Stain-B-Gone

Stains happen – and not just to your clothing. If you have kids or pets (or heck, even if you don’t), you know the frustration of finding an unsightly spot on your newly upholstered sofa or your beautiful cream colored carpet. It’s not like you can just drop it in the washing machine, so how do you clean up those household stains that are taunting you?  Moxie Girl Household Assistants are pros in getting all sorts of soil spots out. Here are their tips for some of the most common – and most challenging – disgraces to your space.  Good old fashioned dirt on carpet and upholstery: Mix on teaspoon of a mild detergent (meaning one containing no alkalies or bleaches) with one cup of warm water and blot the stain. Follow with a mixture of ½ cup of water and one teaspoon of ammonia and blot again. Repeat step one with detergent and water then...

Is Your House Making You Sick?

I have been in a lot of homes. Some are already pretty clean, and some can be described by no word other than: DISASTER. Even in homes that appear clean at first glance, there are a few areas that I can almost guarantee I fill find a nasty surprise. These are the Most Neglected Areas 1 – Inside medicine cabinets (and inside most other cabinets for that matter!). The “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” philosophy usually makes people think cabinet interiors are not improtant, but just because you can shut the cabinet door does not mean you should ignore these areas. Many of our personal supplies, including TOOTHBRUSHES, are kept in these spaces. If you can see the dirt and grime, imagine all the germs you aren’t seeing. Once a quarter (at least!), use an anti-bacterial wipe to quickly clean those tiny shelves. 2 – Under appliances. Most people don’t pull out their fridge, stove, washer, or dryer...

How to Clean and Care for Your Floors

Are you pondering a new flooring option for your family? Wondering how to keep your current floors in tip-top shape?  Either way, with the variety of floors in homes today, it can be confusing trying to figure out how to best care for each kind (and consequently, which is best for your homestead). With a little help from our friends at RNB Flooring, we would like to offer up a handy-dandy how-to for keeping every surface spick and span. Hardwood Floors Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor daily to prevent the accumulation of dir or grit that can scratch the floor finish. Weekly wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth (Moxie Girl likes Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner). Before trying a new product, test on a small area to make sure it doesn’t leave a film on your floor. *Use a damp cloth to blot spills as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such...

Tuna and Noodles Casserole Memories

My love of cooking goes back many years. I still remember being in 5th grade and surprising my friends with homemade Tuna and Noodle Casserole. I thank my childhood in South Dakota for giving me an extensive repertoire of dishes that can be made with a can of Cream of Chicken Soup…. Now that I am older and more comfortable in the kitchen, I love branching out and trying new things even more. Every once in a while we play Iron Chef and improvise, but for the most part we follow recipes we find online. If you are thinking of starting your own family dinner routine, or are just looking to spice it up a little (pun intended), here are a few of our favorite easy dishes from www.Food.com: Ratatouille – This is one of our favorite dishes to make in the crock pot. 15 minutes chopping in the morning, and you get to come home to a complete veggie and sausage...

When a Good Wife Goes Godzilla

This past weekend was not my proudest moment as a wife. Though it started with me showing off my domestic skills around my own house, it almost ended with me in tears and reduced to the emotional level of a three year old…. I spent almost the entire day of Saturday in the kitchen. I made omelets for breakfast, green curry stir-fry for lunch, lentil and veggie stew for dinner, AND two dozen crème-filled cupcakes for a Super Bowl party. All this time, my husband was working on the computer or on the couch reading. This isn’t uncommon for a weekend, but as I continued through my day of domesticity, I started to grow resentful toward him. I couldn’t help but thinking that, if it weren’t for me, we would have starved and had to bring store purchased pastries (forbid!) to the party on Sunday. After dinner, my husband looked at the crockpot that was still...

Why Paying Less Can Cost More

When shopping for someone to help with your house cleaning and other services in your home, the differences between an independent contractor and a professional business can be confusing. Did you know? If you pay more than $1700 per year to an independent housecleaner, you must sign up for an Employer ID Number with the IRS. You are required to pay Social Security and Medicare (also known as FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax. You may also be liable for Federal Income Tax withholding, state taxes and disability taxes. These taxes become part of your personal tax liability and must be reported on your Form 1040. Penalties for non-payment include interest penalties and fines. You must verify that the person is legally allowed to work in the United States by having them complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form and completing the eVerify process. Penalties for hiring illegal aliens range from $250 to $10,000. You should keep...