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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Target and Moms…Dangerous Stuff

We went in for a prescription. It's in my purse. That's just the other stuff we found on impulse.

We moms know it.  Target is a dangerous place.  We go in there for one thing.  Like tape.  Or a greeting card.  Or, in my case, to pick up a prescription.  And we walk out with a cart full of other stuff.  (And sometimes we forget that one item we walked in for!)

Such was the case the other day when Katie and I went to Target to pick up a prescription.  We got the prescription we needed in no time flat.  And then we decided we needed to check and see if there were any great deals on school supplies.  We picked up some index cards and some mechanical pencils.

Along the way we’d noticed a lamp that would be great for the living room in Katie’s new apartment.  And we’d also seen some towels and realized we hadn’t picked up any towels for her bathroom.  (God forbid she use ratty towels like the ones at home!!)  So we stopped by the towels to take a look.  And I decided I’d better get a cart while she thought long and hard about colors.

I showed back up with a cart and Katie loaded the towels in it (and the school supplies) and we put a bathroom rug in, too.  And then we headed back to get that lamp.  It looked like a giant version of the one from Toy Story, don’t you know?  (I picture Katie and Veronica making stop motion movies with that lamp instead of studying during fall semester!)

Of course, those towels made Katie think that she didn’t have any laundry baskets, so we headed in that direction in the store and picked up a couple of those and stacked them on top of the lamp in the now-full cart that we didn’t even need when we walked into the store.  Of course, that put us in the area of the store where we stumbled on a great deal on Tide Pods.  She was going to need some of those to do her laundry, and there was a $5 gift card if you got 2, and I was about out at home, so we tossed two packs of pods in the cart.  And then I asked Katie if she had softener sheets and she said she’d rather use the Downy liquid like I do since she’d have a laundry room in the apartment, so a little Downy Ball made its way into our cart as well.

The cart was now so full that Katie had to hold those laundry baskets on top as we made our way to the front of the store to check out.  And I marveled at how our quick trip to pick up a prescription had turned into a full-on shopping trip.

Target has a way of doing that to a mom, doesn’t it?!

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