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!

6 Easy Yet Absolutely Lovely DIY Mother’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

DIY Mother's Day Jewelry Ideas

Back before Jacob was born, I dabbled it the DIY jewelry making world a bit. I was actually pretty decent at it, considering my typical lack of crafting talent! Then when Jake came, I just never had a chance to pick it back up again. I love seeing what other people are creating, though. It inspires me to dig out my beads and get back into it. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give it another go, don’t you think? Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite DIY Mother’s Day jewelry gift ideas from exceptionally talented bloggers. These projects […] Read more »

The Age of Adaline Girls Night Out Movie Guide #Adaline

Discover the magic and whimsical beauty of The Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively, plus check out fun discussion topics for after the movie!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. The Age of Adaline releases on April 24th in theaters nationwide at 7Pm, making the perfect girl’s night out movie for those of us who have to be home in time for sitter’s with curfews! Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie while watching one of my many favorite shows, I’ve been dying to see it. Unlike Adaline, who will never die. Adaline is 29. She will always be 29. That’s so funny, because I will […] Read more »

5 Tax Organization Tips for the Disorganized Soul

Even the incredibly disorganized soul can make next year's tax time a breeze with these easy tax organization tips for the chaotic person!

Tax season is officially over- unless you’ve extended your deadline. I actually have this intense fear of talking about my tax organization system, because I’m terrified it will trigger some sort of IRS spy software and they’ll come audit me. I’m too broke for that (I drive a 13 year old car that’s had a check-engine light on for 8 months, creepy government agent guys, so really think if you’re going to get anything worthwhile from me)! On the other hand, I thought maybe my insanely disorganized organization system may be beneficial to others out there who thrive in chaos […] Read more »

Be the Next Voice of the BAND-AID Brand “Stuck on Me” Jingle!

Band Aid Contest Picture

I’ve partnered with BAND-AID® Brand to share this exciting news with you. All opinions are my own. What is the first thing you think of when you the BAND-AID® Brand name? If you’re like me, you start singing one of the variations of the “I am stuck on BAND-AID® Brand cause BAND-AID®‘s stuck on me!” Considering I’m the mom of a boy AND I’m personally one of the klutziest people on earth, you can imagine how often that jingle runs through my head. Wouldn’t it be cool if it was YOUR family’s voice that went along with it? BAND-AID®  “Stuck on Me” Jingle Contest BAND-AID® […] Read more »

Give Mom the Gift of Stylish Phone Protection from The Case Studio

The Case Studio

Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day gift guide time? Seems like just yesterday I was wrapping up the last one! Today, I’m sharing a super stylish tech-protecting gift idea from The Case Studio that moms are going to love! How do I know? Because I’m a mom and I love mine! I received a customized case from The Case Studio in exchange for this honest review. As always, my opinions belong solely to me.   Last year I finally upgraded to a smartphone. However, since I’m living on a single mom budget, I’m still using an iPhone 4. Fancier […] Read more »

The Stork OTC Has Landed to Help Make Your Baby Dreams a Reality + Giveaway

Stork Packaging 2

This post is brought to you by The Stork OTC and the Motherhood. All opinions are my own. National Infertility Awareness week is coming up soon (April 19-25). The goal of the week is to raise awareness about the millions of couples that have difficulty conceiving. As someone who spent six years trying to get pregnant, I’m pretty aware of infertility every moment of every day. I was one of the lucky ones. In the end, after those six long, painful years, I had my son. That was ten years ago. He’s my one and only. The ship has sailed on […] Read more »

Read to Your Pets, Promote Literacy AND Save Money with Purina & Dollar General!

Purina Literacy 1

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re a regular reader, by now you should know that I’m pretty passionate about promoting literacy. If you’re new here, well, I just told you, so now you know. It’s just SO important to every aspect of our lives. Growing up, I didn’t live in an area with a lot of kids. Many of my best friends either had four legs ad fur or lived in between two book covers and in my imagination. I read voraciously. I imagined just as voraciously. […] Read more »

5 Baby Girl Outfits That Will Make You Squeal!

Baby Girl Outfits

Thank you Chicco Shop for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Chicco Shop, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Between my super cute niece’s birth last year and my best friend’s baby girl due this year, I am in girly girl heaven! As the mom of a boy, I obviously never had the chance to buy dresses and frilly outfits. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all my son’s handsome little man clothes, but there’s just something about a sweet little dress that makes me squeal! I’m in total shopping mode and dying […] Read more »

#DoMore With Your Dollar & Improve Literacy with Purina at Dollar General!

Cooper Purina

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. You know that I’m pretty opinionated about literacy, right? I think that encouraging kids to read is one of the greatest gifts we, as parents, can give them. Knowing how to read isn’t just a valuable life skill for things like basic education and future employment opportunities, it gives our children the chance to explore endless realms and expands their imaginations beyond the furthest reaches of our own universe. Did you know that studies have shown that when children read to […] Read more »

Be the Coolest Party Host Ever with Simply Genie Designer Parties + HUGE $393 Value Giveaway!

Pizza party

Want to host the coolest party ever? You absolutely NEED to check out Simply Genie! When they sent me their Pizza Party kit for review, I immediately fell in love with them. I know you will too! Let me say that I originally planned on actually having a pizza party for Jacob with these gorgeous supplies. Alas, he got really sick for over a week, then Easter came. I didn’t want to hold up the review, so I winged it during the family Easter party.  The “cupcakes” are actually parfaits made by my cousin’s girlfriend. I kept the rest of […] Read more »