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

2 Important Rules When Pairing Wine

If you’re ready to be a bit more of a connoisseur when it comes to you wine selection, follow these two tips for pairing a bottle with your dinner menu. 1. Match the level of acidity: If you’re serving a salad with a strong vinaigrette, match it with an equally acidic wine like Sauvignon Blanc. It will help balance the meal. 2. […]

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Does Your Phone’s Battery Last All Day?

Since I upgraded my phone last fall, I no longer have problems with the battery lasting all day—on a normal day that is. But on a day when I’m attending a conference or just using Instagram or Twitter a lot, my battery drains quickly. So, testing out the Mophie Juice Pack has been life-changing for me. It’s only slightly larger […]

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How to Organize Extra Buttons

Last week on Facebook, Lisa wrote in asking how she could organize all the extra buttons that come with her clothes. I have this same problem, or I did until I came up with this organizing solution. I spent the last couple of days rounding up all of those extra button packets. (Can you tell what my favorite store is/where […]

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Stash In-Flight Essentials in a Separate Bag

If you looked inside my handbag right now, you’d see several smaller bags. Like a true organizer, I like to keep things clustered together so I can find things more easily and switch purses without leaving something behind. I’m also going to start using this strategy when I pack my carry-on. Instead of having to reach into my purse or […]

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How to Grate Soft Cheeses

If you have a recipe that calls for grated mozzarella, fontina, havarti, or another soft cheese, and you weren’t able to buy it pre-grated, use this trick to make shredding it a bit easier on yourself. Pop the block of cheese in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm. This will keep it from squishing through your […]

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2 Tests to See if Your Sports Bra Needs to Be Replaced

Sports bras do not last forever. Here’s how to tell if the ones in your drawer need to be replaced: The Stretch Test: If you pull on the straps or the bottom band and there’s no pull back or stretch, it’s time to invest in a new one. The Size Test: Stack two sports bras on top of each other—preferably one […]

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A *Good* Story About an Airline

It seems like most of the news (not to mention tweets and facebook status updates) about airlines these days is negative. So, I was happy to read this story about an airline that held a plane for a passenger on his way to see his ill mother before she passed away. The passenger’s first flight was delayed and he would […]

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Do You Do Your Own Taxes?

This weekend I’ve blocked off Sunday to finally get my taxes DONE. I’m embarrassed to admit that this is only the second year that I’ve prepared my own taxes. In the past my family’s accountant graciously tacked on my paperwork for a small fee. But last year I was cut off. For those of you considering doing your own the […]

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New Use for Empty Wine Bottles

I love the look of this simple glass planter made from an empty wine bottle. The best part is that it’s incredibly simple to make. All you need to do is remove the label and cut the bottle in half. For instructions on how to do that, visit HomeMade Modern (they even have a video showing you how to do […]

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Ice Cream Cone Garland from Oh Happy Day

If you’re a long-time Simply Stated reader, you might remember how much I love ice cream. In fact, I celebrated Ice Cream Month a couple of summers ago with a daily ice cream blog. So, as I’m starting to think about planning a spring ice cream social, I couldn’t resist sharing this ice cream garland idea from Oh Happy Day. […]

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