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20 Aug, 2015

Fireworks on my birthday!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

Some of you may remember awhile back when I wrote about a giant bike ride I wanted to take for my birthday. WELL, it never happened. I wrote about it, bought a new bike seat, took my bike out a handful of times, and that’s it. I thought about WHY this happened and I was […]

18 Aug, 2015

A visit to Monkey Land

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

A good friend was asking me for resort recommendations and I realized I wrote two posts about our 2015 trip to Punta Cana and totally forgot to write about one of the best – and worst – excursions we’ve ever experienced. As I’ve mentioned before, my idea of a great family holiday includes time for quiet […]

I might seem like I’m so down with this camping thing, but I should also tell you that I can’t handle more than five nights of camping. At the beginning of each camping trip I’m thinking: WOW! I love being outside! It’s so relaxing! Outside is great! Fresh air! Nature! By the end of each camping trip […]

13 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, part three (a bit about the trails)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Going camping at Achray? You may want to read part one and two. I like to write about our travel and camping adventures, but to be honest, I’m never sure how to approach it here on the blog. I want to write it all down for myself, for my own family, but I also want […]

12 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, part two

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

If you follow me on Twitter – or was watching the 6:00 p.m. news last night – you already know that a massive tree fell over in our backyard yesterday morning. Thankfully, it fell in the right direction and no one was hurt, but the What Ifs have been filling my brain and I’m still […]

04 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, Algonquin Park part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

We’ve been camping every summer since the girls were toddlers. I was REALLY looking forward to going this year, more so than usual. Maybe it’s work stress or too much time in front of the computer, or that long winter we had, but I couldn’t wait to pack up and skip town. When I think about […]


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  • Nancy Jenningsn: Nice travel commentaries -thank you! Where do you get that Glenora ferry?
  • Tricia: The TO GO lunch container looks great. Or any nesting containers.
  • Alecia O'Beien: Union Jack lunch bag!! Love it for me ????
  • catherine: We could definitely use some more Lunchskins!
  • Jan ODonnell: Loved the Bentology divided boxes combo but stainless steel thermoses are a must have too for hot lunch options.
  • Kate S: As our kids start to pack their own lunches containers are key. Stainless steel - especially the trio look great as well as one of the several Insula
  • Sasha: If I'm being practical, I have to say my kindergarteners could use the mini stainless steel snack containers or the smaller sized U Konserve thermoses

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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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