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...

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...

The Quick Guide to Organizing Your Pantry

Organizing! A concept that strikes fear into many of us! Images of hours and hours of sorting through boxes, bins and bags! Yuck! But the Catch 22 is that an organized home functions at a smoother and easier level than a disorganized one! So, what to do? Start with an easy and quick guide for one specific, heavily used area in your home: The Pantry! PURGE FIRST! What’s in there? Look at the dates on EVERYTHING. Expired items go in the trash. Do you have any ‘Mystery Food’? You know, cans without labels? Bags with unidentifiable contents? Boxes of who-knows-what? Throw those out too. Take out everything thats left, and set it all on the kitchen counter. Wipe down all the shelves with warm water with a squirt of dishsoap. Now: Let the organizing begin! TAKE INVENTORY Take inventory of everything you have.  Are you staring at a conglomeration of condiments that you can’t IMAGINE your reason for...

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps!

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps! January seems to be the month for planning! We take a look at our lives and review what worked last year, what didn’t work, and hopefully, we update plans for the new year. Did you know this is a great plan for assessing how your home is running too? One way to get more of those big, (and little!) life-improving projects actually accomplished is to schedule them out monthly throughout the coming year. Sound overwhelming? If you can schedule in a few hours on a Saturday, I think I can help! 1-First Things First Step One is to make a list of the challenges you experienced last year, and things you’d like to try this year: Visually or functionally unappealing rooms or areas of my home Rooms or areas that always seem to be a mess I can never find….. My partner doesn’t...

The Homeowner’s List of New Year’s Resolutions!

Each January on New Year’s Day the average American writes out THE LIST! You know the one…The 10 (or sometimes many more!) New Year’s Resolutions: the ambitious promises of things you will do to create this year’s best life possible for you and yours. This year, how about skipping the commitment to French lessons, and instead, focus on saving your money and spending your time on a couple of your most important assets: your home and your family! Here are a few tips to get you moving frugally and fabulously into the new year! Tip #1: Tighten the Grocery Budget A great financial goal to set at the beginning of the year is to re-evaluate the food budget! A huge amount of money can be saved through meal planning and organizing. Planning meals on paper helps to designate where your food dollars are best spent. A family of 4 can cut nearly 40% off the food bill...

The Quick Guide to Holiday Storage

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is ‘put away Christmas’ day for most households. Since holiday storage can be troublesome, here are some of Miss Moxie’s FAVORITE Quick Tips to make storing your holiday items a breeze! Storage-A General Tip-This might be the year to make the great ‘Christmas Storage Switch’ to all clear, similar brand, small, medium and large sized plastic bins. Use the large ones for cumbersome and odd-shaped items only! Use medium and small for ornaments, special decorations, holiday linens, etc. It is SO MUCH EASIER when every bin can be labeled and stacked…more on this later. Now for a few specifics: Christmas Lights– Save yourself some stress next Christmas and store these babies properly! If you are in a hurry, at least wind the light strings from your elbow to wrist and toss em’ in XL ZIPLOC bags! My go-to method is to cut large squares of thick cardboard. I just notch one end for the plug end...

No-Nonsense Holiday Decorating

December is Celebration Time! Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever your celebration, we’ve got some great, easy, budget friendly ideas to make your home festive this season! DECORATING ON A BUDGET I like to change-it-up a little yearly, but who can afford all new décor every Christmas? One easy way to throw some new life into your decorations is by switching colors, or adding in another color! If all your décor is “Country Style”, try adding in silver! Add plain silver ornaments to the tree. Purchase tall, wide glass vases or assorted jars from the dollar store and fill with plain, silver balls. Place them around your house-on the coffee tables, mantle, or place three varying height jars on the dining table. Add in sprigs of artificial pine branches in keeping with the Country theme, and there you go! Any theme can be altered with color. Add in bright turquoise, yellow, and orange balls and stringed beads for a...

The Illusion of Clean

The Illusion of Clean Do you clean your house every day? I’m guessing most of us don’t. The many things on our list vying for attention: work, school, activities, personal time- to name a few- usually trump housework. Even if Hazel the housekeeper doesn’t knock at the door at 9AM daily, your house doesn’t have to be a nasty mess. You can FAKE your way to a clean house, and no one will ever know that you didn’t have time to clean this week! Here are 4 things, which, if done on a regular basis, will give your house a clean appearance. Added perk? These things will also make the real cleaning day a breeze! Tip # 1 – Everyone Makes Their Bed! Whether you are thorough and careful, or just pull up the covers and toss and place the pillows, the bedrooms will feel tidy. Tidy beds give incentive to put away shoes, toss stray...

Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...