Kristin Appenbrink
Kristin is the senior editor at RealSimple.com. She oversees Real Simple's Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts, along with writing the Simple Tip blog and editing the Work & Life section of the site. Originally from Kansas City, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn and spends her free time making ice cream.

Recent Posts By Kristin Appenbrink

Smart Product: Built NY Picnic Bag Available for Pre-Order

I don’t normally like to feature items that aren’t available immediately, but I love this new picnic tote from Built NY too much to wait. It looks just like a regular tote, doesn’t it? But…it unfolds into this: It’s everything you need for an outdoor meal in one tote. The bag includes: 4 sets of plates, flatware, and wine glasses. […]

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How to Get Your Eyeliner Straight

It’s a good thing no one watches me put on my eyeliner or mascara everyday, I end up making the funniest faces. There’s something about putting on eye makeup that requires me to have my mouth agape. (Those silly faces actually do help. See our gallery of tips, How to Apply Makeup Well.) Eyeliner (especially liquid) can be the trickiest […]

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How to Clean Up Greasy Spills from Your Carpet

Next time someone drops something greasy on your carpet or upholstery, reach for the cornstarch before you grab a chemical-based cleaner. Sprinkling the spill with cornstarch will help absorb the grease. Cover the stain and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum up the cornstarch. If there’s still a stain, then you can reach for a dedicated […]

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Take a Nostalgia Break with Itch a Skitch

Itch A Skitch. That sounds suspiciously like Etch A Sketch, doesn’t it? Well, the site looks like it too, welcome to your new favorite afternoon time-waster. Simply use the arrow keys on your keyboard to create an Itch A Skitch masterpiece, or browse others’ “skitches” in the gallery. It’s going to take some practice to polish my Itch A Skitch skills, but […]

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Where to Store Rubber Gloves

No one wants to put on a pair of wet rubber gloves when it’s time to do the dishes or scrub the bathtub. So next time you peel off those bright yellow gloves hang them up inside a cabinet—open side down, which will prevent water from pooling in the fingertips. You can easily attach clothespins or binder clips to the […]

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Improve Your Memory While Brushing Your Teeth

Did you know that you can improve your memory just by making a change to how you brush your teeth? Tonight, try using your non-dominant hand (the one you don’t write with) to clean those pearly whites. That simple act can stimulate nerve cells on the side of the brain that you don’t typically exercise, which will help keep you sharp. […]

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30-Second Updo

Literally, that’s how long it took makeup artist Melissa Silver to twist up her hair into this cute bun when the elements (unusually warm temperatures, high humidity) conspired against her on the day of a RealSimple.com beauty shoot. Here’s how to re-create her go-to do for bad-hair days: • Gather your hair as if you’re going to make a high […]

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Why Cold-Water Laundry Isn’t Foolproof

So to preserve colors and protect the environment, you’ve switched to cold water for the majority of your laundry. But—there’s always a but, isn’t there?—sometimes your clothes still smell once they’ve been through the wash. Now what do you do? As you might have guessed, while cold water does get your clothes clean, it isn’t always as effective at removing smells […]

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Do You Use a Neti Pot?

I don’t know about you, but seasonal allergies have been rough for me this spring, and I’m  about to  go back to using my neti pot, that I generally only have to use when I come down with a cold. The reason neti pots, or the squeeze bottle version that I prefer, work is that they flush any pollen, dander, […]

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1 Tip for Applying Cream Blush

If you have a few wrinkles, cream blush might be the best option for you. (Powders can settle in and make those fine lines more noticeable.) But cream blush can be a bit tricky to apply, luckily there’s an easy trick to make it more foolproof. Once you’ve applied the cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, put a […]

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