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13 May, 2016

Tulip Festival 2016

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

If you were to ask me what my favourite season is here in Ottawa, I’d say: SPRING: because of the tulips and the explosion of green and happy people everywhere. SUMMER: because there is so much to see and do: festivals, music, beaches, patios! FALL: because of the fall foliage and excellent hiking. WINTER: because […]


We’ve been trying to focus more on Doing Things As A Family, which was easier said than done over the winter. Well, the weather is better now (er, sort of) so it was time to get off the couch and press the pause button on Netflix. Literally. Sidebar: the girls are older now, and much more […]

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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 (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, 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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