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 »

Take Better Flash Photos with Gary Fong Puffer Plus

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I received complimentary Gary Fong Puffer products to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I’ve had my new Canon Rebel camera for about two months now and honestly, I’m still pretty much shooting in auto mode. I have gotten adventurous a few times and tried messing with aperture and shutter speed, but for the most part, I really need more time to learn. One thing that I really wanted to improve was my flash photography. I know, you’re supposed to take pictures in natural lighting whenever possible. Well, guess what? Sometimes I don’t get to work on pictures […] Read more »

Control Your Entertainment with Logitech Harmony from Best Buy #HarmonySmartKeyboard

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. We are an incredibly connected household. Between me and Jacob alone, we have two tablets, three computers, two TV’s, two DVRs and three gaming systems. My son is truly growing up in the digital age and he’s taking full advantage of it! I love that at 8-years-old, he’s already more tech-savvy than I was at 30. It just amazes me. When we got the change to try out the Logitech Harmony Keyboard from Best Buy, I […] Read more »

Teaching Your Children How to Use Social Media

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How do you teach children to use social media, especially when the rules seem to be changing every year? A generation ago, parents didn’t have to worry about whether their child would post something unsafe or inappropriate to Facebook or another social network. Now, children are creating Facebook accounts as soon as they turn 13 — that is, if their parents haven’t created social network accounts for them at birth. How do you talk to your children about what they share online? How do you prevent them from becoming cyber bullies, from giving out too much personal information, from making […] Read more »