Hi, I’m Allie. It’s nice to meet you!
I live in Pittsburgh with my cute husband, our daughter, son, handsome black cat, Malcolm, and escape artist Siberian Husky, Niva.
I’m a Christian, and I try my very best to keep God at the forefront of my life. My faith means everything to me.
I am also a Penn State grad, with a degree in journalism. Writing is one of my favorite creative outlets, along with scrapbooking and photography.
My other passions include reading, sharing God’s love in any way possible, baking, all things animal-related, and archery.
I work as a marketer for a real estate brokerage, run an Etsy shop, and homeschool my daughter.
I created this blog in 2010, and have blogged through different life stages over the years including college, illness, marriage, internships, home buying, therapy dog training, pregnancy, and motherhood. The reason I blog is to connect with others and share what I’m passionate about.
My blog name came from one of my favorite scriptures.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
I was inspired to name my blog Living My Full Life because I want to do just that–live life to the full for Jesus. I want to do whatever God has for me to do, and live the live He has given me to the full. My blog should reflect and document that, as I hope it has since day one!
If you have any questions or just want to talk, please feel free to email me at alliezottola (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks for stopping by!
thanks for your comment on my blog! You sound like a really fun person. Can’t wait to read more. 😀
I’m glad to see God in your blog. I am trying to become closer with him myself. This should keep reminding me to try harder!
I’m a little freaked out. My real name is Alexandra. I’m from Pittsburgh. I’m not a diehard Steelers fan. And I go to Pitt for journalism. WEIRD!
A Pittsburgher and a Penn Stater? Are we twins?!
Love those pink rainboots!
You’re from Pittsburgh! Awesome!
yes, Pittsburgh too!! wooo!
Hey neighbor! Looking forward to following your blog!
Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! Its nice to meet you!
Dont know how!! but i somehow stumbled across this blog of yours. Really nice pics and interesting articles. wishing you all the best. Am a problogger and if you need any help or advice please feel free to contact me..
All the very best!! Keep smiling n Blogging
Thanks for commenting on my blog! Can’t believe you’re from Pittsburg – we’re headed there today for the weekend to visit my husband’s family for Christmas. His whole family and friends are HUGE, DIE HARD, Steeler fans………..ugh…….. 🙂
Hey Allie! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Your baking looks delicious–what’s in the first picture above?
I was on the swim team too when I was younger, oh man was it ever hard! I totally sympathize with you!
Hey! I like the blog! I’ll definitely have to do some catching up on it. My little sister just got in to Penn State–how do you like it there?
That’s awesome! I’m at a small branch of PSU and I adore it 🙂 🙂
Where is this Your life in 30 days survey at?
so glad I found you! I love your outlook on life!
Thanks for the comment! Cute blog, and I’m interested to see Pittsburgh at some point.
Aww your dog is absolutely adorable! And all your baked goods look so good!
Love your blog! (and your name’s pretty cool too haha) The food you cook looks AH-mazing, always making me drool! Keep up the great work, can’t wait to read more! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog! So nice to find other bloggers in the ‘burg!
I love your enthusiasm and energy…you are so sweet!
Your baking is pretty amazing my friend! I can’t wait to read more…
Yay another runner and swimmer! I really like your blog so far and def look forward to reading more!
Whee, you look like a happy whirlwind in the picture above! 🙂
I like your style!! Are you going to be a journalist? That is one of my goals in life. 😉 I love your blog!
Your blog seems so positive, I can’t wait to read more 🙂
I’m jealous that you live in Pittsburgh. My dad and I are hardcore steeler fans and It’s one of the top places I want to visit!
That pie looks yummy!
Yay for being a fellow college student! I’m a total goof, too.
Excellent Blog !!!!
You are SO lovely!!!
Awww thanks 🙂 I’m blushing!
Hi! Is that puppy chow in that last picture? Very nice 🙂
Yeah it is!!!
Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more! 🙂
Aww, thank you 🙂 I’m blushing!
hi allie….first time on your blog…great one!!! had a blog too, just new in the community…
Aww, thank you! Welcome to the AWESOME blogging community 🙂 I just was checking out your blog.. your recipes all sound GREAT 😀
Just happened upon your site. Was curious for your take on the controversy at Penn State since you are a journalism major, and this is probably the biggest news story to ever hit State College.
I’ve traveled to Penn State numerous times working on NASA projects and in the visits I learned first hand how much power and authority Joe Pa wields at PSU. Just curious as to the mood of the campus and students.
Your blog is just adorable!! It’s fantastic to see another journalism student, too 8D I’m majoring in magazine and specializing in health writing! Can’t wait to read more. xo
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love finding other Pittsburgh-er blogs!
Penn State?! Are you a part of THON? haha We have an organization called For The Kids (FTK) and we mirror THON so I was just wondering. Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more of it! 🙂
Yes, PSU! I am not a part of THON, but I always hear good things about it and FTK 🙂
Cute blog! I was glad to find it. We have a lot in common: I, too: swim, run, cook, am a Christian, and am majoring in Journalism. Haha 🙂
Hey there! I wanted to say hi so if you saw a new person following your blog, you didn’t think I was some random creeper. I found you off someone else’s blog and thought you seem really smart and interesting. I’m a long-distance runner and friend-of-the-gym as well. I don’t really use my blog on here much, since it was ruined by having to keep a blog for a class, but I love following people and maybe someday I’ll start writing again. Cheers!
Season’s Greetings to you. Nice blog and happy blogging Allie.
Heya! It’s great to see a fellow Christian blogging here. Nice to meet you, hope to hear more from you soon! (:
Love your blog! That cake looks awesome. I’m the worst cake decorator! Looking forward to reading your posts. 🙂
Adorable blog!!!! Looking forward to following.
OOH I love swimming and baking as well! Nice blog you have here 🙂
We have a lot in common then! Thank you for visiting 🙂
Would love to feature you on my blog! Is there an email I can reach you at?
Awesome! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Hello allie…wonderful blog. Thanks for dropping by to my one.
Hi Allie! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! Looking forward to following you 🙂
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Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you found my blog, too! I can’t wait to check yours out 🙂
My pleasure! Oh thank you, so nice of you! 🙂
Hi. I’m so delghted I found your blog. I first read about purity rings since I want to get one. I just became a teenager not too long ago. It strengthened my faith and my belief that I have to wait till marriage. I do hope that I’ll be able to wait. Keep up the good work. I’m glad you ended up with Jim. You guys look cute. P.S.. when did he propose if you don’t mind me asking?
I’m so glad you found my blog as well! Congrats on becoming a teenager and your strong faith! I think it’s great you want to wear a purity ring!
Jimmy proposed in August 2013, and we were married in June 2014!
I just ran across your blog when searching for “steelers swim cap” for my son. Could you send me a link where I can order a few (dozen :-)?
Hi Chad! Thanks for visiting! Sadly, I haven’t been able to find any Steelers swim caps online 😦 I’m sorry!