A milestone + top 10 blog posts

A Fit Mess
May 13, 2016

Hey, hey! A very happy Friday to you! I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m ready for the weekend. Are you?


I ‘m excited to share that I’ve hit a mini milestone. This week I reached 100 blog posts (technically this one marks 104). Honestly, it’s crazy to think I’ve posted that many articles in just six months. I want to thank you all for your support and for following along with me. It means so much!


I thought it’d be fun to share the 10 most popular articles to date. It was helpful for me to see what posts got the most page views and comments. Clearly, you all share my interest in clothing.


I’ve list everything in order of popularity (with #1 being the most popular). Below you can find a brief description of each.


1. Stitch Fix #21 – April finds

April Stitch Fix

I’m excited to see that you’re interested in my Stitch Fix reviews. This company has really helped me define my style and try new things. I’ve been enjoying the monthly service a lot. I received a very high number of page views from my April fix, but I’m sure that’s because I was featured on the Stitch Fix website and tagged in their social media accounts. This was probably my best fix to date!

2. Stitch Fix #20 – March finds

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Yep, another popular post! You can probably tell by my photos that I love stripes. This is one of my favorite dresses. I wear it all the time. The unique pattern and fitted top make this dress really stand out. Don’t forget you can pin it to your Style Board!

3. Interview with Matthew Alegre, CSCS

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This was my very first outside expert interview. And for those who may not know, Matthew is my husband. He’s the founder and owner of Carpe Diem Personal Training, Inc., a personal training studio in Chapel Hill, NC. He loves what he does, knows a lot about exercise and health, and puts up with me on a daily basis. (PS – that’s him pulling a school bus.)

4.  4 companies that make my life easier

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I bet you can guess one of the four companies that I love! It’s true…I’m at Target almost every day. The girls love going there, too. Thankfully, there are ways to save like signing up for red perks and getting the REDcard. #allmymoneygoestotarg

5. Some unsolicited advice to new moms

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I loved writing this post so much. It was a way for me to reflect on my own experience as a new mom and offer some advice to others. Having children affects everything and becoming a parent tips your world upside down. But it’s an incredible experience that I feel absolutely grateful to have gone through. It makes me tear up when I see how quickly it all goes by.

5. My Whole30 Experience: Part 1

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Completing my first Whole30 reignited my interest in and attention to food. I fell out of the habit of reading labels and understanding what actually in my food. This experience gave me a new perspective on my eating habits and what I want to put in my body. Be sure to check out Part 2 of my W30 experience.

6. Fitting in exercise when you have children (aka no time)

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This was the very first post I imagined writing and probably the reason I started blogging. I have always been dedicated to fitness. I was worried that becoming a mom (to twins, no less) meant I would never be able to exercise or get back into shape. I found ways to make it work and I really wanted to share these ideas with other women. It’s totally possible to make time to exercise (even if it’s just 10 minutes).

7. The best smoothie recipe for picky toddlers

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I love smoothies and, thankfully, so do my kids. Some days it’s the only way I can sneak veggies into them! This green smoothie post got a lot of views and shares. Since then I have added a couple of other delicious drinks, like this…and omg THIS!

9. Why I gave up wearing heels

Why I gave up wearing heels

It was hard to give up high heels. And to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t develop a problem. Unfortunately, we often wait for pain before we change our habits. I’ve noticed a big difference in my body by avoiding high heels. Now if only there was another way to make myself taller.

10.  Interview with Kristan Shimpi, Executive Director at Friends TALK

Friends TALK

I was so happy to see my friend Kristan on the top 10 list (yay Kristan!). Kristan is a supermom. She founded and runs a nonprofit for girls, works out on the regular with Matthew, blogs, writes, gardens, and cooks. Basically, she is amazing!

There you have it! Again, I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement, comments, and likes. It is much appreciated!

Have a fantastic Friday!


  1. Alyssa you are amazing! I’m so proud of you! And I love your blogs! (What is the difference between Afitmess and Stitch Fix?) Your photos are wonderful.

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