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In the past 15 years of running this blog I’ve had more than a few conversations with readers who want to know how they can support this website. THANK YOU for that.  I pour a lot of myself into this little corner of cyberspace. It is truly a labour of love and I really appreciate all of the positive feedback and support I have received.

The very best way to show your appreciation is by clicking on the ads of my awesome patrons and taking the time to check out their websites. Without them, I might not be here.

The second best way of showing your support is to leave a comment on a blog post. Comments are currency in the world of blogs. I am thrilled when I find out that a recipe worked out for you, that you discovered something new to do with your kids, or that you snorted coffee out of your nose even when I wasn’t even trying to be funny. Knowing that you find value in this site keeps me going.

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xo,

andrea

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  • Peter Boyle: Dear Andrea, Count your blessings when you have the time to follow your heart's desire. Yours truly, Peter Boyle.
  • Lynn: Agreed, as well. I often wander into my office and start working at all hours, when the rest of the family is doing something together - it's hard to
  • Javamom: So a year or more later my house has no interior walls. They came down today! :) I'm on the hunt for recommendations of shower/bath etc faucets and sa
  • Cath in Ottawa: I struggle with this all the time - I love the convenience associated with my 7 step commute as well as the ability to pick up a sick child, throw a l
  • andrea tomkins: I know! I just keep watering it and it seems to be doing fine. This was was a late bloomer this season. The red leaves started coming out a little aft
  • andrea tomkins: Cam: I can't say that I have had the same experience, but I do think the points fluctuate. Some weeks are really good, other weeks less so. It's a
  • valerie: wow, I've never seen a poinsettia last longer than a month!

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

Connect with me at these places too!

The #dailylunches project – 938 lunches and counting

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

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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.

Sideblog

  • 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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On the nightstand

... check out past nightstand reads right here.

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