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

Use a Dish Wand to Clean the Tub

I hate cleaning the tub. It could be partially because of the way the bathroom in my rental apartment is set up—very narrow and with shower doors on three sides, but I think it’s also just that I hate cleaning the tub. In order to make it easier, I’m going to try this tip from Joyful Homemaking. They recommend using a […]

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Sharing Nail Polish at the Salon. What Would You Have Done?

On Friday night after work, I went to the salon to get my nails done. I spent my Saturday demo-ing crafts from my friend Sarah’s book, and well-manicured nails are a necessity when you’re teaching people how to sew all day long. As I normally do when I get my nails done, I brought my own polish—not because I’m overly concerned […]

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Smart or Silly: The Cake Vase

Have you ever decorated a cake with flowers? I never have, but there’s a new product that might make a little bit easier, if you do. It’s called the CakeVase. It’s a plastic disc that has indents to hold the flower stems atop your cake. It comes in several sizes; take a look: You can buy this set on Amazon […]

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Why Dreams Can be So Strange

What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had? I had a pretty crazy recurring one when I was a kid, though the details of it are lost to me now. What makes those nighttime visions so strange? Your prefrontal cortex is actually the culprit. When you sleep—and hit that REM stage—your prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for logic and reasoning, goes […]

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Friday Links: Hummus Recipe Round Up

I could eat hummus all day long. It’s one of those go-to snacks that is mostly healthy and can be served in almost any situation. I usually buy hummus, but I’m determined to be better about making it. Here are some recipes I’m adding to my Recipes to Try board for this spring and summer. Guacamole Hummus from Shutterbean   […]

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The To-Go Cup Lid Trick I Learned the Hard Way

Did you know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to put the lid on your coffee cup from Starbucks, Panera, or wherever you get your morning caffeine infusion? I learned this trick the hard way (on a black and white dress no less). Before you take your first sip, be sure that you or your barista have […]

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2 Tips for Better DIY Hair Color Results

Do you dye your own hair? Aside from a few times when I got highlights (terrible idea), I’ve always gone the DIY route. Once you get over the initial fear of changing your own hair color it’s surprisingly easy to do. Here are two tips to make the process more successful. One of them I already do, the other I’m […]

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The Ice Rule: Or How Much You Need for a Party

Whether you’re having a party this weekend or your next soiree is months away, this is a tip you’ll want to file away for later. When you’re making your day-of party supply list here’s the rule for how much ice you’ll need: Get enough to fill your ice bucket, if you’re using one, and then plan for one 10-pound bag […]

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Do You Decorate for Smaller Holidays?

This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, and it got me thinking about holiday decorations. Yesterday we shared a selection of St. Patrick’s Day decorations and party supplies, and I’m curious to know how many of you decorate for holidays through out the year. And if I’ve left out a holiday you decorate for, tell me what it is in the […]

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Help a Reader Out! How Do You Store Your Contact Lenses?

Yesterday, reader Ashley tweeted with a question about how to organize contacts. I got all excited thinking about the different digital tools, address books, and apps she could use until we tweeted back and forth and I realized she meant contact lenses. Can you tell I  just wear glasses? So since I clearly can’t organize my own contact lenses to help […]

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