Kay Barnes

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Hi, I'm Kay! I'm easing toward my 30s, making a life with my best friend and raising babies in the Great Plains. Here are some popular ways I've been categorized: ENFJ, Slytherin. I have confidence in Jesus and therapy, un verre de vin, and time spent in nature. Follow along @thegoodsahmaritan.
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Kids Don’t Belong at Concerts – Here’s Why

Earlier this month I did what I could never do in the 90s/early 2000s. I went to a Backstreet Boys concert. I left my house in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tee, light denim...

TL;DR Mom Prepares For Back-To-School, Can’t Take It

School is starting and to be honest, I'm freaking out. Being on the parenting side of back-to-school is a doozy. I remember looking for my school supply list from an endcap at Wal-Mart, finding...

5 Animals Your Toddler Will Be Today

Raccoons Or trash pandas as my husband calls them. Small children can often be found wandering around rummaging in freshly folded laundry baskets, finding lint on the floor, hiding in corners eating snacks they snuck...
Thrival, Not Survival

Thrival, Not Survival

The first time was survival: raptors in the kitchen at Jurassic Park, Battle of Hogwarts, King T'challah fighting for his throne survival. Yep, that's how I would sum up the first 4 months of...

Why We’ll Always Apologize to Our Kids

A few days ago, my husband and I were watching Kim's Convenience. Sidenote: please watch this on Netflix if you haven't yet - it's hilarious. We paused to talk about family expectations and how we wished...

Sometimes, I’m Not a Nice Mommy

Today my patience was shorter than my toddler. My kindness paled in comparison with the tantrums. And there wasn’t quite enough Zoloft to give me peace. Today was another day in isolation. I always say that marriage is...

3 Steps to Take to Kick Mom Guilt to the Curb

I've been surprised to find that the tug-of-war about whether I should stop breastfeeding and when is as strong today, after having my third child, as it was years ago when I had my...

OKC Metro Black-Owned Businesses You Will LOVE

I love to shop locally and support the communities around the metro. I wanted to give a quick guide to some of my very favorite small businesses that are also black-owned.  Brew Bro Coffee located...

To My High School Girlfriends

There are a few things I wanted to tell you at our 10-year reunion, but since I won't see you in person anytime soon, here's what the women who shaped my formative years need...

Why We Don’t Celebrate Christmas

A few years ago we would only share this with our closest friends: we don't celebrate Christmas. We eased our families into our decision not to participate in the tradition. I still decorated for the...
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The Quintessential Guide to Restaurant Patios in OKC

Some of us need to GET OUT of the house. If you just sighed heavily and said "YES" while rolling your eyes, then this is for you. I've Marie Kondo'd it all, read a...