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This is probably the best time of year to take a moment and reflect on where our kids are at in terms of their education. Post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas craziness… at this point the kids have had ample time to settle into to school routine, get to know their teachers, and re-learn a few things they may […]

We have a winner! The email has been sent and the name posted in the last comment. Thanks all for your entries, stories, and confessions. :) When our daughters were very young I made a concerted effort never to appear squeamish or grossed out by any spider, snail, or snake that we’d come across during […]

I’ve been finding it tough to find my creative mojo lately BUT I know myself, and I know how to fix it. I need to stay fueled up – both physically and mentally – by doing the following: (a) Re-commit to my ten thousand steps. I’ve let it slide this past week because I’ve been […]

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 […]


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

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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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