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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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  • valerie: wow, I've never seen a poinsettia last longer than a month!
  • Lisa from Iroquois: Your banana bread recipe looks a lot like mine. Instead of walnuts I toss in a big handful of chocolate chips, and I usually throw in a big of flax s
  • Photographic gratitude >> a peek inside the fishbowl: […] the big poster I made out of 200 of my favourite Instagram photos? I look at it every day and still love it to smithereens. I find something
  • Marvellous muffins (banana muffins, that is)! >> a peek inside the fishbowl: […] fans may also be interested in this recipe for banana bread. It’s also very […]
  • andrea tomkins: Thank you for sharing your experience Robyn! I totally agree with everything you said. It is OK to be smart. It's more than OK! :)
  • White out: Speaking of new Canadians...if you ever get a chance, DO ATTEND a citizenship ceremony. Very moving. I wept. Seriously.
  • Robyn Osgood: Great piece, Andrea. Both of our girls went to Joan of Arc, and loved it. Being an all-girls school, it was OK to be smart, to make mistakes, to be a

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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 – 930 lunches and counting

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

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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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