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, RedheadedPatti.com 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
  • BabyGaga.com
  • Yummy Mummy Club
  • Moms.com
  • TheRecipe.com

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Articles by Patricia Barnes

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

10 Best Steering Wheel Toys (From Basic Models to High-Tech Options)

Pregnant woman struggling with morning sickness

10 Best Products for Morning Sickness (2021 Reviews)

Toddler playing with basketball hoop

The Best Basketball Hoops For Kids (10 Options Compared)

Fireplace with screen guard

Best Fireplace Screens for Families of 2021

Doctor checking toddler's weight

Understanding Toddler Weight Charts and Child Growth

Mom massages baby with oil

34 Baby Oil Uses You’ve Never Heard Of

Cute little boy crying with ear infection

Teething vs. Ear Infection (Spot the Difference)

Cute little girl with her hands in her mouth

100 Popular Cute Girl Names

Cute little baby in a funny hat

Vintage Girl’s Names With Retro Cool Attitude

Little boy playing with rc plane

7 Must-Have RC Planes for Kids (STEM Toys for Flyers)

Dual screen baby monitors and toy on wooden table

7 Split Screen Baby Monitors (For Every Need and Budget)

Store bought pregnancy test

7 Best Pregnancy Tests You Can Trust (2021 Reviews)

Beautiful interior of baby nursery

Baby Room Ideas Worth Getting Pregnant For

Kid playing with sensory box

30 Sensory Activities (For Kid’s Brain Development)

Beautiful baby girl smiling in her purple tutu

100 Elegant Girl Names (That Never Go Out of Style)

Cute newborn baby born

100 Short Boy Names (Short But Sweet)

Toddlers talking to each other

When Do Babies Start Talking? (All You Need to Know)

Cute smiling baby boy

100 Cute Baby Boy Names (for the Cutest Boys Around)

Group of kids playing outdoors

Boredom Busting Minute To Win It Games For Kids

Beautiful smiling woman

100 Girl Names Considered Sexy, Sultry, and Seductive

Toddler on a potty training with diapers and tissue rolls

The Best Potty Training Gear For Kids (Prepare For Success)

Baby boy about to roll over

Baby Rolling Over: When, and What Next? 

Sweet African dad holding up his beautiful baby boy

African Boy Names for Your Baby

Teenager opening gifts

Best Gifts for 18-Year-Old Girls of 2021

Remote controlled battle tank

10 Best RC Tanks For Boys and Girls (2021 Reviews)

Dad reading a bedtime story to his children

12 Bedtime Stories for Kids (That You’ll Both Love)

Italian boy eating ice cream

100 Italian Baby Boy Names (With Meanings)

Beautiful mom and daughter in front of the Colosseum in Italy

Italian Baby Girl Names

Cute Korean boy lying on the bed

101 Korean Boy Names (With Meanings)

Little happy girl playing traditional african hand drum djembe

100 Pacific Islander Baby Names (With Meanings)

Cute sleeping newborn baby girl knitted bonnet

100 Victorian Girl Names (To Bring Tradition Back)

Teenage boy opening presents by the Christmas tree

The Best Gifts for 17-Year-Old Boys (That Will Score You Some Cool Points)

Happy 17 year old girl excited to open her christmas gift

50 Best Gifts for 17-Year-Old Girls (2021 Reviews)

15 year old boy opening his christmas gifts

50 Best Gifts for 15-Year-Old Boys (2021 Reviews)

15 year old girl excited to open her christmas gift

The Best Gifts for 15-Year-Old Girls (For Every Type of Interest)

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

The Best Gifts for 14-Year-Old Boys (That They’ll Tell Their Friends About)

Breastmilk stored in a cooler

The Best Breast Milk Coolers (That Won’t Waste a Drop)

Newborn baby boy with a golden crown

100 Victorian Boy Names (For Modern or Classic Vibes)

Baby girl wearing korean hanbok

100 Korean Girl Names (From Traditional to Trendy)

Cheerful smiling french boy with baguette

100 French Boy Names for Your Sophisticated Boy

Beautiful mother and daughter tourists in Paris

100 French Girl Names for Your Sophisticated Princess

Happy japanese parents kissing their daughter on the cheeks

100 Japanese Girl Names (That You and Your Spouse Should Love)

Brother and sister playing a board game

Best Board Games for 5-Year-Olds of 2021

Five year olds playing with educational toys

25 Best Educational Toys for 5-Year-Olds (2021 Reviews)

Dad playing toys with 7 month old baby

15 Best Toys for 7-Month-Old Babies (2021 Reviews)

Young woman washing hair with shampoo in the shower

The Best Pregnancy Safe Shampoos (For Squeaky Clean Hair) 

Lego worlds

Best LEGO Games of 2021

Cute baby soothed to sleep with a night projector

Best Baby Soother Projectors of 2021

Adorable baby in an outdoor swing

7 Best Outdoor Baby Swings (2021 Reviews)

Happy family enjoying pasta in restaurant.

Best Family Restaurants in the U.S.

Anime Samurai standing in forest

Best Anime for Kids (25 Good Picks to Consider)

Sweet small boy looking at a flower

100 Exotic Boy Names (For a Unique Child)

Gorgeous happy mixed race baby girl

100 Exotic Baby Girl Names (With Meanings)

Beautiful Japanese mother smiling at her baby boy

Japanese Boy Names for Babies

Cute little french boy with baguette

100 French Last Names That Double as Baby Names

Father and son playing with kite out in the field

100 Baby Names That Mean Wind, Sky, or Storm (Boys & Girls)

Winter Baby Showing Snowflake Ornament

Baby Names That Mean Winter, Ice, and Snow

Baby in christmas elf costume

100 Elvish Names for Baby

Mother lifting baby boy to the sky

100 Shining Baby Names That Mean Sun (2021 List)

Beautiful toddler playing with earthy soil

100 Earthy Names: Unique Nature Names

Happy mom and daughters play with lego sets

The Best LEGO Sets for Girls (From Beginners to Capable Builders)

Nerf Guns

15 Best NERF Guns for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Kids playing with inflatable bumper balls

Best Inflatable Bumper Balls of 2021

Little girl smiling with her knitted cat toy

Best Cat Toy for Kids of 2021

An RC rock crawler

Best RC Rock Crawlers of 2021

Cute kids playing with construction tool sets

Best Kids Tool Sets of 2021

Cute toddler on a ride-on train

10 Best Ride-On Trains (2021 Reviews)

Little toddler sleeping with an alarm clock

The Best Toddler Alarm Clocks for Starting the Day

Teenager opening a Christmas present

Best Gifts for 14-Year-Old Girls in 2021

Mom giving 13 year old girl her Christmas present

Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls of 2021

13 year old boy opening birthday gift

50 Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Boys (2021 Picks)

Cute little boy in sunglasses

Cool Last Names as First Names

Happy smiling little baby boy with boxing gloves

100 Names That Mean Warrior (For Your Little Fighter)

Cute tough-looking baby boy

100 Badass Baby Names (Boys & Girls)

Cute baby in devil costume

Evil and Demon Baby Names

Beautiful baby girl with a moon and sky background

100 Baby Names That Mean Moon (Boys and Girls)

Happy mom and daughter

100 Strong Baby Girl Names for Your Little Warrior

Mother and daughter laughing at a joke

300 Funny Jokes for Kids (Hilarious & Clean)

Cute baby surrounded by baby stuff

Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist

Daughter reading to his two daughters

49 Reading Quotes For Kids To Encourage Them to Open a Book

Little boy playing with colorful legos

51 LEGO Building Ideas for Kids

Baby with his father

100 Strong Baby Boy Names That Show Power

Cute baby boy wearing glasses

100 Nerdy and Geeky Baby Names (Boys & Girls)

Group of preschool children playing never have I ever

150 Never Have I Ever Questions for Kids (For Every Situation)

Checking cute little baby's weight on scales

What Is the Average Baby Weight?

Cute siblings wearing face masks

20 Best Face Masks for Kids (2021 Reviews)

A beautiful girl's house beds

Best House Beds of 2021

Two little girls gardening together

The Best Gardening Sets for Kids (Grow a Love of Nature)

Young boy playing inside a crawl tunnel

The Best Crawl Tunnels for Kids to Get Them Active

LIttle boy playing outside on a water slip and slide

The Best Slip and Slides for Kids (For Non-Stop Summer Fun)

Young girl pumping hand sanitizer on her hand

The Best Hand Sanitizers for Kids To Beat Those Germs

Little cute happy kids play with balls in ball pit

Best Ball Pits for Kids of 2021

Mom and kids playing with erector sets

10 Best Erector Sets for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Little girl hanging on zipline

Best Ziplines for Kids of 2021

Smiling mother affirming daughter

100+ Positive Affirmations for Kids (2021)

Lego policemen toys arrested thief who hack ATM

15 Best Police Toys for Kids (2021 Reviews)

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

15 Best Toy Swords and Shields (2021 Reviews)

Cute little girl playing with toy dragon at home

The Best Dragon Toys to Wow Your Fantasy-Loving Child

Little girl playing with toy garbage trucks

13 Best Toy Garbage Trucks (2021 Reviews)

Batman toy action figure

The Best Batman Toys (For Your Little Sidekick)

Young kids happily asking questions in a group

150 Would You Rather Questions for Kids

Mom teaching her son rhyming words

How to Teach Rhyming Words for Kids (In a Fun Way)

Adorable cheerful siblings solving math riddles together

30 Fun Math Riddles for Kids

Mother and kids playing indoor games together

52 Indoor Games for Kids (So You Don’t Have to Hear About Their Boredom)

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare Questions for Kids (That Are Age-Appropriate)

Sweet family playing charades

Charades Ideas for Kids

Little boy playing scrabble

40 Word Games for Kids (For Fun, Educational Activities)

Kids making origami

12 Easy & Fun Origami Projects for Kids

Beautiful little girl laughing while reading a funny poem

20 Funny Poems for Kids

Cute little boy at speech therapy class

100+ Tongue Twisters for Kids

Trolls Poppy toy

The Best Trolls Toys (Top Picks & Reviews)

Spiderman action figures

The Best Spider-Man Toys for Your Little Web Crawler Fan

Minion pumpkin toys

17 Best Minion Toys (2021 Reviews)

Older sister takes a photo of her brother

10 Best Cameras for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Mom talking to her daughter.

4 Parenting Styles (And What They Mean for Your Child)

Preschool kids raising their hands to answer questions

200 Fascinating Trivia Questions for Kids

Mother singing a song to her baby

50 Songs To Sing To Your Baby

Beautiful women celebrating friend's baby shower

What To Wear To a Baby Shower (And 3 Tips If It’s Your Own Shower)

Beautiful mom and baby daughter in matching dresses

10 Postpartum Clothes Fashion Ideas (To Get You Through the Fourth Trimester)

Future dad kissing his wife's pregnant belly

60 Birth Affirmations (To Inspire When You Most Need It)

Sisters telling scary stories to each other

10 Scary Stories for Kids (That They’ll Never Forget)

Dad reading poems to his daughter

30 Short Poems for Kids

Little boy practicing a card trick

15 Card Tricks for Kids (Even You Might Be Fooled)

Little boy watching the rain through a window

50 Best Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Little kids playing with slime and getting it on their clothes

How To Get Slime Out Of Clothes (Because It Will Happen)

Young girl making stretchy slime

How To Make Slime Stretchy (5 Easy Tips)

Young girl making slime without borax

How to Make Slime Without Borax

Children's toy farm

15 Best Farm Toys for Toddlers (2021 Reviews)

Young girl using a chromebook for online distance learning

Best Chromebooks for Kids of 2021

Toddler clothes

24 Months Vs. 2T (Are They the Same?)

Wipe warmers

Best Wipe Warmers of 2021

A young goofy boy swimming with goggles

Best Kids Swimming Goggles of 2021

Kids playing in swimming pool with each wearing a swim vest

Best Toddler Swim Vests of 2021

Toddler doodling on a magnetic drawing board

The Best Magnetic Drawing Boards (For Your Young Artist)

Two siblings chatting on the top bunk bed

Best Bunk Beds of 2021

A FurReal dog toy

Best Robot Dog Toys of 2021

Young boy pushing his little brother on a skateboard

Best Kids Skateboards of 2021

Beautiful young girl writing in her journal

15 Best Journals for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Young boy playing with a remote controlled car

Best RC Cars for Kids of 2021

Two little kids playing on an indoor slide

The Best Indoor Slides for Kids (For Staying Busy When the Weather Is Bad)

Two little sisters in roller skates

The Best Roller Skates for Kids (For a Fun Physical Challenge)

Pregnant woman sharing a special moment

100 Pregnancy Quotes (That Will Hit You in the Feels)

Toddler playing inside a baby fence

10 Best Baby Fences (2021 Reviews)

Smiling little girl lying in a sleeping bag

10 Best Kids’ Sleeping Bags (2021 Reviews)

Two little boys playing in an outdoor playhouse

10 Best Outdoor Playhouses (2021 Reviews)

Group of school kids wearing cool shoes

The Best Kids’ Shoes (For Every Age)

Kids sharing earphones listening from an mp3 player

Best Kids MP3 Players of 2021

Kid bedroom with loft bed

Best Kids Loft Beds of 2021

Happy happy family lying on floor with painting a world map

The Best World Maps for Kids (To Help Them Think Global)

Little boy viewing from a telescope

10 Best Telescopes for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Little girl playing with a toy lawn mower outdoors

Best Toy Lawn Mowers of 2021

Pregnant mom preparing a baby announcement on christmas

Best Christmas Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Pregnant woman preparing apple apple for a pregnancy announcement

25 Thanksgiving Pregnancy Announcement Ideas (To Upstage the Turkey)

Pregnant woman announcing pregnancy at halloween

25 Aww-Inspiring Halloween Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Woman surprising husband with baby news

Wonderful Valentine’s Day Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Pregnant woman her baby news with her mother

50 Adorable Pregnancy Announcement Ideas for Grandparents

Pregnant mom preparing a twin baby announcement

25 Twin Pregnancy Announcement Ideas (Twice as Fun)

Cute little girl leaning on her mom's pregnant belly

25 Second Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Mom telling daughter that she's pregnant

50 Adorable Sibling Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Mother to be surprising her husband with baby news

50 Unforgettable Ways to Tell Your Husband You’re Pregnant

Little kids playing outside with snow sleds

Best Snow Sleds for Kids and Toddlers of 2021

Cool kid with sunglasses and kids watch

The Best Kids Watches (to Keep Your Child on Time)

Little girl sleeping while holding an alarm clock

Best Kids Alarm Clocks of 2021

Toddler toilet training while reading a book

7 Best Underwear for Kids (2021 Reviews)

Two young schoolgirls eating food from their lunch boxes

Best Lunch Boxes for Kids of 2021

Pregnant couple lying on the couch

When to Announce Pregnancy (Should You Wait?)

Pregnant couple standing beside a flower bush

Tell All Your Peeps: The 25 Best Easter Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Group of women on baby shower party having fun with songs

25 Baby Shower Songs (Everyone Will Enjoy)

Mother talking and encouraging daughter

150 Best Inspirational Quotes For Kids

Mom encouraging her angry little daughter

Reinforcement Vs. Punishment for Kids (And Examples)

Toddler learning with Cvc Word List

CVC Word List (And 5 Ways to Use Them)

Parents cheering on young son while playing outside

100+ Words Of Encouragement For Kids

Young siblings reading together

Reading Fluency Activities (Tips for Identifying Issues)

Potty training toddler

How to Potty Train Your Baby (Tried and True Tips)

Toddler in a travel stroller at an airport

Tips for Flying with Cars Seats and Strollers

Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

100 Cool Pregnancy Announcement Ideas (You Will Love)

Fingerplays for kids

25 Fingerplay Ideas for Kids (For Learning and Fun)

How To Teach Your Kids Spanish

Tips for Teaching Kids Spanish

Woodland Nursery Ideas

30 Woodland Nursery Ideas (For Your Little Cub)

Family Road Trip Hacks

Family Road Trip Hacks