Nicole Etolen

Nicole is freelance writer, blogger, and mom to a awesom 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!

Make Holiday Cleanup a Breeze with the Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium (+ Giveaway!) #ErgoTheHolidays

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Every year, we host a huge family Christmas party at my house. Since we live smack in the middle of most of my family, it just makes the most sense to hold it here. While I love that I don’t have to drive anywhere for our annual gathering, it definitely adds a ton of stress to an already busy schedule when it’s time to start cleaning! My mom lives with me and she doesn’t feel the house is truly clean unless it looks like a staged model home! Seriously, you’d think no one lived here by the time she’s done. Me? […] Read more »

For Your Reading List: The Labyrinth Wall & Haunted Realm + $15 B&N Gift Card Giveaway


The Labyrinth Wall: Read Amazon Best-Seller, Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated, Dante Rossetti Award 2014 Finalist novel, The Labyrinth Wall, the first book in the Obsidian Series. Imagine a story set in an epic fantasy world like The Hobbit with a dark dystopian feel (and it is written to be a quick read like The Hunger Games). This adventurous tale will transport you into a magical but deadly world with new races, creatures, heroes and villains that you won’t soon forget. Even Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings, Goonies, Rudy, and 50 First Dates) got a copy of The […] Read more »

Delve into Great Moments in Chocolate History with American Heritage Chocolate + Giveaway #chocolatehistory

Great Moments in Chocolate History

This post is brought to you by American Heritage Chocolates & National Geographic. All opinions are my own. As both a lover of chocolate and history, I am super excited to tell you about Great Moments in Chocolate History, a fabulous new book that makes an amazingly sweet holiday gift idea! I also have a delicious giveaway of both the book AND some spectacularly historic American Heritage Chocolate! Are you excited yet? You should be! Let me tell you why! American Heritage Chocolate presents Great Moments in Chocolate History American Heritage Chocolate is special to me because it’s made right here […] Read more »

Deck the Halls with Gifts & Holiday Decor from Redbubble, FaLaLaLaLaLa!

Holiday Decor Redbubble

I’m always on the lookout for fun new ways to incorporate the holidays into pretty much EVERY corner of my life. I’m not even kidding, I’m a total Christmas nut! If I could turn my car into Santa’s sleigh…well, that would be going a tad overboard, but I’d probably still do it! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially time to start decorating! I’ve been holding on to my Redbubble holiday surprises for a couple of weeks now, ever since I received them for this post. Time to break those babies out! By now you know I’m absolutely […] Read more »

10 Secrets to Running a Successful Blog without Losing Your Mind

Check out my ten secrets to running a successful blog...without losing your mind in the process!

For today’s WAHM blog hop “helpful tips” theme, I’m sharing a few of my best blogging secrets that have made my life easier over the last few years. Pretty Opinionated is turning 5 in January! Five years of ups and downs,  experimenting, growing and changing. The great thing about being a blogger: there’s always something new to learn. So these blogging secrets and helpful tips aren’t just for new bloggers, but for anyone who’s open to learning something different! I hope you find them useful! My Best Blogging Secrets & Helpful Tips # 1 Always be Yourself I wrote quite a […] Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving from Pretty Opinionated!


In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m actually taking the day off to spend with my family. Shocking, right? I’m even going to take off part of tomorrow to go shopping! I’m writing this ahead of time, don’t worry. I want to take a few minutes to share what I’m thankful for this year. #1 This Kid (Even if he won’t let me cut his hair!)   #2 My family. I am especially grateful that my aunt is beating the crap out of brain cancer. I don’t talk about it a lot because it’s not my story to share, but good thoughts for […] Read more »

Send a Little Peanuts Holiday Cheer with Teleflora

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The Peanuts have always been an iconic part of the holidays, but with the release of the new movie and the 50th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, they’re even bigger this year! To celebrate, Teleflora released two beautiful bouquets that feature your favorite Peanut characters. I got my hands on one bouquet courtesy of Teleflora and can’t wait to show it to you! Beautiful Flowers + Peanuts Gifts = Holiday Cheer for All from Teleflora Teleflora has two fabulous bouquets for Peanut fans this holiday season. My favorite- and the one I received- is the Snoopy’s Cookie Jar. This is […] Read more »

Mix Up Your Own Personalized Natural Beauty Products with Mixology

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Want to give DIY natural beauty products for the holidays but don’t really have time time or skills to mix up your own body butters, lotions or massage oils? Maybe you have a beauty product fanatic on your wish list who would absolutely LOVE to mix up their own custom scents.  AromafloriA recently released a new line designed to let anyone customize all-natural beauty products at home like an expert. I had the chance to try it out so I can tell you all about it. Be Your Own Apothecary with Mixology As I said above, Mixology Natural Custom Blending is a […] Read more »

Make Beautiful Holiday Memories that Last at Cherry Hill Photo Santa Sets

Jacob Santa Green Frame

As a child, the Christmas season wasn’t complete without a visit to the mall to share my wish list with Santa. I think many of us can remember those days! Standing in line, anxiously waiting our turn to tell the jolly elf about the latest and greatest toys that we HAD to have, then smiling for the camera so we could have photographic evidence that he really does exist. Of course, back in our day, those pictures were a quick Polaroid! You got what you got, end of discussion. Things have changed so much since we were kids! Make Holiday […] Read more »

Take a Little “Me” Time & Dream Better at Sleep Inn

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This post is brought to you by Sleep Inn. All opinions are my own. With the holiday season underway, I am feeling the pressure closing in on me to be more productive every minute of every day. Between the increased work load, the shopping, the decorating and the cleaning, I feel like I’ll have no time to myself come the end of this week, let alone time with Sal! His seasonal job and my work load makes it hard to arrange for any sort of getaway. So before all the craziness starts, we decided to get out of town for […] Read more »