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This is related to yesterday’s post, which you can read right here. One of the best parts of being a parent is that we get to relive a bit of our childhood and not look like a crazy person while we do it. If our kids are around we can play hopscotch, jump rope, go […]

I am taking a closer look at some of the ideas I’ve bookmarked via Pinterest and actually DO something with them instead of just admiring them. This is the third in the series so far. You can read the others right here. This was a little project I pinned awhile back. Mostly because (a) even […]

24 Oct, 2014


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: File under crafty

Awhile back I wrote up a wee poppy craft for the November issue of Capital Parent, and I decided to start wearing my poppy pin a little earlier than usual this year. If you’d like to make your own, you can find the DIY right here. As for me, I don’t think I have any more […]

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 have a thing for old mason jars, and acorns, so when I’m able to find an opportunity to put them together… WATCH OUT. These jars are are sitting on our front stairs at the moment, waiting for Halloween night to arrive. It doesn’t look very exciting at the moment, but picture them illuminating our scarrrry […]

We are making rock owls! It’s a sweet little craft for kids, and so easy.


NAC Nutcracker

Fall fun at Saunders Farm!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

OMS Ottawa Montessori schools

terra20 Ottawa

Bugs at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa

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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 (16) and Sarah (14). 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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