Friday Five: Blogs I Read Today

Earlier this week, I was highlighted on’s blog as part of her “10 by 10” series. Essentially, she gives props to other bloggers she is already reading by commenting on their posts and sharing what she read that day (genius). I wish I was as motivated or able to read 10 by 10, so I decided to try a Friday Five.

So, here are five posts I read and commented on today. In the future, I may try to put my top five for the week, but again that would take some foresight and planning. And to tell you the truth, I’m usually just winging it;)

1.) Happy Little Feet. This blog first attracted me because of our joint love for feet. She is also a mother to four – two boys and two girls. Today, I read her post Motherhood to Me. She does a great job of beautifully sharing what a mother knows about the joys and hard truths of motherhood.

Here is my comment:

You are absolutely right! Motherhood is an amazing journey, but it is a learning journey. We are not perfect and neither are our children. Once we accept and forgive, then we can better enjoy each moment no matter how frustrating or incredible.

2.) Wired Momma. I have to admit this is one of my favorite blogs. Wired Momma is a great writer and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is also the first  Washington, DC area blogger who I reached out to when I started my blog. She was amazingly supportive. She also has a great book club, which covers the classics, like 50 Shades of Grey and Gone Girl. Today, I read her post Family Pictures about her family photo shoot and her hard-hitting questions about when it is too early to start planning holiday cards.

Here is my comment:

It is never too early to think X-mas cards! It is so hard to get good shots of the entire family. So, when you do, sharing is a must. You have given me the incentive to start planning out my holiday shoot. Last year, I did it on my own and it was disastrous.

3.) 703 Mommy and Me. I am always drooling reading 703 Mommy and Me’s recipes. It makes me wish I was more motivated to experiment in the kitchen and create my own original recipes. But, I’m realistic enough to admit this is NEVER going to happen, so I am happy just borrowing other people’s ideas. Today, I read about her Caramelized Onion, Peach and Ricotta Cheese Flat Bread.

Here is my comment:

This sounds simple yet amazing. I am going to try this for a gathering I’m going to next week. I have a feeling it’s going to be a hit.

4.) Activity Rocket. This site is a local Washington, DC area resource for finding activities and classes for your children. The search engine is simple, yet impressive. On their blog today, I read The Activity Skinny from Captain Lisa: What’s a Mom to Do? about one mother who deterred her son from playing guitar in favor of piano, only to have it backfire.

Here is my comment:

As parents we want to expose our children to so many new things, that sometimes bribery or gentle prodding is needed. Last Spring I registered my daughter for t-ball even though I knew it was not her first choice. I don’t want to be the type of Mom that forces sports or activities, but I wanted her to try a team sport at least once. The trophy at the end of the season was the carrot we used to get her on board. She isn’t doing it again, but had fun and the experience of being on a team. I don’t regret it at all. Sometimes Mom does know best.

5.) SocaMom. She is my inspiration for this post, so I wanted to include her in today’s Friday Five. At the top of her homepage, she has a post featured that I was really excited about finding. It is a detailed step-by-step tutorial on Making a Carnival Headpiece for Your Child! The craft is beautiful, yet perfect for my daycare. I can’t wait to try it with my preschoolers who are perfecting their beading skills.

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Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. Awesome… You’ll get up to 10 in no time. You’d be stunned how many blogs you end up checking out in a day. Well done! Headed to check them out now… Thanks for adding me to your Friday 5! 🙂

  2. Mercedes Dash says:

    Great Job- love all the different themes from these blogs!

  3. Wow thank you so much for choosing me! I love your blog so much. I am glad I found it.

  4. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Liebster Blog Award, but it’s a great way for bloggers to recognize and encourage each other. It’s a compliment, blogger style. I recently received the award and, because I follow and enjoy your writing, am bestowing it on you. Read my post here then write you own and link back to me. I hope you’ll enjoy paying it forward as much as I have. Happy blogging.

  5. Thank you so much for including me in this list. What a great idea for a themed post and I look forward to reading these other blogs!!

  6. Thank you very much for visiting Activity Rocket and checking out The Activity Skinny! We think your site is terrific. Hope your readers will check out when looking for activities and camps for their precious little ones (ages 0-18).

    Captain Lisa, Activity Rocket