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    27 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

    It's March and the fact that we're in 2019 is *just* starting to register. Don't give up on those resolutions yet!!!

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    1. Switch to a minty charcoal toothpaste that'll make you remember why teeth are called pearly whites.

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    It's vegan and certified cruelty-free, plus the packaging boxes are made with 100% recyclable paperboard and printed with soy inks. I actually own and love this toothpaste — it's gentle enough to use on a daily basis, unlike some other whitening products.

    Promising review: "I love this toothpaste! I bought it after seeing the great results from a friend. It looks crazy when you're brushing but as long as you thoroughly rinse your mouth after, it's great. It leaves a very fresh taste after brushing. Not super fake minty, just smooth and clean." —SocalMom

    Get it from Walmart for $4.82.

    2. Throw in a dye-trapping sheet with mixed washes so your dark wash jeans don't ruin your white shirts. Yay for not having to separate laundry!

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    These work in all water temperatures!

    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and whites) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry, too, (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. I use these for my jeans, too, since there are many variations of color; from light wash to dark. If you do laundry, then you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a 72-count from Amazon for $10.77.

    3. Relieve hand stress, strengthen your grip, and give yourself something to fidget with at work with squishy exercise eggs.

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    The eggs in the picture are the largest size. Each egg has a different degree of firmness so you can work your way up from softest to firmest.

    Promising review: "I work at a desk about 11–12 hours a day with TONS of typing. Since using these, I've noticed less pain and strain in my wrists and hands, and they are also a great stress reliever. I've got people at my office hooked. I think they're totally worth the price." —Petite Loeb

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    4. If you're thinking about redecorating your place but don't want to paint the walls, opt for peel-and-stick wallpaper that'll give you the same effect with zero mess and commitment — it'll come right off when you're ready for something new.

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    Each roll covers approximately 28.18 square feet. You can also use it to line drawers or decorate furniture.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! If you have ever done old school wallpaper, just forget that stuff and buy this. Great prints, excellent quality, and sooo simple to use and install. I am honestly so impressed with how this goes on the wall. I used no tools aside from a razor to trim. Just put in place and smooth out with your hand. It is beautiful and vibrant. You can reposition as needed, and when it's time to change décor, it comes off with no residue or glue to deal with. I did an accent wall and at first wasn't sure, but once I got going, I was so impressed at how easy it was to dress up any room in your house." —stevejacko

    Get them from The Home Depot: the tropical leaf design for $34.97 and the gold geometric design for $27.86

    5. Prepare for tax day by compiling all your documents (W-2 forms, 1099 forms, receipts, medical expense records, etc.) beforehand with the help of a checklist. Trust me, do it now and you'll feel waaay less anxious in April!

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    Download a free tax preparation checklist from TurboTax to get started!

    6. Then, sort and stash all those papers in a wall organizer so they're easily accessible (and not cluttering up your desk).

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    You can also fold it down and take it to go.

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing invention ever. My husband and I got into a habit of piling up all our random papers in the kitchen on top of the microwave, and I was just SICK of it! Could never find anything and things would go missing. Once I set this up, it was a game changer. My kitchen mess is no longer! And I have not lost another field trip form and have a place for all those floating art projects, receipts, and pay stubs." —Kirsten

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors).

    7. Wrap your earbuds in a silicone case to keep them clean and untangled.

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    Promising review: "If you are looking for a clean, easy-to-find in your bag earbud case that keeps earbuds neatly packed away from all the potentially nasty, unclean junk in your backpack/purse/pockets, and keeps the cords in place, then this case reigns supreme! I personally like how the cases come in bright colors to make it easier to find." —Cherlindrea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    8. When preparing for big events that require sending lots of snail mail (such as a wedding), invest in envelope moisteners to save your tongue from drying out.

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    These actually have adhesive in the formula so you don't have to worry about the envelops accidentally popping open. It'll also be a lot more consistent than a wet sponge.

    Promising review: "Nobody should ever have to lick anything that they don't want to. That is why these envelope moisteners are the best. I don't have to worry about dying like that lady in the Seinfeld episode." —Newport Biodiesel

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.73.

    9. If you never know what to eat and/or have dietary restrictions, download Mealime — a meal-planning app that'll make cooking *almost* as easy as ordering takeout.

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    This awesome all-in-one app takes you through every step of cooking a meal, from planning to making a grocery list to the following the actual recipe. You can customize your menu preferences and allergies and restrictions, so all the recipes that come up are ones you'd actually want to make. You can also choose your meal size (two servings or four servings), depending on how many people are in your household. Read our full review of Mealime!

    Promising review: "Oh my god, this app is so awesome. I'm just on the free version, and I have never had such an easy time finding, shopping, and making a full meal for me and my partner. I don't have to even look at recipes with ingredients I don't like, no wading through things we can't eat or are trying to avoid. I have such awful depression and just being able to have my phone plan a healthy meal FOR me is incredible." —A Google user

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

    10. Use numbered luggage tags on your next vacation so no suitcase gets left behind at baggage claim.

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    Get a set of three from Forever 21 for $9.03.

    11. If you hate drinking regular water, try flavoring it with a packet of crystallized lemon (or lime) — it'll taste just like the fresh fruit but won't require any refrigeration.

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    This is just crystalized citrus so there are no added sweeteners, preservatives, or chemicals. One packet = the taste of one lemon wedge; two packets = one tablespoon of lemon juice. These can be used for cooking as well!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it. I add a packet to a big glass of water, and it does taste just like there's a lemon wedge squeezed into it. The packets are convenient, so I can take them with me (camping, hiking, really anywhere I plan to drink water). For some reason, I don't like to drink tap water straight, so I used to mix it with some juice. But this is cheaper, more convenient, and healthier. Plus, I'm drinking a lot more water now!" —T.C.

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon: the lime flavor for $8.60 and the lemon flavor for $9.13

    12. Get a head start on spring cleaning (I know, I know, it's technically still winter) by tackling some of the stains you didn't get to last year with a ridiculously effective carpet spot remover.

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    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissel carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    Also, check out some incredibly useful spring cleaning cheat sheets and spring cleaning products that might come in handy.

    13. Rest your heat styling tool in a silicone holster instead of the narrow area around the sink (especially if you have a tendency to leave it on accidentally).

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    The silicone can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees.

    Promising review: "My wife left the hair straightener on and rushed to work, this plastic magnificent thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very warm and hot, nothing burned, not even the plastic holder itself. It does what it's supposed to do. It sticks and prevents fires from hair straighteners. Proved after sticking to the sink for over three to four months and not melting with a turned-on hair straightener inside from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m." —Emre

    Get it from Amazon for $14.75 (available in four colors).

    14. Apply a screen protector on your brand new phone because just you never know when it might slip out of your hands. This one is crystal clear, easy to apply, and might just save you from a shattered screen.

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    Promising review: "This screen protector is fantastic and I wish I could rate it 6 stars. In a horrific chain of events, I tragically dropped my phone from approximately 4 3/4 feet directly onto cold hard pavement littered with gravel. (Dropped it out my car window.) To my dismay, I observed multiple cracks on the screen of my almost new iPhone 8. I then did the drive of shame back home where I could more closely observe the catastrophic damage to my phone screen. I slowly pulled it out of my pocket as a single tear ran down my face. Suddenly I was overcome with an epiphany. I had purchased and installed this glass protector on my phone. Is it possible that my screen was still intact? Is it possible that this eight-dollar product saved me from replacing my entire screen? I slowly peeled back the screen and was filled with joy. I haven't felt joy like this since I opened up my Nintendo 64 one 1990's Christmas morning. My screen was unscathed. I snapped a picture of the decimated screen cover, and gave it a proper Viking burial. Thank you for your service tempered glass screen protector." —Well Endowed

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (fits iPhones 6–8; or check out screen protectors for other smartphone models).

    15. Clean and moisturize your skin with a rose petal witch hazel toner that thousands of people swear by. (It has over 10,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5/5 star rating!)

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    Read our full review of the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner.

    Promising review: "Are rose petals magic? I've used lots of different witch hazel toners before and they all do their job, but this stuff is straight up magic on my skin. I have always had oily skin with large pores on my nose that tend to get clogged and be pretty noticeable. I squirt this stuff on a cotton round and rub it on my face, and my pores look WAY smaller and are free of sebum. It's weird. I've never used a product that has done this before, even some of the really expensive products that are supposed to do this." —cobalt1

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. Read an ode to being organized and why it's a great form of self-care as well as a gift to others.

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    As someone who struggles with organization and time management, this article really encouraged me to get my shit together. I highly recommend giving it a read!

    17. Speaking of getting organized, treat yourself to a non-dated planner, because we're not always ready to get our shit together by January 1st.

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    This planner has monthly pages, weekly pages, and blank lined pages in the back. Each weekly section has a lined page next to it so there's plenty of space to jot down extra notes and to-dos! I've been using this planner for work since the beginning of the year and I love how simple the layout is. Because it's non-dated, I can easily leave for vacation and not have to skip pages when I return.

    Get it from fromsoul on Etsy for $17 (available in six colors and a smaller size).

    Or, check out our picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. Stretch your feet and legs after an intense workout or a long day at the office with a foot rocker.

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    Promising review: "I have Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, and this is the PERFECT tool for a deep stretch. I do yoga and stretch like it’s my job, but I can never quite get those soleus muscles to relax. If you have extremely tight calves or medical conditions like myself, this is definitely for you. It’s also great for a hamstring and glute stretch!" —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    19. Never rest your bag on a dirty floor again with a hanger clip that doubles as a bangle.

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    Promising review: "I got this mainly because I go to public parks a lot and department store bathrooms, and there are never any hooks on the doors to hang my purse. I have been so frustrated and been looking for something simple to carry around with me. Well, I have found it! I LOVE THIS THING!!! It works great on bathroom doors, it hangs on my purse for easy access. And I like how it can even be worn on my wrist. My niece thought it was a bracelet, lol. Best thing ever." —DejaLiyah

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in six finishes).

    20. Overcome your mid-day slump and freshen your breath with caffeinated mints. Non-coffee drinkers rejoice!

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    Two pieces have as much caffeine as one cup of brewed coffee or an 8-ounce energy drink.

    Promising review: "It's more convenient than coffee, and I like that it doesn't stain your teeth. Also nice not to have to run to the bathroom. These are pretty close to spearmint Altoids in terms of flavor. I don't find the caffeine overwhelming. No heart racing or jitters for me." —MATT

    Get six 20-packs from Amazon for $18.99 (available in five flavors; also sold as single tins).

    21. Earn cash back on your everyday purchases with the Ibotta app. That's free money, people!

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    This app partners with more than 300 stores (both online and IRL), including Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, BJ's, Dollar Tree, Petco, Home Depot, Best Buy, 7-Eleven... and many more! All you have to do is link your Paypal or Venmo account, find deals you want to shop for in the app, upload your receipt for qualifying items, and you'll get actual money deposited into your account within 48 hours. Read our review of Ibotta for more deets!

    Promising review: "I’ve been using Ibotta for a little over two years now. I didn’t start to get into it that much until about a year and a half ago. When I realized how many items I could collect cash back on, I started to really pay attention to my grocery list. As well as using store promotions, coupons, and manufacturer coupons that I get in the mail, Ibotta is just another great way to save a little bit of money on everyday items that I need. I never have an issue redeeming my money on PayPal and have only encountered very minor issues when getting cashback once or twice, but they were resolved after reaching out directly to Ibotta. I love that I can redeem the same cashback on certain products because I usually buy in bulk. Especially when it comes to canned dog and cat food, I always buy multiples, and I LOVE that I can get the same offer more than once (five times usually!)" —cornylynn

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free.

    22. Boost your oral hygiene with a copper tongue scraper — it's the ultimate solution to bad breath.

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    Promising review: "Halitosis be toast! My husband has always had an issue with bad breath even though he's ridiculously meticulous about his oral hygiene. Seriously, I've never met someone who flosses as much as he does and he never skips a tooth brushing, no matter how tired he is. Yet he still had the most rancid breath. Enter the tongue scraper! Just like that — BAM! No more bad breath at all!" —Kelly A Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two finishes).

    23. Pick up some life-changing habits from our readers that won't take up too much of your time but can make a big difference — like making your bed every morning!

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    Other tips include using meditation apps to aid sleeping and starting a positivity journal. Also, check out some easy, low-effort ways to keep your home clean!

    24. Save your nails from the unpleasant task of peeling off sticker labels with a scraper tool, instead of ruining the manicure that you paid hard-earned money for.

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    Promising review: "I am shocked that something that seems so simple is so handy. I use it all the time to get off stickers, spots of paint left by the painters, goop on my countertops. No more ruining my nails." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. While we're on the topic of nails, stop splits, chips, and cracks with a nail strengthening cream formulated with calcium, vitamins, and jojoba oil. It'll also condition your cuticles and help boost nail growth.

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    Promising review: "I just got it today and used it twice. I can already see and feel an amazing difference in my cuticles and nails. My fingertips feel like silk to the touch. My ragged cuticle (from the hands in water thing) instantly softened and disappeared. My unpolished nails hardened up, almost as if I had just double-polished them with an intensive strengthening polish, but I didn't. All I did was rub the cream into my nails, cuticle, and fingertips, and within minutes, I actually saw and felt an instant difference. I can't believe the difference this product made in one day." —RoseAnn Gibbons

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. Don't just accept the crack around your door that's letting in a chilly draft — line it with adhesive foam so precious heat doesn't leak out and bugs don't sneak their way in.

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    Each roll measures 3/8" x 3/16" x 30'.

    Promising review: "The room I work in has cheap windows. The cold air coming in around the sill was keeping my work space at a very chilly temperature. I bought these strips hoping to block some of the draft. This foam strip was easy and quick to install and worked like a charm. Wish I'd gotten this *before* winter was almost over." —-S

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.59.

    27. Smooth out your unruly hair with minimal pain and breakage using a flexible paddle brush.

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    Promising review: "I bought this brush looking for something that would work well with three types of hair textures. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I have four daughters with different hair textures (curly, wavy, and very, very tight curls). It worked AWESOME on all their hairs. The girls usually complain when I'm doing their hair but not one complained when I used KareCo Tangle Buster Brush. I will be purchasing another one as back up." —Mari

    Get it from Walmart for $10.96.

    Also, check out DIY hair masks for different hair types!

    When you wanna order takeout for the fifth night in a row but you can't because of budgeting reasons:

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

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