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When our daughters went away to university I discovered I liked making care packages for them. Here’s one package, and another, just to give you a sense of the kinds of things I sent. Of course, these were created and sent in the Before Times. It was a process. Building a care package took time, dare I say, […]

19 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus changing the daily lives of families

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

Mark is picking the youngest up in Kingston today, and moving her out of residence. I continue to work from home. At the moment, Piper is sitting on my lap, which is nice but she’s a tad too large to fit. Related: her Instagram account and the #terriersofinstagram community continues to bring smiles to our faces […]

08 Feb, 2020

the best kind of surprises for us empty nesters

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

As some of you know, Mark and I are pretty much empty nesters now. It’s kind of weird. Not just WEIRD, to me, but it might also be weird to you, especially since some of you have been following our family adventures from the day the girls were born. (!) Life is different in a […]

At the end of my previous post I linked to a very old blog post, an 18-year-old blog post, to be exact. It’s so old it’s not even part of the archives. I actually had to go and find it on my computer and upload it. I had to laugh at a sentence I had written […]

18 Feb, 2019

Family Day 2019

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting

Family Day is a lot different when you are the parent of a 17 and 19-year-old. Mark never got the day off, but I’m fortunate that I worked from home and made my own schedule for the most part. This was what our Family Day weekend looked like a mere four years ago. We’ve also […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. 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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