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Thanks for your entries! This giveaway is now closed. Looking for a promo code for Mopify? You can use mine: https://mopify.com/r/db9b013. :) When I was small, my dad worked and my mother stayed home. As a business owner, he often worked long hours at his shop. I believe it’s an unspoken agreement, a General Rule that applied […]

21 Mar, 2016

Thoughts of a first time Uber user

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

The recent news about Uber not being allowed to pick up passengers at the Ottawa airport got me thinking about my own experience with this ride-share service. I have been very slow to jump on the Uber bandwagon mostly because I never loved the idea of jumping into a car with a perfect stranger… BUT […]

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This is the time of year that many Ottawa parents start to think ahead to school enrollment for their kids. September seems very far away, but in terms of school planning, it isn’t. Choosing a school is a big consideration and I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. I asked Derek Rhodenizer, Assistant […]

10 Jan, 2016

Where Math and Parenting intersect (Part 2)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Fishbowl patrons

On Friday, I wrote a bit about my personal experience in the education system as it pertains to learning math. To summarize: although some of my peers excelled, the way math was taught wasn’t a good match for my own learning style. I’m old enough to understand what kind of learner I am. I can’t […]

01 Dec, 2015

Community.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Westboro|Ottawa

Shop the Neighbourhood went down on Saturday. (I wrote about it right here if you need the backstory.) It was a WHIRLWIND. Although I was the Ottawa representative of the campaign I was assigned to cover Westboro. And so, on Saturday morning, I laced up my sneakers and walked down to the village. I saw, I […]


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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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