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27 Feb, 2013

Shopping, value, and the things we buy

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo|Yaktivism

So we are still refraining from BUYING STUFF around here. The Embargo ends in a few days. I often have people ask me if I’m happy that it’s coming to an end. This is tough to answer. We’ve been participating in an annual Embargo since 2006, which has added up to many many months of […]

29 Jan, 2013

Hello there good lookin’

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

A few of you are stumbling here looking for my post about the Shopping Embargo. It’s right here. In case you’re looking for the Shopping Embargo Facebook Group, it’s right here. I recommend checking out the Facebook group for progress reports, tips, links to articles, general updates, and the occasional plea for help. :) Thanks! […]

27 Dec, 2012

Shopping Embargo 2012-2013

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

Our family has been participating in a post-Boxing Day Shopping Embargo since 2006. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, but it has. It’s become The Routine in our family, and I think that’s a good thing. This year’s Embargo is more important than ever. We have just surfaced from a major home renovation […]

19 Dec, 2012

What does it mean to give thoughtfully, ethically?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

You may want to consider this post I wrote for the terra20 blog a kind of prequel to the 2012-2013 edition of the Shopping Embargo. For what it’s worth, I’m not sure what form this year’s Embargo is going to take (FB page? Just another blog post and a pile of comment-updates? or what?) but […]

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Can you go a day without buying something? A week? A month? Why or why not?

02 Jan, 2011

Shopping Embargo of 2011

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Shopping Embargo

Time to tighten our belts with the now-annual Fishbowl Shopping Embargo.


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  • Meg: I rode 100km on an antique norco step-through 5 speed ladies bike - in one day. It was totally fine. I didn't train, I just rode my bike because it wa
  • Sarah: It's garage sale season. You can maybe get cheap panniers at one of those. We did. What about renting or borrowing a bike for your trek to Carleton Pl
  • Misty Pratt: (also, some great twitter bike community by using hashtag #Ottbike. Lots of people answered my question when I asked what bike I should get for my 25k
  • Misty Pratt: Ya, I would think 100K would be uncomfortable on the upright bike :) For longer distances people usually recommend a road bike with drop handles. That
  • Brenda A: Lucky you to see water at the waterfall! We have struck out many times!
  • Ovenbird: Gatineau Park is such an amazing place. So wild, so close. The songbirds are back...and they're loud and clear. The health benefit research is in

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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

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  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

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