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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. [audio:http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/voice/Sarah-ice-song.mp3] 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 […]

… 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 […]


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  • Sam Mangrum: Hi Andrea, I just finished reading your article "Reno post #25: Tile city" and I wanted to say thanks. I found so much value in what you had to say
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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 daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). 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, 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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