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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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  • 4,258 deaths: As a society we MUST talk about this. It's bad and getting worse. The C in LCBO is Control and yet their mandate seems to now be HEAVY PROMOTION o
  • andrea tomkins: Thanks all. It's a tough issue for sure. And it's not like I don't drink wine, I do (and beer, probably more beer) but I agree that a line has been cr
  • Marguerite: Your post rings for me. I worked as a psychotherapist in varous treatment centers in Ottawa for 20+ years, mostly in women only facilities and I have
  • Lynn: I also think it's crossed a line somewhere. It used to be you'd think about an evening out with your girlfriends, and having a glass of wine there mar
  • Tudor Robins: As a non-drinker, this type of merchandise seems a little baffling, somewhat sad, even a bit tacky; never cute, or cool, or particularly funny. But I
  • Cath in Ottawa: I'm really glad you wrote about this - I've been really conscious of this trend the last few months and have been trying to sort out my feelings about
  • Misty Pratt: I've written about this before too, but have focused more on the wine-drinking mom culture. And hey, I'm no innocent, because I partake and crack joke

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