Favorite Summer Memories

This Memorial Day weekend has me thinking about one thing and one thing only, auto racing. Every year since I have lived in AZ (except for a few) it has been a Memorial Day tradition that my father and I go to the Indianapolis 500. As a kid I always remember going to the 500 qualifications instead of the race. The qualifications for Indy are a pretty big deal (they used to be anyway), especially on pole day (the only day you can receive the pole position).  A fond memory that I have about the 500 qualifications were the sounds. It is an amazing thing to see and especially hear a car go by you at 230+mph. The engine noises are something that can’t really be described. When I was growing up there were many different motor manufactures and sizes (V-6 and V-8). It was fun to try and guess the type and size of the motor that the car had just by the sound it made....

Giving Your Kids a Higher Purpose

The Big Picture is really what it is all about in life. That goes for pretty much anything: business, family, yourself, etc. Like we have stated before, a family is very similar to a company in the way it is run. Parents want to motivate and educate children much like business owners and managers want to motivate and educate their teams. The real Big Picture reaches beyond the companies and families, however, and is out in the community. It is a way to build respect, gratitude, and even teamwork. Community outreach may include volunteering at a local school or shelter, creating some time to spend with children that have nobody, or even helping your elderly neighbor that has trouble doing things alone, among many others. Oh, and just so I am clear we are not talking about financial volunteering. As important as that is the real payoff comes from donating yourself. You can’t buy that type of...

Like Mother, Like Daughter

I’m very much like my mother. My husband will readily tell you that. Like Mother, Like Daughter I get my great list-making ability from my mom. I make lists for everything. I’ve probably even noted making another list on one of the lists I’ve made. I also need to use calendars and planners for every aspect of my life. Every time I go back to my parents house and see a planner and lists on the kitchen counter I just smile. I feel fairly confident that I’ve also learned my obsessive sorting habit from my mother as well. Relaxation for me is sorting things – receipts, clothes, pictures, you name it, I’ll sort it. My husband always jokes about my “piles”. Because when you sort you have to make piles. And the more I think about it, the more I remember my mom’s “piles”. My cooking style is also very much like my mom’s. Many of...

Moxie Mother Memories

Ok, right off the bat I COULD say that my mother had it easy when she raised me. After all, I think I was a pretty good kid. Yeah, sure I did the occasional stupid thing hear and there like burning bugs with a lighter and accidently burning the carpet as well. Or the time that I was tempted by a friend to shoot out multiple outside Christmas lights with a semi-automatic BB-gun (that was fun). However, I never really got involved with the normal problems that tempt us in our youth like drugs and alcohol, hanging with the wrong crowd, or a bunch of crazy girls that typically just cause you to do more stupid stuff. As a a kid you don’t realize the difficulty she must have faced raising my brother and I as a single mother. She worked a lot of hours in an industry dominated by men but always had time to prepare and have meals with us. There were multiple times she was in the hospital, however, I never remember having anything...

One Moxie’s Memories of Her Mom

When I was growing up my mom was one of my best friends. Being so much younger than my siblings, I kind of grew up as an only child. I never went to a baby sitter after school. I always got to go home and be with my mom and I now realize how lucky I was to get to do that. I was always my mom’s little companion on road trips. Whether it was a shopping trip, going to visit my aunts or driving around checking windmills and pastures, I usually played the co-pilot. We would pack little coolers of snacks so we’d be stocked up for the trip. And a few months ago when I moved to Phoenix my mom was my co-pilot on the two day drive from Nebraska. One Moxie’s Memories of Her Mom Prom and homecoming dress shopping were always a big event. My mom (and sometimes my dad) went shopping...

What is Moxie Girl?

“Moxie Girl? Great name, but what is Moxie Girl?” I get this question all the time, so I thought it would be a fitting first topic for our new blog. Let me explain a little about us and what makes us different! First of all, WE ARE FUN! Who says that the person you have helping you in your home has to look and act a certain way? We believe in having a team of fun, energetic, caring people who truly enjoy helping others in their home. We also believe in saying “yes” whenever we can. Of course we have legal and ethical boundaries, but last thing I knew, doing a couple loads of laundry and putting dishes away is not illegal or unethical. Second, Moxie Girl is the Swiss Army Knife of home services. We are not a cleaning company, an organizer, or an errand running service. We are ALL of those, plus more. Why...