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.

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This Little Piggy Got Fancy

Katie loves going to get a manicure or pedicure.  I know she is not alone among her peers.  Teen girls these days love fancy nail decorations.  And manicures can be very, very elaborate.  Some of the things being done at nail salons these days are really miniature works of art, with lots of hand painted designs and even some tiny gems added to them.  Needless to say, having someone else take care of your finger and toenails is just one more expensive luxury that I can’t foot the bill for very often.

Fortunately, Katie’s not afraid to try things out on her own…especially things I won’t pay for!  For her birthday gift this year, she asked me for some real professional nail tools and supplies.  And that girl has gone to town.  Over the weekend, one friend after another arrived with plain-Jane nails and left with Katie’s sparkly creations.  I have to admit I am impressed.

On Friday afternoon, the girl across the street, also a high school senior, dropped by to get Katie to do her fingernails.  She was going to another school’s prom and wanted something special.  Katie got out nail tips and glue and polish and curing light and gems and by the time her friend walked back across the street, she had long, French-manicured nails with dainty arches of rhinestones.  I couldn’t believe Katie had done it when I saw pictures.  She even did one finger on each hand with rhinestones in the teal color of her dress.

Later in the weekend, Katie did her own toenails, along with Lexie’s and her friend’s.  They chose a bright coral color, also with rhinestone accents on their toes.  They both looked great.  A while later, Katie did her own toes.  She also chose the bright coral color.  On her big toes she used tiny rhinestones to make a chevron pattern. 

I had seen the first sparkly toe and thought it was awesome.  A little while later she came to see me and showed me the other foot.  She’d done the chevrons on the big toe and two of the others.  She wanted my opinion about whether she should do all of the minor toes.  I was no help with the decision making.  I was curious, though, about how those rhinestones on the toes would feel.  So I reached down to slide my fingertip over that big toe…and smeared all of those rhinestones all over the place.  Seems she hadn’t yet cured and set the polish.  Oops!

I felt pretty bad about messing up all that hard work.  And I knew I wouldn’t soon live that little mistake down.  I am sure she will bring it up more than a few times. 

Fancy nails with little gems are not my thing.  I am doing well if I get a little polish on my toes during the summer.  But I do love seeing the creativity on display.  Katie’s little piggy toes are as cute as they can be.  And I will not be asked to pay for a mani-pedi any time soon.  Win!

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