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04 Feb, 2018

Coffee date at the Scone Witch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Recipes and Food

Mark and I went for a quick cross-country ski this morning. Given the sub-arctic temperatures we had in Ottawa at Christmas and the usual freeze-thaw-freeze cycles, this represented his first outing on skis this year and only my second. Our destination: Pine Grove Trail. It’s an NCC trail in Ottawa’s east end, just off Davidson […]

03 Feb, 2018

Something for Ottawa folks to to do in February (INDOORS)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

How do you feel about the month of February in general? Let’s review the pros and cons: PROs The days are finally starting to feel a bit longer. It can be argued that February represents the “good” side of winter. It’s the end of a long cold season and we can still enjoy winter activities if we […]

For a few years, many moons ago, the kids and I were regular visitors at the annual live butterfly show at Carleton University here in Ottawa. I thought it was a great way to introduce kids to the magic, beauty, and joy of these amazing creatures. So when I heard about the new live butterfly exhibition […]

30 Dec, 2017

Christmas 2017 recap

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

How was your Christmas? I have to say, ours has been pretty low key, but I don’t mind. In past years we’ve gone to Tremblant and Chateau Montebello. This year, the eldest came home from school and we stayed closer to home. As much as I like to travel over the holidays, it’s also very […]

19 Dec, 2017

A peek inside Magic of Lights in Ottawa

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa

Last night was my first time visiting the Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks in Kanata (Ottawa)! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you know what, I can see why people have been swept away by it. Magic of Lights is a winding 2km stretch of road at Wesley Clover that has been […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). 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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