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

Do You Have a Life List?

Here at Real Simple, we’re masters of checklists. We cover everything from how to clean your house faster to what to pack for your next beach/ski/international vacation, but not what to put on a life list. (Though we do have some great ideas for fun things to do this winter.) If you’ve been considering starting one (I’m currently working on […]

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5-Minute DIY: Balloon-Covered Mason Jars

If you’re hosting a brunch or an Oscar party this weekend, why not try using Mason jars as your drinking glasses, and make them easy to tell apart with this quick trick from Brit + Co. All you have to do to get these seemingly dip-dyed jars is to cut the ends off of regular latex balloons and stretch them […]

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Look for the Roast Date When Buying Coffee Beans

What’s the first thing you should look for when you’re buying gourmet coffee? The roast date. It’s not exactly a “sell-by” date, but it’s the closest thing you’re going to get on a bag of your favorite beans. To be sure you have the freshest most aromatic cup of coffee you can get look for beans that have been roasted […]

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Don’t forget! Show Us Your Organized Medicine Cabinet

Consider this your five day warning! You have until the end of the day on February 25th to submit your photo of your freshly organized medicine cabinet on Instagram for a chance to be featured here on Simply Stated and win one of our Real Simple organizing products. Get all the details, contest rules, and some help getting started here.

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Smart Product: DuWop Reverse Lipliner

Say the word lipliner to me, and I immediately conjure up images of darkly outlined lips with paler lipstick inside. What can I say, I’m a child of the 90s. Thankfully that trend hasn’t come back to haunt us, but now that I wear makeup everyday and enjoy bright lipsticks (get more tips on wearing those here) I have a […]

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Are You a Shoes On or Shoes Off Household?

Did you know that 80 percent of the dirt in your home is tracked in on your shoes? That makes a pretty compelling case for having family members and guests remove their shoes at the door. But if you don’t want to make people walk around sock-footed, put a rough bristled mat outside each entrance. Those mats are most effective […]

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New Use for Chinese Food Containers

First things first, I know this video is super cheesy, but I think it’s pretty brilliant, too. I would have never thought that you could “unfold” a Chinese food take out container to make a better plate. I almost wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just unfold one side of it to create a kind of bowl. (Inevitably, if I’m […]

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Need a Weekend Project? Makeover Your Medicine Cabinet

Are you looking for something to do for the long weekend? (Assuming you have Monday off for President’s Day, that is.) If you are, might we suggest tackling your medicine cabinet? We have all kinds of help to get you started, including our step-by-step medicine cabinet makeover. Plus, we’re running an organizing challenge on Instagram. You can get all the […]

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Easy Wine and Food Pairings

For some reason, I can never seem to remember which wine pairs best with which foods other than to know whether to select red wine or white wine—at least not for everyday meals. When it comes to planning a dinner party, I pay more attention to what I’m serving. But this infographic from Wine Folly on Visual.ly just might make me […]

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Do You Keep Nail Polish or Batteries in Your Fridge?

When I was growing up friends of mine used to keep their nail polish and batteries in the refrigerator. Why? They thought it would make both things last longer, but as it turns out the opposite is true. With batteries, cold storage can actually harm their endurance. And with nail polish the cooler temps will make the lacquer thicker and […]

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