Barbara Lilley

Features Writer

Barbara Lilley is the mother of four teenagers. She is surviving this time of eye-rolling, sarcastic responses and generally being ignored by her offspring by drinking copious amounts of coffee, commiserating with other parents, and occasionally hiding in her closet. Wine helps.

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Do plastic bags in green bins defeat the purpose

Do plastic bags in green bins defeat the purpose

For nearly a decade, Ottawa has had a green bin program in place to deal with compostable items. Green bins are in our homes, our schools, and in businesses across the city. The purpose for their use has been to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, and to help the environment. Composting, [...]

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Avoiding ticks in the Ottawa area

Avoiding ticks in the Ottawa area

Even though the days and nights have started to cool down, there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy here in Ottawa. With the city considered a high-risk area for Lyme disease from tick bites, here are a few tips to help you avoid being bitten by these nasty little creatures. Wear Long Clothing [...]

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Don’t break the bank when it’s time for back to school

Don’t break the bank when it’s time for back to school

Ah, August. Summer is nearly done, and parents are starting to reset their minds and schedules towards September – even if their children are not remotely interested in thinking about the start of another school year. But while the kids are trying to avoid all things school-related, parents are [...]

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Time to ‘Be in the Park’ again

Time to ‘Be in the Park’ again

It’s that time of year again, when the air is filled with the sounds of bagpipes and drums, when those who hail from Scotland, and those whose families have been here for generations, celebrate all things Scottish at the Glengarry Highland Games. The Games start on Friday, but to get things in [...]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate chip…is there anyone you know who doesn’t like the sweet, creamy deliciousness that is ice cream? Me either. And this weekend is your chance to learn all about one of the most popular desserts in the world at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. [...]

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Wonders of Sand

Wonders of Sand

This weekend marks the 18th annual Wonders of Sand Festival in Gatineau’s Parc du Lac Beauchamp. Located at 741 Maloney Est, and running from Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, you can discover and learn about the technical and very creative aspects of sand sculpting. Created in 2001, the [...]

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Meghan and Sally Tibbits Spin New Adventure Tale For Kids

Meghan and Sally Tibbits Spin New Adventure Tale For Kids

Photo credit: Meghan and Sally Tibbit (used with permission) Following their recent return from New York City where they won a bronze medal at the 23rd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, mother-daughter duo, Sally and Meghan Tibbits, sat down with Ottawa Life to discuss their book, Badger Tales [...]

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

For something a little bit different this weekend, why not grab the family and head over to the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum for a little fun on the farm? No other capital city in the world has a fully functioning farm in the middle of it, and this weekend, you can [...]

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Cheese and Gravy and Fries, Oh My…

Cheese and Gravy and Fries, Oh My…

Ssh! Don’t tell your doctor, your dietician, or your health conscious best friend, but the Sparks Street Poutine Fest is coming to town again. Originating in Quebec in the late 1950’s, poutine has become more and more popular as the decades have passed. In case you have never heard of, [...]

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Shake Off the Cold at the Irish Spring Fair

Shake Off the Cold at the Irish Spring Fair

Want a fun way to welcome the spring that has finally arrived in Ottawa? Check out the Irish Spring Fair taking place on Saturday, April 13. The event will be held at St. Patrick’s High School, located at 2525 Alta Vista Drive, and will run from 10am to 3pm. There will be over 100 booths and [...]

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