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It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl and we’re wrapping things up with a mouthwatering post by Ottawa blogger Karie Dufour. Her blog is called Pub Patio Playdate,and if that seems familiar it might be because she was featured in Capital Parent a few issues ago. I was thrilled when she approached me about the […]

02 Aug, 2013

Guest post: Darth Vader

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Guest postings

It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl! Today’s post is by Dave Atkinson: writer, dad, homeschooler, and the Collective Wisdom parenting columnist on CBC Radio in the Maritimes. His blog is called Tomato Transplants and it always makes me smile. Dave’s last guest post STILL makes be laugh, and it’s been three years. Read […]

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01 Aug, 2013

Guest post: Mom, I’m bored!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Guest postings

It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl! Today’s post is by Delta Jones, the founder of justplaytoyrental.com. She describes herself as an avid believer in the value of unstructured play and a generally frazzled mother of 3. (Ha!) Delta is trying to convince the world to do less and play more, while still figuring […]

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31 Jul, 2013

Guest post: Ottawa’s new birthing centre

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Guest postings|Ottawa

It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl! Today’s post is by Kamerine Gardam, an Ottawa mom of two who blogs over at The Life of K. She’s a runner, a scientist, and a birth doula, and has written a great post for us about Ottawa’s new birthing centre. It’s very useful info for anyone […]

30 Jul, 2013

Guest post: Get your kids writing!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Guest postings

It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl! Woot! And we’re kicking things off with Jennifer Perlin. Jennifer publishes a community website called Kids In Kanata that includes a regularly-updated blog. She writes about both the serious and trivial sides of parenting as well as various events going on in the community. Thank for your post […]

06 Sep, 2012

Guest post: Missing manners

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Guest postings

I believe that the job of a parent is to prepare kids for life and make good citizens out of them. During a recent dinner we helpfully pointed out to one of our daughters that she was holding her fork incorrectly. Her answer was pretty predictable. “WHO CARES if I’m holding my fork wrong,” she […]


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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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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  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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