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

Beautiful Hostess Gifts from Beurre & Sel

That’s a pretty good looking cookie isn’t it? No surprise there since it’s a Jammer from Beurre & Sel, a cookie company from Dorie Greenspan and her son Josh. But it’s not just that these cookies are guaranteed to be delicious that makes them a great hostess gift (though that’s enough in my book), the double whammy is the stunning […]

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Think Twice Before Adding Oil to Cooked Pasta

I’m completely guilty of this cooking mistake. If my pasta is done before the rest of my dinner, I instinctively reach for the olive oil. But now it’s time to retrain myself. Why? Because adding oil to freshly cooked pasta means that any sauce you put on afterward just won’t stick. Period. Instead add a little bit of sauce to […]

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How Do You Organize Receipts?

Over the weekend, not only did I prepare and e-file my taxes, I also started a massive clean out project of all of the paper clutter that has been living in my apartment (and the apartments before this one!). I used to be a meticulous receipt saver and organizer. Matching them up with my bank statements and filing them away […]

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Save Your Credit Score by Using Automatic Payments

Did you know that one late payment can affect your credit score by as much as 20 points?  To avoid late payments, set up your credit cards so that you pay the minimum amount due on the due date each month. This will keep you from being slapped with late charges or fines. And set a reminder on your calendar […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Round Up

St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Sunday, and green beer (while fun) isn’t the only way to celebrate. Consider taking some time to cook this weekend and trying your hand at one of these corned beef and cabbage recipes. (Click the links or the images to see the recipes.) Food 52 shares this corned beef and cabbage with a parsley-mustard […]

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Next Time You Do Laundry…Wash This

The next time you start a load of laundry, head to your suitcase and dig out your travel pillow (and blanket and eye mask, if you have one). It’s easy to forget about these in-flight essentials when you just pack them back in your bag in preparation for your next trip. But airplanes see lots of passengers, and get dirty […]

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How to Store Perfume to Make it Last Longer

If you rotate your fragrances by season like you do your wardrobe, resist the urge to display all your bottles on your vanity year round. Exposure to light and heat can make your perfumes spoil more quickly. (You’ll know it’s time to get rid of them when they start to have an odd smell underneath the actual fragrance.) Instead, when […]

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Gracefully Exit a Conversation With the Phrase “I Need”

We’ve all been there. Stuck at a party or a work function in a conversation that you desperately want to escape, but you can’t see a way to without being rude. Next time your find yourself in that conversation, remember that the easiest way out is to start with “I need.” Whether it’s “I need to get a snack, I haven’t […]

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Choose a Thick Eye Cream for Best Results

Even if you have oily skin, be sure that the products you use around your eyes (especially your night cream) are thicker and richer than your normal moisturizers. Why? Because the skin around your eyes has far fewer oil glands and can dry out (leading to more fine lines) more easily than the rest of your face. Get our step-by-steps […]

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Don’t Forget to Spring Forward!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed tonight for the start of Daylight Savings Time. The bad news: You’re going to lose an hour of sleep, unless you get under the covers earlier than normal. The good news: You’ll still have some daylight left once you leave […]

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