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There comes a point in every girl's life that you realise you've entered adulthood. It can be the most scary and terrifying time of your life, but you'll survive, we promise. 

And if you're not sure about it yet, here are five signs your days of being young and foolish are over (for the most part):

1. You have to wake yourself up in the morning

You once had your parents wake you up every single morning, but those days are gone. Gone, forever. Now you have to remember to put on your alarm clock, to snooze it four times and then, get yourself up. 

 

2. Doing the food shopping

Remember when you used to go food shopping with your parents and you could put ANYTHING in the trolley and they would just pay for it?! Those days were the best. Now though, you dread having to go food shopping and nothing sweet or tasty ever enters your trolley. Sob. 

 

3. You have to wash and iron your own clothes

Are you starting to really miss being a child now, because we are! Fresh, clean clothes would arrive into your room every day and you didn't even have to think about it. But being the adult that you are now, ironing your clothes is the most boring household chore. Ever. 

 

4. Having a budget 

If there was ever a word to strike shock and horror into your heart, it's the word 'budget'. Back in the day, whenever your granny gave you €20 it was like Christmas. Now, every single penny you make is budgeted and that's not fun… not fun at all. 

 

5. Paying the bills. All. By. Yourself.

Did anyone else jump for joy when you were a kid and you received a letter in the post? Because we did. But now that adulthood is here, every letter that hits the floor brings sudden panic upon you. Bills, bills and more bills, am I right?! 

 

But on the other hand, after a stressful day, we can all do this: 

 

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Whether you live at home or share a house with your friends (or strangers for that matter), there are times when no matter how well you get on, they are just going to do something that gets on your nerves. It’s inevitable when you share the same space with other people. If you’re lucky, these things will rarely happen. But if not, well, you could always move. Or just retaliate, whatever’s cheaper.

1.Drinking Straight Out Of The Carton
It doesn’t matter how big the thirst is that you’re trying to quench, you can take the extra ten seconds to pour the drink into a glass and drink from that. Your saliva and our milk don't mix. Ever. 

2. Putting Empty Boxes/Bottles/Containers Back In The Fridge
The only reason that people do this is that they aren’t concentrating while they’re tiding up after themselves. Please think about what you’re doing and don’t get our hopes up that there’s still some M&M’s left in that big empty bag in the fridge.

3. Blatantly Eating Your Food
Just buy your own – or at least ask!

4. Leaving Dirty Dishes In The Sink
Don’t even get us started.

5. Noisy Eating
Some people, in fairness, are just noisy eaters, and there’s not a lot that they can do about it, it’s just the way they chew and the shape of their face or something. (Not to be confused with people who chew with their mouth open. Those people can’t be helped.)

6. Leaving The Cap Off The Toothpaste
Hard, stale unusable toothpaste is never good, how is it that much harder to just put it back on?

7. Not Hanging Up The Towel After A Shower…
It can’t dry properly down there, and becomes smellier in a much shorter space of time.

8…Or Opening The Window
We can't see in the fogged up mirror to do our make-up every morning – can't you be a little considerate?

9. Leaving The Toilet Seat Up
One for the boys. How many times do we have to fall into the toilet bowl before we either start looking down first, or you learn to put it down after?

10. Using Your Shampoo
Like stealing your food, there’s only a certain amount of people that it could be. Only this one is much easier to figure out, especially when they come out of the bathroom smelling like coconut conditioner. 

11. Eating In Their Room And Leaving The Stuff Behind
By “stuff” we mean all of the cutlery, bowls, plates and cups they seem to be gathering into some sort of personal collection, meaning that there's nothing to eat cereal with in the morning, or any meal throughout the day for that matter.

12. Not Replacing An Empty Toilet Roll
Or even worse, not buying more when they’ve used up the last roll in the house. Tissues and kitchen roll will only do for so long!

13. Not Cleaning The Oven After Use
Obviously the oven doesn’t need to be cleaned after every time it’s used, but it’s common courtesy to clean up any spills that may have been caused by any of the food you were cooking.

14. Stinking Up The Fridge With Smelly Food
Blue cheese? Reeeally?

15. Hair In The Sink
No. Just, no.

16. Not Flushing The Toilet
Nope. 

17. Stealing Your Charger
When someone asks to borrow something, the standard thing to do is to return whatever it is once they’re finished with it. Not keep in their room indefinitely until you have to be asked for it. 

18. Leaving Used Tea Bags On The Counter
Taking the teas bag out of the mug and leaving it on the spoon while you pour your milk in or get the biscuits is a pretty common habit. But don’t just leave it there, throw it out before you leave the kitchen. The bin is 5 feet away from, it’s not hard.

19. Having The Television Really Loud
Sssh!!

 20. Bringing Home Unwelcome Couch Surfers
And they stay for way longer than you expect them to. They make relaxing in your own house awkward.

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Those of us who had to suffer through braces during our teens have this kind of silent understanding with one another. We understand what it was like.

Here are some things you will remember from your time having braces: 

1. Thinking “Why ME?!” when you found out it was time to get your braces
Sometimes the world just seems so unfair. Some people are born with perfect teeth, and others need to get braces on for two and a half years.

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2. The sheer pain you endured for days afterwards
The immense pain in your gums was almost unbearable. No amount of painkillers could totally numb it.

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3. Drinking all of your meals for the next week
The blender and straw were your best friends. Remember surviving on a diet of yoghurt and soup?

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4. Refusing to smile for ages
And when you did smile, you gave that weird, creepy grin where you tried to hide your braces so only the tops of your gums were on show.

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5. Getting elastic bands attached
What a horrific idea. Whoever though of this? Bright and colourful elastic bands which pin themselves across your teeth. At least change the colour so people don’t ask you about them over and over again.

 

6. Fearing that you wouldn’t get to kiss anybody until you got them off
When you have braces, you think that they are the most unattractive thing in the world. But they’re not, and you quickly realised that there’s far more unattractive things than braces.

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7. The great feeling when your friends got braces too
You’re not alone in this struggle! Solidarity. The glorious feeling when one of your friends gets braces too. You say nothing of course, but inside you’re weeping with happiness.

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8. Running your tongue along your braces
How weird? Don’t lie, you did it.

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9. Having food lodged in your braces
It was one of the worst situations about having braces. You had to try and remove the bits of food that crept into the gaps between the metal and hope that nobody noticed you doing so.

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10. Getting your braces tightened
You knew it was coming but it never made it any better. The pain would resurface, as would the blender and straw…

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11. Being called the worst nicknames in the world
Braceface, Train Tracks and Metal Mouth were among the worst. Then some people had the audacity to shout “CHOO CHOOOOO!”

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12. The euphoria you feel when you get your braces off!
There is no better feeling in your adolescent, or indeed adult, life than the day you get your braces off. Going from trying not to smile to unleashing that glorious Hollywood grin at every opportunity is just fantastic!

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There are certain fears that you will no doubt have during your 20's that can actually ruin the whole experience.

Sometimes we just need to realise that everything isn't going perfect, and that's ok. Here are the things we need to stop worrying about: 

1. Being alone forever
The roller coaster ride of dating in your 20′s is something you need to go through. You will find out what kind of person you’re into, and, most importantly what type of people you’re not. It may seem like you will be single forever, but you’re still just trying to narrow things down.

2. Constantly being broke
So you have a job and it barely pays you enough to live properly. Don’t worry, the days of pot noodles and tins of beans will soon be behind you. When you’re that bit older and you finally secure that job you wanted, it will be steak dinners from there on out.

 

3. Staying in a job you hate
You had it for years and it basically paid your way through college. But now that you’re out of college, you realise how much you hate it. You only keep it because of the money and because your parents are making you. It doesn’t have to be your life, it’s only on the side while you pursue the career you really want.

 

4. Being the screw up in the family
If you have brothers or sisters you don’t want to appear as if you’re the disappointment of the family. Do what you want to do and don't be afraid of what your family thinks. Sure, for a couple of years it’s awkward when you don’t know what to say when asked you what you do, but you’ll get over that.

 

5. Not seeing enough of the world
The best time to go travelling is when you finish college, but if you miss out on this it’s not the end of the world. Travelling is a great experience and you learn a lot about yourself, but there is still time when you get older to travel. You may not be able to spend months there, but you’re still getting a taste of somewhere different.

 

 6. Not being able to drive
You keep putting it off, but you know you really should do your test. You can cycle, which is better for the environment or if you want to try a really unreliable mode of transport you can always take the bus. Driving will become more of a priority later on in life, so don’t fret if you still haven’t learned. If all else fails you can just ask your friend for a lift.

 

7. Not having that beach body
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a six pack or flat stomach, we come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, it’s important to keep healthy and active, but stop stressing out over carbs and just be comfortable in your own skin.

8. Having no idea what you want to do with your life
There are people still in their 30′s and 40′s that still aren’t sure what exactly they want to do with their life. Your 20′s is the time to  make mistakes and figure out what you’re into, so it’s normal to still have no clue what you’re doing in life.

9. That your friends are doing better than you
You can still be happy for your friends if they’re doing well,but if you’re still sitting around with no idea what you want to do it doesn’t make you feel any better. It will all come to you in time and you shouldn’t worry about who gets paid more out of your friends.

10. Losing all your good friends
These things happen, if you move away from home, or they do, there isn’t much you can do about it. You can still stay in touch with them, but you will make new friends sooner or later. It’s always nice to talk and catch up with them everyone now and then.

11. Being left out
This is quite common, especially nowadays with social media you can see exactly what everyone is doing. You see people you know on their  holidays and you get jealous. You will have your fun soon enough so remember to enjoy it when it comes around.

12. Living with your parents forever
There comes a time in your life where you need your own personal space. Although you might really want to move out, sometimes it’s not possible because you just don’t have the money. You will eventually move out and you won’t have to rely on your parents.

13. Feeling old
If you think you feel old now, what will it feel like when you’re 30 or 40? When you see kids it makes you feel really old, but you’re actually still young, so start living like it. 

14. That no one really understands you
You never feel that anyone really gets you or understands where you’re coming from. Sometimes you can be hanging around with the wrong people, and they don’t see things the way you do. It’s always great to find someone who is like minded and is on the same wavelength as you.

15. That people will see who you really are
So, you were never the best in your class in college and you always scraped by. You fear that someone will figure you out, that you’re not all you say you are. Give yourself more credit for your achievements!

16. You will never be truly happy
When you get older, it’s the little things that put a smile on your face, not material goods. In your 20′s you want to have everything, but you will realise that you can’t always get what you want. You keep wanting the next big thing and the latest trends, but when you get older you will see that what really makes you happy is your family and friends.

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Ah, 21. The age of adulthood. The age where you realise this life is yours and you better look after it. Here are some things you should have learnt before turning 21, but if you’re anything like us, didn’t.

1. How to budget properly
No more splashing that cash! It’s time for rules.

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2. Knowing your limits
This isn’t only when it comes to  drink, but also taking care of your body. When you’re young, you don’t really think much about taking care of your body, but when you get older you start to realise that it’s more about preservation.

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3. How to cook for yourself
This doesn’t mean making yourself a turkey sambo or sticking a pizza in the oven. It’s being actually able to cook healthy food and have enough variety that you don’t get sick of having the same thing every night.

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4. There is no such thing as a junk food diet
No matter how much you may love junk food or have a sweet tooth, eventually you will realise that you can’t actually live eating junk food everyday. It’s ok in moderation, but junk food should be a reward or a way to treat yourself.

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5. Eventually things will catch up on you
Whether it’s you’re metabolism,  lack of sleep or you’re total neglect of exercise, it will all catch upon you.

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6. Failure is always an option
You will learn ten times more from failure than you do from constant success, if  everything is rosy all the time you will never see your weaknesses. Failing makes you reassess things and sometimes it can be something really simple that you never saw before.

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7. Being jealous of others is unhealthy
When you were younger, you would always be jealous of what everyone else had and as you got older you became jealous of other people. Jealousy is poison and the more you let it consume you the more you lose the sense of who you really are.

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8. Being older doesn’t make you any less awkward
Just because you’re that little bit older doesn’t mean your personality will drastically change. If you were awkward back then, odds are you’re just as awkward – if not more – now. You can learn to be less awkward around people, but you can’t just expect it to happen.

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9. Maturity doesn’t happen overnight
Maturity comes from experience and you don’t suddenly becoming mature just because you’re older. Sometimes you have to learn this the hard way but that’s ok, you’re still only a young adult.

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10. Don’t worry so much about what people think about you
There comes a stage in your life when you really just don’t care what people think of you. This isn’t to say you should act like an asshole and do what you want without thinking of the consequences. It’s more the fact you don’t have to live your life trying to please everyone you meet.

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11. Nothing ever lives up to your expectations
This isn’t always a bad thing though, because sometimes you expect something horrible and you’re pleasantly surprised. On the flip side, when you spend time building something up in your head, it never turns out as you expected it to.

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12. Don’t dwell on the past so much
It’s ok every now and again to take a look at your life and see where you’re going, but if you live in the past you won’t see what’s ahead of you.

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13. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help, we’re all in the same boat
Odds are that you’re not the only one who needs it, so don’t be afraid to ask for someone else’s help, you never know, you might be able to help them with something in return. If you in a dark place its always better to ask others for advice on how to get out of it.

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14. You can’t live with your parents forever
As cushy as living with your parents may seem, sooner or later you will have to move out and get your own place. It may seem daunting, but you and your friends can share a place when they all have a job. It’s like staying on a tour bus with your mates, be prepared to hate them.

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15. College isn’t for everyone
If you’re 21 and you have dropped out of college twice already, maybe it just isn’t for you. Some people are more suited to going straight into the working world and know exactly what they want to do. They don’t have to waste money on doing a degree that won’t benefit them in any way when it’s all said and done.

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16. Finding a job you love is better than just finding a job
We all need money right? But if you know what you want to do and it’s actually viable, then go do it. You might have to get other jobs in the meantime but don’t settle for what you have if you really want to go further.

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17. It’s better to have a few great friends than loads that you can’t count on
Your no longer in school and it’s not about popularity anymore. If you have a small group of friends that you can trust and know that they’ve got your back you don’t need much more. They will always be there when you need them and you will always return the favour.

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18. It’s better to have bad relationships now than later on
When you’re young, it’s the best time to break-up with your girlfriend and get back together again. It’s the time to cheat and the time to get cheated on. When you get older you have to commit and be loyal and you don’t want to end up like the people on Jeremy Kyle.

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19. If you think they’re the one they’re most likely not
As the saying goes, love is blind but there is much more to a relationships than you thinkIt’s not always those that are a perfect match that end up being with each other in the end.

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20. Just be you: that’s all that matters
There is so much pressure from the media to look a certain and think a certain way. They’re wrong! What makes people attractive is that they have a way of looking at the world. Be comfortable in your skin, we’re not all super =models, and frankly,we’re better off because of it.

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21. Your life hasn’t turned out the way you expected it, but that’s ok
We all have a vision of how our life will turn out and that it will be smooth sailing. It can be a harsh realisation when things don’t happen for you, but you shouldn’t be deterred. You still have a life to live and make what you want of it, the only thing is that when it’s all said and done, you did it in your own way.

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Birthdays and parties are always good fun so why not add some more excitement to yours and throw in a theme!

These themes are adult friendly and don’t all require dressing up (though that is the most fun!)

1. Classy
Dig out that ball gown you wore to your debs five years ago and make an excuse to wear it again. Make your theme black tie and have fun being anything but classy in gowns and tuxes at your houseparty.

2. Party in the US
Go all American and get some red cups (you always wanted an excuse to buy them), some hot dogs, Budweiser, Reese’s Pieces, flags and anything else you can think of!

3. Vintage tea party
Bring the girls around for an afternoon of triangle cucumber sandwiches, pastel macaroons and mimosas.

4. 80’s movie stars
Dress up as your favourite 80’s movie star, we’re thinking Sam Baker from Sixteen Candles, and dance the night away with Marty McFly.

5. Garden party
If the weather permits, take your shindig outside and doll the garden up like an enchanted forest. Lots of flowers, garlands, outdoor lighting and fairy lights will have your garden looking magical.

6. 90’s band party
Channel your inner Lene from Aqua and go all out with gummy bracelets and a Baby G watch.

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