a peek inside the fishbowl

extra stuff for fans of Westboro Village

A peek at the Ottawa Magazine special "Neighbourhoods" issue. I was Ms. Westboro!

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Do you live in Ottawa? Ever shop and wander around the Westboro area? Are you the kind of person who likes to get a heads up about great finds and support local businesses too? Subscribe to the Extra Helping*, a free email spotlight on one great product, service, nook, or edible treat from the wilds of Westboro Village and its environs. It’s a “hello, look what I found” note, fortified with freshness and served up in a tidy little package and delivered right to your inbox on a semi-irregular basis. (a.k.a. No more than once a month.)

This extra content will not be published here on the blog, and it could be about a swank pair of shoes, a stupendous cupcake, a fresh vegetable, or something sparkly. Click here to subscribe and see for yourself.

 

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  • Susan: Does the Westy tattoo have something to do with the content of the newsletter? :)
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  • Susan Ovington: Happy Birthday Andrea! I also love my 40's. You realize what is most important in your life and finally start to feel comfortable in your own skin. I
  • Pam Dillon: Happy Birthday, Andrea. Smart girls rule. (I'm still working on #1, btw. : )) Don't know about age being a state of mind, but I do know it's somet
  • andrea tomkins: I really liked that one too. Thanks Jen!

The Obligatory Blurb

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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


My right hand is actually a camera

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The #dailylunches project – 780 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's a recent one:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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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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