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21 Ways To Be A Better Adult In July

Skills, ideas, and products to help you have a non-bummer summer.

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1. Harness the summer memories of your childhood, but give them a grown-up spin by baking boozy ice pops in your very own zip-top pouches.

Get the recipe for these strawberry moscato ice pops here.

And get a 36-pack of Zipsicle pouches used in this recipe from Amazon for $6.99.

2. Want to start building credit but don't know what credit card to get? Nerd Wallet will help you narrow down the options to find the best fit for you.


3. Swap out your standard beach towel for the Tillow; it has a built-in contoured foam pillow so you can relax comfortably all day.

AND it has zippered pockets to hide your stuff and protect it from the sand.

Get it from The Grommet for $35.95.

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Tillow! The pillow is very comfortable, and the towel itself is soft and smooth. The pockets are great and protect my stuff from the sand. So happy I have one!" —Lauren

4. Pop on a quick-drying cap to shield your face and help wick away sweat — the fabric even contains SPF 50.

Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

Promising review: "Awesome hat. I wear baseball hats all the time, but I wanted something for the beach and pool while on vacation. Worked great — it's lightweight, breathable, fits perfectly, and is easy to travel with in a backpack. I searched a lot of choices, and I'm glad I chose this one!" —Rob G.

6. And opt for a grown-up facial sunscreen with an oil-free formula that'll actually feel good on your skin (and won't make you break out). Wear it every day.

Get it from Amazon for $9.25.

Promising review: "I absolutely love this sunscreen. It's not too thick and can be used as primer under your makeup. It doesn't have the strong sunscreen smell like other products, but it smells more like an expensive face cream. I'm not going without it, ever." —Amazon Customer


8. Live your best life (and save money) by packing an amazing picnic lunch on beach or park outings. This insulated basket will keep your food at the right temperature and includes two full sets of utensils.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99. Available in three colors.

Promising review: "Lots of space for food and wine and the plates and silverware are all super secure. We've started using this once a week to bring food and drinks to the park for my wife, stepdaughter, and myself." —Josh

9. Change up your sad desk lunch with a recipe book chock full of delicious ideas including bagels, flatbreads, toasties, and wraps.

Get it from Amazon for $13.45.

Promising review: "What a great book — the recipes are easy to follow and the photographs make you want to eat them all. This book is perfect for anyone from hungry teens to sandwich-challenged 80-year-olds who are looking for new ideas. A perfect present for all." —Fiona Murray

10. Get road-trip ready with a backseat organizer to hold enough snacks, beverages, and supplies for all of your college friends.

Get it from Amazon for $40.

Promising review: "The shipping was slow but the bin is great! Couldn't be more happy about it. It holds everything and has numerous pockets or zipper bags to keep every small trinket organized. I ordered a large size and put it between two car seats in the middle row in an eight-seat minivan. It fits perfectly. The space divider in the large compartment is adjustable; you can place it anywhere you like. Cup holder is big enough to hold 21-oz. bottles which usually will not fit in a regular cup holder. I used to have a Diono car storage box. This one is much bigger and sturdier! Love it!" —Amazon Customer


12. Install a safety outlet that plugs right into your wall and automatically shuts off any device after 30 minutes.

It'll also stop that mysterious ~hidden power drain~ — you know, when your electronics use power and up your bill even when they're shut off.

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

Promising review: "Exactly what I needed. This works perfectly with hair styling tools that don't have an auto shutoff. It seems that auto shutoff is not a common feature nowadays, especially for higher-end styling tools because salons don't want the auto shutoff. I don't have to worry about accidentally leaving a flat iron on." —Lani Girl*

Also available in a version that shuts off in one, two, four, or eight hours.

14. Hand wash your delicates like a pro in a basin with a built-in washboard; no more destroying your favorite undies, tights or dresses in the washing machine.

Get it from Amazon for $12.72.

Promising review: "A little smaller than I thought it would be, which at first annoyed me, but then as it turned out, was a boon. You can use this in a small sink, or on the counter, wherever you happen to need it. Perfect for dainty clothes, but durable enough that big, thick, fleece-lined blue jeans can get a good stain scrubbed out of the seat as well. It's lightweight enough to easily hang on a hook when not in use!" –Brenne


15. Solve your bare cupboard/fridge dinner problems with SuperCook, a website that suggests recipes when you plug in all the ingredients you have.

16. Hang a magnetic organizer near your front door so even the most disorganized family members or roommates always know where their mail and keys are.

And they can never blame you for their late bills.

Get it from Amazon for $15.29. Available in espresso (pictured) and white.

Promising review: "I really like the minimalistic look and the added touch of the magnets. The magnets, by the way, are strong. They hold my excessively heavy key holder and they have no problem with my boyfriend's carabiner either. I can just enter the door and snap the keys without even thinking about it, which I love. No more looking for the keys!" —Elena

17. If you're one of those people who isn't moved by ~traditional~ organization systems/books, try Unfuck Your Habitat, which offers practical and no-nonsense advice you can actually get done in your busy, busy life.

It uses a 20/10 breakdown (20 minutes of tasks and a 10-minute break) to help you develop longterm habits.

Get it from Amazon for $11.70 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

Promising review: "Finally. A book that understands that 'can't go forward-can't go back. H*ck, just stay in bed' feeling. Using humor and empathy, the author gets you moving and actually making progress on the calamity that your living space has become." —Barbara J.


19. Save $$$ on air conditioning and try a tower fan with a programmable thermostat that actually blows *cool* air.

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

Promising review: "Blows ice cold. Really dig it so far. Easy to put together. On the quiet scale, I'd say 7/10. But man, it's good at blowing cold air. Makes it worth it 100%." —Grant

20. Stay hydrated like a champ with a pretty water bottle that keeps your water cold forrrreeeeeeeverrrrrr*.

*I really hope you read that in the voice of Squints from The Sandlot.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "This thing is amazing. Got it for a Father's Day gift and at first I was bummed because I wanted a Yeti like my wife has. I start using it thinking it would be just another water bottle. Not so. This thing keeps my drinks intensely cold. I was out showing a house (real estate agent) and left it in the car while I walked the place with my clients. Came back out an hour later to the gorgeous 95-degree weather and just knew it would be warm, as the inside of the vehicle was burning up. I popped the lid and poured it in. It was like liquid ice. No joke. And I hadn't even added ice. It was as cool as it was when I poured my drink in from the fridge before I left the house. Buy it. You're welcome." —David Banker