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I am so glad my daughters aren’t the kind of girls who are afraid to do this: I have to thank my husband for introducing them to these interesting little creatures. I truly believe that kids who spend time outdoors and observing nature (like pond life and frogs) become a little closer to nature, and […]

A great little giveaway to see Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants… a photography exhibit by Mark W. Moffet at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

We went to the Canada Agriculture Museum, and here are a few things we spotted during our visit!

A great new giveaway for Ottawa families from the Canadian Museum of Civilization – a Fishbowl patron.

You know how much I love art. And photography. And I like thought-provoking photography twice as much. I had an opportunity to check out Edward Burtynsky: Oil, a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature (a Fishbowl patron) recently and I’m now here to recommend it to you. You must go see this. And […]

28 Jan, 2013

A bit about Nature Nocturne

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

ETA: Now with video! On Friday night Mark and I went to check out the first Nature Nocturne event at the Museum of Nature. (Transparency alert: the Museum is a Fishbowl patron.) Imagine a party, after hours, at a place you’ve been to dozens of times but with dancing, music, food, and oh, 2000 people. […]

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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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