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04 Sep, 2018

The Fishbowl goes West: the best and worst day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In the previous post in this series, I wrote about our climb up Sulphur Mountain and the gondola ride down, which was very cool even though the views were obscured by wildfire smoke from B.C. Every day of our holiday was jam-packed. At one point the kids asked me if/when we were ever going to […]

In the last chapter of our journey I wrote about our visit to Drumheller. I’ve been looking over our photos and they are simply not good enough. Honestly, the Badlands are so big and beautiful that no photo can do it proper justice. Anyhoo… From our accommodations in Calgary we moved on to Banff. Banff […]

29 Aug, 2018

The Fishbowl goes West: the stark beauty of Drumheller

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Imagine that you’re a kid and there’s a truck ahead of you that’s carrying a load of candy. You follow it because every once in awhile a piece of candy falls out on to the road. You pick it up – because, hey, IT’S CANDY. You follow diligently, watching the entire time. The longer you […]

As I mentioned in my previous post, when Mark and I got married twenty years ago we honeymooned in Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. This summer we decided to recreate the experience this summer and bring the kids. I am so glad we did. Our first day in Calgary was a very long one […]

01 Mar, 2018

March 2018 = The Whole 30

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

As many of you regular readers know, I like food. Scratch that, I love GOOD food and it may even be that I like food more than most people out there. I like food, a lot. That being said: I don’t like Oreos, but I love freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t like ordinary sliced […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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