About Nicole Dash

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 2009 started a home-based daycare. Nicole has enjoyed success as a small business owner and is a leader within the child care community in Northern Virginia. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and finding herself amid the chaos. She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community and is listed on the blogroll of more than 20 local blogs. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is extremely social and loves connecting on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here are my most recent posts

Sometimes I Run Away

Sometimes I run away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. Okay, I don’t actually physically run away, but mentally I am there. I will obsessively envision a new life. A “do over” in a completely different place. I start to research homes and schools and crime […]

An Ordinary Day to Remember

An Ordinary Day to Remember

On Saturday, I was determined to get every member of my family of six out of the house for a family activity that did not involve youth athletics or a lot of money. Since my oldest is 15 and my youngest is three this is not an easy feat. Usually, someone ends up disappointed or […]

Are you striking a balance with the loves of your life?

You cannot take anyone in your life for (1)

Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It’s more than a feeling, but an instinct. A connection with someone outside of yourself that can transcend time and space. A devotion and faith in the idea that your emotions are intrinsically intertwined with someone else’s emotions and feelings. Love is not always about specific relationships, but […]

Fantasy Homecoming Proposals… Seriously?

homecoming proposal 2

So, it happened. The words I didn’t see coming. Ever. “You don’t understand. Things aren’t like when you went to school. Things are different now.” Translation: “You are OLD and out of touch.” I swallowed back my desire to scream, “I’m only 36-years-old! I can bust a move, do the butt, the humpty dance, and you should […]

My Letter to Oprah

1 Oprah's Life You Want Weekend

After experiencing an amazing weekend at Oprah’s The Life You Want event in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to write a letter to Oprah about what I felt was missing from the line-up of speakers. So, I did and then I put it aside and instead wrote a recap of the weekend for my blog. But, the letter was […]

Discovering Inspiration at Oprah’s #LifeYouWantDC Event

Live The Life You Want Weekend

*Disclaimer: I was invited to lunch and given a premium plus ticket to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend in Washington DC by representatives for Toyota. However, I chose to write this post and share my own thoughts and experiences of the event. Have you ever felt like you were meant to be exactly where […]

The Rare Bird We Can Never Forget

Grief Rare Bird

Grief, loss, sadness, pain… and hope layered with an incredible amount of faith and love. This is the journey Anna Whiston-Donaldson takes readers in Rare Bird, a Memoir of Loss and Love. Her well-crafted and honest telling of what it means to tragically lose her 12-year-old son Jack — in a rare and unexpected flash […]

Dreams Are Complicated

dreams are complicated

“When you were a little girl did you always dream of being a babysitter, um I mean daycare person?” My 7-year-old daughter asks on our drive to get frozen yogurt. A momentary lump in my throat forms as I search for the right words. Dreams are complicated. “I like taking care of children and babies, […]

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