About Us and Our Authors

About Us and Our Authors – Welcome and Thank You for Visiting

We operate Thinking Outside The Sandbox with the desire to help people start a business, grow it, and thrive. Consequently, we recognize that many women possess the talent, ambition and drive to start and run their own business. We are part of the WAHM movement (Work At Home Moms) With combined experiences in the Institutional and Corporate world, the emerging idea for many people is to escape the exhausting commute and drudgery working in toxic environments. If you are a candidate for this challenge or are already on this journey please dig deep into our 1,000 + article blog.

We are the owners of TOTS Network which include Thinking Outside The Sandbox and Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family. Learn more about us and our Authors.

About Us And Our Authors

 

My name is Susan Wetmore

I am owner of TOTS Business with my Husband Steve. My career was as a Medical Laboratory Technologist working in the Hematology Lab for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. I am a Mother of two and active Aunt to six kids ranging in age from 3 to 24 years. Friends describe me as a seasoned enthusiastic Mom and Blogger that is highly active in school activities and crafting. Honored to be an award-winning volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank. I really love to Cook and Bake and share my gift with Family and Friends.

My Husband Steve stays very busy with the kids activities and is an active musician and passionate listener. Steve takes care of the technical and business end of our blogging adventure.

mapContributors:

Our talented team of contributors are the heart and soul of TOTS. Without them, we would not have all of the amazing content we are able to provide you. Located all over the US and Canada, we bring different perspectives on Business, Technology, and Parenting (to name a few). Most importantly, we all agree on one thing: blogging is our life.

We are a PR Friendly blog and would love to work with and promote great Brands and Busineses. Take a look at our Media Kit here for more details.

About Us and Our Authors – Meet the Team:

Alexis MathewsAlexis Mathews

Alexis is a veteran homeschooling Mom of 7 who enjoys gluten free and vegan cooking. When she isn’t homeschooling or caring for her large family she enjoys blogging about healthy living at Health Matters. Life Matters. In her spare time she enjoys photography, the beach, and a good book.

AmyAmy

Amy Stafford is the originator, author and photographer
of “A Healthy Life for Me.” The blog was created with the sole purpose of sharing original recipes and organic gardening tips to help individuals and families build and sustain healthy, balanced and fulfilling lives. The mother of two athletic boys, her goal was to not only provide healthy meals, but to teach life skills for how to practice and maintain that lifestyle through tasty food and meaningful choices.

AnastasiaAnastasia

Anastasia Koutalianos is the director and founder of NADATODO.COM: an online event calendar and promotions/publicity hub. She is also a theatre and live performance critic, and hosts her own music/talk radio show, nadatodo radio, which airs every 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday from 5-6PM on CJSF 90.1FM. Anastasia writes food and business-related articles for bcliving.ca and smallbusinessbc.ca. She also dabbles in film publicity. Along with her mother, she co-authored the cookbook From the Olive Grove: Mediterranean Cooking with Olive Oil. blog | twitter

Andrew HoyerAndrew Hoyer

Andrew is a software developer with 15 years of experience who recently started his own business as a freelancer, building apps for the iPhone and iPad, as well as providing a wide range of web development services. After work, he's a LEGO-building, Chess-playing, personal-chef-to-the-family Dad!

AnneAnne

Anne is the creator of the family-oriented, Zephyr Hill Blog. A busy homeschooling mother of seven, Anne enjoys cloth diapering, cooking and trying to convince her husband to add yet another animal to the farm.

Ashley MullenAshley Mullen

Hi! I’m Ashley, a work-at-home-mom to three busy kids seven years old and younger. You can find all my goodies at Forgetful Momma. I love sharing recipes, fun activities for both children and families alike, and the little things that I just don’t want to forget as we continue on our homeschooling journey. Visit me on Facebook and Twitter.

Becky MBecky M

Hi! I'm Becky! Mom to my 4 little ones! I blog at Your Modern Family about raising our kids, organizing our home and saving money. I was a teacher and I am now a part-time play therapist, so I love to share ideas about children. I am also the author of Potty Train in a Weekend, a complete guide to potty training your child in three days. I am excited to share with you!

Emma MillerEmma Miller

Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focuses are digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends.
She’s a contributor at Bizzmark blog.

Erinn SlukaErinn Sluka

Erinn Sluka of 3 Sons Have I is a Wife, Mom to 3 boys and a Blogger. She loves to write and share healthy living tips and products that help us busy parents live a more simplified and healthy lifestyle.

FeliciaFelicia

Felicia is a mother of 5 breastfed babies who are now adults and grandmother to 5 (also breastfed). She has been the Designer and Proprietor of patented contoured and washable nursing pads for over 22 years, utilizing Home Based industry. It may seem little, but it is an item significant to the mothers’ comfort and success. www.milkdiapers.com

HaleyHaley

Hi, Y'all! I'm Haley from Kentucky, a work from home mom of 3. I blog at Haley's Vintage about DIY, Parenting, Blogging, and Working from Home. My goal is to encourage other moms to find more ways to support their families while being home for their little ones. I'm a huge Twitter addict and look forward to sharing my knowledge with you! Follow along with me at Facebook and Pinterest!

HannahHannah

Hannah is proud to be a WAHM/English geek/Technical Theatre geek. Her girl helps to make every day an adventure!

James ThomJames Thom

Having over 10 years of journalism experience, James Thom writes TOTS' Advertorials and Spotlight Mom posts. He also guest blogs from time to time.

Jennie RobertsonJennie Robertson

Jennie Robertson lives, writes, and mothers from her home in rural New Hampshire. In addition to writing for TOTS, she is book review editor at literary magazine Mothers Always Write, runs a custom/wholesale handmade business, SelkieMum, and writes about homeschooling on her blog, We Did School Today.

Jennifer RipelJennifer Ripel

Jennifer is an Eco loving Mama of two beautiful little girls. A lover of cooking and baking from scratch, getting crafty and playing with her children She's the imagination and owner of White-o-Coccoli Children's Tableware.

JessicaJessica

Jessica Davis is a mom of three and resides in the beautiful Harbour city, Nanaimo, BC. She is co-owner of Bella and Charlie Designs, a handmade baby accessories company that she runs with her sister. Her background is in broadcast journalism. Jessica enjoys reading, spy shows and all things DIY. When she isn’t chasing after her two toddlers, you can find Jessica blogging or busy training for her first half marathon.

JessieJessie

With 4 kids; Toddler Princess, and 3 Boys under 10 years old we are BUSY and always looking for family fun – let's get to work!!

JulieJulie
KarenKaren

Karen Bannister is a mom of three and the owner of her own writing, editing and marketing communications company, arrow-ink (www.arrow-ink.com). She lives in BC with her family.

KeeraKeera

Keera Sama is a designer of baby and toddler wear at www.ScarlettBaby.ca
She is a WAHM and has a wonderful baby girl named Scarlett. They are Canadians living near the east coast!

KemyaKemya

Kemya Scott is a married homeschooling mom of two and resides in Atlanta, GA. She relieves small business owners of their marketing challenges as Chief Marketing Sparkler and Business Coach at Marketing Sparkler, where she blogs about social media, branding, event marketing, blogging, and everything else related to marketing and entrepreneurship. When she’s not chasing her dogs around or watching cartoons with her kids, she can usually be found on Twitter @MissKemya.

KerrieKerrie

Kerrie McLoughlin is a homeschooling, write-from-home mama of 5 who has written for over 125 regional parenting magazines and proofreads the work of others on the side at Fiverr.com. She is also the author/compiler of the e-book Get Published in Parenting and Family Magazines: Make Money to Write About Your Kids and the offshoot blog Make Money From Home. When Kerrie isn’t blogging at The (Mommy)Kerrie Show: A Travel Widow’s Love Story, parenting, sleeping, playing, teaching, giving her husband grief or writing, she enjoys reading, walking, avoiding chores, eating chocolate, scrapbooking and learning new things. Oh, and drinking mass quantities of coffee.

LauraLaura

Laura Churchill Duke is a freelance Public Relations specialist focusing on communications and event planning. She operates Valley Family Fun (www.valleyfamilyfun.ca) as a way to keep families connected in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
Laura has 2 sons, a husband, 1 dog and 2 degus.

Lily MaeLily Mae
Melissa CarterMelissa Carter

Melissa Carter is a new graduate of the University of Toronto and travelled her way around Europe before settling in Burlington. She is currently searching for her dream job and working as a freelance designer and blogger. She loves owls, chicken fingers, and passion tea, and is a proponent of the Oxford comma. As well as writing for Tots, she runs her own blog, The White Corner Creative, about design, blogging and entrepreneurship. Melissa eventually wants to move to Toronto and work full time as a blogger and freelancer.

Mohammed GandhiMohammed Gandhi

Mohammed is the co-founder of Lil Helper Cloth Diapers. He is an aerospace engineer by profession who has transitioned from his day job to running Lil Helper full-time.

SelinaSelina

Guest Poster.

StephanieStephanie

Stephanie is the occasional blogger behind Housewife Mama but spends most of her "work" time running her eBay store. She is a SAHM to Adah and Abigail (and a baby boy on the way) and wife to Michael. She grew up in Massachusetts, met her husband in college in Kentucky and now resides in North Carolina.

Tammy DoielTammy Doiel

Tammy is a mom to five children ages 3 through 12. She has 4 daughters whose name all begin with the letter K, so they call their blog, Creative K Kids! There she blogs about the crafts they do, their favorite recipes, shares some printables, and shares what she is learning. She also hosts several parties which include social media linky parties. She tries to study and stay on top of the changes with social media and write about that here! She has been married to her husband for 15 wonderful years.

Victoria LimVictoria Lim

Victoria is a lifestyle writer and a true home improvement and DIY fanatic in constant pursuit of trying something new. She’s in love with life, love, and self-love. Her fields of expertise include home decor, interior and exterior design, landscaping and walking a dog for miles and miles. Psychology is also a topic she likes to explore along with some nice cup of green tea, where she’s sometimes making a difficult decisions about which tea would be perfect for her next cup. You could say she's an avid tea-drinker.

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