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04 Jun, 2019

My most recent yard sale purchase

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

There was a community-wide garage sale in my area last weekend, which coincided with a dozen other events I wanted to visit and photograph for the Kitchissippi Times. On Saturday morning I got up, made a coffee, and drew up a game plan. As much as I would have liked to hit up multiple yard […]

04 Jun, 2019

My most recent yard sale purchase

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

There was a community-wide garage sale in my area last weekend, which coincided with a dozen other events I wanted to visit and photograph for the Kitchissippi Times. On Saturday morning I got up, made a coffee, and drew up a game plan. As much as I would have liked to hit up multiple yard […]

25 Apr, 2019

Normalizing environmentally-friendly behaviours

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Yaktivism

When I was 18 I visited family in the Czech Republic for the first time. It wasn’t long after the Berlin wall had come down. I never expected to be able to go there, back to the motherland, but I did. I stayed with my grandmother, my mother’s mother, who lived in Prague. I remember […]

29 Mar, 2019

News from the shower

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Publishing/writing/career stuff

I was having a little chuckle over the story of Forever 21’s new USPS fashion collection just now and I remembered that my post about my One Dress, Thirty Days challenge is still sitting in my drafts folder. I am still gathering my thoughts, but to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s coming out […]

18 Mar, 2019

We got mail!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa

So this arrived today… … our member cards to the National Gallery of Canada! We had a membership many moons ago and decided to renew it this year during a recent visit to see Anthropocene. (Which was amazing, by the way.) The family membership is $105, and will definitely pay for itself within the next […]


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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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