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We’ve booked our youngest daughter’s birthday party at Funhaven again this year and have been busy handing out the party invitations. They’re so neat (her idea, not mine!) and I wanted to share it with you: It’s crazy easy to pull this together: 1) Write or print the details of the party on a small […]

26 Sep, 2012

That DIY tablecloth thing

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty

We’re doing some doodling at the dinner table in a brand new way.

This was my last week writing at CanadianFamily.ca. My contract is over, and although I’m a little sad it has come to an end, looking back I can’t deny that it’s been a wonderful nine months and a very fun and fulfilling experience in many ways. Some of you might not know this but I […]

We are still away, en route home from our camping trip, but I just wanted to quickly post my latest piece at CanadianFamily.ca and remind you that sometimes the simplest things are the most fun… like taking walks in the dark with nothing but lanterns to light your way home. :) Share the post “We […]

We made our own Olympic torches, check it out!

Every week my daughter and I make something for CanadianFamily.ca. This is our latest: We made some non-permanent window art with our favourite comic book characters! You can get the instructions over here. I love crafts that promote literacy and creative play, don’t you? Consider the different applications: You can build your own comic strip. […]


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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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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

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