About Us And Our Authors

Being a parent is never easy! We are parents ourselves and know exactly what it is like to deal with blow ups (and blow outs) and picky eaters (and picking noses). Our mission is to help all parents to reach their full potential with our real advice. No super moms here – just regular moms trying their best. You are not alone. 

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 Family. 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: parenting is tough sometimes but well worth it. 

We chose each and every contributor based on their own special experiences. Between us, we have 37 children and 107 years of parenting experience!

Our parenting experiences include raising babies through teens, step-children, bio kids and foster/adopted children, special needs including ADHD and Autism and single parenting. 

We have really been through it all. 

If you have any parenting questions you would like our team to answer or if you have a post idea please contact us.

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Meet the team:

Alisha DuncanAlisha Duncan

Lover of film, food and photography. Mom of two, who married 'the one'. I blog over at www.alishaenid.com where you will find a bunch of recipes, lots and lots of photos and stories about every day life. Living a somewhat simple life in Vancouver, British Columbia

Anna SherwoodAnna Sherwood

Anna Sherwood is the mom of two little girls and is married. Being active and leading a healthy lifestyle has been a part of her life since she was a teenager; playing competitive soccer and many other sports along the way. Running and working out at home are two ways she manages a little “me” time while juggling working full time, cooking some vegan meals for her family and blogs about it over at Piper’s Run. She is passionate about being outdoors with her girls, looks forward to teaching them life long skills and that getting mud on your clothes is okay.

Anne SwedenAnne Sweden

Mother of 7 who loves to chat about cloth diapers, homeschooling and hobby farming.

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.

Cat ClutcheyCat Clutchey

Catherine, a mom-erce promotion whiz is the mommy of six busy boys. Lover of cupcakes and all things kid related (except video games). When she is not blogging here, she is planning for her homestead at City Family Farm as well as running TOTS Network, TOTS: Business and TOTS: Family with Katrina. Be sure to follow her on Instagram.


Courtney is a content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She blogs about her faith, homeschooling, and raising special needs children as a single mother. When she is not blogging, you can find her advocating for people with disabilities, enjoying true crime documentaries, and trying to find downtime. You can find Courtney on twitter @LifeAsAConvert.

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James ThomJames Thom

Having over 10 years of journalism experience, James Thom writes for both TOTS and TOTS Family. He is a great dad to the cutest little girl and a diet coke addict.

Jeniffer Do NascimentoJeniffer Do Nascimento

Hi, I'm Jen! I'm a coffee-loving homeschool mom of six. I spend my days learning alongside my children, attempting to sew, and striving to honor my husband and Jesus Christ. Join me at Thou Shall Not Whine where I write about homeschooling, large family life, share yummy recipes, and hopefully encourage you along the way!

Jenn DeckerJenn Decker

Jenn Decker is a stay at home mom to three amazing kids. She is the owner of the blog More Than A Mom Of Three where she shares the adventures of being a SAHM and everything that goes along with that. She enjoys cooking with her children, organizing, saving money and traveling.

Jennie RobertsonJennie Robertson

Jennie is a freelance writer and editor from New England. In addition to writing for the TOTS network, her work has appeared in MaryJane's Farm magazine, Literary Mama, Mother's Always Write, and the anthologies So Glad They Told Me and Here in the Middle. She is also trying out the hospitality business with her family's Little House in the Maine Woods. (https://www.facebook.com/littlehouseinthemainewoods/)

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.

Jennifer Watson McDonaldJennifer Watson McDonald

Hey, Y'all !! My name is Jenn !! I am a WAHM of 5 beautiful kids !! My wonderful hubby is a medic in the US Army !! We are currently stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland !! I'm a TOTAL Southern girl ~ born & raised in North Carolina !!

My family & friends are the most important thing in my life. So, it is my desire to create custom items that have special meaning & that can create special memories & can be cherished for always. I take great time & attention to each piece to insure that it is thoughtfully & well made so that it will last !! Country Camo Couture represents the things I love most ~ being Southern, the beach, Military life, my family & my Faith. You'll find an eclectic collection of Southern, nautical, patriotic & military, and Faith-based accessories, home decor, games/toys and gifts. I have a little something for everyone !! I do take special requests if I don't have something you want.
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Katrina is the co-owner of Thinking Outside The Sandbox and Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family . Is the mother of a beautiful baby girl and wife to a softball addicted husband. Her life is super busy and chaotic but she wouldn't like it any other way.

Melissa PotvinMelissa Potvin

Hi! My name is Melissa, I live in beautiful scenic Maine. I am a mom to two amazing girls and a new gramma, or "memere" if you will, to a cute little baby boy! I work full time blogging for the sites How To This And That & Clean-Eating Recipes. I am a self taught chef, hobby photographer, homesteader and lover of nature!

Selena RobinsonSelena Robinson

Selena Robinson is a homeschooling graduate, a tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. Both she and her husband have ADHD and three of their kids have ADHD, so a typical school day for the family is pretty interesting! Selena blogs about her family's homeschooling adventures every week at Look! We're Learning! You can keep up with Selena by following Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Google Plus.

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