Lisa Milbrand

Headshot: Lisa Milbrand
Title: Contributing SEO Writer & Editor
Education: St. Bonaventure University, Syracuse University
Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Expertise: Entertaining, Food, Travel, Personal Finance, Entertainment, Health, Relationships

Lisa joined Real Simple as an SEO writer and editor in 2020, where she covers topics as wide ranging as taste-testing new TikTok food trends, and what to binge-watch after Bridgerton. She also serves as's resident gift guide expert, curating hundreds of picks throughout the year.

Lisa is always game to learn about something new, but particularly loves to write about food, health, travel, entertainment, and entertaining. And though she writes plenty of content about organizing, she does not practice what she preaches.  She loves fancy restaurants, good coffee and her family (of course); not a fan of waiting in lines.


  • Nearly 25 years of experience covering health and lifestyle topics
  • Real Simple's gift guide expert
  • Former editor at Modern Bride magazine
  • Co-author of the Modern Bride Survival Guide


Lisa started her career as an intern in Entertainment Weekly’s Los Angeles bureau before moving east to learn the ropes of lifestyle journalism as an editor at Modern Bride magazine. After a brief foray producing web content for Hearst magazines, she headed back to Modern Bride to head up its 18 regional editions, and serve as co-author of the Modern Bride Survival Guide.

As a full-time freelance writer and content strategist, she has worked for dozens of media organizations and companies, most often for Real Simple, Parents, Family Vacation Critic, Momtastic, and Readers Digest.


Lisa graduated from St. Bonaventure University with an honors degree in History and a minor in Journalism, where she first fell in love with lifestyle journalism as a features editor. She received a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University, on a graduate fellowship.

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