February 5th, 2016

6 Canadian Instagrammers You Need to Follow

O, Canada! These 6 Instagram accounts are full of photos doing you proud. Take a look! Make sure to follow us @londondrugs and we’ll #followback. Please do tip us off to your favourite Canadian Instagram accounts while you’re at it.

@GreatNorthCo

Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Just wait till they’re frozen. // photo by @davidguenther #greatnorthcollective

A photo posted by Great North Collective (@greatnorthco) on

Not only does @GreatNorthCo provide quality photographs of spectacular Canadian scenery, it also has the cleverest captions of any travel account. Don’t mind if we do.

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@cococakeland

Lyndsay Sung’s Instagram feed is so sweet, we can feel the cavities coming on. The baker’s Instagram features cheery shots of her cakes, cookies, and cupcakes… need we say more? The pops of colour brighten your feed and yummy treats will hit you right in the cravings.

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@yeggers_

Photo by —– @katestah #yeggers

A photo posted by Edmonton Photography (@yeggers_) on

Edmontonians, we could never forget about you. The yeggers_ account collects beautiful photography of the City of Champions, and credits the talent. Not only is the feed a great way to ramp up your #yeglove, it’s also a great opportunity to discover local photographers and Instagram accounts to follow.

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@andrewknapp

The rare Momo tree. 🌳

A photo posted by Andrew Knapp (@andrewknapp) on


If you’re a photography buff who loves dogs, this is the feed for you. Vancouver native Andrew Knapp’s Instagram feed chronicles his relationship with his border collie, Momo. He posts shots of Momo amid stunning landscapes, as well as the odd “Find Momo” shot, which creates a game for users. Good luck!

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@theoriginal10cent

Needs coffee- back in the studio greys #10centneedscoffee

A photo posted by Lori Andrews (@theoriginal10cent) on

Interior designer and photographer Lori Andrews uses her Instagram feed primarily for sharing self-portraits and landscape shots. We love how, as you scroll, the feed transitions through the seasons. Based in Calgary, Lori endows her photos with an urban Alberta vibe that any Edmontonian or Calgarian can relate to.

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@coraliedpn

Bon matin ☀️🙋🏼 #montreal #sunrise #mtlblog #livemontreal #mtl #mtlmoments #canada #quebec

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Coralie’s Instagram account is a fabulous mix of day and night in beautiful Montreal. She also posts at @mtlshot but her personal account is our favourite. (We like the personal elements and occasional selfies.) Warning: most of her captions are en francais, so if you’re limited to English, focus on the photographs.



February 2nd, 2016

WATCH: 7 More Short Films That Will Delight Your Kids

These Canadian short films will entertain your kids, make them smarter, and give adults a guilt-free hour to talk after dinner. Simply deputize a helper to hit “play” and “full screen,” and get back to the grownup table! (Don’t miss our original post: 8 Amazing Short Films That Will Delight Your Children.)

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The Sweater Ah, an archetypal tale of Canadian identity. Anyone who loves a hometown team can imagine the distress when, instead of a beloved Montreal Canadians jersey, a boy receives a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater in error. Narrated by Roch Carrier, who based the 1979 story on boyhood experiences in rural Quebec.

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February 1st, 2016

Book of the Month – February

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pretty-babyPretty Baby by Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Reviews
“Pretty Baby is a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns that leave you guessing right till the end as to what the whole story is behind each of the characters” – Review by Carolynn

“Compelling story written in the views of the 3 main characters – Heidi, her husband Chris and Willow the homeless teen with a new baby. Although disturbing and difficult to read at times, it’s intriguing – you want to find out Willow’s back story and how she came about to be homeless and with child. The chapters are relatively short and alternate between the three main characters, so you want to keep reading to follow up on each of the storylines” – Review by Janice

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these book as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Pretty Baby is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of February.



February 1st, 2016

Pink Shirt Day is February 24, 2016

pink-shirt-day-2016Official #PinkShirtDay T-shirts Available at London Drugs in Support of Boys and Girls Clubs Across British Columbia and Alberta.

Canadian retailer London Drugs is proud to be the official retail partner for the popular Pink Shirt Day campaign along with organizers CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of anti-Bullying programs. For the eighth year, London Drugs is building awareness of this powerful campaign by being the exclusive retailer of the official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts.

Pink Shirt Day will be celebrated on February 24 and thousands of Canadians are expected to turn schools and businesses into a sea of pink to build awareness against bullying. This year’s Pink Shirt Day message is “Kindness is one size fits all.”

“This year on Pink Shirt Day we are focusing on Kindness. Kindness is universal — a trait we encourage everyone to openly express every day,” said Jen Schaeffers, Executive Director CKNW Orphans’ Fund.​ “We are grateful to have the continued support of London Drugs in our funding of programs across British Columbia and Alberta that teach children the importance of kindness, empathy and compassion. Funds raised will go directly to Boys & Girls Clubs in local communities.”

The official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt is now available at 72 London Drugs locations, as well as online at www.pinkshirtday.ca. The shirts are available in both adult and youth sizes ranging from small to XXL. The shirts cost $9.80 plus applicable taxes with net proceeds supporting CKNW Orphans’ Fund and distributed to various organizations across British Columbia and Alberta. The programs funded support children’s healthy self-esteem, both with their peers and themselves. They teach empathy, compassion and kindness.

“Over the past seven years, we at London Drugs are proud to have raised more than $600,000 for Boys and Girls Clubs in Western Canada through the Pink Shirt Day campaign,” said Clint Mahlman, London Drugs Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. “In 2015, supporters of the campaign purchased close to 18,000 Pink Shirt Day t-shirts from London Drugs. We couldn’t have done that without the support from our customers.”

Youth and organizations continue to support Pink Shirt Day following the stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students In 2007. The students took action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying. Since then wearing pink shirts has sent a powerful message against bullying.  



January 29th, 2016

Red Cross #PinkDay T-shirts Available at Saskatchewan London Drugs

pink-shirt-dayOfficial Red Cross #PinkDay T-shirts Available at Saskatchewan London Drugs  in support of Red Cross Pink Day on February 24, 2016

London Drugs is proud to join the culture change as the 2016 Red Cross Pink Day campaign begins in Saskatchewan. Join members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders this Saturday, January 30th at our Grasslands location for an autograph signing and Pink Day launch. Roughriders in attendance will be Dan Clark, Nick Demski, and Levi Steinhauer attendance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to support the Red Cross.

Pink Day is a national movement to create awareness of and prevent bullying in schools and communities. London Drugs is proud to become an official retail partner for the popular Pink Day campaign with the Red Cross.  

“London Drugs has been involved with Pink Shirt Day for years with all of our markets but we were eager to work with a local organization,” said Cory Muir, London Drugs store manager. “We are thrilled to be a retail partner for the Red Cross with this great initiative. Red Cross Pink Day shirts and wristbands are available at all four of our Saskatchewan locations. We want to encourage everyone to join us and wear pink on February 24.”

Pink Day

In 2016, Pink Day in Saskatchewan coincides with the national Pink Day campaign on February 24. Together, all Canadians will unite to bring awareness to the issue of bullying at schools and in communities. Thousands of Saskatchewan residents are expected to turn schools and businesses into a sea of pink to help raise funds for anti-bullying programs in schools and programs throughout the province.

“Pink Day is not just a way to create awareness of bullying, but also a way to give kids the tools they need to protect themselves from this type of behaviour,” said Luc Mullinder, Project Manager for Red Cross Pink Day. “Each year we see growth as more schools and organizations see the benefit of Pink Day and the positive effect it has on our youth. Our goal is to continue that effort and reach every single student with bullying prevention education.”

The shirt and wrist band combos are available for $20 plus applicable taxes with net proceeds supporting Red Cross bullying prevention programs in Saskatchewan.

Support of Pink Day has grown dramatically since 2007, following the actions of two Grade 12 students in Nova Scotia. The students witnessed a Grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to also wear pink in support of this student. Since then, wearing a pink shirt has sent a powerful message against bullying. 



January 22nd, 2016

New Year, New You: How To Set Smart 2016 Goals

New Year's resolutions

Let’s be clear: Resolutions are so 2015. Forbes estimates that just 8% of us manage to keep our New Year’s resolutions. What’s the point?

We’d like to encourage you to set goals, instead. And not just any goals; we want you to set SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. It’s a great way to break a seemingly impossible goal into steps that will have you living your dreams in no time. Here’s how to get started.

What Do You Want To Do?

Maybe you want to stop smoking, eat healthier or get more exercise. Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids, get a new job or get organized. Maybe you want to totally reboot your life.

Start by picking one thing to focus on. It’s easier to keep motivated when you have a single purpose. If you have many goals, assign each a month for individual focus. This builds habits that support your goals and prevents your getting overwhelmed.

Getting Specific

So, you have your dream goal—now it’s time to get specific. Many resolutions fail because they are vague aspirations instead of concrete steps. Say you’ve decided to start exercising. Next decide on a specific metric for success. Whether it’s completing a couch-to-5K program or 30-day yoga challenge, make sure it’s possible to check the task off as “Done.”

Measure Your Success

Ask yourself, What does success look like? Sometimes it’s clear—if you want a new job, success means signing that new employment contract. Sometimes it’s opaque. Figure out how you are going to quantify success. Having a clear vision will motivate you. So will crossing off each step to your final goal.

Ambitious…Yet Achievable

It’s exciting to take on a big goal, but you have to set yourself up for success. A modest goal, achieved, trumps a grand one, unfulfilled. If you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in a year, completing a triathlon will be too much to accomplish by April. Set your sights on completing a local fun run first, then take aim at the Ironman.

Relevant…To You

Is your motivation genuine? Sometimes, we work to achieve things because we think we should—not because we need to. Choose goals that delight you in the process, not only the destination.  Never be cowed if others think your goal unworthy. When it matters to you, it matters.

Time Waits For No One

Goals are dreams with deadlines. A time limit sharpens your mind and allows you to plan the small steps to move you forward. A schedule aids overall SMARTness by forcing accountability and pragmatism.



January 22nd, 2016

London Drugs invests in all new photo finishing platform

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New Photolab Website and Kiosks installed in 78 London Drugs locations

London Drugs continues its commitment to superior customer service with the launch of its new photolab website and in-store kiosks. At 78 London Drugs locations across Western Canada, the new touchscreen kiosks and technology have been installed in the photolab departments. With upgraded software, mobile access and a widespread variety of customizable printing options – including fine art – London Drugs is taking its photo business to a whole other level.

“Our developers have spent the last year refining our new website and in-store software before preparing this extensive rollout for our customers across Western Canada,” said Andy Kahrmann, London Drugs business unit manager, photolab. “We believe this new platform and design will provide our customers with an enhanced photo sharing and printing experience. Our photolab printing options continue to expand as new technologies enter the market. We’ve had tremendous success with our personalized photo mugs for example and our ability to provide a 24-hour turnaround.”

London Drugs’ new photolab website now has the ability to inform customers of their photo upload speed while hosting all images in an online photo album. Customers can upload images directly from their Facebook, or Instagram accounts while seeing the different print options available for each image. An added new feature is the ability to begin a photolab project in one location and then finish it in-store if additional guidance from a London Drugs Photolab expert is required.

In-store kiosks have been updated with larger touchscreen monitors. Customers uploading photos in stores can use all formats of storage media including smartphones or tablets using in-store WiFi to upload their images. Every London Drugs store has free WiFi available. All completed projects are stored in a cloud account making future ordering easy.

“We read all of our customer comments and took this feedback into consideration when designing the new photolab platform,” added Kahrmann. “Customers will be thrilled with how simple it is to crop and preview images and photo gifts on their screens. There are also now more than 30 themed categories with 111 individual styles available for building the very popular photo books.”

Additional customizable printing items include puzzles, boxes, calendars, coasters, mousepads, pet items, clipboards, and crystals. Fine Art printing continues to increase in growth for London Drugs’ photolab with bamboo and canvas materials available.

Customers are invited to visit the in-store kiosks at their local London Drugs or to access the Photolab website at their home or on their smartphone. Individuals looking for a demonstration of the Photolab can attend an introductory workshop.



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