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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+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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 […]

09 Aug, 2013

Camping 2013: Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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

I can’t say for sure where the lure of camping comes from for me. Growing up, the only child of immigrant parents, I remember occasional walks in the woods and camping once or twice, but I don’t remember much about those times. I certainly wouldn’t classify my family growing up as “outdoorsy.” For all intents […]

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 […]

Here’s a question: Can it really be called winter camping if it takes place during March Break, and if our shelter of choice is a yurt instead of a tent? I’ve decided that since there was snow on the ground the answer is a big fat YES. I’ve uploaded a slew of photos to Flickr already […]

Checking out another kid-friendly cross-country ski trail in Stony Swamp.


NAC Nutcracker

Fall fun at Saunders Farm!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa

OMS Ottawa Montessori schools

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Bugs at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa

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  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
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  • Caroline: Zaatar pita chips crumbled instead of croutons. I just had the chips with homemade hummus and tabbouleh for lunch. Yum!

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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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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