Day Four: Give Back Mission to Express Gratitude

Today is the fourth day of my mission to spread kindness and help others. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read: Join My Give Back Mission to Spread Kindness and Say Thank You.

For the fourth day, I am highlighting an organization that I have supported in the past because I completely believe in what they are doing for military families living in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Mission Sleep is a non-profit organization that provides free, overnight newborn care to military families when the mother’s partner is deployed or wounded when the baby arrives.


I remember what it was like when I brought home all four of my children from the hospital. Without the support of my partner and my extended family, I would not have been able to handle the transition from the hospital well. I was still healing myself and needed help. I could not imagine doing it alone, but it would be especially difficult knowing that my partner is deployed or wounded.

For these mothers, having someone help them with the transition from the hospital to their home is invaluable. Mission Sleep offers these families a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or Postpartum Unit Medical Technician to come into the home of a new mom and provide overnight care and education to that family for up to five nights for free.

These services are only possible through donations and sponsorships. Please consider donating to this cause by visiting and clicking the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the page.

Another way to support this organization is to consider attending A Baby Affair: A Celebration of Mommyhood on March 17, 2013 in Washington, DC at The Long View Gallery. This first-ever luxury event will showcase Washington DC’s best resources for new moms and moms-to-be. There will be a vendor exhibition, an expert panel, and a maternity runway show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Mission Sleep is the beneficiary of this event, so please check it out and spread the word!

Click here to purchase your tickets to A Baby Affair.


Good Deed Idea of The Day

My Good Deed Idea of The Day is to send a token of appreciation to your child’s teacher. A simple thank you written on a card with some glue sticks and hand sanitizer or tissues to replenish their supply would be a very useful and thoughtful way to spread some kindness to the people who are helping to educate your children. I know it may not seem like much, but donating these items without being asked is always appreciated, especially since teachers usually pay for these frequently used items out of their own pockets. And of course, being thanked and acknowledged always feels good. Your child’s teacher also deserves some kindness. At least I think so.


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.