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    21 Ways To Actually Feel Like An Adult This Month

    "It's gonna be May" —Justin Timberlake, and also you answering the question "Who is a damn grownup?"

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    1. Stop pouring your hot coffee over ice during the warmer months — stick a cold brew maker in your fridge to add a little pep in your step in the mornings (and save big $$ at the coffee shop).

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    This one holds one liter of cold brew concentrate, and with its tight-sealing lid, keeps coffee fresh for up to two weeks (and doesn't let weird fridge smells interfere with the flavor).

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    Promising review: "I've been hearing about this for so long and I must say this really is a fantastic method. I definitely taste the smoothness and feel it is less acidic. This is a great product that makes the cold brew process both simple and enjoyable! If I could, I'd give it 10 stars!! I like the fact that you can brew either in the refrigerator or on the countertop overnight. I prefer a dark roast coffee and started with six tablespoons of coffee but think I will bump it up a few tablespoons. I haven't tried brewing tea (which you can do hot or cold), but I look forward to it. The customer service is also excellent — they answered all my questions. All in all a wonderful experience! This will definitely be on my gift list for family members." —Marlene Mora

    2. Don't get stuck with a dead battery and not know what to do; learn how to jump a car to keep you (and your friends) from stalling on the side of the road.

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    Check out all the info here.

    Get a set of top-rated jumper cables from Amazon for $17.87.

    3. Treat your mom to a nice card that shows her how much you appreciate her.

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    And yes, prove that you DO realize she knows a thing or two.

    Get it from ASOS for $3.50.

    4. Demonstrate your thoughtfulness with a carefully-chosen gift tailored specifically for your mom, grandmother, or other maternal figure in your life.

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    Check out all 30 ideas here!

    5. Master some bartending skills with a set of glasses with recipes printed right on them — just pour to the fill lines and serve!

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    Each glass is a different alcohol (gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey), and each side is printed with a different recipe guide. That's 16 different drink recipes (measurements included) altogether.

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $25.07. Also available in an old fashioned glass size for $20.

    Promising review: "I really liked these glasses. I always make measurements wrong with mixed drinks. On each side of the glasses is a different mixed drink recipe. They are also nice and thick, not that flimsy glass that some glasses are." —Cubby

    And work on your margaritas with our picks for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. Ditch the jarred sauce for a five-ingredient pasta recipe that looks way fancier (and gets some greens into your diet).

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    Pasta, garlic, oil, parmesan, and arugula. That's it!

    Take a look at the full recipe here.

    7. Free up some drawer space with a strainer that clips on any pan or pot.

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    Bye bye bulky colander!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    Promising review: "I really love this thing. It works on every pot/pan I have, from my smallest saucepan, to a large brazier. It has sturdy clips that stay in place, even on heavy duty commercial kitchen pans with a pretty good lip on them. At times I dread getting down the colander for just a small amount of something since my colander is stacked in a cupboard usually buried under bowls. It's easy to store this in a drawer and just get it out in a jiffy when needed. If I had a kitchen with limited space I'd sure have one of these instead of a colander. I like the Snap'n Strain so much, I'll be buying some for gifts, which IS the best rating I could give something." —Farm Girl

    And free up some more storage space with a multi-use skillet. Check out our top picks for the best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. Upgrade your own bed (or your spare bed) with a memory foam mattress at a price point that'll help you rest easy.

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    Get a 12" deep, queen-size mattress from Amazon for $289. Available in six sizes (twin-California king) and four depths.

    Promising review: "Incredibly comfortable. I know, I know...queen sized mattress for less than $800? It's probably junk. Nah, this mattress is absolutely a joy to sleep on. We purchased it to use on a new platform bed. Feels great, looks great, works great. ZERO complaints. This is a steal for the price. Anyone buying those much more expensive mattresses, foam or traditional, I think they're wasting money. I will be replacing more mattresses soon, and I will not hesitate to buy more of these." —C. Baxter

    9. Transform some local flora or grocery store flowers into an artful bouquet with and easy and beautiful flower arranging guide.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.18 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

    Promising review: "This book completely changed my perspective on floral arrangements. I went from just seeing flowers as something you buy at the super market to seeing the complete work of art that they are. Ingrid does a good job at creating stunning pieces of art but also easy for everyone to re-produce! I love that there are so many different styles in this book too. If you're looking for a therapeutic activity to do on a sunday or something to do at your next girls night, this book is for you! Trust me, you're friends will be so impressed at your arrangements!

    Bonus: this looks AWESOME on a coffee table. Gorgeous flowers, helpful explanations, and a great addition to the interior design of your home, WINNING!" —AAnya

    10. Diagnose your sniffles and sneezes to see if you should actually take a sick day (cold) or just avoid nature (allergies).

    11. And if you do have allergies, stop them in their tracks with an allergen-reducing air purifier that removes dust, animal hair, and other sneeze-inducers.

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    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    Promising review: "I live right off the highway surrounded by hay fields. We have dogs, cats, and kids. Put all those together and we were getting overwhelmed by dust and fur. Even with dusting twice per week, and sweeping every other day, you could still see particles floating thru the air in a stream of light. A lot of particles. I bought two of these air filters (one for each end of the house). Within an hour of plugging them in, I could tell a difference in the air I was breathing. That night we turned the flash light on in the living room where one filter was, and the particles were nearly gone! My very honest mother came to visit and commented that it smelled like we didn't have pets in the house. (I have a dog with skin allergies who has a distinct odor.)" —Amazon Customer

    12. And if your hay fever is in full swing but you'd still like some greenery, decorate your space with mini succulent candles.

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    Get a set of six from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. Try these tips to maximize your weekends and perfectly combine leisure time with a solid dose of productivity.

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    Learn more here.

    And plan out your weekend activities with our top picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. Check out your local farmer's market to see what's in season and shop locally.

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    And check out a list of recipes to make with these seasonal ingredients here.

    15. Display your weekly goals (both serious and cake-related) in a prominent location for optimal motivation.

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    Just erase when the new week dawns.

    Get it from Asos for $16.

    16. Organize your shower (and finally get rid of those empty shampoo bottles) with a sleek caddy you can hang from either your shower head or your curtain rod.

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    It's compact for even small showers, and the silicone material will keep your bottles from falling out and whacking your toes.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.20. Available in white, blue, and grey.

    Single shelf options also available for $12.89.

    Promising review: "The caddy has been in use since mid-March 2016 and it's still the best caddy I've ever bought. It stays put. It's sturdy. Holds everything I/we need. And because it's plastic there's no rust. There's also no mold! Definitely 5 stars or better. If by chance I need another shower caddy, this would be the one I would buy." —New

    And upgrade another bathroom essential with our top picks for the best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. If you're starting to plan summer getaways, lock down a plan to get your home ready to go (so you don't worry about it when you're already on vacation).

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    Check out all the details here.

    18. Freeze cookie dough in an ice cube tray for fresh baked cookies whenever you want.

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    The truest sign of adulthood is the ability to have warm cookies at the drop of a hat.

    This tray from has square slots so your dough can be shaped like Nestle Tollhouse's. Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. Go a little bit greener by skipping the disposable baggies or containers and using a reusable silicone pouch that's perfect for snacks or reheating leftovers.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "Where have these been all my life? I can't say enough good things about these. I have four now, including a mini one for baby snack foods. And to everyone who is upset about price.. seriously consider how many plastic bags you go through a year. I did and these are cheaper than buying, using, and throwing out all those plastic sandwich baggies. I just rinse them with soapy water or throw them on the top rack of the dishwasher and I'm good to go." —Marlee

    20. Fix the things you may be doing wrong in your sleep routine to make sure you're getting a full 40 winks (not just 23).

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    21. And reward yourself with a book of stickers for accomplishments like "I flossed" and "I didn't kill my plants!"

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.03.

    Promising review: "Bought for a friend that is struggling with adulthood. He thought it was hysterical. I hope this brightens up his gloomy days. Great idea! I know some "adults" in their 40's that would still need an attaboy sticker!" —Charlotta Carter

    Time to show off!

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