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Watch out! I’m feeling introspective today! I was in a meeting last week, sort of a consulting thing. There were five of us around the table. We were talking about blogging, and reaching blog readers, when one of the people in the meeting turned to me and asked: “Why do you think people read YOUR blog?” […]

10 Dec, 2014

The editor’s letter

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

One of the things I do in my role as editor of Capital Parent Newspaper is write an editor’s letter in every issue. It can always be found in its regular spot on page two. When I first came on board two years ago it was up to me whether I wanted to include something […]

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16 Oct, 2014

Shop The Neighbourhood

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

Many of you Fishies already know how passionate I am about shopping locally. It’s something I’ve written a lot about here before and try to do whenever I can. It is a perfect fit with my shopping philosophy: Buy fewer things, that matter more. I do what I can to be a conscious consumer, and […]

I will be writing more about our lovely weekend away soon. In the meantime I will say this: if you’re looking for a place to relax and disconnect and isn’t far from Ottawa, THIS IS IT. – One of my favourite features in Capital Parent Newspaper is my Editor’s Faves column. Basically, I pick three things I […]

17 Sep, 2014

A helpful tool for writers

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

Further to yesterday’s post about writing… The other day I downloaded an app called Healthier. I’ve had it running on my desktop computer at home, and I think it’s pretty cool so far. Basically, it runs quietly in the background and forces me to take a break and complete a desk-friendly exercise at regular intervals. […]

16 Sep, 2014

My writerly needs

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

It is Deadline City around here this past week and I’ve had my head down, writing. And when I haven’t been writing I am thinking about writing, and reading other people’s writing, and dreaming about writing. Since I’ve been doing that for awhile now, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally figured out what works […]


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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 – 898 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.

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  • 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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