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It’s not QUITE September yet, but it’s on the horizon. Surely I am not the only person who feels a surge of excitement and energy this time of year. There’s something about it that signals change and renewal. For me, it’s a stronger feeling than New Year’s in terms of resolutions, and for many of […]

Happy Monday Fishies! I am very happy to be sharing this fantastic giveaway from my friends at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. As many of you know, Tiggy’s has been a Fishbowl patron for many moons. I’m VERY excited to let you know that THIS YEAR marks their 40th (!) as an independent toy store in Ottawa. […]

I have a quickie giveaway for Toronto area folks! My friends at Rethink Tires have given me a pair of tickets to Canada Blooms to give away to one Fishbowl reader. Did you know Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden show in Canada? I’ve always wanted to go but have never had the opportunity. […]

Back in January I visited an Ottawa-area lice removal service and wrote about it here. To summarize: I was really impressed with what I saw at Lice Services Canada. The owner, Anne Doswell, and her staff are (a) the top people in this field who are (b) sensitive to the needs of families and (c) […]

I’ve mentioned the book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin here on the blog before. It was a very insightful read. She’s done a lot of thinking about habit formation: why are we so good at adopting some habits over others? What can we do to break bad […]


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  • Splake: One big tent or two small? Hm? 2 small is better, me thinks. Views?
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Silent Lake 2018: last post! - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] been a busy week! The highlights: I got to fly on a vintage WWII bomber and Mark and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a little
  • Bloodless: The park definitely is super-fun. I agree about the asphalt pathways - which is why we definitely wear our water shoes. The Vortex is an interesting
  • andrea tomkins: It was REALLY special. The more I think about it, the more grateful I am to have had this experience. re: the volume. Everyone was given headphones
  • Brien Marshall: Thanks for sharing that - what a way to get a visceral sense of how those airmen must have felt, minus the extra fear of not knowing if this would be
  • Ginger: And now I read part two and followed your link back to hiking with fly paper attached to your hat... Maybe camping in Canada isn't so different tha

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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 (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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