and tomorrow you have to go back to work, HA HA!"
Okay, this doesn't really happen but it sure feels like it!
I love going on vacation and I love being at the beach! LOVE! My favorite parts are swimming in the ocean, building sand castles, and just hanging out.
Brand and I got to go to Rocky Point and we had LOTS of fun!

Me encanta Puerto PeƱasco!!

Mangos are a must.

Friday, June 22, 2012

hello from rocky point

Hello friends! I'm enjoying the beach this weekend! Let me leave you with a lovely picture that I took this morning (:
buena vida!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

pinterest doesn't really help me learn how to do my hair.

On pinterest I find myself pinning lots of random things, but mostly I like to pin things about hair and style. This does not mean that I have great style or that I can do my hair all the cool ways you see on pinterest, it means I wish I could! Let me show you some of the pins I am talking about.

Links to all can be found here
 Still can't do this to save my life, especially to look so perfect!
 I'm not good with the whole french braid thing, some how mine turns into a goofy blob and it's just embarrassing.
Love these waves, I bet I could actually do this! 
Again with the fishtail thing, I really need someone to teach me how to do this!

 Is it easy for you to do your own hair? Do any of these tutorials help you? I hope I'm not alone when I say that I really can't do these! haha!

Linking up:
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

fun foods: a healthy smoothie

Hello friends! First off I want to start by saying THANK YOU for all the awesome comments I got this weekend! It really made my day! I mean SERIOUSLY! You guys are the best! 
Second, I want to let you know that I have made my instagram private. I've had a lot of random people start following me (men specifically, I assume the women that are following me are fellow bloggers!) So I now only have a picture on my side bar but please feel free to send me a request!! (Did I mention I love instagram!! Just LOVE it!) 

Anyways, how was your weekend?! Mine was pretty good! I spent some time running errands, and getting things done around the house! Also spent some time with family for Father's Day. 

So, lets get to the point, I've got a smoothie I think you should try!

Healthy Smoothie
1 banana
1/2 an orange
1/2 a pear
1/3 cup of mixed fruit
and just enough apple juice 

I recommend you mix it all the way so you don't have chunks like me! haha! I't was pretty good! The taste of the banana is the strongest and then I'd say the orange. It's really pretty good and I recommend you try it! 

Do you have any good smoothie recipes?! Wanna share?! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

my week in pictures

I remember Fridays when I was younger, I'd come home from school and watch TGIFriday. It had my favorite shows ever! By the way, what ever happened to those shows?! hmmm. Well, all I know is they were great shows! I loved them! Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Family Matters, Step by Step... am I missing any? 
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 /front door at ape index, or climbing gym/
 /strawberry lemonade!/
 /I had leaves for lunch/
/this is a peach that I tried to cut like an apple, it didn't work very well just so you know/

Thursday, June 14, 2012

i whip my hair back and forth

just look at those nasty dead ends!! gross!! 

Okay, so my hair has gotten very long. (To be exact it is about 4 inches past the middle of my back, this picture doesn't really show it.) Want to know something gross? I haven't had a hair cut in over six months! That's bad!! There is a very good reason why I haven't gotten my hair cute yet, well... I think it's a very good reason. You see, my hair dresser moved away!! The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this is horrible situation I find my self in is HOW RUDE! Second I remember all the horrible hair cuts that I have gotten at the 'major hair cutting stores' and I don't want to go back! No, I can't go back! Remember those awkward years when you hid behind your hair -oh wait, was that just me?? And by hiding I mean having bangs! haha! I remember one time someone cut my bangs so short I looked like a weird'o. I'm mean just google images 'short bangs' and you can get a glimpse at what I had to deal with! It wasn't a pretty sight. Anyways, I hope to gain courage to get my hair cut soon. It's so long right now that I really shouldn't be worried, everyone always says "it will always grow back." They are right, in a way! (:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

just something random to pass the time.

Whelp, I've just gotten home from a rock-climbing adventure and some running! Do I feel sweaty!! Haha! That's gross!!
Did you check out my previous post?! I put this healthy breakfast recipe up and this afternoon I've been shopping around the internet for some healthy smoothie recipes. Do you have any good recipes that I could try?! Maybe I should buy a blender that works first. Might be a good idea! (:
Well, I've got to go, Teen Mom is calling my name! 

fun foods: healthy breakfast

Top of the Tuesday morning to ya!
I've got a yummy breakfast snack that will fill you up and its actually pretty healthy! 
As you all know I've been on this healthy kick lately, I'm just looking to eat better. It's amazing what eating healthy natural foods can do for you! A lot of my recipes come from Taralynn, she is great and has some awesome recipes! Take a look at her website, she has lots more! 

What you need:
Bread (more healthy if you have whole wheat)
Stevia (sugar, much healthier sugar)

All you do is toast your bread, slice up a banana, slice up some strawberries, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar (Stevia) on there and you are good to go! 

If you try it, let me know what you think!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Whispering Sweet Nothings: Bloggers Coast to Coast

I was reading my friend Kelsie's blog... wait first, do you know Kelsie? Well, get to know her because she is really sweet and so down to earth! I wish she lived by me because we would probably be great friends! Anyways, I was reading Kelsie's blog as I do quite often and I saw her post about this:

Shane from Whispering Sweet Nothings is doing this awesome Bloggers Coast to Coast map where you can find bloggers that live in your area! Pretty cool! I thought I would post this so you all could join in and find some bloggy friends in your area! I think it's a great idea and it's a great way to make new friends!! Link up and have fun!! 

what i wore: an outfit from high school?!

 Shirt&Shorts: A&F, Necklace&Undershirt: DownEastBasics, Flip-Flops: Industrial c/o Reef, Bracelet: Juicy Couture

Yes, the title of this post is correct, this shirt and these shorts are from High School. It feels good to fit into the same clothes from back then!

I've got a story for you about these shorts that I'm wearing... Brand HATES them! Sometimes I wear them just out of spite because I know he does and other times I wear them because they are from New York so they have sentimental value for me! Either way I think they are cute.

(This post seems very random, but that is what is running through my head I mean come on It's Monday morning!)
Can I tell you that I truly hate Mondays, I love them because I get to hear from my brother but I hate them because they are the start of a new work week which means I'm 5 days away from a Saturday. How rude! I hate Mondays for other reasons but don't feel ready to open up about it yet.

What do you do about the Monday blues? and Do you have any outfits that you can fit into from High School?! I wanna hear about it!

Be kind to one another
(I'm stealing Ellen's line)

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Friday, June 08, 2012

my week in pictures: linky party

Happy Friday Everyone! I love Fridays because they are so laid back! Isn't it great?! Do you have plans for the weekend?! I plan on running, finishing up my baby blanket orders, hanging with Brand (or course!) and just doing what ever I want! Isn't that a great idea?! Well, lets rap up my week, and reminisce over what I did last weekend because unless I look at my instagram I couldn't even tell you what I did! I think that happens to all of us! It just feels like it was so long ago!

First... are you playing photoadayjune?! I am!! follow me @lyssadawson to see what I'm up to!


 /I made the Dean's List this semester!!/
/yes, in my frozen yogurt I only put m&m's!!/
 /chicken tenders and fries will NEVER grow old with me!/
 /visited some places downtown that I had never seen before, guys... I've lived in AZ my whole life and haven't seen these places? Oh my../
/the week wouldn't be complete without a few sessions of rock climbing. Yes, he is reaching over to take the picture, good thing we were stopped at a light while this was happening! Oh and I absolutely DO wear my earrings rock climbing (: /


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Thursday, June 07, 2012

positive thursday: attitude is everything

Good morning friends! How was your Wednesday!? Who else is glad that it is already Thursday morning?! I know I am! This week was a pretty good week! I'm keeping up with my running! I can almost run a mile without taking a break, people... this is a pretty big accomplishment for me seeing as I haven't ran a mile, on the side walk... ellipticals not included, in over  five years! I'd say a 5 day training period is pretty darn good!

Is is just me or when you were younger did your mom always say "attitude is everything!"? My mom did, I remember specific experiences where she would say that and I would just sit back roll my eyes and say that exact line in a naggy voice as to mimic her. Let me just say this now... sorry mom! You were right. Attitude IS everything!

Have you ever noticed that when you have a bad attitude everything seems to go wrong? You blame it on your luck or something that has to do with your status in life. The last thing we want to do is blame ourselves. The fact is our attitudes change out outlook and the way we feel. Attitude truly makes us who we are.

Think about it, SMILE. Right now, DO IT! Now is there someone in the room with you?! Smile at them, if you don't have someone in the same room with you go find someone and smile at them! Seriously DO IT!! What did they do? Maybe they thought you were crazy, but more than likely they smiled back!! A positive attitude, like a smile, is contagious! It really is! It also makes you a happier person, it makes the impossible become so possible!

I dare you to be positive this week! You can do it!

This week I'm remembering the beach! I cannot wait to go back to this lovely sight!
What are you remembering this week, better yet what are you going to be positive about this week?!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

fun foods: frozen yogurt

How was your weekend friends?! Mine was pretty good! I had some fun running and hanging out with Brand!
don't the weekends feel like they go by too fast!? I feel like we should have a four day work week and three day weekends! haha! Wouldn't that be so great!?

I have a delicious recipe that I found from Happy Together. Its a summer treat and it's pretty fun! (Sorry for the poor picture quality, I used my phone camera and it was night time so there was no natural light.)

All you need:
Your favorite flavors of Whips! Yoplait Yogurt.
Parchment paper
Baking pan

Place dollops of the yogurt on the parchment paper and then place the pan in the freezer. 
I waited six hours before I ate mine and they were the perfect temperature.
 Then you just take them off the pan, place them in a bowl, let them melt a little and there you have it!!

It kind of reminds me of 'Dippin' Dots' remember those?! They were my favorite!!! 

Friday, June 01, 2012

my week in pictures: linky party

Friday is a day that will forever be welcome because it brings the weekend! Yay!! The weekend means fun with family, relaxing and catching up on sleep! 
Oh and can you believe it's JUNE?! Holy Cow!!!
Do you have instagram?! I do! I love it! It's fun to see what people are up to! Check out some of the pictures I've posted throughout the week! 
Follow me too!! @lyssadawson

 /date night at chili's!!/
 /I love sunflowers! They remind me of a special little boy! <3 you Chase!!/
 /pizza, this looks so fatty, but it was so good!/
/like my chevron blanket?! this one is my favorite! I'm putting them up for sale soon let me know if you want to buy one!/

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