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

Find Your Favorite Clothes When They’re No Longer In Stores

What do you do when your favorite style of jeans is no longer available in stores and the pair you own has a hole or has just become too worn out to be presentable? Lifehacker has a great tip for what to search for online. They recommend searching sites like eBay using the brand name and the style number printed on […]

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The Perfect Snack Portion

I can barely make it through the afternoon without a snack. There’s something about that 3 PM blood-sugar crash that just slays me. But I’m trying to snack smarter and healthier, so I’m following these portion guidelines to make sure I’ll still be wanting dinner. 200 calories – This is the ideal amount to perk up your metabolism without having […]

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Serve Vinegar-Based Salads Outdoors

If you’ve gotten into the spring spirit, and are planning a picnic or just a dinner with friends on the patio, remember this trick when you’re planning your menu. If you’ll be serving food outside make vinegar-based salads instead of mayonnaise-based salads. Why? Vinegar is acidic and helps prevent bacteria growth, which is important if your salads are going to […]

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Smart or Silly: Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher

It officially feels like spring (or more accurately summer) today in New York City. And so my mind had turned to outdoor entertaining. I’m lucky enough to have outdoor space—a rarity in an NYC apartment, so I’m looking forward to a summer of roof deck parties. This Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher from Trudeau (available at shoptrudeau.com for $13) caught my eye. […]

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Salary Negotiation Tips for #EqualPayDay

Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when women’s salaries catch up to men’s salaries last year. (Learn more about Equal Pay Day here.) As of the last Census, women earn 77 cents for every $1 that men earn. If you’re looking to close the gap in your own salary, here are some tips to take to the negotiating table: […]

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Get Luminous Skin a.k.a. How to Apply Highlighter

Who doesn’t want beautifully luminous skin. No one, that’s who! But applying it can be a bit more complicated than other makeup products, unless of course you know this trick. To apply highlighter correctly start by making a “C”-shape with your hand. Then rest the “C” so your thumb is on your cheekbone and your index finger above your brow […]

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For Fresher Asparagus, Treat Them Like Flowers

I’m so happy asparagus is back in season. When it’s fresh, it’s one of my favorite spring vegetables. But since I’m usually cooking for one or two, I don’t go through a whole bunch  in one meal. So I’ll be using this tip for storing asparagus in the fridge. To make the spears last longer treat them almost like you […]

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1 Way to Save on Gas

If you could save 10 cents per gallon every time you filled up, would you use your PayPal account at the pump? Cumberland Farms a chain of gas stations is testing out that theory with their SmartPay app and program. Simply sign up for the program and get a SmartPay card  or the app that is tied to your PayPal account, […]

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Write a More Effective To-Do List on Monday

Start your week off right next week by using the 1-3-5 rule of to-do lists from Fast Company. Start by only planning out what you can realistically accomplish, which is where the rule comes in. Here’s what most people can realistically tackle in a day: 1 big mission 3 medium tasks 5 small things Put those on you list and […]

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The Fastest Way to Compost…Ever

Have you ever heard of cold composting? The basic idea is that you use your blender to speed up the break down process that turns food scraps into rich fuel for your garden. I came across a tutorial on the blog for my local garden store, and I think I might have to try it out when I plant some […]

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