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!

A Supportive Family of Experts Makes All the Difference for This Single Mom!

Me and Donna on Cruise

As a single mom and a work-at-home writer, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am right now without support. Raising kids is hard work. Every parent knows that. I think anyone who has ever even babysat a kid knows that! Raising a child on your own while trying to support yourself as a writer? Whole new ball game, and I’m not very good at sports. Thank goodness I have an amazingly supportive family. They don’t just help with Jacob, either, but they completely support my career. I know too many writers who deal with questions from family […] Read more »

Hometown Girls Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Hometown Girls

Life for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life. Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it. Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish […] Read more »

How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

Spring Beauty Routine

Your house isn’t the only thing that needs spring cleaning! When the weather changes, so should your beauty routine. I’m going to give you a few easy tips on how to spring clean that beauty routine and transition your skin care regimen from winter to something better fit for warmer days. Emphasis on easy,” you know I’m not going to send you on a mission to buy $200 face cream or insist you change all your favorite products out for new ones. Transitioning Your Skin Care Routine from Winter to Spring Spring Cleaning Your Collection Let’s start with the basics, shall we? The […] Read more »

8 Sweet & Pretty Easter Dessert Recipes

Whether you're planning a big dinner at home or bringing a dish to a party, these Easter dessert recipes are guaranteed to impress

Whether you’re planning a big dinner at home or bringing a dish to a party, these Easter dessert recipes are guaranteed to impress! All of these recipes look beautiful on your Easter table, yet don’t require a culinary degree to recreate. They come from some of my favorite bloggers (with permission), so this is also a chance to discover great new reads! Let’s dive in to the yummy goodness! 8 Pretty Easter Dessert Recipes   These Mini Easter Cheesecakes from Simply Stacie only have four main ingredients plus decorations. Whip them up the night before your party so they have […] Read more »

6 Most Inspirational Quotes from JRR Tolkien

Tolkien Travel

In honor of Tolkien Reading Day, I’ve collected six of my favorite inspirational quotes from Tolkien’s books to share with you. Why six? No reason, it just seemed like a good number. Tolkien Reading Day was started by the Tolkien Society. They chose the date because it was also the date of the downfall of Sauron, the Lord of the Rings, in case you’re wondering. 6 Inspirational Quotes from Tolkien Perhaps the single most important piece of advice ever given: never laugh at live dragons. It rarely ends well. Replace “dragons” with pretty much any other dangerous creature and live by these words […] Read more »

Blossom Box Kids: Simple Inspired Crafting Fun for Kids AND Mom

Blossom Box Kids

I love subscription boxes almost as much as I love coffee (still looking for the perfect coffee subscription box, by the way!). Craft boxes for kids are one of my favorites. Not only do they give Jacob a creative outlet, they also let me get in touch with my own inner child. Each subscription box needs its own unique angle to work. Today, I’m sharing a new favorite: Blossom Box Kids, along with what makes them really special. Blossom Box Kids: Simple Inspired Fun When Blossom Box Kids offered me the chance to review their brand new subscription service, a few […] Read more »

Fun Spring & Easter Games for Your iPad or Tablet

Flower Bouquet Game

You know what I love about being a blogger? The fact that I can play fun games on my iPad, then write a post about them and it totally counts as work! Take this post about fun spring & Easter games for you iPad, for example. It totally justifies all the time I spent doing virtual jigsaw puzzles, breeding dragons and browsing the app store for more ideas. Even the iPad itself was a “business” purchase! Spring is here. It’s official, the calender even says so! Mother Nature missed the memo, though, because she dumped about 5 inches of snow on us […] Read more »

Justice For Katie Promo Blast: Signed Books Giveaway

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In 1985, budding author Jeb Cannon discovers the decomposed body of a young woman while riding fence with his father on their wind-swept Wyoming ranch. The case quickly goes cold but her memory haunts his imagination. Thirty years and a number of best-selling thrillers later, Cannon asks Detective Matt Joyner to help him finally find justice for the woman, whom he has dubbed “Katie.” Joyner has his hands full investigating the modern-day murder of an Assistant County Attorney so Jake and Emma Rand step in to take a fresh look at the decades old case. When they uncover a link […] Read more »

I’ll Sing for my Dinner Cover Reveal

Ill sing for my dinner

About the Author: BR Kingsolver is the author of the Telepathic Clans series (The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising) and Broken Dolls, a paranormal thriller. BR grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. BR has lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. BR currently splits time between Baltimore and Albuquerque. BR made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along […] Read more »

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Microsoft Lumia Smart Phone

spring cleaning smart phone

Spring is almost here. Mother Nature seems to be warming up to us again. Boy, she was a royal grump this year! With storms every week and temperatures colder than ever before, I’m actually looking forward to spring! Usually I whine about it because I don’t like things that sting, clocks that change for ludicrous reasons and trees that make me sneeze. I’m more of an autumn girl. Of course, with spring comes spring cleaning. When it comes to actually cleaning my house, I don’t do the whole “spring cleaning mania” thing. I don’t understand why a change in weather […] Read more »