Nicole Etolen

Nicole is freelance writer, blogger, and mom to a awesome 10-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!

11 Gifts Your Gamers Will Love that Won’t Bust Your Budget

Gifts for Gamers

With Valentine’s Day approaching and Easter coming up fast on its heels, I’ve been on the hunt for great gifts for gamers for my son. We don’t go all crazy with gifts on either holiday, but I do still like to get him a little something. These 7 gifts for gamers all cost under $25, so they won’t break your budget. They’re perfect for all the upcoming holidays, birthday gifts for your favorite gamer or just as a surprise for a great report card. 5 Favorite Gifts for Gamers That Cost $25 or less Affiliate & referral links included below. Products received in […] Read more »

Rehab Your Feet: 7 Steps to Stepping Pretty

Sandal season may seem far off, but if you have "problem feet" NOW is the time to start rehabbing them! Check out my foot rehab routine for getting dry, cracked feet back into shape!

Sandal weather may seem like it’s light years away since we’re still smack in the middle of winter, but if you have “problem feet” like mine, now is actually the best time to start rehabbing those feet! Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dealt with insanely cracked heels and dry feet. I love wearing sandals and flip-flops in the summer, but I’m embarrassed. This year, I decided to start rehabbing my feet early so they’re ready by spring. I’ve finally perfected my routine, so I’m sharing it with you! Rehab Your Feet: 7 Steps to Stepping Pretty *This post […] Read more »

The Klutzy Girl’s Guide to Eliminating Stains From Your Life

As a klutzy person, I'm prone to making some of the craziest messes! Learn from my mistakes and check out my tips on eliminating stains from your life once and for all!

This post is brought to you by Clorox. All opinions are my own. I’m a klutz. There’s really no nicer way to say it. Like, I should probably live in a bubble. As a klutzy person, I am prone to making crazy messes, especially on new shirts. Because of this, I have approximately 50 “pajama” shirts and a closet full of nothing to wear. I have also (and I kid you not) tripped over a dog while carrying a bucket of dirty water, tripped over my own feet while carrying my dinner to the table and my personal favorite, made coffee […] Read more »

Burned by Amity Hope Promo Blast: Book & Earrings Giveaway


Lanna is trying to run away from her past. When her best friend, Holly, invited her to visit the small, coastal town of Harmony Bay, Lanna decided to take her up on the offer. In fact, she loved Harmony Bay so much she decided to stay. Jake is no stranger to secrets, lies, and manipulation. He’s been dealt more than his fair share of each. He’s sworn off women indefinitely. But there’s something about the girl rooming with his friend, Max. He just can’t shake the thoughts of her out of his head. Will the two of them be able […] Read more »

5 Heart-Healthy Actions You Can Take Right Now to Fight Heart Disease #FromTheHeart

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Heart Truth®. All opinions are 100% mine. February is American Heart Month. Obviously, we should take care of our heart every month, but during February, organizations like the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute really step up their efforts to get the word out about heart disease. Did you know that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women in the United States? It’s true. Of all the women who died in 2013 in the US, one in four women died of heart disease. I think most of us […] Read more »

27 Brilliant Uses for Coffee Besides Just Drinking It

brilliant uses for coffee

If you’re like me, you’re thinking “why on earth would I need to know any other uses for coffee aside from drinking it?” Hey, I hear you! I drink coffee like my life depends on it. Considering my body is probably 75% coffee at this point, it probably does! Still, as I was grinding beans this afternoon and transferring it into a jar, I spilled a little. Gasp, shudder, coffee abuse! Rather than just tossing it, I used it as a quick scrub on my hands. Inspiration struck!   These uses for coffee aside from the obvious include things to […] Read more »

The Agonizing Truth About Migraines: They’re More Than “Just a Headache”

There's a whole lot more to migraines than "just a headache." Learn more about how they affect different people and where to get help.

I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating. If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, you know it’s much more than “just a headache.” In fact, anyone who says those words to me when I’m having a migraine day will swiftly find themselves facing my wrath. Saying a migraine is “just a headache” is like saying the Pacific ocean is “just a little puddle.” Yet migraines are still so often misunderstood, which is sad because they rank in the top 3 of the world’s most prevalent medical conditions, […] Read more »

Give Back While Getting Glam for Valentine’s Day with Estée Lauder

Estee Lauder Elizabeth Hurley Collection BCA 3 (1 of 1)

This Valentine’s Day (and beyond), get glamorous while giving back and supporting breast cancer research with two fabulous beauty products from Estée Lauder!   If there’s one thing I love than the confidence boost I get from a great new shade of lipstick, it’s the feeling I get from knowing that my purchase is going towards helping in the fight against cancer. See, about a year ago, my aunt was diagnosed with brain cancer. Before that, fighting cancer was definitely something I felt strongly about. Now, though, it’s more than a passion, it’s a necessity. My aunt’s diagnosis has made me a […] Read more »