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10 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018: last post!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

It’s been a busy week! The highlights: I got to fly on a vintage WWII bomber and Mark and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a little staycation. I want to share one last post about this summer’s camping trip to Silent Lake. (You can read part one and two first if you like.) […]

02 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018 part 2: a leisurely Friday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Yesterday I wrote about our introduction to walk-in campsites at Silent Lake Provincial Park and our trial-by-fire (or should I say, trial-by-thunderstorm?) arrival. After the deluge we went for a walk down to the beach and were greeted by a rainbow. I took this as a good sign. We ran into another mother-daughter duo who […]

Our campground of choice this year was Silent Lake Provincial Park. This was actually our fourth time visiting Silent Lake. Mark and I went there in the fall of 2005 and we returned as a family in the summer of 2006. We also went the winter and stayed in a yurt (which was totally amazing). […]

19 Dec, 2017

A peek inside Magic of Lights in Ottawa

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa

Last night was my first time visiting the Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks in Kanata (Ottawa)! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you know what, I can see why people have been swept away by it. Magic of Lights is a winding 2km stretch of road at Wesley Clover that has been […]

I have soooo much to write about! If you follow me on Instagram you might already know that we went on a short family holiday right after Christmas. It was our Christmas gift to ourselves. This meant way fewer gifts under the tree but I am so happy we took this route. There were a few […]


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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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