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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 […]

03 Jun, 2015

Be a hero, for CHEO!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

The annual CHEO Telethon is taking place June 6 and 7. It’s their single biggest fundraiser of the year – and they really need our help. Every year the CHEO Telethon is dedicated to honouring our bravest superheroes. At CHEO, superheroes fight some of the world’s scariest foes—enemies like cancer, failing organs and brain injuries. While kids […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot about community lately, and the fact that you can’t have a strong community without some strong people in it. It’s important to recognize those people because more often than not, they don’t want to shine the spotlight on themselves. This is what I like about the United Way Community Builder Awards. […]


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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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