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So I was at a special media preview of Cabela’s the other night. Cabela’s is a massive hunting/fishing/outdoor superstore that is opening across from the Tanger Outlet in Kanata on September 22. I was curious to see what it was all about, so I went. As I wound my way along a freshly tarred road […]

21 Jun, 2016

Things I am loving: my new S’well water bottle

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I have been eyeing S’well water bottles since the first time I spotted them at terra20 many moons ago. Not only are the designs really attractive, but I was intrigued by the S’well promise that this water bottle is a very HARD WORKING water bottle. Apparently it keeps beverages hot for 12 hours and cold […]

13 Apr, 2016

Things I am loving: my Sketchers slip on shoes

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I’ve been having issues with my left heel. I self-diagnosed myself with plantar fasciitis awhile back (you can read about that on WebMD if you’re keen) and it’s getting better, but it’s still not 100%. I put the brakes on the daily 10K and bought new insoles for my outdoor runners (my gym shoes are […]


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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 (17) and Sarah (15). 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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