a peek inside the fishbowl

Posts Tagged ‘DIY

I am taking a closer look at some of the ideas I’ve bookmarked via Pinterest and actually DO something with them instead of just admiring them. This is the third in the series so far. You can read the others right here. This was a little project I pinned awhile back. Mostly because (a) even […]

13 Feb, 2014

So this is what we did with our Christmas tree

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I am sad to report that we didn’t host a pop-up forest on our front lawn this year (although I was very tempted). After Christmas we tossed our tree out the front door to await tree recycling day. After a, er, couple weeks, I decided to stand it up in a snowbank, like this: Sidebar: […]

I have a thing for old mason jars, and acorns, so when I’m able to find an opportunity to put them together… WATCH OUT. These jars are are sitting on our front stairs at the moment, waiting for Halloween night to arrive. It doesn’t look very exciting at the moment, but picture them illuminating our scarrrry […]

19 Jun, 2013


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: My media (sideblog archive)

I’m getting my craft on over at the UsedBlog today! We’ve been busy making things that grow! Check it out. Share the post “Writing:” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

20 Nov, 2012


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: My media (sideblog archive)

I’ve posted a progress report on my vintage-trunk-turned-bench project over at the Used blog. Check it out. Share the post “Writing:” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail


Awhile back on the Fishbowl Facebook page I asked readers to tell me about one thing they’ve stopped buying and started making instead. Here’s what they said!


NAC Nutcracker

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

Click me!


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Tobs Gabriel: Have you guys try gamesontruck.ca? They supply mobile video game truck and photobooth to kids birthday parties across Ottawa, Ontario.
  • andrea tomkins: We have a winner! Check your email. :)
  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

The Obligatory Blurb

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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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

Created with flickr badge.

Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.


On the nightstand

... check out past nightstand reads right here.

All hail the mighty Twitter