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“When you eat an orange, eat an orange.” I don’t know who originally said this. Some sources attribute it to an unnamed Zen master, others, to Vietnamese Buddhist monk and religious leader, Thich Nhat Hanh. Regardless who said it, this philosophy is one I try to live by and instill in our kids. It reminds […]

25 Jun, 2017

The best kind of shopping

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Yaktivism

If you follow me on Twitter you probably already saw a few tweets go by about my visit to the new WE Store at the Rideau Centre the other day. I may have gushed a little bit: At the media launch of the new WE store @CFRideauCentre. Wow wow wow! Purchases are life changing& help […]

09 May, 2017

Something nice to do for your mother, and other mothers too

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

SOS Children’s Villages is an international charity that offers safe and loving homes to more than 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries. This Mother’s Day, SOS has launched an eCard campaign where, for every FREE eCard someone sends to a mother, a $10 donation will be made on their behalf to help empower […]

13 Mar, 2017

About that reusable container program at Bulk Barn

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

I had the chance to try out the new reusable container program at Bulk Barn this past weekend. I first heard about it about a month ago. The cashier popped a flyer about it in my bag and I was intrigued, for a few reasons: 1) We use an awful lot of plastic when we […]

08 Dec, 2016

Families in Ottawa need your help

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Yaktivism

Some of you have probably heard about the Caring & Sharing Exchange. It’s a local charity that provides assistance to individuals in need during Christmas and the back-to-school season. Well, I just received an email with an urgent appeal. First, the good news: They WILL be able to provide help to 15,511 individuals in Ottawa […]


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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 (18) and Sarah (16). 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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