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!

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Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents.She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart. But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow […] Read more »

A Basket Full of Easy Easter Crafts for Moms & Kids

Easter Crafts for Moms and Kids

Kick winter to the curb and craft up some cute decorations for your home with these nine beautiful Easter crafts. They’re perfect for a little mom time or for doing together with your kids! Hey, guess what? It reached 29 degrees outside this week! It’s SPRING! I never thought 29 would feel so warm, but after the sub-sub-zero temps over the last two weeks, that 29 is practically beach weather. Okay, so maybe it’s not spring yet, but we’re getting there. If you’re not feeling it yet, these oh-so-darn-cute Easter crafts will give you a bit of a push. 9 […] Read more »

5 Fun & Modern Paranormal Irish Tales

5 Fun & Modern Paranormal Irish Tales

Get lost in the rich, dark atmosphere of Ireland with some of my favorite paranormal tales featuring the Emerald Isle! I’m not much of a romance reader. Sure, I love a good love story…if it’s tangled up in a mystery, supernatural suspense or a ghastly tale. Otherwise I lose interest pretty fast. Pure romance just isn’t my thing. I have nothing against it. In fact, I think there are some brilliant romance writers! Again, just not my cup of coffee. So when I sat down to think about what type of St. Patrick’s Day book-themed post I wanted to write, […] Read more »

Soothe That Scratchy Throat with Softish Pine Bros + Giveaway

Pine Bros

Oh winter, aren’t you a generous soul this year? You’ve given me not one, not two, but 5 colds so far! Maybe more. I’ve lost count. And yes, as a former nursing student, I know that you don’t actually catch a cold from being in the cold. You get it from a virus, end of story. Still, you’re more likely to catch one in the winter because we spend so much time all squished together. While most of my colds consist of a super stuffy nose and ear ache (what’s up with those? I never had them as a kid?), […] Read more »

When All is Lost, Hope Remains {Quotes About Hope}

Quotes about hope yesterday

I can’t think of a better day to share quotes about hope than a Monday morning after one of the coldest weeks on record, a surprise (to me, because I forgot to watch the weather) snow storm and an all-around rough week for my family. Whether you’re recovering from a rough week, facing some bad news yourself or just need a little pick-me up, remember, after all the horrors were unleashed on the world by Pandora, hope remained. It always remains. The day we stop believing that is the day we lose ourselves forever. 5 Beautiful Quotes about Hope I […] Read more »

Get a Taste of Summer on National Margarita Day! #VivaLaRita + Bahama Breeze Giveaway

Bahama 2

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze. All opinions are 100% mine. Note, this post is meant for those ages 21 and older. It contains references to alcohol. Guess what? February 22 is National Margarita Day! I’m celebrating with a yummy recipe and a chance for you to win a $100 Bahama Breeze gift card! Read on for both! Do you know how cold it was in the Poconos this week with the wind chill factor? Negative 25 degrees. NEGATIVE 25! It was actually warmer in the North Pole this week! I don’t think […] Read more »

Your Story Could Help Make Medication Affordable to Everyone


This post is brought to you by SIRUM. All opinions are my own. I’ll cut right to the chase, because time is limited. Right now, sharing your story by February 28th about a time that you had to leave your medicine at the counter of the pharmacy because you couldn’t afford it could help prevent that from happening to others in the future. How? Actually, it’s quite an awesome idea, and I’m really proud to be working on the campaign to support it. Share Your Story to Help Millions of Americans Get Access to Medications SIRUM is a service created […] Read more »

Give Yourself a Healthy Break with 100% Florida Orange Juice!

100 Florida Orange Juice

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Department of Citrus for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Break time is my favorite time of the work day! Why not lunch? Well, lunch is too hurried. I have to rush to make my food, sit and eat it, then rush back to my computer to get back to work. Yes, even though I work from home, I’m on a tight schedule! During break time, I get to relax with a tasty beverage and a little “pick-me-up” snack, catch up with some news, check in on my […] Read more »

Treat Your Pet to Tasty Goodness with Only Natural Pet

Cooper Only Natural Pet

We received the product mentioned below in exchange for an honest review. This post also contains affiliate links, so if you click on the links and buy any of these awesome natural dog treats, I’ll earn a small commission. I tell you, my dogs know when they’re getting a package in the mail before the mail lady even delivers it! Last week, they received some super tasty  (to them) complimentary treats in the mail from Only Natural Pet! The moment I walked in the door with the box, Maia looked at me and said “those are for me, aren’t they?” […] Read more »

Twice Upon a Time Book Blast: Queen of Hearts Coffee Cup Giveaway


  I am really excited to share this book with you today, especially S.M. Blooding’s story in it. You know how much I LOVE Alice in Wonderland, right? Well, SM’s story in the collection is a re-imagining of the story. Now, Alice has been re-imagined and remastered many, many times but I honestly have to say, based on the story blurb, I’ve never seen it done quite like Blooding’s take. I’m really looking forward to seeing how she spin’s Red’s story. Check out the book blurb, then learn a bit more about SM Blooding’s story and the author herself. Then, […] Read more »