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

How to Clean Leeks

Leeks are one of my favorite ingredients to add to winter soups and risottos. I love that they have an onion-y taste, but are just different enough to change a dish. The only problem is that they can be a pain to wash. Here are the steps to follow for clean, grit-free leeks: 1. Cut off the dark green leaves […]

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Do You Give Valentine’s Day Gifts? How Much Do You Spend?

Coming almost directly on the heels of paying off that holiday debt, Valentine’s Day has started to feel like a mini-Christmas. When I worked in an educational toy store during school, I was surprised by how many people bought rather pricey Valentine’s Day gifts for their kids. I can only imagine what they were spending on their significant others. So, […]

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How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake

It’s February 1st! Let the Valentine’s Day madness begin. I’m not big into celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy cake, so I loved this idea for a heart-shaped cake that you can make by using a round cake pan and a square cake pan—no extra heart-shaped supplies required. There are several tutorials around, but I liked this one from […]

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How to Keep Waffles Warm (and Not Soggy) from The Fauxmartha

Okay, first things first, how delicious do those whole wheat waffles look? The photo is from Erin of Naturally Ella, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week at the Altitude Design Summit. When you’re planning your brunch for this weekend, use this tip from The Fauxmartha on how to keep waffles warm—this would also work for pancakes, if […]

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3 Moisturizing Rules for Winter Skin

Secretly, I hate body lotion. I know it’s something I need to use daily, and I’ll admit that it does make my skin look ten times better, but I hate the time it takes each morning. But I’ve resolved to be better about it since I know my skin will thank me in 10+ years. Here’s some advice I’m keeping […]

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Use a Fitted Sheet to Cover Box Springs

When I moved into my first real apartment in college I spent a ton of time figuring out exactly how I wanted my bedroom to look. It should have been a tip off right there that I would end up at Real Simple—well, that and the stack of back issues of RS I kept on the table at the end of my […]

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Pro-Tip for a DIY Manicure

If you’ve been trying to save money by skipping the nail salon, here’s a tip that will make your at home manicure turn out even better. When painting your nails, start by painting your dominant hand. (If you’re right handed, paint the nails on that hand first.) That way when you’re painting with your weaker hand, you won’t have fresh […]

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Keep Your Kids’ Lunches Cool

Tonight as you’re packing lunches (either your own or your kids’) Take one extra step, and make sure that those lunches stay cold tomorrow, even if there’s no fridge to store them in. Use this idea from Homemade Mamas to create your own ice packs. Simply wet a new sponge and seal it in a zippered plastic bag. Then stick […]

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Why Dimmer Switches are Your Best Friends

If you’re struggling to find the perfect lighting options for a room in your home, consider the difference installing a dimmer switch might make. For rooms that need overhead light, say the kitchen, it can be incredibly helpful to have the lights on full blast while you’re preparing a meal, but lower them when you’re eating dinner at the kitchen […]

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How to Store Magazines You Want to Keep

I remember taking study breaks at the public library when I was in middle school to read through the old bound copies of Seventeen magazine from  the 1970s and 1980s that the main branch kept. Each year was bound into a green hardcover book, and I could have spent hours procrastinating that way. Thankfully, there is a company called Denver […]

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