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I’ve been finding it tough to find my creative mojo lately BUT I know myself, and I know how to fix it. I need to stay fueled up – both physically and mentally – by doing the following: (a) Re-commit to my ten thousand steps. I’ve let it slide this past week because I’ve been […]

Sometimes the best little adventures are ones that happen when you divert from the original game plan. This is what happened when we went to Sandbanks a few weeks ago and decided to explore a new trail instead of just hanging out on the beach all day. It happened when we left our hotel without a […]

25 Aug, 2015

A road trip to Sandbanks and Kingston

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I would like to travel more, and write about travelling more. I’m not sure how to go about it just yet as the time and budget to travel is nearly zero but I wanted to put it out there to The Universe anyway. (It’s only when You Put Things Out There that things happen, right?) […]

18 Aug, 2015

A visit to Monkey Land

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

A good friend was asking me for resort recommendations and I realized I wrote two posts about our 2015 trip to Punta Cana and totally forgot to write about one of the best – and worst – excursions we’ve ever experienced. As I’ve mentioned before, my idea of a great family holiday includes time for quiet […]

I might seem like I’m so down with this camping thing, but I should also tell you that I can’t handle more than five nights of camping. At the beginning of each camping trip I’m thinking: WOW! I love being outside! It’s so relaxing! Outside is great! Fresh air! Nature! By the end of each camping trip […]

13 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, part three (a bit about the trails)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Going camping at Achray? You may want to read part one and two. I like to write about our travel and camping adventures, but to be honest, I’m never sure how to approach it here on the blog. I want to write it all down for myself, for my own family, but I also want […]


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Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

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  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
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  • Caroline: Zaatar pita chips crumbled instead of croutons. I just had the chips with homemade hummus and tabbouleh for lunch. Yum!

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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 (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, 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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