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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 […]

I can’t tell you how many books show up on my doorstep and on my desk at work. Most don’t even come with a note or explanation. I only assume that the universe is trying to tell me I need to read more, either that, or the publishers would like me to review and write about their […]

13 Jun, 2014

Garden variety

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

I don’t know why, but snails crack me up. Is it the fact that they carry their houses on their back, or wave their antenna around in the way that they do, or leave a trail behind them wherever they go, making it impossible for them to sneak around? I shot some photos for a […]

Westies will be happy to learn that movies on the beach is coming back to Westboro Beach on June 13! And they’re showing the Lego movie! Isn’t that a great choice for a summer film? What you need to know: Arrive early to stake out your seating. The movie begins after dusk. Bring snacks, although there’s food at the […]


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  • Lynn: Noooooot making me overcome my fear of camping any time soon :). Hope the tale of the trail search has a happy ending!
  • Susan: I recommend Frontenac (Provincial Park 2/3s the way to Kingston from Ottawa). There are hike in sites, canoe in sites and no car camping. There is a c
  • Greg: An alternative is camping off-season. Once schools are in session you lose most of the families with kids during the week. The folks who want to sit a
  • Misty Pratt: oh, and get a radio-free site!! It helps not to have music blaring, although it doesn't take care of arguments about socks :)
  • Misty Pratt: yup, agree with the other comments about the canoe. You're only going to get peace and quiet if you canoe or hike in somewhere, and I find hiking kind
  • Carla: My favourite-est park is Papineau Labelle in the Gatineau side, great casse-croutes on the way back. Definitely explore nature the other side of the
  • Grenouille: Love the frog photo.

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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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