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

Come Join Our Twitter Party

If you follow @RealSimple on Twitter (and I hope you do!), you might have noticed that there have been some new faces and voices in our feed lately. In the past few weeks, several of our editors have started tweeting up a storm. Why? Because we want the opportunity to connect with you. We want to know what you’re thinking about, struggling […]

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Smart Product: Tide To Go Stain Eraser

I started out my day by spilling coffee on my blouse. Not exactly what I was hoping for in a Thursday, but thankfully we have home editors who know about the latest and greatest in stain removal tools. Thanks to Stephanie Sisco, our wonderful assistant editor, I now know about Tide To Go Stain Erasers. They are pretty much the […]

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1 Way to Make Your Lunch Better

I came across this post on TheKitchn this morning. And my immediate reaction (unlike several of their commenters): How great is this dad? Every day David LaFerriere, a graphic designer and illustrator in Massachusetts, hand draws something amazing and creative on his kids’ sandwich bags for their lunch. I’m completely blown away by his creativity and his dedication. Take a look […]

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Store Cleaning Supplies in a Shoe Organizer

If you’re a fan of Real Simple you know we love storing things other than shoes in a hanging shoe organizer. Those pockets are perfectly sized for so many things, including cleaning supplies! Here’s the trick for making it work in your utility closet, garage, basement or laundry room: you can actually cut a fabric shoe organizer in half to make it fit […]

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Smart Product: The Post-It Big Pad (aka Giant Sticky Notes)

For as much as I rely on digital technology (I am a web editor, after all) I still do some of my best brainstorming with a pen and piece of paper. So, Post-It must have been reading my mind to have just announced their new product, the “Big Pad.” It’s exactly what it sounds like—a giant Post-It note. Available in […]

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What’s Your BBQ IQ?

Before you fire up the grill for your next summer party, see if you can answer these questions before looking at the answers below. 1. Besides citronella, what else can keep mosquitoes away? a) Garlic b) Electric fans c) Lemon dish soap d) Watering the lawn 2. What often overlooked detail should go on your barbecue invitation? a) The time the […]

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A (Painless) New Way to Check for Skin Cancer

We preach sunscreen here at Real Simple, but we know that plenty of people have done their fair share of sun worshipping in the past. If you were a bathing beauty when you were growing up (or last summer) you might come across a new device the next time you visit your dermatologist. A digital imaging tool called MelaFind, uses both visible […]

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1 Step to a Better Burger

Yes, you want your family to eat healthy, but sometimes that requires sacrificing taste—case in point: using lean ground beef to make hamburgers or meatballs. Now that grilling season is upon us, try this trick instead to make sure you don’t end up with dry burgers. Instead of choosing 90 percent lean ground beef, opt for ground chuck instead. It […]

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Friday Links: Strawberry Cheesecake Recipes

I’m in the mood for some strawberry cheesecake this weekend, how about you? Here are a few recipes, I’m looking forward to trying: Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Light Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes from Shutterbean Cherry Blossom Strawberry Cheesecake from Tartelette And for an easy party serving option: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries from Oh My Veggies If strawberry’s […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Candles

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to attend the fall preview for Anthropologie. And as I was looking at the new products that will be in stores in a few months, I got to talking with the PR girls about all the fancy new candles. When they shared this tip with me, I had a total why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment. Once your […]

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