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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 […]

26 Jul, 2015

Summer sights

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

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20 Jul, 2015

One afternoon at Ottawa Bluesfest

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

I have to confess, I’ve never been to Ottawa Bluesfest. I generally don’t love crowds, sweating, or standing around… so really, there is little reason for me to go. The music festival scene is such a big part of summer in Ottawa, and I’m perfectly content to stay out of it. Isn’t that awful? Anyway, Mark […]

We were at my in-laws on a hot day last week when we were alerted to the fact that there was a crow hopping around the front lawn. Correction, it was hobbling, in a rather ungraceful kind of way. So of course, being the bird nerds that we are, we had to investigate. Turns out […]

This giveaway has officially ended! The name of the winner has been posted in the comments below. Thanks everyone for your entries and I hope to see you at Saunders Farm this summer! Fishbowl patron Saunders Farm is very well-known around Ottawa for the spooky fun they provide for Ottawa families around Halloween, but have […]

Movies on the Beach is one of the most fun things to do during the summer in Ottawa. It’s hosted by Majic 100 (who have renamed it Friday Night Flicks by the way) and it’s free! We’ve been to the one at Westboro Beach a few times, so if you’re planning on going, here’s what […]


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  • Brenda: I really like, and want, the Kids Konserve Stainless Steel containers!
  • AJ DeForest: The oh Canada lunch bag is awesome.
  • Vanessa Smart: We love the SIstema lunch boxes! Have been using them for years - durable, eco-friendly, and just the right size!
  • KL: Oh the PlanetBox it's so lovely. One piece no little parts to search for. Amazing.
  • Kat: The smart, functional and eco friendly PlanetBox!!
  • Cath: The Divided Dishes Bentology Flower Bundle is super cute. Do they have anything that guarantees the contents get eaten?! Great giveaway!
  • Marni: Would love to invest in the stainless steel snack trio. Also love the reusable snack bags and have bought them for gifts!

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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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