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22 Nov, 2010

Welcome to a new patron! (4Cats in the Fishbowl!)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Fishbowl patrons

4Cats Art Studios for kids in Ottawa is a real gem! Read all about it.

A superawesome giveaway for Ottawa-area residents

Sarah 9th birthday party is over and done with, but we’re in the thick of things right now, smack dab in the middle of the traditional Birthday Weekend Extravaganza. Allow me to describe yesterday’s activities. This was the calm before the storm: Can I just take a moment to profess my love for helium balloons? This bunch […]

22 Aug, 2009

37. Finally.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Oh! Things!|Ottawa

I’ve been away, at my mother’s place in fact, painting her living room ceiling and a couple of walls. I learned that you CAN paint white over brown wood panelling! It still feels pretty good to be 37 even though my neck and shoulders are rather sore right now. My birthday was perfect in every […]

16 May, 2009

A birthday party for a girl who’s ten

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

Mark and I have emerged unscathed. I think this has been the easiest party to host so far. As I mentioned previously, the theme of Emma’s party was “favourite things.” I’m particularly proud of the invite we created for this one. Emma and I wanted something which would highlight a few of Emma’s favourite things […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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