October 23rd, 2016

7 Weird Appliances We Love

Most kitchens have a blender, a coffee maker, and a toaster; maybe a stand mixer or a panini press. But what about specialty appliances? Novelty appliances are too good to ignore – make for perfect gifts (gag or otherwise!). Which one is your favourite?

Milk and Cookie Shot Maker


Eliminate the need for dishes with these all-in-one milk & cookie shots. A chocolate lining (courtesy of the appliance’s chocolate melter) prevents the milk from soaking the cookie, so you can nibble at your leisure without worrying about the depreciation of your snack’s quality.

Electric Mac N Cheese Maker


This Mac N Cheese maker from Smart Planet makes perfect macaroni and cheese, every time. Whether you’re making Kraft Dinner or prepping your Mac N Cheese from scratch, Mac & Cheese Nation’s three settings, built-in strainer, and handy handle will help you make the perfect meal.

Peanuts Hot Dog Steamer

5101fubhqxlThis Peanuts-themed Hot Dog Steamer makes lunchtime (or late-night eats) a snap. It steams your dogs and your buns, all at once – with cartoonish charm! What more could you want?

Donut Hole and Cake Pop Maker

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-11-12-30-amDid you ever get into the cake pop trend? It’s not too late! This Sunbeam “Donut Hole and Cake Pop Maker” is a 2-in-1 combo – and both treats will be a hit for your family. Plus, that retro yellow?

Peanuts Grilled Cheese Maker

sgcm-1-snoopy-and-woodstock-grilled-cheese-open-with-food-1k_1024x1024You may think one panini press is enough. However, this  novelty Peanuts Grilled Cheese Maker creates an imprint of Snoopy and Woodstock on your sandwich. It is so relentlessly adorable, that a second panini press may not seem so farfetched after all.

3-in-1 Breakfast Station

bset300retrored_01A favourite among London Drugs shoppers and employees, this nostalgia-focused 3-in-1 breakfast machine can cook eggs, sausage, bacon, prepare coffee, and toast bread. Really.

Hot Chocolate Maker


Who doesn’t love homemade hot chocolate? This retro machine heats and froths your beverage, and has a 32oz capacity – meaning it makes enough hot chocolate for the whole family.

October 20th, 2016

5 All-Time Favourite Halloween Treats

What was—or is—your all-time favourite Halloween treat?

You might be able to tell simply by paying attention to what you buy this year, since a good portion of adults actually choose the treats they hand out based on their personal favourites. (We don’t, after all, want to be left eating treats we don’t like, should the little ones not show up, right?)

Or check out our list below to jog your memory. And if we haven’t included one of your all-time faves, just let us know!

1) Potato chips—This is the quintessential double-take for most kids. As soon as that baby was dropped in my pumpkin bucket, I looked in to make sure “Yes, I really DID just get chips!” This was quickly followed by “Darn, now I have less pumpkin bucket space for other stuff.” No space in bucket = time to go home.
2) Mini Mars Bars—Man, Mars Bars were my ultimate ULTIMATE favourite choice of chocolate bar. My dream come true would be replacing the nougat with MORE caramel (I know there’s a Mars Caramel, but it doesn’t match my fantasy in terms of caramel quantity)

3) Little Chiclet Boxes—You only got two (I think) pieces of gum in a box, but since my mom never let me have Chiclets, these were gold. Well, only if they were Fruity flavour.

4) Candy Corn—You didn’t necessarily find this until the end of the night, when you did the ritualistic “dump and admire” maneouvre on your bedroom floor. For me, these were the forgotten delight and pure magic when I saw them tumble out—usually loose, which I don’t think you find today.
5) Rockets—This one caught me by surprise, because I would never think it was that great, but being a sugar junkie, I would tear into it anyway. And then forget about the wonder of those pressed powder candies exploding in flavour. Delicious!

Stats on Halloween Candy

Here are some interesting Halloween stats you might not know, based on a poll on www.YumSugar.com:
  • Halloween trick-or-treating originated in the US in the mid-40s, but apparently going door-to-door begging for treats on holidays goes back to the middle ages
  • 62% of adults choose candy based on their personal favourites
  • When given the choice, 70% of parents will pick out mini chocolate bars from their child’s candy
  • And, amazingly—26% of households pass out FULL-SIZE candy bars. They must be nuts!

Now it’s your turn! What treats are you craving this Halloween?

London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.


October 19th, 2016

Don’t Get Rid of Your Digital Devices


By now you’ve heard of the negative effects of spending extended periods of time in front of digital devices such as smartphones, computers, TVs and tablets. Lengthy screen time has many detrimental effects on our health. It can disturb our sleep pattern by messing up our circadian rhythm, cause digital eye strain, dry eyes, eye fatigue, neck pain, headaches… the list goes on.

But before you throw out your tablet and go back to paper books, let us see the light. Perhaps it is not digital devices, but the artificial light and how it impacts us.  Artificial light from fluorescent, halogen, LED, and yes, even regular incandescent lightbulbs, gives off different amounts of blue light that have some of the same harmful health effects as the light emitted from your digital devices. We behave very similarly under light bulbs and in front of digital screens. We forget to blink, we focus intensely and we look near and far and everywhere in between.

So let’s do the math. To the 8, 10, or 12 hours you spend in front of all of your digital tools throughout the day and night, add the hours you spend under fluorescent or LED light bulbs. Is it 14, 16, 20? Shocking huh?  Using a computer under fluorescent lights is a double whammy of blue light harmfulness impacting  your eyes. No wonder by the end of the day you have a pounding headache, you are ready to tear your dry itchy eyes out of their sockets and you can’t tell 3s from 8s.

But before you go caveman and write off all forms of artificial light, you should know there is a solution to the unavoidable relationship we have with it. Foster Grant® Eyezen™ digital glasses! Foster Grant® Eyezen™ digital glasses are groundbreaking eyeglasses that are NON prescription. “Wear eyeglasses?” you ask? Don’t worry, you will look smart and hip and they’ll keep your eyes relaxed, soothed and comfortable. Foster Grant® Eyezen™ blocks potentially harmful blue light and their lenses are enhanced to help you see comfortably.

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October 17th, 2016

5 On-Trend Costume Ideas for 2016

Halloween is only a few weeks away – so now is the time to start planning your costume. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or celebrating with friends, Halloween is the one day a year that you can be anything you want – so make it a good one!

Here, we’ve picked our top 5 favourite on-trend costumes, and as an added bonus, they are all pretty simple to create.


halloween costumes 2016

Who ya gonna call?

One of the year’s hit films, there’s definitely going to be a bunch of ghostbusters circling the neighbourhood come October 31. This one is easy to DIY – you just need a cheap backpack, a tan jumpsuit, and some craft supplies. An accompanying ghost is optional.

Ash Ketchum



With the record-shattering success of Pokemon Go, Ash Ketchum costumes should experience a resurgence in popularity… and it’s super simple. Jeans, a hoodie, a green backpack, and the right hat and gloves will transform you into Ash – plus a mini Pikachu (does your child or pet need a costume?) makes for the perfect duo.

Pokemon Go

halloween costumes 2016

Pokemon trainers – a pretty simple costume!

As for Pokemon Go costumes, it should be pretty simple to mimic your character’s look, from hat to backpack to sneakers. Plus, of course you need a Pokeball – or if you can’t find one, this journal should do.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad is going to a major contender for most popular Halloween costume this year, and for a beauty lover, it’s especially awesome! Our beauty blogger, Britta, created this tutorial to train even the most inexpert makeup lover to create Harley’s signature look.

Snapchat Filters

halloween costumes 2016

Even models at Fashion Week jumped on the Snapchat filter trend this fall.

If last year was the Halloween of the Emoji, then this year is definitely all about Snapchat filters. Whether you prefer the dog filter, the flower crown, the butterflies, the jewelled eyes, or maybe that weird rainbow one, this is a costume that has no risk of the ole “what are you?” question.

October 17th, 2016

London Drugs prepares for its largest ever Emergency Preparedness Drill


Richmond head office and all 51 stores in B.C. will participate in ShakeOutBC  October 20th.

If an earthquake were to happen while you were outside your home, shopping at a business or just out in your community, would you know what to do? In coastal British Columbia it is imperative we be prepared. This October 20th London Drugs will be activating emergency drills in 51 communities across the province for the annual ShakeOutBC event, and everyone is invited to participate.

London Drugs will be staging an emergency drill and evacuation at its head office in Richmond with 400 staff and responder partners including St. John Ambulance, Natural Resources Canada, PreparedBC, Fortis BC, SOS Emergency Response, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Iridia Medical, F.A.S.T. and ShakeOutBC. Neighbouring businesses will also be attending the drill, injuries will be simulated, and an education fair will follow for participating individuals, after the drill. This event will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at 12251 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, on October 20. London Drugs is pleased to welcome to this event: Hon. Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, Naomi Yamamoto; Vice President Western & Pacific Region, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Bill Adams; and President, BC Earthquake Alliance, Dave Cockle –  all who will be participating in London Drugs’ head office emergency preparedness drill and speaking at the event.


October 6th, 2016

8 Clever Hacks for Your Kitchen Appliances

There’s no time like the present to dust off that waffle iron you received as a wedding gift two years ago. The same applies to the slow cooker only brought out for potlucks, and the popcorn machine you can’t reach at the back of the cupboard. When it comes to kitchen appliances, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Coffee makers and dishwashers are capable of doing much more than what it claims on their packaging. The following hacks take everyday kitchen appliances (and a few kitchen tools!) from one-dimensional to multi-faceted.

Cheese Grater

kitchen cooking hacks

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to butter a fluffy piece of toast with a cold slab of butter. Not only can a cheese grater solve all your butter problems, but it can also double as a vegetable slicer, spice grinder, and chocolate shaver. Find more grater hacks here.


October 5th, 2016

LD Picks: 6 Delicious Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a huge job – not only does it take a lot of planning and organization, it can also be fairly costly. If you’re not hosting this year, it’s worth thinking about how to help. Always ask the host what you can bring – that way, they can choose something specific if they want to. However, if they don’t have a preference, we’ve got some great suggestions for both dishes and hostess gifts. Read on!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoesthanksgiving hostess gifts

You know how it goes. Thanksgiving arrives, and the oven is overfilled with a turkey and roasting vegetables and the stovetop has cranberry sauce, gravy, and stuffing. So why not offer to handle the mashed potatoes? You can prep them in advance and then bring the whole slow cooker with you – that way, no oven space is needed to reheat your dish, but no one will have to bear cold mashed potatoes. Check out this recipe, which features milk, cream, and butter, and then let us know what your favourite mashed potato toppings are. We especially like cream cheese and sour cream.


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