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We have a winner! The email has been sent and the name posted in the last comment. Thanks all for your entries, stories, and confessions. :) When our daughters were very young I made a concerted effort never to appear squeamish or grossed out by any spider, snail, or snake that we’d come across during […]

22 Sep, 2014

Moment of bliss #018

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

The clouds parted, and the sun shone with such force I had to squint. It was if the sun had been holding on to its heat and light and released it all at once. The darkness of the day beat a hasty retreat. The leaves glowed, the landscape glistened, the water sparkled, and there I […]

14 Oct, 2013

A walk in the woods

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Hasn’t the weather been glorious? Makes you want to count your blessings, doesn’t it? Share the post “A walk in the woods” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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 […]

It’s been an animal-heavy week, now that I think about it. And here are a couple of videos that came about during some research I was doing for an article I’m working on for Capital Parent Newspaper. You may want to turn your speakers down a little for the first one. (That is me shrieking, in […]

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.


NAC Nutcracker

Fall fun at Saunders Farm!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

OMS Ottawa Montessori schools

terra20 Ottawa

Bugs at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa

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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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