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08 Sep, 2015

A very Ottawa weekend to cap off summer holidays

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

The girls are back at school today and I am happy to return to regular routines again. I love this time of year. Love it. I always feel like September is a chance to start again with a blank slate – refreshed, reinvigorated – ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. I am just […]

09 Sep, 2014

The view from Champlain Lookout

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

On the way home from our trip to see the old ruins we decided to check out another famous landmark in Gatineau Park, the Champlain Lookout. Have you ever been? It’s a must-see if you ever find yourself in the area, as it affords us ordinary mortals a rare bird’s-eye view of a particularly pretty slice […]

The first time, and last time, I visited the ruins of the old mill in Gatineau Park was sometime in the mid-90s. Back then it was still mostly a secret, and not a place that families would necessarily venture out and explore. I’m happy to report that this area has become a lot more mainstream and […]


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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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