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About Pretty Opinionated
Pretty Opinionated is a lifestyle blog for women in general and moms of school-age kids in particular. I cover topics such as great gift ideas for kids (especially boys), fun products to help make mom’s life easier, ways to care for yourself and your family, and tips to make life easier. All of my tips and how-to articles focus on practical tips that anyone can do without having to embark on a journey to find some sort of rare ingredient or spend a fortune and weeks of time changing their entire lifestyle all at once.
My name is Nicole Etolen, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started out with pen and paper, moved on to a standard typewriter when I was a teenager, to an electric typewriter in my late teens, and finally to a computer in my early 20s. I’ve written horrible short stories that never saw publication (and caused my mom to ask my writing instructor if I was “normal,” as if I’ve EVER been normal!) and pretty rockin’ feature-length articles that appeared in a local magazine.
I’ve also written hundreds (probably thousands by now) of articles for multiple websites, from basic content like that found on eHow to stronger, more personable articles like those on OurFamilyWorld and HerZine.
On a more personal note…
I’m a mom to an 8-year-old boy, an avid reader and trivia junkie. I love learning, and have started several different degrees, yet never finished one because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, aside from a writer. As a result of my degree hopping, I have a strong understanding of psychology, basic nursing skills (I went to nursing school and almost finished the LPN program), journalism, communication, and literature. I have zero knowledge of math, however!
About Jacob: My Mini-Me Co-Reviewer
All toys and children’s products are also tested by my son, Jake. He’s currently 8 years old, although he acts like he’s going on 18 at times. He’s smart (I know all parents say that, but he really is), funny, and the epitome of the “wild-child.” Jake has two modes- fast and off. He goes non-stop until he passes out for bed.
He loves video games, and gets more exercise playing the XBOX and Wii than most kids get all day because he strongly believes that jumping or running in place when his character jumps or runs is important to success in the game. He’s recently developed a fascination for games like MineCraft and Roblox. He creates whole worlds in the time it takes me to type up a single article (and that’s not really all that long, I’m pretty fast these days!)
When it comes to reviews, Jacob is a great promoter. He loves going to school and telling his friends all about his latest review item. He’s definitely a blogger’s child. When he sees something he wants on TV, he’ll come down and ask me to pitch for it! Together, we make a pretty good team!