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21 Jul, 2010

Book swap!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Swaps

A shade more expensive than the library, cheaper than the bookstore. It’s not too late to grab a book. (This note will remain here until the deadline for the book swap has passed. See below for new blog entries.) Share the post “Book swap!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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14 Jul, 2010

Bloggy book swap!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Swaps

I was lying in bed looking at one of several huge stacks of books in our bedroom, thinking about my, um, special relationship with books. Basically, I aquire them and cannot part with them. Ever. BUT, on that rare occasion I do give one or two away I like to know they are going to a good […]

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05 Dec, 2007

Pay it forward (with handmade gifts!)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Memes/blog awards etc|Swaps

[ETA: three participants have been found. Yay!] Don’t you love getting mail? I do. I reeeally love getting mail. There’s no better feeling than seeing something poking out of my mailbox and knowing it’s a surprise for ME. :) I’ve been scripting a post in my head about a new pay-it forward** project. And then I […]

14 Apr, 2007

Candy swap: the results

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Swaps

Awhile back I signed up for a candy swap hosted by Scattered Mom. Each person was to send $8 – $10 worth of candy to their swap partner. I decided to take the purist route and send mostly chocolate, brands that (I think) are only available in Canada. My partner was Renee. This is what I […]


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  • Lynn: Noooooot making me overcome my fear of camping any time soon :). Hope the tale of the trail search has a happy ending!
  • Susan: I recommend Frontenac (Provincial Park 2/3s the way to Kingston from Ottawa). There are hike in sites, canoe in sites and no car camping. There is a c
  • Greg: An alternative is camping off-season. Once schools are in session you lose most of the families with kids during the week. The folks who want to sit a
  • Misty Pratt: oh, and get a radio-free site!! It helps not to have music blaring, although it doesn't take care of arguments about socks :)
  • Misty Pratt: yup, agree with the other comments about the canoe. You're only going to get peace and quiet if you canoe or hike in somewhere, and I find hiking kind
  • Carla: My favourite-est park is Papineau Labelle in the Gatineau side, great casse-croutes on the way back. Definitely explore nature the other side of the
  • Grenouille: Love the frog photo.

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