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!

Thanksgiving Recipes

Hey! Who is excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am. I can’t believe it’s only a week away now. It’s such a wonderful holiday, and I love that the focus is on being thankful and gathering together with others.

Family photo with dogs

Thanksgiving 2017! I still don’t know how we captured this photo! It accurately sums up our family and pets, though. Wild and happy to be together 🙂

The fact that Thanksgiving also centers around a meal is icing on the cake! Here are a few recipes I like to make around Thanksgiving.


Banana Nut Granola

Pumpkin spice pancakes
Banana nut granola
Pumpkin smoothie

Muffins and Biscuits

Butternut Squash Muffins

Butternut squash muffins
Pumpkin muffins
Corn muffins
Grandma’s baking powder biscuits

Soups, Stews, and Sides

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup
Pumpkin soup
Sweet potato-lentil stew
White bean casserole

Desserts and Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies

Dairy free pie crust
Peanut butter corn flake bars
Puppy chow
Dairy free sugar cookies with vanilla frosting
Pumpkin spice ginger cookies
Glazed orange cookies

What special dishes do you like to cook and/or bake for Thanksgiving?