Alyssa Sparacino Alyssa (she/her) has more than a decade of experience in digital media, holding editor positions at Shape, HGTV Magazine, Health.com, and AOL Health. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a B.A. degree in magazine journalism and was the editor-in-chief of the school's women's magazine. Her work has been published online and in print for many national media brands, covering a range of topics including health, travel, beauty, home, pets, and more. Alyssa holds a personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.