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

Link Round Up: Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Thanks to my friend Alicia, who is organizing an egg dyeing party this weekend, I’m going to be decorating some eggs for the first time in years. I’ve been looking for fun ideas that we can try, and here are a few of my favorites: Watercolor Easter Eggs from Spoon Fork Bacon   New York Subway Eggs from The SoHo […]

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Surprising Tax Day Statistics

Think tax day is stressful? You’re not alone. Check out these surprising tax statistics, and tell us in the comments what you find most anxiety producing about tax day.     – 4 in 10: The number of people who think that cutting their own hair is less risky than filing their own taxes. – 1/2: The proportion of tax […]

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Don’t Store Your White and Whole Wheat Flours in the Same Place

If you like to bake with whole wheat flour on occasion, think twice before you store it on the shelf with your container of all-purpose flour. Why? Because whole wheat flour should actually be stored in the refrigerator. Seal it in a zippered plastic bag, and when stored in the fridge it will last up to six times as long […]

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How Many Swipes in a Tube of Lipstick?

Here’s a fun bit of trivia for your Monday evening courtesy of the Birchbox team. They tested an average tube of lipstick to see just how many swipes it contains. How many would you guess? I have to admit, I was WAY off. I expected there to be close to 1,000, but they discovered it’s only about 293 per tube, which […]

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Keep Towels Organized When You Have Houseguests

If you’re hosting several houseguests in the next few weeks, use this trick to keep everyone’s towels organized in the bathroom. Write each person’s name on a clothespin (or write it on a piece of washi tape and put it on the clothespin), and then have them clip it to their towel. That way you’ll avoid any mixups, especially if […]

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The Rule for Substituting Dried Herbs for Fresh

I never seem to use up the bundles of herbs that I buy at the grocery store, so I frequently substitute dried herbs for fresh using this rule: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh You’ll need to use less of the dried herbs because they are actually just a bit more potent. This works well for […]

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Upholstery Cleaning Labels, Decoded

If you or a guest spilled something on your sofa this weekend, here’s how to decode the cleaning labels on your upholstery before you tackle that stain: W = can be treated with water-based cleaners S = can only be treated with solvents WS = can be treated with water-based cleaners or solvents X = should only be vacuumed, no detergents […]

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Can You Freeze Avocados? (YES!)

I love finding out that you can freeze things that you never would have thought you could put in the freezer. And I’m happy to add avocados to that list. Who knew?! Thanks to this tip from theKitchn, I’ll never worry about buying more than one avocado at a time again because I know that as soon as they start […]

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Weekend DIY: Embroidered Family Portraits

First off, be forewarned that when you click through to the tutorial for this project from Brigitte.de, the instructions are in German. If you’re using Google Chrome, it will automatically translate for you, but it’s an easy project and the photos are pretty self-explanatory. I love the way these portraits look. A brief rundown of the steps: – Print black […]

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Friday Links: Easter Cookies

Looking for something sweet to serve on easter? Why not try one of these tasty recipes for Easter cookies. I think I’ll be making this first one. (Click the images or the links above each photo to see the recipes.) Monster Easter Cookies from Picky Palate Easter Bunny Cookie Tutorial from Lizy B Bakes Easter Egg Cookies from Cooking Light Easter […]

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