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...

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...

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...

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...

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...