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Looking for birthday party ideas for kids in Ottawa? Here’s the lowdown on a party we hosted for our 12-year old daughter. (Plus a big giveaway!)

04 Apr, 2013

Facing the music

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

I have a post up at the MediaSmarts blog writing about kids and music this week. Sex, coarse language, gender stereotyping – it’s a fast-changing world we live in and I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic. I offered a few of my own tips but I’m sure you Fishies have a few of your own to add.

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Is it just me, or do kids get harder to buy for as they get older? I wanted to share a few ideas of things that we ALREADY love here at Casa Fishbowl in case you’re looking for some ideas for the tweens and young teens in your lives. A scooter Sarah’s first cheapie scooter […]

19 Jul, 2012

Great summer reads for girls 10+

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy

A list of great books for tween girls. Got any to add? Please share!


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  • Jacquie: We would finally get Settlers of Catan! I have heard so much about it and think our family would love it.
  • Dani: Stocking Stuffers for my impossible to shop for kids ?
  • Pearl: Star Trek cats & iron on patches. Might browse costumes too.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). 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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