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!

Say it With Me: No More Fad Diets! Take the Great Grains Pledge + Giveaway!

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Ready? Repeat after me: “I will not succumb to the hype of any more fad diets. Instead, I pledge to try to change my overall eating habits to include more wholesome foods and enjoy a normal, balanced diet.” Doesn’t that feel good? Oh, and by “normal, balanced diet,” I mean one that factors in our evolution as a human species, not one designed for our ancestors that lived so long ago, they actually used their appendix for important things! You know what I’m talking about, don’t play coy! Today I’m sharing the Great Grains Fad-Free Pledge. I received some delicious granola treats from […] Read more »

Absolutely Darling Free Valentine’s Day Printables


Looking for some adorable free Valentine’s Day printables for cards, activities and other projects? Check out a few of my favorites from some of the most talented bloggers around. These printables are perfect for your kids’ classroom V-Day card exchanges, your own gifts and pretty much anything else you can think of. Best of all, they’re free! Yay! Darling Free Valentine’s Day  Printables First, my absolutely favorite, the Be MINEcraft Valentine Printable from Club Chica Circle! My son will go nuts when he sees this one! I love the idea of taping this cute Maze Valentine Card Printable to a little […] Read more »

Skylanders Trap Team: We Trapped Kaos & Renewed Our Bond

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Huge thank you to Activision for making one very special part of this post possible. More on that below. Christmas was almost a disaster. Actually, it kind of was. See, Jacob wanted Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition more than just about anything. Back in November, I dutifully ordered it before it went out of stock. At least I thought I did. It arrived and I didn’t even look at it. I wrapped it and put it away, so excited that I got him this limited edition game! On Christmas morning, I waited anxiously as he opened it. His eyes lit […] Read more »

Outsystem by M.D Cooper Promo Blast: FUNKO Pop Groot & Signed Copy Giveaway


Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards. It’ll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations […] Read more »

Getting Your Kids to School Safely in the Winter

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Portions of this post are brought to you by Rain-X. I received complimentary coupons in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve kept Jacob home from school twice in the last month simply because I couldn’t safely get him to the bus stop. In one case, the bad weather started after it was too late for the school to call a delay or a closing. In the other, my driveway and road leading to the bus stop were still an ice rink even after the two-hour delay. This is life in the Poconos. One day we […] Read more »

Verified Codes: The ONE Site You MUST Check Before Shopping!

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This post is brought to you by Verified Codes. All opinions are my own. I do about 90% of my shopping online. Since I’m already spending most of my day on the computer, it’s just more convenient. Besides, my area is still sadly lacking in many of the coolest stores. Before I buy anything, I go searching for coupon codes. I don’t just like saving money, I NEED to save as much as possible. As a single mom and the sole provider for my son, every single penny matters. Do you know how depressing it is to find an amazing […] Read more »

Forever Now Book Blitz: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveway


  Forever Now (Forever #1) by Elise Sax Release Date: 11/29/14 264 pages It was a kiss to last a year. We melted into each other, desperate to hold on to a part of us, even though we would be so far away. Our tears flowed and mixed together, making the kiss salty and wet. “Don’t forget any of it,” he said, finally, his voice wracked with emotion. “I won’t.” Summary from Goodreads: When Tess’s mother abandons her during her senior year at high school, she must find a way to keep the secret and survive until graduation. She’s surprised when Cruz, her […] Read more »

Avenge Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Tristan Johnson is not an easy guy to get to know. He’s quiet, shy, and borderline elusive. That never stopped Samara Cavanaugh from claiming Tristan as her best friend, her tutor, her longtime crush. She knows Tristan better than anyone. Sam was the one person that Tristan had allowed himself to get close to. But even Sam wasn’t aware of the secrets her best friend had been keeping. When Sam’s life was in jeopardy Tristan didn’t hesitate to protect her. Now that he’s gone, Sam will do whatever it takes to get him back. Buy on Amazon     Samara […] Read more »