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

Watch This Video: Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Have you seen this video that’s making it’s way around the Internet this week? I found it fascinating. Dove had a sketch artist create a portrait of a woman based on her description of herself and then a second portrait based on a stranger’s description of her. Then they compared the two sketches. What do you think they found? The […]

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How to Clean Burnt Food Spills in the Oven

We’ve all been there: the casserole or pie you’ve been baking has bubbled over and is now burnt onto the bottom of your oven. Before you reach for the cleaners that should really come with a haz-mat suit try this trick. Before the spill dries completely, cover it in regular table salt. The salt will soak up the spill, and […]

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The 3 Most Important Knives to Have in Your Kitchen

Whether you’re stocking a new kitchen or just upgrading your existing one, these are the three knives that you must have: a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife. Not only can using the wrong knife for the job be frustrating, it can also be dangerous. Trying to cut through a butternut squash or a loaf of bread […]

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Don’t Wash Your Face in the Morning

Shocking advice, I know. But for most people (unless you have incredibly oily skin), just splashing water on your face in the shower is enough. If you’re good about removing your make up and washing your face at night, scrubbing it again as soon as you wake up can be too harsh on your skin. Instead, just give your complexion […]

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In an Emergency, Try Texting Instead

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the explosions today in Boston. While this is a tip, we hope you and your family members never have to use, it’s a useful one to know. If you are trying to reach someone in the wake of an emergency, skip trying to get them on the phone and text or tweet […]

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Will You Try Facebook Home?

At the end of last week Facebook released a new app that pretty much takes over your phone (if you have an Android). According to them the average smart phone user spends 20 percent of their time on their phone on Facebook. So the app, Facebook Home, makes it so you can instantly access your friends and your feed the […]

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What’s for Breakfast? 8 Delicious Scone Recipes

What’s your Sunday morning breakfast routine? Do you like to go out to eat or do you generally stay in and enjoy your meal with the weekend paper? If you’re staying in today, might we suggest one of these tasty scone recipes? Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze from Honey & Jam Almond Scones from Lottie + Doof Cinnamon Roll Scones […]

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Smart Product: Umbra T-Shirt Frame

What is it about T-shirts and sports uniforms that hold such sentimental value? So many people have collections of tees that no longer fit, and up until now it seemed like the only option for preserving them was to turn them into a T-shirt quilt. (No, thank you!) But Umbra now has this smart product, the t-frame t-shirt display. Take […]

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One Way to Prevent Showing Your Age

Does your hand cream have SPF in it? It should! The skin on the back of your hands is one of the places that will show early signs of age because your skin is thinner there and loses elasticity more quickly than other areas of your body. It’s also more prone to sun damage, so you should look for a […]

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2 Fun Cake Decorating Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood to do a little baking this weekend. Now to decide between these two fun decorating ideas. The first is from Brit.co and uses waxed or parchment paper stencils to make bright geometric designs on individual cake pieces. I also love the idea of cutting up a cake ahead of time […]

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