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19 Dec, 2016

FOOD. Is it the best Christmas gift?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I have a very long story to share in the New Year about a special challenge my family has undertaken this past year. For now, I will say this: Mark and I aren’t exchanging Christmas gifts this year and we have laid out some criteria as it pertains to our stockings. The criteria is this: […]

On Saturday night we dropped by Ikea to pick up our Christmas tree. We’ve been coming here for the past 10 years or so. Their live trees are a good price  – only $20 – and proceeds go to the local Lion’s Club. It’s worth mentioning that buying your tree at Ikea also gets you […]

28 Dec, 2015

A view of this past week

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I’m taking a wee break from the web this week, mostly in an effort to recharge my batteries for creative projects to come in 2016. I’ll be writing more about that later, but in the meantime, this is what it looked like this week at Casa Fishbowl. Weather-wise it was a pretty strange Christmas this […]

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22 Dec, 2015

Last minute gift ideas for tweens and teens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

A Fishbowl reader was looking for last-minute gift ideas for tweens and teens this week. I pointed her to this past post, but I wanted to add a few of my personal faves here too: Texting gloves so they can text without their fingers freezing (Here’s a pair from MEC.) Blanket scarves – apparently it’s cool to bundle […]

30 Dec, 2014

Annnd that’s a wrap. On Christmas, that is.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Christmas is weird. You spend weeks, possibly months, thinking and planning and shopping and list-making … and then the day arrives. And then it’s over. And then it’s Back To Normal But Not Really Because the Holidays Are Still Kinda Happening. Mark’s parents came over for dinner on Christmas Eve. The girls set the table […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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