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We have a winner! Her name has been posted in the comments below this post. Thanks for your entries everyone. Hope to see you at Tiggy’s store wide sale! Hoo boy. Do I have a great giveaway for Ottawa peeps today. Many of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. They’re a […]

We have a winner! Thank you for your entries and interest everyone! FYI, there are still some seats available for the Thanksgiving brunch at the Museum. You can find more information about that right here.  I have two words for you: buffet brunch. I really enjoying taking my family out to a good buffet brunch, […]

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 […]

09 Sep, 2014

The view from Champlain Lookout

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

On the way home from our trip to see the old ruins we decided to check out another famous landmark in Gatineau Park, the Champlain Lookout. Have you ever been? It’s a must-see if you ever find yourself in the area, as it affords us ordinary mortals a rare bird’s-eye view of a particularly pretty slice […]

The first time, and last time, I visited the ruins of the old mill in Gatineau Park was sometime in the mid-90s. Back then it was still mostly a secret, and not a place that families would necessarily venture out and explore. I’m happy to report that this area has become a lot more mainstream and […]

05 Sep, 2014

Our favourite graphic novel

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

We’re big fans of the Amulet series here at Casa Fishbowl, and were THRILLED to discover that the latest one (number 6!) is out. If you’re looking for something new to capture the interest of a reluctant reader or to inspire a young artist/writer/designer THIS IS IT.  Even if you’re neither of those things, it’s a very […]


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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 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 – 1000 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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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents 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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