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March Break started with a bang. Last night one of the girls had a sleepover. We had an impromptu summer picnic-style dinner (hots and hams, carrot slaw, and potato chips!) and afterwards curled up to watch Open Season 2. They are all chatting over breakfast while I attempt to plan the rest of our week. There is work […]

19 Nov, 2010

Know More Do More: two minutes for me

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Know More Do More|Misc. life

Making myself better and stronger by taking two minutes out for things that I really need to do.

18 Nov, 2010

Know More Do More: counting our steps

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Know More Do More

This is the KMDM challenge that has been stalling us so badly: Borrow pedometers from the library or public health unit and see who takes the most steps. Children should take approximately 11,000 to 13,000 steps per day. It took me WEEKS to organize this, but we did it. Apparently the magic number for adults […]

First, yes, that was my family in the Citizen on Saturday. I have been watching the comments on the story, mostly because news sites attract all kinds of yahoos and I am curious to see what they’d say. There’s only one comment over there right now, and it’s about carbohydrates. I guess I didn’t make […]

21 Sep, 2010

Know More Do More: sugar-free is done

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Know More Do More

I’ve saved the wrap up post of our sugar fast for today, because I needed to sit and think about it for awhile, not to mention the fact that the whole production left me totally exhausted. To summarize: it was tough. It was much harder than we thought, and we didn’t actually manage to be […]

The day has arrived! It’s the first day of our sugar-free week. (Which I mentioned in last week’s KMDM post.) I’m uploading this post as a placeholder of sorts. I will be adding more to it later on today and throughout this week, so please bookmark it and check back! My sugar-free week is September 8 […]


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  • skigurl: Hi Andrea. First off, thanks for sharing so openly and honestly in your post. I'm sorry for what happened to you. I'm glad you are having these conve
  • Chris Hayes: Very nice list! I just went to Lime Kiln Trail today with my dog.. needless to say she loved it. Thanks for the awesome suggestions, should keep m
  • Safe and Sound: Totally agree with lacoop. We're all trying to send positive discussions and examples while youtube/movies/advertising are full of absolutely vile, b
  • Lynn: I've been feeling very sad about the Jian story, combined with some other stories on CBC lately (did you hear about the hockey boys in BC who traded n
  • Stacey K: I think that we need to start conversations about consent with our kids as early as possible (not in a sexual context, but in a" its your body, you ha
  • lacoop: sigh...Sometimes I think things are getting better...and then other times I just wonder. This is a concern for us as well, with both a son and a daug
  • Tudor: So, I'm actually using the Jian thing as a chance to talk to my son about consent. There's been a lot of talk lately about positive consent, ever sinc

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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 – 850 lunches and counting!

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

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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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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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