Dads Who Clean Raise Successful Daughters

At Moxie Girl, we love women who are successful! Did you know that quite often behind a successful career woman was a dad who helped clean the house? In a recent article published in The Globe and Mail, it’s reported that dads who regularly helped out with washing dishes and household cleaning quite often influence their daughters towards a successful, powerful career. The correlation is found in the fact that dads who are willing to help out around the house usually have a “can-do” attitude about women. These men believe that women can be successful in any career choice. Dads Who Clean Raise Successful Daughters The article says “For dads who unburdened their wives by doing even some of the domestic drudgery, their daughters expressed greater interest in working outside the home as doctors and lawyers. In homes with no sign of equally divided chores, daughters had more traditional ambitions: they wanted to be housewives or...

Mother’s Day Donation Drive

As the nation’s largest domestic violence shelter, Sojourner Center helps women and children overcome the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time. For Mother’s Day, Moxie Girl Household Assistants and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will be collecting items for the women staying at Sojourner Center.  Requested items are: Hair dryers Full-size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash Curling and flat irons Make-up (new in package).  If your business can be a collection site, or if you would like to make an individual donation, please contact Amanda Thomas at Amanda@moxie-girl.com or 602-633-GIRL(4475).  Final collection will be Friday, May 6th.  

If it looks too good to be true….

So I’m working at one of my favorite coffee shops and I just saw this piece for sale. I had to laugh a little, because my husband and I had friends over last weekend. To prepare, we ran around like crazy people ALL day Saturday trying to get the house in order. What would they think if they came to the Original Moxie Girl’s house and it wasn’t perfect?!?! After a couple glasses of wine, though, I took everyone on the tour of the whole house. While our closet may have made people a little self-concious (That is one of the areas that my husband and I are both super-OCD about keeping organized), it was our upstairs that has been half-painted for almost a year that made people feel at home. The truth is, none of us are perfect, and pretending to be is stressful and exhausting. People want to see the flawed parts of our lives because...

Epic Kitchen Fail….

 This weekend I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen. I wanted to make homemade ravioli, but didn’t want to take the time to make the pasta dough from scratch. Instead, I grabbed a box of pie crust mix that had been in our pantry for longer than I would like to admit, and mixed it up. I rolled it out super thin, cut circles, and filled them with a homemade pumpkin and ricotta filling. All was going well until I tried to cook them. This was when I discovered that, if you put pie dough in boiling water, it will not cook – It will completely disintegrate. When I realized that the mushy, foamy blobs would not be edible, I thought maybe baking them would be the answer. This created something closer to an empanada than ravioli. I probably should have stopped while I was ahead and announced we were having these “appetizers” as dinner, but I...

Tuna and Noodles Casserole Memories

My love of cooking goes back many years. I still remember being in 5th grade and surprising my friends with homemade Tuna and Noodle Casserole. I thank my childhood in South Dakota for giving me an extensive repertoire of dishes that can be made with a can of Cream of Chicken Soup…. Now that I am older and more comfortable in the kitchen, I love branching out and trying new things even more. Every once in a while we play Iron Chef and improvise, but for the most part we follow recipes we find online. If you are thinking of starting your own family dinner routine, or are just looking to spice it up a little (pun intended), here are a few of our favorite easy dishes from www.Food.com: Ratatouille – This is one of our favorite dishes to make in the crock pot. 15 minutes chopping in the morning, and you get to come home to a complete veggie and sausage...

When a Good Wife Goes Godzilla

This past weekend was not my proudest moment as a wife. Though it started with me showing off my domestic skills around my own house, it almost ended with me in tears and reduced to the emotional level of a three year old…. I spent almost the entire day of Saturday in the kitchen. I made omelets for breakfast, green curry stir-fry for lunch, lentil and veggie stew for dinner, AND two dozen crème-filled cupcakes for a Super Bowl party. All this time, my husband was working on the computer or on the couch reading. This isn’t uncommon for a weekend, but as I continued through my day of domesticity, I started to grow resentful toward him. I couldn’t help but thinking that, if it weren’t for me, we would have starved and had to bring store purchased pastries (forbid!) to the party on Sunday. After dinner, my husband looked at the crockpot that was still...

Why Cleaning the Floors is a Major Score

I use to dread cleaning the floors. Images of Cinderella came to mind, and thoughts of spending hours on my hands and knees did not sound pleasing.  As a parallel, one of the first things I learned with Moxie Girl was that a properly cleaned floors can make or break a living space. If you skimp on vacuuming or mopping, the room will always look sloppy and, quite frankly, sad. This left me questioning my own floors–I hadn’t vacuumed or mopped since moving in last August. What I found was alarming, to say the least–upon close observation, my carpet was covered with hair (my roommate at the time and I both have thick, long manes). Immediately grossed out, I borrowed a neighbor’s vacuum. Most of my Moxie clients possess this space-age floor-cleaning contraption, something that looked as familiar as a space ship to me the first time I was expected to use it. From the detachable...

Whoever Doesn’t Cook, Cleans

When my husband and I started dating, he always cooked for me. Sometimes it was the romantic, courting type of cooking, but more often than not, it was just a normal dinner. If he didn’t feel like cooking, he would announce we were going out for dinner. One night, about a year into our relationship, I invited him to my house and cooked him a gourmet, 4-course dinner. When we sat down to eat, he looked at me with a blank stare and said, “You can cook?” I simply smiled and replied, “You never asked.” Now that we have been married almost 4 years, the dynamic in our kitchen has changed slightly. My husband still cooks occasionally, but for the most part I do the cooking. I am the first to admit that I am not the most coordinated chef (I have been known to flick sautéed vegetables across the stove, fling tomato sauce up the...

Continuous Learning

Hello World! I am Moxie Girl Sylvia! I’m so excited to join the blogging world with Moxie Girl and really look forward to passing on any knowledge that I have to all of our readers. Having been raised in a 5-member family with a hard working farmer father and a stay-at-home mother, I’m glad to bring more to the table when it comes to alleviating stress in my client’s homes. It’s true that I have little fear in attacking today’s household stresses and am excited to share some tips I have gained and been passed on from my wonderful mother. I never realized this knowledge would be useful in the world, the phrase “you’ll thank me for this someday” is indefinitely true. Without a doubt I have admitted to my mother, “you were right” when it comes to household assisting. Continuous Learning There is a joy I find in sharing my secrets with clients, helping to...

Home Sweet Moxie

Hello, Moxie readers! I couldn’t be more excited about my new place in the Moxie family. Home Sweet Moxie As a recently independent single girl, the lessons I learn as the newest Moxie are boundless–I would by lying if I said I haven’t made mistakes that my mother would cringe at. As I report these experiences, you’ll get to witness the embarrassing (I prefer to call them charmingly innocent) household blunders and domestic mysteries I experience as a girl on her own. For instance… As a shopaholic, most of my wardrobe is “hand wash” or “dry clean only”–what does that really mean? How can I keep my clothes looking like the first time I wore them? Just how long does milk last? (I learned that one the hard way.) If the toilet won’t flush, does that warrant calling a plumber? (Clue: the answer is probably not.) The beauty of witnessing my domestic faux pas is that...