No Qualms Mom was founded in 2018 to inspire women to lead fulfilled, joyful lives. The NQM tagline offers the why and how behind our mission: Hone the home, Liberate time, Enjoy life!
Our wish is for all moms to savor life and have homes that serve them (not the other way around). We focus a lot on household refinement because once it’s optimized, time is freed up which in turn allows you to spend time on things that really matter: personal fulfillment, passions and growth, as well as deeper connections with family and community.
NQM can help you turn everyday life into something special. We inspire women to create a lifestyle that isn’t a never-ending to-do list, but rather an intentional place of growth where they can savor every day. NQM speaks to the fact that your life can be both beautiful and dialed in and, perhaps more importantly, that life balance and perfection are myths.
Stop, strategize, grow & learn while pushing for a life that you love. Be your best self and have No Qualms! Sign up for the NQM Newsletter for exclusive content and join us in becoming a No Qualms Mom! Connect too on your favorite social media apps for additional NQM insider tips.
NQM urges you to stop, strategize, grow & learn while pushing for a life that you love and have No Qualms about.
Founder & Content Director
Being the mom of 2 girls, a wife and a connector of friends are the driving forces for all that Elizabeth does as an entrepreneur and a woman. Juggling these roles means having her act very together but it wasn’t always this way. Elizabeth founded No Qualms Mom after rebounding from a physical and emotional wall she hit a couple of years ago.
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated far more often than feeling dialed-in finally took its toll. And feeling out of control most of the time even though she’s a productive, smart and driven woman felt like failure on all fronts: home, work, family and especially self. Something clearly had to change! She followed advice she’d given to clients: stop, assess and strategize. She spoke with other moms, did deep dive research and analyzed the concepts she discovered. And soon it got to the point where she became the go to person for others when they experienced frustrations - so much so that her husband and daughters told her that she should become a lifestyle resource.
Through NQM, Elizabeth focuses on two lifestyle facets that rarely mix: being very style and design-oriented while being efficiency and productivity focused. This is due in part to the last 6 years spent as a consultant for a Seattle Leadership Development firm where she specialized in strategic planning, meeting facilitation and leadership training. Through this, being certified in the Birkman Method of Work Style Assessment, and other management positions, Elizabeth discovered her passion for helping people learn, grow and strategically maximize their situations. Yet in many ways it’s Elizabeth’s life experience and circuitous career path before consulting that set the stage for No Qualms Mom to be a multi-faceted resource; her outlook is shaped by time spent as a stay-at-home-mom plus careers in retail & non-profit management, interior design and eCommerce at firms like Tiffany & Co., Macys, and BMW.
Born and raised in the Orange County area of Southern California, she graduated from UC Davis, and went on to live all over California (SF to San Diego) as well as a 4-year stint in Stuttgart, Germany. For over 10 years, she’s called Seattle home and recently moved to a small island just off Seattle called Vashon. She shares her home with her husband Steven and two daughters Isabelle and Reina. Life passions include design and remodeling, entertaining, horseback riding, Pilates, travel, fashion and cooking.
Photography & Content Director
Marla Smith lives in Vashon, Washington with her husband, daughter and adorable dog Daisy. She works with both families and businesses like No Qualms Mom. Her work is featured on No Qualms Mom both in her weekly featured recipe posts and with other articles on the site. She loves to document the beautiful landscape, nature and animals in the Pacific Northwest - follow her on Instagram (@marlasmithphotography) to see her latest shots of the Orca whales that frequent the Puget Sound area.
In additon to photography, she's an avid baker and cook (as you might tell from her cooking posts!) . She says that photography feeds her wild and crazy creative beast, allowing her a medium to reveal her true heart. She said, "Watching and documenting life through a lens feels natural to me, and seems a magical and lovely way to view the world." And added "Being a mom is my greatest calling in life."
Strategy & Content Contributor
Hallie is an invaluable member of the NQM team and she contributed significantly to the early days of strategic planning. Hallie is passionate about moms focusing on their marriage, friendships, health and fulfillment. She enjoys life in Seattle with her husband and being at home full time with her two active, happy kids (a Kindergartener and pre-schooler). Hallie is a barre devotee and loves being active in general, but especially skiing and spending lots of time in Whitefish, MT with extended family and friends. Her background is in Human Resources management for companies like Costco.
Hallie and Elizabeth met around 10 years ago while volunteering and they have a friendship based on strong respect and appreciation for each other’s talents. Hallie’s style and grace touch everything she does and her intelligent, realistic yet aspirational slant on life are all great assets to NQM.
Nicole Vaughn’s beautiful photography is featured throughout No Qualms Mom. Nicole is a vision creative storyteller, exploring uncertainty in humanity and divergence in her subjects. Her glamorous vignettes take cues from fashion, interiors, and 1970’s culture, and invite the viewer to scratch the surface of beauty and investigate the gritty truth below.
In addition to No Qualms Mom, Nicole continues to shoot commercial and editorial work, as well as portraits and personal projects. For more information check out Nicole’s website http://www.nicolevaughnweddings.co/.
Nicole shares her Seattle home with her husband and two talented and beautiful teenage daughters. She’s a Pacific Northwest native yet will fly on a moment’s notice to Paris, her home away from home. Her serious case of wanderlust is fueled in large part by a love of exploring food, fashion and understanding how people connect.
In addition to her fulfilling career and family, she feels fortunate to have a strong friend tribe and extended family. She wishes for all women to experience the same level of gratitude for life and this is why she was interested in being a primary contributor to NQM. After working with her, Elizabeth quickly realized that Nicole embodies the NQM mission completely: inspiring women to lead fulfilling and joyful lives. Her amazing personal and artistic style are fantastic additions to NQM.
Elizabeth got tons of inspiration during the pre-launch days of NQM from photographs and stories in Sara’s IG feed. And it dawned on Elizabeth that Sara’s talent (and fantastic sense of humor) would be a great addition to the NQM team as both a photographer and social media manager. Sara loves telling stories with photos and has been photo journaling her adventures since day 1 of motherhood. This has led to a passion to learn everything about photography and is constantly looking for ways to practice and improve her skills as a hobbyist photographer.
She also loves spending time with her giant extended family, trying new foods, outdoor adventures with her boys, snuggling her cat and 2 dogs, slowly remodeling and decorating their 100 year old house with her husband, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.
Sara is a full time mother of two little boys Ezra and Judah (ages 3 and 6 respectively), she absolutely understands the struggle to do it all, stay sane, look good, feed your family healthy food, find time for self-care, and at least appear to have it all together! At the same time, Sara strongly feels that it is important for mothers to strive to share a realistic view of parenting, so that we can stop the comparison game, and remember that no one is perfect. We are all struggling at times to do it "right!" For her, the knowledge that moms out there everywhere are all laughing, crying, sweating, not sleeping enough, cleaning, teaching, wiping little butts, and rejoicing at the same time, is what helps her get through the day sometimes!
Sara first met Elizabeth through a Seattle neighborhood playgroup and bonded over children, love of design, good food, apps that make life easier, and Sara's obsession with Elizabeth's cat. These days Sara and Elizabeth don’t get to see each other as often as they’d like, but they’ve stayed connected through Sara’s Instagram which showcases Sara’s fantastic eye for photography. To follow along with her adventures, check out @Shuggsmom on Instagram.
Sara is also a wedding officiant and does non-denominational, contemporary Jewish wedding ceremonies. She has a degree in International Studies from University of Washington, and before becoming a mother worked as a Program Director in the Jewish non-profit sector.
Jessica and NQM Founder Elizabeth met through friends and connected right away about motherhood, design, life in general and the mission of No Qualms Mom. Jessica contributes each month on a range of topics including parenting, travel, shopping & gift giving among other things.
A long-trusted source of gift ideas with friends and family, Jessica took her talents and founded The Present Perfect to share her love of gift-giving with others. The Present Perfect specializes in highly customized, show-stopping gifts. Removing the stress and guesswork of gift-giving and delivering well-curated presents to delight every recipient, Jessica helps her clients celebrate life’s big moments by sourcing the finest products and obsessing over the details, resulting in extraordinary gifts for every occasion. With years of experience working for fashion brands such as Kate Spade, Chanel, J.Crew, and Coach, Jessica brings an elevated sense of style and artistic vision to her gift designs. She has a sharp eye for detail and a deep appreciation for quality design and craftsmanship. Jessica holds degrees from Columbia University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Jessica lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. She loves traveling, hosting dinner parties, and craft projects.
Tera is Pacific Northwest native with a passion for all things lifestyle, most notably cooking, entertaining, gardening and decorating. After receiving her BA in English from University of Washington, Tera went on to pursue a career in marketing. She held positions at various Finance and Architecture/Engineering firms in Seattle and New York City, eventually settling on Vashon Island, WA with her husband to raise their two young children and yellow lab.
Tera met her husband in 2009, and her life has been immersed in home renovation projects ever since. Beginning with a bungalow in Seattle, and currently a 100-year old hunting lodge on an old cherry orchard on Vashon Island, Tera’s is passionate about restoring old homes to their former glory, all the while updating them for modern life, family functionality, and of course entertaining!
Tera met Elizabeth at one of the notorious Curtiss children’s birthday extravaganzas when their kids attended the same preschool. Noting her obvious love of entertaining and party planning, she knew her and Elizabeth would be fast friends.
A self-described minimalist and organization enthusiast, Tera is thrilled to work as a contributor to No Qualms Mom, creating posts that explore ways to lead a more organized and efficient life, ultimately creating space in our busy lives to truly enjoy time with friends and family.
Angela is an award winning Seattle based photographer with a focus on lifestyle, product, fashion and original brand content. She studied fashion photography at the Art Institute of Seattle and has been shooting in Seattle for over 10 years. From gorgeous interiors to kids brands, she partners with her creative team to deliver outstanding imagery to her clients. Working mainly out of her light filled artists loft, Angela's imagery has a distinctly welcoming quality. Her work has been featured in local and international publications and media.
Angela is a mom of two boys, wife and strong supporter of human rights. She is particularly devoted to women helping women become stronger and more fulfilled. Her compassion, kindness and warmth touch everything she does and because of this and her talent, she is a perfect contributor to NQM.
Commercial work: www.angelaburdine.com
Wedding/Family work: www.angelaandevan.com
Laura is a Seattle and Olympia area family, maternity and newborn photographer that specializes in natural light, on location photography. She fell in love with photography after completing her degree in art from the University of Washington. Laura has a way of connecting with kids that many photographers don’t. It may be in part to the several years experienced she had as preschool teacher and nanny, yet it’s probably more because she clearly appreciates and adores working with kids.
Laura specializes in photos that aren't 'perfect' or posed. And catching people while they’re relaxed and having fun. Moments like a child playing in the mud or wearing her daddy's shoes are the pictures she enjoys the best because they make you remember who a child was at that moment in time.
Check out her website: www.seattlefamilyphotos.com
Olivia is a Florida native who graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Psychology and finished her last term as an exchange student in Argentina. She fell in love with Argentina (and her husband!) so much so that she’s called it home for the last decade as she continued to pursue a career in mental health. Olivia moved to Vashon Island recently to be near her family and is happy to be close to them as she waits for her Argentinean husband to be able to come to the states. She loves yoga, dancing, cooking tasty and healthy meals, and spending time with her family and loved ones.
She was introduced to Elizabeth not long after moving to Vashon and they quickly connected over their mutual shared passion in fostering well-being through personal growth and meaningful relationships as well as a love for thoughtful aesthetic presentation and design.
While Olivia does not have children of her own, her education in psychology and mental health along with her background in teaching and childcare, has provided her with a toolkit of knowledge and experience allowing her to offer insightful feedback to her friends, family, and clients as they navigate the twists and turns of parenting. She looks forward to being a contributor to No Qualms Mom and hopes that she can help women to lower stress and feel more fulfilled.
Olivia’s concept of health is reflected by a multi-dimensional model taking into consideration the importance of physical, mental, and emotional nourishment promoting full, well balanced lives and a sense of fulfillment regardless of life situation. She believes strongly that people need nourishment for their mind and creativity and found an outlet for her creativity through her love of expressive arts. She has honed her practice of community-based theater (Playback and “Teatro Espontaneo”) and believes- based on over a decade of experience of working with these modalities- that individuals’ health is intricately tied to an ability to share and sense connectedness with others. While her personally preferred medium has been through expressive arts thus far, she appreciates that there are a number of ways in which we can harvest our happiness and encourages that we all do!
Values, Wishes and Guest Submissions
- work smart, not long
- inspiration and education for life-long learning
- kindness, generosity, compassion
- perseverance, strength, empowerment
- respect diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and family make up
- appreciation of beauty, creativity and celebration
- aspiration, push past comfort zone, set high standards
- humor, fun and light in a sometimes dark world
- resilience and health
- bravery and adventure
We practice gratitude, understanding, and learning from each other. Respecting the many voices at the table leads to enriched conversations. One way NQM does this is by embracing guest contributors. If you’re interested, [email protected]. Let’s learn from each other, grow and enjoy life!