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

2 Ingredients to Soothe Irritated Skin

For those of you out there with sensitive skin (especially if you’re prone to redness or itchiness) look for these two ingredients the next time you’re shopping for a new skin-care product. Both green tea and licorice-root extract will have a calming effect on your complexion. Just be sure they are listed close enough to the top of the ingredient […]

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Would You Use Them: Lock Laces?

Do you have problems with your sneakers coming untied when you’re running or at the gym? I don’t normally, but on occasion I’ve had to stop mid-workout to re-tie my laces. For that reason, I like the idea of Lock Laces—bungee laces that you tighten with the plastic clasp. Have you ever tried Lock Laces or a similar product? If so, […]

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The Fastest Way to Make Your Yard Appear Landscaped

If you’ve recently moved into a new home or you’re finally tackling a landscaping project in your backyard, follow this advice to make it look like you’ve done a lot even if you’ve only just begun. Start by adding plants to the corners of your square or rectangular yard. This will soften the edges and make the yard appear more […]

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Cut Flower Stems on a Diagonal to Make Them Last Longer

Next time you bring home a bouquet from the grocery store or florist or you cut a bunch of blooms from you garden, before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut their stems on a diagonal. Why? that increases the surface area available to suck up water into the rest of the stem. So your flowers will be able to […]

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Comb Hair Before Showering to Prevent Breakage

If you are rough on your hair—dyeing, straightening, and more—you might tend to see broken strands. One step to prevent that without having to give up your complete styling routine is to start combing out your hair before you get in the shower. This will help undo any knots that might be made worse by shampooing. Then once you are out […]

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20 Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Once the weather starts getting warmer (and I’m hoping it does here soon in NYC. C’mon Spring!), I start switching my hot oatmeal for a cold smoothie for breakfast. I’m on the hunt for some new flavor combinations this year, and here are the ones I’m going to be trying: Ginger, Berries & Oats from Cooking Light Superpower Morning Smoothie […]

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Make DIY Stationery Using Washi Tape

How cute are those notecards? I came across this DIY for Glitter Neon Notecards on For the Love Of… via a round-up on Poppytalk, and while I tend to stay away from anything that involves loose glitter, I think I’ll have to give this simple DIY a try with all the washi tape that I seem to be accumulating. I love […]

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Incredible Paper Constructions by Artist Vincent Tomczyk

We know you’re all fans of the paper constructions by Matthew Sporzynski used to do in the magazine every month (which you can still browse online here). So in that same vein, I’m guessing you’ll appreciate these amazing creations—all made completely out of paper—by artist Vincent Tomczyk. Take a look. Paper Eames Chair LCW Shirt & Tie See more of […]

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Why Your Mother’s Maiden Name is No Longer a Good Security Question

Frequently when you’re signing up for a new online account, you’ll be asked to choose a couple of security questions and answers to protect your account in case you lose your password. But in the days of Facebook, it’s time to think twice before selecting your mother’s maiden name as one of your security questions. Because so many people use […]

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Protect Sweaters with Lavender Sachets

We all know that cedar blocks are better than moth balls (no chemical stink for one thing!), but did you know lavender sachets might even be better than cedar? One reason is that lavender will actually last longer than those cedar blocks or rings which will become less effective after about three months as their scent starts to fade. Lavender, […]

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