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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 […]

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 […]

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  • binki: Exercise bike instead of walking? I walk to work, which I love. Fast walking is the BEST thing a person can do. The mall-walkers are my new heroes.
  • maryatparenthood: Maybe you can try a different kind of exercise in the meantime? Hope you are feeling better soon!
  • Deborah: I have had plantar fasciitis several times. My doctor told me to wear supportive shoes like my aerobics shoes all the time - starting first thing in t
  • sassygirl: sorry to hear about the foot woes! I am a 20,000+ steps per day walker and wow! when I injured my foot it made me extremely unhappy. :/ take i
  • Heather: Hi Andrea, Sorry to hear about your heel. Hope you can heal soon and have the same momentum again that you had to start your treadmilling! Your posts
  • andrea tomkins: Thanks for the tips Anne! It's crazy how much it hurt at first. Quite alarming, actually. Thankfully it is getting better. Sigh.
  • Anne: Andrea, I've had Plantar Fasciitis twice. It hurts, doesn't it? It does eventually go away. The best thing I found was while sitting in a chair, ro

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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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