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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 […]

I was bummed to miss the media preview of the newly renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum back in the fall and have been dying to pay a visit ever since to see what I’ve been missing. Happily, the opportunity to go presented itself earlier this week because the eldest was home for reading week […]

09 Feb, 2018

Winterlude: On a wintery weekday night in Ottawa

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

David Reevely’s column about embracing the weather and creating a winter strategy for Ottawa has been percolating in my brain ever since I read it back in December. He’s on to something. I think if we, as a city, had a winter strategy we’d see a huge boost in tourism and in the number of local outings that […]

03 Feb, 2018

Something for Ottawa folks to to do in February (INDOORS)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

How do you feel about the month of February in general? Let’s review the pros and cons: PROs The days are finally starting to feel a bit longer. It can be argued that February represents the “good” side of winter. It’s the end of a long cold season and we can still enjoy winter activities if we […]


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  • FD: We love puzzles and my kids have been talking non-stop about exploding kittens so the exploding kittens puzzle ticks off two things on our list all in
  • Nora: Posted on FB too! ; )
  • Nora: I have a llama fanatic so that windup toy would be a bit! I love Tiggywinkles for stocking stuffers, games and puzzles. Thanks for the opportunity!
  • Jacquie: Posted on Facebook too. :)
  • Jacquie: We would finally get Settlers of Catan! I have heard so much about it and think our family would love it.
  • Dani: Stocking Stuffers for my impossible to shop for kids ?
  • Pearl: Star Trek cats & iron on patches. Might browse costumes too.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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