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...

How to Create a Fantastic Patio

How to Create a Fantastic Patio It’s Patio Time! The love of a balmy, breezy spring day is universal. A fabulous, welcoming patio can be created with a little thought, a little elbow grease and any budget! You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a beautiful outdoor space. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Planning What are your go-to activities? Are you the Martha Stewart of entertaining? Are you a homebody who would rather read alone on a windowseat? Are you the Monopoly Queen, always challenging your kids to a game? Maybe you are the barbecue guru and adore eating outdoors. Whatever your daily adventures entail, this is what you want to translate to your patio space. If you’re all about friends, you’ll need to consider seating for many, yet open space for guests to mix and mingle. If you are a ‘foodie’, then the Bar-B-Que area might be THEE most important part of the patio to you....

3 Tips for Spring Cleaning Every Room in your House

3 Tips for Spring Cleaning Every Room in Your House Spring Cleaning can be a daunting task. Where to start? That is the question! First, organize your supplies. Next, take one room at a time, deciding where you want to start. The next step is to check out these three tips you’ll want to use for Spring Cleaning every room in your house! Step One- Remove what doesn’t belong! Stand in the doorway of the room. What doesn’t belong? First, get a laundry basket for all the straggling shoes, clothes, toys, books, etc. Then, take a bigger look! What big things don’t belong? Do you hate that picture on the wall every time you look at it? Is the table you hauled in from the garage to build puzzles on last Christmas still set up and piled with junk? Those things need to go. If you’re sick of that rug by the door, get rid of that...

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing “It’s OVERWHELMING”. That’s what you are thinking, right? When you stand in the doorway of the office and see boxes stacked to the ceiling on the right, bins of nameless junk to the left, and pile upon pile of papers, books, and bags everywhere else that MUST be organized, it’s overwhelming. Translate this scenario to any room in the house–it doesn’t matter, and I’m sure the one word for organizing the chaos that does NOT come to mind is, EASY. Take heart friends! Miss Moxie to the Rescue! I’m going to give you a CHEAT SHEET…A SUPER EASY SYSTEM, to turn your chaos into order! Here we go! STEP 1- CLEAR and PURGE  Clear the room, closet, or cupboard completely. If it’s too big to clear entirely, as in the kitchen, or a 3-car garage, take a section at a time…One bank of cupboards, one drawer, or just the toolbench. Get rid...

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen You know the daily kitchen cleaning drill: Load the dishwasher; Wash the big stuff by hand; Throw away anything from the fridge that’s growing green and fuzzy; Wipe down the countertops….basic enough.  Today we are delving into the nasty side of kitchen upkeep-the ‘once a year’ stuff: aka Spring Cleaning! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and make a plan on what you will actually want to do to make your kitchen NEW HOME CLEAN again! The LIST: Here we go! I can help you with what to do, and even how to do it. The DOING is up to you! If you are “big task squeamish”, or work 70 hours a week, MOXIE Girl can help! Feel free to give us a call! The Refrigerator Take everything out, Throw away old food, outdated condiments, old box of baking soda you were using to freshen. Take...

Spring Cleaning 101- Organizing your Cleaning Supplies

This week Miss Moxie will kick off a series of Spring Cleaning Blogs throughout the month of February. We hope you’ll join us for tips on cleaning and organizing your home for the new year! When I was a girl, I remember my mother tearing apart our house from top to bottom for Spring Cleaning! Everything was scrubbed, spritzed, shuffled, sprayed and shaken! Some sources say this yearly ritual began with the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. In the more recent past, Spring Cleaning announced the end of the long, wet winter in the cold northern regions of the world. The Spring winds meant the perfect time to fling open all the doors and windows and blow the fireplace soot from the house. It was a time to haul the rugs, bedding and draperies outside and beat them over the clothesline to loosen the dust...