Hey everyone! This is Elizabeth—the No Qualms Mom Founder—and after getting lots of messages about what my favorite items are, I decided to create an on going No Qualms Mom Favorite List.
This feature post which will become a Homepage main stay is an ever growing list of items that I love and that the No Qualms Mom contributors love. Plus, we will give a hot list of seasonal items worth checking out.
If you have items you think we will love, be sure to send me a message at [email protected]!
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Summertime/Home with Kids
- Micro Scooters. Getting a daily dose of fresh air is mandatory for my family’s sanity these days. After trying some clunkier brands, my kids now spend hours scooting up and down our deck on their micro scooters. These 3-wheeled marvels are fast, have an amazing turning radius, and although spendy, definitely hold their value in quality.
- Kwik Stix. Under the current homeschool mandate, my kiddos and I have been filling a good chunk of our days working on arts projects. So far, our instrument of choice is Kwik Stix. These instruments take on the appearance of paint, but are used more like a large crayon, creating quick masterpieces (and with way less mess for mom).
- Bouncy House. Yes, I know this may seem a little ridiculous, but desperate times call for desperate measures, right? We splurged on a small bouncy house 3 years ago, and have lovingly dubbed it “the babysitter” since children will happily play on it for hours, leaving the adults some time for adulting, or during quarantine, simply give mom and dad a little break.
- Board Games: I am going to go out on a limb and say that board games sales have seen a resurgence during quarantine. And really, yah for good old-fashioned fun. Here are a few favorites we’ve played recently that pass both the kid/parent enjoyability test.
- Clue. Oldie but goodie, and (sigh), my little scoundrels seem to love that it’s about murder. Clue has been such a hit in our household these days, were thinking of renting the 1980’s screen production and making a movie night out of it.
- Magic Kingdom. This game is a winning recipe of math, geography, and strategy, and has proven to be loads of fun for the whole family.
- Spot It. Spot It is a huge hit with my 4-year old, an easy way to pass the time, and creates a happy energy boost when are spirits are sagging.
- Waterproof Picnic Blankets. With their cozy upper, and water-resistant underside, waterproof picnic blankets are perfect for summer outings, providing a shield from damp grass and sand.
- Natives. Don’t you love it when you find a product that hits all the marks? That is how I feel about Native Children’s shoes. They are washable, water resistant, breathable (i.e. great for the beach and pool), and so stinking cute. My kiddos love picking out a new pair every spring, then proceed to wear them every day until the pumpkins are up.
- Cookie Cookbook. We have been doing a lot of “homeschool” baking these days, and the best bang for our buck seems to be cookies, since the kids love them and they freeze well. So, I recently purchased a “cookie cookbook,” with photos that accompany every recipe. My kids love flipping through the pages and selecting their next baking project.
- Native Natural Deodorant Sticks. There is really no better time to test out natural deodorants than while sheltering at home. While I have found a few wonderful cream-based deodorants, I’ve had a harder time finding a stick that, well, sticks. Native brand is far and away my best find so far, and I LOVE the spa-smelling eucalyptus mint scent.
- You, Me, We Activity Book. Most parents out there, out of nowhere, have found themselves homeschool teachers. In an effort to bring some fun into our homeschool sessions, I picked up You, Me, We parent/child fill in books. My kids and I tackle one page a day, and have learned so many fun things about each other, as well as many cool tricks such as how to make a cootie catcher.
- Ready, Set, Learn Books. I’ve got a 4-year old, and a 2nd-grader at home these days. And while my son’s school provide plenty of lessons online, my daughter’s preschool has far less resources. Because I want to make sure they both feel like we are dedicating time to their learning, and, since we are all a little fatigued from screens, I started getting her a new Ready, Set, Learn book for each week. I makes her feel important, keeps her learning trajectory on track, and I don’t have to hunt down/print off sources online.
Casual Comfort Clothes
- Yidarton Women’s Comfy Casual Twist Knot T-shirts. These shirts bridge the tricky gap between ultimate comfort and cuteness. I have bought several of these soft cotton Ts in both long a short sleeve to rock during quarantine. I love their long-figure flattering length, as well as the stylish knot that gives the shirts some structure and keeps the look a tad more polished.
- Satina High Waisted Leggings. If I had to wear one pair of pants for the rest of my life it would be these. They are high-waisted, extremely soft, and cut at a flattering capri length. They are great for workouts, as lounge-wear, and can even be dressed up with some sexy heals and a cute top.
- Jezebel by Felina Lace Bralette. I work part-time a few days a week at an essential business, and on these days, I’m reluctantly reacquainted with the devil we call an underwire. On all other days while I’m sheltering at home, bralettes are the name of game. Jezebel by Felina’s lace bralette is my go-to brand and style as it provides the perfect combination of comfort with a lacy feminine touch.
- Bermuda Shorts. I think most of us have parts of our body we’re not wild about. For me this is definitely my thighs, which means shorts can be tricky. But once the warm weather hits, I still want to wear shorts. The knee length Bermuda shorts have become my go-to summer style. My favorites include Target’s Universal Thread brand. For a more dressed up version, J. Crew’s 10″ Bermuda stretch chino short, which look lovely paired with their classic Jackie Twinset.
- Women’s High-Rise Short Jean Shorts
- Women’s Bermuda Shorts
- Yeti Cooler. These coolers are chic, masculine, and super functional. Knock it out of the park by filling it with ice and Dad’s favorite beer.
- Disney+ Subscription. Is Dad a Star Wars fan? Surprise him with a year’s subscription to Disney+, which not only provides thousands of amazing shows and movies at your fingertips, but also features The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series.
- DJI Mavic Mini Drone. The only thing my husband might love more than the tractor is his beloved drone. Got a techy Dad in your life who’s in need of a splurge gift? With its small size, easy maneuvering, and high resolution, the DJI Mavic Mini won’t disappoint.
- Beer CSA. While a drink at the pub or a date night out feels like things of the past, we can still, luckily throw a few back at home now and again. And while wine club memberships are quite popular, beer CSAs (or CSBs—community supported beer) have been gaining traction. This Father’s Day, I plan to sign my husband up for a Beer CSA, to both support his beer love and our favorite hometown brewery.
I’m trying hard to get rid of as much plastic eating and storage items as is possible. Here are some of the items I’m loving to replace them with:
- Stainless Kids Water Bottle
- Glass 12 oz Water Bottle (dishwasherable & fits in car cupholder!)
- Glass 32 oz Water Bottle (dishwasherable!)
For organizing a playroom try:
- Colorful File Holders Set of 8 Connectable or Set of 4
- Colorful Paper Trays
- Colorful Storage Boxes with Clear Lids for the Colorful Containers
- Colorful Book Box/Set of 4
- Grey Pencil Holder
- Gold Letter Tray (Stackable)
- Clear larger bin
- Clear shoe box size bin
- Narrow drawers in clear
- Clear drawer organizer
- Oxo storage cubes
Recent clothing purchases we love:
Featured Photo by Oh Tilly Photos