a peek inside the fishbowl

06 Nov, 2012


Posted by andrea tomkins in: My media (sideblog archive)

I’m writing about a new project over at the UsedEverywhere website today! Check it out and let me know what you think. :)

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  • Patti Tuff: And for me clothes http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9515/Loko-Sport-Seam.Halter-PrpleXS/
  • Patti Tuff: I would start with a candle, it's on my daughter's Christmas list ;) http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/16741/BW-8-oz-Jar-Christmas-Bliss/
  • jackie giguere: I am all about buying only when items are on sale.... and this tea maker would be so awesome to have http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/1317/Takeya
  • Shawna: And I'm liking the look of this Made in Canada yoga wear! http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/440/Ashenzi-Charis-top-Geranium-La/
  • Shawna: My kids need new water bottles like this one! http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/25894/ZoLi-Wtr-Btl-Quench-25oz-Blue/
  • Life of K: As for Made in Canada, I'm eyeing this hemp coat: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/24310/FunkyB-Hemp-Wrap-Coat-Blue-XS/ Thanks for the awesome
  • Life of K: Oh man, I think I'd get cool lunch stuff for my kids including these snack bags: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/28606/Colibri-Snack-Large-Ninja

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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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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The #dailylunches project – 875 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.


  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

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  • I have a new post up at the MediaSmarts blog this week. It's my response to a question that I'm asked quite often: What’s the best age to give a kid an iPod touch?

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