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!

57 Fun Writing Prompts & Blog Post Ideas for July

Need inspiration for your editorial calendar this month? Check out 57 fun writing prompts & blog post ideas for July, complete with ready-to-go titles!

Last month’s 44 Blog Post Ideas for June was such a success that I thought I’d do it again! This time, I have writing topics and blog post ideas for July to help you brainstorm your way through the hot, muggy month. I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time thinking when it’s so hot out! As with last month, these are all ideas that I either didn’t have room for on my own calendar or are so broad that we can all write about it without duplicating ideas (or both). Without further ado, I present […] Read more »

Don’t Tell Her to Relax Book Review


When you’re coping with infertility, the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you to relax. I’ve been there. I’ve heard it all. Well-meaning friends telling me that “it’ll happen when it happens” or “you’re trying too hard, just relax!” or any other number of things that made me want to shake them. Words hurt, even if you really don’t mean for them to hurt. I wish I had a guidebook to give my friends and family back then. Something to let them know what I was going through without having to explain it over and over. Something […] Read more »

What I Learned About Snakes By Snuggling a Python #ReptileCare

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This post is a sponsored post. I am being compensated to help spread the word about Reptile Ownership, but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. petMD® and PetSmart® are not responsible for the content of this article. When I was 15, I begged my mom for a lizard. After much debate, she finally gave in and I got Clyde the Iguana. He was awesome. Friendly, curious and just plain cool. He used to sit on my shoulder while I typed up school papers. That was before computers were in every house, so it was an old-school typewriter. He […] Read more »

Party Like a Patriot with Tipsy Elves

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Ready to get your party on this 4th of July and show off your patriotic side in style? Get ready to Party Like a Patriot with Tipsy Elves! The company that became synonymous with the Ugly Christmas Sweater has ventured into other holidays and wants you to know that crazy fun clothes aren’t just for Christmas. I received Tipsy Elves’ new Party Like a Patriot t-shirt in exchange for an honest review. I remember seeing the shirt on both a Beyond the Tank, the Shark Tank spin-off that did an up-close look at how Tipsy Elves did after their deal […] Read more »

Conquer Mount Laundry with a Little Help from Tide HE Turbo

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tide® HE Turbo Clean™. All opinions are 100% mine. How can two people create such a mountain of laundry? I ask myself that question every single week. No, scratch that: every single day! How can two people create such a huge mountain of laundry that just never, ever, ever seems to go away? I swear, I just did laundry the other day and already my bedroom floor looks like my closet upchucked on it. That’s just MY laundry. Then there’s my son’s room. His dirty clothes are a little […] Read more »

6 Awesome Style & Beauty Products Made in the USA

6 Awesome Made in the USA beauty products that you'll love!

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite beauty and fashion products that are all made in the USA. Now, I’m not recommending that you ditch all your favorite outsourced products and shop exclusively American-Made items for the rest of your life. That’s not entirely realistic. Maybe for the month of July, though, we could make it our mission to support US products more? Give them a bit of a boost? Shopping items made in the USA helps grow our own economy and keep more jobs here, where we desperately […] Read more »

Fried Ice-Cream Recipe with Honey Bunches of Oats

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This post is brought to you by Honey Bunches of Oats. All opinions are my own. I have always wanted to try making fried ice cream, but the idea of frying something that melts at room temperature? Scary! I’m just not talented enough to pull that off! I mean, what kind of magic is that? Frying ice cream? If you can do it, I bow down to you. If you’ve always wanted to try it but, like me, don’t think you’re masterful enough to actually fry frozen milk, I have the perfect recipe for you! It’s courtesy of Honey Bunches […] Read more »

Mox Ballet Flats Make a Stylish Alternative to Flip-Flops

Looking for a stylish alternative to flip-flops that will still keep your feet cool in the summer? Check out Mox! They're like the fun jelly shoes of the 80s, except all grown up and restyled for the new millennium. Plus they're a lot more comfortable!

Looking for a stylish alternative to flip-flops that will still keep your feet cool in the summer? Check out Mox! They’re like the fun jelly shoes of the 80s, except all grown up and restyled for the new millennium. Plus they’re a lot more comfortable! I received a pair of Mox shoes for review in Blueberry. I went with that color because it seemed like a good match for most of my clothes while still being colorful. Mox also comes in black, red, silver and tan. I kind of want a pair in every color now! They are just that […] Read more »

Summer Hair Care Tips for Crazy Thick Hair

Summer Hair Care Tips for Crazy Thick Hair

You know what I think it’s about time for? Some great summer hair care tips for those of us with crazy-thick hair! I see so many tips for people with fine hair and I get a little jealous. I mean, first of all, they can twist and turn their hair into easy-peasy buns without getting screaming migraines from having ten tons of weight piled on their heads! Plus, there are like ten million articles on how to get thicker hair, make your hair look thicker, blah blah blah. I get it, I am lucky to have thick hair. It does, […] Read more »

AlphaBetty Saga: A New Favorite Game for Word Lovers!

AlphaBetty Saga: A New Favorite Game for Word Lovers!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of King Digital Entertainment. All opinions are 100% mine. As a writer, playing word games is one of my favorite ways to relax. I figure as long as I’m working on my vocabulary skills, my gaming time is actually beneficial! I’m super excited about AlphaBetty Saga. It’s the first word-based Saga game from King Digital, the same people who brought you the incredibly addictive games like Candy Crush and Farm Heroes Saga. I think everyone has played at least one of those games by now, right? Candy Crush was actually […] Read more »