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,...

Organizing Your Home Office

At Moxie Girl, one of our services that is becoming more and more popular is that of home organizing. I’m sure you know how frustrating it can be to have piles of stuff here and there. No matter how clean and organized you can be, quite often it’s inevitable that we end up with that unintended pile of papers, files, and who know what else! If you work from home, quite often your home office can become disorganized in a matter of a few days. If you don’t get a handle on the clutter and disorganization, chaos reigns supreme! We recently helped a home photographer get his office organized. He had some special requirements in his work space. Even though you may not be a photographer, when you organize your work space, take a few moments to jot down all the different things you need to accomplish in that space. Then, sketch out a rough draft of...

Cleaning Out Mom’s House

One of the most challenging things you may have to face as a daughter (or a son) is that of cleaning out mom’s house. Maybe it’s time for your parents to downsize, maybe your widowed mom is moving to a smaller place or a nursing home, or maybe you have recently said good-bye to a dearly loved parent.  Whatever the situation, cleaning out the home of a parent is not only time-consuming work but it’s a whole lot of emotional upheaval as well. Recently, Moxie Girl was privileged to help a family with this enormous task. We were honored to be able to help them preserve memories, sort through belongings, donate usable items, and clean the home of their mom who moved to a smaller place. Here is how we broke this giant job down into manageable steps: Cleaning Out Mom’s House 1. Mom had already taken along with her the things she would need at...

Spring Cleanout – Time to Purge and Toss

Everywhere you look, magazines, Pinterest, websites, are all talking about spring cleaning. Have you ever wondered why it’s called spring cleaning and not summer cleaning or fall cleaning? Spring represents rebirth and renewal; when plants and trees awaken from their winter slumber and start budding flowers and leaves. It’s time to come out of hibernation. Time to come out of the cave. Maybe your home is so cluttered and full of stuff that you feel like you live in a cave! At Moxie Girl, we recently took on a gigantic clean-out and organizing project. This project is one that really requires stamina, perseverance and a divide & conquer mindset. Do you have a big clean-out project you need to tackle? Here are five basic strategies to follow to get the job done: Spring Cleanout – Time to Purge and Toss   #1: Sort through everything and create piles. Keep a large dumpster or garbage can at...

Organizing Open Shelving in the Bathroom

Storage in a bathroom always seems to be a dilemma. Whether you have a lot of storage space or a little, organizing that space is always a challenge. The typical bathroom storage needs to accommodate a variety of personal products, towels, toilet paper, tubes and bottles of first aid products, and so on. If you take stock of how many things you store in your bathroom alone, you’d be surprised at the number of different items. Making the storage area work and look good all at the same time gets a little tricky. At Moxie Girl, we offer home organization as one of our services. We recently accepted the challenge of organizing open shelving in the bathroom. This took a bit of planning and ingenuity. The mission? To transform the existing shelves into a place with accessible storage for bathroom essentials and other belongings while still making it eye appealing since, after all, it’s open shelving. Not...