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25 Sep, 2015

Device management in the home

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I have been working on a little project for MediaSmarts and it got me thinking of a modern day parenting issue I am going to call DEVICE MANAGEMENT. Is a modern issue? My parents had to deal with device management a few decades ago too, but the devices back then were telephones with long curly cords, […]

Sometimes the best little adventures are ones that happen when you divert from the original game plan. This is what happened when we went to Sandbanks a few weeks ago and decided to explore a new trail instead of just hanging out on the beach all day. It happened when we left our hotel without a […]

08 Sep, 2015

A very Ottawa weekend to cap off summer holidays

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

The girls are back at school today and I am happy to return to regular routines again. I love this time of year. Love it. I always feel like September is a chance to start again with a blank slate – refreshed, reinvigorated – ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. I am just […]

20 Aug, 2015

Fireworks on my birthday!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

Some of you may remember awhile back when I wrote about a giant bike ride I wanted to take for my birthday. WELL, it never happened. I wrote about it, bought a new bike seat, took my bike out a handful of times, and that’s it. I thought about WHY this happened and I was […]

18 Aug, 2015

A visit to Monkey Land

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

A good friend was asking me for resort recommendations and I realized I wrote two posts about our 2015 trip to Punta Cana and totally forgot to write about one of the best – and worst – excursions we’ve ever experienced. As I’ve mentioned before, my idea of a great family holiday includes time for quiet […]

04 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, Algonquin Park part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

We’ve been camping every summer since the girls were toddlers. I was REALLY looking forward to going this year, more so than usual. Maybe it’s work stress or too much time in front of the computer, or that long winter we had, but I couldn’t wait to pack up and skip town. When I think about […]


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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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