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Adulting (n): the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

New to adulting? Brush up your budget-making, food-preparing, plant-sustaining, home-making skill set with this digital display! Each title is available through one (or more!) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.


    Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens

    In this winsome cookbook, blogger Emily Wight offers fantastic recipes, ideas, and advice on how to prepare imaginative, nutritious, and delectable meals without breaking the bank.
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    Better Homes and Gardens Make-Ahead Meals: 150+ Recipes to Enjoy Every Day of the Week

    Filled with over 150 recipes, plus tips and tricks for quick food prep and complete meals, this book makes planning dinner a breeze.
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Mastering Meal Prep

In addition to providing smart alternatives to fast food and frozen meals, Mastering Meal Prep will make your life less complicated, cooking more fun, and meals that are both healthy and delicious!

Prep School: How to Improve Your Kitchen Skills and Cooking Techniques

Illustrated with full-color photography and a plethora of simple, plainspoken instructions, Prep School is an easy go-to guide for becoming more adept at any kitchen skill.

The Real Food Grocery Guide: Navigate the Grocery Store, Ditch Artificial & Unsafe Ingredients, Bust Nutritional Myths & Select the Healthiest Foods Possible

The Real Food Grocery Guide helps you navigate every aisle of the grocery store with tips on the healthiest and most economical choices, how to store fresh foods, and more.

Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven

This cookbook offers over 120 recipes for complete meals, snacks, brunch, and even dessert, requiring nothing more than a sheet pan, your oven, and Molly Gilbert's inspired approach.
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How to Cook from A-Z

Get cooking with this beginner's reference that covers essential equipment, kitchen staples, illustrated techniques, and easy recipes. This is a handbook for the starter cook.

The Dinner Plan

The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies (Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry) that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you.

Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Good Cheap Eats serves up 65 two-course dinners, consisting of a main dish and a substantial side, salad, or soup, all of which take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

The Healthy College Cookbook

Includes over 300 recipes for delicious, nutritious meals that are inexpensive and easy. Meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans will all find simple and adaptable recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Betty Crocker 20-Minute Meals

If you think you don't have time to cook dinner tonight, think again! These 20+ easy and delicious recipes are ready in 20 minutes or less.

The Can Opener Gourmet

Sample these 200+ quick, budget-friendly, delicious and nutritious recipes using your own selection of canned fruits, vegetables and meats.

The Secret Art of Being a Grown-up: Tips, Tricks, and Perks No One Thought to Tell You

From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating.
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Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection

These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics will make us all feel better about being "adults."
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Almost Adulting: All You Need to KNow to Get it Together (Sort Of)

By the end of this humourous audiobook, you'll have learned not only how to travel alone, talk to strangers online, and date strangers in person, but also how to pass as a real, functioning adult.
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Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning

Trowbridge draws on her own experience to offer advice to "Ashley," a fictional college student looking for mentorship from someone one step ahead in life, over the course of twenty-two letters.
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Adulting 101: #Wisdom4Life

Adulting 101 is a clever and timely guide to adult responsibilities like getting insurance, furnishing an apartment, investing your money wisely, and more.

The Useful Book: 201 Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

A modern and energetically designed encyclopedia of DIY with everything you need to know to roll up your sleeves and cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it yourself.

Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living

From home DIY to meal prep, Home-Ec 101 will help you save money and stress with many useful tips and one simple mantra: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

World's Best Life Hacks

This collection of the 200 most useful life hacks is explained with clear, step-by-step pictures so you can get started right away!

Goals: The 10 Rules for Achieving Success

Author Gary Ryan Blair describes how goals help you learn how to keep your "eye on the prize" - your life will not go according to plan if you don't have a plan!

I Know How To Set Goals, So Why Don't I Achieve Them?

Dr. Nick Hall addresses the importance of mindset when setting, breaking down, and working towards goals that align with your values.

Destinations: Your Guide To Setting & Achieving Meaningful Goals

Learn how to harness SMART goals, milestones, patience, persistence and a dedication to exceeding your potential to get where YOU want to go.

101 Small Rules For A Big Job Search: New Guidelines for Today's Job Seeker

This guide is the perfect roadmap to a successful job search. In it you'll discover everything you need to know from beginning your search to accepting your job offer.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life.
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Succulents Simplified

This complete succulent primer explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live.

Stylish Succulents

Colorful and hardy succulents meet the simple principles of Japanese Bonsai and Ikebana in this unique guide to container gardening.

Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces

The ideal book for urban gardeners, indoor gardeners, and vegetable gardeners, Container Gardening Complete is a thorough visual guide that will get you growing quickly!

Modern Upcycling: A User-Friendly Guide to Inspiring and Reprposed Handicrafts for a Trendy Home

Modern Upcycling features 65 projects accompanied by step-by-step instructions that are guaranteed to help you revitalize and personalize your home.

Good Bones, Great Pieces

This mother-daughter team guides you in selecting seven essential furniture pieces that can live stylishly in any room, whether you're starting out with your first apartment or redecorating your home.

Living with Air Plants

This reference and growing guide covers over 100 different Tillandsia varieties, and gives you all the information you need to select your plants and make them thrive.

Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps

Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget.

How to Make Curtains: Measuring and Making the Perfect Window Coverings for Every Room in Your Home

This guide includes step-by-step instructions for making five different curtain styles: pleats, eyelets, tab tops, tie tops, and rod pockets.

Urban Botanics: An Indoor Plant Guide for Modern Gardners

Learn how to care for succulents, cacti, flowering and foliage plants even with a full-time job, with this unique gardening guide that is made to fit alongside our modern-day schedules.

Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive

Baylor Chapman walks readers through everything they need to know to bring houseplants into their home, from Plant Care 101 to placement and interior decorating tips.

Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space

No matter the size of your space, you can enjoy an organized, beauty-filled life. In this practical book, readers will learn tips to maximize storage, organization, and flow.

You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want

You Need A Budget will teach you simple rules to completely revolutionize the way you think about managing your money.
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The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack draw on years of experience researching and reporting on the financial lives of Americans to present an accessible, one-stop guide to taking back your financial future.
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Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

Learn how to Get Your Financial Life Together (#GYFLT). It's time to stop scraping by and take control of your money and your life with this savvy and smart guide.
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Money Management and Budgeting Hacks

By taking the time to learn money saving tips and tricks, you can take control of your spending, create strong budgets, and get back on financial track for a less stressful and more enjoyable life.

The Power of Passive Income: Make Your Money Work for You

Entrepreneur Media has teamed up with Nightingale-Conant to show you how to harness the power of passive income, and earn a steady stream of cash while living your best life.

Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right, and Enjoy Life

Happy Go Money combines happiness psychology and personal finance and distills it into an indispensable starter guide.

The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time

Popular blogger Anna Newell Jones of delivers this self-help manifesto that reveals how a "spending fast" can help you get on the road to living debt-free.

10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Filled with savvy tips on how to enjoy life on a small budget, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is a compilation of juicy tips from the personal finance blog

Bubbly On Your Budget: Live luxuriously with What You Have

Bubbly on Your Budget is an effervescent guide to living on a budget without sacrificing style. Author Marjorie Hillis proves that it isn't how much we have, but how we act, that matters.

The 30-Day Money Cleanse

Minimize your money stress, break bad financial habits, learn investing basics, and revitalize your relationship with money with this month-long money cleanse.

The Best Things in Life Are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Travel Guide

Lonely Planet's The Best Things in Life are Free is packed full of money-saving tips, tricks and recommendations for the best-value sights and experiences around the world.

Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You'll Love

This guide will show you how to get out of debt and enjoy debt free living with the powerful "Zero-Sum Budget" method.