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Blogging, as it intersects with social media, is something I’m asked about quite often when I’m at conferences or giving a talk. Do new bloggers and small businesses have to be on Twitter? Facebook? Google+? If so, how should those channels differ? I wanted to take a moment and briefly explain how I do it […]

I can hardly believe it, but this past weekend marked the 15th anniversary of this blog. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but it’s still occupying space in my brain, so I thought I’d jot down 15 things that I’ve learned over these past years as a citizen of the blogosphere. […]

Tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the Fishbowl. Well, sort of. The blog is actually older than that, but when I started to try to figure out the actual date this was the earliest entry I could find at the time. Below is a screenshot of the original, because those old files are a mess of hand-rolled […]

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions any more. Mostly because I think we set ourselves up for failure when we make big promises to ourselves without taking into consideration all those little things that need to be solved first. For example, if your goal is to lose 20lbs in 2014, wouldn’t it be better […]


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  • EB: Have you considered canoe camping at Lac La Peche in Gatineau Park? The canoe-in sites are lovely and serene. You can even rent canoes on site- a good
  • Natalie: Bon Echo has walk in sites. I know you've camped there before.
  • Gayle Labuz: I know EXACTLY how you feel. Finding the perfect car-camping site takes some research, studying park maps and assessing the whole campground and a lot
  • Lil Krstic: We've done some yurt camping (easier than bringing 2 tents for our family of 5) and love it. And I agree that camping in the US is much less expensiv
  • Meghan Maack: Hiking in to a spot is a great way to shake it up. We have hiked in at sites in Lake Placid and Vermont a few times and slept in a lean-to. American c
  • Faustina: Or rent a canoe and see how it goes.
  • Faustina: Yeah, buy a canoe. At the very least, you can ease yourself into canoe camping and go to paddle-in sites such as those in Algonquin. Then think abou

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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, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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 – 758 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's a recent one:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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  • I'm over at the MediaSmarts blog today, putting together the online privacy puzzle.

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  • I had a really interesting conversation with my 14-year-old daughter recently. She was wondering why so many adults assume that teenagers are all the same: a bunch of lazy, self-involved jokers who are glued to their devices all day. I didn’t have an answer for her, really, only that people tend to generalize, and that this is Never a Good Thing, no matter who it is we’re talking about. [Read the rest at MediaSmarts.ca]

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