BIG PLAYER IN THE HOME CARE INDUSTRY SHUTS DOWN

  It’s always an upset when someone’s business closes. It’s an upset to the owner, who was in all likelihood, hoping to make an impact on the world for the better with his corporation. It’s a disappointment to the employees who were counting on the income. It’s also definitely bad news to the client, who was expecting to receive goods and/or services rendered, but is left high and dry. Such is the case on Friday, July 31, 2015 when HOMEJOY, an internet based company, claiming to match quality home cleaning (and other) professionals with clients, will close it’s doors. WHAT HAPPENED? HomeJoy is currently facing four lawsuits by workers regarding the misclassification of employees, which played a large part in the shut down. What does this mean? When an employee is hired, the employer must pay social security, payroll taxes, unemployment etc. If the worker is paid as an Independent Contractor, however, his employer is not...

Event Hosting with Moxie Girl

  If you’ve ever longed to have a birds-eye-view of a chef at work, creating culinary masterpieces designed to entertain the eye and  delight the palette, you would have loved to have been in my Moxie Girl shoes last Saturday night! It was my privilege to assist Alison, an aspiring chef, with her first ‘Underground Experience’, an elegant 6 course Early Summer Redefined Picnic Dinner for 24. My first duties consisted of a quick pre-event once-over of the party-sized kitchen area and dining areas, including dusting, vacuuming and lighting a myriad of candles. Chef Alison handled the first early glitch in the evening with calm grace– a 45 minute power outage occurring shortly before guests were scheduled to arrive. Chef handed me the battery-powered vacuum as the barbeque outside was lit for roasting the small red potato hors d’oeuvres, hardly missing a beat in the tight presentation schedule. Once the mingling guests were served shot glasses...

How to Host an Incredible Cocktail Party

As the holidays approach, it’s exciting to think about entertaining. However, hosting a big gathering with tons of food and drink can be downright overwhelming. The BEST party I ever threw was an impromptu, last-minute cocktail party on December 23rd. Yup, that’s right. We invited our friends just the day prior and by that point in time, everyone was either ready for the holidays or so far behind they didn’t care and the temptation of a cocktail party was too good to pass up!  It was crazy fun. Our guests talked about the “epic” party for years afterwards. Seriously, we never quite topped that one. The best thing about this party was I didn’t sweat the small stuff. Here are my tried and true secrets to how to host an incredible cocktail party. Own the basics:   Having a good set of wine glasses and a set of all-purpose drink glasses is essential. As time goes...

Time-saving Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the kitchen or a newbie approaching your first Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got some amazing time-saving Thanksgiving dinner tips that will make your meal preparations much easier. Don’t sweat it, don’t fret….you’ve got this. #1-Plan the Menu: This can be done weeks in advance provided you know how many people will be attending. If you haven’t done so, invite your guests now so you’ve got a good head count. I always take into consideration that I might make a few last-minutes invites so up the head count by just a few. As you plan the menu, decide whether you are doing ALL the food prep or you want to ask your guests to bring a side dish. I usually count on my mom for her amazing mashed potatoes and my dear friend to bring her delicious pecan pie. Find out if any of your guests have a particular side dish...

How to Speed Clean Your Home

  Today I am going to teach you how to speed clean your home or, in other words, “my mother-in-law is on her way over and I only have an hour to get the house in shape!”  We’ve all been there. We sort of let the house go as the week progresses and all of a sudden your husband announces he invited his boss over for a beer or your in-laws are paying you a surprise visit. Whatever the case may be, you’ve got some cleaning to do and a short time to do it! An Uncluttered Home Looks Cleaner than a Cluttered Home Getting the clutter picked up does a lot for making your home appear clean. But, before you take this valuable step to cleanliness, go spritz some cleaner into the bathroom sink and squirt some cleanser in the toilet bowl. Let those cleaners start working while you clear the clutter. Now, grab a...

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...

Review Moxie Girl

  Thank you for helping Moxie Girl by leaving us a review online. If, for any reason, you are not able to give us an Excellent (Google) or 5 stars (Yelp), please email us your concerns instead. We would love to be able to fix any issues so you can leave a better review in the near future. Review Moxie Girl To do a Yelp Review for Moxie Girl, CLICK HERE. To do a Google Review for Moxie Girl, CLICK HERE. (you need to be logged into your Google account)   A quick 3-4 sentences from you would be a huge help. Some things you could put in the review:   –  How frequently we come to your home and what we do (cleaning, etc) –  What you like most about Moxie Girl –  What sets us apart from other services you have used   Thank you in advance!! The Moxie Girl Team

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...