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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 […]

26 Oct, 2014

The history of our house

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

I think there’s value in knowing how we once lived. How can you move forward if you don’t ever look back? How can you be proud of your community if you don’t know how it has evolved and changed? This is something I think a lot about, especially in my role with our neighbourhood newspaper. […]

I’ve written about my love/hate of backyard gardening before. For the most part, I don’t love gardening. I love it in May and June, when the garden centres open. I love to see progress, and things growing. I love harvesting things from the garden, whether it’s compost or the fruits of our labour. And I love […]

We are a little bit compost crazy here at Casa Fishbowl. We have a city-issued green bin, a backyard composter (it’s big and black with two hinged flaps on top) as well as two big “cages” for leaf compost in the back corner of our lot. We’ve been using the big green bin all winter […]

04 Feb, 2014

Spider public relations

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

We have spiders in our house. They’re everywhere right now! I’m not sure if they’re just slowly making their way back post-renovation or if we’re in the middle of spider birthing season. Our household spiders are small and beige, a relatively inconspicuous shade of neutral that seems to blend into every shade of paint we’ve […]

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  • Carlene Heathorn: I can't decide between the red beet lunch bag or the stainless steel containers.....and is it terrible that I would use them for my lunch and not my k
  • Stephanie: I would like to stock up on some stainless steel containers!
  • Alison Lynch: Hi Andrea. The large and small reuseable snack bags definitely caught my eye - it's a great to cut back on ziplock bags. They're fun and colourful too
  • cheryl: The steel snack trios look good to me!
  • Tiana: I'd for sure get the bento box or the bits n bites combo set.
  • Suzanne: have been using LunchCubes for years now - am always on the lookout for leak-proof smaller containers to go in them! Also - I think we need a new ther
  • Stephane Desrosiers: Although my wife would love to get Tiffin Carriers, I'd lean towards a set of microwaveable Sistema containers as I'm running short on those.

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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 (16) and Sarah (14). 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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