HOT TIPS for using ESSENTIAL OILS in the HOME

ESSENTIAL OILS are all the rage these days – the talk of Mom’s Clubs, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists – anyone who is interested in a more organic, toxin free lifestyle will wander across these ‘natural wonders’ in their personal research! What Is an Essential Oil? So – what exactly IS an ESSENTIAL OIL? What do they DO? Why USE them? And…why use them in your HOME? An ESSENTIAL OIL is the highly concentrated “essence” of the plant from which it is derived. Roots, stems, leaves, flowers and bark are processed by steam distillation, expression, or extraction, to create a usable oil product with varying  scents, These oils are valued for their healing properties, and wellness benefits. Essential oils are natural and chemical-free, which is why they are so appealing to anyone wanting a more “green” lifestyle. Essential oils can be used in different ways, including aromatherapy, topical application, or for our purposes, in household care! It’s funny – most...

The BEST Non-Toxic Ways to Make Your Home Smell AMAZING!

If you have ever walked into your front door after a day away and were almost knocked out by “THAT SMELL”, then this is the read for you! I love a fresh, non-toxic fragrance in the home, so I really dislike using toxic room sprays! Additionally, I don’t want to use unsafe chemicals to kill odors! After some research, experimenting, blending and mixing – I can help you LOSE that SMELL! Whether it’s ‘BOY ATHLETE’ scent, ‘WET DOG’ odor, or ‘GHASTLY FRIDGE’ fumes, here are a few heavenly recipes to get to the source of the bad odors, and turn your home into a ‘Sweet Smelling Dwelling’! Start with the Basics to Create a Non-Toxic Fragrance First of all, my go-to ingredient base is usually Baking Soda. You can by the giant-sized bag at Costco for a great price. The other ‘secret ingredient’ is a great Essential Oil! I have a stash of my favorite scents for...

EVERY CAMPER’S GUIDE TO GOOD CAMPING BEHAVIOR

When the hot summer months arrive in the Valley of the Sun, all Phoenicians focus on keeping cool! Among the top five ways to ‘CHILL OUT’, camping in the North Country is a family favorite! Before you pack up the sleeping bags, the barbeque, and the kids into the RV and head off to the pines, you might want to refresh your memory on what all the OTHER campers want YOU to know!! If you want your neighbors in the Great Outdoors to become friends and not enemies, follow along for some advice on good camping behavior! Campground Etiquette 101 #1 – Don’t Crowd Your Neighbor!  In a campground with designated spaces, it’s pretty clear what your perimeters are. Keep your picnic table, your clothesline, your kids and your dogs in your own area! As much as you ADORE your kids, they might not be welcome in the neighboring campsite. That goes the same for dogs....

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR YOUR VACATION

Did you know that 45% of Americans take a summer vacation? That’s a LOT of people leaving there home unattended for an extended period of time! What precautions should you take before flying the friendly skies? Here are a few great ways to prepare your home for your summer vacation! Avoid that “I’ve gone away” look.  Nothing screams I’M NOT HOME like 10 newspapers in the driveway, or overgrown grass and untrimmed bushes! Keep you home looking ‘lived-in’ by doing this: Stop the newspaper and put your mail on hold. Have the lawn cut right before you go Put a few different inside lights on a timer plug-in Park your car in the garage Ask a friendly trusted neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally or at night Avoid shutting all the blinds – leave some partly open Take precautions with the water and electricity.  The absolute worst end to a fabulous vacation is coming home to...

15 SMART PACKING TIPS FOR SUMMER VACATION

15 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Vacation Definitely the most traveled time of year, summer freedom brings vacation thoughts!! Among those thoughts are, “Where should we go? How should we get there? and last but not least – What should I pack?”. Miss MOXIE to the rescue! Here are 15 Smart Packing Tips you can bank on to get everything you need to your summer vacation destination! Packing Prep 1 – Make a Packing list thinking: HEAD TO TOE. Once for clothing – once for toiletries/sundries. This is how I taught my kids to pack efficiently. Start with your head; floppy sun hat. Trunk; swim-suits, lingerie, tanks, light sweater…etc. For the toiletries/sundries; Head: shampoo, conditioner, curling iron, brush, earrings, facewash, makeup, sunglasses etc. Either write EVERYTHING down, or take everything out and lay it on the bed. (And ALWAYS pack extra underwear! ) Easy and thorough! 2 – Wash, Dryclean, and Prepare. Do the laundry, and set your favorite...

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 have bucket seats. 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 kids! Best.Tray.Ever. The little edge keeps any snacks contained, as well as any toys or...

3 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, polishing and cleaning hidden areas 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 task is a little more complicated and requires unscrewing...

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...