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It’s October out there, but it certainly hasn’t exactly felt like it, has it? I, for one, have been in my happy place, weatherwise. I feel so energized! This weather makes me want to go out and DO IT ALL. It’s the perfect time to get outside and catch up on family time! Not too […]

It’s October out there, but it certainly hasn’t exactly felt like it, has it? I, for one, have been in my happy place, weatherwise. I feel so energized! This weather makes me want to go out and DO IT ALL. It’s the perfect time to get outside and catch up on family time! Not too […]

22 Aug, 2017

Day one of 45

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa|travel talk

(Subtitled: A Very Ottawa Birthday in the National Capital Region.) Little did I know that when we ventured downtown on Saturday we were actually embarking on a tour of Ottawa and Gatineau and taking in some of the best sights of the summer. Other than our first destination, Kontinuum, we had no real plan but […]

17 Aug, 2017

Andrea’s Tuesdays: food, flowers, and films about flowers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

To review: every other Tuesday is my day off and I’m trying to use this time to recharge my batteries. No work, no meetings, minimal errands. Last time, I biked to Tavern on the Hill for beer and hotdogs!  When I started being a bit more mindful of how I spent my days off I […]

You may or may not recall that I spent a bit of time and effort earlier this year preparing for a 5K race. I diligently followed a training plan that had me running intervals that increased in duration each week, both on the treadmill and on an outdoor route. (Frankly, I am still amazed that […]


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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 (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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