a peek inside the fishbowl

22 Nov, 2011

Here’s what you’ve been missing

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Publishing/writing/career stuff

A couple months ago I relaunched The Extra Helping (my wee e-newsletter!), by making it super specific to my snaptastic neighbourhood of Westboro. And people are noticing. There was a great little article about my new publishing adventure in a recent issue of our local paper, which gave the newsletter a helpful little boost and got the word out to a wider circle.

I started the Extra Helping because I really and truly love and support local businesses and wanted to shine a special spotlight on some of my favourite finds. And there have been many.

I’ve written about:

  • major foot-pampering in the form of slippers and cozy shoes
  • a local toy store and their stash of Movember goods
  • a tea blend that helps zap winter sniffles
  • a new source for childcare (that’s fun for the kids too!)
  • a massage that will make your body feel like butter
  • a source for sushi that comes with a side-dish of people watching
  • Jamaican Patties that will make you go gaga
  • … and more.

This week’s edition is about a really cool new shop you may not have known about, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here!

This is original content that is not published here on the blog, on the Fishbowl Facebook page, and cannot be found anywhere else online. (As far as I know, no one else is publishing this kind of guide for Westboro!)

I have received some really nice emails about the Extra Helping recently too. Subscribers have taken me at my word and gone shopping on my recommendation … and I think that’s really neat. I’m glad that I’ve saved those people some time and energy. That’s why from now until Christmas the Extra Helping will contain a lot of great gift ideas and maybe even a special giveaway. SO. If you’re like me and like to support Westboro businesses and need some gift ideas you might want to subscribe today, that is, if you haven’t already. :)

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing the Extra Helping with friends and neighbours. It seems you are enjoying the content and recognizing the time and effort I put into each issue. Thank you for your support and encouragement. It really means a lot to me. xoxo!

2 Responses to "Here’s what you’ve been missing"

1 | A thank you and a wee giveaway >> a peek inside the fishbowl

November 24th, 2011 at 10:27 am


[…] by the crickets in the comments on my recent post about the Extra Helping you’d think that there was no action on that front, but LO, there was. Thank you to all you […]

2 | Brenda

November 24th, 2011 at 11:52 am


I DID read this and was naughty to have not responded with thanks! Read the most recent Extra Helping just now, too!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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