Why Cleaning the Floors is a Major Score

I use to dread cleaning the floors. Images of Cinderella came to mind, and thoughts of spending hours on my hands and knees did not sound pleasing.  As a parallel, one of the first things I learned with Moxie Girl was that a properly cleaned floors can make or break a living space. If you skimp on vacuuming or mopping, the room will always look sloppy and, quite frankly, sad. This left me questioning my own floors–I hadn’t vacuumed or mopped since moving in last August. What I found was alarming, to say the least–upon close observation, my carpet was covered with hair (my roommate at the time and I both have thick, long manes). Immediately grossed out, I borrowed a neighbor’s vacuum. Most of my Moxie clients possess this space-age floor-cleaning contraption, something that looked as familiar as a space ship to me the first time I was expected to use it. From the detachable...

Halloween Tips: How to avoid getting told off by preschoolers

Last Halloween we had the cutest little girl come up to our door. She smiled with her princess smile, took her candy, said “Thank you,” and turned to leave. Then she abruptly turned to look at me and said in her best bossy 4 year old voice, “Why are these things in my way?” She was referring to our overgrown bougainvillea plants that forced her off the sidewalk and into the landscaping rocks. This year, in an effort to not be told off by pre-schoolers, we will be preparing for Halloween the week before.   A few tips that you can follow with us:  1- Give kids a safe path to walk from the street to your door. Make sure the path is well lit and free of obstacles (like huge thorny plants).  2- When decorating, think safety first! Many times kids have long, flowing costumes. If your sidewalk is uneven, mark it well to prevent kids from tripping while...

Whoever Doesn’t Cook, Cleans

When my husband and I started dating, he always cooked for me. Sometimes it was the romantic, courting type of cooking, but more often than not, it was just a normal dinner. If he didn’t feel like cooking, he would announce we were going out for dinner. One night, about a year into our relationship, I invited him to my house and cooked him a gourmet, 4-course dinner. When we sat down to eat, he looked at me with a blank stare and said, “You can cook?” I simply smiled and replied, “You never asked.” Now that we have been married almost 4 years, the dynamic in our kitchen has changed slightly. My husband still cooks occasionally, but for the most part I do the cooking. I am the first to admit that I am not the most coordinated chef (I have been known to flick sautéed vegetables across the stove, fling tomato sauce up the...

To Wash or Not to Wash Dry Clean Only

Confessions of a Moxie: I’m a serious shopaholic. An admitted, addicted, head-over-heals shoe addict. The number of pairs in my closet is in the triple digits and I have been known to wash dishes in six inch slingbacks for the added excitement. Enjoying and appreciating  luxury clothing items is a blessing and a curse–while I drool over a Micheal Kors silk blouse at Nordstrom, I am haunted by the lingering advise of my mother: “You know that’s going to be dry-clean only…and you don’t want to wash dry clean only!…” And, annoyingly, she’s right (as mother’s usually are). Does this mean that my days of dry-clean only tunics and sensitively dyed jeans are over? Don’t be silly! Let me pass on to you some zeal for fearless shopping and some tips on dos and don’ts of delicate laundry, dry-cleaning, temperamental garments, and whether or not you should wash dry clean only garments. My mother’s way…Turn delicate...