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19 Ways To Be A Better Adult In June

Make life less of a ~beach~ this summer.

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1. Feel more energized all day by sleeping on a memory foam pillow with a top layer that allows airflow to keep you cool and comfortable all night.

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It has over 1,100 five-star reviews!

Get it from Amazon for $38.41.

Promising review: "Holy Great Night Sleep Bat Man! I am a side sleeper and I love this pillow. Nice and cool, and no more neck pain! Shhhh do not tell my chiropractor, I may not need him anymore. Oh and I bought the gel foam mattress topper, too. AMAZING!" —Tamara2777

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2. Get ready to fire up the grill and choose a cut of meat (and cooking process) to make sure you get the most out of your money.

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Slow cook a tougher (and cheaper) cut of meat with lots of great flavors for a barbecue that won't bankrupt you.

Learn more here.

3. If you haven't graduated to a full yard and grill, get the backyard barbecue effect with an indoor grill that sears meat, cooks evenly, and even pops right in the dishwasher.

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Get it from Amazon for $57.23.

Promising review: "This is one of the BEST purchases that I have EVER made! I love to eat grilled foods, but am terrible at cooking on a traditional grill outside (with wood/charcoal). So, I bought this thinking that it is electric and I will be able to control it better. It is amazing! Super easy to operate...super easy to clean...pieces that remove. Wipe the rest down with a degreaser cleaner...and you are DONE! Food is cooked perfectly. Best steaks, pork chops and grilled chicken I have ever had!" —Dawn

4. Brilliantly beach read with a book that says "I want to know about the universe" and also "I am incredibly busy."

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Get it from Amazon for $11.37 (hardcover) or $8.91 (Kindle).

Promising review: "A must read for anyone who has an interest in our universe. Dr. Tyson has written this book for young and old alike to enjoy and learn from. Its not 'dumbed down' so your intelligence is not insulted. Neither does he get into the theoretical aspects to a point that overwhelms the educated reader. Pick it up...learn something...put it down...pick it back up when you have more time and learn some more. PERFECT for all of us that are in a hurry." —Randy Bottoms

5. Swap out the soda for a mega-refreshing infused water that'll make you feel hydrated AND fancy.

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Check out the recipe for this strawberry, citrus, and basil water here.

Get a pitcher with an infusing core from Amazon for $19.99. You can also get an on-the-go infusing water bottle from Amazon for $12.95.

6. Consult a cookbook that'll help you eat healthy, delicious food on $4 per day — including recipes like spicy pulled pork, peanut chicken and broccoli, and peach coffee cake.

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It also includes helpful shopping tips for sticking to your budget!

You can access a free PDF here, but if you buy a copy, they'll donate a book to someone in need who doesn't have access to a computer. That's definitely worth the $8!

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (paperback) or $7.59 (Kindle).

Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite cookbook of all time. I came across it months ago when it was only in PDF form as I was looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into my family's meals. For so many of us, veggies are something we HAVE to eat for our health instead of something we want to because they are delicious. I can personally attest that Leanne transformed my worldview on the humble zucchini This cookbook is truly a book of inspirations and ideas, not hard and fast prescribed recipes. I have yet to find a recipe in here that my family, including my two-year-old, doesn't like.

To make it all even better, this cookbook is dedicated to the low-income community and helping those with limited income learn to cook healthfully and (more importantly) enjoyably, without being preachy or condescending. For any copy you buy, one gets donated to someone who needs it. I bought four copies which I'm sending to my siblings and friends. Buy it — it's a great cookbook and a great cause." –Lisa

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8. Take an online course to help build your career or start your stock portfolio from scratch (AKA learn what a stock is, first of all).

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Get the Career Hacking course for $95 and the Investing in Stocks Course for $200. But always stay tuned for flash sales and discounts!

Promising review: "It was relevant, creative, engaging and digestible in how it is presented! It really helped me make sense of the new job searching landscape. I finally feel confident in getting a new job! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —Robert L. Rauch

9. Keep your skin out of the sun at the beach or park this summer with a shady tent that automatically pops up when unfurled.

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Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

Promising review: "I was a little nervous at first about purchasing this product because of some of the reviews saying how hard it was to take down. But since we were going to the beach soon and I was determined not to struggle with an umbrella anymore, I went ahead and gave it a chance. I'm glad I did! The most surprising thing about the tent was how small, compact and lightweight it was. No more awkward giant umbrella! Once I got the tent in the mail I practiced at home opening and closing it. A couple of days later I took the tent to the beach and it worked like a charm. Instead of using the provided stakes I filled the side pockets with sand and the tent didn't budge even though it was extremely windy that day. And packing up at the end of the day was no problem. In fact, It's so ridiculously easy to use, I felt foolish for not buying it earlier! Very very happy with this purchase." —Laura Keily

10. Keep your smart phone on a pretty stand on your desk or bedside table to check your notifications at a glance and keep your charging cord off the floor.

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ALSO great if you use your phone as an alarm clock.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99. Available in four finishes.

Promising review: "This was an impulsive purchase for me. It popped up on the screen when I was shopping for something else. I thought it looked kinda cool and was relatively inexpensive so I put it in my cart and forgot about it. When it arrived and I set it up on my desk and put my phone in it, I wondered how I had lived without it. I like that it is slanted just right and now, even when my desk is a mess, I know exactly where my phone is, and I can place and answer calls so much easier with the phone on speaker. Turns out this was a great buy. Get it!" —Buzzy

11. Add another ~dimension~ to your decor-less space with square wooden shelves perfect for books, vases, and pretty knick-knacks.

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Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.70.

Promising review: "These are SUPER CUTE and add something to a blank wall. The come already put together so you just have to hang them up. It was a super easy install and they really look great on the walls with little knick-knacks in them." —Scarlett66

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12. As you pack up any late-spring sweaters, do a closet cleanse to make sure you only keep what you'll actually wear.

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And if you get rid of all your clothes are are stuck on how to get new ones you ~actually~ like, try getting styled at Stitch Fix, a personal styling service that (unlike a subscription), you can use whenever you want!

13. While you're swapping out your closet for warmer weather, get your ~drawers~ organized with drawer dividers.

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Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99.

Promising review: "I used to open my underwear drawer with a feeling of dread, knowing the disorganized horror that awaited me. These dividers have turned my drawer into an organized beauty. They were easy to put together, and the material is structured but with enough give to accommodate different sized products. I can now find my bras without frustration and choose which thong I want to wear without throwing the rest on the floor. My underwear drawer zen inspired my husband to purchase the same dividers and he is now experiencing organized tie bliss." —Maureen

14. Back up your files on a compact external hard drive so you never lose those priceless photos you don't actually have copies of.

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Get it from Amazon for $59.99. Available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB sizes.

Promising review: "Works great. Just plug into the computer and it asks you if it can do the work for you. Just enter yes and it backs up automatically. I was being safe to make sure I had enough memory. I didn't need anywhere near this much and would recommend just getting a 1TB — I wouldn't even use half of that. Save yourself a little money and get the smaller one. But yes, this particular brand is fantastic." —Van Smith

16. Perfect your form using a yoga mat printed with guide lines to help you with your alignment.

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Get it from Amazon for $33.98.

Promising review: "Love this mat! It's perfectly sticky and really cushiony. I had purchased a Manduka Pro and abandoned it for this mat. Wish I had tried this one first...not only considering the price difference, but also its stickiness. Got the green color and, while not as bright as I imagined, it's a great color. Highly recommend." —Mrs. Grueby

17. Make your kitchen less of a dumpster fire with a garbage can featuring an activated carbon filter to eliminate any gross smell.

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AND it has a touchless open so you don't have to germ it up when you have raw-chicken-breast hands.

Get it from Amazon for $59.92.

Promising review: "I'm slightly insane about staying clean in the kitchen so I open it approximately a million and a half times a day, so we are definitely using it, opens swiftly, gives you just enough time (about four seconds) and closes swiftly. We used to take the trash out every day due to the smell of food from cooking dinner, but with this thing we can go two or three days and it doesn't smell one bit. It looks like it will be small and limit your trash bag capacity, but on the contrary the metal walls let you stuff it very full, almost like a trash compactor, so when you pull it out it's a dense cube of bagged trash. I never knew a trash can could make such a difference in my cooking experience. No hands when cracking eggs? Awesome! Five stars for this great gadget!" —Martin S.

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