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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 […]

17 Dec, 2015

Look what came in the mail!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

Sara McConnell, that sneaky little elf, sent us a photo ornament from our family photoshoot this past summer. Isn’t that sweet?   It’s front and centre on our tree and I love it to bits. Thank you Sara! (You can read more about Sara’s work in a past post right here.)   Share the post […]


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