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22 Dec, 2015

Last minute gift ideas for tweens and teens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

A Fishbowl reader was looking for last-minute gift ideas for tweens and teens this week. I pointed her to this past post, but I wanted to add a few of my personal faves here too: Texting gloves so they can text without their fingers freezing (Here’s a pair from MEC.) Blanket scarves – apparently it’s cool to bundle […]

04 Jun, 2013

Writing:

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: My media (sideblog archive)

My latest post over at the MediaSmarts blog came about because I found myself having THE TALK with the girls recently. It’s not THE talk you’re thinking about. No, the birds and bees were covered years ago. This is the “don’t upload anything stupid” to the Internet talk. Sigh. As always, I’d love to hear […]

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 […]

02 Apr, 2012

The trouble with tweens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting

My head is practically hurting from all the things I want to write about. So I will start with this one even though I know it’s going to come out in a big jumble. A few things inspired me to jot my thoughts down on the topic of tweens today, one of which was a […]


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