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Around this time last year we decided to start a 52-week money-saving jar. You can read more about that here, but to summarize, we socked away an increasing sum of money every week with a goal in mind: a two-night getaway to Fairmont Chateau Montebello over the holiday season. The idea was to leave the chaos of […]

The thing about getting older is that you get better at knowing yourself. It took me awhile to figure it all out but I now know that there are some things I need to do in order to keep myself happy and healthy. I need to eat well, I need to exercise, I need sunshine, […]

I am preparing another issue of the Extra Helping to go out this week. Woot! If you live/shop/love the Westboro/West Wellie part of Ottawa and you like things that sparkle you will not want to miss this one. You can read more about the Extra Helping and sign up right here. – I have this […]

I like the idea of ending summer on a high note, with an extra special day trip or family activity. At the very least the kids will go back to school with something good to write for their “what I did this summer” essays. :) This past weekend Mark’s parents took the four of us […]

12 Aug, 2014

A getaway to Montreal

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

August 7 marked Mark and my 16th anniversary, so to celebrate we did two things (a) bought a new mattress and (b) took off for a night in Montreal. :) Our destination: the Hotel Nelligan in old Montreal. We’d stayed here before, and had such a memorable time that there was no question we’d be going […]

Click here for part one of this post about our road trip to Arnprior. So we left Macnamara Nature Trail and decided to continue our journey. We had no plan, no schedule, no nothing, which is how we ended up at a tiny beach down the street from the trail entrance. A lone picnic table […]


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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 – 938 lunches and counting

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

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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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