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    21 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

    Meal prepping, polishing away dead skin, switching to reusable straws, and other small ways to level up in life.

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    1. Brush out knots quickly and painlessly with a detangling brush that'll work on pretty much any hair type, wet or dry. The open vent can speed up drying time.

    Promising review: "This is a great brush! I have long, thick, fine hair that tangles easily. It glides through my hair without tearing and leaves my hair with a soft sleek feel. Plus, it cuts about 5–6 minutes off my blow-dry time!" —M Connell

    Get it from Amazon for $17.10. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    2. Switch from disposable plastic straws to reusable (and nearly indestructible) ones that won't suck. They're eco-friendly and might actually encourage you to drink more water.

    These straws are made of 100% non-toxic, BPA-free materials, so sip away with no worries! They come with a cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "I use these straws almost daily for smoothies, water, and juice. The colors in this set are great, and I've found strange joy in matching the straw to the color of my drink! I've also found that I drink water much more quickly using a straw than when drinking directly from the cup, so these are great for keeping me hydrated at home. Haven't tried putting them through the dishwasher, but they're super easy to clean in the sink with the included brush. These straws are sturdy and thick-walled, and I don't see them breaking anytime soon." —jackie

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three styles).

    3. Apply a cooling and hydrating eye stick after a long night — reviewers say that it helps to visibly depuff and brighten the under-eye area.,

    It's formulated with Icelandic mineral water.

    Promising review: "Holy cow. I was not expecting something so simple to be so amazing. I read another reviewer's comment about how they kept theirs in the fridge and tried this as well before trying it. After cleansing my face, I took this out and rubbed some under my eyes, and it was the most cooling and refreshing feeling! Not only that but the next day I visibly noticed lightening of my dark circles and the skin under my eyes looked brighter and well moisturized. I really enjoyed the scent of this as well and will definitely keep using this in the future because I actually look forward to taking my makeup off and using this every day!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    4. Give your futon or couch a luxe makeover by replacing your tatty old throw pillow covers with crisp, faux-linen ones. They're inexpensive but can make your space look a lot more ~grown up~.

    Promising review: "Brilliant describes the throw pillows perfectly! The texture of the linen stands out, as does the shade which changes with the direction of the light. Wonderful choice to put a modern edge on a traditional leather sofa. Packaging them as a set of four was a smart decision because after getting the first I would have to have more!" —Happy Color Coordinator

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors).

    5. Track your daily routine, work schedule, goals, habits, and budget using a non-dated planner. It has all the categories you need without being ~over-whale-ming~.

    Promising review: "My coworkers are obsessed with the Passion Planner. Personally, I found it very overwhelming. I tried another brand that was a 'step down' from Passion Planner, but it was equally overwhelming. I found myself avoiding it because there were simply too many questions. I really like the size and simplicity of this one. Monthly calendar, budget, and weekly agendas are separate sections, which will take some getting used to. But already the budget section is bringing me so much clarity and peace of mind. Because this one is smaller, it fits in more of my purses, which was important to me because I'm downsizing from my big bag. The quality is also terrific. The cover is super soft, and the pages haven't bled with my heavy-hand and gel pen combo." —Steph Oh

    Get it from Amazon for $22.45 (available in two colors). Want more options? We did the research and found the best planners in every price range.

    6. Protect yourself against identity theft by blacking out sensitive info on letters, receipts, and documents before throwing them in the trash.

    It comes with three ink refills.

    Promising review: "I liked this product so much I bought another one as a gift. It works as promised, and you really cannot read what is underneath the stamp. Black permanent marker wasn't working very well and sometimes shredding takes too long. This is a great product." —Figs5

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. Store extra shoes (like those special occasion heels that you don't want to keep on your shoe rack) in semi-transparent, stackable boxes. These have ventilation holes and a front tab you can open up to easily retrieve the shoes.

    Flats and sandals can be stored upright in these boxes while heels and sneakers should be stored on their sides. These can also be folded flat when they're not in use.

    Promising review: "These are great little boxes. I use them for my shoes but also have one for each decorating season where I store small items I bring out just for that holiday. Stack well. Sturdy enough. Have used them for several years now. I like the open/close flaps." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.88 (also available for boots).

    8. Read a hilarious and insightful book written by Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder) about accepting a one-year challenge to saying yes to everything.

    It also traces her journey to success and dealing with life as an introvert.

    Promising review: "Year of Yes is a must-read for so many reasons. Shonda shares her journey with such humor, vulnerability, and authenticity that you feel like you were with her for this incredible ride she took as she challenged herself to be more, do more, and live a full life. For anyone who's given into fear or gotten a little too comfortable (aka all of us), read this." —Alex C

    Get it from Amazon for $4.21.

    9. Learn some clever ways to reuse those empty pickle jars and pasta sauce bottles that you've been hoarding.

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    Check out all 16 hacks, including growing herbs, composting food scraps, and packing leftovers in them.

    10. Clean out your garbage disposal with an Affresh tablet to get rid of stinky odors once and for all.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. My disposal has smelled awful for the past six months, and I tried everything — vinegar, baking soda, lemons, bleach, and ice cubes. I’d get rid of the smell, and a day later it would be back. I used one pack of Affresh and so far the smell hasn’t returned. I’m thrilled because that smell was awful." —amy

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.49.

    11. Stock up on comfy tunic dresses for days you want to look cute without making any effort (which is every day, TBH). They'll also look great when worn with leggings in the fall.

    Promising review: "This arrived two days ago, and I've worn it every day since and plan on wearing it tomorrow, too. It has a lovely drape, and the fabric is substantial — not like a lot of the thin, flimsy material you see these days. I definitely plan on buying it again in different colors. It's always such a relief to find an article of clothing that does exactly what you want it to do. I am 5'4" and ordered the XL, and it's a dress on me, which is just fine." —R. S. Cadorette

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL, 17 colors, and a short-sleeved version). Check out even more comfy dresses to get you through the week.

    12. Stick a magnetic memo center on your fridge for keeping grocery lists, small recipe cards, kitchen shears, and all that good stuff.

    Promising review: "Need a reliable and tidy place to keep lists/notes? Have a magnetic surface? THIS IS THE ITEM YOU NEED! Fits snug to our fridge on the side. It's darn handy and helps keep counter litter under control. Love how the pen has its own slot. Very durable/well made. Good bang for the buck." — J. Canty, Ph.D.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. If you spend hours in front of a computer, rescue your tired eyes by wearing a pair of amber-tinted glasses designed to minimize eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.,

    Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp, and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommended!" —Ariele Monzo

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. Control the clutter in your bathroom with a wall-mount toothbrush (and cup) holder that'll be easier to access and more sanitary than a regular cup-style holder.

    Promising review: "With a family of six, it's hard to find a toothbrush holder that can accommodate all of our brushes, but we love this one! The best thing about it is that it's very sanitary. Our old cup-style holder was always gross and moldy on the bottom, but this holder stays clean and air-dries the brushes. Honestly, we don't cover the brushes with the cups, we just leave the brushes hanging. It holds all sizes of brushes, big and small. I have a large full-length mirror on the wall above our double sink, and the adhesive stuck really well to the mirror (probably wouldn't work well on a textured wall). It has a flexible plastic adhesive mounting piece that you first stick to the wall and then you slide the holder over the mounting piece. The holder can then be easily removed to clean it. This was a great find for our family!" —TDG

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. Polish away layers of dead skin with a microplane foot file guaranteed to yield gross yet satisfying before-and-after photos.,

    Promising review: "After several visits to a professional pedicurist and not getting the results I wanted, I looked for a solution. Initially, I was skeptical of using this on dry skin but quickly realized why you do. It is similar to woodworking or ice sculpturing. You have total control of the amount being removed. After a summer in Chacos sandals, my feet were out of control. This is an amazing product I'd buy again and again." —Ken Clements

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16 (available in two colors).

    16. Keep your earbuds untangled with a small leather organizer that'll easily fit in your shirt pocket.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a good way to carry my headphones in what could be generously called the 'unorganized' pocket of my work shirt. This thing is perfect. I've had jean jackets that had worse snaps than this thing — it snaps shut nice and solid. The leather is thick enough that it doesn't fold easily, keeping the buds stowed tightly." —DeanD

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. Prepare meals for the entire week and have them ready to go in a pack of colorful three-compartment containers.

    These BPA-free containers are freezer-, microwave-, and top rack–dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "So I love, love, LOVE these containers! For months now my husband and I have been trying to find some containers for me to put my lunch in every day for work. We have tried SO MANY brands and types and they were either super cheap and broke easily, or the sealable compartments within the containers would leak over into each other, or they'd melt in the dishwasher when they boast dishwasher-safe. THEN I SAW THESE AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT AT THE MOMENT, BUT MY LIFE WOULD CHANGE. I ordered them as a last-ditch attempt at finding something to put my lunch in. These things are AMAZING. The plastic is thick, the compartments are definitely divided, and to top it all off, they come in super cute colors! Seriously, if there is anything I would recommend more than anything else to anyone meal prepping, it would be these containers. <3 These ROCK!!" —Anna Darelli-Anderson

    Get a seven-pack from Amazon for $14.24.

    18. Invest your small change and set aside cash for retirement little by little using Acorn, a highly rated investment app.

    You can invest as little as $5 into diversified portfolios built with help from a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

    Promising review: "Amazing money saving app! I used to have a piggy bank as a kid, but as I got older, I stopped carrying cash. But when I discovered Acorns, that helped me come back to my roots. I opened my account in February 2018, it's currently August of the same year and I saved over $500 in change and dividends! If I had just one wish, I wish I used this earlier in my life. Absolutely phenomenal app! 5 out of 5 stars!" —Alante' Davis

    Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store for $1/month (premium version for $2/month).

    19. Boost your at-home workout routine with a pair of gliding discs (also called core sliders) that'll make your exercises simultaneously smoother and more challenging.

    These work on both carpet and hardwood floors (the hard plastic side for carpet and the soft cushion side for hardwood floors). Using these requires constant core stabilization, which adds challenge to a workout routine. Check out this YouTube video on how to use these discs.

    Promising review: "Amazing!!! I have never even heard of strength sliders before until a friend told me about them. Been using them for a week now, and I have never been so sore in my entire life. They are so much fun to use, and you get an amazing work out in. Wish I would have purchased them sooner." —Annica B

    Get them from Amazon for $7.95.

    20. Throw together a simple five-ingredient salad (instead of ordering out) when it's way too hot to fire up the stove.

    Check out all 14 recipes, including a tomato, peach, and burrata salad and a pesto pasta salad.

    21. Carry your phone and valuables on you in a waterproof pouch the next time you hit the beach. The best part is it can turn your phone into an underwater camera!,

    Promising review: "This product is incredible. I purchased it to use in Key West for an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Galaxy S6 edge, and it fits perfectly for each phone, being a little more snug with the iPhone 6 Plus. It is completely waterproof and takes great photos and video through the case but you have to press record prior to submerging the case underwater. My family went snorkeling and kept the case with the phone inside submerged almost the entire time and had no issues with leakage. My family and I were stopped numerous times being asked where we purchased this product. Perfect even if just on the beach and you do not want to get sand or sunscreen on your phone and want to still take photos/text/browse the internet while on the beach. I will be purchasing this for everyone in my family as it has become a travel must-have! I highly recommend this product." —Jennifer Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76 (available in 11 colors).

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