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14 Oct, 2013

A walk in the woods

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

Hasn’t the weather been glorious? Makes you want to count your blessings, doesn’t it? Share the post “A walk in the woods” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

It’s been an animal-heavy week, now that I think about it. And here are a couple of videos that came about during some research I was doing for an article I’m working on for Capital Parent Newspaper. You may want to turn your speakers down a little for the first one. (That is me shrieking, in […]

There are a bunch of great places to pick-your-own apples in Ottawa but we decided to go to Mountain Orchards, and it was totally amazing. It made for a very nice family outing and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun outdoor activity that’s a little different. Read on for details!

Our daily camping routine always goes something like this: Wake up Breakfast/get ready for the day Go for a hike Eat lunch Swim/beach time Dinner Sit around the fire Get ready for bed Sleep I like it this way. And even though I’d secretly prefer to drink coffee on the beach all morning, I especially […]

29 Jul, 2013

A quick note and a pickup truck

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

This is one of my all-time favourite camping photos. It cracks me up every time: CHIPMUNK PHOTOBOMB! Haha! This morning Mark will be packing up the pickup (YES, there is a TRUCK. Read on for the backstory!) while I’m scrambling around like a madwoman trying to strike things off our very very long list. We […]


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  • SJM: My father sent epic care packages when I was at Uni - one per term. It included a 6 pack of beer and lots of food. This was when postage was much chea
  • andrea tomkins: I KNOW. It's crazy that we are now the parents of an adult. I can hardly believe it myself most days! :)
  • Allison: What!!??!! How is your daughter in university?!! That just cannot be!!! So glad to hear she is adjusting well and having fun and enjoying her classes
  • andrea tomkins: Great ideas Joy! Especially the POST-its! They're actually an expensive purchase for a student, so they'd make a nice addition to a care package.
  • joy: cute and fun - I would love to receive things like this! How about notebooks, magazines, post-it notes, seasonal treats, lip balms, gift cards for fav
  • andrea tomkins: Ooh! Good one Alison! A good (long!) phone charge cord could be welcome as well.
  • Alison in Ottawa: Another pair of ear phones. My daughter can never keep track of them.

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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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