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I wrote about our family of venus fly traps earlier this summer, but I wanted to post an update because it’s turned out to be a really interesting little project. Sidebar: many kids plant seeds/grow beans as a school project during some point in their lives. This is really taking it to the next level! […]

10 Jun, 2015

Carnivores in the house

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I want to take a moment to introduce you to some carnivores now living in our home. Meet Jaws: It’s a Venus Fly Trap! We bought four of them at Farm Boy (the Britannia location) last night. Not only is this a pretty darn cool window decoration but it’s a biology lesson to boot. Because I […]

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14 Dec, 2013

Growing rosemary

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

Sometimes the smallest projects are the most satisfying, aren’t they? Back in the fall I decided I needed a supply of rosemary over the winter. So I grabbed a spade and dug out the rosemary shrub in our garden, dumped it in a pot, and brought it inside. Amazingly, it survived. (I don’t have very […]


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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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