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We have a winner! Thank you everyone for your entries, and thanks as well to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for hosting this sweet spring giveaway! Surely I’m not the only person in Ottawa who can’t wait for spring to finally get here. I want sun! And green grass! And warm breezes! I do sense some impatience […]

02 Apr, 2014

Convalescing

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

This has been the view from here of late: Just when I thought I’d be able to get through the winter without catching a cold, I catch a cold. I am feeling pretty miserable about it. A hacking cough and forced rest is hard for me to bear, and I’m sad to report that daytime […]

31 Mar, 2014

A sign of something

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa

I spotted this sign at the Golden Ave. Bridgehead in Westboro last week, and it got me thinking: I was prepared to fill it out. I knew what I wanted to say but I was reluctant to commit it to paper in front of a coffee shop full of people. In the end I walked […]

30 Mar, 2014

For the record

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Misc. life|Ottawa

It’s March 30 and we woke up to another dumping of the white stuff. Sigh. At least someone was happy about it: Share the post “For the record” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

13 Mar, 2014

Day four of March Break

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Last night we watched a great documentary film here at Casa Fishbowl called Chasing Ice. Have you seen it? It’s a gorgeous, fascinating, and devastating look at climate change. It’s terrible and beautiful, and it’s on Netflix. You should watch it with your kids. Here’s a peek. – I have had an interesting day so […]


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  • andrea tomkins: I don't this has ever happened before... but the winner according to random.org is commenter #87 - Nicola - the VERY last person to enter. :) Congr
  • andrea tomkins: Comments are officially closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner!
  • Nicola: For my second entry: I'd love some extra metal lunch containers, as I'm trying to phase out the plastics wherever possible...
  • Nicola: I turn the furnace down a lot when we are out and at night, and have been explaining the "lights off as you leave the room" thing to my son. I am als
  • Barb Sohn: We have a rain barrel in the front yard, two composters in the back yard. Our gargage is down to one small bag every week. We buy shampoos, cleaners
  • Deb: I coordinate the recycling program at my school with a team of students including black box, blue box and compost. We are having litterless lunches fo
  • Life of K: I LOVE the whole family of Boston Warehouse items like this cheese grater: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/11035/BostonW-Cheese-Grater-Nutcrker/

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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 (14) and Sarah (12). I am the Editor of the Kitchissippi Times as well as Capital Parent Newspaper. I'm also 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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