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

To Keep Scissors Sharp Make Them a Single Purpose Tool

I’ve had the same pair of scissors in my sewing kit since 1997. In those 16 years, they have never (to my knowledge) been used to cut anything other than fabric or thread. Why? Because cutting paper would actually dull them. And I want to be sure when cutting fabric for a sewing project that my scissors don’t cause snags. […]

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Foundation Application Trick: Wet the Makeup Sponge

Want your foundation to go on more smoothly and cover your skin better? (Is there anyone who didn’t answer yes to that question?) If you do, try this trick tomorrow. Wet your makeup sponge (we swear by the Beauty Blender), and then wring it out so it’s almost dry. Then put a small amount of your foundation on the back of […]

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5-Minute DIY: Hanging Lamp Upgrade

There are a lot of beautiful and very expensive pendant lights out there. Which is why I love this easy DIY project from Design and Form. With just a toilet paper tube, a hanging lantern kit, and some decorative metallic paper you can replicate those pricey pendants without putting a dent in your wallet. Head over to Design and Form […]

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When to Salt Your Pasta Water

If pasta is on your dinner menu for tonight, use this tip for perfectly cooked noodles. Wait until the water for your pasta is already boiling before adding the salt. Why? If you’re using an aluminum pan the salt sitting on the bottom could cause pitting over time. And unless you have dietary restrictions, don’t skip or skimp on the […]

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Why Now is the Time to Buy a TV

If you didn’t buy a television during the crazy deals of the past holiday season and you’re in the market for one, March is the month for you. Why? Each January, the Consumer Electronics show is held in Las Vegas. This is when manufacturers announce the next wave of TVs with new bells and whistles, which will start hitting store […]

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5-Minute DIY: A Chalk Holder for Your Chalkboard Wall

Have you jumped on the decorating bandwagon of painting a wall in your home with chalkboard paint? If you have, you’re going to absolutely love this tip from the blog Simple Details. One of the main challenges when you have a chalkboard wall (instead of a chalkboard with a rail) is where to put the chalk! I love this smart […]

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National Day of Unplugging: Turn Off Your Gadgets for 24 Hours

Back in January, Kathleen posted about a family who lives completely tech-free. Now, given the fact that my job is almost exclusively based on the internet (and I like Twitter and Instagram quite a lot), I could never go tech-free full time. Instead, I try to unplug from time to time. The last time I did so, was the weekend […]

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Do You Follow the Adage: Feed a Cold; Starve a Fever?

While it’s unclear exactly where the adage “feed a cold; starve a fever” got it’s start, it may have something to do with the fact that many people have a diminished appetite when they have a fever. But there’s actually little medical evidence to support the saying. Instead, try to eat as normally as possible when you’re under the weather, […]

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How to Fix Peeling Wallpaper

Even if your wallpaper was installed by a professional, at some point you’re likely to have corners or seams that come unstuck. The easiest way to reaffix those flyaway corners is to use wallpaper paste and a piece of typing paper. Because it can be difficult to get the right amount of paste on the wallpaper itself, start by spreading […]

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Easy Activity to Entertain Kids in Waiting Rooms

I love this idea from Tot Treasures for these easy-t0-make activity sticks that will keep your kids busy while waiting for a table at a restaurant or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. And all it takes to make them is a trip to the office supply store. You’ll need: – a pencil case or pouch – an […]

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