Kristin van Ogtrop
Kristin van Ogtrop was named Managing Editor of Real Simple magazine in 2003. Since that time, Real Simple has grown to include books, special issues, products, international editions, television shows, mobile apps and, of course, realsimple.com. Kristin began her career in magazines at Vogue, and has also worked at Glamour, Premiere, and Travel and Leisure. As the editor of Real Simple, she does a lot of things that don't look like editing: going on professional panels, making speeches, going on t.v. very early in the morning. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in English from Columbia University. She also wrote a book, Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom, which was published in 2010 and is now available in paperback.

Kristin lives in the New York suburbs with her husband, who is also a magazine editor, their three sons, a shedding dog, a hamster and a handful of fish which, unfortunately, never last long.

Recent Posts By Kristin van Ogtrop

Does the Spanish National Anthem Have Any Words?

Yesterday we got Baby down for a nap at 2:15 EST, just in time for the start of the World Cup final, a.k.a. The Thing That Ruined July. I made popcorn, and Eldest, Hubby, and I all parked ourselves in front of the T.V. wearing our Dutch team jerseys. (Seriously. That’s how ridiculous we are. I even wore mine to […]

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I Swear I Am Never Buying Furniture Online Again

It all started when I wanted to buy my husband a lamp for his birthday. For reasons having to do with space and lack of imagination (mine, not his), my husband does not have a bedside table on his side of our bed. We’ve lived in the house for five years, which is a long time to go without reading […]

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Iron Clothes for Half an Hour, Straighten Out Your Life

As previously reported on this blog, June is pretty much the most hideous month of the year. I realized the other night that one of the reasons my husband and I are still married is because we agree on so many things, like the fact that the three most stressful months of the year are June, December, and September, in […]

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What Kind of Person Forgets Her Own Anniversary?

This kind, apparently. Today I woke up and looked at the calendar and thought, Hmm, June 22nd. June 22nd…. I know that date means something. Oh! Today is my anniversary. My husband and I have been married for 19 years. And we both forgot. For the first time ever. What does it mean!?!? Possibilities: A. I no longer wear a […]

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The Day I Fell in Love With American Girl

T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, but clearly Mr. Eliot did not have three boys in five sports, not to mention final exams. Honestly. Anyone with half a brain knows that June is the cruelest month, hands down. Among the playoffs/exams/sports banquets/end-of-year teacher gifts/etc., last week I had to engage, for the first time in my life, […]

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What Is Your Recurring Dream?

I don’t think mine is what it’s supposed to be. Last weekend my husband’s family came to visit, and one night over dinner we got to talking about recurring dreams. You know: Like the one where you show up for a final exam and it turns out that you didn’t go to class all semester. According to our very small […]

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How Do You Go on Living If You Can No Longer Eat Like a Horse?

Last year, when Julie and Julia came out, I read an interview with Nora Ephron in The New Yorker. The interview was entertaining on a number of levels (she is very funny, after all), but the only thing I remember from it was her remark that all of her friends—women of a certain age, with a certain sort of horrifyingly […]

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No Thanks, I Really Don’t Want the Receipt

I have been traveling around a fair amount to promote my book, and while I have had a ball meeting new people (and what could be better than meeting a total stranger who says she loves your book?!?!? winning the lottery, maybe?), I have also noticed a disturbing new national trend. I call it receiptism. Receiptism is a disease that […]

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What Do You Get a 15-Year-Old Boy for His Birthday?

Next week, Eldest turns 15. I have decided after much thought that 15 is the year when a child becomes A Genuine Teenager. Thirteen is teenagerhood on training wheels and 14 is a weird sort-of-a-teen-but-not situation. But no matter how you look at it, 15 is undeniably a teenage age. That said, I still don’t quite understand what people mean […]

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The Best Business Card Title in the World

So I was in Houston and Chicago last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Real Simple and to promote my book. It was a busy/fun/wonderful/action-packed week, which was 95% terrific and 5% awful because I had high heels on for about 80 hours straight. My calves may never be the same. One of the best things about getting out […]

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