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22 May, 2013

The reading brain and a different diet

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

This is what I’m reading right now… … a loaner from my daughter called The Wildwood Chronicles. The illustrations are rich and lovely (check out the official website!) and the story is taking me somewhere unexpected, which I am am enjoying very much right now. Related: do you believe that you are what you read? And […]

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13 Dec, 2012

Family Advent days 10 and 11

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

Even the best of plans can be waylaid by Life. Which is exactly why, when I write Family Advent “how to” posts I advocate stuffing the envelopes the night before. That way you can easily make last minute changes or switches and save yourself some grief. Last-minute stuffing is especially useful if you’re one of […]

Is it just me, or do kids get harder to buy for as they get older? I wanted to share a few ideas of things that we ALREADY love here at Casa Fishbowl in case you’re looking for some ideas for the tweens and young teens in your lives. A scooter Sarah’s first cheapie scooter […]

19 Jul, 2012

Great summer reads for girls 10+

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

A list of great books for tween girls. Got any to add? Please share!


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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