Pretty Opinionated is a lifestyle blog for women in general and moms of school-age kids in particular. I cover topics such as great gift ideas for kids (especially boys), fun products to help make mom’s life easier, ways to care for yourself and your family, and tips to make life easier. All of my tips and how-to articles focus on practical ideas that anyone can do without having to embark on a journey to find some sort of rare ingredient or spend a fortune and weeks of time changing their entire lifestyle all at once. Take a peek at a few of my most popular categories and posts!
My name is Nicole Etolen, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started out with pen and paper, moved on to a standard typewriter when I was a teenager, to an electric typewriter in my late teens, and finally to a computer in my early 20s. I’ve written horrible short stories that never saw publication (and caused my mom to ask my writing instructor if I was “normal,” as if I’ve EVER been normal!) and pretty rockin’ feature-length articles that appeared in a local magazine.
I’m a mom to an 13-year-old boy, an avid reader and trivia junkie. I love learning, and have started several different degrees, yet never finished one because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, aside from a writer. As a result of my degree hopping, I have a strong understanding of psychology, basic nursing skills (I went to nursing school and almost finished the LPN program), journalism, communication, and literature. I have zero knowledge of math, however!
I’m officially the mom of a teenager! Jake recently turned 13! To look at him, you’d never guess he was a 3 lb preemie when he was born, would you? When we started Pretty Opinionated, he was all about the toy reviews. Now, he’s growing up so fast. He loves helping me with anything related to technology. He wants every gadget he can get his hands on and intuitively knows how to use them without reading a single manual. His favorite video games include Destiny, Overwatch, and Minecraft; and his favorite books are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
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