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The reason I first started this blog turned 19 yesterday. (!) Last night the eldest and I browsed a few past birthday–related posts here on the blog. I tell ya, celebrating 19 years is pretty different. Here’s how it went down. 1) I was up at my usual hour. When she finally woke up I begged […]

26 Apr, 2018

First and last day of school

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

Many of my friends have younger kids, so I’m anticipating a LOT of last-day-of-school photos in my social media feeds in June. Well, as the mother of a university-aged daughter I get to post mine earlier because SCHOOL IS OVER. At least for the Eldest. Yay! I am thrilled to have my little family together […]

17 Apr, 2018

The stories of our stuff

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

We did something a little different this past weekend. Mark and I went to an estate sale down the street from us. I have walked past this place a million times but I never knew the owner. All I really knew about the occupant was that it was an older gentleman who was fastidious about […]

09 Apr, 2018

This was our Sunday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Yesterday, the three of us motored over to Kingston to visit the eldest at Queen’s and have an early birthday dinner for our youngest daughter. You see, it’s family tradition that the four of us have dinner together, so we couldn’t let a bit of distance get in the way, right? I snuck out to […]

29 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: day 29 update and a lazy gal’s guide to fitness

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Day 29! Day 29! You’ll have to imagine me jumping up and down SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS. I am feeling pretty good. If you look at what I’ve eaten this month I think you’ll see that I’ve been doing ok from a dietary perspective (aside from all of that bacon, of course. Sigh.) As […]



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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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