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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No Tax-free

 

This year is the first in twelve years that North Carolina will not have a tax-free shopping weekend.  The tax-free weekend, held in August each year, is second only to Black Friday when it comes to crowds and merchandise sold.  Most parents take advantage of tax-free weekend, even braving the crowds, to buy clothes and supplies for the upcoming school year.  Those of us with multiple children appreciate any savings we can get when it comes to preparing for the school year.

 

The state of North Carolina decided this year’s tax-free weekend would be cancelled because of the hefty loss of badly needed tax revenue.  The state estimates that past …

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Apartment Prep

The growing pile of apartment stuff...

This year Katie is going to transition from a dorm room to an off-campus apartment.  I’m very excited for her to have lots more space and a kitchen where she can cook food she’ll actually eat and her very own bathroom.  She’s pretty excited about all that, too.  But I’m not too excited about moving her stuff into a third floor apartment (had to pay extra for that third floor location!) or paying for all the new things she’s going to need.

We’ve been trying to get things here and there, a little at a time, to avoid having all the expense …

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“Not dead yet.”

Amber Martin is a seventeen year old girl from my hometown of Lancaster, PA.  The reason I have chosen to write about Amber is because her story is close to my heart, not only because she is from my hometown, but because she is the same age as my oldest daughter.  Amber is terminally ill and in her last days of her life.  As a parent of a daughter Amber’s age, this is particularly sad to me.

 

As a mother of a teenage girl you get used to the ups and downs that go along with teenagers.  I think back to last Fall and about nagging my daughter about getting …

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Getting Your Self(ie) in Trouble

Smiling selfies in the parking lot of the ice cream place...always appropriate!

Oh, social media, you’ve done it again.  You’ve given a young person the opportunity to get some negative attention.  This time it’s all about a selfie with a big smile taken at a concentration camp. Ugh.

It seems a young lady decided to take a selfie while touring a concentration camp.  It might not have been a problem had the girl in question not been smiling like she was at Disneyland.  And it sure wouldn’t have been a problem had she kept it to herself rather than posting it online.  And it might not have …

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Party Time

It’s that time of year again:  My daughter’s birthday is quickly approaching.  This year she will be seventeen.  Last year, when she turned sixteen, we held a formal (well, really semi-formal) sweet sixteen party for her complete with rented venue, DJ, and photographer.  This year will obviously be a smaller affair, but it also occurred to me that maybe my days of throwing birthday parties for my daughter are over.  I’ve been doing it for so long, it didn’t occur to me that it might seem odd for a seventeen year old to even have a birthday party.

Now, it’s not a birthday party like we would throw for our …

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(Almost) Local Favorites

Didn't manage to take any pictures of the food in Beaufort, but here's a pretty view of the water...

A couple of friends and I have been heading out on day trips to check out nearby towns for lunch and shopping and just seeing what’s there this summer.  And we’ve been having such fun discovering new favorite places.  I have added a few spots to my sort-of-local favorite restaurants and I thought I’d share with you.

The first spot is Trattoria Gourmet Pizza and Breads in Swansboro.  It’s right on the water and right off 24, so it’s scenic and easy to get to.  And it’s small and …

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What to do?

If you are the parent of a teen (or really any child), I’m sure you are familiar with the cry, “There’s nothing to do!”

Honestly, even as an adult in Onslow County I have felt the same way.  Many teens and parents have felt as though there is not enough for teens to do in Onslow county.  By that, I’m pretty sure they mean “places to go”.  Onslow County is not a metropolitan area – I think we can all agree on that.  But is there really a lack of things to do?  We have movies.  We have the beach and pools.  We have the mall.  Is that really so …

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Volunteer Hours

For the next couple of weeks my teen daughter will be spending each day as a junior staff member for a day camp.  She will work with either elementary or middle school students on various environmental topics.  She will also clean, organize, and prepare for the next day.  Her primary reason for volunteering is to earn community service hours toward a scholarship available to all Onslow County high school students.  I’m referring to the Sponsorship for Academic Talent or SAT scholarship; not be to be confused with the SAT college entrance exam.  The scholarship, as I stated, is available to high school students in Onslow County who score a …

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Penciling In Time for Mom

Friendships take some time and attention to nurture.  And very often, as moms, we get caught up in the business of parenting and spend all our time on our kids and families and fail to nurture those important relationships with our own friends.I was reminded of this recently when I was at lunch with a group of friends I refer to as “the scrapbook friends.”  Truth be told, we don’t really scrapbook together much these days.  We do have at least one annual “craft night” together these days.  And most recent years we’ve managed to have a weekend getaway where we work on our scrapbooks and other crafts.  But life …

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Just don’t care.

One could say there are many issues plaguing high schools that interfere with student success.  Some new, some old.  For instance, there have always been things like bullying, peer pressure, and concerns about socially “fitting in.”  Things I never had to worry about as a high school student were “intruders on campus” and “active shooter scenarios.”  The most worrisome thing about high school in my day was sitting at the coolest lunch table and having a date for prom; I can’t imagine having the thought of the possibility of an active shooter in the back of my mind while trying to learn.  Yes, times have changed. One thing that has …

 

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