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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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  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
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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 (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, 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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