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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.


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  • joy: I love the idea of recycling rubber from tires-so much better for the environment!
  • Tiana: Oh I could definitely use that gift certificate. I can't wait to read more about this program!
  • Elizabeth: That's a very intriguing program, wow! I love the idea of playground spaces made safer with recycled tires.
  • Wendy: What a fantastic idea !I especially like the playground equipment being made
  • Brenda A: It is truly shocking the number of tires in landfill sites. I find the pictures quite disturbing. The more items that can be made from these tires, th
  • Marielle Quinton: I have a beautiful doormat made of recycled tires that I keep outside our front door and after 8 years it still looks beautiful.
  • Claudette: My daughter's new school is next to the Campbell soup factory. Like literally across the street. So she says every day at recess the kids can smell ho

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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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Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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