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!

Change Your Home Decor Instantly with SwitchArt

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I received a complimentary SwitchArt Magnetic Frame and set of prints to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Ever wish you could change your wall art instantly, without going through the hassle of taking one giant piece down and putting another up? When I put up a piece of art, it takes me forever to get it just right. First, I have to find just the right spot. Then I have to make sure it’s not crooked. Step back, examine, straighten, repeat. Over and over until it’s perfect. The last thing I want to do is take it […] Read more »

Professor Birdsong’s 365: Weird Criminal Law Stories for Everyday of the Year Excerpt


Since my baby brother is a lawyer, I HAD to share this book! He practices all sorts of law, including criminal law. I’ve heard some strange stories from him! Leonard Birdsong uses his years of experience to pull together a witty collection of strange tales of criminal law that will make anyone laugh (or at least scratch their heads in disbelief!). While this would make the perfect gift for the lawyer in your life, it’s also a fun read for the rest of us!   Professor Birdsong’s Weird 365: Weird Criminal Law Stories for Every day of the Year This time […] Read more »

Redbubble Skins Make the Coolest Companions to Your Holiday Gadget Gifts

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Giving gadget gifts this holiday season? Redbubble has the coolest companion gifts to go along with them: spiffy new skins! Jacob was super excited to get to try one out.  He picked “A Funny Squirrel” by the talented artist, Sparafuori.  Here is the full-size version, which shows the colors more true to life. Yes, they really are that vibrant.     Alas, I am incapable of measuring things and gave them the wrong size, so I had to trim down our skin quite a bit. That is totally on me. Fortunately, Jake picked out a skin that worked well trimmed down. Isn’t it […] Read more »

Fusion Anthology Blast: Huge Swag Pack Giveaway


Authors: Shannon Mayer, Denise Grover Swank, Addison Moore, Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Eve Langlais, Stephanie Erickson, Jesi Lea Ryan, JC Andrijeski NEW from HIJINKS INK PUBLISHING….. FUSION: Nine outstanding fantasy stories merged together to create a bestselling reaction. An anthology designed for readers of fantasy . . . Paranormal, urban/contemporary fantasy, science fiction and dystopian fused together in one epic fantasy bundle. Make your way through fire and ice, love, lust and hate as NINE International Bestselling Authors come together to spin their tales of magic and destruction. This is a truly unique bundle that successfully blends all aspects of […] Read more »

Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop: Himalayan Salt Lamp (or $25 Amazon GC)


Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home… I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home – whether it’s decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home! Don’t miss the amazing Grand Prize for this Event – a $150 Gift […] Read more »

5 Ways to Find Quiet During the Holidays + Giveaway #NescafeCoffeemate

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On Jingle Bells overload? Ready to pull out your hair if you have to make one more trip to the mall? Finding peace and quiet during the crazy holiday season can be tricky! I work full time at home and part time at the mall. I actually used to work full time at the mall too, but gave that up this year. Plus I’m a single mom, so I’m solely responsible for making sure my son has the best Christmas ever. Every. Single. Year. Talk about pressure! How do you find a bit of peace and quiet for myself during the holiday […] Read more »

A Wish for a Friend Who Inspires Me Every Day #WishesDelivered

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember back around the beginning of the month, I told you about the awesome #WishesDelivered campaign from UPS? In case you just answered no (hey, I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, or if I even ate anything at all, so don’t feel bad!), let me remind you. During this holiday season, every time you share your selfless wish for another, UPS will donate $1 to one of their wonderful charity partners. Charities-like the Boys and Girls Clubs […] Read more »

Stretch Your Holiday Shopping Budget with Chase Ultimate Rewards

Stretch your holiday budget with Chase Ultimate Rewards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Stretching the holiday shopping budget is the name of the game during the merry month of December! We all want to give amazing gifts to our loved ones, but our bank accounts can only take so much before they cry “mercy!” I’m always looking for clever ways to make the most of my budget, especially now that Jacob is getting older. The older boys get, the more expensive their toys get! Anyone else notice that? I do the usual […] Read more »

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests #TweetFromTheSeat

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Getting your home ready for holiday guests doesn’t have to be a nightmare (although my mom kind of makes it out to be one!). Simple things really make all the difference. Your guests are coming to spend time with YOU and each other, not to go through your home doing a white-glove inspection. The holidays are all about engaging the senses, so focus on that and you’ll have a successful party. How? By […] Read more »

Confessions of Sylva Slasher Book Blast: Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway


Sylva Fleischer is a teenager who works as a necromancer for a living. Wanting to get away from raising the dead for police investigations and demanding grieving families for a while, she goes on a cruise for spring break. Her vacation from the dead is short-lived when passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies. These are not the same simple-minded harmless zombies she raises and can control, so Sylva and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean. Their only escape comes from a guy Sylva thought was dead: Brandon. It just so happens to also be the anniversary […] Read more »