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09 Oct, 2023

A Thanksgiving surprise

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

Some of you are here because you saw the article on the Ottawa Citizen’s website, or maybe you saw the giant photo of me and the youngest on the cover of the Saturday paper. (!!) So, welcome! Can I also say, this is weird. If you were in my house we’d be standing awkwardly in […]

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21 Jul, 2019

Deep dish

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Publishing/writing/career stuff|Recipes and Food

Awhile back I posted a General Life Update in which I revealed a few big things coming down the pipeline for my family and I. In that post I wrote about my departure as managing editor of Kitchissippi Times but what I didn’t mention was how thrilled I was with my final issue. The theme […]

29 Mar, 2019

News from the shower

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Publishing/writing/career stuff

I was having a little chuckle over the story of Forever 21’s new USPS fashion collection just now and I remembered that my post about my One Dress, Thirty Days challenge is still sitting in my drafts folder. I am still gathering my thoughts, but to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s coming out […]

07 Jun, 2018

What to pack kids for day camp

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

This topic MIGHT be far from everyone’s mind at the moment, especially with the provincial elections happening today, but I wanted to plant this seed in your brain before it was too late. Once upon a time I was that parent, running around the night before camp begins, digging old sunscreens out from under the […]

17 May, 2018

Poopin’ and scoopin’

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Publishing/writing/career stuff

This is not a very glam topic, to be sure, but after I did some research for a blog post about proper pet waste disposal for the terra20 website I knew we had to switch. I picked these baggies up this past weekend and I’m happy with them. (Well, as happy as one can be […]


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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 offspring: Emma (24) and Sarah (22). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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