Nicole Etolen

Nicole is freelance writer, blogger, and mom to a wild, wacky 8-year-old boy. She is addicted to coffee, tends to hoard books, and watches way too much television. Her favorite thing about being a writer is wearing her pajamas to work every day!

Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop: $25 Visa Gift Card


Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views. All participating bloggers are offering up prizes worth at least $25. Since I’m self-sponsoring this one, I’m going with something super easy: a $25 Visa Gift card. I know it’s not exciting, but you know what? You get to pick anything your pretty little heart desires if you win it. Isn’t that nice? Don’t you love it? Keeping it short and sweet, since it’s the busy holiday season. No one has time to read my long-winded ramblings! Enter below on the pretty Gleam form. Giveaway is open […] Read more »

Why I’m Thankful for My HP Envy Rove AIO #IntelAIO #IntelPartner


#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. I’ve been using my beloved HP Envy Rove Intel AIO for a little over a year now. If you’ve ever met me, you know I get very attached to my computers. I name them,  talk to them, tend to them, protect them and love them. I’m super weird, right? Anyway, like with any good relationshipover the last year, I’ve come to love my Intel AIO a little more every day. Today, in honor of Thanksgiving week, I’m sharing […] Read more »

Give Our Troops a Little Comforts from Home with Marie Callender’s #ComfortsFromHome


This post brought to you by Marie Callender’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Giving our troops a little taste of the comforts from home has never been easier, thanks to Marie Callender’s. Right now, when you buy specially marked packages of delicious dinners and desserts, then enter the code on the Comforts from Home website, Marie Callender’s will donate $0.50 to the USO2GO. You’ve heard of the USO, right? Well, the USO2GO is one of their many wonderful programs designed to enrich the lives of our brave troops. The program gives kits filled with things like electronics, sporting gear, books, […] Read more »

Choice Hotels Black Friday Deal: Save up to 20% Off Your Stay


Planning to do some traveling during Thanksgiving? Choice Hotels is offering savings up to 20% at participating hotels! Over the summer, Jacob and I stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mount Pocono. We had such a wonderful experience. You can read all about it here.   I recommend booking directly through Choice Hotels because of their Best Internet Rate Guarantee. Basically, if can show them a cheaper price elsewhere, you may get a free night. Exclusions apply, so check their website for details. Read more »

Our #WishForOthers: A Warm & Loving Home for Every Animal


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One. All opinions are 100% mine. Capital One wants to make the holidays a little brighter this holiday season by helping to share and grant wishes for others. During the holidays, we often ask our kids “what is on your wish list?” We even ask our friends and family “what do YOU want?” Yet we all know that the true joy of the holidays comes from spreading happiness to others. This year, you have a chance of seeing that wish for others come true! How? Simply share your […] Read more »

‘Tis the Season for…Migraines? Not with Ausanil! #ThankfulforMigraineReliefSweepsEntry

Don't let a migraine ruin this view!

This post is sponsored by the maker of Ausanil® severe headache and migraine nasal spray. I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. ‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly, but all those fa la la la las can really bring on a headache for migraine sufferers.  I love the excitement, the lights, the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen, the shopping, the wrapping, the dashing through the snow in my one-horse-powered ancient car…you get the idea. Oh yes, I love the holidays. My head, though, sometimes not so much. Headaches are pretty much a fact […] Read more »

A Better Night’s Sleep for Neck Pain Sufferers with Mediflow Waterbase Pillow + Giveaway

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow

I received a complimentary Mediflow Waterbase Pillow. All opinions are my own. Do you suffer from neck pain? If so, you know how hard it is to find the right pillow to help you get a good night’s sleep. Let me tell you a little story (those keeping a tally of my random medical issues, get your pen out). Last year, I was talking on the phone when I felt a horrible pain in my neck. A real pain, not the person I was talking to acting like a pain. It was so weird and came out of nowhere! The […] Read more »

HoHoHo Holiday Hop: $25 Amazon Gift Card

HoHoHoliday Hop

Welcome to the Holiday HOHOHO Hop! Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner! Use it as a nutrition/exercise log, newborn sleep & peep record, work meetings & appointments, academic & social planner, keepsake journal or as a scrapbook…the possibilities are endless! My Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card Sorry, guys, I know it’s not that original, but I had this giveaway on my calender for […] Read more »

Festive Appetizers for Your Holiday Parties

Festive Appetizers

This festive appetizers post is brought to you by Foodie. Every hostess with the mostest knows that the keys to a great holiday party are festive appetizers You can even completely blow off the main course and JUST have an appetizer feast if you do it right. I love parties that give me plenty of options, especially since I’m such a picky eater. Really, you can’t please everyone with just one dish. Festive appetizers are where it’s at! Take a look at my favorites! Just scroll through the handy Foodie widget and click on the appetizers that catch your eye […] Read more »