Have a Solar-Powered Halloween (Get a Free Solar Flashlight!)

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This post is brought to you by Pure Energies. All opinions are, as always, my own. Ready for trick-or-treating? I know I am! It’s one of my favorite parts of having a kid, especially since mine doesn’t really eat a ton of candy. That means more for mommy! Mwa, ha ha! He has his favorites. Fortunately, his favorites and mine are totally different. Works out great, right? As we get ready for Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about trick-or-treating safety.  My number one safety tip: bring a flash light. Think about it: a flashlight makes sure your child can […] Read more »

What Can You Do with 3GB of Data From Straight Talk Wireless?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m going to tell you something: data plans intimidate me. I just got my first Smartphone and I’m actually on a plan with my brother. He has a little button that he can push that stops me from using data if I go over. Why? Because I honestly have no idea how much data things use, and I don’t want to end up going over! After all, going over means hidden fees! Well, maybe not hidden, I’m sure somewhere in the […] Read more »

My Military & Money App Helps Young Military Families Manage Money

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This post is brought to you by My Military & Money App. All opinions are my own. I don’t know if you knew this, but I was a Navy wife…twice. I married the first time when I was 19, the day after my then-fiance graduated from boot camp. I was 20 when we moved in together while he attended A-School. I was barely out of my teens and trying to manage a house on my own. Things got even tougher when he changed ratings and was sent several states away…alone. I had to stay in Maryland. So not only was […] Read more »

Learn Something New with Audiobooks.com! + Giveaway

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With the kids back in school, now is the perfect time to learn something new yourself! While I’ve always been more of a visual learner than an audio one, there are a few things that you just can’t learn by reading. such as a new language! Since Audiobooks.com gave me some credits to try out their service, I decided now is the perfect time to work on expanding my language skills by learning some French! I’ve tried reading books on how to speak the language, but I need to hear pronunciations. Why French? Well, I have a basic start from […] Read more »

Pantech Vybe: Like a Fun Smartphone on Training Wheels for Kids + Giveaway

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This post is brought to you by Pantech. All opinions are my own. If your kids are anything like mine, chances are they’ve been begging you for a smartphone since the day they first formed words! Well, maybe not that early, but at 9 years old, my son has been asking me for one for at least two years now. The thing is, at 9, I don’t think he really needs a smartphone. I mean, I JUST got one myself like a month ago and I’m still trying to figure out all the features! With Pantech Vybe, I feel like […] Read more »

Ditch the Bulky Scanner with ZCan+ Scanner Mouse

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I received a complimentary ZCan+ Scanner Mouse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Scanning documents can be a royal pain in the butt. First you have to clear all the random stuff off the top of your printer/scanner combo. Then you have to line up the paper, run back to your computer, load up your scanner app, hit the scan button, wait for it to scan, try to figure out where on earth it ended up, etc and run-on-sentence so on! This is why I rarely scan anything! It’s why I have a mountain of […] Read more »

iFrogz Tadpole: Smallest Bluetooth Speaker, Not Smallest Sound!

Tadpole Bluetooth Speakers fit in your hand, yet deliver great sound!

Jacob and I received complimentary iFrogz Tadpole Bluetooth Speakers to facilitate the review. All opinions are our own. Remember when we were kids, if we wanted to take our music on the go we either needed huge, clunky radios (I never liked the term “boom box”) or ginormous headphones attached to a Walkman? Kids have it so much easier now! Bluetooth speakers are getting smaller and smaller, with the iFrogz Tadpole coming in at among the itty bittiest! Yet the sound that comes out of these tiny devices is just amazing! Tadpole fits in your hand, delivers fantastic sound As […] Read more »

Preventing Summer Slide with Acer C720P Chromebook #IntelChrome

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#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. Back in May, I shared with you my son’s excitement over getting his very own Acer C720P Chromebook, and how it is perfect for your connected kid. Jacob has been using it for about three months now, so I wanted to take some time to update you on how much he still loves it. It’s practically become another limb for him this summer! I typically find him lounging in the one air-conditioned room in the house like this: […] Read more »

Take Your Business to the Next Level with Office 365 & GoDaddy + Giveaway #GoDaddyO365


This post brought to you by GoDaddy. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that aside from running Pretty Opinionated, I’m also a small business owner? As in REALLY small, it’s just me. Nicole Etolen Freelance Writing is the name of my business, because in PA you don’t have to pay to be a business entity if you use your own name. I think I’ve mentioned a few dozen times that I’m the editor-in-chief of OurFamilyWorld.com and MyKidsGuide.com. I also do freelancing for several other clients, including book editing for historical fiction writer Horst Christian. As a super small […] Read more »

Acer C720P Chromebook: Perfect for Your Connected Kid! #IntelChrome

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#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. My son has to be one of the most connected kids I know. He wants to be a video game designer when he grows up, so he spends a lot of time watching YouTube videos about his favorite games. He has his own desktop (my old one that I used before I got my Intel AIO), but it’s not exactly practical for when he wants to lay in bed watching videos. He has a tablet, but the screen […] Read more »