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!

Build Your Plush Collection & Library with Kohl’s Cares and Help Kids in Need!

Kohls Cares Lil Critters with books

Kohl’s provided me with a Little Critter’s Kohl’s Cares package for sharing the information in this post. All opinions are my own. My son has a massive stuffed animal collection. In fact, the only collection larger than that is his book collection! I can’t help it, there are so many great books and adorable snuggly stuffed animals out there. Those two collections have one thing in common: Kohl’s Cares. With stuffed animals and gorgeous hardcover books at just $5 each, it was easy to amass a collection that rivals a toy store and a library! It’s even easier when you […] Read more »

Help Me Give Yick Wo A Great Art Program with Schoola #clothes4school

Schoola Jacob Van Gogh

This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying.   When Jacob started Kindergarten and began bringing home awesome art projects, I started an Art Gallery wall in my bedroom. That way, his creations are the last thing I see before I go to to bed at night and the first thing I see in the morning. This one little wall is only a sample of the many beautiful pieces […] Read more »

Get Kid Excited About Brushing With Tanner’s Tasty Paste

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Getting kids excited about brushing their teeth is like getting them exciting about, well brushing their teeth. At least at my house it is. When I say “time to brush your teeth,” I get “awww, come on!” So when Tanner’s Tasty Paste offered me their collection of yummy toothpastes for review, I was anxious to try them out. Tanner’s Tasty Paste: Toothpaste that tastes like dessert! Tanner’s Tasty Paste comes in cool flavors like Vanilla and Chocolate Basically, your two favorite dessert flavors!   So I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical. I’ve had flavored tooth paste before and […] Read more »

Just Desserts Book Tour: Italian Dessert Set Giveaway


  When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she’d be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code. Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn’t part of those plans. But Liam doesn’t give up easily. […] Read more »

Second Chance Bride Promo Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


After being jilted, practically at the altar, Genie Wainwright heads to Hawaii to escape the well-meant pity party her friends and family are bound to throw on her behalf. What she never expects is to find someone to help her mend her broken heart. Donnie Taylor, owner of the posh Sapphire Bay Resort, has no interest in marriage—until he meets an unforgettable guest at the hotel. What starts out as a kindhearted gesture brings Donnie something he never expects—love! Buy on: Amazon | B&N | iTunes (Preorder on Aug 15th)   About the author: NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY […] Read more »

5 Ways to Systemize Your Personal Finances Without an Accountant

Personal Finances

Being an entrepreneur myself, I know the frustration that is sometimes brought about by having a diversified income stream. My investment portfolio, credit cards, home, car, and any number of other tangible or intangible assets or liabilities make for a hectic job when it comes tax time. In the past, the solution was always “hire a good accountant” and while that’s still solid advice, it’s not the only way to do things. I manage my finances personally, and while I could save some time and money with an accountant, I like to know where everything is, and where it’s going. […] Read more »

Being #Noseblind Can Cause Embarassment! Febreze Can Help! + Giveaway

Febreeze package

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that you can become Noseblind to odors in your home? Basically, you are so used to smelling them that your brain decides they’re not important. Eventually, you have no idea that there is an odor in your house! I kind of knew that, but never really gave it a whole lot of thought. Since we’re having a ton of guests over this weekend, I wanted to get a couple […] Read more »

Dorm Room Basics for Sharing a Bathroom with Strangers

Dorm Room Basics for Sharing a Bathroom with Strangers |

Congratulations! You’re off to college and moving into a dorm room. You know what that means? Well, a lot of things actually. Like staying up late…studying and eating junk food for breakfast! It also means sharing a bathroom with strangers! Yay, right? This was the one thing I dreaded most about living in a dorm room. I couldn’t stand showering in those little stalls with flimsy curtains. Forget about other stuff, I waited until the middle of the night! Sharing a bathroom with strangers- especially when the idea freaks you out- requires some planning. The fact that you have to […] Read more »

New Book Release: Check out Jaded by Michelle Bellon!


New Release! To what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves? Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery. When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Their friendship begins and a bond like no other […] Read more »

Easy DIY Back to School Duct Tape Decorative Storage Container Project

Duct Tape Container

I recently discovered a love for duct tape decorating! Considering my lack of crafting skills, I was super stoked to find what I consider to be the easiest method of crafting on the planet! When Scotch sent me some of their coolest fun duct tape colors and patterns to try out,  I couldn’t wait to try it out on something. I started covering old prescription bottles (I had surgery recently, remember? Lots of prescriptions for that!), but needed a bigger project. Then I remembered that we still had ice-cream containers from when I did the Blue Bunny review over at […] Read more »