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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. […]

04 May, 2015

Can we work together to make #EveryPlateFull ?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

It is estimated that this summer, 918,724 Canadians will rely on food banks to provide over 26 million plates of food. The sad reality is that donations to food banks decline during the summer and food banks are unable to keep up with demand. From May 2 to 8, food banks across Canada will come […]

The human body never ceases to amaze me. If you repeat the tiniest of physical actions, you will get better at them. Take for example, brushing your teeth with your left hand. If you’re right-handed, and you try it with your left, you’ll find it really awkward at first but the more do you it, […]


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  • FD: We love puzzles and my kids have been talking non-stop about exploding kittens so the exploding kittens puzzle ticks off two things on our list all in
  • Nora: Posted on FB too! ; )
  • Nora: I have a llama fanatic so that windup toy would be a bit! I love Tiggywinkles for stocking stuffers, games and puzzles. Thanks for the opportunity!
  • Jacquie: Posted on Facebook too. :)
  • Jacquie: We would finally get Settlers of Catan! I have heard so much about it and think our family would love it.
  • Dani: Stocking Stuffers for my impossible to shop for kids ?
  • Pearl: Star Trek cats & iron on patches. Might browse costumes too.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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