love letters, 2013




Just a few little notes to the people and things that make me l-o-v-e life…feel free to leave your own little love note below (I want to hear what makes you guys all warm and fuzzy). Happy Valentine’s Day!! xo


To “my people”: You are the best girls (and guys) I know. Thank you each for bringing something unbelievably special to my life. You’re there for me when I’m a stress-case, put up with me when I sing obnoxiously off-key at the top of my lungs, happily oblige when I make you taste-test countless desserts for this blog (OK–you probably don’t hate that part), and always, always build me up. Thank you for making me a better me.


To my family: I love you for your constant support, for telling me what I need to hear (like, “No, Alyssa, that is correct. You won’t pay your loans off for another 10 years.”), for believing in me in the times when I hardly do, for laughing at my really corny jokes and for always making home feel like home.


To my sometimes-crazy job: I’m really happy I have you. You’re challenging, exciting and sometimes stressful, but I’m constantly left thinking it’s just a little bit magical that I have the privilege to go into work and do what I love every day. See ya in a few hours.


To Smartfood popcorn: I really (like, really) love you. Thanks for always being there for me in my time of need–like when I’ve had one drink too many or a tough day a work. You’re a special kind of delicious (and like I tell everyone, you’re better crushed).


To Alias, the best show on television: Did you catch me the first time? No? OK, I’ll say it again–you’re the best show on television. Or I guess I should say were, considering you’re not on anymore, but trust me when I tell you our weekly Netflix dates are going to continue on through 2013. Things are about to get real saucy, Sydney Bristow.


To you, the best readers ever: It still pretty hard for me to believe that anyone besides my mom and a few close friends read this blog, but I’m constantly overwhelmed by the amount of support I get from each and every one of you. You are the sweetest, most thoughtful and amazing women I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Thank you for making this so fun xo

  • Alison

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! I hope you have an amazing day filled with chocolate :)

  • ashnfashn

    Cute post. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    xo Ashley

  • Lauren

    Smartfood is delicious and because it’s called “smart”, I always feel better about eating it by the handful. ;)

  • Dina Karivalis

    Love this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    xo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    Aw, this is so sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day, Alyssa!! xo, Julie

  • withluckblog

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I almost used this same exact photo for my post today- it’s a great one! But I was hungry last night so cupcakes won me over haha

    With Luck

  • Olivia TLGOY

    Lovely post..hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

    xo Olivia

    This Looks Good On You

  • Always Maylee

    Um, I LOVE Alias. Are we soulmates!? I always feel like I’m the only person that ever watched that show! Happy VDay!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Rachel

    Awww… this is so cute! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • Caitlin

    Happy Valentines Day, I love this post!! So glad to see positivity and appreciation for loved ones, I love smart food too! :)

    Caitlin @ Charm Colorfully

  • Maria

    Happy Valentine’s, love!! I always have so much fun reading your blog. All the best.


  • Francesca Giusti

    love this post and also your blog! It’s so nice!!! I follow

    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be
    so glad :D


  • YorkDesignCo

    This is such a cute idea! I love your blog, so thank you for the “best readers ever” :)

    Happy Valentines Day!

  • Stephanie Gerber

    Aww, love this list! I wrote my hubby a list of things I appreciate about him and it’s so nice to reflect on the warm, fuzzy things others do for us. And I’m in love with my 100 calorie popcorn too! That stuff is such comfort food :)

  • Jen

    Aww this is so sweet Alyssa! I definitely feel warm and fuzzy! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s!

    xo jen

  • Stephanie @twenty-something

    How sweet is this! Happy Valentine’s Day girl – hope it’s a great one!


  • Ashley T

    This is so cute! I’m also loving that smartfood got a letter. That stuff is a-m-a-z-i-n-g

  • Annie

    Such a sweet post, and I love that photo! Happy Valentine’s Day :)


    The Other Side of Gray

  • Baking in Couture

    I love your love and thankful list. I especially love the smart pop chips one haha.

    Happy Vday Beautiful!

    Xo Inna
    Baking in Couture

  • Vogue and Heels

    Lovely post! I really loved it. Happy Valentine’s Day.


  • Olivia

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending lots of love <3 xo!

    go for the glam

  • chelsiemoss

    I loved reading this post! and um… I totally wouldn’t mind being a taste-tester! If your ever in Texas…. ;)

    happy valentine’s! xoxox

  • The Now

    Awww, this is so sweet, Alyssa! Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

  • Kristina Anderson

    I love the note to your popcorn, I have a similar obsession ;) Happy Valentine’s Day!!


    Kristina does the Internets

  • taylor casto

    such a sweet post!! love the Alias shoutout! ha!

    happy valentines day pretty lady!

  • Elisa Smith

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! xoxo

  • fleurdelyss

    You just reminded me that I haven’t had Smartfood popcorn in forever!!

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Fleur de Lyss

  • Breakfast at Cindi’s

    Such a sweet post !

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  • A Bit of Sass

    Great VDay post:) Thanks for the tip on Alias, I need a new show to watch!

  • Tania

    I miss Alias! You’re totally right, nothing else on television has been able to compare since!!

  • Richelle from Lynn + Lou

    The hubs, my little family of two is one of the things that keeps me smiling all year long. My sister and the best girly friend that I have ever had. Hope you have a fantastic day sweets.

  • Maya McDonald

    Love the idea of love letters – I think they are perfect all year round! I’m hoping to send late Valentine’s this year to keep spreading the love :) Also, I’m so with you on smartfood popcorn – it’s a livesaver :)


  • Brynn @ chartreuse & a twist

    Oh, I love this :) Sweetness all around! Right now, a glass of bubbly, Top Gun & some sea salt caramels are making me all warm & fuzzy right now! I am super thankful for all 3! Happy love-filled day!!! XO Brynn

  • Allyssa

    Yes! Alias was such a good show! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Simona

    Alias, that is one Valentine that I can get behind, love that show! Hope you had a great day, and reading your blog is a real pleasure for us!

  • two birds

    what a sweet post! i love it. i hope you had a great valentine’s day!!

  • Anne

    Oooh, Alias. My 17-year-old brother is discovering it for the first time on DVD right now and it makes me want to watch the whole series again. I love Sydney Bristow. Fun to have a day with an excuse to celebrate all this love in our lives – I love blog readers and friends for the same reason too!

  • Michaela Warner

    So, so sweet! Hope you had a lovely valentine’s day friend!!

  • Amy Bishop

    Adorable post!! I miss Alias! We need Netflix so I can watch them again:)

  • Mia Maree

    My mom and I tuned into Alias EVERY week! Re-watching it on netflix now sounds like a must…