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19 Apr, 2013

Fishbowl Reno post #56 – the breakfast bar!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!|Ottawa

Show and tell time! Here’s a bit more information about our lovely breakfast bar made by naCoille Studio.

18 Apr, 2013

Fishbowl Reno post #55 – mostly about the kitchen

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

A bit about the kitchen renovation of our war-time home in Ottawa. Plus a video walkthrough!

I’m slowly coming to the end of what has officially become The Longest Series Ever here on the Fishbowl.The remaining posts will be a summary of each room. Each post will contain as much information as I can possibly share. If I have regrets I will mention them, as well as things that make me […]

06 Jan, 2013

Fishbowl Reno post #53 – Sarah’s bedroom

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

I’m slowly wrapping up the Fishbowl reno series with more detailed room-by-room posts. This one is about my youngest daughter’s bedroom, which contains a few interesting things. (At least I think so.)

26 Nov, 2012

Reno post #52: Numbers with curve appeal

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!|Ottawa

The mail carriers and UPS dudes and All Other Delivery People will FINALLY be able to figure out which house is ours again: Can I just take a moment to tell you how much I love our new house numbers? I love the curve of the belly of the five, the straight-as-arrows lines of the […]

I have a handful of posts left to write about on the renovation front, mostly because (a) there are a whole bunch of things that I know would make good blogging fodder and (b) I like to give credit where credit is due. This is a short version of what’s on our to-do list: We’re […]


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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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  • Two articles of mine were published in the summer issue of Ottawa Magazine. One is a Q&A with a dermatologist about summertime skin care (YES, those are my superwhite legs in the photo) and the other is a blogger face-off about bikinis.

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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

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