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18 Dec, 2013

Gift ideas for the writers in your lives

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

Last year I wrote a post called “Five things you can give to your favourite blogger,” and I still stand by that list. :) I was tapping away in the office this morning and I thought it might be a good idea to post some gift ideas in case there’s a writer in your life (although […]

16 Dec, 2013

Birdfeeder revisited

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I know I’ve written about this before, but I had to say YET AGAIN how awesome this little bird feeder has been. Truly, it has been the gift that keeps on giving. (Click to enlarge the photo. It’s Mrs. Cardinal! She’s a regular.) I think this cold snap has been tough on the poor little […]

Hello Fishies! This is the third year I’ve posted the Fishbowl Patron Gift Guide. I do it for a couple of reasons: (a) to show my patrons a bit of extra love. They are all people who are so passionate about what they do, and they help make Ottawa a wonderful place to live. I […]

Update: We have a winner! Was it you? Scroll down to the last comments in this post to see.  Thanks for all of your thoughtful entries everyone. I hope Santa brings you everything you wished for. :) I think the recent snowfall we’ve had here in Ottawa has pressed the “fast forward” button on my […]

26 Nov, 2013

Make your own Bits n’ Bites

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

My mother-in-law made a batch of these homemade bits and bites and it suddenly dawned on me… we used to make these all the time but somehow it totally fell off my radar. I’ve decided it’s time to revisit this little treat. It’s easy, yummy, and it makes A LOT, but you can totally make this […]


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  • Danielle: Four our second entry: we would probably use the gift certificate to splurge on cleaning products from the ecobar!
  • Danielle: We do our best to use natural products without harsh chemicals to avoid sending toxins down the drain.
  • Jenn: I think with the gift card I'd treat myself to a little something just for me: eg. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/646/L%26T-Perfume-Gin-Blosso
  • Jenn: I try to do everything I can to help keep Mother Earth green and clean - litterless lunches, composting, recycling, 5 min. showers, eco-friendly beaut
  • Anjali: In honor of Earth day, and everyday, I recycle, pack re-usable containers, travel mug and light candles in the evening to conserve electricity. Th
  • Laura: We do the usual with lights, saving water etc... but some of the things I'm most proud of is we have a Nest thermometer which is "smart" and adjusts a
  • andrea: Thanks Jeff! I appreciate your taking the time to comment! Garbage and compost issues aren't top-of-mind for everyone, but they are important to me.

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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 (14) and Sarah (12). I am the Editor of the Kitchissippi Times as well as Capital Parent Newspaper. I'm also 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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