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20 Nov, 2014

Remember those Heritage Minutes?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Links and other procrastination

So this happened: And before I could pop another piece in I googled “burned toast” and “Heritage Moment” because TO THIS DAY I can’t smell burned toast without remembering this commercial. Funnily enough, it took me ages to find it because it’s titled: Wilder Penfield on Historica Canada’s YouTube Channel. Had they called it “I […]

I was looking up a song that I’ve been listening to on repeat lately and found this video on YouTube that I wanted to share here: Isn’t that sweet? We’ve done stop motion projects before (like this one) but I think I’d like to try something like this with the girls over the summer. Share […]

07 Feb, 2014

Friday night dance party!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Links and other procrastination

You got your tight pants on? Happy Friday Fishies! p.s. this song is going to be stuck in my head FOREVERRRRRR! Here’s a direct link in case the embedded video above doesn’t work for you. Share the post “Friday night dance party!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

04 Oct, 2009

In my head …

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Links and other procrastination

… and special thanks to Refashionista for putting it there! Share the post “In my head …” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

25 Apr, 2008

on the iPod Shuffle this morning…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Links and other procrastination

… and singing on the walk home from the gym. I shudder to think my neighbors heard me. Here it is on YouTube*. * Whoa, is there ever some bad acting/direction in that video. I can see the director now: “Okay, when you hear the word RESPECT being sung, you hold up you little card […]

20 Jul, 2007

Linky love:

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Links and other procrastination|My media (sideblog archive)

Some dreams do come true. Check this out. Share the post “Linky love:” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail


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Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

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  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
  • Tricia: Oooh, I love this stuff!
  • Caroline: Zaatar pita chips crumbled instead of croutons. I just had the chips with homemade hummus and tabbouleh for lunch. Yum!

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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

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