Kristin Appenbrink Kristin Appenbrink is a freelance writer and editor with over 15 years of journalism experience. She is a former senior editor at Real Simple. Her work has been seen in The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Brit + Co, and other publications. Highlights: * Over 15 years of journalism experience * Senior content strategist at Google * Former senior editor at Real Simple * Former editorial director at Brit + Co * Former editor-at-large at The Kitchn * Former contributing editor at Tastebook * Former contributing lifestyle editor at About.com * Co-founder of the Silent Book Club * Founding board member of ASME Next 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.