a peek inside the fishbowl

Archive for the ‘Oh! Things!’ Category

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 […]

02 Feb, 2016

Brewing cappuccinos like a BOSS

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

Our espresso machine was given to us as a gift from my inlaws and for many years, it was truly the gift that kept on giving. Sadly, it was beginning to show its age and was dying a slow death. It was time for a replacement unit so we started to research a new one. […]

I picked up a selfie stick at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s before Christmas. Maybe you got one in your stocking this year, or know someone who did? Selfie sticks have been a hot item but they’ve also been getting a lot of flak. They’ve been banned from many places already – museums, roller coasters and zoos for […]

22 Dec, 2015

Last minute gift ideas for tweens and teens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

A Fishbowl reader was looking for last-minute gift ideas for tweens and teens this week. I pointed her to this past post, but I wanted to add a few of my personal faves here too: Texting gloves so they can text without their fingers freezing (Here’s a pair from MEC.) Blanket scarves - apparently it’s cool to bundle […]


Patronatus

Have a great summer at Saunders Farm!


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa


terra20 Ottawa


National Arts Centre Ottawa


Click me!


Archives

Stay in touch



Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • Judy: We already use the early version of Bentology (Laptop Lunches) that we bought there years ago, but I really want to try the Sistema Klip It lunch cube
  • Katie: There are so many options! It is hard to pick. I'd love a new lunch bag, like the fluf ones. The kids could use some bento box containers from bentolo
  • Tamara: I'd love to try the Colibri snack bags!
  • Chanelle Berry: I have been wanting to buy one of the glass bottles by LifeFactory to work/school! I would also love to try a travel salad container!!!!
  • Karine: I would love some more reusable snack bags! Love the patterns!
  • Jenn: Love the Sistema containers, the reusable snack bags, a S'well bottle.....I could go on and on! Thanks for the giveaway!
  • Sarah Gallaway: The soaps!

The Obligatory Blurb

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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

Created with flickr badge.

Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

Sideblog

On the nightstand

On this date in the archives

All hail the mighty Twitter