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

February Organizing Challenge Winner

We’ve picked our winner for the most organized medicine cabinet on Instgram for our February challenge! Congratulations to Blanche (@blancafrasier)! We loved her carefully curated and well-organized beauty product selection. Blanche, look for a comment on your photo with instructions for how to claim your prize. We also have three honorable mentions: Color us jealous with these two well-organized and […]

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MAKERS Documentary: 177 Inspiring Women

Last night, I did something I rarely do—I sat down and watched three full hours of television. I tuned in to the first airing of MAKERS a documentary about the “women who make America,” a joint production between PBS and AOL. It was so fascinating to me to see stories about so many firsts for women: the first woman to […]

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Reusable Lint Brush: the Lilly Brush

Last month, after I shared how to use a disposable razor to remove sweater pills, a few readers commented that they use and love the Lilly Brush. I decided that I needed to give it a try. I tested one out, and while it’s not quite as effective as a fabric shaver, it definitely works and is safer for your […]

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Use a Shoe Organizer in Your Pantry

By New York standards I have a very spacious kitchen, but I would give almost anything to have a legitimate pantry. If you are lucky enough to have one, I love this trick of using a clear plastic shoe organizer over the door. It’s perfect for keeping all the things you need at hand easily accessible. And if you have […]

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Prevent Rice from Becoming Mushy

In the past I’ve always ended up with mushy rice, and I couldn’t seem to figure out why. But a tip from the Real Simple test kitchen is going to save me from mushy rice from now on. It usually ends up that my rice is done before the other parts of my meal, and I would just let it […]

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The Best Black Pants According to a TODAY Show Correspondent

If there’s one thing we know for sure about Real Simple readers it’s that you’re forever looking for the perfect pair of black pants and the perfect white shirt. Well, we found a recommendation from an unlikely source today: Michelle Kosinski a correspondent for the Today Show. On Today’s fashion blog yesterday, Kosinski told the story of her favorite pair of […]

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The Two Things You Need to Clean Jewelry

When it comes to cleaning your jewelry, a mild dish soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush are the most important things to have on hand. With those two tools you can clean most any kind of jewelry. For silver necklaces and rings, it’s good to have a polishing cloth or cream, and ammonia can help return a diamond’s sparkle, but all […]

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Worth Watching: How to Be Vulnerable

In our soon-to-be-released April issue, we’ll be sharing some sage advice from Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the author of Daring Greatly. A couple of years ago, she gave a TEDx Talk on vulnerability, and we think it’s still worth watching. What do you think of her advice? Tell us in […]

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Last Day to Enter our February Challenge

Don’t forget! You have until midnight tonight to enter our February organizing challenge on Instagram. Get the full details and contest rules here.

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Celebrate National Margarita Day

It’s National Margarita Day today. And I’m giving you plenty of time to adjust your happy hour plans accordingly. If you don’t feel like heading out for the evening, try making these insanely easy Lime Sorbet Margaritas at home. Just add a salt rim to your glass, scoop in some lime sorbet, and add tequila. And if you’re feeling especially […]

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