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Thanks for your entries! This giveaway is now closed. Looking for a promo code for Mopify? You can use mine: https://mopify.com/r/db9b013. :) When I was small, my dad worked and my mother stayed home. As a business owner, he often worked long hours at his shop. I believe it’s an unspoken agreement, a General Rule that applied […]

11 Nov, 2015

About that new couch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

This is the timeline of our family couch history, in a nutshell: 1995 or ’96: Mark’s Swedish “park bench style” bachelor couch was traded in for one we bought together at The Bay. April 2005: our family won a huge contest hosted by the Ottawa Citizen. The prize: a complete overhaul of our living room. Our couch was taken away, reshaped […]

30 Oct, 2015

A walk around the garden

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Suffice it to say, I am overwhelmed by the state of our back yard at the moment. It’s a beautiful mess back there. I was secretly hoping that the recent windy weather would blow the leaves to Timbuktu, but half of them haven’t all fallen off the trees yet. The other half just piled up in the least convenient […]

10 Jun, 2015

Carnivores in the house

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I want to take a moment to introduce you to some carnivores now living in our home. Meet Jaws: It’s a Venus Fly Trap! We bought four of them at Farm Boy (the Britannia location) last night. Not only is this a pretty darn cool window decoration but it’s a biology lesson to boot. Because I […]

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04 Nov, 2014

Decorating help needed!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about our home or reno. The quick and dirty update is this: (1) our basement still looks awful (2) the flagstone patio first mentioned here is done (3) we are still looking for a new couch and I think Mark’s patience is starting to wear thin because I’m […]


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  • Anne Wallner: Over the years, we've used Terra 20's Sistema containers for school lunches and would love to have a few more different sizes.
  • Sonya: I love the So Young sweat proof icepacks. They fit really well in my kids lunch boxes and really don't sweat. And they often come home still cold/par
  • Tara Hynes: I like the little icepack animals.
  • Madeline: I try to make lunches as litter-less as possible, but could use some more resources to help on that front. I love the LunchBots duo divided lunch cont
  • Jan O'Donnell: LOVE the very pretty reusable bags - perfect for lunches and so much more. Just bought four a week ago and am thrilled with them!
  • Bethany: I really love planetbox. It's pretty indestructible, there are no kids to lose, dishwasher safe, no plastic, holds lots of food, and has leakproof opt
  • Shannon: I'd love to try the quad stainless steel container. We love Terra20 and all the options available!

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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 (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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