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!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT®. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. We moms are pretty darn radiant, don’t you think? We work around the clock to make sure our kids have everything the need to lead happy, healthy and successful lives. Most of us also work 40+ hours outside the home supporting our families, plus find time to be there for a friend in need. We’re bright and beautiful, through and through. Sometimes, though, that radiant beauty gets a little […] Read more »

97 Blog Post Ideas & Writing Prompts for October

Fill the gaps in your editorial calendar with over 90 blog post ideas and writing prompts for October.

OMG, I am SO late with this month’s blog post ideas post! So sorry about that! I swear, it was just October 1st like two seconds ago. Where did the first week go? Since I’m already a week late, I’ll keep the jabbering to a minimum here are your writing prompts for October! October Blog Post Ideas & Writing Prompts As always, I’ve gone through the national and international holidays to get inspired. You can find a complete list of these days on BrownieLocks. The titles are suggestions and thought starters. Take them as is if you like them, tweak them, […] Read more »

Get Your Halloween Scare On With Super Spooky Decor You Can Use Everyday!

Looking for scary Halloween pictures that go beyond the same old boring black cat arching its back? Check out these spooky images from indie artists around the world!

Continuing with the Halloween extravaganza, today I’m sharing some of my absolute favorite scary Halloween pictures from Redbubble. As I’ve told you many times before, Redbubble is THE place to get the most original artwork from indie artists. With products ranging from mugs to duvet covers, it’s also the perfect place to find fun ways to incorporate more art into your life. Take Halloween, for example. You could just decorate with dollar-store gauze, a few flashing lights and one of those things that you stuff leaves into, then call it a day. OR, you could get really cool scary pictures […] Read more »

Prep for All Your Holiday Cooking with Amazing Deals at BuyDig + Incredibly $250 Value Giveaway

BuyDig Holiday Kitchen Baking Essentials Giveway

Can you believe it’s almost time to start thinking about holiday cooking already? It seems like just two months ago I was taking down the Christmas lights from the front porch! Oh, wait, it was. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people, that forgets random Christmas stuff for like 7 months. Anyway, here we are in October already! Halloween is flying up on us. Once that hits, there’s no break between holidays before the new year! I love kitchen gadgets. I get it from my grandmother. She was the kitchen gadget queen! When BuyDig told me to pick out a few things […] Read more »

Printable Halloween Cat Word Art (in 5 Different Colors)

Fun little free Halloween word art printable in a the shape of a cat. Comes in 5 colors, so it matches any Halloween decor theme!

Now that it’s October, I feel it’s actually the proper time to really start getting into the Halloween decorations! I’ve been holding off, because I don’t want to be bored of everything by the time October 31st rolls around. I was messing around with typography apps the other night (because I have like 700 of them at this point!) and came up with a cute little Halloween printable decoration. Then I made it in four more colors, in case I get bored with one! Then I thought I’d share, because sharing is caring! Black Cat, Orange Cat, Purple Cat, You get […] Read more »

E-MURDERER Book Tour: Check out the Thrilling Excerpt!


  On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers. When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, […] Read more »

Start Your Next Family Tradition in Gulf County, Florida #GCFLnofilter

Gulf County Moonrise

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine. With fall officially here, the time for traditions has begun. From January 1st through the end of September, Jacob and I have a few little traditions here and there, but nothing like our fall and winter ones. For example, we trick or treat in the same neighborhood every single year…and it isn’t even our neighborhood! We’ve been going to my friend’s area since Jacob was a few months old. We have a favorite pumpkin patch, must-have Thanksgiving menu items and so on. […] Read more »

7 Trick or Treat Halloween Tote Bags You’ll Want to Use All Season Long

Halloween totes trick or treat

Let’s talk trick or treat bags. Usually, I buy Jacob some sort of super cool plastic bag that ends up ripping halfway through the night. I also bring a backup pillow case, which is what I used as a kid. Jake likes the super cool designs but doesn’t exactly like losing any of his loot! So as we madly dash from door to door, he starts dumping his candy into the backup bag, which I then tote around all around the neighborhood. Doesn’t really seem fair, since I do the heavy lifting and he gets the best of the loot! This […] Read more »

Odd & Even Oddly Inspirational Quotes from Scary Stories

Bradbury Halloween Quote

I wanted to do a bunch of Halloween quotes in honor of my favorite holiday, but as I searched around for a few good ones, I realized that it’s been done to death. Instead, I decided to pull a few of my favorite quotes from some of the best scary, creepy, eerie or just plain disturbing books instead. It’s still the same basic concept, except a little more inspired (and in some cases, inspiring) than “hey, here are some great Halloween quotes like “trick or treat, smell my feet!” This is also great for Banned Books Week, as several of these books and/or […] Read more »

Getting Cooper’s Coat Back to Beautiful with AvoDerm Revolving Menu #AvoDermNatural

AvoDerm Cooper

This post is sponsored by Avoderm® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Avoderm Revolving Menu but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Avoderm is not responsible for the content of this article. Poor Cooper. Fall is a horrible time for him, as he suffers from major seasonal allergies. I feel your pain, buddy. Literally. My allergies have been causing my sinuses to slam up against my ears, making me cry like a toddler all week. Where I cry in sinus pain for months, Coop gets crazy itchy. […] Read more »