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14 Jul, 2020

Moment of bliss #0025

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

It’s that time of year. A couple times a day I walk out the back door, into the yard, and eat as many black raspberries as I can see growing on the bushes. I do it once in the morning, adding a bunch into my morning granola/kefir mix, and once after work, eating them straight off […]

21 Jun, 2019

Moment of bliss #0024

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I made a promise to myself to be more active, and one of the ways I do this is by taking brisk walks. Once upon a time I tried running, but I realized I hated it so I reverted back to walking. If I can pull it off, I try to get in at least […]

25 Jun, 2018

Moment of bliss #0023

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I am sitting on the back porch with my pen and notebook and the last of this year’s peonies. It’s hard to narrow it down to a list of TOP floral favourites, but if I had a top five, let’s say, peonies would be on it, along with violets, mini-pansies, tulips, and lily of the […]

28 Feb, 2018

Moment of bliss #022

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

The eldest and I were talking about the importance of journaling. I think, as parents, it’s nice to try and establish some habits around journaling when the kids are young. (For example, with the line-a-day diary I blogged about awhile back!) Kids can also doodle a day, track what books they’re reading, jot down bullet […]

16 Jun, 2016

Moment of bliss #021

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I was in the garden yesterday, determined to do a bit of yard work. I find yard work to be overwhelming at the best of times. We actually have a fair-sized lot and when we moved here (almost 20 years ago!) and we inherited sizable flower beds. Unfortunately, they aren’t nearly as nice as they […]


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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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