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    21 Things That’ll Help You Be A Better Adult This Month

    A hangover-curing drink, acetone-free nail polish remover, an adjustable posture corrector, and other useful things that might help you feel like a good grown-up.

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    1. A hangover-prevention drink that may rescue you from pulsing headaches after you have one too many drinks on a Tuesday night...and there's a presentation for work at 10 a.m. the next morning.


    The drink's active ingredient is DHM, an extract from Japanese raisin trees (hovenia dulcis), which is said to help boost the liver's natural detoxification process. Take one full bottle right before your first drink, between drinks, or up to one hour after your last drink.

    Promising review: "Impressive hangover drink. First time trying Morning Recovery, but wow it worked great. Friends brought some over before heading to a wine bar, and god knows how many glasses of wine I had that day. Obviously expecting a queasy morning and some size of headache, but nope, actually nothing. Felt great. Tried it over and over again, went through the whole box, and still great. Just be sure to follow the instructions." —Jasmine Chae

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $35.99 (available in two formulas).

    2. A journal for collecting recipes passed down from your family and jotting down spontaneous creations that turn out unexpectedly well. "Darn, how did I make that amazing tofu dish last time?? If only I had written it down!!!" — not you.


    This journal even comes with informative pages with measurement equivalents, substitution suggestions, kitchen tips, a glossary of cooking terms, and more.

    Promising review: "I am learning how to cook and can honestly say recipe cards are not my style. I lose them, it's that simple. Or I can't read them, or drop them behind the counter. It's a mess.

    Got this book and immediately fell in love. It's organized, simple. It also has an SOS page in case you're out of something like butter and need to know a substitute. And best part? I don't drop it behind the counter." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A pair of banana-shaped shoe deodorizers to eliminate the ripest of smells. They're designed to absorb moisture and are infused with lavender, lemon, patchouli, and tea tree essential oils.


    These shoe deodorizers can last for six to 12 months. The coolest part is they gradually turn brown toward the end of their lifespan, just like real bananas!

    Promising review: "I keep my climbing shoes in my car and the stench was literally ruining my life. No matter how much I sprayed Febreze or scrubbed my shoes nothing helped. This product is a life saver!" —KYM22

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A ring sizing gauge so you can find out what your ring size is once and for all. You'll be able to order jewelry online without breaking out in nervous sweats.


    Promising review: "This nifty little thing makes buying finger rings really easy. I have used mine several times to order both men's and women's rings, and every time it has been accurate. Of course that also depends on the maker of the rings, but far as I can tell, this sizer was essential in helping." —rwlohmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    5. A 5-in-1 wine corker that can also be an aerator, pourer, filter, and leak-proof stopper. Can't finish a bottle in one sitting? Just pop this in and it'll keep your booze fresh for the next wine night.


    Promising review: "YOU NEED THIS! I love this wine corker. These do exactly as they say they will. When I got mine, I immediately took one out, put it on a bottle of wine and purposefully turned it upside down, shook it, and let it sit that way for 10 minutes. NO LEAKS! I was so happy...finally something to keep my wine from leaking. Not only did it not leak, but the aerator design allowed my wine to taste wonderful and stay fresh." —Mary B

    Get it from Amazon for $5.33.

    6. A chic convertible daypack perfect for your daily commute or traveling. It's aesthetically pleasing *and* practical — there are plenty of pockets and compartments for all your essentials.


    This daypack can truly do it all — tuck in the backpack straps to carry it as a crossbody bag, or tuck in the crossbody strap to carry it from the top or side handles. It has two side pouches for keeping your water bottle within arm's reach and a zippered pocket on the back that doubles as a slot to slide over your suitcase handle.

    Get it from Garmentory for $148.

    7. A washer door prop to help air out the machine and prevent mold and mildew odors from forming inside. Bonus: it's super cute.


    Promising review: "This little guy has forever changed my life! No more endless arguments with the family for the washer door to remain open when not in use. Feet are magnetized, but he is soft and squishy, so if the door gets bumped when he is doing his job, nothing breaks!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. The Little Book of Mindfulness — it's filled with simple five- to ten-minute practices that might help you feel a little less stressed and a little more present.


    Promising review: "I really like this book. It gives you lots of ways to be mindful during your day. It gives you little exercises to do to help you become more mindful. I would read a little bit every day just to learn a little more. It has really helped me learn how to relax and become more stress-free​." —Nan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A roll of stainless steel wipes that'll restore your fridge, oven, and sink to a shiny, spotless state.

    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain, my refrigerator was looking brand-new. I tried one in my stainless steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures, after just a few minutes of cleaning, my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later, my kitchen was looking better than ever.

    The only downside to these wipes is that they leave a residue on your hands that takes a lot of washing to remove. This, of course, could be avoided by wearing gloves while cleaning." —Connor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.98.

    10. A humorous handbook for anyone who wishes to be a responsible adult but isn't sure where to start. Unlike running errands and filing taxes, this book won't be a chore to read.


    Promising review: "Exceptionally fun, warm, witty, and helpful — this book is chock-full of good advice and hilarious commentary. The perfect gift for grads, or any young-at-heart adult who wants a chuckle. It's also beautifully designed, the illustrations and pull quotes really give it a kick. Would give it 10 stars if I could!" —Harold Solomon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.86.

    11. An incredibly warm and stylish down puffer jacket to help you survive the rest of winter — your mom will be so happy that you finally decided to bundle up instead of freezing your butt off in a wool coat in sub-zero weather.

    Read our review of the Amazon coat (#1 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love everything about this coat. It is warm and fits perfect. It literally feels like the down comforter on my bed. I literally could live in it. I purchased the cream color and the green...both are great!!! Get this coat—you will love it." —Kelly C - NC USA

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in sizes XXS–5X and seven colors).

    12. A gentle, acetone-free polish remover so you can easily wipe away dark, glittery shades without drying or stripping your nails. The best part? It won't leave your hands smelling like chemicals.

    Promising review: "I love that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive nails and cuticles. Doesn’t have a harsh smell either. Works just as strong as the 'nail salon quality' crap but without the chemicals. Definitely worth it." —mei3kids

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    13. An adjustable posture corrector that'll remind you to slouch less and stand up straight, especially if your poor posture is triggering back and shoulder pain.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but after trying it for almost two weeks I noticed significant changes in my posture. I have back pain due to my poor posture and have had a slight decrease in pain as well. It is easy to put the posture corrector on. There is velcro in the front which can be tightened or loosened to fit individual needs, making it one size fits all. It is washable, folds easily, and doesn't take up too much space in a bag when traveling. It really does work!" —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A productivity timer for anyone who has trouble focusing on their tasks (or remembering to take a break) during the work day.

    Promising review: "This easy-to-use timer helps keep me on track throughout the day. I set it for 50 minutes so that I remember to take a break from my desk and stand up and stretch. It also helps me manage my time so I don't over-focus on a singular project. It was easy to get absorbed in a project and, before I knew it, the day had slipped away with too much left on my to-do list." —Jim Folsom

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    15. A stackable two-tier organizer drawer to give your under-sink cabinet (aka the cabinet-that-shall-never-be-opened) a dramatic makeover. Now you'll *want* to show it off.

    Promising review: "This was an amazing purchase! I'm so happy with these stackable drawer organizers. I transformed my bathroom from an utter mess to an organized delight that just makes my life SO much easier. I have a lot of small bathroom items (moisturizers, lotions, body sprays, etc.), and I have no drawers, so I had to find a solution. I love the smaller upper drawer; it houses small things I could never find. They're very well made and a cinch to assemble (took me five minutes). Plus they're really cute! Very happy with these!" —x__tina

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97 (available in four colors).

    16. A small car trash can for keeping the backseat area clean and tidy. Nothing says "I've got my life together" like a pristine car interior.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this rather than having a grocery bag or something else in the car for my trash. I hook it around my center console and it sits in the middle part of the car between my two middle seats. Easy to just reach behind and throw what I need away. It holds a good amount of trash, great for road trips, and great for keeping the car mess-free and looking nice in the process." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    17. A collapsible tote that can fit several loads of laundry (because let's be honest, you're not washing your clothes every week) and folds down easily for storage.


    Promising review: "It has a hard shell inside that locks together when the bag is open and makes the bag stand up straight. When not in use, it folds up really small and slides under my bed. This bag really does carry two loads which is surprising because it holds a lot more than you think it will. The bag distributes the weight in a way that makes carrying it even when it’s really heavy easier and it feels less bulky than other bags." —MercuryMorning

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in nine colors).

    18. A pack of flexibility cards perfect for your pre-workout warm up and post-workout cool down. After all, stretching properly is just as important as doing the actual exercises.


    There are 52 different stretches and endless combo possibilities. Worried that you're not doing the moves properly? No fear! Each card has a diagram and description that explains how to perform the stretch. Plus, you can the QR code with a smartphone or tablet to watch a quick video demonstration of the stretch.

    Promising review: "The flexibility set has been so helpful in create a routine for warming up before each workout. The videos for each card have been great to show how to do each exercise with the proper form so I don't injure myself. With the color coding on the cards, I can create a routine for a specific area if I feel I need to put more focus there. It's a lot of fun to shuffle the cards and just pick some random ones each day — it's always different then!" —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    19. A flexible dish squeegee to swipe leftover food off the plates and into the trash before soaking or loading them into the dishwasher. It'll prevent your garbage disposal from getting clogged (yet again!).


    Promising review: "If you have ever had to repair or replace a garbage disposal, then I am sure you have been lectured on basically only allowing crumbs to fall into the disposal. This dish squeegee makes prepping dishes for a dishwasher or sink-washing a breeze. I hold the dish over the trash can and after a few swipes, the dish is ready for washing. In comparison to using a paper towel, it saves you money, helps protect the environment, and keeps your fingers free from gunk." —She Who Reads

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. Charlie — an adorable and artificially intelligent penguin who will help you budget and manage your money better. It's a free financial service and works via SMS text or Facebook messenger so there are no apps to download.


    Worried about security? Don't be! Charlie uses the same 256-bit SSL encryption

    that banks use and never stores or sees your bank account credentials. You can even check out the Charlie blog for money-saving tips!

    Get started at Charlie for free.

    21. A cookbook filled with budget-friendly plant-based recipes that might inspire you to eat out less and whip up some delicious meals at home.


    Promising review: "I love cookbooks and trying new things to keep food interesting. However, I hate having to buy some random spice or ingredient I will never use again. This cookbook is PERFECTION. I can flip open to almost any page and create a recipe because it calls for ingredients I buy regularly!

    The recipes are delicious, quick, and EASY. Did I mention delicious!? Even with a family of picky eaters, I can find something in here everyone will enjoy.
    Being plant-based is so important to me and my family and this cookbook is a life saver." —Becky Cowan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.73.

    You, finally getting your budget on track this year:


    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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