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22 Sep, 2017

Supporting women’s health in Ottawa (sponsored*)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Sponsored posts

I need a bit of time to think about some of the issues I brought up in the first part of my post about kids and smartphones. Can you tell I’ve hit a bit of a breaking point? Sigh. In the meantime, I wanted share with you some information about an important campaign kickstarted by Shoppers […]

Awhile back I wrote a post about lice removal service here in Ottawa that happens to be handily close to where we live in Westboro. We’ve had kids with lice. Teens with lice. I’ve known parents with lice in the neighbourhood too. I’m relieved to know there’s a place we can go when we need help. […]

When the folks at terra20* first told me that Alain Menard, co-founder of the Green Beaver Company was going to be speaking at terra20 I did a little bit of Googling. Of course, I know Green Beaver very well. Green Beaver is a Canadian company, founded by Karen Clark and Alain, and they make safe alternatives […]

07 Apr, 2017

It’s that time of year again (Sponsored**)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Sponsored posts

Back in March, I posted some handy info that was shared with me by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. In a nutshell, they’ve developed some handy resources to help us figure out whether we’re getting money back this year. (You can read that post right here.) Did you know that last year almost 60 per […]

We have officially hit a new parenting milestone: we are filing our children’s taxes this year. The girls are 15 (almost 16) and 17 (almost 18!) and both of them have been working at real jobs that actually issue T4s. It’s a rite of passage! It started with allowances and savings and now we’re at […]


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  • Ginger: And now I read part two and followed your link back to hiking with fly paper attached to your hat... Maybe camping in Canada isn't so different tha

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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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