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!

First Day of 4th Grade & I’m No Longer the “Cool” Mom!

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Today is my son’s first day of 4th grade. I can’t quite grasp that concept! It seems like just yesterday he was starting kindergarten and hiding behind the mail boxes when the bus came. Took nearly 10 minutes to coax him onto the bus! Now, I barely even get a wave goodbye as he hops on with his friends. That picture up there? I had to jump out of the car with my camera, sneak up on him, call his name and snap. Kind of like when you’re on safari, I imagine. He let me take a few posed pics […] Read more »

Labor Day Sales Roundup: The Best Sales on the Net

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It wouldn’t be a holiday without great sales, right? Well, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Labor Day sales to help you save big money today! Finish up your back to school shopping, stock up for the holidays or just grab yourself a little treat! This post contains affiliate links. Clicking and buying may earn me a bit of a commission, which will earn you a whole lot of love from me! Some of these sales end today, while others last a bit longer. Check the expiration date (noted next to each sale). Hottest Labor Day Sales   Clothing, […] Read more »

Beautiful Gemstone Gifts with a Conscience at NOVICA

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I received a NOVICA gift certificate to choose my favorite item to show off to you. This post also contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for unique gift ideas. The holidays are coming up, after all, and my family is getting harder and harder to buy for. I mean, I can only get my mom so many sweaters, especially when she barely leaves the house! I’ve always loved gemstones. I’m Pagan, so I do believe in the mystical properties to an extent. Besides, they’re just so beautiful! When NOVICA gave […] Read more »

Spa For Ma Giveaway Event: $75 NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway #Spa4Ma

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Welcome to the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks! I have teamed up with some incredible bloggers to bring you prizes that help mom to get some much awaited R&R after the kids head back to school! After you enter my giveaway below, you can “hop” on to the next participating blog to enter their giveaway as well. You can find links to all the blogs towards the bottom of this post. Also, don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize! It is for an incredible $300 gift card to Kohl’s! […] Read more »

Let’s Make Miracles Happen for Kids! #MiracleMarathon

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This post was made possible through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All opinions are my own.   Remember back in July, I told you how excited I am to be the lead blogger for fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA? If you need a refresher, check out that post here. Today I want to share exactly why I’m so happy to be part of this. I mean, aside from helping children get the care they need! If you’ve been with me for a while, you may know about Jacob’s […] Read more »

Tummy Stuffers Make Clean Up Time Fun!

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  A few months ago, my son came downstairs and told me that if I got him Tummy Stuffers, he’d actually clean his room. He had just seen the ad on television. He’s always had a fascination for “as seen on TV” items. When the chance to review one came up, Jacob told me to go for it. He promised, again, that it would make clean up easier. Well, technically, they DO make cleaning your child’s room go faster, but honestly, he was more into snuggling with it than actually following through with cleaning! Still, he loves his Tummy Stuffer, […] Read more »

Excited to be Part of the Zappos.com Ambassador Program! #ZapposStyle

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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review” I am excited to announce that I am participating in the Zappos.com Ambassador Program with MomCentral. Did you know that Zappos sells clothes and accessories as well as shoes? I’ll be honest, up until recently, I didn’t know that! I always heard great things about them as a shoe store. My aunt loved ordering from them because of their easy exchange policy. Now, though, I’m really excited to see just how many great items they sell for back-to-school! This […] Read more »

Add Flavor to Your Life with Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water + Snag a Coupon! #addsparkle

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready to add some sparkle to your boring water routine AND save money in the process? I know I am! Look, I try my absolute hardest to get plenty of water every day. I know it’s important for staying healthy. The thing is, I can’t stand plain old water! It’s just not my thing. I NEED flavor to keep me drinking! That’s why I’m excited about Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water! Bring Flavor to Your Water with Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water Canada […] Read more »

Get Ready for Silky Smooth Summer Fun with Ideal Image

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This post brought to you by Ideal Image. All opinions are 100% mine. The summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to get in a few more fun days at the beach or go on a family outing! In fact, just last week I took my son for a mini getaway to a hotel with a pool. It was awesome, my little boy finally learned how to swim! This is huge news, as he’s 9 years old and up until last week spent all his time hanging on to the wall of the pool! We also […] Read more »

Fetch Book Tour: Book Review + $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

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Tour Schedule   Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell   Book Summary:A story for anyone who s ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.At least nine sunsets away, there is a place where dogs can do what they want. But they are not all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.   Purchase your copy Amazon * Barnes & Noble  My thoughts on Fetch Fetch is an adorable short picture book about where dogs come from. See, every pup comes from a far-off planet […] Read more »