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!

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!


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!



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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.