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28 Mar, 2012

Supersecretspecial giveaway

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Publishing/writing/career stuff

The next issue of the Extra Helping will feature a really neat giveaway for subscribers only. If you love Westboro as much as I do, I bet you will love this little prize. It’s adorable and cool and useful. You will love it.

Are you a subscriber? If not, it’s not too late to sign up. You can do so right here! The issue will be going out later this week so don’t miss it!

The Extra Helping is Westboro-related content that I used to post here on the blog. But no more! It all goes into the newsletter now and does not appear anywhere else. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to get exclusive scoop on good deals, great finds, yummy treats and other shiny things in Westboro, please sign up today (or forward this information to someone who does).

Thank you for your support!


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  • Jenn: We definitely need an emergency car kit! And the doormat would be a welcome replacement for a very worn plain one. Thanks for the opportunity!
  • Nora: Thanks for the opportunity! Would love the chance to win please.
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  • suzi: This is incredibly cool - thank you for your hard work! I think the mat is really pretty!
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! 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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