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Wordless Wednesday- Minions for Halloween

What do you dress two little puppies as for Halloween?

Why Minions of course!

As I was walking in to Michaels Arts and Crafts store the other day it was like a bolt from the blue: buy yellow and blue felt, figure out how to make the costume later.

Thank you Pinterest, YouTube  and Polkadottie designs for helping me figure this one out.

Chloe needs a bit more of a fitting but by Friday, she will barking at those little kids at the door and looking fine.

Ollie Minion
Chloe Minion
Our two little Minions having a dress rehearsal for Friday.


This definitely not a sponsored post. All opinions, photography, dogs and costumes are 100% my own. There is an affiliate link to Michaels Arts and Crafts for which I make a small commission if you click on it.

Happy Halloween and

Be Beautiful,




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Product Review- Innova Dog Food

It’s Tuesday again and our review this week was pretty tricky.

Thanks to Innova brand dog food for sending a full bag for the fur babies to try.  Some folks may not know that when you are introducing a new food to your dogs it is very important to do so gradually. A sudden change in diet could upset their tummies.

2014-09-29 07.20.52My little guy, Ollie, already has a pretty delicate belly, he’s only eight pounds, so I was particularly conservative in introducing this new food.

This is the recommended schedule from Innova:

When transitioning a dog to new food, you want to do it gradually. Here’s a schedule for making the switch:

  • Day 1-2: Fill your dog’s bowl with 75% of your current food and 25% Innova®
  • Day 3-4: Use 50% of each food
  • Day 5-6: Feed a mixture of 75% Innova® and 25% of your former food
  • Day 7+: Give 100% Innova®

We transitioned more slowly than that and oddly enough, it was Chloe, our 7 year old Maltese who had some tummy issues. Nothing bad, just a change in her poops. Ollie handled it all well.


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We have been feeding both pups grain free, all natural kibbles for quite a while. Ollie, since he was rescued in 2011 and Chloe for a few years. What these little companions eat is very important to us. That’s one reason Chloe is wearing a cone these days because she has been eating her own foot. Not healthy.


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Now that they are both eating 100% Innova Bison and Green Lentils we have noticed one especially good side effect; no bad breath. Both dogs have odorless breath. Wow! In my humble opinion, that quality alone is worth using this new food.  I am not a vet or vet assistant therefore this opinion is my own and not proven or claimed by the dog food. Your results may vary.

How about your fur babies? What do they eat? Do you think you would like to try this out?  Let me know in the comments.


This is not a sponsored post. I did receive a bag of this pet food free of charge. All opinions are my own and those of the puppies who tried it.

UPDATE- I have since gone to Pet Smart and a local small pet supply business to purchase this product. The small biz had no knowledge of it. Pet Smart, in my area, told me that they have discontinued carrying this. We are now in the process of getting the pupsters adjusted to their old food once again. I do not know if you will have the same difficulty finding Innova dog food in your area.

Be Beautiful!


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Q & A Monday- DIY storage solution.

This Monday, we have two questions that I have rolled into one super duper DIY project. The best part of this DIY is that it’s mostly FREE and it up-cycles something you probably have at home.

Question 1: What do you do, as a Mom, with old greeting cards that your children give you, after the occasion has passed?

Question 2: What do you do with all of your old, beautifully decorated planner pages after the dates have passed?

Here is the answer to both questions.

Clear plastic food  container to recycle for DIY craft storage

Do you ever buy salad in these clear plastic containers?

clear plastic produce container to recycle for DIY craft storageThese that hold salad are a nice big size and have a hinged lid. Voila’ a storage container.

What, you ask, do I do with that ugly label on the top?
Excellent question and that brings us to the answer to question number two.
It breaks my heart to throw away greeting cards that my kids give me so, when I was looking for something to decorate the top of this I ran across a Mother’s Day card.

clear plastic food container decorated for DIY craft and planner page storage

This card is very reminiscent of raising three boys so it makes for something really nice to look at when I pull this container out.  As you can see, I grabbed some colorful Washi in order to adhere the card to the top. Personally, I like the angles but if you don’t want that look, or don’t use Washi then you can certainly adhere the card some other way. It’s definitely your choice.

Now, looking at the bottom portion of that card and seeing that expanse of plain green I considered writing on it what was stored in the box.

Then, I found a few Project Life Cards within my stash and a light bulb when off over my head.

So, I laminated a couple and grabbed a dry erase marker and some more Washi.

Laminated Project Life Cards to add to DIY planner page storage in recycled food containersAt first I was going to keep extra stickers in there but then BING another light bulb goes off. Planner pages. Decorated, planner pages from calendars past. Take a tissue and wipe off the word and write a new one, simple.

DIY recycled food container with wipe off laminate card

There it is. Seriously, these containers come in a variety of sizes and I find all kinds of uses for them. My polymer clay molds are housed in an un-embellished former blueberry container. Since it’s clear it’s basically hidden on the desk but my molds are dust free and out of the way.

What about you? Do you have any storage ideas that help store all of your stash? Scrapbook elements? Tools? Scraps? Yarn?

Tell me what storage you you need or you have created. I love reading your comments.

Be Beautiful,


FREE Filo Friday! This week Halloween note paper A5

Here we go again! One week before All Hallows Eve and I’ve got an A5 lined notebook page for you.

Halloween A5 blank note

If I’m too late to help you out this week, then save it for next year. If you have any orange paper to print it on, don’t you think it will look cool printed on that?

Download your freebie here: Halloween A5 blank note
Let me know if you like it! Just a little reminder, these pages are for your personal use only. Please don’t re-sell these or share. Please have your friends visit my blog so they can get some too.

Oh and by the way, a HUGE shout-out to Philofaxy for including me in their Friday round-up.

Also, my hair-clips have been chosen among the many talented crafters in the Cricut I Made It contest. If any of you would be so kind as to vote for me, I will love you forever. I already do love you but this will be extra love.
Here’s the link:

Be Beautiful!


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Wordless Wednesdy- My contest entries- Cricut I Made It finalist

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (and I hope you do) then you already know that I am among one of fifty crafters chosen as finalists in the Cricut I made It Contest.

I would LOVE to win this. Even the third prize is awesome, a Cricut die cut machine.

Cricut- Photo courtesy
Cricut- Photo courtesy

Since this is supposed to be wordless Wednesday, here are my entries.



Some of these are available in my Etsy shop.

Now, if you would be kind enough to vote for me at  I’m on the second page, third row, right hand side, Maureen Kessler.

I will love you forever if you would vote. It’s a ten day contest.  Thanks so much.


Be Beautiful,


Review Tuesday- Neil Diamond- Melody Road

Welcome back to Review Tuesday! Neil Diamond has released a new album Melody Road today.

If you are like me, you know “Sweet Caroline”. That’s a song I remember singing in middle school iwth the school chorus. Neil Diamond’s new album still has that throaty, pop sound I remember along with some new, almost country sounding songs.

My personal favorite song on the album is “Nothing But A Heartache“.

Of course the sweet “Marry Me Now” is a nice mellow love song.

Did you know that Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S.? His 2008 album, Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
Neil Diamond is a A Grammy Award-winning artist and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Pretty impressive stats. Pretty impressive voice.

If you have always been a fan of Neil Diamond’s you will not be disappointed by this new recording. If you find that you are listening to more mellow tunes with rich vocals lately, I think you should grab this one. You might especially like to listen to it in the car if the kids are there as I didn’t notice any adult language or inappropriate themes. Forgive me if I’m wrong in this assessment but at a first listen I heard none.  There’s always more information available here :

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I was given a free download of this album for the purpose of review. No other compensation was given. There are affiliate links in this blog for which I may receive small compensation if you buy from them. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let me know how you like Melody Road or if you remember singing “Sweet Caroline” when you were little.

Be Beautiful,



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!