Patti Barnes


Patti 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 BC, 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, Pattis greatest ambition is to drink an entire cup of tea, without interruption, while it's still hot.

Interesting Things to Know if You’re Raising a Redhead

By Patti Barnes / May 6, 2024

If you’re a proud parent of a gorgeous little ginger, there are a few extra-special things you need to know about raising a redhead.

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22 Tips for Your Child’s First Sleepover

By Patti Barnes / April 2, 2023

We’ve gathered a set of hints and tips to help ensure everyone, whether they’re hosting or attending, enjoys their first sleepover.

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10 Secret Spots to Explore for Vancouver Family Fun

By Patti Barnes / May 8, 2022

Any “What To Do in Vancouver” list is likely to show many of the same fantastic attractions and activities, but here’s 10 secret spots for Vancouver family fun…

7 Things to Do in Vancouver for Under $5

By Patti Barnes / June 5, 2019

Having a family isn’t cheap, but there are still plenty of places in Vancouver where you can all go to have maximum fun on a minimum budget. Here are some of our family-favourite spots in and around Vancouver.