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30 Mar, 2008

Reader request

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Uncategorized

Would you like to be part of blog set up by a mother/Phd student? This blog will be a members-only, time-limited site, used as the research project for a thesis at the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. The author would like to understand how mothers deal with identity issues.If you’re interested in joining […]

11 Sep, 2005

I’m alive, aliiiiiiiiive!

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Egads people. You have no idea what technical hell I have been through: the sleeplessness, the nightsweats, the panic, the manuals, the research, the emails to tech support, the number of exclamation points!!!! But my Movable Type works now. It wasn’t before, and now it is. That’s what’s important. I’m thinking of moving to Word […]

13 Aug, 2005

Saturday paper

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Hey – a piece I wrote about our recent camping experience is in today’s Ottawa Citizen. (Online for subscribers here.) It’s a list of things you should bring to make your life easier. Suffice it to say my list includes beer and coffee. :) Share the post “Saturday paper” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

28 Oct, 2004

The party that wasn’t a party

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Last Saturday we went to a family Halloween “party” at a local community centre. It was sheer pandemonium. We don’t always go to these kind of events, but I tell myself that we should “do it for the girls” because they’ll probably enjoy themselves. Problem: mummy gets grumpy and out of sorts when there is […]

25 Oct, 2004

A few photos

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

I forgot to mention: this is what we did on Saturday. Hint: scroll sideways to see all the pics. Share the post “A few photos” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

25 Oct, 2004

Was this invented just for me?

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

“Imagine a handbag that warns you if you are about to forget your umbrella or wallet… ” I should be their test subject. I am the Queen of Forgetting Her Wallet. This is great: Share the post “Was this invented just for me?” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail


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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 – 942 lunches and counting

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

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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 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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  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

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  • I have a new post up at the MediaSmarts blog this week. It's my response to a question that I'm asked quite often: What’s the best age to give a kid an iPod touch?

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