About Us And Our Authors

Running a successful blog is not easy! We started Thinking Outside The Sandbox from the desire to help small business owners. At the time, we ran success niche microbusinesses from our homes. There was a lack of information about how a mom (like we are) could juggle being a small business owner/wife/mother/cleaner and all of the other duties we were performing in our households. Since we started in 2012 we have changed to focus on helping women start their own successful blogs by teaching them the business side of blogging. There is no reason that you need to be alone in this endeavor! Together, we can all succeed.

We are the owners of TOTS Network which include Thinking Outside The Sandbox and Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family.

Cat and Katrina

On the left: My name is Cat Clutchey and I am one of the owners of the TOTS: Network. I am a nurse and a foster, adoptive and biological mother to five kids, aged 1 through 9. Including FOUR boys and a princess. My kids are active, fun and sociable, but mostly they are NOISY. We love to travel as a family and Roatan and Grand Turk are currently tied for our most desirable repeat travel destination.  My husband enjoys photography and chronicles our journeys and adventures. I am also an Autism Warrior Mom and I love to encourage and support other special needs parents, both online and offline. I hope you take some time to visit our site and get to know everything we have to offer here at TOTS.

On the right: My name is Katrina Thom. Cat and I started TOTS to provide resources to other moms. I am the proud mother to a little princess. My husband and I recently bought an old farmhouse and we are enjoying renovating it both inside and out. I am a full-time blogger who spent 10 years working in the financial industry. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to podcasts (I even have two)! I love to learn and to share this information with those around me. I look forward to getting to know you, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or pop us an email.


Our team of contributors is the heart and soul of TOTS. Without them, we would not have all of the amazing content we are able to provide you. From all over the US and Canada, we have different political views and religious affiliations, but we all agree on one thing: blogging is our life.

We are a PR Friendly blog and would love to work with even more great companies. Check out our Media Kit for more details.

Meet the team:


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.


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!

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.


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.

Lily MaeLily Mae

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