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 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.

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Here are my most recent posts

The Team That Believed – An Essay of Love From a Lacrosse Parent

Over the weekend, I stepped onto hot metal bleachers only miles from my home, took a deep breath, and settled in for the longest, yet fastest game of my more than seven-year run as a proud lacrosse parent. My emotions soared on an indescribable roller coaster ride that culminated in an incredible victory during the Virginia 6A Boys […]

Spotlight on Inspirational Fiction Author Katie Morton

I’ve been talking about writing a book for a long time. In fact, I’ve started two. Two amazing books. Okay, I believe one or both would be amazing if I actually finished writing and then published at least one of them. For now, this is just an aspiration. A goal I will achieve… one day. For […]

It Finally Happened: No More Baby Gear and Gates

After an intense two-week purge of all remnants of my home daycare, which I officially closed in June, I realized quite suddenly that I was there — free of all traces of anything baby. No more baby gear and gates. No more high chairs or cribs. No more infant chew toys or baby saucers. No more baby […]

Manifest Success: Do Not Give in to Fear

“I will not give in to fear. I will not give in to fear.” This is the mantra that has taken hold within my head lately. As soon as I start to feel the talons of this emotion take grip, I close my eyes and begin to chant, “I will not give in to fear. […]

Putting Family First is Not a Professional Disadvantage

Life is not about what is simple. Life is not about what is easy. Life is instead about what happens between the simplicity, when you are tested and challenged. When you question everything you thought to be true. When you question whether or not you are worthy of the graces that surround you. I have […]

Turning an Idea Into a Mission: Announcing My New Business ‘Play, Work or Dash’

Have you ever had an idea that took hold and transformed from more than just an idea, but instead into a mission? A mission to create something completely new and different? A mission to solve a problem for others? Well, I have been walking around with one of those for quite some time now. And […]

My Simple Wish for Health and Happiness

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight.” Little N, my fiesty four-year-old, repeats this rhyme with her head tilted toward the night sky. She excitedly makes a wish on the first star she sees. She loudly says, “I wish I could go to […]

I Don’t Need Them to Remember

Today is the first day of school for my children. I love this day. It’s exciting yet nerve wracking. It is also the day I always document with the requisite first day of school photo, which I proudly share on Facebook and Instagram… and Twitter (okay on here too). I love that so many people also […]

Realistic Lunch Ideas for Kids: As Seen on Fox 5 DC

I love searching Pinterest for creative project ideas and recipes. What I don’t love are the over-the-top and unrealistic suggestions for parents. You know, the ones that make you feel like a slacker. Who has the time to turn sandwiches into lion faces everyday? I absolutely don’t. So, when I was asked to be on Fox […]

Mindfulness Can Save Your Child’s Life

We live in a fast-paced world. A world where deadlines, appointments, routines and the clock can rule our lives. The mornings can be especially difficult if you are a parent. We must ready ourselves and our little ones to face each day within a small window of time. We must fight traffic, drop off our […]