So you know what I’m talking about right? That musky unpleasant “old house smell.”

Nobody wants that.

Sure you could use plugins, candles etc., but sometimes those scents are a little overwhelming and they can get expensive.

Here’s a solution you may not have thought of.

Use charcoal.

I know it sounds kind of dirty right?

BUT…it’s a super simple and super cheap alternative to ridding your house of unpleasant odors.

How It Works:

Charcoal is one of many natural substances that can be used to eliminate odors by effectively removing moisture, and hence, moisture-related odors.

It works Great For:

  • Removing that musky moisture smell
  • Neutralizing cooking odors
  • Deodorizing refrigerators
  • Absorbing moisture in closets so your clothes don’t smell mildewy.
  • Removing mildewy basement smells


Creative Ways To Use Charcoal Throughout Your House

Charcoal For Removing Odors

  • Simply lay a few out in a metal tray.
  • Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas.
  • Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside.
  • Set them out on a tray on a shelf or side table: the black little pillows actually look kind of cool!
  • Set a couple of pans in musty basements or bathrooms and near stinky pet bedding.
  • Place small bowls of powdered charcoal in a smelly closet to absorb odors caused by shoes or stinky hampers.
  • Fill the ashtrays in your car with cat litter to absorb odors from smoke or mildew.
  • place a piece in an old sock and place in shoes.
  • In basement areas, you can put it in old pair of panty hose and hang up.
  • Put a few in an old coffee can and puncture holes in the top.
  • Place 5-10 pieces of plain, non-fuel soaked (and obviously unlit) charcoal briquets placed onto a plate or pan in your fridge, and the odors should be absorbed overnight


Quick Tip:

Make sure you use the regular charcoal, not the self-starting kind which contains lighter fluid. Sort of common sense, but you never know these days ;-)

Via Apartment Therapy: Charcoal Briquettes For the Smelly Home 

Once you start using keyboard shortcuts you’ll love them.

This is one of the most underutilized time savers out there.


So What’s The Big Deal?

Well it’s not really a big deal, but a bunch of little deals.

They add up.

The idea behind keyboard shortcuts is to take phrases that you type often such as email addresses or phrases such as “on my way” or “aint nobody got time for that” into short keystrokes such “@@” or “omw”.

So if you love little cellphone hacks then you’ll love this…

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This is one of those things that no one really likes to talk about. It’s also one of the most liberating and quickest paths to real progress.

With one month of 2014 already in the bag it’s time get real. If you really want to look back at this year come Dec 31st with pride and sense of real accomplishment it’s going to start with getting a little uncomfortable.

The uncomfortable truth that Is.

Why Telling Yourself The Truth Matters

“When you are willing to come clean with yourself about the uncomfortable truth behind your choices, actions, and fears; you’re on the verge of freedom.”

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Review Your Day on a Daily Basis

Our lives are full of scheduled check-ups. You see the dentist every six months. You get a mammogram every year past 40. You get your car tuned up every 3000 miles or so. And you should review your day every 24 hours.

Why so frequently? After all, you could do this once a week or month, or even once a quarter. Well, you should review your progress at different time frames, but there are several reasons to review your activity daily:

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Sooo for those of you who don’t know…my wife is pregnant with child #2! Yay!

After waaay too much guessing, speculating, and silly urban legend myths we finally found out the sex of our baby!

Gender Reveal Ideas:

As you probably know there are a ton of gender reveal videos out there. Actually I personally had no idea this was such a big thing until we started searching for gender reveal ideas.

Pinterest & YouTube are littered with them.

We wanted to do something a little different with ours. Continue Reading…

Kid Teeth cleaning Tips

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“My kid(s) always brush their teeth without ever complaining, delaying, or having to be told”…….Said no parent….EVER!

I have yet to meet a parent who doesn’t struggle with getting their kid’s to brush their teeth.

Or getting them to care about the health of their teeth at all.

Most kids don’t enjoy this.

Mine included.

Heck…myself included.

What if there was a way to make it just a little more enjoyable and easy for parents kids to take care of their teeth?

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If you—or the people you take photographs of—always look bad in images, then this might help.

Professional portrait photographer Peter Hurley claims that one simple facial expression can make you instantly more photogenic.

He calls it “Squinching”

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Car Theft Warnings


I’ve heard this same story too many times now.

I wish this kind of thing didn’t happen but it does.

Here’s the scene: You’re at a ballgame, movie, or entertainment event of some kind.

Thieves break into your car – steal stuff

Then use your GPS to navigate to “Home” (knowing you will be occupied for a while) – Steal more stuff

Pretty much robbing you blind all before your event lets out.

That sucks doesn’t it.

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Amazing Fire Starter: Save your dryer lint and rub it with vaseline or petroleum jelly to use as the best possible fire starter. Source: wikiHow: How to and DIY Survival Kit.




Use car wax and Rain-X to keep your bathroom clean: Try using Rain-X on your glass shower enclosure and car wax on your fiberglass tubs. The water just beads right off. No spots. Wahoo!

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For the one headphone listener: If you have an iPhone and you like to leave one headphone in when you listen to music then go to: Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on mono audio. This way if a song has different things playing in each headphone it won’t sound weird! It fills in the missing audio in the opposite headphone.



Automatically Track USPS on your iPhone notepad: Entering the USPS tracking number of your package into your iPhone’s notepad automatically makes it a clickable link that will take you to the “track your package” page of USPS, showing you where your package is and when to expect it.



Use your sink to remember stuff: If you need to remember something place something odd in your sink. You’ll find it in there later or the next morning when you’re getting ready and then remember why you did it.



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