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

How Well Do You Know Your Table Etiquette?

We all learned it at one point, but do you remember what the proper signal is for showing you are finished with a meal in a restaurant? When you have eaten your fill and are ready for your plate to be cleared, place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate with the handles resting at 4 o’clock. Another important […]

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How to Wash Your Shower Curtain Liner

If you have a plastic shower curtain liner behind your cloth curtain in your bathroom, take the time this weekend to run it through the wash. Both curtains can go through your washing machine (barring a dry clean only tag on your cloth curtain). When washing the plastic liner, use warm water and add a few small soft items in […]

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Running Shoes vs. Cross-Trainers: Which Do You Need?

If you’re in the market for new athletic shoes here’s how to tell whether you should be buying straight running shoes or if you’d be better off with cross-trainers. Opt for running shoes if: You plan to walk or jog 95 percent of the time. (And choose running shoes over “walking” shoes because they are built to last longer and fit […]

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What to Look For When Buying Plants

I’ve been thinking a lot about adding plants to my home lately, and I’m planning a trip to the garden center this weekend to find a few new ones. I’m going to be taking this list of tips with me for what to look for (and avoid)—the key is in the leaves: Never buy plants with: Brown, crispy leaf edges: May […]

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Smart Product: Little Green Pouch

If you are a parent, or you have friends with kids, or if you’ve been to a Starbucks or grocery store recently, you’ve likely seen these little pouches. For my friends with kids they are a lifesaver. Nothing seems to pacify a hungry toddler more quickly. But these Little Green Pouches are different from the ones that you’ll find in […]

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No Panini Maker? No Problem!

This is one from the Real Simple archives! If you don’t have a panini press, (they take up lots of counterspace), you can easily hack a sandwich press by using a heavy canned good and a small salad or dessert plate. You might not get those satisfying grill marks, but no doubt the hot, melty sandwich will more than make […]

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2 Ways to Make Your Eye Shadow Last Longer

Whether or not you like to go this bold with your eye shadow, there are two ways to make your hue last longer. 1. Prime your lid: This doesn’t mean you have to buy a new product. If you already use a concealer that’s not oily, use this to prime your eyelids. It will help the shadow stay put. 2. […]

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How to Pay Your Taxes Over Time

If you can’t pay off all the taxes you owe in one go this year, sign up to pay them off in installments instead. Start by sending in as much as you can afford with your tax return, and then visit the IRS.gov section on payments and installments to set up a plan. The downside? It will cost you $105 […]

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Use This Moving Trick for More Organized Storage

If you’re looking for a clever way to store items in your home when you’ve run out of closet space but don’t want display everything on open shelving. Steal this trick from when you’re moving. Organize your belongings into sleek containers like these boxes from Ikea. Then add numbers on the outside. The final trick? Make a list of what […]

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Have You Fallen for Any April Fools’ Day Jokes?

Today is a day loved by some (pranksters) and hated by others (no-nonsense types). And the internet has only made April Fools’ Day more hilarious/obnoxious depending on how you feel about the holiday. Google always has a few clever “new products” on April 1st. This year they’ve announced Google Nose and Gmail Blue.  We’ve also gotten a few bogus press […]

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