2014, You've Been Full of Milestones.

Today I fully intended on doing a Wedding Wednesday, but 2014 was probably one of the best years for me. So I want to do a little reflecting.

2014 was all about opportunities. I would have never thought Twitter would have provided such opportunities with my favorite magazine, Cosmopolitan. 
In March, I was fortunate to have a phone call with Senior Community Manager, Elisa Benson. 
Obvi, I took a screen shot and posted on my personal FB. 
This phone call provided another opportunity to be on their show on their youtube channel, #CosmoLive. In April, I was featured on their Wedding Episode. It was a surreal experience and even though my pitched ideas weren't used for Cosmo.com, it was something I will remember forever. (I'm at 34:15.)
And then in May, I finally graduated college! I couldn't believe I finally did it! I am the first person in my family to have a higher education degree. Here's to 2015 and finding a job!! (Hire me?) 
As a present to myself, I went to a Backstreet Boys concert and because of my fear of heights got upgraded to seats 15 rows from the stage. Beardy did tell me to go to the afterparty, but I didn't get that text until after we left the venue. Next time, BSB, next time! 
Shortly after my Backstreet Boys concert experience, I got married! In August, Beardy and I finally tied the knot. I am still doing recaps about the wedding, but it was one of the fastest days of my life. 
After our 5 year engagement, we are finally Mr. and Mrs. 
The rest of 2014 sped by...I was published in a local wedding magazine and also in the newspaper this year, too.
Because this is my last post of 2014, I figured I would give you my 2015 goal list. It's not necessarily a "new year's resolution list" but I do want to write it down so I am accountable for it. 
  • Find a job in my field! I hope this one is quickly checked off. Positive thinking!  
  • I want to be published more. 
  • I want to simplify life and be happy. 
  • Blog 3 days a week. (MWF.)
2015, I am coming for you! What are your goals for 2015? 
Next week on Wednesday, I will have a special guest blogger so get ready for that! I am very excited about this. (It's not Beardy.) 


In 2015... (Link-up)

Mr. Thomas & Me

Again I have been missing. I've had a good excuse. Beardy's brother surprised everyone by coming home for Christmas. We (Beardy and I) only knew he was coming home and it was just a great week so far...so all the blogging ideas I had kind of went on the back burner while I spent time with my family.
2014 was a year of new beginnings. I FINALLY after 8 years graduated college. Then three short months later, I got married to the love of my life, Beardy. I am ready for 2015 to be a year of amazingness... 
In 2015...
I will find a job in my field of study. I am determined to put my degree to good use. 
OR A CAT. (Another.)
I will understand football fully. (Sorry Beardy, I still ask so many questions.) 
I will lose the last 40 lbs of my I'msorryImetthemanofmydreamsandgainedalltheweight weight. 
Under that same topic I will actually be able to do a real squat...because let's be real...I have no lower body muscle. 
I will get cast on Real Housewives of La Crosse County....or something....let's make that happen! I am a pro at day drinking. 
Beardy and I will go on a honeymoon...
Or see a GBP game...hopefully both.
I will blog three times a week. 
I hope to be published at least three times during 2015. (Wishful thinking! Dream big!)

Not in 2015...
I won't get preggo with baby McMullen. Nope. Sorry. Not happening. 
I won't figure out who A is on Pretty Little Liars. Let's be real... no one is ever going to find out who A is. IN THE BOOKS IT'S ALI AND WE DIDN'T FIND OUT UNTIL LIKE BOOK 23892832. IT WON'T HAPPEN. 
I won't stop drinking. I love all the wines. 
I won't take life too seriously, because as Beardy says it... LOOSEY GOOSEY...whatever that means. 

This list is more silly than anything else, but seriously... I am ready for 2015. I hope for happiness and health. On a personal note, I would love to go off of all of my anti-anxiety medications and work on my mental health more naturally. So hopefully my lifestyle changes impact my life in a way that will make me feel better mentally and physically. 

I am ready for you, 2015. I gotchu. 


McMullen Love Story: Dress is on....and First Look!

Hi everyone so patiently waiting for the wedding recaps.
So where was I? That's right. I was putting on my dress. My girls were so ready to get this show on the road. (And by my girls I mean my goddaughters. I don't have kids...yet.)
After the "Get in the Dress! Put it over her head, NO, let her step into it!" debacle...(We had just got the text from Erica saying WHERE ARE YOU!? It was 15 minutes to the ceremony and we had to still do the first look...)
The whole being chill at the beginning of the day was completely out the window at this point. I was sweating to death, my hair completely fell, and realized how hot August was...and tulle doesn't breathe.
We had to do a shot before we left. Just to calm the nerves.
Meg's face was priceless in this shot...she hates shots.
It was time for us to get into our car and get to the venue! We already were running late.
Here's a picture from the phone while were driving to the venue. Not from my photographer...they were in the car behind us.
It was time for me to see Beardy!
Beardy was being really traditional and didn't want to see me before the wedding, but he thought that it would be good for me to see him because he knew that something would stress me out and I would need my rock to tell me that everything is going to go great. It was his idea to do this and it was a great idea. We used my grandmother's scarf to cover his eyes and got to share a really special moment together.
Taylor, his youngest brother, giving the okay. (Holla Taylor!! He reads the blog.) How handsome is he? Ladies, he's single! (just kidding, Taylor.)
 Great ugly cry face... Liz...
I cried a lot when I saw him. He looked so good. Everything finally started to feel real and I couldn't believe I was finally getting married!!! (After 5 years 2 months and 3 days...) He told me that he loved me a lot and that he hoped I had a good morning and that the dress felt nice. I was glad I did this before the wedding. It was different and having my grandma there in spirit was really nice. Before we knew it was time to get upstairs for the wedding!
Next week we will talk about the ceremony. All 4 minutes of it.

For my married ladies, Were you late your wedding? What did you do?
Did you have a first look?
Showered With Design


McMullen Love Story: That Morning...

My wedding pictures are in! It's been four months since the wedding... I can't believe that four months since today I was cutting the cake Beardy made and getting ready for the dance. So let's start from the beginning!

When I last left you I was talking about the rehearsal dinner. So I spent the night at the hotel in downtown La Crosse with my sister, Cassandra. We got to bed at about 11 pm and I probably didn't sleep until 5 or 6 am (holla to the episode of Chandler and Monica's wedding being on Nick at Nite!) and we were up by 9 am.

My fabulous photographers were at my hotel room early. We went to my favorite coffee house, Jules to get a pick-me-up, because I was exhausted.
You could see my dress from the street. It was quite hilarious that it was that noticeable! 
We then went back to my hotel room to drink our coffees and open my gift from my bridesmaids/mom/Beardy. It was a book of letters that my bridesmaid, Megan made for me. She got each of my bridesmaids, my mom, and Beardy to write me a letter. It was so sweet. 
My ugly cry face because of Beardy's letter. He mentioned how excited he was and how if I needed him I could text him but make sure he took the blindfold off first before he came to find me...(more on the blindfold later.) 
Between 10 am and 1 pm, I was weirdly relaxed. I ended up taking a nap holding my cousins hand. I love that my photographer got a picture of it. I love her so much. 
I started my makeup after my nap. My best friend Erica and my family organized everything over at the venue, so I had no drama to deal with in the morning. I gave Erica all the power and she got to make the decisions that I knew would have went wrong...and things did, but I didn't know. 
Before I knew it, it was time for my hair. And some staged Cosmo reading. 
Funny how PLL is my favorite show (and I am watching it tonight) and Lucy is on the front cover.
Before I knew it, it was time to get into my wedding dress. I was marrying Beardy in an hour! 
Next week you will get to see the minutes leading up to the four minute ceremony! (Yes, four minutes.) 
Also, Beardy and my very different first look! 
Wedding Wednesday

Dress: Allure Bridal
Makeup: Urban Decay, Naked 3 (gifted from the officiant)
Pink Robe: Victoria Secret (gifted from Beardy's Grandma!)
Sequin Clutch: Jane.com
Sequin Hanger: Pearls and Pastries


Beardy and Beauty. Still in love after 30 years.

All images are from the amazing Palette of Light
I GOT MY WEDDING PICTURES BACK! But more on that later. I will be posting every Wednesday about the wedding. And let's see if I stick to that plan. I did post on twitter highlights of the wedding. You can find it here if you can't wait that long.
Over the weekend, Beardy and I got to watch one of my best friends, Erica and her new husband, Chris get married. I was a bridesmaid so I had to leave Beardy alone the whole day. It was to my surprise that when he showed up to the reception, he was in a whole new outfit!
Now, this is a huge accomplishment for Beardy. Because if you remember correctly, he thought this was an acceptable outfit at one point during our relationship.
 He walked in wearing a purple plaid shirt (!!) a sweater vest, black slacks, and black shoes!
After all of my duties of bridesmaid were pretty much done except drinking and dancing, I got to hang out by my handsome husband. The maid of honor came up to us around this time and said "you're one of those couples that will be madly in love in 30 years, aren't you?" It's funny to think about but we are one of those couples.
Beardy tells me I'm beautiful at least 10 times a day.  (I tell him he's handsome and smart, too.)
Beardy isn't afraid (okay, he is, but he still did it) to look like an idiot while dancing to 1D, which he didn't know was 1D until he was told. (He will probably kill me for broadcasting this to the internet, too.)
He also is spontaneous and always has been. I told him we didn't need a tree this year and Beardy knocked on the door last night (after being gone the whole day with his family) with a 6 foot Christmas tree.
We are one of those couples who will still be madly in love in 30 years. Beardy and I made a pact that no matter what happens in our marriage, we will work it out. We will communicate. We will always be Mr. & Mrs. Beardy. So here's to more spontaneity, love, and work to another 30 years.