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11 Aug, 2018

Weekend reading: August 11 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Feeling thrilled and grateful to have been mentioned in @globeandmail ‘Good News’ business write-up.https://t.co/JbXhYnXCHC — Dominion City BrewCo (@dominioncitybc) August 10, 2018 How Ikea quietly tweaks its design around the world, fastcompany.com The dark history of Kitchissippi’s shanty town, kitchissippi.com Trump’s Space Force logos are just as dumb as Space Force, fastcompany.com Universal basic income […]

04 Aug, 2018

Weekend reading: August 4 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Don’t miss Dave Allston’s new Early Days column about a sad, overlooked, and forgotten chapter of Ottawa history >> https://t.co/tRJ3TkwQoo #ottawa #ottcity #otthistory pic.twitter.com/F5n9XMpf25 — Kitchissippi Times (@Kitchissippi) July 30, 2018 A small-town couple left behind a stolen painting worth over $100 million — and a big mystery, washingtonpost.com How Marvel Created Its New Inuk […]

20 Jul, 2018

Weekend reading: July 21 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Girl Scouts can now earn badges in cybersecurity and space science https://t.co/KsFc4U7TmW — Fast Company (@FastCompany) July 21, 2018 Museum Tours for People Who Don’t Like Museum Tours, nytimes.com Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Travel Expectations Among Millennials?, forbes.com Oh, the irony: Open office space reduces social interaction, theglobeandmail.com Ottawa is finally evolving into the […]

14 Jul, 2018

Weekend reading: July 14 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Bluesfest Killdeer Thriving at the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre Help keep him in crickets so he continues to learn hunting and foraging: https://t.co/1u4rbgj08K#bluesnest #bluesfest #bluesfestbaby #ottawa #birds #conservation #thefourth pic.twitter.com/4zg2bhmX2M — WildBirdCareCentre (@WildBirdOttawa) July 12, 2018 Creative burnout is inevitable. Here are 10 ways to beat it, fastcompany.com Story Producer Matthew Lazin-Ryder does […]

07 Jul, 2018

Weekend reading: July 7 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Why the Twitter thread about two people flirting on a plane felt so good and so bad: https://t.co/qj83nNSBEV pic.twitter.com/uwm6zQKSXY — Slate (@Slate) July 7, 2018 A Cultural Vacuum in Trump’s White House, nytimes.com Auschwitz escapee told the world about Nazi genocide, theglobeandmail.com The Millennial Socialists Are Coming, nytimes.com A Critic Sells Books Down by the […]


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  • FD: We love puzzles and my kids have been talking non-stop about exploding kittens so the exploding kittens puzzle ticks off two things on our list all in
  • Nora: Posted on FB too! ; )
  • Nora: I have a llama fanatic so that windup toy would be a bit! I love Tiggywinkles for stocking stuffers, games and puzzles. Thanks for the opportunity!
  • Jacquie: Posted on Facebook too. :)
  • Jacquie: We would finally get Settlers of Catan! I have heard so much about it and think our family would love it.
  • Dani: Stocking Stuffers for my impossible to shop for kids ?
  • Pearl: Star Trek cats & iron on patches. Might browse costumes too.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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