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!

Devices of War Autographed Set of Books Giveaway


HTML- Sign up for S.M. Bloodings Newsletter to enter to win an autographed set of Book 1 & 2 of Devices of War ! Sign up HERE   by SM Blooding Book 2 of the Devices of War Trilogy Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure Publisher: Blooding Books Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone) Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies. Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is […] Read more »

Banned Books Giveaway Hop: $20 Amazon GC to Buy Banned Books

Banned Books Hop

Welcome to the Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by I am a Reader and BookHounds. This giveaway hop is different from the usual, because every blog will feature something related to banned books. Sorry, this time you don’t get away with short and sweet before entering. I am incredibly passionate about preventing censorship, so I’m going to talk a bit about this before getting to the point. Of course, you can pretend you read it and just enter below. Banned Books in the 21st Century? How backwards is that? I am really astounded that we still have to raise […] Read more »

Release Day Book Blast: Frozen Reverie Book Four + Swag Giveaway


Cameras, interviews, celebrity endorsements…. After a demonire plague ravaged the mountainside of Meadow’s Creek, Natalie did the unimaginable and came clean about it all—vampires, her job, and the reality of the supernatural. It has thrust her into a world of spotlight where she is both revered and ridiculed. With fan clubs, television specials, and a talk show on the horizon, Natalie and her friends are caught up in celebrity as the undead move against Natalie to send her to an early grave. And their ally? The people Natalie sought to protect the most—the survivors of the vampire curse. Buy on […] Read more »

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop: $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Ready for a fun book giveaway hop? This one is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Stuck in Books. I’m giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card, so you can get yourself a little something off your book wish list. Want to know what’s on my list? Check out a few of the many items I’m hoping to grab soon! Some are new, some are older books that I haven’t gotten around to buying yet. See any you like? On the Wish List Affiliate links included Widgets Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+. […] Read more »

Have a Perfect Hair Day with Living Proof PhD

Living Proof

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.” Ever wish you could have a perfect hair day without spending hours styling it? I sure do! I remember the days as a teenager when I had awesome hair. I never had to do anything with it and it still looked good. As I’ve aged, my hair has become less agreeable. It’s gotten thicker, although I don’t know how that is humanly possible! It’s coarser than it used to be, and […] Read more »

Organize Your Beauty Necessities on the Go with EMME Bag


I received a complimentary EMME Bag in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’m an incredibly light packer when it comes to clothes. Seriously, I’m like the anti-girl with that! I can pack an entire week’s worth of clothes in a tiny suitcase no problem. The problem comes when I get to the bath and beauty goods! THAT is where I become the ultimate girly-girl nightmare. As you know by now, I’m totally addicted to beauty products. Not because I’m trying to hide my flaws or anything, I just think they’re fun! One look in my […] Read more »

Living with Anxiety Disorder is a Barrel of Crazy Monkeys

A little insane

I made a mistake today. Actually, I made it days ago and didn’t even realize it, but got called out on it today (as was deserved). It wasn’t a big mistake. Hardly the end of the world. Not even a tiny world living inside an amoeba. Normal people would apologize, fix it and move on. I am not normal people. Not by a long shot. I did apologize and fix it. The moving on part? Not so much. I cried. I considered sending everyone I accidentally slighted fruit baskets. I considered how crazy that is. I got in my car […] Read more »

Party Favors & Freebies: Buy More, Save More on Discount Fragrances at Beauty Encounter


This post is brought to you by Beauty Encounter. If you’re looking for party favors for birthdays, bridal showers or freebies for your business, head to Beauty Encounter to find great deals. From hair products, to makeup and discount fragrances, you’ll get 14% to as much as 80% discount just by buying more. Take a look at these 10 beauty essentials for your party or freebie needs. 10 Great Finds at Beauty Encounter 1. Annick Goutal Le Jasmin for Women Eau de Toilette. Hosting a simple tea party at home? Remember to give your guests their giveaway present in this […] Read more »

Laugh Out Loud with CafeMom’s Mad Life Parenting Show!


This post is brought to you by CafeMom. All opinions are my own. I’ve been a fan of CafeMom for years. It’s always been one of my go-to sites when I’m looking for realistic and practical parenting advice. Plus they have these fun little games for taking a few minutes for yourself. As much as I’ve used the site over the years, how did I not previously know about Mad Life? The CafeMom exclusive is in its third season, after all! Now that I found it, though, I’ll be watching it a lot! Mad Life is a weekly web show […] Read more »

Now Accepting 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

2014 Holiday Gift Guide 1

It’s that time of the year again…already! I feel like my son just started back to school. Oh wait, he did! Okay, so yeah, it still FEELS too early to start thinking about the holidays. You know as well as I do, though, that they’re going to sneak up on us lighting fast. That’s why I’m starting to accept 2014 holiday gift guide submissions now. Keep in mind, though, that reviews for the gift guide won’t start going live until mid-October. That gives me time to really try them out and get some awesome pictures for you! HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE […] Read more »