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17 May, 2019

Three cheers for the community builders

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Yaktivism

Last night, Mark and I had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual United Way Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala at the Shaw Centre. I’ve been a few times and it’s always a great event. Good food, good chatting, and of course, a chance to learn about some of the people and the […]

25 Apr, 2019

Normalizing environmentally-friendly behaviours

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

When I was 18 I visited family in the Czech Republic for the first time. It wasn’t long after the Berlin wall had come down. I never expected to be able to go there, back to the motherland, but I did. I stayed with my grandmother, my mother’s mother, who lived in Prague. I remember […]

13 Feb, 2018

Let’s create a new Valentine’s Day tradition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

Last week I decided to mark Valentine’s Day with an appointment to give blood and today is the day. I’m writing about it here because I’ve decided that Valentine’s Day should be associated with more than just chocolate, flowers, and cards. Why not add blood donation to the list? Here’s the thing: A lot of […]

“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 […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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