A Boy Mom’s Best Friend {HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Giveaway}

Today, we are going to talk about something that all boy moms across the universe understand – little boy’s bathrooms.  Even after you are finished with the potty training years, boy’s bathrooms need a certain kind of attention.

Warning: It’s about to get real around here.  So, if you don’t want to read real talk, you might want to just scroll down to the giveaway.

A Boy Mom's Best Friend - win a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus

You know that part of the toilet?  Yeah, I didn’t really even know it existed until I had a son.  Now, it’s one of the most cleaned parts of my bathroom.  Somehow, that’s where it all goes when boys “miss.”  Over the past few months, I’ve had three other boys at my house on a weekly basis, and I realized that it wasn’t just a Zack problem.  It’s gross, but there’s not much that we can do about it except clean it, right?

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How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam + SteamMachine Plus Giveaway

My kitchen counters are generally a disaster.  Except for on Sunday afternoon when I force ask my family to help me clean the house, they are covered in school work, backpacks, empty plastic cups, and half-eaten bags of Goldfish. I’ve never been mistaken for Martha Stewart, y’all.

But, our food prep area gets wiped down (most) every night. This is always the place I worry about being super germy, but I don’t want to use anything too harsh on my granite countertops.  And whatever I did use ended up leaving them cloudy and streaky.

How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam

Since steam is so good for my floors, showers, oven, and windows, I figured it might help clean my food prep area, too. So, I took the handheld portion out of my Home Right Steam Machine and added the squeege attachment to it.

How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam

Just like I would in the shower, I squeeged the counter while applying the steam.

How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam

When I was finished, I dried the counter with a clean microfiber cloth.

How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam

Y’all, I seriously can’t even believe the difference. When I run my hand over this section of countertop, it feels as smooth as glass. My countertops have never felt that clean, even when I use chemicals and sponges.

How to Clean Granite Countertops with Steam

So, score another one for the Steam Machine Plus! (Amazon affiliate link) I might have to take over the Sunday kitchen duties from my husband since it’s so easy now. He can deal with the bathrooms instead of me. :)

(This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified.) HomeRight has generously offered a Steam Machine to give away to one Makely reader! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me what’s the first thing you would clean with your new Steam Machine. This giveaway will be open through February 1, 2015 and is open to US residents, 18 years and older.

Good luck!

As a happy HomeRight Ambassador, this is a sponsored post.

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Easy DIY Heat Embossed T-Shirt

If it wasn’t evidenced enough by my post at the end of the year, I am currently in a state of obsession over heat embossing.  Until now, I had never embossed anything in my life.  I’m not a paper crafter, and I was under the impression that you could only use the fun embossing powders with stamps, ink and paper.  All I knew was that you saturated a rubber stamp using an embossing ink pad, stamped a piece of paper, sprinkled the embossing powder over the ink (much like glitter) and then used a heat source to make the powder stick and raise to the surface.

Once I discovered that you could use embossing powder without stamps, my brain went into overdrive. I literally lost sleep (See?  Obsession.) trying to figure out something different to emboss.  I decided that I really wanted to try it on a large scale on a t-shirt, but I couldn’t find any evidence through Google that you could use embossing powder on fabric.

I took that as a challenge.

Easy DIY Heat Embossed T-Shirt

For my first project of the year, I am sharing with you how I came up with a method for heat embossing on fabric.  The result is incredible, and I am having a hard time shouting from the rooftops about how awesome this looks.  Since I’m equally obsessed (okay, slightly more obsessed) with roller derby than I am with heat embossing on fabric, I obviously had to meld the two into one project – a Skate It Off roller derby themed tee.  You can easily use this tutorial to make a shirt with any design on the front, though.  I may be making a few more with other messages or pictures.

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My Favorite HomeRight Projects of 2014

During the last few days of the year, bloggers from hither and yon post round-ups of their favorite projects of the year.  Sadly, for this blogger, I basically spent an entire year on one. single. project. Needless to say, I don’t really have 10 amazing projects that I think are worth sharing again. But, did you see those walls?!?

So, instead of trying to resurrect some of my admittedly ‘meh’ projects from this year to round out a top 10 list, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite projects from other bloggers.  And since I am a HomeRight ambassador and LOVE all of their products, I’m doing a round up of my top 10 favorite projects from other bloggers who used HomeRight tools.  That’s not a super catchy title, so I’m just calling it My Favorite HomeRight Projects of 2014.


My Favorite HomeRight Projects of 2014

1. DIY Embossed State Art via Bliss at Home – I have never heat embossed (or regular embossed) anything in my life, but this tutorial makes me want to emboss everything in sight! Kristin used the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II Heat Gun for this project, and you can find various embossing powders on Amazon or in craft stores.

Top 10 HomeRight Projects of 2014

2. Gold Snake Bowl via Rain on a Tin Roof – Finally, something chic to do with those fake toy snakes that scare the crap out of me.  This really looks like something Nate Berkus would design, doesn’t it? Jenna used the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II Heat Gun for this project.

Top 10 HomeRight Projects of 2014

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‘Tis the Season That You Might Not Suspect

In Austin, we’ve entered the season where everyone around town exclaims, “It’s that time of the year!” Nope, I’m not talking about the kids being crazy excited for their winter break or the Christmas music that’s been playing (and is still playing) in every store for the last two months. Folks, I’m talking about this:

Easy Ways to Cope with the Cedar Pollen in Austin and Central Texas

(image via Andy Heatwole)

“The trees spontaneously combust in Austin this time of year?” Well, kind of. I’d like to introduce you to cedar season in Austin. Beginning in December and lasting through January, the Mountain Cedar trees that plague our fine city release their pollen into the air with such fervor that it looks like the trees are on fire. When Tom and I were first married, we lived at an apartment complex on top of a hill of cedar trees. One day, I looked out and I thought our entire hill was engulfed in flames. He may have received a frantic call at work that day.

The longer you live in Austin, the worse your cedar allergy gets. I silently chuckle at the unaffected newcomers. It’ll get you my pretty. And your little dog, too! Eventually, they will get to play fun games, like this one of my friends recently posted on Facebook:

Easy Ways to Cope with the Cedar Pollen in Austin and Central Texas

So, why do people continue to still live in a place where everyone is sniffling, sneezing and itching for about two months a year. Well, because it’s AUSTIN, and if you’ve ever been here, you understand.

According to the CDC, allergies cannot be prevented, but allergic reactions can be. Here in Austin, my family and I have just learned some ways to help cope with the inevitable cedar pollen. Here are my three go-tos:

Using Essential Oils – I’ve only recently gotten started using essential oils to minimize my symptoms to seasonal allergens, and my favorite mixture is a blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils that I put together. I mix them in equal parts into a little roller bottle, and I roll it across my forehead, under my eyes, down my nose and below my nose every morning.

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It’s a Small World (and a Giant Project) After All

Friends, the longest single project I have ever attempted has reached completion. My hand-painted and incredibly detailed Mary Blair inspired walls are finished.  It may be a Small World, but it turned into a huge project.

Hand painted Mary Blair inspired feature wall via MakelyHome.com

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way it turned out. However, I will admit that this single project almost broke me and my blog. I spent months (8 months, off and on) on these sections of wall. When I wasn’t feeling inspired, I simply ignored the project. The last few years, I’ve lived by a one-project-at-a-time policy, so I wouldn’t let myself start something new even when my brain needed a break. I’ve admittedly been down in the decorating dumps for a while, and I’m sorry that I haven’t had more to share with you. I really thought I was going through blogger fatigue, but now that this project is finished, I know that it was really just project fatigue.

But on the occasion when I was feeling inspired, I’d draw out the designs and paint them with my tiny, ¼” paint brushes. The section on the left – around the desk that my husband built (more on that later!) – wasn’t too bad to complete. I put a drop cloth down on the floor and just started painting.

Hand painted Mary Blair inspired feature wall via MakelyHome.com

But once I got to the other sections, I had a lot more prep-work to do. I was terrified that I’d drip or sling paint on my plain white walls or on my kitchen counters/cabinets. I’m a fairly messy painter, so that fear was real, y’all. I was starting to think I had bitten off more than I could chew.

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