How to Host a Swap Party

I recently did some redecorating in my home. I changed colors, bought some new lamps and artwork, purchased a few new accessories and moved some things from one room to another. As I stockpiled all my “old” decor items I realized most of it was still usable and in great shape. In fact, a lot of what I owned I could picture in my friend’s house. The colors, the design; all of it would work. I realized a few of my friends had also changed things up a bit in their homes. If I had a great pile of home accessories, maybe everyone else did, too? With a few phone calls and text messages I found that to be exactly the case. In fact, we all were sort of in the same boat: we had some great home decor pieces that were too good to donate, no one wanted to host a garage sale (ugh!), but...

Time for Pumpkin

      When September rolls around, I start to get a longing for all things autumn. I love the deep reds, golds, oranges, and cinnamon colors that suggest fall. I start adding some fall decor to my home. Thoughts of bonfires, hot chocolate, and s’mores run across my mind. Warm afghans, chunky sweaters, cool evenings…the list is endless. If you’re an autumn lover like me, then you may also have the same affliction I have – a love for anything pumpkin and cinnamon. So, when the calendar turns to September, my heart (and tummy) longs for the warm, spicy notes of something pumpkinny delicioso!  (yup, I totally just made up that little catch phrase) Time for Pumpkin Today was Pumpkin Day. I bought a few cans of organic pumpkin, carried in my box of fall decorations, and decided to focus on all things pumpkin. My first order of business was to fill the house with...

Earn Extra Cash by Renting out a Room

I know this subject is a bit off topic for Moxie Girl but I wanted to share some information with my readers. My husband and I have a large home with some bedrooms that we don’t use regularly. We decided we wanted to earn extra cash by renting out a room but we weren’t quite sure how to go about doing it. After researching for a while, we ran across the vacation rental website Air BnB. This unique website works two ways: 1) you can sign up and rent out a room in your home or your entire home and 2) you can find a rental for your own vacation travels. Earn Extra Cash by Renting out a Room We have stayed in wonderful homes owned by amazing people whenever we’ve used Air BnB instead of a hotel when we are traveling about. Usually, renting through Air BnB is much less expensive than a hotel and...

What to Hire Out When Moving

Did you know that the highest percentage of household moves take place in the summer months? Yup. Even in Arizona when temperatures can soar up over 110. Families typically move in the summer when a change in schools or districts isn’t a mid-school year issue for children. In fact, I know of multiple families that have just done the move. In July. On a 116 degree day.  Not fun. Moving can rack up the bills pretty fast if you aren’t careful. A cross-country move can cost over $10,000 if you hire a professional moving company. Even a local move tallies up expenses quickly. But, tackling an entire move on your own can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are so many details to take care of when moving. It’s not just relocating your stuff from one house to another. It’s changing all your utilities, changing your address with so many companies, sorting and throwing out stuff not...

Making Individual Jars of Sun Tea

Good gracious it’s hot outside! Is this the time of year you can cook an egg on the sidewalk? Probably. Does anyone actually do that? Not really. But, you can harness that crazy heat of the sun to do a little good. Making sun tea is so easy, especially in Arizona. There’s nothing like using a little solar action to make a delicious beverage. Usually, when making sun tea you get out the giant gallon glass jug, plop some tea bags in it, add some water, and set it out in the sun. Well, how about making individual jars of sun tea in different flavors? Don’t feel locked in to the same old plain tea (not that there’s anything wrong with that. Miss Moxie is addicted to it.) Herbal teas are all the rage right now. What better way to enjoy some new flavors than on an individual basis? Just grab a few boxes of herbal tea...

Unique Weekend Getaway in Bisbee Arizona

A few weekends ago, the hubs and I took a much-needed mini vacation to Bisbee, Arizona. We decided to stay at an eclectic bed and breakfast, The School House Inn. We were pleasantly surprised by the adorable ambiance of this place. Situated in what was once an old brick school building originally built in 1918, this cool place had school-themed rooms to stay in. How about spending the weekend in the Principal’s Office or the Library? Brush up on your knowledge in the Geography Room. We were booked into the Music Room which was filled with music-themed decor everywhere you looked.   our unique weekend getaway in Bisbee Arizona Since our weekend was all about getting unplugged from our crazy, hectic technology-driven lives, we were thrilled to find out that we DID NOT have a TV in our room. This weekend was all about relaxing. There are pleasant sitting areas, book shelves fully stocked with all...

Friday Favorites Summer Style

It’s Friday!! Three cheers for the weekend! And…it’s summer. Time for vacations, lazy afternoons, beach bums, summer fruit, water gun wars, reading a good book, and so much more. Think about what makes your summer Fridays awesome. Now, make a list and do some of those things..or don’t do anything. Take time for yourself. Relax. Unwind. Enjoy life! Here are some of my summer favorites. What are yours?   Summer berries. Mix them in a smoothie. Bake a berry crumble. Just pop ‘em in your mouth for a burst of fresh deliciousness.           Swimming. Hanging out in the pool. Staying cool when it’s hot out. Watching the kids have oodles of fun in the water.             Relaxation at the beach. Reading a good book. Listening to the waves. Building a sand castle. Soaking up the sun.             Celebrating freedom. Watching fireworks. Family...

Dads Who Clean Raise Successful Daughters

At Moxie Girl, we love women who are successful! Did you know that quite often behind a successful career woman was a dad who helped clean the house? In a recent article published in The Globe and Mail, it’s reported that dads who regularly helped out with washing dishes and household cleaning quite often influence their daughters towards a successful, powerful career. The correlation is found in the fact that dads who are willing to help out around the house usually have a “can-do” attitude about women. These men believe that women can be successful in any career choice. Dads Who Clean Raise Successful Daughters The article says “For dads who unburdened their wives by doing even some of the domestic drudgery, their daughters expressed greater interest in working outside the home as doctors and lawyers. In homes with no sign of equally divided chores, daughters had more traditional ambitions: they wanted to be housewives or...

Baby, It’s Hot Outside!

Moxie Girl is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and when we get to this time of year, heat is a daily issue. Baby, it’s hot outside! But, guess what? It’s even hotter in your car. Especially if it’s parked out in the open all day long. Even an hour in a grocery store parking lot can create a solar oven right in your vehicle. So, it’s time to clean out your car of anything that can melt, burn you, or cause a problem and use some common sense when it comes to functioning inside your car. Make sure to check in every obvious and less obvious place of your car for things that can melt. If you’ve got kids, you’ll be surprised at what you find stuffed in a seat crevice or buried in a storage bin in the very back of the car. Here’s all the places to check:   Glove compartment Console Under the seats...

Patio Prep for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your patio area ready for summertime enjoyment. Not sure where to start? Here are some steps to follow to get the job done: Patio Prep for Summer Remove everything from the patio area. If you’ve got a grassy area, move everything there. If space is tight, move the patio furniture to your driveway for a good cleaning. (more on that in a bit.) First, either sweep or use a shop vac to get rid of all loose debris. Once that’s done, hose off the patio area using a high-pressure hose nozzle. If you’ve got some nasty stains or spots on your concrete, pavers, or cool decking, you may want to consider renting a pressure washer to remove those stains.   Take stock of your patio furniture. It’s probably looking a little dusty and grimy. If the cushions are removable,...