Zack’s Closet Update + HomeRight Giveaway

Many times, there are projects that we have to do around our home that aren’t particularly jaw dropping, like cleaning the garage or reorganizing the Tupperware cabinet.  They are necessary evils that don’t exactly have that “Wow!” factor when it’s time to blog about them.  Today, I have one of those projects to share with you.

Not long ago, this was Zack’s closet.

Builder's closet upgrade

Builder's closet upgrade



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$100 At Home Giftcard Giveaway

After revealing my Staircase “Moment,”  I’ve been in an out of At Home several times.  I stopped in to check out some patio chair options for a Father’s Day gift.  The kids and I grabbed a couple of pots for some of our houseplants.  And yesterday, I picked up a couple of these little guys for a project that I’ll be showing you soon.

Win a $100 giftcard to At Home

Fun, right?  Or scary?  You know I definitely have my own sense of style, so stay tuned for more on that project.

But regardless of your style, At Home has so many great items that will keep you going back for more. I’m lucky that there is one just a few miles from my house, which makes it way to easy to just swing in for a peek.

To get you started on my newest obsession, At Home is offering a $100 giftcard to one of my readers!

Win a $100 giftcard to At Home



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My Staircase Moment

I don’t know about you, but I used to love watching The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo.  As a celebrity stylist, Rachel is the perfect mix of witty and ridiculously un-self aware.  I don’t have a fashion bone in my body, but I always loved how she referred to a great outfit as a “moment.”

I think about areas in my home as “moments,” too.  When I am working on different spaces, I think about how they may look from other parts of my home since we have a fairly open floor plan.  Recently, my staircase moment wasn’t working for me as I viewed it from my living room sofa, and I just couldn’t take it any longer.

Here’s what it looked like.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

Now, let’s be clear.  The vast majority of this picture is my EVERYTHING.  I literally sit on my sofa and swoon at it – the feature walls, the built in desk, the rug on the wall, the red bar cart, the drum light, the Elvis painting.  But, my problem was the accessories on the green wall.  They were just too much going on right there and it needed to go away.

Luckily for me, an At Home has opened up just a few miles from my house.  This is dangerous, I tell you! At Home is a store about the size of a Target, but it only sells home decor items – furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, bedding, accessories, patio stuff, and more.  It is literally a store I can spend 2 hours in and not see everything.  I absolutely love it.  They have many different styles – cottage, coastal, modern, industrial, traditional, etc. – so there is always something that I can use.

At the same time that I was “over” my staircase “moment,” At Home asked me if I’d like to head into their store and pick up a few things on them to rework a space in my home.  Um, yes!  So this week, I literally spent about 4 hours going up and down the aisles of my local store.  Between some of the incredible items I found and a few things I already had at home, I transformed this area into one that I truly love.

The first thing I did was take down the stuff that was on the green wall and patch/re-paint the holes. Then, I went on a recon mission to At Home.  I intentionally left my gift card at home so that I wouldn’t let myself buy the first thing that I saw.  I took pictures of everything that I loved so that I could go home and look at the pictures and look at the space and back and forth and back and forth until I decided what I wanted.  It’s super scientific.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds



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How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

We only have a few days left of the school year, which means my kids are getting really excited about the summer.  Even though we have torrential rains and deadly flooding around here (the streets surrounding our neighborhood were literally under feet of water a few days ago), the kids can’t think about anything other than swimming pools, water slides and water balloon fights.

Water balloons.  The words that make me feel like the meanest mom on the planet.  I hate them.  It’s not the water that drives me crazy, but it’s the little bit of balloon that no one else picks up out of the yard but me.  But, the kids love them, so I’m stuck picking up balloon pieces all summer long. #partofthejob

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

One of the biggest problems with water balloons is wanting to use them at locations that don’t have running water or a garden hose – like at a birthday party at the park.  You could fill the balloons and put them in a bucket before you left the house, but I always manage to pop several of them in my car.  I’ve been looking for a good solution, and I think I found it!

HomeRight sent me one of their 1-gallon Deck Pro Tank Sprayers.  It’s meant to use to spray pesticides, deck cleaners, and semi-transparent stains.  But, it works perfectly as a portable water balloon filler!

Simply fill the tank with water before you leave home.  When you are ready to fill the balloons, you prime the sprayer by pumping it with the handle on the top.  Then, you can slip the water balloon over the nozzle and depress the trigger to fill the balloon.

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose



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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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