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27 Jul, 2017

The most important thing about camping with kids

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|travel talk

While I was tapping out yesterday’s Q&A post about camping I got to thinking about camping with kids. It’s been a great experience for our family, especially since we’ve been doing it since our daughters were small. Camping is one of our family traditions. Every year is an adventure and every year we cherish the […]

I’m bummed that I haven’t had a lot of time to write here these past few weeks. Part of this is because we were away camping this past week and the week before was overfull with (a) work and (b) life. But that’s the way it goes sometimes. Sidebar: I totally feel like Little Miss […]

14 Jul, 2017

Rediscovering Gatineau (part 2)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Ottawa|travel talk

In my last post, I wrote about MosaiCanada, a free, must-see exhibition that’s going on right now in Gatineau. After tromping around the park and admiring the sights my group continued our tour of Gatineau through the city core.* If you’re from the Ottawa-Gatineau region you already know that many government workers are employed on […]

Way back when the kids were Very Small we had to make some big decisions. Cloth or disposable? Co-sleeping or crib? Playmobil or Lego? Downhill or cross country? ;) I felt very strongly that the family who is sporty together, stays together. I pictured our little family on our bikes in the summer, hiking, and […]

I have soooo much to write about! If you follow me on Instagram you might already know that we went on a short family holiday right after Christmas. It was our Christmas gift to ourselves. This meant way fewer gifts under the tree but I am so happy we took this route. There were a few […]


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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 (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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