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27 Nov, 2020

The state of holiday shopping

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I have a new post up on the terra20 blog about the importance of shopping locally. You can read that right here… and while you’re there, take advantage of a big weekend sale on made-in-Canada merch! So my mother bought me a lovely pair of moccasins for Christmas last weekend. (Thanks mom!) They’re Canadian made, […]

19 Nov, 2020

Not feeling very Zen right now? Try silent breakfasts

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I’ve been pondering this New York Times article since I first read it. I really like the idea of breakfast serving as an opportunity for a mini-mediation. Of course, you can do this in the car, or while walking the dog, or brushing your teeth, but somehow, doing it in the morning like this seems […]

01 Nov, 2020

Can we talk about how much I don’t like yoga?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

In preparation for the long winter ahead I bought a winter weight duvet at Ikea. I am really excited to try it out tonight. I also bought a large plush gnome, just because it made me smile. – Today I want to write about yoga. Yoga and me, we have a checkered history. Many moons ago […]

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23 Oct, 2020

Bedtime routines for grown ups

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Why is it considered lame if you go to bed early? If there have ever been young children in your life you probably already have a keen understanding of the importance of going to bed at a reasonable hour. Let’s be frank. When our kids didn’t get enough sleep, they were, ahem, rather hard to […]

15 Oct, 2020


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

From time to time I experience a wee identity crisis as it pertains to this blog. Now is that time. What I’m doing here? Who is reading? Why do I keep it up? What’s it all for, anyway? Sigh. I ask myself all these questions and then I talk myself down from the ledge. If you’ve been reading […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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