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

Would You Use It? The FitBit One Activity Tracker

Along with half of the world (as evidenced by my gym last night) I made a resolution to be more active this year. Not necessarily because I want to lose weight, but just because I feel better when I maintain some level of activity in my life. I started using the new FitBit One before the holidays, (I’d used their […]

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Buy Forever Stamps Now, Price Increases on January 27th

If you’re a frequent letter-writer or thank-you-note-sender, as I hope to be in 2013, you might want to get yourself to the post office in the next week or so. Prices of the Forever stamp and post card stamps are scheduled to go up on January 27th. Granted this year isn’t a big jump—just 1 cent for both kinds of […]

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How to Clean Decanters and Vases

 If you’re finally getting rid of holiday flowers from your vases and realizing that there’s still a bit of red wine residue in your decanters, here’s an easy trick to get your glassware clean even when you can’t reach the bottom. Simply fill the vessel halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dishwashing soap, two tablespoons of white […]

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5 Steps to Banishing Bad Habits

If ditching a not-so-great habit is one of your resolutions this year, here are five steps that can help you kick bad behavior to the curb: 1. Recognize when your habit tends to show up. If you know when it’s likely to occur you can be prepared to stop it. 2. Know the consequences—what will happen if you do or […]

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Do You Make Resolutions?

It’s here, the last day of 2012. And after the dust settles from tonight’s festivities, we’ll be looking toward new things in 2013. So I want to know: what resolutions are you making for 2013? If you make resolutions, that is. I’ll share mine in the comments as well—after I come up with them. While you’re brainstorming, here are 4 […]

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Don’t Store Gloves in Coat Pockets

Even though it’s the most convenient place to stash them, to keep your gloves in the best condition you should avoid storing them in your coat pockets. Why? Because your hands perspire when you’re wearing gloves (yes, even when temps are below freezing), and they need to dry out once you’ve taken them off, which they can’t do wadded up […]

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The Best of RealSimple.com in 2012

  We couldn’t resist jumping on the end-of-the-year-list bandwagon. So check out our digital team’s favorite ideas, recipes, books, and more from 2012. And tell us what your favorite things were in the comments. See all the lists here: The Best Real Simple Ideas of 2012

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Monetary Motivation to Hit the Gym

Making a fitness resolution this year? You might want to check out the app GymPact. Through the app you set up your resolution—say going to the gym three times per week—and how much you’ll pay if you don’t go—say $5 for every missed session. Then simply check in at the gym to avoid paying your fees. If you do skip […]

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Beware of Return Fees

If you’re heading to the mall today to return some of the gifts you received that weren’t quite right, keep in mind that you might get slapped with a couple of fees if you opened your gift completely. Some stores will charge up to 25 percent of the refund price as a restocking fee or a fe for opened merchandise. […]

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Snow Day Activity: Snow Stencils

If you’re lucky enough to have a white day-after-Christmas, try this fun activity once you’ve thrown all the snowballs and made plenty of snow angels. The idea comes from Armelle Blog, and all it takes are some paper stencils (you can make your own or she has free downloads available), water with food coloring in it, and spray bottles. What […]

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