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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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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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