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!

Give a “Retired Racer” a First Chance at Life: Adopt a Greyhound

When you adopt a greyhound, your really giving these retired racers a first chance at life. So many have never experienced the simple pleasures of just being a dog!

My boyfriend’s sister and her family lost their beautiful Greyhound, Howdy, yesterday. My heart is completely broken for them. He was a beautiful, sweet boy and they loved him beyond words. I wanted to do something to honor him. A simple picture and condolences doesn’t feel like enough to commemorate the life of such a vivacious pooch. I thought about all the other Greyhounds out there who are still waiting for families like Sal’s sister’s. I think the best way to honor Howdy is to raise awareness about Greyhound adoption. Throughout the post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite […] Read more »

10 Sandwich-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas for Kids #WishIHadaWetOnes

10 Sandwich-Free School Lunch Ideas for Kids (and moms too!)

Remember last week, I told you how I was just finishing up back to school lunch supplies for my super picky eater? Well, I’m done…I think! You never know, I could see something else that he absolutely needs down the line. For now, though, I’m done. Good thing, too, since he went back earlier this week! In that post, I promised a few easy ideas for your non-sandwich-eating picky eaters. I really wanted to wow you with some impressive lunch art skills. I spent all last night looking up various cool creations. Then reality struck and I remembered that when it […] Read more »

My Serta Perfect Sleeper is a Dream Come True #SertaPerfectSleeper

Serta Dream Come True

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Serta. All opinions are 100% mine. Back in July, I told you about how I kissed those sheep goodbye with my Serta Perfect Sleeper. At that point, I’d been sleeping on my Serta® Fitzpatrick Super Pillowtop Plush Gel Perfect Sleeper® for about a week. Now that I’ve had a little more time with it, I realize just how much of a dream come true it really is! Life before my Serta®  was filled with long nights of tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position. I have chronic back problems along with […] Read more »

What to Include in a “Beautiful You” Care Package for Your College Student #SchickSummerSelfie

College Care Package

This post is brought to you by Schick®. All opinions are my own. Now that most college students are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about care packages! I loved getting those little boxes when I was away at college. While there are so many routes you can take, from snacks to cleaning supplies, one thing that just about every college girl needs is more skin and personal care products. It seems like we only packed enough to get us through the first month. By the time the first test comes around, we were out of our favorite lotions, […] Read more »

DIY Box Tops for Education Drop Box Craft

Make this easy Box Tops for Education Drop Box so you don't forget to send these valuable clippings in to your child's school!

Last week I told you all about how important it is to collect Box Tops for Education, and how easy they are to find at Walmart. I also shared with you some of my own issues with remembering to actually send them in to Jacob’s school. This year, I’m trying to be more organized about it. I thought if I had a cute yet easy place to put them, I’d be more likely to remember them! I love repurposing containers with duct tape. Honestly, it’s pretty much the only crafty thing I know how to do! This Box Tops Drop […] Read more »

Make a Statement with Stunning DIY Fall Home Decor Crafts

Make a stunning statement with these 22 beautiful and fun DIY fall home decor crafts!

I’ve been in such a “make over my house” mood lately. I looked around the other day and said “this house is SO boring!” I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Since Jacob is back in school, I figure I have a teeny bit of extra time on my hands. Maybe, just maybe, I can try to actually MAKE something! You know, crafts. Not sure how it will go, but I have my eye on a few of these great DIY fall décor crafts from some of my favorite bloggers. Which do you think I should start with? DIY Fall […] Read more »

100+ Writing Prompts & Blog Post Ideas for September

Break through writers block and stock your editorial calendar full of great content with these 100+ writing prompts & blog post ideas for September!

So sorry, guys, I skipped August! It was a crazy month! I’m back, though, with loads of great writing prompts & blog post ideas for September! I know it’s another crazy month, since it’s back to school season for most of us. I’ll get right to it! The end of September is Banned Books Week, I shared extra prompts for that since it’s such an important week to me! If you’re not a blogger, use these as writing prompts for school papers or to get your own creative writing juices flowing for your personal works! Writing Prompts & Blog Post […] Read more »

Nominate Your Amazing School for Tyson Project A+™ at Walmart!

Tyson Tacos

This post is brought to you by Tyson®. All opinions are my own. Want to help make a huge difference for your school with just a click of a button? Nominate them for a chance to win $1,000 worth of extra Tyson Project A+™ labels! Remember last week I told you all about how Tyson® was making it easy to feed your family AND give back to your school? Well, this just gives you a chance to really step up those efforts. You can nominate your school once a day, then share your nomination on social media to get your whole community […] Read more »

Get Your Finicky Dog Digging In With Purina #AlpoMealHelpers

Alpo Meal Helpers 2

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina at Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Dealing with a finicky pooch who snubs his food? Just want to add a little more excitement to dinner? Alpo Meal Helpers, available at Dollar General, are a great solution! Today I’m sharing my dog’s reactions to their first sampling experience, plus I’ll tell you how you can win your own Alpo Prize Pack with a $100 Dollar General Gift Card! If you ever looked at my dog Cooper, you wouldn’t think he’s exactly finicky about food. He […] Read more »

Pound Cake & Peaches Sundae Recipe with Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice-Cream

Breyers Pound Cake Peaches Sundaes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers. All opinions are 100% mine. Who’s feeling peachy today? I know I am! I just indulged in a supremely delicious Pound Cake & Peaches sundae that I made all by myself. Well, with help from Breyers and Chef Antonia Lofaso. Still, I pulled it off myself, which is something to be pretty proud of, don’t you think? Here’s a secret: the recipe is insanely easy, yet it really looks makes you look like you’re a super chef or something! Here’s another secret: Breyers now sources milk and cream from […] Read more »