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We were itching for something to do with the kids in Ottawa and we wanted it to be free, or very close to it, so we decided to ignore our recent experience(s) with mosquito-infested hikes and find a new trail to try, this time closer to home. Mark did a bit of research and we settled […]

Thanks to everyone who commented on my post about taking car camping to the next level. You’ve given us lots of great advice and ideas. I definitely feel inspired, but whether I can convince the rest of the family to come along for the ride is another story. (!) Speaking of advice, we published some helpful tips from […]

We arrived at Presqu’ile Provincial Park late afternoon on Sunday, did a rudimentary unpacking/tent setup and went to go peek at the beach before dinner. We parked the car and trudged along a path that cut through the sandy dunes for which the area is so well-known. Suddenly we heard a strange, rhythmic bleating. The four of […]

We’ve just returned from our annual camping trip. I’m sitting here with a coffee at hand, slowly gathering my thoughts and notes and photos. In the meantime I will say (a) the weather was fine (b) the bugs were bad (c) I’m ready to take it up a notch. More coming soon.   Share the […]


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  • andrea tomkins: I should also point out that I am almost always wearing a hoodie, and my hair is pulled back.
  • andrea tomkins: I can write in coffee shops, but only sometimes. I can tap out a blog post, but if there's big thinking that needs to be done, it needs to be quiet!
  • Lynn: About the same for me. I write best in the morning but there's no point in starting until everyone is off to school/work - lucky for me we have an 8am
  • andrea tomkins: I'd say it's more like "Fromage Cheese" !
  • Nora from Kanata: Belvedere Lookout... Kind of like "Old Fort Cheese"
  • Sean Kearney: I'm very certain the first time we were signed up to the program (Because of how quickly we were accumulating points) we DID in fact receive points ba

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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 – 805 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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  • 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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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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