Patricia Barnes

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Patricia unexpectedly left the corporate world behind to become a homeschooling mom of 5 and nobody was as surprised as she to discover how much she loves her new role.

Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, insomniac & eternal optimist whose enthusiasm in the kitchen far outweighs her abilities.

She has made quick and simple Halloween costumes on Global TV, been quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of sites and publications.

Her own website, is full of family-friendly fun aimed at parents like her. Fuelled by the food she knows is bad for her, Patti's greatest ambition is to drink an entire cup of tea, without interruption, while it's still hot.

Patricia Barnes has been featured on:

  • Parents Magazine
  • Yummy Mummy Club

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Articles by Patricia Barnes

Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2 breast pump comparison

Finding the Best Spectra Pump: S1 vs S2 Comprehensive Review

Two cute babies in Halloween costumes

Explore the Best Baby Halloween Costumes: From Unique to Easy

Brother and sister solving a puzzle together

Problem-Solving Made Fun: The Best Riddles for Kids

Pampers Swaddlers vs. Pampers Cruisers Comparison

Comparative Analysis: Pampers Swaddlers vs Cruisers Diapers

A woman holding a hands-free breast pump

Best Hands-Free Breast Pumps — Balancing Motherhood and Work

Multi-colored remote control toys on a carpet

Discovering the Best RC Construction Toys for Every Age Group

A cute baby in a swimsuit playing in the sand at the beach

Upgrade Your Baby's Beach Day with the Best Swimsuits

A pregnant woman wearing elastic pant extender

Best Pregnancy Pant Extenders: A Guide to Comfortable Maternity Wear

A pregnant woman lying in bed

Best Maternity Skirts: Top-Rated Options for Expecting Moms

A kid reading a graphic novel

Best Graphic Novels for Kids: Enhancing Intelligence and Vocabulary

A pregnant woman, dressed in blue denim overalls, holding her hands on her tummy

Best Maternity Overalls: Your Go-To Guide for Pregnancy Wear

Happy 16-year-old girls opening gifts at a birthday party

Discover the Best Gifts for 16-Year-Old Girls: A Definitive Guide

A smiling 16-year-old African American boy opening presents at his birthday party

Uncover the Best Gifts for 16-Year-Old Boys

A mother putting her baby in a car seat

Best Car Seat Bases: A Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

An 18-year-old boy opening gift boxes

Discover the Top Gifts for 18-Year-Old Boys — A Comprehensive Guide

A beautiful pregnant woman wearing maternity lingerie

Ultimate Guide to the Best Maternity Lingerie

A mother and her child near air purifier in a baby nursery.

Choosing the Best Air Purifiers for Your Baby's Nursery

A mother changing diapers of her little baby lying on bed

Discover the Best Organic Diapers for Your Baby's Comfort

Cute kids slippers on a white fluffy carpet

Best Kids Slippers: Unveiling the Superior Picks

A boy giving a present to his godparents

Review: Best Godparent Gifts — From Devout to Fun

A woman using toys to help toddler talk

Language-Boosting Toys: Helping Toddlers Enhance Their Speech

Adorable toddler girl sitting in the forest

Guide to the Best Organic Baby Clothes - Gentle and Sustainable

Kids laughing and playing classic party games together

Classic Party Games for Kids: A Guide to Party Success

A pregnant woman in a beautiful baby shower dress is smoothing her tummy

Best Baby Shower Dresses - Celebrating Motherhood in Style

A pregnant woman talking to her friend at a baby shower

Baby Shower Etiquettes: What to Do and Avoid?

A little boy playing on the street of Mykonos in Greece

Understanding the Spellings and Meanings of Greek Boy Names

Two happy little girls looking at each other on the street of Mykonos in Greece

Greek Girl Names: A Fusion of Tradition, Modernity, and Strength

A cute little girl hugging her mother at home

Short Girl Names? Here's Your Ultimate Guide

Two Jewish girls looking at the Hanukkah menorah

Why Choose a Hebrew Girl Name? Origins, Meanings, and Popularity

A Hispanic mother lying on a blanket in the park with her baby girl

Find the Perfect Hispanic Girl Name for Your Little One

Hispanic father holding his little baby son in the air

Hispanic Boy Names: Unraveling Their Meanings and Origins

A father lifting up his African baby girl

Discover the Charm of African Girl Names - From Unique to Traditional

A father and a son looking at each other

Strong, Popular, and Sexy Boy Names: A Comprehensive Roundup

Happy boy dressed in white shirt with red bow tie

Old-Fashioned Boy Names: Exploring Their Unique Charm and Significance

Little girl playing with magnetic toys

Uncover Imagination with Magnetic Activities: A Comprehensive Guide

A hispanic mother leaning over her baby

Strong and Cool: The Allure of Mexican Baby Names

Children having fun on the side of the pool

Planning the Perfect Pool Party: Ideas and Inspiration

Two girls roleplaying as anime characters

Delving into the Charm of Unique Anime Girl Names

Anime boy character

Exploring the World of Anime Boy Names - Meanings, Origins and Popularity

A woman breastfeeding her baby

Induced Lactation: The Role of Breast Pumping and Hormone Therapy

Two women putting diapers on toys at baby shower party

Baby Shower Games: How to Avoid the Corny and Overdone?

Blue and pink baby booties

Best Baby Booties: The Ultimate Buying Guide


Choose Wisely: Pampers Swaddlers or Pampers Baby Dry?

Bathing newborn with cradle cap

Discover the Top-Rated Cradle Cap Shampoos

Cute little girl sitting on a ride on toy with steering wheel

Best Steering Wheel Toys: Reviews, Rankings, and Buying Guide

Pregnant woman struggling with morning sickness

Top Morning Sickness Products: Real Moms Share Their Picks

Toddler playing with basketball hoop

Best Kids Basketball Hoops? A Comprehensive Buying Guide

Fireplace with screen guard

Your Guide to the Best Fireplace Screens: Enhancing Safety and Aesthetics

Doctor checking toddler's weight

Decoding Your Toddler's Growth with a Toddler Weight Chart

Mom massages baby with oil

Did You Know? The Multiple Uses of Baby Oil

Cute little boy crying with ear infection

Teething vs Ear Infection: Signs and Symptoms

Cute little girl with her hands in her mouth

Discovering Cute Girl Names — Traditional, Modern, and Unique

Cute little baby in a funny hat

Old Fashioned Girl Names: A Nostalgic Journey into the Past

Little boy playing with rc plane

Experience the Thrill with the Best RC Planes - A Comprehensive Review

Dual screen baby monitors and toy on wooden table

Best Dual Screen Baby Monitors — Top Picks for Modern Parents

Store bought pregnancy test

Which Pregnancy Tests are Best for You? An In-Depth Analysis

Beautiful interior of baby nursery

Do Nursery Decor Ideas Have to Break the Bank?

Kid playing with sensory box

Boosting Language Skills through Sensory Activities

Beautiful baby girl smiling in her purple tutu

Elegance in Naming: An Exploration of Elegant Girl Names

Cute newborn baby born

Short Boy Names: Decoding Their Roots and Meanings

Toddlers talking to each other

Language Development in Babies: When Do They Start Talking?

Cute smiling baby boy

Choosing the Perfect Cute Boy Name: A Comprehensive Guide

Group of kids playing outdoors

Entertaining Minute to Win It Games for Kids

Beautiful smiling woman

Sexy Girl Names: Unraveling Their Charm and Popularity

Toddler on a potty training with diapers and tissue rolls

The Role and Importance of Potty Training Tools

Baby boy about to roll over

Is Your Baby Late in Rolling Over? — When to Worry

Sweet African dad holding up his beautiful baby boy

Modern African Boy Names: A Fusion of Culture and Trend

Teenager opening gifts

Best Gifts for 18-Year-Old Girls: How to Choose a Gift They'll Love

Remote controlled battle tank

Best RC Tanks — A Comprehensive Review and Buying Guide

Dad reading a bedtime story to his children

Exploring the Impact of Bedtime Stories for Kids

Italian boy eating ice cream

Decoding Italian Boy Names: What Do They Mean?

Beautiful mom and daughter in front of the Colosseum in Italy

Celebrate Heritage with Italian Baby Girl Names

Cute Korean boy lying on the bed

Korean Boy Names — A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

Little happy girl playing traditional african hand drum djembe

Exploring the Charm of Pacific Islander Baby Names

Cute sleeping newborn baby girl knitted bonnet

Victorian Girl Names — A Journey Back in Time

Teenage boy opening presents by the Christmas tree

Best Gifts for 17-Year-Old Girls: Are You Choosing the Right Ones?

Happy 17 year old girl excited to open her christmas gift

Top-Rated Gifts for 17-Year-Old Girls — Our Expert Recommendations

15 year old boy opening his christmas gifts

Your Go-To Guide for the Best Gifts for 15-Year-Old Boys

15 year old girl excited to open her christmas gift

Best Gifts for 15-Year-Old Girls: A Buying Guide for Parents

14 year old boy receiving gifts from his friends during birthday party

Best Gifts for 14-Year-Old Boys — A Comprehensive Guide

Breastmilk stored in a breast milk cooler bag

The Art of Preserving Milk: Best Breast Milk Coolers

Newborn baby boy with a golden crown

Choosing a Victorian Boy Name: How to Pick a Name with Meaning

Baby girl wearing korean hanbok

Unique Korean Girl Names: Unveiling Meanings and Popularity

Cheerful smiling french boy with baguette

Inspiring French Boy Names: From Popular to Unique Choices

Beautiful mother and daughter tourists in Paris

Embrace the Romance: French Girl Names and Their Meanings

Happy japanese parents kissing their daughter on the cheeks

Discover the Diversity of Japanese Girl Names

Brother and sister playing a board game

Best Board Games for 5-Year-Olds: A Comprehensive Review

Five year olds playing with educational toys

Which Are the Best Educational Toys for 5-Year-Olds?

Dad playing toys with 7 month old baby

Encouraging Development: Top Toys for 7-Month-Old Babies

Young woman washing hair with shampoo in the shower

Finding the Best Pregnancy-Safe Shampoos: Your Essential Guide

Lego character playing video games

Finding the Best Lego Games: What You Need to Know

Cute baby soothed to sleep with a night projector

Best Baby Soother Projectors: Key Features and Benefits

Adorable baby in an outdoor swing

Experience the Best: Outdoor Baby Swings for Your Child

Happy family enjoying pasta in restaurant.

Choosing the Best Family Restaurants — A Guide for Parents

Anime Samurai standing in forest

Best Anime for Kids: Not Just Loud, Bright and Bold

Sweet small boy looking at a flower

Exotic Boy Names — A Exploration of Charm and Strength

Gorgeous happy mixed race baby girl

Exotic Girl Names — A Blend of Cool, Traditional, and Unique

Beautiful Japanese mother smiling at her baby boy

Decoding Japanese Boy Names: From Kanji to Katakana

Cute little french boy with baguette

Exploring the Origin and Popularity of French Last Names

Father and son playing with kite out in the field

Strong Names That Mean Wind, Sky or Storm: A Selection

Winter Baby Showing Snowflake Ornament

Embrace the Season with Names That Mean Winter

Baby in christmas elf costume

Elf Names? Uncover Their Historical Significance and Modern Popularity

Mother lifting baby boy to the sky

Finding Your Baby's Name in the Glow: Sun Names Explored

Beautiful toddler playing with earthy soil

Exploring Earthy Names: A Blend of Modern and Traditional

Happy mom and daughters play with lego sets

Best LEGO Sets for Girls: Reviews and Rankings

Nerf Toys for Kids Display

Best Kids Nerf Guns: Balancing Fun and Safety

Kids playing with inflatable bumper balls

Best Inflatable Bumper Balls: A Comprehensive Review

Little girl smiling with her knitted cat toy

Best Kids Cat Toys — A Comprehensive Buying Guide

An RC rock crawler

Experience Off-Road Adventure with the Best RC Rock Crawlers

Cute kids playing with construction tool sets

Superior Kids Tool Sets — Encourage Their Building Skills

Cute toddler on a ride-on train

All Aboard: Unraveling the Best Ride-On Trains for Kids

Little toddler sleeping with an alarm clock

Best Toddler Alarm Clocks: Ensuring Your Little One's Quality Sleep

Teenager opening a Christmas present

Gifts for 14-Year-Old Girls: Top Picks and Reviews

Mom giving 13 year old girl her Christmas present

Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls — A Comprehensive Review

13 year old boy opening birthday gift

Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Boys: How to Impress Your Teen

Cute little boy in sunglasses

From Surnames to Forenames: The Journey of Last Names as First Names

Happy smiling little baby boy with boxing gloves

Names That Mean Warrior: Exploring Options from Traditional to Modern

Cute tough-looking baby boy

Badass Baby Names: Tradition Meets Modernity

Cute baby in devil costume

Evil and Demon Baby Names — A Dark and Edgy Choice for Parents

Beautiful baby girl with a moon and sky background

Unlocking the Charm of Baby Names That Mean Moon

Happy mom and daughter

Embodying Power: An Exploration of Strong Baby Girl Names

Mother and daughter laughing at a joke

Hilarious and Clean: Funny Jokes for Kids to Enjoy

Cute baby surrounded by baby stuff

Baby Registry Checklist: What to Put on Your List?

Daughter reading to his two daughters

Reading Quotes for Kids — Encouraging the Joy of Books

Little boy playing with colorful legos

Unlock Creativity with These LEGO Building Ideas

Baby with his father

Passing on Strength: Strong Baby Boy Names for the Modern Parent

Cute baby boy wearing glasses

Nerdy and Geeky Baby Names: A Trend Worth Following?

Group of preschool children playing never have I ever

Never Have I Ever Questions for Kids — A Strategic Guide

Checking cute little baby's weight on scales

How and When Does Average Baby Weight Change?

Cute siblings wearing face masks

Guide to the Best Kids Face Masks - Keep Your Child Safe

A beautiful girl's house beds

Best Kids House Beds - Making the Right Choice for Your Child

Two little girls gardening together

Best Kids Gardening Sets: A Green Investment in Your Child's Future

Young boy playing inside a crawl tunnel

Best Kids Crawl Tunnels: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Child

LIttle boy playing outside on a water slip and slide

Ultimate Guide to the Best Slip and Slides for Kids

Young girl pumping hand sanitizer on her hand

Unleashing the Best Hand Sanitizers for Kids: A Comprehensive Guide

Little cute happy kids play with balls in ball pit

Best Kids Ball Pits: Make the Right Choice for Your Home

Mom and kids playing with erector sets

Best Kids Erector Sets: A Blend of Fun and Learning

Little girl hanging on zipline

Transform Your Backyard: Best Ziplines for Kids

Smiling mother affirming daughter

From the Boardroom to the Classroom: Affirmations for Kids

Lego policemen toys arrested thief who hack ATM

Best Kids Police Toys: Reflecting Diversity and Inclusion

Cute little boy dressed as a medieval knight with sword and shield

Which Toy Swords and Shields are the Best for Your Child?

Cute little girl playing with toy dragon at home

Fantasy Unleashed: The Best Dragon Toys on the Market

Little girl playing with toy garbage trucks

Uncovering the Top Toy Garbage Trucks for Kids

Batman toy action figure

Uncover the Best Batman Toys for Your Child

Young kids happily asking questions in a group

How to Use Would You Rather Questions for Kids Effectively

Mom teaching her son rhyming words

Importance of Rhyming Words for Kids in Language Development

Adorable cheerful siblings solving math riddles together

Math Riddles for Kids: An Innovative Teaching Tool

Mother and kids playing indoor games together

Indoor Games for Children: A Fun Way to Pass Time

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare — Kids Edition: Questions and Guidelines

Sweet family playing charades

Charades Ideas for Kids: A Simple Game with Big Laughs

Little boy playing scrabble

Word Games for Kids: The Perfect Blend of Fun and Education

Kids making origami

Experience the Wonders of Origami for Kids

Beautiful little girl laughing while reading a funny poem

Discover the World of Humor with Funny Poems for Kids

Cute little boy at speech therapy class

Exploring the Fascinating World of Tongue Twisters for Kids

Trolls Poppy toy

From Movies to Toys: The Best Trolls Merchandise

Spiderman action figures

Best Spiderman Toys: Unleashing the Inner Hero in Your Child

Minion pumpkin toys

Best Minion Toys: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Older sister takes a photo of her brother

Best Kids Cameras: Exploring Photography with Your Child

Mom talking to her daughter.

Decoding Parenting Styles: What They Mean for Your Child

Preschool kids raising their hands to answer questions

Quiz Night with Trivia Questions for Kids — A Fun Idea

Mother singing a song to her baby

Parenting Essentials: Songs to Sing to Your Baby

Beautiful women celebrating friend's baby shower

Baby Shower Attire: Choosing the Perfect Outfit

Beautiful mom and baby daughter in matching dresses

Postpartum Clothes Fashion Ideas: From Comfort to Confidence

Future dad kissing his wife's pregnant belly

Understanding the Role of Birth Mantras in Child Delivery

Sisters telling scary stories to each other

Discover the World of Scary Stories for Kids

Dad reading poems to his daughter

Short Poems for Kids — A Pathway to Cognitive Growth

Little boy practicing a card trick

Guide to Mastering Card Tricks for Kids

Little boy watching the rain through a window

Seize the Day: Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Little kids playing with slime and getting it on their clothes

Slime Stains: How to Get Slime Out of Clothes?

Young girl making stretchy slime

Get the 'Oomph': How to Make Slime Stretchy

Young girl making slime without borax

Understanding How to Make Slime Without Borax: A Guide

Children's toy farm

Exceptional Toddler Farm Toys: A Comprehensive Review

Young girl using a chromebook for online distance learning

Kids Chromebooks: Making the Best Choice for Your Child's Needs

Toddler clothes

24 Months vs 2T: How to Make the Right Choice for Your Child

Wipe warmers

Wipe Warmers: Are They Really the Best for Your Baby?

A young goofy boy swimming with goggles

Best Kids Swimming Goggles: Making Swim Time Safer

Kids playing in swimming pool with each wearing a swim vest

Exploring the Best Toddler Swim Vests: Safety Meets Fun

Toddler doodling on a magnetic drawing board

Best Magnetic Drawing Boards: A Must-Have for Every Young Learner

Two siblings chatting on the top bunk bed

Transform Your Child's Room with the Best Bunk Beds

A FurReal dog toy

Ultimate Guide to the Best Robot Dog Toys for Kids

Young boy pushing his little brother on a skateboard

Mastering New Tricks with the Best Kids Skateboards

Beautiful young girl writing in her journal

Uncover the Best Kids Journals for Creative Exploration

Young boy playing with a remote controlled car

Choosing the Best Kids RC Cars for Your Little Ones

Two little kids playing on an indoor slide

Which Indoor Slide is Perfect for Your Kid?

Two little sisters in roller skates

Inline or Traditional: Which is the Best Kids Roller Skate?

Pregnant woman sharing a special moment

Relate to Your Pregnancy Experience with These Quotes

Toddler playing inside a baby fence

Choosing the Best Baby Fences: Why, When, and How?

Smiling little girl lying in a sleeping bag

Unraveling the Best Kids Sleeping Bags: A Comprehensive Guide

Two little boys playing in an outdoor playhouse

Investing in the Best Outdoor Playhouses: Why It Matters?

Group of school kids wearing cool shoes

Choosing the Best Kids Shoes: What, When, and How

Kids sharing earphones listening from an mp3 player

Best Kids MP3 Players: Unleashing Your Child's Musical Potential

Kid bedroom with loft bed

Unveiling the Best Kids Loft Beds: A Definitive Guide

Happy happy family lying on floor with painting a world map

Best Kids World Maps: A Guide to Nurturing Their Worldly Wonder

Little boy viewing from a telescope

Discover the Universe: Best Kids Telescopes Guide

Little girl playing with a toy lawn mower outdoors

Best Toy Lawn Mowers — Encouraging Outdoor Play for Kids

Pregnant mom preparing a baby announcement on christmas

Christmas Pregnancy Announcements Ideas: Celebrate the Miracle

Pregnant woman preparing apple apple for a pregnancy announcement

Unveiling Your Bundle of Joy: Thanksgiving Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Pregnant woman announcing pregnancy at halloween

Sharing Your News with Halloween Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Woman surprising husband with baby news

Share Your Joy: Valentine’s Day Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Pregnant woman her baby news with her mother

Making Grandparents Smile: Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Pregnant mom preparing a twin baby announcement

Revealing the Double Delight — Twin Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Cute little girl leaning on her mom's pregnant belly

Creative Ways to Announce Your Second Pregnancy

Mom telling daughter that she's pregnant

Sibling Pregnancy Announcement Ideas? Discover Creative Ways Here

Mother to be surprising her husband with baby news

Decoding Ways to Tell Husband You're Pregnant: A Closer Look

Little kids playing outside with snow sleds

Savor Winter with the Best Kids Snow Sleds: A Helpful Guide

Cool kid with sunglasses and kids watch

Best Kids Watches: A Pathway to Independence and Responsibility?

Little girl sleeping while holding an alarm clock

Unraveling the Secret to Easy Mornings: Best Kids Alarm Clocks

Toddler toilet training while reading a book

Material and Comfort: Essentials in Choosing the Best Kids Underwear

Two young schoolgirls eating food from their lunch boxes

Uncovering the Best Kids Lunch Boxes for Your Little Ones

Pregnant couple lying on the couch

Your Pregnancy Announcement: When to Share the News

Pregnant couple standing beside a flower bush

Unique Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy This Easter

Group of women on baby shower party having fun with songs

Your Guide to the Best Baby Shower Songs

Mother talking and encouraging daughter

Inspirational Quotes for Kids: Motivating the Next Generation

Mom encouraging her angry little daughter

Reinforcement Vs. Punishment: Which is Better for Your Child?

Toddler learning with Cvc Word List

Phonetic Alphabet and CVC Word List: A Perfect Match

Parents cheering on young son while playing outside

Praise vs Encouragement: How Words Impact Kids

Young siblings reading together

Reading Fluency Activities: How They Shape Our Children’s Future

Potty training toddler

Mastering the Milestone: How to Potty Train Your Baby

Toddler in a travel stroller at an airport

Survive Air Travel: Tips on Flying with Car Seats and Strollers

Mother and daughter doing yoga exercises on a mat

Unleashing Children's Potential with the Best Kids Yoga Mats

Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Bringing Life to Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Fingerplays for kids

Exploring Finger Play Ideas for Your Little Preschooler

How To Teach Your Kids Spanish

Integrating Spanish Learning into Everyday Life: Teaching Kids Spanish

Woodland Nursery Ideas

Woodland Nursery Ideas: Stylish and Adaptable Decor for Your Child

Family with kids going on a road trip

Discover the Best Family Road Trip Hacks

Spectra S1 vs Medela Freestyle

Decoding the Best Breast Pumps: Spectra S1 vs Medela Freestyle

A mother breastfeeding her newborn baby at home

Breastfeeding: A Healthy Choice with Numerous Advantages