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I was talking to someone today about how SOME people say that Ottawa is boring. Urgh. I hate those people. Folks, if you think Ottawa is boring, YOU are boring. There is so much great stuff going on, and so much of it is free. All you need to know, is how to find out […]

Last night I attended the media launch of the 2018 edition of Doors Open Ottawa. We’ve participated in Doors Open for a few years and I’m so pleased that this amazing event has gained more and more traction every year. As Mayor Jim Watson put it in his opening remarks, Doors Open represents a unique opportunity […]

16 Mar, 2018

Feeling trim, date night, and a new gig

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

Well, friends, we are just past the halfway point with the Whole 30 thing and I have good news and bad news. Bad news: I cheated. You are technically not supposed to weigh or measure yourself at any point during the thirty days, but I did. I blame Mark! He weighed himself and announced a […]

I was bummed to miss the media preview of the newly renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum back in the fall and have been dying to pay a visit ever since to see what I’ve been missing. Happily, the opportunity to go presented itself earlier this week because the eldest was home for reading week […]

09 Feb, 2018

Winterlude: On a wintery weekday night in Ottawa

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

David Reevely’s column about embracing the weather and creating a winter strategy for Ottawa has been percolating in my brain ever since I read it back in December. He’s on to something. I think if we, as a city, had a winter strategy we’d see a huge boost in tourism and in the number of local outings that […]


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  • Ar: I would also check out the round dancing
  • Ar: dinner, looks amazing!
  • Kate: Dinner. Looks awesome!
  • Danielle: Oh, lunch. What a lunch it would be!!
  • Claudette: Gosh, summer did seem so endless back then...now, I yearn for it to arrive and within a couple of weeks I start panicking that before we know it, it'l
  • Jinjer: The world would be a happier place if we all had a corner store like that and could ride our bikes everywhere!!! Thanks for sharing such a SWEET memor
  • Marc: I put crushed egg shells down in my garden, and it tends to discourage squirrels and neighbourhood cats from digging around. They don't like the feel

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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 (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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