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

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas As Shared On Fox 5 DC

Artwork candle

There is less than a week left before Christmas and if you are like me, this means it’s time to scramble to finish shopping. Being a last minute shopper doesn’t mean you have to give up creativity with gift buying. On December 19, 2014, I will be on Fox 5 DC’s morning show Good Day DC at […]

When Bad Things Happen to Children

mathiasstrong

I took a buzz feed quiz the other day and it said my most defining personality trait was “sensitive.” I suppose that is a positive thing. I am empathetic and I care. Two things I think we need more of as a society. The problem is that being sensitive can be painful too. It can […]

Tiny Steps Mommy’s Thanksgiving Ideas as Shared with Fox 5 DC’s Morning News Show – Good Day DC

Gratitude tree display idea

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. In my family, it is the one that brings everyone together to enjoy good food and more importantly each others’ company. I feel incredibly flattered and blessed that Fox 5 DC’s morning show Good Day DC asked me back to share some Thanksgiving ideas (see my Halloween segment here). Today, […]

Parenting Different Stages of Childhood

Parenting different stages

Open, shut them, open, shut them. I can hear her sing-song voice repeating the phrase from the kitchen. I peer around the corner and see the concentration in the folds of her forehead. The little fingers on her right hand are perfectly tucked into the holes of the pink-handled blunt-tipped scissors. A paper plate is […]

A Dream Come True: I Was Published On The Washington Post

Nicole Dash on The Washington Post

Yesterday, an essay I wrote was published on the On Parenting section of The Washington Post. This is huge for me. I grew up dreaming of seeing my byline in The Washington Post. Even though my piece is only running on their online publication, I am still extremely proud of myself. This is all part of […]

My TV Debut: Sharing Halloween Treat Ideas on Fox 5’s Good Day DC

Here I am posing with Holly Morris as "Angelina the Bride."

If there are two lessons I have learned since I started Tiny Steps Mommy, it is that you have to A.) push yourself outside your comfort zone and B.) say YES. This may seem basic for some people, but for me it is a life changing lesson I have learned very slowly. For years, I hid behind […]

Please Help Shower Mathias Giordano With Love

Photo Credit: The Truth 365

There are some people who take root in my heart. Sometimes these people are complete strangers and yet I somehow find myself emotionally invested. I read every social media post, article and update related to their journey. I study their pictures. I donate to their cause. I think of them often and I look for ways to […]

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 […]

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