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    23 Ways To Be A Better Adult In April

    I ate an apple instead of gummy bears today — am I an adult yet?!

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    1. File your taxes before the deadline (April 17) using TurboTax because accountants are expensive and doing it completely unassisted is way too confusing.

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    TurboTax has a free edition as well as premium editions that go for $59.99+!

    Also, read this helpful guide on filing taxes for the first time!

    2. Start organizing all your documents and receipts in a very spring-appropriate expanding folder now, so when tax season rolls around next year, you'll already be prepared.

    Bonus points if you make labels for each tab!!!

    Promising review: "I carry this with me every day. It has five different sections and has really helped keep me organized with all my grad school papers. It is very sturdy. I carry it in my backpack every day, and it is still in great condition. A plus is that it is adorable! Love it!" —Gemmeg

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    3. Whip up easy and delicious breakfast foods in non-stick muffin tins. You can make them over the weekend, freeze them, and heat them up in the mornings to save time.

    These muffin tins have a safe and nontoxic nonstick coating that's BPA-, PFOA-, and PTFE-free! They are also dishwasher-safe!

    Check out 17 easy breakfasts you can make in a muffin tin!

    Get a two-pack from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $13.77.

    4. Earn actual money while you shop using Drop, a free app that lets you accrue points which can then be redeemed for gift cards.

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    Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this app!

    Download for free from Drop for iOS or Android.

    5. Clean more efficiently using simple hacks that actually work, like using a lemon + vinegar + water solution to dislodge splatters in the microwave.

    6. Write out your weekly meals and shopping list on an aesthetically pleasing planning pad.

    There are 80 sheets per pad, and you can tear off the pages to bring with you to the grocery store! You can also keep the sheets on the fridge using magnetic clips.

    Promising review: "I received this product a week ago, and it has already saved me money! Planning my meals for the week with an attached shopping list kept me from overbuying or buying things I already had. I love it and look forward to using it every week!" —Jenha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. Encourage yourself to hit your water intake goal every day with a hydration tracking bottle.

    You can also have it personalized for an additional fee!

    Get it from NorthernCountryGirlD on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in seven colors; also available in a wide-mouth design).

    8. Give every ingredient its place using a set of glass mixing bowls so cooking will be a lot less chaotic.

    Each set includes a 1.2-quart mixing bowl, a 3-quart mixing bowl, and a 4.5-quart mixing bowl. Everything is microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe!

    Get a three-piece set from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.44.

    9. Start a new hobby (and possibly your own blog) by taking a photography class online.

    Sign up at Brit + Co for $39. If photography is not your thing, check out some other online classes you can take at Brit + Co!

    10. Trick your body into falling asleep on time every night by making your bedroom a sleep-friendly environment.

    11. Ensure your plants stay alive and healthy even when you're on vacation with terracotta watering stakes. Plus, you can put an old soda or wine bottle to use!

    Depending on the plant and environmental conditions, a filled wine bottle will water the plant for approximately 7-10 days; a typical 12-ounce plastic bottle for 5-10 days; and larger plastic soda bottles (two-liter) for 14-21 days.

    Promising review: "Works so well. I can take trips with peace of mind, knowing my potted plants will be watered just right and not killed with kindness by the inexperienced dogsitter 'helping' out with my plants. I am even using some in an area where my sprinklers don't reach to help plants get a good start. Love this product! Also, gives me an excuse to drink more wine." —LaLa the CajunGardner

    Get it from Uncommongoods for $14.95+ (available in two styles).

    12. Cook veggies and meats in a ceramic non-stick grill pan since it's still too cold to cook on an outdoor grill.

    This grill pan has a PFOA-free and PTFE-free nonstick titanium reinforced ceramic coating. The ridged cooking surface creates perfect grill marks. Check out some delicious vegetarian grilling recipes!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $24.88.

    13. Use your bullet journal for better mental health by creating a habit tracker and mood tracker.

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    If you're new to bullet journaling, check out this step-by-step visual guide on how to begin and genius ways you can use to customize your bullet journal!

    Get the materials from Amazon: a dotted journal for $10.95, a 10-pack of colored pens for $4.98, and a six-pack of washi tape for $9.99

    14. Look more awake in the morning using a nourishing eye cream formulated with caffeine.

    This eye cream contains no synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, or parabens!

    Promising review: "This is one of the best beauty products I have ever used. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, to the point that I can't use 99% of beauty products. Not only does this not irritate my sensitive skin, it also works! I have always had horrible under-eye bags, and this stuff actually helps them! I can tell the difference on days that I don't use this, and it's nuts how much worse they look without it. This tube is a decent size, too. I have used it for a few months and still have a ton left. I think one tube could easily last nine months or longer." —kendall humphrey

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    15. Master cooking conversions with a cute and informative dish towel.

    It's 100% cotton and machine-washable!

    Promising review: "I bought this towel back in June shortly after my wedding. I can't tell you how handy it is for conversions of measurements. It's also amazing for drying my dishes. I'd get one for everyone I know." —Karekare

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $5.95.

    16. Boost your people skills by reading a book on how to make non-awkward small talk.

    Promising review: "Enjoyed the clear breakdown of how to start and continue a conversation. Seems simple when you break it down, and the idea of practicing and improving is excellent. I host many events and bounce around to so many people; it's always good to see them, but aside from the initial hello, that follow up gets tricky. This book has some great tips to share even for an experienced social butterfly. Also, it's easy to talk to people that are there for your event. It's a little tougher when you are outside of your comfort zone or location, or work events that require a little more tact, too. Would recommend the book to anyone that's just getting started with small talk or even the pros that make it seem natural." —William Anzueto

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    17. Calculate exactly how much money you should have in your emergency fund and then start saving!

    18. Get a better night's sleep (especially if you're traveling) with a spritz of a calming pillow spray.

    Fun fact: Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo, swears by this! This is formulated with lavender oil, patchouli oil, ho wood oil, vetiver oil, wild chamomile extract, linalool, geraniol, and limonene.

    Promising review: "I love this pillow spray! This and a little guided meditation for sleep always seems to knock me right out. Best pillow spray I have come upon. This is a great gift for friends and family as well!" —MichelleAnnR

    Get it from Anthropologie, Birchbox, or Dermstore for $29.

    19. Pack your salad in a layered container so nothing gets soggy. It even comes with a little leakproof dressing container!

    This container is dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe! It's also BPA-free!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this container. I use it for my salads so I can keep my dry ingredients separate, and I also use it for pasta + sauce, rice + curry, etc. The material is very sturdy and cleans easily. Perfect for when you want to keep ingredients separate until you consume them or need to heat them at different temperatures." —CB

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    20. Thoroughly wash your makeup brushes once or twice a month using a scrubber pad — it'll prevent product and bacteria build-up.

    Promising review: "This pad is amazing! I wash my brushes on a regular basis, but they have never been as clean as they are now thanks to this thing! The price is extremely reasonable, and I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to step up their brush-cleaning game!" —gonerogue

    Get it from Sephora for $14. Or, check out a similar option from Amazon.

    21. Run a cooling crystal facial roller over your face to help get rid of puffiness. (It's really soothing to use even if you're not into crystals at all!)

    Read more about using a crystal roller or a jade roller!

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking for something exactly like this! This is not only great for skin care, but I feel it reduces the tension on my face after I use it." —lexie63

    Get it from Free People for $32.

    22. Make your dirty towels and clothes less of an eyesore by throwing everything into an attractive laundry basket.

    It's also great for chucking random things into when your parents come visit. The inside is lined with plastic, so you can even throw wet clothes in! (Just remember to wash them before they get smelly.)

    Promising review: "I use it to hold floor cushions right now, but I could see myself using it for other things in the future. Could be sturdy enough for magazines and throw blankets. Looks great." —Renee W.

    Get it from Overstock for $26.95.

    23. Save money on a gym membership and work out anywhere with 12 simple but effective exercises.

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