Maressa Brown Maressa Brown is a seasoned lifestyle journalist, writer, and astrologer. Her work has appeared in Parents, InStyle, Shape, What to Expect, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is the author of a forthcoming parenting title to be published by Artisan Books in early 2023. A graduate of Emerson College, she's based in Los Angeles. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource 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.