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30 Dec, 2013

About that Shopping Embargo…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you

Since Christmas 2006 our family has participated in a self-imposed annual “Shopping Embargo.” This basically meant that we stopped buying unnecessary stuff and paid greater attention to the things we did buy. There was a list of rules, but basically, from December 26 until February 28 we restricted our purchases to the basic necessities: groceries, fuel, […]

07 Sep, 2013

Making the most out of the PC Plus loyalty program

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

A bit about the PC Plus loyalty program, and some tips and tricks for anyone who’d like to shave some money off their grocery bill.

This is the continuation of yesterday’s post on the topic of movies. I am determined to make this The Summer of Film here at Casa Fishbowl! We went to a special screening of Despicable Me 2 the other day and we had a good time. Although it had some very funny moments I’m not convinced […]

20 Jun, 2013

I finally figured out how to store cilantro properly!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

How to store cilantro. Save a few pennies in the kitchen by storing your cilantro with this easy technique and it will last longer and stay fresher.

28 Feb, 2013

It’s about soap, but not really

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Yaktivism

A bit about a delicious bar of soap I bought, but it’s more than just about the suds.

27 Dec, 2012

Shopping Embargo 2012-2013

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

Our family has been participating in a post-Boxing Day Shopping Embargo since 2006. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, but it has. It’s become The Routine in our family, and I think that’s a good thing. This year’s Embargo is more important than ever. We have just surfaced from a major home renovation […]


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  • Peter Boyle: Dear Andrea, Count your blessings when you have the time to follow your heart's desire. Yours truly, Peter Boyle.
  • Lynn: Agreed, as well. I often wander into my office and start working at all hours, when the rest of the family is doing something together - it's hard to
  • Javamom: So a year or more later my house has no interior walls. They came down today! :) I'm on the hunt for recommendations of shower/bath etc faucets and sa
  • Cath in Ottawa: I struggle with this all the time - I love the convenience associated with my 7 step commute as well as the ability to pick up a sick child, throw a l
  • andrea tomkins: I know! I just keep watering it and it seems to be doing fine. This was was a late bloomer this season. The red leaves started coming out a little aft
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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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 – 938 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

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  • I have a new post up at the MediaSmarts blog this week. It's my response to a question that I'm asked quite often: What’s the best age to give a kid an iPod touch?

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