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Today’s lesson is brought to you by Sarah. Who knows, you might learn something! Click the audio player to have a listen. Interested in participating in the Monday Show and Tell? help your child find something they want to share – toys are okay, but I would love to see something different. Something interesting, something they […]

… and it’s probably the realest kind of dog we’re ever going to see around here. I asked Emma if she wanted to show something for Show and Tell. This is what she chose. This is Summer Girl with her puppy Red. Emma made her at Build-a-Bear last September. [see Flickr set here.] Emma says: […]

Monday is laundry day at our house. The washer and dryer are located in the basement. I’ve discovered that if I take the stairs two at a time with a laundry basket I get a better workout than if I had my own stairmaster. While I was puttering Sarah was once again, busy with a […]

  We have something a little different for Show and Tell this week because I didn’t have time to set something up with the kiddies. But here, Mark made a video! And it’s um, kinda about the kids, so I say it’s okay. :) On Saturday we went sledding at the Experimental Farm and checked out some […]

I was going to get this online earlier but was thrown off by some major tomato soup spillage on our almost-brand new dining room rug. My tears are dry now (yes, I was bawling as I scrubbed out the stains… Sarah was too), the carpet survived, and we are finally past it all. Here is Sarah with […]

  Sarah says: “I took my feet and dragged them in the snow to make a shape. I wanted to make a happy face because I’m happy.” Mum says: “I look at the happy face outside my kitchen window every time I look outside. It makes me happy too.” Would you like to participate in our […]


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  • Alison in Ottawa: Most years we need to go to the life touch retake day. They seem to have more time on retake day.
  • andrea tomkins: No way Lynn! That sounds terrible. It must be a fundraiser for the schools. If enough people complained maybe they'd ditch the new company?
  • Lynn: Aw, you're adorable! Our school changed photography studios last year - they ditched LifeTouch and went with someone (Green apple? Or something like t
  • Misty Pratt: I fork out the money every year too :) Can't resist how terrible some of them are!!
  • Carolyn: Andrea, I have an even better salad that I've been making for about 3 years now and 3 out of my 4 kids eat it which is a miracle itself! Cut the Bruss
  • andrea tomkins: She's getting a bath! It's a weekly thing with prescription shampoo. She doesn't love it, as you can probably tell. :)
  • Javamom: Piper in the tub because: a) she heard thunder and hid there during the storm, b) she is getting a bath or c) you planted her there for the picture ju

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

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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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