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    17 Ways To Make Spring Suck Less

    Allergies, weather that can't decide if it's sweltering or freezing, birds waking you up in the morning, and rain, followed by more rain. Spring, can you NOT though?

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    1. Master the art of layering to make the most of your spring jackets without freezing — I know you're tired of wearing your winter coats anyway.

    Check out these tips for blending together your favorite button-ups, sweaters, and jackets at Advice From A Twenty-Something.

    2. Bring back the fun of jumping around in puddles in a pair of classic Hunter rain boots. No matter how big the splash, your tootsies (and shins) will stay dry.

    Get them from Nordstrom for $150 (available in sizes 5–11 and 5 colors).

    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this purchase! I was worried that they might not be comfortable but in reality they are very comfortable! They fit well (the dimensions given are accurate, which is important to me since I have wide calves). They are durable and keep my feet dry in all weather. Love these boots!" —Lindsayelizabeth

    3. And for those days when a pair of knee-height boots is simply TOO MUCH, slide on a pair of rubber Chelsea boots. They're professional enough for the office, stylish enough for dinner out, and won't make you overheat when you're inside.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 4.5–12 and seven colors).

    Promising review: "I have been looking for an inexpensive pair of short rain boots for some time now and these ones are exactly what I was wanting. They fit my feet perfectly and do not rub against my ankles at all. I have worn them every day for two and a half weeks and have not had any problems with blisters or with the shoes wearing down too quickly. I have been wearing them in the rain and snow and they have kept my feet dry all day. I have gotten so many compliments on them and I am very happy with my purchase." —Amazon Customer

    4. The fact that it stays longer in the evenings is great, but the sun coming out at 5am? Not so much. Hang some blackout curtains in the color of your choice to keep those rays from letting you get your morning beauty sleep.

    Get a pair of panels from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three lengths and 18 colors).

    Promising review: "These are beautiful curtains. They are well made and they block out light, which is what I have been looking for. These curtains are very well made and the color is really pretty, These are truly blackout curtains that also reduce noise, which is an additional plus!! I am very happy with my purchase!!! The price was very reasonable and each package contains two panels with tie-backs, which is a bonus that not often found in blackout curtains that are sold by the panel and not the set. What a great find — I have been shopping for the perfect set of curtains for some time and finally found them!" —Dr. Lora

    5. Forget the adage "April showers bring May flowers" — they mostly bring uncontrollable frizz. ~Smooth things over~ with John Frieda's Secret Weapon touch-up cream; it works on all hair types (curly! straight! whatever!) and helps extend your hairdo, even if you get caught in a storm.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

    Promising review: "This is my go-to product for humid weather. I have semi-curly, thinner hair and I blow dry it every day. I put this on my damp hair, the flat iron then put a little more on top when I am done and it holds all day. I have used it for over a year now, it is the best one I could find that is not oily or heavy. It smells good." —JKMudGirl

    6. I'm sorry to say this, but it's time for spring cleaning. Master the basics you should probably already know by now to make things so much easier. Like, did you know dryer sheets can keep your baseboards dust-free? Now ya do!

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    Check out the full list for everything you need to get your spring cleaning D O N E.

    7. Pollen sucks. Soothe your itchy, puffy, irritated eyes and pop one of these gel-filled masks in the fridge for a few minutes. It has a gel ball–side and a plush side so you can customize your cooling level!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.80 (available in seven colors).

    Promising review: "As soon as this arrived (one day) I popped it in the fridge for awhile and then put it on my eyes. soothing! After a long day with allergies, my eyes literally ache. I had bought other eye masks in the past, but the plastic was hard and poked me. This eye mask has enough gel balls to really get into my eye sockets (is that a thing?) and cool them. The plastic cover is flexible and the fabric side is really soft. Now I'm going to buy a second one the keep in the fridge at work!" —Christine

    8. Give your allergy-suffering sinus system a dang break when at home; turn on a UV-free air filter that can get rid of over 99% of airborne dust, pollen, mold, smoke, and pet dander.

    It has three speed settings, works quietly overnight (no annoying noise), and has a nightlight on top so you can trot to the bathroom in the night without tripping. Multi-functional!

    Get it from Amazon for $82.99.

    Promsing review: "This air purifier has really changed my life. I suffer from allergies and I have been using this at night when I sleep. I wake up feeling more refreshed and less congested. I can tell a difference in the air when I wake up. It is the perfect size and I like the different settings. It isn't loud, I actually find it very peaceful. I wish I had one for every room and I highly recommend this product." —Emily P.

    9. And for more allergy relief, change your morning showers to evening showers — getting the pollen off your bod and out of your hair right when you get home is best (bye bye nighttime sneezes!).

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    Learn more about this, plus a whole bunch of other great tips in 14 Useful Ways To Keep Season Allergies From Ruining Your Life.

    10. Those little 10-tissue packs you're used to are NOT big enough for peak allergy season. These Kleenex to-go packs attach to your car seat, purse, backpack, etc. and are filled with 30 soft 'n' plush tissues to keep your sad nose from getting irritated.

    Get a 10-pack of pouches from Amazon for $24.90.

    Promising review: "Really like these packs of tissues. The smaller packs were never big enough and the quality of the tissue was always poor. These tissues are substantial and don't fall apart easily." —Geollie

    11. Change your rain game and ditch your regular umbrella for an inverting umbrella: it closes backwards, so you don't get those water droplets all over your bag or home. Plus, it has a hands-free handle you can loop over your wrist, because your hands have other shit to do (looking at you, carrying groceries).

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 32 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "What an awesome umbrella! How have these reverse umbrellas not been around for years?! They are amazing. Whoever came up with this is in genius. The umbrella is pretty and looks awesome, plus it's super functional. Now you so not have to get wet when closing your umbrella or trying to get in you car and shutting the door while it's raining. Plus it stands nicely (with the pretty aide facing out) to dry. The handle is also awesome. I can walk my dog, hold my cell phone, and my umbrella at the same time (all while looking cute might I add)." —Allison

    12. Or shelter under a clear bubble umbrella so the wind CANNOT get to you, even if it's hailing or raining sideways. You'll stay dry (and not get stabbed in the eye by someone else's umbrella).

    The polka-dot version of this umbrella got me through long, windy, rainy walks through campus in college!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50+ (available in four designs).

    Promising review: "The best umbrella I've ever had. I bought this umbrella in hopes that it wouldn't flip inside out when it was windy, and it did that and more. We had a pretty bad storm tonight and the wind was incredibly strong, so strong I really did think it was going to break - it not only did not break but it protected me from the hail and the extreme gusts of cold wind from hurting my face. Because it is see-through you can carry it pretty low and look through the umbrella when walking. The wind didn't break the umbrella and it didn't hurt my face. Overall I am so happy I purchased this umbrella and plan on purchasing more for my family." —pb1124

    13. If you're someone who chooses to shave their legs when the warm weather returns, re-learn how to do it right, leaving your skin moisturized and razor bump–free!

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    14. Keep a super compact waterproof blanket in your gear for those springtime hikes when the ground is still exceptionally muddy. Plus, you can keep using it throughout the summer, because it's perfect for beach days — the sand shakes right off!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "This blanket is really great. I brought this along with me on my four-month trip around Asia & Australia earlier this year. Because it folds up compactly, I was able to throw it in my little backpack/bag and take it with me everywhere I went. Was terrific being able to pull the blanket out of my bag whenever I spontaneously found a great spot to sit, relax, and people watch. It is waterproof, so I didn't worry about getting wet from any morning dew or getting dirty from the ground. It's a pretty decent size for one person (can comfortably fit two people on it, but is also large enough for three, maybe four) — worked really well when meeting up with new friends at a park, etc. Love the little bag it comes in as well -- helped keep my other things clean and also kept the blanket compact. Quality of the material is also quite good. Doesn't feel cheap and has held up really well on my extended trip. It's also fairly easy to fold and pack up quickly in the case of sudden rainfall -- happened to me a couple of times during my trip." —Tiffany C.

    15. Keep weather surprises at a minimum (and never get caught without your umbrella) by downloading a top-notch weather app like Dark Sky. You can customize your settings to get a weather report every morning when you wake up, set alerts for precipitation, and check out radar maps for ultimate weather geeking.

    Available for iPhone or Android.

    16. April and May mean you're longing to wear summery sun dresses, but it simply isn't warm enough yet, so opt for a super-soft maxi dress with cap sleeves and a slit so you can stay comfortable (and receive oodles of compliments).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).

    Promising review: "Buy this dress now! LOVE. It is extremely comfortable. The style is simple yet easy to accessorize. I might even throw a pair of leggings on when I don't want the slit. Basically, I want to buy this dress in every color!" —Valerie Cintula

    17. Being an adult during this time of year means you don't even get spring break anymore! But you still deserve a bit of that vibe and this margarita maker — and 28 other things that'll add a little spring break to your life.

    Get this margarita maker from Amazon for $299.99.

    For more ideas, check out 29 Things That'll Add A Little Spring Break To Your Life, including a desktop beach toy, rosé cider, cheeky sun hat, and more!

    Spring still sucks, but in the meantime, these small changes can help you go from Squidward to Spongebob.


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