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This is the continuation of yesterday’s post on the topic of movies. I am determined to make this The Summer of Film here at Casa Fishbowl! We went to a special screening of Despicable Me 2 the other day and we had a good time. Although it had some very funny moments I’m not convinced […]

There’s a memoir by Canadian writer and film critic David Gilmour called The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and a Son. It’s essentially about how the author finds himself underemployed with a 15-year old son who wants to drop out of high school. He lets him do this on one condition, that they […]

16 Jul, 2012

Movie Monday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

We found ourselves somewhere a little different this morning – pretty much on a whim: It was a good decision. Admission to a morning show at Rainbow Cinemas will only set you back three bucks per person. On Tuesdays it will only cost you a toonie. And air conditioning is included! (In case you were […]

11 Mar, 2011

Mars Needs Moms!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

I had the good fortune to be given tickets to a special preview screening of Mars Needs Moms last weekend. It was, in a word (or four) A Very Fun Movie. Today is the official release date, just in time for March Break. A perfect thing to do with the family if you ask me. […]

My latest piece at SavvyMom is Sharing is Caring. How can we show our kids that giving is important, especially during a season that is all about stuff? – We watched The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the other night. We watch it every year, and read the story aloud every Christmas Eve.  What I admire most about […]


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