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...

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...