WRAPPING up your Holidays with Ease!

Wrapping presents! Oh the BOXES, the BAGS, the PAPER, the TAGS! I’m COVERED with TAPE from my HEAD to my TOE! The GIFTS I must wrap? Well they FILL me with WOE! and it SHOULD NOT BE SO! Are you just a smidge overwhelmed at Holiday time with wrapping all those presents in an easy and yet creative way? STOP! DON’T get your TINSEL in a TANGLE! Here are a few GIFTWRAP HACKS to try that can calm you right down! THE WRAPPING STATION A wrapping station is a wonderful thing! This designated space will keep you organized and sane in your most frantic wrapping moments! How? You get to leave all your stuff out! No ‘putting it all away’ after a marathon wrapping session! With a station, you can store purchased gifts under the table, then wrap as the mood strikes! Believe it or not, most of us can scrape together things we have from...

Holiday Decorating on a Dime

Holiday Decorating on a Dime! The Holidays are here!  Decorating your home – whether you go big and bold, or keep it sweet and simple – it’s always great to save some money and spend it on fabulous gifts! Here are a few ideas to creative a festive home on a holiday budget! Can you REALLY create beautiful holiday decorating on a dime? Are you a traditionalist when it comes to decorating, or do you change it up each year? For variety and an updated style, try adding in another color! Silver added to a “Country Natural” theme gives the perfect bit of sparkle while keeping it simple! Silver balls and icicles on the tree, along with tall, wide glass assorted jars filled with more silver decorations. Scatter about your house-on tables, the mantle, or counters. Sprigs of artificial pine branches in keeping with the Country theme added in, are a perfect touch! Alter any theme with color. Bright purple, yellow, and...

LAST MINUTE TIPS for your BEST THANKSGIVING EVER!

Last Minute Tips for Your Best Thanksgiving Ever! If you are like me, and your fabulous, step-by-step, 10 course Turkey Dinner plans turned into “The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving” dinner plans, HANG ON FRIEND – Miss Moxie to the rescue! With just a week left to make it happen, I’m here to help you pull off your BEST THANKSGIVING EVER – and no one will ever know you got a smidge waylayed! You can do this! Here’s how: #1 – Make Your Lists! Friends List: Write em’ down. Grandad all the way down to sweet Baby Jane. Don’t forget to count a few extra heads just in case your son invites his roomate! A close count is imperative! Food List: Your most important task will be to plan the menu and grab your groceries! You’ll want to do this TODAY! A key to pulling off a fabulous meal is to enlist your friends and family to contribute! What...

Falling for Pumpkin!

Falling for Pumpkin! The thermometer here in Arizona has finally dropped below 100, and the nights are becoming cool! Now it’s time for all things autumn, and I find myself falling for pumpkin!! Natural autumn decor, fall root vegetables in bowls, pumpkins at the door – Fall is so FESTIVE in nature, don’t you agree? Red leaves, gold and orange on the forest floor, and cinnamon browns that suggest fall.  It’s bonfire time! Sipping hot chocolate and crunching gooey s’mores run across my mind. Afghans, cable-knit sweaters, cool evenings…the list is endless. If you love fall like I do, then you may share my affliction – a love for anything pumpkin! This includes the tempting tastes of pumpkin-spice and cinnamon. Enter harvest-time baking, and lip-smacking pumpkin-y deliciousness!  Falling for Pumpkin! Today was ‘Focus on Autumn’ Day. I brought in my fall decorations, and dug around in the cupboards for a can or two of organic pumpkin. My first order...

Holiday Planning 101 – It’s Not too Early!

Holiday planning in SEPTEMBER? Yep. It’s time! Get a jump on the season and take the stress factor down a notch. There will be details to polish up later, but let’s get going on the majors now. You can plan your calendar: activities, appointments, decorating, etc. These are the big things. What I love about holiday planning is that if you get the plans down now, you can live in the present for the rest of the holidays! Holiday Planning on Your Calendar – Calendaring ( here is one holiday calendar we love! ) is critical during the holidays! It will save your sanity. Schedule EVERYTHING! Daily activities – First of all, Plan School, Work, Athletic schedules and Lessons! (suggestion: use a different color for each member of your family!) Appointments – Schedule every Dentist and Doctor’s visit, Hair, Nail, or Waxing appointment, Pest Control and Pool guy visit! Get it on the calendar through December so you won’t have...

ROCK Your Fall Decor! Here’s How…

Although the temperature is still hitting the triple digits here in Phoenix, September spells FALL on most minds! With the change of seasons comes the change in home decor, therefore, it’s time for fall decorating! The colors and the textures in nature are nothing short of inspirational, so let’s look at some simple yet beautiful ways to bring the out-of-doors inside to decorate your home this fall! ~ LEAVES ~ No matter your style, orange, gold and red leaves absolutely scream fall! Fill glass Hurricane Jars with leaves as a stunning way to capture the colors of the season. You can also add in a tall white battery operated pillar candle for a nice warm touch. Three of these jars in different heights, on a silver or glass tray make a lovely table centerpiece or fireplace mantle focus piece. The idea of using real, dried leaves has ‘romantic appeal’, however, real leaves dry out and turn brown....

Top 3 Tips for Back-to-School Re-Organizing

You survived the summer! Whether you are overjoyed to get in a routine again, or holding back the tears after watching little Suzy get on the bus, it’s time for you to do some back-to-school re-organizing in your home. Here are Miss MOXIE’s top 3 tips to get you started! Tip 1 – Sort through the clothes  Back-to-School time seems to be the universal ‘shop for new clothes’ time, therefore, you can find fall clothing sales in nearly every store, even if it is still 100 degrees where you live! Make it a habit to go through last year’s fall and winter clothing and discard all the too-short pants and too-snug T-shirts. If you find things that you haven’t seen on your kids in a year, get rid of those too! It means they are unwanted! This helps keep ‘clothes madness’ at bay! You know: when it looks like the closet exploded? When you have sorted through...

Countdown to College – Sending Your Kid Off to University Life

In three weeks my ( teenage! ) daughter starts out on her first real-life journey away from home, so we are on a Countdown to College! I’m focusing on spending this emotionally charged time with her, tying up the loose ends, and hopefully sending her off with excitement and joy for both of us! We are shopping for the dorm room necessities, packing up her belongings, and finalizing the details. Here are some ideas for you to get your student’s college experience off to a great start! Practical Dorm Room Purchases – This is a fun thing for me, so I can easily go overboard! Remember when you are shopping to keep it practical! Your student will most-likely be living in a 15 x 15 ft room with a roomate in college, therefore, have your student coordinate with that roomate if possible. Encourage them to decide on a color scheme, decorating, larger purchases, and other living details....

The Top 3 Back-to-School Ideas You Can’t Live Without!

One of my most clear Back-to-School memories is the new book tote my mother bought for me in the 4th grade. It had the perfect fabric – a green tartan plaid – and a cross body strap adjusted to the perfect length! Absolutely EVERYONE had one of some kind or another, and so did I! I’m in charge of getting everyone back to school, and things seem a smidge more complicated! I’m here to tell you that getting yourself organized is key. Here are my top 3 ideas to start you on your way. Tip #1 – Organize the FOOD!  Getting back-to-school can create mealtime planning chaos if you aren’t prepared. Plan out breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Trust me on this one – it will make life SO MUCH EASIER! You will also save a TON of time cooking and grocery shopping. My method is simple. Create a ‘Catagory Plan’ for each day, make a...

ARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS POISONING YOU??

Have you ever wondered if those chemicals you clean with might actually be poisoning you? Many people are becoming aware of toxic chemicals that are creating poisonous household cleaners. Most desire a more safe method of getting their homes clean. Did you know that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products? No testing needs to be done, nor do cleaning products need to meet safety standards! My mother cleaned with bleach. As a child, I remember having white towels and white sheets because “they come spotlessly clean with bleach”, and Mom liked “spotlessly clean”. I, unlike my mother, don’t use bleach. Ever. I’m concerned about the environment and my children’s lungs more than spotless sheets. My sheets are blue. If you are moving toward a more healthy, toxin-free environment, you might be wondering where to start. Let’s start with poisonous household cleaners. Here are a few to get rid of. BLEACH – Bleach is a corrosive...