6 HOT TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT VACATION RENTAL

Going on a vacation? Need the perfect vacation rental? Want to avoid surprises, disappointment or horror stories? Miss MOXIE has the 411 on how to find exactly what you are looking for! Here are the BEST HOT TIPS for choosing your perfect vacation rental! Make sure you are on a REAL RENTAL WEBSITE! Don’t Get scammed! Use www.vrbo.com, FLIPKEY.com, AIRBNB.com,  or HOMEAWAY.com. Avoid CraigsList, where the most scams seem to arise. On these sites you can get details, photos and verifications to prove legitamacy! Use Your Specific SEARCH DATES! To narrow your search, make sure you hunt only for the days or week that you are actually going to need the rental. There is nothing more disappointing than finding the PERFECT rental, only to discover that it is already booked! CHECK REVIEWS! Guests who leave reviews are usually pretty honest – both positively and negatively! Read all the reviews for the last month, both good and bad. Also read reviews...

The Savvy Mom’s Quick Guide to Keeping Your Car Interior Clean!

Keeping your car interior clean when you have kids is the daily struggle of Moms (and ‘Mr. Moms’!) everywhere!  “HAH! – Impossible”! (I know what you’re thinking!) My friend had a child take a SHARPIE marker out of her bag and color half the back seat before she caught him…Yes. True story. Cheer up families everywhere! Keeping your interior looking fabulous IS possible – even with kids! Here’s a few quick tips every savvy Mom needs to know! Tip 1 – Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!!   Get carpets for the floor to put on top of the floor mats.Use a 6 ft floor runner to put under the car seats. Or use a doormat if you only have one. This protects your upholstery, and when it gets dirty, just take it out and hose it off in the driveway! Get this tray for the carseats! Best.Tray.Ever. Or if you have bigger kids, get this tray. The little edge keeps any...

3 PLACES IN YOUR HOME THAT YOU ARE PROBABLY FORGETTING TO CLEAN

Three places in your home that you are probably forgetting to clean. Housecleaning is a task that usually falls on the TO-DO list somewhere below “Wash the Dog”, and somewhere above “Write a letter to the IRS”!  Dusting, vacuuming, and polishing can be tedious and time-consuming, so we tend to do ‘what MUST be done’, and push off the non-essentials for another day. So, unless you are a cleaning pro, there are 3 places in your home that you are probably forgetting to clean. 1 – AIR FILTERS AND EXHAUST FANS Out of sight, out of mind, right? If you occasionally remember the air filter, but don’t have a new one to change them out, just give it a quick vacuum and make a note to buy one soon. Don’t forget a quick wipe with a damp rag on the vent. A bathroom exhaust fan works in a humid atmosphere so it will get badly soiled over time. This...

How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift!

How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift! Wedding bells often ring diuring the spring and summer months. Chances are, you will be invited to one – if not more – of these fabulous occasions this year! Whether it’s a best friend’s big day, or a small backyard event of a new aquaintance from the office, I’m here to tell you, you can ROCK a great, truly appreciated gift! If you are weary of the “Card with Check” option, tune in! Here are some ideas! Tip #1 –  Who IS this couple? Find out! If he is a minimalist and she hates to cook, your effort to ‘go big’ with a 10 piece set of ‘Gourmet Chef Fabio Pots and Pans’ won’t be appreciated! To give the BEST gift to this couple, ask yourself these questions: How do they live? Are they focused on climbing the corporate ladder, while living in a big city apartment? Are they down home farm...

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Making

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Makng! Everyone who loves to clean, shout ME right now! *Crickets* So I may actually have been the only voice! Many find housecleaning a daunting and dreaded task. I think I love to clean because I had a mom who loved to clean! Mom knew how to clean well, how to clean fast, and she taught me to avoid these three big mistakes: MISTAKE # 1 — Neglecting to Pre-Vacuum. I’m not talking carpeting here – Dust, hair, pet hair, and dirt are collecting everywhere, on every surface in your home daily. Instead of ‘moving the dust around’ by swiffering or sweeping, vacuum. Set your vacuum on the bare floor setting and vacuum all the hard surfaces before washing. Attachments are AMAZING if you use them correctly! Vacuum all your tile or wood floors before washing! Take the vacuum head off and attach the long wand with the nozzle to...

Foolproof Tips for a Perfect Desert Planter

Foolproof Tips for a Perfect Desert Planter. Arizona has some unique challenges as far as plants go. There are varying climates in our state, the most unusual being the desert climate of the Phoenix Metro Area. The limited water supply encourages low water plants, however, everyone loves their landscape project to be beautiful! Here are a few foolproof tips for creating an attractive, desert loving plant environment for your home with planters. Choose Plants Wisely The average summer temperture in the arid climate surrounding Phoenix is in the upper hundreds. It is best to plant sun-loving, low water plants to avoid wasting our precious desert resources. Cactus, and succulents are heat tolerant. Mesquite and Palo Verde Trees are beautiful and interesting, but can withstand long periods between watering. Bougainvilla and Coreopsis are beautiful low-water flowering plants. The BEST news? These can all be planted in planters! For the best advice around, consult my favorite desert landscape/gardening...

Pool Maintenance 101

Pool Maintenance 101 Here in the Southwest, 1 out of 3 homes has a swimming pool! That’s a LOT of water to keep clean! Although many homeowners hire a maintenance company to take care of their pool, why not save your money for some great pool area accessories and ‘do it yourself’? To get you started, here are a few basics every pool owner should know. The Basic Statistics You know the make and model of your car, right? You also know a few basics: sports car or SUV, gas or deisel, 4 wheel drive or standard…well you need to know some basics about your swimming pool too. Year built size horsepower of your pump saltwater or chlorine filter: sand,  D.E.(diatomaceous earth), and cartridge Water Care Now that you have the stats down, there are some easy basic care steps to have under your belt as well. That sparkling water doesn’t ‘just happen’. Every crystal clear...

The Easy Method For Picture Hanging

The Easy Method for Picture Hanging In my last home, I had a FABULOUS idea: Have a photo collage wall! You know, all the kids, random shots, cute frames, perfectly placed. HAH! I tried it freehand and the results were, let’s say, NOT stellar! Some frames closer to some than others, a few frames at a tilt unless I stuck a wad of sticky stuff on the back, and almost NONE exactly level at the top–well I’ve matured in my MAD PICTURE HANGING SKILLZ!! If you love framed photos on the wall and have been hoping for an easier way to get this crazy task accomplished, today is your lucky day! STEP ONE- Decide on the photos, choose your frames, and look through a few catalogs or magazines for ideas. It’s always easier when you have an idea in mind before you pound a nail. Photos should compliment the home decor, not compete with it. SUGGESTIONS:...

3 Amazing Organizing Trips to Try RIGHT NOW!

3 Amazing Organizing Tips to Try RIGHT NOW! We all wish we could be INSTANTLY more organized, don’t we? *SNAP* your fingers and *POOF* everything in the perfect place! Well here are MY favorite tips to try TODAY to get yourself more organized in a flash! 1- USE HIDDEN SPACE- Bins under the bed for: Out of season clothing, shoes, boots, seasonal bedroom linens or decor. Baskets on shelves: For everything! Baskets are amazing! They come in every size, shape, color and material known to man! Use them to hold anything that’s an odd shape, or doesn’t look ‘orderly’. Here are a few great ideas: Line up baskets above laundry room cabinets for storage of odd household items that you don’t get into often, such as candles, special table linens or small holiday decorations. Use metal industrial-style baskets on a kitchen wall for mail, fruits and vegetables, or napkins and placemats. Two-Tiered wire baskets with glass...

Spring Break Travel Tips

Spring Break Travel Tips Spring Break Travel is the welcome escape from months of winter cold! Families, college kids and lots of hard-working individuals find getting away at this time of year just the ticket to propel them through a few more months of the ‘9 to 5’! Here are few great tips Miss MOXIE wants YOU to keep in mind before you hop on the plane to your fabulous destination! Prep Work– How’s the luggage? Wheels work. Zippers Zip. Handles pull out properly. Update Prescriptions. Purchase any OTC medication. Check your glasses! Make sure you have the screws tightened. Insure your important travel/ID documents are up-to-date. House Sitter? Print up any instructions, your itinerary, and emergency numbers. Set any light timers, have post office hold your mail, and hold your newspaper. Have any important pet information available. No House Sitter? Print a list of things to do before you walk out the door: Turn up AC, Turn...