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14 Feb, 2019

This is what our winter looks like right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

First, Mark started on the front walk: I joined him to help, as did our youngest. The drifts were waist-high in some parts. Mark was late for work. The youngest stayed home because the school were closed. After breakfast, I set out to clear the back porch. Thankfully, Piper was available to provide adequate scale […]

03 Dec, 2018

Date night at Zoe’s Lounge

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

A couple weeks ago I was the lucky winner of an Instagram contest hosted by Ottawa photographer, Roland Bast. The prize was a charcuterie board and cocktails for two at Zoe’s Lounge, which is located inside the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. I was so thrilled to win. I’ve been dying to check this place out for YEARS and […]

08 Nov, 2018

Axe throwing in Ottawa? YES. And here’s how it went down…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

So I went axe throwing and it was a real hatchet job. ;) If you haven’t heard about axe throwing you are going to want to listen up. It has all the elements of a great night out with a group. It’s recreational, competitive, team building, and social! It’s also very fun. I took a […]

Mark’s birthday was in September and we commemorated the occasion with a great bike ride… to Aylmer, QC. Some of you might remember a bike ride we undertook last summer. Frankly, I amazed myself. We biked to Stittsville and back to Westboro and LIVED. But this was not that. The bike route to Aylmer from […]

27 Sep, 2018

Let’s talk about that weather, shall we?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Westboro|Misc. life|Ottawa

Back in May, when the Kitchissippi Times changed to a monthly community news magazine format, I was asked to write a letter from the editor in each issue. I scoffed at the idea a bit at first. I mean really, do MORE people really need be exposed to my random thoughts? As it turns out, […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). 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. 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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