It’s Monday. Time to Q & A

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by. A weekend and everything simply zipped right past me. That’s kind of like what today’s question is about, let’s have a look, shall we?

Dear Happily Embellished,
I know that you embellish everything, but what about your kids? They look so perfect and handsome in all your photos. We’re they perfect little boys that never got in to trouble?
Motherhood’s a Mystery


Dear Ms. Mystery,
Photos don’t lie. My boys are that handsome. I’m sure that how they acted as children has very little to do with their extraordinary good looks. Because, those three were very typical little boys. In fact, I remember someone telling me at a party one time when they were all toddlers, she said : ” You complain about your kids when they ‘re two because they throw a roll of toilet paper down the stairs. Wait until they are twelve and they get thrown off the bus for fighting.”
I believe that I was being given an example of small kids, small problems, bigger kids, bigger problems.
You know, like when a six year old throws a rock at the living room window. “Why did you do that, my darling son.” And the answer is “because I wanted to see what happens.” You simply can’t argue with that.
Or when that same boy decides to have his buddy shave his head into a mohawk, the night before picture day. I had a good argument for that. Then finally, when you get a call, asking if there was still health insurance coverage for a college age son. Thankfully I could answer yes before he explained that he had been in a bar fight.
So, Ms. Mystery, my little darlings were just like lots of other little darlings who flush G.I. Joe down the toilet. But as the time flies you tend to forget all those silly things and prepare for the big ones.
I hope that helped.

Be Beautiful!


FREE Filo Friday – A5 Insert Blog Plan with Mermaid

Happily Embellished is celebrating the world of planners and Filofaxes by bringing you a FREE downloadable insert every Friday.

This week I bring to you a blog planning sheet.

weekly blog mermaid pic monkey

If you find this useful, please click here: weekly blog mermaid pic monkey.jpg

Not an A5 user? Not a blogger? Hate the mermaid?

That’s ok. Come back next Friday and see what’s up for grabs.


Be Beautiful!




Wordless Wednesday= Wahoo Wedding




Special thanks to Chantelle Ellem @FatMumSlim for her amazing app, Little Moments. So happy to have found this.

Be Beautiful!



This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. There are affiliate links within and on the sidebar for which I earn a small commission if you purchase through these.

mlambert twitter

Review Tuesday- New Music- Mary Lambert

Writing music reviews are my favorites.

Heart on my Sleeve  by Mary Lambert is a treat.

Not that her music is by any means light hearted, it’s quite the opposite, but her hauntingly beautiful voice is wine and chocolate to my ears.

The title of her album is no joke. The lyrics are emotional and sensitive.

Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,”  After years of struggling both financially and personally, nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples.

She says in her bio, “Having an actual platform made me think about my motivations and what I want to put out into the world,” Lambert says about creating the songs that appear on her debut full-length album, Heart On My Sleeve. “So I made a list of goals.” They were to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. “Is that okay to say?” she asks.

If I am forced to compare this music to any other I would have to say that her sound reminds me of a combination of Jenny Lewis, Ingrid Michelson and a touch of Lourdes thrown in.  I know she has been compared to Adele, whom I adore but this young artist has a more bell like sound to Adele’s deeper, more mellow sound.

When I played the album for one of the girls here rather than saying if she liked it or not she said “That sounds like the music you usually listen to.” She’s a diplomat that one. And she’s right. Heart on my Sleeve  sounds very much like the type of music I like to listen to.

I will admit to being taken aback slightly by her cover of Jessie’s Girl. Having grown up listening to that song with a strictly biased heterosexual ear, listening to it from the gay woman’s point of view made it even more poignant. Plus, Mary Lambert’s voice has a way of tearing right into your heart.

When I’m in the car, the song that I am most inclined to click over to is RibCage. Click the link and you can hear it on iTunes radio.

Her mission can be heard  on the album’s first single, “Secrets,” which is to encourage vulnerability.  Lambert sings: “They tell us from the time we’re young / To hide the things we don’t like about ourselves / Inside ourselves / I’m not the only one / Who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it / I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are.”  Are any of us that brave?

Mary Lambert has been through some horrific life experiences at a young age and I give her a ton of credit for being able to share everything through her music.  If you want to learn more, here is the Official Mary Lambert Website –

This new album is available today. Give it a listen. I think you will like it.


Be Beautiful!




I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Question and answer New feature every monday on the blog

New Feature. Q and A Monday. Ask and you might find out.

Fabulous new feature!  Woot Woot!


Mondays are usually such a drag. It’s tough to get out of bed, tough to get moving.

For me, it seems like a good day to check through my emails and see if there is a question that needs to be answered. Or if I even have an answer. And if I can get my tongue out of my cheek. (not likely)

MEKDisclaimer-These may or may not be actual emails I have received.

Names have been changed to protect the ill-humored.


Q: Dear Maureen,

You seem so happy in your embellishments, with your grown children and all. Do you have any advice on how to get kids to do their own laundry?


Washer Woman


A: Dear Washer,

By no means am I an expert on kids. But I do a thing or two about laundry. Doing three loads a day for almost twenty years will teach you a thing or two. No, I wasn’t in the prison laundry room silly. I have three sons.
One day, at around the age of ten, my Middle Man announces to me that he will never have to do laundry when he grows up. Me, expecting him to say that he was becoming a nudist, asked, “Why is that son of mine?”
To which he answered “Because I will always have a wife or girlfriend who will do it for me.”
After I cleaned up my own vomit, Middle Man was marched to his room for his hamper and then to the basement where he was chained upside down for several hours. No, no, no. To the basement where the washer and dryer lived. Then he spent some time learning how to use them. There were no chains involved, I promise.
It was, from that day forward that my darling off-spring learned how to do their own laundry.
Ms. Washer Woman, I hope this helps you in teaching your own little sweeties. Or you could try the chains. But right now, if you will excuse me, my youngest just dropped off his full hamper at the door so that Mommy would do his laundry for him.

Be Beautiful!





















Personal Planner Page- FREE for you.

I’m not going to lie to you all, I like wine.

Lots of us like wine. Lots of us have really long to do lists everyday.

So, what did I do? I made a personal size To Do list for the day and if that list of tasks is completed, then I get to have a glass of wine. See the little bitty wine glass on the bottom?

personal size to do llist
Ta Da!


I love the way it looks in my Pink Finsbury Filofax and if I can figure out how to make it into A5, it will look cute in my lilac kikkiK as well. Do you love it? I hope so.

Because since I’m a nice person and I like to share if you click here : To DO Personal size  you can download your own FREE insert.  Ya baby!

To DO Personalsize



Enjoy. And please tell me if you like it. I love hearing from you in the comments below.

Be Beautiful!


Wordless Wednesday

I’m participating in Wordless Wednesdays.
Every week I will be posting photos and captions only.

Packing for the wedding this weekend.

Do you dig those dancing shoes. Oh Ya!

How ’bout that price huh? Love DSW clearance rack. Take half off that.



Can’t pack without my little companions.

Now off to finish packing.

Be Beautiful,