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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 […]

04 Sep, 2014

The thing about mail

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art|Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

I wrote a short piece about postcard collecting in the September issue of Capital Parent Newspaper and I wanted to jot down a few more words here. Many moons ago I spent a long stretch of time, years, really, creating and sharing various forms of mail art. (I’ve written about it before and I was […]

I am preparing another issue of the Extra Helping to go out this week. Woot! If you live/shop/love the Westboro/West Wellie part of Ottawa and you like things that sparkle you will not want to miss this one. You can read more about the Extra Helping and sign up right here. – I have this […]

29 Aug, 2014

Body mod, of a temporary nature

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

When I was a teenager I wanted a tattoo of an ankh. It looks like a cross but it’s looped at the top, a symbol used in ancient Egypt to mean eternal life. (Here’s the Wikipedia entry about it if you’re not sure what I mean.) At one point I even tossed around the idea of having it branded into […]


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  • Tarah: I love your #dailylunches! I am often inspired by the photos and sometimes amused (those pig dumplings were a topic of coversation with one of my bes
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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 – 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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