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terra20 is a Fishbowl patron but my opinions and love of sustainably-made and planet-friendly products are my own! I have some good news for fans of terra20 AND for the folks who may not have had the time to discover them yet. They just opened a brand new location at the Rideau Centre, right across […]

02 Feb, 2016

Brewing cappuccinos like a BOSS

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

Our espresso machine was given to us as a gift from my inlaws and for many years, it was truly the gift that kept on giving. Sadly, it was beginning to show its age and was dying a slow death. It was time for a replacement unit so we started to research a new one. […]

Last year I was part of a really cool initiative called Shop the Neighbourhood. The idea behind it is to encourage people to shop locally, which I love, because I truly believe that independent stores are the backbone of our community and help make it a great place to live. I’m very happy to announce that […]

11 Nov, 2015

About that new couch

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

This is the timeline of our family couch history, in a nutshell: 1995 or ’96: Mark’s Swedish “park bench style” bachelor couch was traded in for one we bought together at The Bay. April 2005: our family won a huge contest hosted by the Ottawa Citizen. The prize: a complete overhaul of our living room. Our couch was taken away, reshaped […]

Thanks for your entries! We have a winner! The winner has been emailed and the name is listed in the last comment.  One of my favourite things to do in the afternoons when I’m in need of a pick-me-up is walk down to Bridgehead, grab a coffee, and walk along Richmond Road. I always feel so energized […]


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  • Laura Foster: I would love to get my eldest the Thinksport 500ml insulated food container with spork in white! She loves taking home cooked meals in the fall and wi
  • Amanda: I love the planet box rover! Would be a great addition to our attempt at litter -less lunches!
  • Jessica J: I'd love a patterned reusable snack bag and a Bentology Bento Box for packing lunches in!
  • Rachel: The green bento box looks great!!:)
  • Joanne stober: Love Planetbox from terre20 and after looking high and low and even on planetbox website, bar far the best prices was at my local store. Happily bough
  • Astrid Johnson: My favorite litterless lunch product are the Bentobox containers and the SoYoung lunch bags! Astrid
  • Elizabeth: The Thinksport insulated water bottle would be my pick to try; my girls really prefer cooler water, and will drink more if the water isn't tepid.

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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 (17) and Sarah (15). 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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