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I know there are a lot of community-minded folks who are on committees for parks and playgrounds and other community spaces. What if I told you that there is $50,000 grant for use towards a community project with your city’s name on it, just waiting to be claimed?  Here’s the scoop: Ontario Tire Stewardship’s Community Renewal […]

We have a winner! Congratulations Tanya!  I don’t pack my kids’ lunches anymore. I stopped doing it as soon as they were old enough to open the mayonnaise jar and cut their sandwiches in half. It may have been second or third grade, I’m not sure, but I will say this: this decision was a win/win situation […]

Fishbowl patron terra20 recently relaunched their website, have you seen it yet? It’s easier than ever to browse their wares and shop online. I had a meeting with terra20 a few months ago and they are in research mode, so they asked me to help pull together a small focus group to go on a […]

We have a winner! Thanks for your entries!   We’re slowly getting back to regularly scheduled programming around these parts. I have a lot I want to share about our camping trip but in the meantime I wanted to (a) fill you in on a family photo shoot we had with Fishbowl patron Sara McConnell […]

This giveaway has officially ended! The name of the winner has been posted in the comments below. Thanks everyone for your entries and I hope to see you at Saunders Farm this summer! Fishbowl patron Saunders Farm is very well-known around Ottawa for the spooky fun they provide for Ottawa families around Halloween, but have […]

I’ve been thinking a lot about community lately, and the fact that you can’t have a strong community without some strong people in it. It’s important to recognize those people because more often than not, they don’t want to shine the spotlight on themselves. This is what I like about the United Way Community Builder Awards. […]


NAC Ottawa culture days

Saunders Farm annual passes for family fun!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

OMS Ottawa Montessori schools

Rethink Tires - Community Renewal Fund

terra20 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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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.


On the nightstand

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