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Harry Potter fans rejoice! We discovered a great little recipe for Butter Beer!

13 Dec, 2012

Family Advent days 10 and 11

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

Even the best of plans can be waylaid by Life. Which is exactly why, when I write Family Advent “how to” posts I advocate stuffing the envelopes the night before. That way you can easily make last minute changes or switches and save yourself some grief. Last-minute stuffing is especially useful if you’re one of […]

10 Dec, 2012

Family Advent Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

I secretly fear that one day I’m going to be asked to appear on a witness stand and a lawyer is going to ask me what I was doing the night of the 16th and I’m going to have to say: “I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last week. How can I […]

Surely one of the most welcome gifts this time of year is a gift card to a grocery store. Just yesterday I was picking up groceries at Sobeys and I could practically FEEL my wallet breathing a sigh of relief as I handed one over. That’s why I’m pleased to tell you about a new […]

a.k.a. 25 days of Christmas Here we are again! Fa la la la laaaaa! I can’t believe it either. Is it really almost December? Allow me to summarize this annual activity for newbies that may be reading along. Once upon a time, instead of buying chocolate advent calendars for our young daughters I decided it would […]

How to roast chestnuts; a great activity to do with your kids. And a part of our food culture!


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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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

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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

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  • 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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