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07 Mar, 2013

Could you use some extra grocery money? I thought so.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

If you’re on Twitter you may be interested to know about Sobeys next great Twitter party, just in time to celebrate the fresh flavours of Spring. Every tweet gives you a chance to win a Sobeys gift card and up to $1,200.00 in Sobeys gift cards are up for grabs. I’ll be there too, so please mark […]

We have a winner! Thanks for you entries! There will be other giveaway in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned. Let me give you some background before I give you the details of this giveaway. As part of a large-scale marketing initiative to encourage Canadians to visit Syracuse and its surrounding areas, the Syracuse […]

Yesterday I received an email from the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) that I thought was interesting enough to post about here. The CCA is hosting a blogger challenge to encourage active living and promote the CCA’s new web site. The Fit-in 15 website features simple, no-cost, no-equipment ideas for creating your own 15 minutes of focused […]

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10th! Moms: Do you know what your kids are buying you for Mother’s Day? Dads: Don’t let your kids buy ashtrays or rubber dish washing gloves. (Consider yourselves warned! You’re welcome.) Dads might want to tune in for the next week. I’m going to be giving a few ideas for great […]

Woot! Giving away a whole bunch of movie passes to an advance screening of “One Week” with Joshua Jackson.


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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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