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

DIY and Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I always loved making Valentine’s for school parties every year when I was in elementary school. Though none of my creations were no where near as creative as these options. If you’re facing making cards for you child’s class next week (or you just like making Valentine’s), here are a few good ideas: Valentine Scrabble Gram by Amanda Jane Jones […]

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Have You Heard About the New iPhone App Mailbox?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about the new iPhone app Mailbox. It’s a new way of thinking about e-mail on your smart phone from the makers of the Orchestra to-do list app. Basically, they realized that most people look at their e-mail inboxes as a type of to-do list. So they wanted a way to help people organize […]

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Make Snow Shoveling Easier

We’re bracing for a pretty serious snowstorm here in New York this weekend. And if you’re in Nemo’s path (yes, that’s what they’ve named this storm), this tip might come in handy tomorrow morning as you try to shovel your way out of your driveway. To prevent icy snow from building up on a metal shovel, give it a quick […]

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No More Mail on Saturdays. How Will it Affect You?

In a press conference yesterday Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced a plan to stop delivering mail six days per week, cutting out delivery of first class mail on Saturdays. The change to the delivery schedule would cut an estimated $2 billion from the U.S. Postal Service  budget, helping them get back on track financially. The proposed change wouldn’t go into […]

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Don’t Forget! Take our Mother’s Day Survey

We have big things planned for Mother’s Day in our May issue, and we need your input! Don’t forget to take our Mother’s Day survey using the link below.

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Announcing our February Organizing Challenge on Instagram

We’re on month two of our Organizing Challenge on Instagram. Over the next few weeks it’s time to tackle you medicine cabinet. Streamlining it and keeping the items you use everyday front and center, along with your first aid basics. To enter, share a photo of your organized medicine cabinet with us on Instagram using the hashtag #RSOrganizing. Two reminders: […]

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A Quick Way to Clean a Greasy Pan

If you’re like me, you hate to leave dirty dishes overnight. (That doesn’t mean I always get them done before bed, but I try to.) When it comes to greasy pans, sometimes an overnight soak seems like the only option, but there is a quicker way to get them clean. Try this method: 1. Fill the pan halfway with water, […]

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Winner of Our January Organizing Challenge on Instagram

The results are in! We’ve chosen the winner of our January portion of our 2013 Organizing Challenge on Instagram. Congratulations to Michelle Harris (@mdharris29). We were so impressed with her creative solution to build a pantry in the stairway leading to her basement. Not to mention how much time she must have spent canning all those fruits and veggies! (If […]

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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day

How cute are these homemade, marbleized peppermint marshmallows from Say Yes to Hoboken? I’m quite intimidated by the idea of making homemade marshmallows, but this recipe is actually akin to our Fake It, Don’t Make It recipes from years past. To make these marshmallows, simply combine store bought whipped topping (like Cool Whip) with water and peppermint extract. Then add […]

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Repainting Your Kitchen? Opt for Semigloss Paint

If you’re thinking about freshening up your kitchen with a new paint job, here is tip number one to keep in mind. Stay away from flat or matte paint and choose semigloss (or high gloss, if that’s you’re style) instead. Why? Semigloss paint is the easiest of all the finishes to clean. So if you end up with grease splatters […]

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