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    20 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

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    1. Invest in a sturdy commuter backpack you can take from the gym to the office to the airport. It has plenty of compartments for all your essentials, and you won't shed a tear if it gets a little scuffed up.

    Under Armour

    This backpack has a padded laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15" MacBook Pro, and a large, gusseted front laundry/shoe pocket placed at the bottom of the bag that's perfect for workout sessions.

    Promising review: "This bag not only separates things nicely and has two water bottle holders on the sides, but the bottom compartment is great for carrying extra clothes, a larger book, etc. Yes, the compartment is basically a bag that will take away some space from main space, but it's almost not noticeable." โ€”ChetNYC

    Get it from Under Armour for $55 (available in 20 colors/patterns).

    2. Zap itchy bug bites with a suction tool that literally removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants left under the skin, so you don't scratch up your arms and legs like when you were a kiddo. But the real question is, why are mosquitos still alive in September???

    Rebecca O'Connell

    Promising review: "I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio. It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. Omg so many mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY.

    I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? I'll be honest. I still really don't know how it does, but it provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these!" โ€”Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.95.

    3. Save on paper towels (and save the planet) with reusable, lint-free bamboo towels. When they get dirty, just toss them in the washer and they'll be ready to go again โ€” one roll can replace up to six months of paper towels!


    These towels are reusable up to 120+ times before discarding. Each roll comes with 20 perforated 11"x12 bamboo sheets.

    Promising review: "Wow. I just used these for the first time to wash my windows. I get a lot of oily dirt from the road, and it usually smears around and gets stuck in whatever old washcloth or sock I am using. As soon as I dropped these in my bucket of soapy water and gave them a little scrub, the dirt lifted right out like magic. Next used them to clean crumbs and spills out of my fridge and freezer and same thing โ€” they rinsed clean (almost clean) right away. There's some dirt still in them, but I'll put them through the wash next." โ€”SBP

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. If you've delayed a deep clean since spring (or maybe even *last* fall), attach these nylon brush heads to your power drill for an easy way to restore the shower to its original color. No need to scrub until your arm is about to fall off โ€” this kit will do all the hard work for you.,

    Each set comes with three different brush heads.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. The first time I used this to clean my shower, it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower cleaner than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." โ€”Terry

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six models).

    5. Soothe and moisturize your face with organic, cold-pressed rosehip oil. Reviewers of all skin types (including oily skin!) swear by this simple but effective product for a glowing complexion.,

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing! I use it along with my Cerave moisturizing cream after I wash my face. I've been using this about one year and I hardly ever wear makeup anymore! For all my oily sisters, I know the thought of putting more oil on your face makes no sense...but I'm here to say my skin is a lot less oily since I've been using it. Doesn't clog pores and it evens out your skin tone, making your skin less oily." โ€”Believer16

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    6. Stop incurring the wrath of your roommates by applying clear bumpers on the cabinet doors and kitchen drawers. Now you can have your midnight bowl of cereal without waking the entire house.


    Promising review: "I canโ€™t justify the cost of replacing all my old drawer slides with the soft-close kind so I just bought these and it works AMAZINGLY well! Iโ€™m buying more for all my cabinet doors. My toddler is a light sleeper so these things are a godsend!" โ€”Jill

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $8.97.

    7. Protect your eardrums at concerts with high-fidelity earplugs โ€” you'll still be able to jam out but you won't suffer from ringing ears afterward. Now that's rock and roll!

    Read our full review of the Vibes earplugs!

    Promising review: "I saw these on Shark Tank and forgot about them until I was ready to go to a concert and realized I couldn't handle another concert with foam plugs that muffle all the sound so badly. I have tinnitus/ear ringing and VERY sensitive hearing but I still love to watch live music, so I have to do SOMETHING. I have REALLY small ears and usually need children's versions of anything for ears, so I was worried these wouldn't fit. Guess what? They did!

    These are awesome, and I am so happy I bought them. I could hear the sound well (don't be thinking you can wear ear protection and not lose ANY sound quality, it's just gonna happen...), could carry on a conversation with them in, and was so happy overall. Best ear protection experience I've ever had! They weren't uncomfortable or falling out. They just stayed in, discretely, and were easy to wear through the whole show. I am a fan. A big, big fan." โ€”KP

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    8. Prevent your charger cord from reaching its breaking point with a flexible cable saver. Think of the $$$ you'll save from not having to buy a new charger!


    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks โ€” the latter at $80 or $90 a pop โ€” I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether, attempted electrical tape repairs notwithstanding. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Simple as can be and works like a charm. Plus, fun colors make it easy to tell your gear from everyone else's at a glance. What's not to like? Genius." โ€”ElleNWC

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three color combos).

    9. Make laundry day a little less tedious and a little more adorable with puffer fish dryer buddies that help to control static and shorten drying time. These are proof that you can excel at adulting and still indulge your inner kid!


    Promising review: "I love these. I live in the desert and in the winter especially it gets super dry, and static becomes insane here. I don't much care for dryer sheets because they stick to everything and my dog likes to destroy them, so these balls are amazing. They have completely cut down the static in my clothes and sheets. Even microfiber sheets come out with zero static. I'm impressed. They have also improved drying time by quite a bit as well. They make the dryer a bit noisy but I can live with that for all the benefits." โ€”Siobhan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.50.

    10. Battle jet lag with all-natural chewable tablets designed to alleviate the mental and physical fatigue that result from long flights. Frequent fliers say they actually notice a big difference in energy levels after taking these.


    These tablets contain five active natural ingredients: Arnica Montana 30C (Leopard's Bane), Bellis Perennis 30C (Daisy), Chamomilla 30C (Wild Chamomile), Ipecacuanha 30C (Ipecac), and Lycopodium 30C (Clubmoss).

    Promising review: "My husband and I have used this product now for five years for multiple trips overseas (Australia four times, Hawaii three, Europe two) and these really work. How do we know? We've forgotten to use them on a couple of legs and there has been a night/day difference in our energy levels. We use precisely as directed, setting timers on our phone when possible to remember the doses. On a few occasions we've slept through the timer, so missed the timing of a couple of doses, and we've been fine. Our last trip to Australia was 34 hours door-to-door on the outbound. We would have been a complete wreck without these. As it was, we arrived late morning, remained awake and lively (enough) through dinner and then got a good night's sleep. Next day as good as new. For the years before I found No-Jet-Lag, I would need to sleep for a few days after a leg like that. We never travel without this now. I highly recommend this product." โ€”motokat

    Get a 32-pack from Amazon for $10.85.

    11. Become the organized person you've always dreamed of becoming with foldable drawer dividers that'll give each category of undergarment their very own section.

    Promising review: "I was very impressed with the quality of these organizers. As others mentioned, they're actually quite stable and not at all flimsy. They are perfect for organizing the drawers in my nursery โ€” helps me keep clothing separated by size, and the smaller ones were perfect for socks and headbands. I'm probably going to end up ordering another set to organize the rest of the drawers!" โ€”Jackie

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.87.

    12. Streamline your pockets with a stretchy phone wallet that can fit cards, cash, and even your earbuds. You'll only need to carry one thing when you're out jogging or running errands.


    Promising review: "This little cell phone pocket works exactly as advertised. It is like having a sleek little secret place so that I do not need to carry a wallet. It is so easy to install and sticks firmly to the back of my cell. I carry a driver license, credit card, and whatever paper money I think I might need. It even came with a credit card holder that protects your cards from being illegally scanned. Stretchy enough to carry multiple cards but lays nice and flat so no one can even tell it's on the phone. Well worth the price as it frees me from a purse or wallet on quick runs to the store or out for an evening." โ€”linmal

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90 (available in a variety of colors and designs).

    13. As the weather gets colder and dryer, treat your dehydrated locks to a nourishing hair mask. It's formulated with olive, meadowfoam, and sweet almond extracts for restoring shine to extra-dry, damaged, over-processed, and color-treated strands. You got 99 problems but dull hair won't be one!


    Promising review: "This has quickly become my go-to hair mask, especially after I dye my hair, as it keeps my curls soft and frizz-free. I use it at least once a week. Itโ€™s like I just stepped out of the salon when I blow my hair out. Get some and try it ASAP, your curls will thank you." โ€”EP74

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    14. Never show up to work in wrinkled clothes again by using a handheld garment steamer to straighten out crumpled blouses. The best part? It'll only take a few minutes and you won't need an ironing board.

    Promising review: "Wow, as someone raised on an iron, this is a true game-changer! I did not know that I could adult so easily and so quickly. I feel so much more comfortable buying better clothing now, knowing it won't take me fifteen minutes to iron! This steamer is so easy to use and efficient. It gets the hardest wrinkles out of fabrics within moments." โ€”Meghan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    15. Boost the comfort level and sound quality of your AirPods with silicone in-ear tips. They'll be way less likely to fall out and you'll even enjoy a bit of noise isolation.

    Unfortunately, these don't fit into the charging case, but they do come with their own silicone pouch for safe keeping.

    Promising review: "My ears are a bit small and using the AirPods for long periods of time starts to become painful. These are perfect because they allow me to wear the pods loosely (not shoved all the way in the ear) and still have great sound. They also help to keep the pods in my ear and not fall out. Highly recommend them for those who had pain issues with AirPods." โ€”Christy A.

    Get three pairs from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes).

    16. Throw loose change, candy wrappers, or used issues into a mini trash can that fits into you car's cup holder. The front seat area will look so much tidier!


    Promising review: "This little trash can fits PERFECTLY in the cup holder of my BMW X5. It's super handy for little receipts or candy wrappers, and random trash that might otherwise end up on the floor of the car. My daughter just got a new Subaru and it fits well in her car, too. I gave her mine and ordered a new one for myself today!" โ€”kb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

    17. Break out of your workout slump with fitness flash cards you can mix and match for endless combinations. They're waterproof for sweaty hands and easy enough to follow for beginners. Brb, getting these for myself!


    You'll get a full training suite: 40 bodyweight exercises, 10 stretches, and 6 workout routines.

    Promising review: "Great little cards โ€” love that there are also cards with pre-planned workouts that you can follow which include how many sets, length of each set, and how long to rest in between. I have tendonitis so I was able to customize these workouts by switching out the cards that didn't work for me (e.g. pushups). The pictures on the front are super clear and then there are directions on the back. The cards seem to be well-made and won't easily bend or young kids have already stepped on them in an effort to 'help' me during my work out and the cards were undamaged. Definitely recommend." โ€”S. Steele

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    18. Download Goodbudget โ€” a personal finance app that translates the old-school cash envelope budgeting method into an accessible digital format.

    iTunes Store

    Promising review: "Excellent budgeting app for cross-platform use. Both my iPhone-using wife and my Android-using self can finally find a way to keep our budgets in sync without a snag. Free to use and most basic functions are available in the free version. Must-have if you're trying to use the envelope system." โ€”Andrew Hanf

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

    19. Easily wean yourself off disposable plastic straws by carrying these collapsible stainless steel ones in your bag. They take up a minimal amount of space and even come with a silicone tip to protect your teeth and lips while drinking.


    This set includes two 9" collapsible straws, a cleaning brush, and a travel pouch.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.29.

    20. Pick up a copy of Where Cooking Begins โ€” a helpful (and aesthetically pleasing) cookbook that'll not only provide delicious and manageable recipes, but will also help you become a better cook and make the most out of your ingredients. If you're ready to transition from college cooking to grown-up cooking, this is the book for you!


    Promising review: "The approach of this book โ€” shop for what you'll eat, use up everything you bought โ€” is genius. I was in a trap of big-shopping, then tossing out stuff that had gone moldy or mossy before we got to it. This book shows you technique (that seems totally doable, with step-by-step photos) and gives you the recipe, but also tells me how to shop so that I want to cook everything." โ€”RKE

    Get it from Amazon for $23.15.

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