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14 Apr, 2011

A Savvy-Fishaversary of sorts

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Publishing/writing/career stuff

The other day I realized that I’ve been writing for SavvyMom for FOUR years.



I can’t believe it’s been that long.

It’s been one of the most fun and satisfying writing gigs I’ve ever had. Allow me to count the ways.

  • I get to meet all kinds of cool (and inspiring!) Ottawans.
  • I’ve had the opportunity to discover some really neat places in Ottawa.
  • I work with really great people.
  • It’s never boring!
  • I’m usually the one pitching my own story ideas, so I’m writing about topics that I personally find interesting. This makes me happy, and I feel super motivated to spend the time on each piece.
  • Sometimes I’ve had the opportunity to bring the girls along for research. They get to see me in action. Hopefully there are some important lessons imprinted upon them during this process, namely, DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
  • It gives me a special thrill to share all of these hidden treasures in and around Ottawa with readers …
  • and to help promote local businesses too!

I am incredibly proud to be part of the Savvy biz, and I hope they keep me on for at least another four years. ;)

I wanted to share a list some of my favourite articles with you – the ones that have the best memories attached to them –  but I’m having trouble narrowing it down this morning.  How about this for a smattering:

One last thing, a lot of you Fishies are (a) Savvy subscribers, and (b) regularly forward me ideas and info for future articles. Thank you for that! Your support and interest are very appreciated! xo!

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2 Responses to "A Savvy-Fishaversary of sorts"

1 | Chantal

April 14th, 2011 at 3:38 pm


I really enjoy Savvymom, and enjoy your work there too! :)

2 | Jen_nifer

April 14th, 2011 at 9:05 pm


I subscribed to Savvy Mom for a while, and then I realized that they only stuff I liked from them was written by you. Please continue to post here when you have new articles over there!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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