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07 Jun, 2018

What to pack kids for day camp

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

This topic MIGHT be far from everyone’s mind at the moment, especially with the provincial elections happening today, but I wanted to plant this seed in your brain before it was too late. Once upon a time I was that parent, running around the night before camp begins, digging old sunscreens out from under the […]

26 Apr, 2018

First and last day of school

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

Many of my friends have younger kids, so I’m anticipating a LOT of last-day-of-school photos in my social media feeds in June. Well, as the mother of a university-aged daughter I get to post mine earlier because SCHOOL IS OVER. At least for the Eldest. Yay! I am thrilled to have my little family together […]

Some of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Lice Services Canada – Ottawa Head Lice Treatment and Removal. They offer lice removal services to families at their Westboro location, travel to schools all across Ottawa AND treat lice at home! What I really appreciate is that Lice Services Canada offers frazzled parents practical help. […]

Speaking of gifts… did your parents send you care packages while you were away at college or university? In my post about life with one less kid around the house I mentioned that I have found a tiny bit solace in sending care packages to the eldest while she’s away at university. I thought it might […]

31 Oct, 2017

Living with one less

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting

As you may know, our eldest daughter is in her first year of university. (You can read about that right here. Grab a tissue.) Our youngest is still at home. She jokes that she doesn’t have anyone to roll her eyes at when we are Being Total Parents, but I have a sneaking suspicion this […]


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  • Danielle: Oh, lunch. What a lunch it would be!!
  • Claudette: Gosh, summer did seem so endless back then...now, I yearn for it to arrive and within a couple of weeks I start panicking that before we know it, it'l
  • Jinjer: The world would be a happier place if we all had a corner store like that and could ride our bikes everywhere!!! Thanks for sharing such a SWEET memor
  • Marc: I put crushed egg shells down in my garden, and it tends to discourage squirrels and neighbourhood cats from digging around. They don't like the feel

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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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