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

The Top 10 Love Songs

What is your all-time favorite love song? Sony Electronics  and Harris Interactive did a poll to find out what the top ten are. Here’s the list: 1. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston 2. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers 3. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge 4. “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker […]

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Smart Product: Dual Beam Flashlight

How genius is this? Whenever I’ve had to deal with power outages (or the two times in my life that I’ve gone camping) and actually use a flashlight, I usually end up stubbing my toe or running into something because I’ve focused the beam on things at eye-level, not the ground. The Nightlighter Flashlight solves this problem by having two […]

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Save Money by Running Your Dishwasher at Night

Did you know running your dishwasher at night could cut down on your utility bills? Because many electric companies charge lower rates for off-peak usage (generally between 7 P.M. and noon) you can save some green by running large appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc.) during those hours. Try to avoid peak energy times as well—2 P.M. is generally when […]

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Spread Out Exercise to Make it More Effective

If your weekdays are jam-packed, it’s tempting to try to cram all of your physical activity into a marathon session over the weekend, but experts recommend thinking twice before taking that approach. Why? The number one reason is that you’re more likely to injure yourself by over-exercising if you try to fit everything in two days. Second, you’re not getting […]

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Heart-Shaped Sweets for Valentine’s Day

If you’re going to be baking some sweets for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, consider one of these options. (And don’t forget the tutorial on how to make a heart-shaped cake I posted last week.) Conversation Heart Rice Krispie Treats from P.S. I Made This… Sweetheart Cherry Pies from Cake Student Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies from Shutterbean Mini Heart Sugar Cookies with […]

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2 Rules for Organizing Your Living Room Furniture

If you’re thinking about rearranging your furniture in the near future, or you’re moving in to a new space, keep these two rules in mind when deciding where to place everything. 1. Create two entries: Each seating area (if your space is big enough to have more than one) should be accessible via two different pathways.  This way when you […]

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Another Way to Streamline Your Inbox: The Swizzle Sweeper

I’ve been on the hunt recently for ways to get (and keep) my personal e-mail inbox under control. I’ve gotten in to Mailbox, but haven’t spent enough time exploring it yet. And now I’m trying out Swizzle, specifically Swizzle Sweeper. What does it do? Swizzle Sweeper scans your inbox for any e-mail that appears to be an e-mail newsletter—basically, it […]

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New Uses for Your French Press from TheKitchn

I love my French press. I don’t have one quite this fancy, in fact I’ve been using this travel one to make coffee at my desk, but it is my favorite way to prepare coffee. And until now, I’ve thought of the French press as unitasker in the kitchen—basically good for brewing coffee or loose leaf tea, but the editors […]

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Why You Should Spoon instead of Scooping Your Flour

If you’re planning to make some Valentine’s Day cupcakes like these with candy cane hearts on top this week, you’ll want to use this tip to make sure you measure out your flour properly. Instead of scooping into the flour bag or container with your measuring cup, spoon the flour you need into the the cup. Why? Scooping can compact […]

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Could Relaxing Make You More Productive?

Over the weekend there was an article in the New York Times that has now popped up in my newsfeed and Twitter stream quite a few times. Written by Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, the article “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive” cites lack of sleep, desk-side lunches, and unused vacation days as part of the problem for why […]

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