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

Use Lift to Help New Habits Stick

I didn’t make big resolutions this year. Instead I focused more on creating good habits. (My three main ones were: drink more water, floss, and moisturize every day.) To keep myself motivated and to keep track of whether or not I’m meeting my goals, I’ve been using the Lift app. (I’m a total sucker for a progress bar.) Basically, once […]

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4 Benefits of Writing Things by Hand

Admittedly, yesterday was National Handwriting Day, but just because the “holiday” is over, doesn’t mean you should go back to tapping out all your meeting notes and thank yous on your laptop. There are actually several benefits to writing out notes and ideas by hand. The Week has compiled a list of four of them: 1. It’s better for learning. […]

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One Day Left! Share Your Organizing Photos on Instagram

Just one day left to post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #RSOrganizing to enter the first round of our Organizing Challenge. Get full details and contest rules here.

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How to Get the Perfect Blow Out from The Beauty Department

If you’ve checked out our March issue, you already know that we’re big fans of The Beauty Department. Today we bring you their tips for the perfect blow out. Goodbye bad hair days! Tips for success: 1. Start with the bangs, and the wetter the better. 2. Dry your hair all over so it’s evenly damp. Keep the blow dryer […]

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50 Things Technology Has Made Obsolete

There are so many great things about technology (such as seeing my friends’ new baby shortly after she was born, even though we live on opposite coasts), but as with all progress there are many things and behaviors that we have abandoned due to new technologies. Mozy (an online backup company) recently put together this infographic of 50 things that […]

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How to Hand Wash Cashmere

  Even though the tags might say dry clean only, hand washing your cashmere sweaters might actually be the better option—it will make them softer over time. Here’s how to do it to cut down on wear and to keep your sweater in tip top shape: 1. Wash in cold water with either baby shampoo or a gentle detergent like […]

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Going Green: Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

If you’re good about taking off your makeup and washing your face every.single.night you probably go through quite a few makeup remover pads each week. (Get our recommendations for the best makeup removers here.) Why not try going green by investing in a reusable option? First off, you can simply use a wash cloth (just choose a dark colored one […]

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Another Way to Save Your Sweaters from Dreaded Pills

Sweater pills are one of life’s little annoyances that just really bug me. With a wool or cashmere sweater they are inevitable, but thankfully there are several ways to get rid of them. (If only there was a way to prevent them!) I’ve sworn by one of these fabric shavers for years, but recently mine died. And until I can pick […]

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Why You Should Follow Dosage Instructions for Over-the-Counter Medicine

When you have a cold or come down with the flu, it’s tempting to load up on over-the-counter medications to make yourself feel better fast. But taking more than the recommended dose won’t land you back on your feet any faster. Why? Because the determined dosage is based on the “therapeutic index” of the medicine, which is the sweet spot […]

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Letterpress Card Subscription from Hello! Lucky

I’ve mentioned before how it’s one of my goals to send more handwritten cards, letters, and thank you notes this year. And I’m thinking that this new monthly subscription option from Hello! Lucky might be just the thing I need to help me stick to it. Each month, for $12 per month, you’ll receive three letterpress note cards. They’ll also […]

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