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One of the great things about where we live is our proximity to Gatineau Park. A visit doesn’t need to involve a 100 km bike ride or a daylong trail blazing trek, it can be much simpler. So on Sunday we decided to pop in the car and to check out two easy Gatineau Park hiking […]

The Canadian Museum of Nature is a Fishbowl patron, and so I get advance notice and sneak peeks at what’s coming up. I was at a special preview opening of Animal Inside Out a few weeks ago. (Facebook and Instagram followers have already seen some of the fantastic things I saw when I was there!) […]

Spoiler alert: it was a great Mother’s Day, but it’s one that will be known in our family forevermore, as The Time Someone Stole Mum’s new plant. But first, allow me to backtrack. The first rule of Mother’s Day is that mothers should be allowed to sleep in. Everyone knows this, right? Unfortunately, Piper didn’t get […]

26 Apr, 2015

Family holiday to Punta Cana, part two. The food!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

(Psst! Read the first part of this post here.) How does food figure into your ideal holiday? Are you one of those people who views food as fuel, so it’s kind of a non issue? Or do great meals figure prominently in your vacation? And is a vacation supposed to be a holiday from your […]

This ticket giveaway is from Fishbowl patron, the National Arts Centre (NAC). We are big fans of the NAC, and like to visit whenever we can. I’m thrilled that we have such a fantastic venue here in Ottawa. Over the years they’ve helped us introduce our kids to a rich variety of performing arts. Arts and […]

I’ve had a pretty lousy week overall, laid up with a cold that’s resulted in a deep hacking cough that’s kept me up every night this past week. This and the weather, well, let’s just say that I’m feeling like a bit of a zombie right now. I am trying to focus on the good […]


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  • Connie Paris: JUMPING. PILLOWS. Actually, I'm thinking my hubby and I would enjoy the anticipation of the early kid bedtime after tiring them out on the pillows...:
  • Lynn: I'm all about the mazes - we made it through the mile maze last year, woot! - but of course the kids love the jumping pillows. We've been every summer
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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of 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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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.

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  • Two articles of mine were published in the summer issue of Ottawa Magazine. One is a Q&A with a dermatologist about summertime skin care (YES, those are my superwhite legs in the photo) and the other is a blogger face-off about bikinis.

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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

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  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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