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09 Jul, 2014

One to grow on

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Home/reno|Recipes and Food

Everyone already knows that if you have little kids at home and you’re looking for an activity that might inspire healthy eating and a green thumb, the answer might lie in planting a garden. Green beans are a good thing to plant because they grow so fast. I planted some bean seeds on a whim, […]

It’s not Canada Day in Ottawa if it doesn’t include some strawberries. We went to our usual U-pick strawberry farm the other day: Richmond Nurseries on Richmond Road at Fallowfield. It was stinking hot, but when there’s four people filling three big baskets (and a promise of strawberry milkshakes afterwards) it goes pretty quickly. Richmond Nurseries […]

29 Jun, 2014

A peek inside our weekend

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

By the way, a good place to have a picnic in Ottawa is along the Rideau River near Billings Bridge. Go there to see the water fowl: swans, ducks, and geese galore. Share the post “A peek inside our weekend” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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24 Jun, 2014

Having a blast, with rockets

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

We did something totally new here at Casa Fishbowl, we launched a rocket. (!) This process started a few months ago with a visit to the Hobby House in Vanier. Have you ever been? It’s chock full of great stuff, mostly, er, hobby related wares (hence the name HOBBY HOUSE) but I picked out a cool puzzle and […]


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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 – 780 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's a recent one:

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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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