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Posts Tagged ‘shopping

06 Oct, 2015

Dress for Success

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa

I have a confusing and conflicted relationship with The Act of Shopping. I am not a clothes horse, but I do love good clothes. I don’t like cheap clothing that falls apart and I don’t like fast fashion and everything that goes along with it. I will spend money where it’s warranted, on a great […]


As some of may already know, I’m a bit obsessed as it pertains to collecting PC Plus points. (Read my original post if you’re looking for tips and tricks on how to maximize your points and save money.) Last year I did a big shop on December 23 and the points that I had saved up […]

We have a winner! Her name has been posted in the comments below this post. Thanks for your entries everyone. Hope to see you at Tiggy’s store wide sale! Hoo boy. Do I have a great giveaway for Ottawa peeps today. Many of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. They’re a […]

16 Oct, 2014

Shop The Neighbourhood

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Publishing/writing/career stuff

Many of you Fishies already know how passionate I am about shopping locally. It’s something I’ve written a lot about here before and try to do whenever I can. It is a perfect fit with my shopping philosophy: Buy fewer things, that matter more. I do what I can to be a conscious consumer, and […]

Helloooo Fishies. I am very happy to be posting about this sweet little giveaway today, for two reasons. (1) I secretly love Valentine’s Day. Pink puffy hearts! Love! Chocolate! Cupids shooting arrows into unsuspecting victims! (2) It’s from Fishbowl patron, the Village Quire, and there’s a special place in my heart for this little store […]

20 Nov, 2013


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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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