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 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 »

Nokia Lumia 530: The Right Smartphone for Your Child

Nokia Lumia Jake 2

Jacob received a complimentary Nokia Lumia 530 for review. All opinions are his and mine. Yes, you read that right: the right smartphone for your child. A little over a month ago, I was adamant that my son would NEVER need a phone until he was at least 14. I admit it, I was a little judgmental towards parents who got their preteen kids a phone. Maybe more than a little. Then my son missed chorus and came home on the regular bus. I didn’t know. He didn’t have a phone. No one offered to bring him home or call […] Read more »

Gratify Defyer Shoes: Like Walking on Little Clouds of Happiness

Gravity Defyers 2

I received a complimentary pair of Gravity Defyer shoes to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Halloween was a crazy night. We had a tight scheduled because trick-or-treat only runs for two hours. We had to get my son off the bus at 4, go 30 minutes up the mountain to grab Sal’s kids, back down to the good candy neighborhood and get in our two hours before heading BACK up the mountain, then back down in time to get Sal to work at 10. Crazy, right? Usually, after those two hours of walking, I’m a crying mess. […] Read more »

It All Starts with a Wish: Share Yours to Help Families in Need! #WishesDelivered

Wishes Delivered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine. Every wonderful thing in my life started with a wish. I wished for a child and got my son. Yes, it took 6 years of hard wishing, but he was worth the wait. When things went south with his dad, I wished for a way to support him as a single mom and still be able to be there for him. I got my writing career. While it took a lot of time, energy and hard work, in one way or another, it […] Read more »

Vanishing Ink : A Great New Book for the Whole Family

Vanishing Ink Cover

Today I’m happy to share an author post from Scott Wiser, creator of Vanishing Ink. When I saw the amazing artwork for the story, I was enthralled. It’s simply gorgeous. The story itself sounds so appealing, I’m definitely adding it to my “to-read” pile once things calm down! In the mean time,  I asked Scott if he wanted to share a bit about the book with you in his own words. Enjoy!   Vanishing Ink : A Great New Book for the Whole Family From Scott Wiser: Animator & Storyteller Thanks Nicole. for you interest in my hardcover novel. I […] Read more »

Save 25% at + Cool Christmas Poster Ideas

Countdown to Christmas Deals: 25% off til 11/30

Today’s Countdown to Christmas Deal comes from This post contains affiliate links.   Looking for fabulous deals on posters and art gifts? Head over to between now and 11/30 and use coupon code 25Turkey to save 25% off EVERYTHING! Pretty awesome, right? Why not get a jump switch things up this year and add some gorgeous Christmas posters to your regular decor mix? Check out a few of my favorites! Cool Christmas Posters from   Read more »

5 Insanely Cheap Photography Backdrops for Bloggers on a Budget


Ever since I bought my fancy DSLR camera, I’ve been trying to learn to take better pictures. The camera can only do so much, right? The rest is up to me. I’ve been on the hunt for pretty yet cheap photography backdrops for months now. I’ve read blogs, scoured groups and tried to find all the great ideas everyone else has mentioned. Bead boards and stained wood were my favorite ideas. Alas, when I looked for bead board at Home Depot, the stuff they had on hand was really expensive. Then I almost had a meltdown when Sal explained to […] Read more »