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    25 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Month

    Drinking more water, tackling muscle knots, making the perfect cappuccino, and other ways to feel like a good adult.

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    1. Whip up a rich and foamy cappuccino (or hot chocolate) at home with an inexpensive handheld milk frother rather than paying $4+ for one at a fancy coffee joint.,

    Because it's small and battery-powered, you can use it for traveling or camping as well. It comes with a stainless steel stand so you don't have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

    Promising review: "This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!" —Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    2. Or if you're a tea person, organize your selection in a clear container so everything is neat and accessible. No more half-empty boxes cluttering up your cabinets!

    Promising review: "I love this box! I've had my tea bags in all kinds of little crummy containers, but this looks really nice on my counter, and the tea bags fit perfectly inside. I don't usually write reviews, but this is a GREAT idea." —Wonder Woman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 each (picture shows two stacked together).

    3. Take your summer dresses into the fall by layering a white T-shirt under them — and voila, it's like you just added a whole bunch of new pieces into your autumn wardrobe!

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    They're also just great for layering under flannel shirts and cardigans... I mean, you really can't go wrong with a simple white (or any other color you prefer) tee! I own two of these, and they're really soft and wash well. You can also read another BuzzFeeder's review of these T-shirts.

    Promising review: "Can I tell you how much I HATE wearing an undershirt on a hot day?! It’s so frustrating to look for shirts in the store and have them all be translucent, too tight, too baggy, or have words on them. I saw these and figured I could send them back if I hated them. Well, I LOVE THEM. They are soft, they aren’t see-through, and they fit amazingly well. I get complimented on them every time I wear them. Can’t beat the price either. I can even wear the white ones without an undershirt. I have several colors and will buy more." —KH

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 15 color combos).

    4. Invest in a pair of cute rain boots because your leather ones probably won't survive the fall showers.,

    Get them from Amazon: the matte pair for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and two colors) or the glossy pair for $20+ (available in sizes 4.5–9 and three colors)

    5. Streamline your shower/bath routine with a multipurpose soap gentle enough for the whole family to use. You'll also have fewer products cluttering up the tub rim.

    You can use it as a shower gel, shampoo, bubble bath, or shave gel. Plus, it's paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, synthetic color and dye-free, and synthetic fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "This is a gentle, all-purpose body soap. I hate having a lot of products in our bathroom. Clutter makes me a sad panda. I was able to replace my body soap, my husband's body soap and face wash, and both of our separate shampoos with this one item. I also use it to clean my makeup brushes! Neither of us had any reaction to it, it gets the job done, and it smells amazing. One bottle (which is quite large) lasts my husband and I about two months. Considering how many things we use it for, that's pretty good. It's also a very reasonable price. We've been using this soap since 2012 and have never had a need to look for another. It also is a decent bubble bath for a soak. I would highly recommend." —Srae

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39+ (available in three scents).

    6. Secure a handheld bag (or jacket) onto your carry-on suitcase with a luggage strap so you can run to catch that flight without worry about things falling off.,

    Promising review: "We picked one up before our recent nine-day international vacation (two small children = we took a lot of crap). Of course with our kids being little, they can't carry much. So my husband was wrangling most of the luggage in between porters, while I needed my hands free to keep the kids close. This gadget more than came in handy... I don't how we ever traveled before without one? I was even able to take the heavy tote off my shoulder, I threw on top of that our sweatshirts and strapped them on one of our spinner suitcases. It seemed we were always throwing something in the strapped pile or retrieving something. It was so fast and easy to secure and open back up! I think I will order a second one just in case we have a bigger pile next time or maybe for trips when we take along a small ice chest. At one point our pile got pretty huge with our personal carry-ons (small backpacks, duffels, totes, and sweatshirts), and it could handle it all no problem. Nothing shifted or moved, so my husband never had to worry about being gentle or losing something — he could just act like it was all one suitcase — it was so secure. I highly recommend these!" —Maletchs Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    7. Use up the very last bits of your bath products or condiments with a pack of bottle stands — that stuff adds up!

    These fit most plastic standard screw-top bottles worldwide — from 4 oz. up to gallon bottles.

    Promising review: "So much easier than trying to tip a bottle upside down and prop it up against something to get the last drop. Hate to waste anything. I think that it will pay for itself in the long run." —Debbie

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. Line your flats or loafers (or any shoes you don't want to wear socks with) with washable cotton insoles to avoid getting sweaty feet and stinky shoes.

    Promising review: "Ladies, do you own flats and are tired of your shoes getting nasty inside? This is the solution. I have wide feet, and they fit my shoes perfectly. These are literally saving the leather soles of my shoes and keeping my tootsies fresh and dry. And these can be washed. My no-show socks constantly slid off. With these insoles, I don’t have to wear skipping socks any longer. I will be ordering a few more sets for backups and other shoes." —Melba

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.19 (available in women's sizes 5–12, men's sizes 8–13, and two colors).

    9. Wind down when you're feeling stressed using Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app. There are cute animations to guide you through, too.

    The premium version includes hundreds of guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise, and sleep.

    Promising review: "Headspace surpassed my expectations; it's easy to use, easier to navigate, and very effective in teaching the inexperienced to meditate. I especially enjoy the variety in session times, so I can pick between meditating for around 10 minutes or taking a shorter time. Also worth noting is that the app is just as helpful even if you don't purchase the extended packages; the 10 free sessions can be repeated without losing their impact. I have recommended this to friends in need of relaxation in the past and would do so again. Definitely worth the download!" —Maura Gibson

    Get the basic course from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free or get full access for $12.99/month.

    10. Peruse a helpful cookbook that focuses on techniques instead of recipes, so you can pull together quick and tasty meals on the fly.

    Promising review: "I bought the original 18 years ago and have bought three since (binding falls apart — alas). I have a very large collection of cookbooks, but I go back to the original over and over and over. I have now read the updated version (okay, I've read it three times now). It is every bit as good and adds pieces here and there that update to today. I have cooked a couple of recipes already, and they do not disappoint. The idea of knowing you can plan ahead is a good theme and carried out well. I miss her dessert section but the original is still around so I can go there if I need to. I will continue to cook out of both editions. I would point out three things though — the updated book has pictures, a great bread recipe, AND the pages wipe clean!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

    11. Separate your clothing into different categories (such as color, thickness, blouses/shirts/tees, etc.) with colorful dividers so you don't have to dig through the entire closet to find that one top. You can also use them to plan out your outfits for the entire week.,

    It comes with a marker for writing labels.

    Promising review: "I needed these to separate my clothes in my closet. I can only wear black to work and since I have skirts, pants, tunics, dresses, and slip, it’s nice to put them separately by color. It makes getting ready for work much easier!" —Clarice

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    12. Tackle your muscle knots with a pair of rubber massage balls if you're not down to drop $$$$ on a spa sesh.

    Promising review: "These balls have been an absolute blessing for me. I have been having pain in my lower back and glute area for quite some time. I’ve gotten massages, and each time I felt like it was a waste of money because my areas of concern weren’t better afterward at all. When I used these balls, they immediately hit right on the targets and got those knots right out. OMG! I wish I would’ve got these sooner. Totally worth getting for anyone who has those same kinds of muscle issues. You won’t regret it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three color combos).

    13. Bookmark these helpful infographics on everything you'd want to know about adulting, including how to ace a job interview, how to accept a compliment, how to find the right roommate, what to do when you get pulled over, etc.

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    Check out all 19 charts!

    14. Speaking of charts, hang up an informative wine guide and get familiar with your reds, whites, and rosés — everyone will be so impressed by your knowledge.

    Promising review: "If you want to learn about wine, start with this. It breaks down wine into easy-to-identify groups and gives you the subgroups that you can then identify by following other cues, such as scent, flavor, etc. Having the big picture in your mind (like seeing the full forest) makes it easier to focus on the individual details (like the single trees). I wish I had come across this chart a long time ago." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. Give your pearly whites a boost before a job interview with a vegan teeth whitening pen. Bonus: it tastes minty fresh.


    Promising review: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. After not having done any whitening for my teeth in a WHILE, I realized they needed some TLC. Enter Pearly Girl. I have used it three to four times a day for about two weeks now, and I would say I'm at least three shades whiter than before using. I will be purchasing this again for sure. I love it. Oh! And it does not taste bad at all, which I think is a unique pro in the world of teeth whitening." —Sarbeso

    Get it from Sephora for $22.

    This our pick for the best cheap teeth whitener on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    16. Throw a mini first aid kit into your bag or glove compartment because you just never know when you'll get a blister or cut.

    This kit includes six large bandages, four small bandages, two butterfly bandages, two spot bandages, two knuckle bandages, three antiseptic wipes, two sting relief wipes, one large safety pin, one small safety pin, two antibiotic ointments, one razor blade, and one reusable tin.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. Chew away your afternoon drowsiness with a pack of mint-flavored energy gum instead of having a fourth cup of coffee.

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    One BuzzFeeder swears by these — read her review (#2)! These are sugar-free and formulated with green tea caffeine, which means you won't get jitters or crash like with other energy-boosting products. (FYI, the caffeine content in each tablet is equivalent to a half cup of coffee.)

    Promising review: "I normally drink a cup of coffee before I work out in the morning, but found NeuroGum to be a quicker and cheaper alternative. It tastes pretty good, and the caffeine kicks in super fast. I'll definitely be stocking up on this gum from here on out to get me going in the morning." —Dan Scime

    Get nine six-packs from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in cinnamon).

    18. Switch over to a natural deodorant (formulated with coconut water, coconut oil, and sage oil) that actually works and smells freakin' amazing.

    Promising review: "I'm so pleasantly surprised by this deodorant. I've been using it for over two weeks, and it works wonderfully. It glides on silky smooth and doesn't leave a weird residue. It lasts all day even when I'm really active. I've even got my husband using it now, too!" —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    This is our pick for the best mid-priced natural deodorant on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. Polish away flakes and bumps with a pair of exfoliating gloves — your skin will be silky smooth no matter how dry the weather gets. Plus, they're easier to use than a scrub or brush.

    Promising review: "These gloves are a great choice for exfoliation in the shower. Yes, I love using my sugar body scrubs, but many days I want a quick scrub down — these gloves are perfect. At first, it seemed like they might be too small (I have large hands), but they really stretch and fit fine. They are really handy for buffing off dry skin (always use with soap and water!). I am impressed with how easily they rinse out, and how easy they are to wash — just toss them in a net bag, throw them in the washer, and air dry! Also, they are very lightweight, so you do not have water-logged gloves that use up a huge amount of soap or body wash!" —JAS

    Get four pairs from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. Monitor the temperature and humidity in your home with a digital thermometer to ensure it's always at the optimum comfort level.

    It can free-stand on a tabletop or stick to magnetic surfaces.

    Promising review: "I love this product (so much so that after I fell in love with the original one I purchased, I bought three more)! I really struggle with my sinuses and never realized how dry it was around me. I worked to ensure that the air around me was more comfortable for me to breathe, and it REALLY made a difference. I keep one in my bedroom (the original), I have one in my living room, one at my desk (at work), and I gave one to my parents to try. I really like that it tells you both the temperature and the humidity level (as well as the highs and lows for that space/unit)." —D. McIntyre

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. Stick a Ron Swanson magnet on the dishwasher so everyone knows whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Either way, Ron is not pleased because you should have washed the dishes by hand instead of using a machine.

    Promising review: "The only thing that would make this any better is if the dirty side was a picture of Duke Silver. Strong magnet, easy to flip, wipes clean, everyone loves it." —Rose Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. Invest in a good chef's knife that'll last forever and make cutting overripe tomatoes so much easier.


    Promising review: "Absolutely the best knife for the price out there. I've got Wüsthof Grand Prix II knives, which are pretty damn good — especially if you're doing a lot of work with them. This Victorinox knife is absolutely equal to the Wüsthof in every measure of usability except balance— and it's close enough on that to not really make a difference. I've spent four-hour shifts in a volunteer kitchen, going through box after box of various meats and veg with the Victorinox. It's great. Hit it with a sharpening steel before you go to town, and it holds it's edge admirably. It also takes a real sharpening with a stone well." —Basil Margherita

    Get it from Amazon for $34.30 (available in three lengths).

    This is our pick for the best cheap chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    23. Trick people into thinking you're a makeup pro with an easy-to-use cream contour and highlighting palette.,

    Promising review: "Love it! I've been scared to try out cream contour kits because I was worried it would leave my face looking like I have a pound of makeup on, but that's not the case at all! It's light and feels like I hardly have anything on my face. This kit comes with instructions as well so it makes applying easier for beginners. I followed the instructions to a T, and I love the final look!" —brook

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    24. Spruce up your dining table (or coffee table) with velvet pumpkins for an easy fall-themed centerpiece that'll delight your guests.

    Get a set of four from Your Heart's Content on Etsy for $29.99.

    25. If you're having trouble hitting your water intake goals, try an infusion bottle to impart some delicious natural flavors.,

    It's made with BPA-free Tritan plastic, which is more durable than regular plastic.

    Promising review: "This water bottle infuser transforms your normal bottle of water into a tasty and healthy drink! I stopped drinking soda a very long time ago, but I wanted a flavored water that would taste good when I wanted something flavorful. It's easy, it's flavorful, and it's refreshing! If you're struggling with 'junk drinks' as I like to call them, I say try this healthy alternative and see how well it goes for you. It's dishwasher-safe, it's made of a good material, the flip-top lid is a HUGE PLUS, and it can help you stay on track with whatever health goals you currently have in your life." —Josiah B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in five colors).

    When you woke up early, ate a breakfast, and had a productive day at work:

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