The Mommy Chronicles: Ladies, Make Time for a Little Pampering

11 Oct 2018 Marlena Rice
The Mommy Chronicles: Ladies, Make Time for a Little Pampering Marlena Rice

“I’ll be right back. I’m going to get more acetone.”

I smiled and nodded, watching the nail technician step away to refill her nail polish remover. I looked down at my toes. The pink nail polish I successfully reapplied (without removing) for a good year’s time remained, staring back at me in defiance, just as shiny as it was on one of the many (dozens of) times I reapplied it in haste. It was mocking me.

Just wipe away, I murmured to myself, sneaking a peak at the relaxed-looking woman soaking her feet next to me as I slid further down into the abyss of the plush, massage chair I was too worked up to take advantage of using…

Okay, so I’m being super dramatic, but my salon neighbor was definitely a regular. I could tell by the way she casually walked in, engrossing herself in chitchat with her technician and activating her massage chair with ease. It was clear she was not the type to haphazardly reapply her toe polish in maniacal swipes before dashing out the door and driving barefoot to work, hoping her toes dried before her morning meeting.

Not that I’ve ever done that. No, never. 

The biggest indicator of her salon consistency? Her nail tech didn’t need more acetone. He swiped each of her toes with cotton balls once or twice, and her polish was rapidly reduced to nothing more than fluffy, plum-colored polka dots floating in the trash bin.  

As I sat there waiting for my nail tech to remove layer upon layer of polish, I discovered a few things about myself. And for the mom’s reading this, I bet these ring true to you, too.

Number 1 – I absolutely enjoy being pampered. Mom life does not allow for this much, outside of Mother’s Day. 

Number 2 – I really need to stop reapplying nail polish without removing the past coat(s). It wreaks havoc with my “put together” persona and causes me nail salon shame. 

Number 3 – I need to be able to experience more days doing something strictly for myself. I used to think this was selfish, but everyone needs a little alone time and self-care is always necessary.

If you’re nodding along, here’s how you can take better care of yourself: 

Choose at least one day every few weeks that is strictly yours. If you like to read and drink coffee, go read and drink coffee. If you like being pampered, schedule yourself a spa day, including a pedicure. Keep this date, and if life happens, don’t cancel – just reschedule.  

Take care of your toes. When you are in a hurry and see that a few of your toenails need to be redone, take 15 minutes and do the job right. Unless, however, you need just one swipe on your big toe 

Marlena Rice is a busy mom and writer who lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Rod, and their son, Beaux William. Check out her blog at

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