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Movies on the Beach (a.k.a. Friday Night Flicks) has turned into a great Ottawa summer tradition. And it’s free! We’ve had great fun in past years. Check out the lineup! There’s probably a movie playing near you at some point this summer: July 22 at Westboro Beach: Zootopia August 5 at Heritage Orleans Park: Minions August 19 […]

13 Jul, 2016

A peek inside Jigsaw Escape Rooms

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

I was invited to try out the Jigsaw Escape Rooms here in Ottawa recently* and I was particularly excited about it, for a few reasons. (a) Mark has been a few times and has really enjoyed it (b) I thought it would be really fun to do with the girls. The idea is pretty cool. Essentially, […]

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How do you show someone you love them, honour them, respect them? You can definitely buy a gift, a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates, or send a card. Teachers get mugs, retirees get a cake, graduates get a laptop. These are great – and HELLO – who wouldn’t like cake! Certainly, gifts have […]

So, let’s talk about Canada Day. Did yours get rained out, or did you persevere? Ours was a mix of the two. Our youngest daughter went downtown with a friend: stayed for dinner, got soaked (twice), got lost (once) and caught the fireworks. The three remaining family members decided to do something completely different. We took […]

I posted about a lovely soup we had last week and promised a full review of Zestible, a new service which provides ready-to-cook meals for Ottawa folks. First, I have to confess that I would enjoy dinner time a little more if (a) there were fewer steps involved (read: no shopping or pouring over recipes from […]


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  • andrea tomkins: I love it too! Thanks Becky! :)
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  • andrea tomkins: Maybe the black groundhogs are slowly taking over Ottawa like the black squirrels did!
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  • Sara: We have a family of groundhogs behind our house, about six of them and one is completely black. We're in the bayshore area, so there's two!
  • andrea tomkins: Frankly, it's impossible to point to a movie/doll/Princess Candyland and blame that for any outcome. There are so many other factors involved in raisi

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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 (17) and Sarah (15). 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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