June 26th, 2016

10 Signs You’re Raising a Canadian Kid

We’re proud to be Canadian, and we’re sure you are too. But here are the signs that your kids are even more patriotic than you expected.

It’s that Muskoka chair sittin’, Molson drinkin,’ Spirit of the West listenin’ time of year when – from east to west and north to south – we join in frenzied flag waving (in part to show our pride, and in part to scare off buzzing mosquitoes), to celebrate the summer and our nation’s birthday.  But for some of us, Canada Day isn’t the only time we give a nod to the nation; we’re proud to be raising the next generation of true Canucks, and our Canuck-love is evident in our parenting efforts and in our children.

In that vein, here are 10 signs you’re raising a Canadian kid:  

1. Your baby’s first word sounds like “Eh.”

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2. Your son is named Trebek, Shatner or Bieber.

3. The Canadian flags on your daughter’s school backpack outnumber the zippers.

4. At least once, you’ve served dinner with a side of poutine or maple syrup.

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Photo via Mathieu Plourde

5. Your kid has memorized passages from Robert Munsch books — in both official languages.

6. Their Halloween costumes must work with a snowsuit.

7. They think Red (and White) is Best.

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8. Their favourite clothing items are toques and bunnyhugs.

9. Your preteen’s favourite sports include hockey, lacrosse and snow shovelling.

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10. Freezies and slurpees are appropriate at any time of year. (Eh?!)



June 24th, 2016

A Canada Day Cake Recipe You’ll “Patriot Love”

We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a big potluck and you’re stuck coming up with a fresh idea to blow everyone away.

Multi Generation Family Enjoying Picnic Together

If it happens to you this Canada Day, never fear. The good folks at CanadianLiving.com have you covered like icing on a cake with this delicious recipe.

Canada’s Best Raspberry Layer Cake

Canada Day Dessert courtesy of Canadian Living

It’s red, white, and amazing with a summery taste that will be a hit in the great outdoors, in your own backyard, or anywhere else in the true north strong and free.

Let’s begin with some basic information, as well as and everything you’ll need to create this festive classic:

Prep time: 45 minute
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Portion size: 16

Ingredients

Cake Batter:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1-2/3 cups milk

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

6 oz raspberries

 Cream Cheese Icing:

1-1/3 pkg (250 g each) cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

6 cups icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla

Head to Canadian Living for complete baking directions and video instructions.

Find six more great Canada Day dishes, including everything from a tangy coleslaw to Maple Buttermilk Grilled Chicken, all from CanadianLiving.com with 7 make-ahead recipes for Canada Day



June 22nd, 2016

Mr. Brandt C. Louie honoured by UBC

Our chair and CEO, Mr. Brandt C. Louie, recently received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC. Mr. Louie was bestowed the honor in recognition of his extraordinary contributions of community leadership and visionary support of learning and research. In his speech, Mr. Louie shares some insightful thoughts on success and words of inspiration for the UBC 2016 graduating class.

Full list of UBC 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients:
http://graduation.ubc.ca/event/honorary-degrees/2016-honorary-degree-recipients/

See more of the convocation and Mr. Louie’s acceptance speech:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ubcceremonies/videos?shelf_id=1&view=0&sort=dd



June 21st, 2016

LD Experts: Connect Your Home With These New Gadgets

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LD Expert David Levitt chats with CTV Morning Live Weather Host Phil Darlington.

Watch the full interview here. 

Many know about Fitbit and other wearable fitness trackers, which connect to the internet to monitor many aspects of health. But fewer know about the range of similar devices designed to monitor your home.

David Levitt from London Drugs Grassland recently appeared on CTV Morning Live in Regina, Saskatchewan to discuss the emerging smarthomes trend.

He showed off many such gadgets available at London Drugs, including:

Eve Weather

Eve Outdoor Weather Sensor by Elegato: Eve Weather is built to live outside, and with IPX3 water resistance, even a little rain won’t hurt. Keep track of the weather at your actual home, and easily access your personal data right on your iPhone and iPad.

Note: Elegato also makes an indoor sensor.

 

L8908493mydlink WiFi Water Sensor by D-Link: It alerts you when water is detected, letting you know of a leak before it becomes a disaster. Use your mobile device to monitor what’s happening at home, even when you’re on the go with push notifications to your iOS or Android device.Leaks don’t always happen near an available outlet. That’s why D-Link has designed their 1 metre extension cable to be extended even further using any Standard RJ-11 phone cable.

L6065791Eve Energy Switch & Power Meter by Elegato: Live smarter by knowing more about the place you care about most. With Eve Energy, switch your devices on or off with a simple tap, and instantly see how much energy your devices are using.

Note: Elegato devices currently do not support Android.

L6141790WiFi Video Doorbell by Ring: With Ring, you’re always home. That’s because, with wide angled HD video, smart motion detection, and cloud recording, it’s like you’re home even when you’re not. It even allows you to monitor your property from hundreds of miles away!

At LD, we know even the most useful gadgets have to fit within a budget in most Canadian homes. Not to worry. David also assured viewers that these devices will not break the bank, “They are entry-level priced, but not entry level in terms of what you get.”

Watch the full interview here. 

 



June 17th, 2016

Book of the Month – June

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RelativityRelativity by Antonia Hayes
Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, a precociously talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her gifted, vulnerable son – and of her own feelings. but when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tight grip on their world falters.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

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 books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Relativity is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of June.



June 16th, 2016

LD Picks: Father’s Day Gift Guide

Shopping for Dad is a three-times-a-year experience. Christmas, his birthday, and Father’s Day. Not sure what to get him this year (or any year, for that matter)? We’ve collected a list of ideas here, and on londondrugs.com. We promise he’ll love it.

A gadget for fitness tracking

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A Fitbit is perfect for the active and tech-loving dad. It’s likely something he’s too cheap to buy for himself, but they’re still an economical gift. Is he having issues sleeping? Looking for fitness motivation? Left out of the family competition because you’re all set up with fitness trackers? Go the extra mile and set up the app for him on his smartphone – that way, he’s ready to play.

A blast from his musical past

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If your dad mourns the days of vinyl records, why not encourage the nostalgia with a Pro-Ject turntable? Plus, once you’ve set him up with the record player itself, take a look at our vinyl selection – one of the biggest in Canada – and get him a few records to start his collection.

A custom-made mug

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A kid’s artwork may be timeless, but there’s only so much storage space for paintings and crafts. This year, why not immortalize the artwork into a mug or canvas? He could take the mug to the office for his morning coffee – a useful and nostalgic gift is perfect for Father’s Day! Check out our new PhotoLab site for lots of great options. 

A good read

If your dad read Harry Potter with you as you grew up, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the perfect Father’s Day gift for him. Preorder now, and it’ll ship as soon as it’s available! But if you don’t live in the same house anymore (or if Dad is bad at sharing!), you might want to order your own copy while you’re at it.

A binge-watching aid

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Sometimes your dad just wants to be up on the new technology. The Google Chromecast will plug directly into his TV’s HDMI port. Then, it connects wirelessly to your Apple, Android, Mac, and Windows devices and enables smooth, steady streaming. No more awkward HDMI cord or iPhone viewing for him!

Happy Father’s Day, everyone.



June 15th, 2016

LD Experts: Join The Wearable Tech Revolution

With another glorious — if famously short — Canadian summer just around the bend, now is a great time to either get into or upgrade your wearable fitness technology.

Whether you’re a serious athlete, working on getting back in shape, or anyone in between, there’s a wearable that’s perfect for you. These devices have been around a while, but there are currently more options than ever, including those with GPS and heart rate tracking capabilities. Most are also web connected, allowing you to view your results online. Today, there are also stylish daywear options with even more unconventional wearables coming soon.

Unsure where to start? Read on for advice direct from our trusted LD Experts.

The Basics of Wearable Technology — Step Counters

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A new gadget might give you the motivation you need to meet your fitness goals.

An effective way to begin meeting your daily activity goals is with a standard step-counter, also called a pedometer. These deceivingly simple tools provide valuable feedback about your fitness regimen, whether that’s a 2k morning run or parking a few blocks from work.

A good recommended first goal, straight from Canada’s own Heart and Stroke Foundation, is 10,000 steps per day.

The Next Step: Going Online With Fitness Wearables

Fitbit Blaze

The Fitbit Blaze offers both fashion and function for fitness tracking.

Wanna take it to the next level? The subtle and affordable Fitbit Flex is the true standard-bearer for all fitness wearables. It counts your steps, but also distance travelled, calories burned, and sleep quality. You’ll need to wear it always to get the best results, but millions of current users agree it’s worth it.

Better still, this device, as well as others like it, links wirelessly to a web application that lets you chart your progress. Pharmacist (and LD Expert) Sam Ma says the social element, which allows friends and family to team-up and unlock ‘Badges’ together, makes it an excellent option. It’s kinda like being in Scouts all over again.

Need Some Stronger Tech? Try Advanced Fitness Wearables


Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 1.35.47 PMOf course, there are more capable wearables for those who want to take fitness tracking to still higher levels. Some track your heart rate throughout the day, which you can then review online in the evening. Others, including options from the navigation experts at
Garmin, track your location using GPS. This is especially useful for those who enjoy outdoor runs or bike rides. There are a wide number of advanced wearables available to provide a tracking edge for everything from swimming and skiing to mountain climbing.

A fitness wearable that many overlook are sport-optimized earphones, which could include bluetooth connectivity, built in FM tuners, and even fitness tracking functions. Chris Gibson, a technology buyer and LD Expert, notes he’s also excited by the fitness-encouraging potential of GoPro cameras. Many use these devices to capture amazing footage of extreme sports, like mountain biking and waterskiing.

The Future of Wearable Fitness Trackers

These days, wearable fitness tracker owners increasingly demand better style and ground-breaking approaches. That includes a subtle daywear fitness watch from Timex, which tracks steps, and the Fitbit Blaze, a premium all-in-one fitness wearable and smartwatch with a sleek, modern look.

Gibson says the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is fitness tracking clothing, such as biometric exercise shirts.

 

Whether you’re eager to adopt all the newest advances in wearable fitness technology or you’re looking to begin a digital journey toward a better you, the tech-savvy staff at London Drugs are keen to help. Find an LD Expert at a store near you.

 

Meet the Experts

mugshot copyChris Gibson is a self-declared gadget geek with a love of all technology, from phones to drones. As an Electronics Buyer for London Drugs, he travels the world looking for new tech to bring to LD customers, and loves to see new and creative uses for gadgets in everyday life. Outside of work, he is a husband and father to two girls that constantly challenge him to use tech to keep one step ahead of them. Twitter: @cav_ok

 

DSC01330Sam Ma is an avid photography enthusiast who enjoys playing sports, collecting wristwatches, and singing. He also loves to eat ramen noodles and just about anything soupy. Sam is a Patient Care Pharmacist who, in addition to dispensing and counselling on medications, is responsible for running annual health clinics such as the Osteoporosis Screening clinic. He is always more than willing to help you with your questions and health care needs.



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