Ten Years of Blogging

On October 12th, 2010 I started this blog. My first post was a recap of my weekend and also embarrassing, haha. I was 18-years-old and just having fun sharing my days as a freshman in college, what I ate, what Jimmy and I did, and things that were on my mind. 

I was swimming competitively, working at Penn State’s athletic center, Jimmy was my boyfriend, and Lola was a young dog.

While in college, I got into running and did everything from 5ks to marathon training, struggled with an h.pylori infection, and Jimmy and I were engaged. I graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in journalism. 

Jimmy and I got married, bought a house, I worked as a household manager and pet sat, began working for my family’s real estate brokerage, and were blessed with our daughter, Sadie!

We’ve gardened our little hearts out and served alongside our church family.

Throughout the years we’ve had quite a few pets: Lola, Ford and Scout, Malcolm, Mavis, and Niva. We did a lot of therapy dog training with Mavis, which was an experience I really enjoyed.

Animals have been such a huge part of my life and blog and I’m continually trying to convince Jimmy to allow me to have a bunch more cats and dogs 🙂

Husky and toddler laying on bed

I have shared about my faith in God, my favorite recipes, books I’ve read, my journey as a new mom, and my everyday life here in Pittsburgh.

The landscape of blogging has changed so much over the past ten years. A lot of people may say blogging is old-school and defunct in the age of Instagram and Facebook, but I don’t care. I love this space.

I have made some incredible friends from around the world over the past ten years and I owe that to this little corner of the internet. The little blogging community here is so special to me. There have been fun posts, happy posts, hard posts, and everything in-between.

Family picture of mom and dad and toddler taking a selfie

Whether you’ve been connecting with me for the past ten years or this is your first time visiting my blog, thank you for reading! I’m looking forward to the future here at Living My Full Life!

Pizza, cookies, running, and Jim

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21


Lily is getting along with Lola!!! She likes to play with Lola’s tail.


Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post concerning the stress about being able to go to college on a scholarship with an injury. I was actually able to run outside [5.7 miles!] on Friday (with my brace on) I brought my phone with me and read comments as they were coming to my email-yeah I had tears in my eyes because I love everyone & all the rockin comments I got 🙂


Can I teach you how to make delish iced coffee? I can? Okay, good.

Easy iced coffee

* 1 cup of coffee brewed and refrigerated in a to-go mug

*1 chilled glass filled with ice

* 1/2 cup milk (I use soy!)

*1 & 1/2 Tbs vanilla coffee syrup

Directions: Chill the coffee in the refrigerator for 3 hours. After 3 hours, fill your chilled glass with ice. Pour the vanilla syrup into the glass, followed by the milk, and then the coffee. Stir with a straw and enjoy!

Stir her up and enjoy!!


Other foodie pictures:

I have been obsessed with pizza and cookies lately. I feel like i’m in Jr. High all over again!!

Yes, I am (kind of) a food blogger. Yes, I eat cookies. Yes, I eat cheese. God forbid, right?! LOL.

Watermelon makes me indescribably happy… can you tell?


I have been doing a lot of this lately


I’ve also been cooking pureed soup for Jimmy (the boy <3) because he got his wisdom teeth out. I won’t post a picture of him after the surgery buuut I’ll show you some really cool photos of him instead!

Can you guess what Jim’s profession is?!