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  Are you a doodler? If so, you know that it can be can be an oddly satisfying occupation. Doodling is a great way to still the mind and channel one’s focus. And it’s good for kids too. Traditional doodling tends to be done out of boredom in the margins of notebooks and during conference […]

04 Sep, 2014

The thing about mail

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art|Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

I wrote a short piece about postcard collecting in the September issue of Capital Parent Newspaper and I wanted to jot down a few more words here. Many moons ago I spent a long stretch of time, years, really, creating and sharing various forms of mail art. (I’ve written about it before and I was […]

We have a winner! Thank you everyone! Transparency alert: the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (it’s brand new in Westboro!) is giving each of my kids the chance to try one of their classes, gratis. My thoughts, as always, remain my own.  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the Bluesfest School of Music and […]

A delicious and delightful giveaway from the National Arts Centre.

I wanted to share a bit of fun news from longtime Fishbowl patron Alison Fowler. She’s been busy planning a really cool weekend art event that will feature some of her work as well as paintings by Ross Rheaume and Andrew King. Opening night is Friday May 24, and all the action will be outside in the […]

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My kids have been taking art lessons at Laura Daub’s sweet little studio in Britannia Beach, and I have to say, I have loved it. What’s more, they have loved it, and I couldn’t be happier about this whole experience.


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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 (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, 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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