Welcome Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Party-Goers! #UBP13

Hello, UBP13 attendees! I kind of forgot to get my party post ready, so I’m throwing this together last minute.  I’m really looking forward to hopping around and checking out everyone’s blogs, meeting new people, and making new connections.

About Me

My name is Nikki. I’m a blogger (obviously), freelance writer and mom to a 7-year-old son (Jacob). I spend the majority of my days on the computer working on my own site as well as doing writing,  editing and other behind-the-scenes work for Our Family World and My Kid Guide, both of which are owned by the wonderful Olfa Turki. When I’m not glued to the computer, I enjoy spending time with my son and my boyfriend (Sal).

About Pretty Opinionated

Pretty Opinionated started out as a review and giveaway blog, but is evolving into something much more diverse. While I still love reviewing awesome products, I’m getting back to the what I know best: writing helpful, fun, or inspiring articles that will (hopefully) resonate with my readers. Expect to see a variety of content, from reviews of great products that you or your children will love to helpful tips on staying healthy, having fun with the family, and other lifestyle topics. I’m even enlisting my amazing boyfriend, Sal, to create a few recipes here and there for me. He’s an awesome chef. Me? Not so much!

Check out a few of my favorite posts on Pretty Opinionated

We recently welcomed a new member to our family. Check out my Meet Krystal the Guinea Pig post and learn about how PetSmart helped us choose the best small pet for our family. I also have three dogs, three cats, and a parrot.

I’m not very crafty, but I did recently learn how to make subway art! It’s so easy, even a puppy could do it.

Complimenting someone can make their day a lot brighter, but sometimes compliments come across as fake when we don’t put much effort into them. Learn how to give a compliment without sounding creepy or fake.

Sal got me a tablet for our one-year anniversary back in December, and I’ve been addicted to downloading and trying new apps. Check out my favorite apps for ereading and for improving your brain skills.

My son was a late bloomer when it came to talking. Now he talks non-stop, but I’m always looking for cool games to play to enhance his vocabulary!

I also have a bunch of giveaways going on right now. Check the sidebar under “Current Giveaways” to see if anything catches your eye!

Thanks for visiting Pretty Opinionated! I hope you’ll come back again!

About Nicole Etolen

12 Responses to “Welcome Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Party-Goers! #UBP13”

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  1. Jamie says:

    Good to see you at the party. Saw you were partaking so wanted to leave you some comment love =)

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi, I’m here through UBP2013!

    Sounds like you have some great articles here on the blog :)

  3. Wow, you guys have a lot of pets, well compared to us anyway… we don’t have any. lol My 7 year old is always asking tho so I think someday we’ll have a dog or maybe just a goldfish. 😉 I was already following you on Facebook & Twitter and just started following you on Pinterest also.

    • Nicole Etolen says:

      LOL, yes, we do have a lot of pets! I had a goldfish once too. My son won it from a fair when he was 3. It died the next day, so we replaced it with a heartier betta fish and told him it magically changed colors overnight. He’s 7 now, so I don’t think he’d buy that a second time around!

  4. Nicole says:

    Hello Nikki,
    Nice to meet you! I am Nicole and am the mama of 6 blessings! Stopping over from the UBP13, and am now a new follower! Looking forward to getting to know you and your family better! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


  5. Travis Crawley says:

    Hi Nikki, I’m a newcomer here so I want to say big hello and say that your post was very nice and it was a great read for me :)

  6. Madras Geek says:

    stumbled across your blog for the first time and am impressed.

  7. eschelle says:

    awesome I love what your sight has to offer, I used to have a guinea pig… not too fond of the smell though. I have had all kinds of animals and have yet to figure out which one I actually enjoyed having….
    Really love that how to give a compliment post that is a great idea!!

    happy to have met you via the party 😀

  8. It’s funny… I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and knew nothing about you. So…


  9. Love your subway art idea!

    Nice to ‘meet’ you!

    Stopping by to say hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!


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