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Posts Tagged ‘charity

Clean out their closets. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and although there are many things we can do to raise charitable children (most notably, by demonstrating acts of charity) I think the simple act of cleaning out a closet is one of the easiest ways to show our kids what it means to […]

11 May, 2013

The gift of We Day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

A bit about National We Day here in Ottawa/Gatineau. And a little bit more.

25 Apr, 2013

Can you live below the line?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Yaktivism

I’m participating in the Live Below the Line Challenge between April 29 and May 3. According to the Global Poverty Project, 1.4 billion people are living in extreme poverty. These are people who can barely afford to eat and are often faced with indescribable hardship and impossible choices. Picture yourself having to choose between purchasing food or medicine for example. Can you imagine being a mother under such circumstances?

03 Mar, 2012


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

If you are the kind of person who’d enjoy an opportunity to chat with writers about their ideas and inspirations in a small, friendly setting you might be interested in The Writer’s Room, an intimate evening of story, song, food and wine to benefit the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama’s scholarship program.

23 Feb, 2012

Kindness, part two

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

Part one is here. Thank you for your feedback! I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness and compassion lately, especially given the upheaval my family has been going through lately. This week being Kindness Week, there have been a lot of great ideas and posts floating around about this topic. For me, every single one […]

20 Jan, 2012

Baby, it’s cold outside

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Ottawa|Yaktivism

What small things can we do to make Ottawa a better place to live? Well, I have one answer.


NAC Ottawa culture days

Fall fun at Saunders Farm!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

OMS Ottawa Montessori schools

terra20 Ottawa

Bugs at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa

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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

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