Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.


MomTalk Farewell

On behalf of Onslow Memorial Hospital, we would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has been involved with our MomTalk program and used it as a resource over the years. We hope it has provided valuable information and guidance to parents and families in our Onslow community and beyond. We are very fortunate to have had such passionate local mom bloggers willing to share their meaningful experiences, advice and support.

As of October, the MomTalk program has been suspended. Although we will no longer actively maintain the website or feature new blog content, we invite you to visit (or revisit) our past blog posts that will remain on our website. For additional resources, Onslow Memorial will continue …


All good things…

I Love these girls. Always.

They say all good things must come to an end.  And so it is with the my time writing for the MomTalk blogs.  This will be the last of my 697 (hard to believe that number!) blog entries.

I remember making the decision to write for Realiteen…reluctantly.  At the time I had little to no “online presence,” and I wasn’t sure about putting myself out there.  But I took the leap and started sharing my life with my teens and the ups and downs of the craziness that is parenting said teens.  And what a ride it’s been!

For a little over four years I …


Our Houseguest…

He just can't understand why she'd leave for school!?

We have had a houseguest this week…of the canine variety.  And I have to admit that the mom who never wanted to give in to my kids’ demands to get a dog has really enjoyed having Scamp around.

What’s not to like about a sweet creature who is already very well trained and has great manners and wants nothing from me except some love and attention and the occasional treat?  I have kind of enjoyed having that wet nose come up from behind the desk chair and nudge my arm out to let me know it is time to …


Changed World for Girls

It’s a good time to be a girl.  And the United States is a good place for it.  I was born in the 60′s and I just read an article that listed 5 things that women couldn’t do in the 60′s.  It was pretty interesting to learn that I was born not one second too soon!  As I grew up, girls started to see more and more opportunities open up.  And by the time I had girls of my own, the world really was a place that they could call their own.

It turns out that in the 60s an unmarried woman couldn’t get a credit card and a married woman …


Better Than Raindrops on Roses, Part Two

If you already read part one of this blog post, you know the little things that make me happy even when I am doing my least favorite chore…laundry.  Prepare to get happy with me as I continue sharing the things that make my life easier…and happier…while I cook.

In the kitchen, there are lots of other items that make me just a little happy every time I use them.  First, there’s the One-Touch Can Opener, known around here as the “can maggot,” because of it’s shape and the weird wiggly motion it makes when in use.  Just put the can maggot on top of the can, push the button, and it …


Better Than Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens!

It’s the little things that make my day better.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’d love some great big thing to go right…like an unexpected large check in the mail…but on a daily basis, there are a whole bunch of little things that brighten my day.

I get oddly happy about white cotton socks.  I love getting a simple piece of personal mail rather than the usual bills and junk mail.  I can’t get enough of my favorite Bazzil brand textured cardstock in pretty colors.  I just love it when my favorite comfy pants and t-shirt are clean…or better yet, my favorite pajamas!  And a chatty text message from one of my …


College Applications…With Someone Else’s Teen

It’s the time of year when high school seniors all over town are hustling to get those college applications finished.  I can almost hear the groaning and feel the slouching and squirming around in desk chairs from here.  Or, maybe not.  Maybe it depends on whether your very own parent is present when that application is being worked on…I played host to a friend’s daughter while she worked on a college application the other day.  I’ve know this adorable young lady since she was a very adorable little toddler, wandering around at an open house when my daughter was a student in her mother’s class in early elementary school.  I’ve …


Scary Costumes

Now that we are halfway through September, before we put up the Christmas tree or defrost the Thanksgiving Turkey, many of us will start preparing for Halloween.  Aisles full of costumes and the special “Halloween Store” that pops up like a carnival tent once a year have already made their appearances.  For those of us who still have small children at home, it’s fun to see the parade of adorable little kids in their cute costumes while trick-or-treating.  If you have teens, you may have noticed that they still like to dress up but at that age the costumes really become scary.

In addition to my teen daughter, I also have a “tween” daughter who now wears adult size clothing.  There are plenty …


Grandma’s Keepsakes

Some of the treasures...that's me and my sisters.

When my dad’s side of the family met for a beach vacation, my aunt and uncle arrived with a cardboard box filled with my grandmother’s keepsakes.  They had found them among the things that were moved from her house to theirs after she passed away and they thought that since it was such a rare thing for all of us to be together, the vacation might be a good opportunity for all of us to go through the box, maybe pick a thing or two to keep to remind us of grandma, and share some memories.

The box was filled …


Safe Driving

Now that my husband and I are feeling more comfortable with my daughter’s driving, we felt it was time to purchase a car for her use.  The reason we made this decision was not because we had several thousand dollars sitting around waiting to be spent; it was because the two cars we already own just didn’t seem like the best choices for our daughter to be driving.

I drive a minivan, which is not only needed for my primary use of transporting my other children, but which has also proven to be a bit too large and powerful for a small-framed new driver.  My husband’s car has a manual …


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