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26 Apr, 2015

Family holiday to Punta Cana, part two. The food!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

(Psst! Read the first part of this post here.) How does food figure into your ideal holiday? Are you one of those people who views food as fuel, so it’s kind of a non issue? Or do great meals figure prominently in your vacation? And is a vacation supposed to be a holiday from your […]

05 Feb, 2015

Weekend epiphany number two: life is for living

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

The first part of this post was published yesterday. You can read that right here. Do note, I was not paid – or required – to write this post, and my thoughts are my own. However, I did attend a weekend long event as a guest of Ford Canada. This post is a bit about that […]

Around this time last year we decided to start a 52-week money-saving jar. You can read more about that here, but to summarize, we socked away an increasing sum of money every week with a goal in mind: a two-night getaway to Fairmont Chateau Montebello over the holiday season. The idea was to leave the chaos of […]

The thing about getting older is that you get better at knowing yourself. It took me awhile to figure it all out but I now know that there are some things I need to do in order to keep myself happy and healthy. I need to eat well, I need to exercise, I need sunshine, […]

22 Sep, 2014

Moment of bliss #018

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

The clouds parted, and the sun shone with such force I had to squint. It was if the sun had been holding on to its heat and light and released it all at once. The darkness of the day beat a hasty retreat. The leaves glowed, the landscape glistened, the water sparkled, and there I […]

I like the idea of ending summer on a high note, with an extra special day trip or family activity. At the very least the kids will go back to school with something good to write for their “what I did this summer” essays. :) This past weekend Mark’s parents took the four of us […]


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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of 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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