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28 Aug, 2020

The power of peppermint

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about a new aromatherapy garden at work. I’ve been mulling it over ever since. The person I interviewed for this – and she’s not in any way one of those people who are really “into” aromatherapy if you know what I mean –  said that touching and smelling […]

20 Aug, 2020

my pandemic birthday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

I’m officially 48. My mantra this year is “48 is great.” Because it is. I feel… taller somehow. I realized that for me, having a birthday during a global pandemic is almost the same as having a non-pandemic birthday. My perfect birthday essentially involves sharing good food with the ones I love, and I’m pleased […]

14 Aug, 2020

Destination: Carlington Hill

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Misc. life|Ottawa

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this post: I try to get in 5K worth of walking every day. I do this by: – going to bed at a reasonable time the night before – setting my alarm – putting out my clothes the night before (sports bra, top, shorts, etc.) I […]

08 Aug, 2020

First foray into public dining

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Yesterday was Mark and my 22nd (!) wedding anniversary. To be honest, both of us almost forgot about it. I understand why. It’s been hard to keep track of the days. In fact, I recently had to set the clock on my desktop computer so it shows me the day of the week as well […]

29 Jun, 2020

Look who I found!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

He (or she) was just hanging out on a hosta. He’s the only one I’ve seen from our brood. Share the post “Look who I found!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit


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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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