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19 Jan, 2018

A fictional scenario about marketing to men

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Frank, the head of New Product Development at L’Oriole Group headquarters, had an idea for a new product that he felt was sure to gain traction with customers new and old, and hopefully, create a brand new segment that had so far been sadly neglected. His boss, the VP of Sales, told him he could […]

10 Jan, 2018

Why I started wearing a watch again

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I started wearing a watch again. My watch was an accessory I set aside long ago and never thought much about until I dropped my iPhone, shattered the screen, and left it at a shop for repairs. The fellow behind the counter gave me the option to come back for it later or pick it […]

02 Jan, 2018

January 2

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

How did you ring in the New Year? The four of us (plus one boyfriend) went to an afternoon showing of The Last Jedi. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing it again. (Can I take a moment to share my appreciation for the recliners at the Cineplex? Let’s hear it for […]

30 Dec, 2017

Christmas 2017 recap

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

How was your Christmas? I have to say, ours has been pretty low key, but I don’t mind. In past years we’ve gone to Tremblant and Chateau Montebello. This year, the eldest came home from school and we stayed closer to home. As much as I like to travel over the holidays, it’s also very […]

28 Nov, 2017

Close to home

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I’m trying very hard not to let the news about the most recent shakeup in the media industry get me down, but it is disheartening, to say the least. Did you know this was one of the largest mass closures of newspapers in Canada’s history? As for myself, I continue to chug along at the […]


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  • andrea tomkins: Lisa, I just LOVE the idea of cheeseburgers for breakfast. Sounds like the perfect hot meal, especially for growing kids!
  • andrea tomkins: The amount of sugar in grocery store products is positively astounding. Caesar salad dressing! Pita crisps! Ketchup! Battered fish! I wish I had a bet
  • Amy: I've recently been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it's made me take a lot harder look at all the sugar in my diet. Even though I was trying to
  • Lisa from Iroqouis: I have no problem with ribs for breakfast. I love leftovers in the morning. No fuss no muss. Isn't that what leftover Chinese food and pizza is for
  • andrea tomkins: Food traditions are so interesting! I could continue to eat like this, but meat is my stumbling block. I would prefer to eat less of it, not more. I c
  • Claudette: I also prefer veg to fruit in the morning. The other day I was watching an episode of a cattle farmer and they don't eat anything until 10:30 am s
  • Misty Pratt: I read that NYT article (the one about reducing your sugar?) and went to check a few things in our cupboards. I was happy to see the Farm Boy pita cra

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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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