12 Stages of Attempting to Keep Your Nail Game Strong as a Busy Mom (GIFS)

stages of mom trying to get a manicureGetting a manicure can be pure bliss for a busy mom. But sneaking out the door and leaving the kids and chores behind is no easy feat. If you've ever had difficulty making the great escape, you'll relate to these 12 stages of one mom just trying to keep her nails on-point.


It's hard to decide which is the best part -- that intoxicating hand-and-forearm massage; the way the manicurist does the adult version of "This Little Piggy" with each of your tired fingers; or how amazing your rejuvenated hands look at the end of the visit. Of course, this all hinges on getting out of the house. Good luck, Ladies!

1. You wake up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday, super-excited, thinking about the manicure you're planning to get today. You don't normally have a chance to indulge, but you're attending a wedding at 5 p.m., and you want to look your best. 

2. You'll go just after you make the kids breakfast. You're really psyched. You haven't had any pampering in ages! Visions of fun polish names float through your head as you flip those flapjacks.

3. Hmm, you should probably do the dishes first, because you definitely don't want to ruin that mani later!

4. Your daughter wants to visit Grandma. Perfect! You'll swing by the salon on the way home. It's not even 11 a.m. You're carefree with tons of time left. 

5. You left your wallet at home. Shoot. Run back into the house. Do not stop to talk to anyone! Do not even make eye contact!

6. The younger one is begging for lunch. You're not dirtying any more dishes. You'll make grilled cheese in the toaster oven, and he can eat on napkins. It's almost noon, for heaven's sake!

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7. You're about to leave when your partner tells you he forgot to drop off the dry cleaning last week. He asks you to iron the lone clean shirt he has left that he plans to wear to the wedding -- which is now just four short hours away.

8. You're almost out the door when your phone rings. You don't want to answer it. It's already 2 p.m. You need to get going. But what if it's your mom calling about your daughter? Reluctantly, you answer. It's your sitter ... canceling for tonight.

9. You spend the next 45 minutes calling everyone who doesn't have a criminal record to come watch your kids.

10. You've secured a sitter, but you're furious. Even Pauly D. has time to get a manicure -- probably because he's not a mom! 

11. It's 4:45 p.m., and you've had to do your nails yourself. You've also put on your makeup in a huge rush. It's not your best work, but at this point you'll just be lucky to see the bride walk down the aisle.

12. You're almost there when your guy asks if you tried a new place for your nails this time because, get this, "They're kind of a mess."  

We've all been there, haven't we? 


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