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03 Feb, 2018

Something for Ottawa folks to to do in February (INDOORS)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

How do you feel about the month of February in general? Let’s review the pros and cons: PROs The days are finally starting to feel a bit longer. It can be argued that February represents the “good” side of winter. It’s the end of a long cold season and we can still enjoy winter activities if we […]

26 Jan, 2018

Late last night

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

I did something new to me: I helped flood our community ice rink last night. I even have proof! As you can probably tell, I’m wearing every article of warm clothing that I own. ;) I volunteered to try it out because I’m working on a piece for the paper about it. I’ll share a […]

11 Jan, 2018

(re)Visiting Colony VR

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa

Some of you already know that our eldest daughter is in her first year of university and has been away since September. I didn’t write much about this (although you saw her in my recent post about the live butterfly exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature) but she was home over the holidays and […]

11 Jan, 2018

(re)Visiting Colony VR

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa

Some of you already know that our eldest daughter is in her first year of university and has been away since September. I didn’t write much about this (although you saw her in my recent post about the live butterfly exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature) but she was home over the holidays and […]

For a few years, many moons ago, the kids and I were regular visitors at the annual live butterfly show at Carleton University here in Ottawa. I thought it was a great way to introduce kids to the magic, beauty, and joy of these amazing creatures. So when I heard about the new live butterfly exhibition […]


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  • andrea tomkins: Awesome! Glad to hear! You may be the only one I've managed to convince, Festina. If so, the coffee is yours at the end of the month! If other Ottawa
  • Festina Lente: Fantastic idea. Something we should all do on Heart Day. I'm in !
  • andrea tomkins: It's crazy to think that IS the *real* website! How is this selling Winterlude to millions of potential visitors from all over the world? How is it se
  • Splake: Totally agree. And ditto on the lousy website. I actually kept searching for while to find the *real* website. Come on Ottawa. It's time to st
  • Wynne: We've really enjoyed participating in escape rooms too. We've only been to two in Ottawa & can't wait to try out more. If your family is into boar
  • andrea tomkins: Yes it was! It was a really nice treat. I'm definitely bringing the kids next time. :)
  • Judy: Is this what you indulged in after we chatted? I have yet to try the hot chocolate....

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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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