October 11th, 2017

Losing Things in Your Kid’s Backpack? We Take Care of That.

With school in session, are important things like forms, documents, and money getting lost in your kid’s backpack? Try creating a ‘post office’ and ‘bank’ to keep supplies safe!

This LD Solutions life hack for your grade-school kids will help your child stay organized and eliminate any crumpled notices or lost money for field trips.

Safe supplies, happy parents! Follow these easy steps:

  1. Get two different sizes of clear zip envelopes.
  2. Create a bank and post office with each envelope using a label.
  3. Place field trip forms and cash needed into each envelope.
  4. Keep it fun for your kids to drop off their forms and money at school – and vice versa!

Need other great tips and tricks to make life easier?

Check out more of our helpful LD Solutions Videos on YouTube or here on the London Drugs Blog:

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How to De-Wrinkle a Shirt in a Jiffy

How to Remove a Ring Stuck on Your Finger

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How to Remove Nail Polish from Your Skin

How to Cure Bootflop



August 31st, 2017

LD Picks: 12 School Lunch Ideas Kids Will Love

It’s that time of year again: the time to swap coolers for lunch bags and camping gear for backpacks. With a new school year comes a new beginning, and there’s no better time than now to amp up your creativity in the kitchen and spoil your kids with simply incredible school lunches that are also healthy and delicious.

The following is a list of 12 school lunch ideas that are guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest palates.

1. Mason Jar Pasta Salads

Mason jars have quickly become staples in the modern kitchen. You may prefer to provide your kids with a non-glass option, like the Thermos FUNtainer. But no matter the container, these tasty pasta salads are quick to make, easy to pack and customizable to every kid’s palate!

[Find the recipe at Babble]

 

2. Hummus Veggie Wraps

A clever twist on a classic snack, these healthy and delicious veggie wraps can be made in a pinch– and with only a few ingredients. Simply pair your favourite tortillas with creamy hummus, and add the vegetables that your kid loves best.

[Find the recipe at Weelicious]

 

3. Sports Lover’s Bento Lunch Box

For anyone looking for a hassle-free lunch box that kids love, bento boxes are the way to go. Not only can you neatly personalize each lunch as a midday surprise (and support your kid’s favourite sports team at the same time), but the different compartments allow you to separate fruit, dessert, snacks and dipping sauces from the main meal.

[Find the recipe at Wendolonia]

 

4. One Pot Mac & Cheese with Veggies

Even the pickiest of eaters will love this dish. Make it for dinner the night before and serve it up in a thermos for the next day–this macaroni and cheese recipe is bound to be a hit with everyone. The best thing about it? The kids won’t even notice that it’s jam packed with veggies!

[Find the recipe at Teach Eat Love]

 

5. Butter Chicken Calzone

Perfect for when you have leftover Indian food–or even just some chicken and spices from the kitchen–these butter chicken calzones will make all the kids jealous. Taking the shape of pop tarts, you can fill these savoury puffs with nearly any type of curry you choose!

[Find the recipe at Canadian Family]

 

6. Tortellini Skewers

These colourful (and flavourful) pasta skewers work wonders as a quick snack before soccer practice, healthy treat while on a field trip, or even as an easy food swap with friends. The varieties are endless–instead of tortellini, opt for gnocci, and add whatever bite-sized veggies your kid likes best.

[Find the recipe at Design Improvised]

 

7. Mason Jar BBQ Parfaits

This mouth watering mason jar (or kid-friendly  alternative) concoction isn’t just for kids–although there’s no doubt they’ll be the star of the cafeteria once they pull out this BBQ parfait. Loaded with beans, mashed potatoes, your choice of meat (we love pulled pork), and your favourite BBQ sauce, these genius lunches will satisfy any BBQ lover.

[Find the recipe at Creme de la Crumb]

 

8. Avocado Cucumber Egg Salad

A contemporary spin on the classic egg salad sandwich, this recipe calls for avocado and cucumber to add a luxurious creaminess and satisfying crunch to what can often be an underwhelming meal. If your child isn’t a fan of mayo, don’t fret! You can always substitute with Greek yogurt, or omit it altogether.

[Find the recipe at The 36th Avenue]

 

9. Taco Salad Lunch Bowls

Bring taco night to the playground with these colourful, healthy and filling salad bowls. Meal prep ahead of time with reusable containers so that everyone gets an equal portion. This recipe is even one that your kids can easily help make–that way, they can add as many toppings as they like!

[Find the recipe at Kristine’s Kitchen]

 

10. Breakfast for Lunch

Just like adults can’t get enough of the breakfast for dinner phenomenon, your kids too will appreciate a morning meal in the middle of the afternoon–especially if it’s something sweet. Packed with fresh fruit, easy 2-ingredient pancakes, yogurt and a hard-boiled egg, this lunch box also works well for early mornings on the road, or during family trips.

[Find the recipe at The Kitchn]

 

11. Pepperoni Panzanella

This recipe is for all the kids out there who love Italian food. Not a pizza, not a salad, but something in between, this spin on a traditional bread salad has so much flavour, they may not even notice!

[Find the recipe at Bon Appetit]

 

12. Homemade Instant Noodles

Sometimes kids get a craving for instant noodles–the ones that come in plastic wrapping and little flavour packets that are brimming with sodium and preservatives. Thankfully, we’ve found a fresh and tasty alternative (skip the glass jar and try these) that offers the same appeal of an instant meal, but with all the goodness of real food.

[Find the recipe at Sweet Peas and Saffron]

What are your favourite creative lunch ideas for kids? We’d love to hear them in the comments below or wherever you find London Drugs on social media.



August 11th, 2017

Back to School Essentials for Happy, Healthy Kids

It’s almost that time of year again. Time for eager kids to explore a new set of subjects. Time for growing bodies to eat healthy, balanced lunches while enjoying the company of their friends. That’s right – It’s time for bright young minds to start a fresh new school year!

The best way to ensure that your kids are getting the nutrition they need, is to prepare a delicious and healthy lunch for them. Thanks to great products from Rubbermaid, this task is much simpler.

With Rubbermaid LunchBlox, you can easily pack a well-balanced meal with snap-together containers. Not only are these containers convenient, but they are pretty darn fun too! Is your kid messy? That’s okay, most of them are. But now you can help prevent the mess with 100% leak-proof Rubbermaid Brilliance containers. Rubbermaid Balance helps regulate portions and ensure kids are getting the right mix of nutritious foods. Field trip coming up? Not to fear! Rubbermaid Takealongs are perfect for on-the-go.

Now that we have messy meals all sealed up, let’s put a lid on that kid’s messy hair! With Goody Ouchless Brushes and Goody Ouchless Elastics , you can have your little ones looking their finest.

And nothing says new school year like a bunch of fun, colorful writing utensils! From doodling for fun to completing math equations, we have you covered with a wide selection of fun brands:

Visit your nearest London Drugs today and get a head start on your back-to-school shopping!

Last – but definitely not least – you have the chance to win a $2,500 RESP contribution to use toward your child’s education.  Plus, there are great secondary prizes consisting of a $1,000 London Drugs gift card and 3 Back to School gift packs for your kid when you buy one of the qualifying brands listed above. Click here to learn more and for full contest rules!



September 1st, 2016

Cook One Simple Thing, Make Three Delicious Meals

It’s almost that time of year again – the time to exchange inner tubes for backpacks and coolers for lunchboxes. Whether you’re helping your kids get back to a strict schedule, or you are returning to work or school after a holiday, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. One way to efficiently save time (and grief) is to plan your meals in advance. Instead of having the daily headache of grocery shopping and dinner preparation, try these simple meal plans that will free up more time and energy in your busy life.

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Photo via Pseph

Day One: Family-Style Fajitas

There’s nothing like the experience of gathering around the dinner table and building your own fajitas. It’s a fool proof way to ensure every individual in the family, dorm room, or household eats a nutritious dinner made specifically to their own tastes. The kicker? It takes almost no time to prepare – and if you make the taco beef in bulk, it can last you for days.

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August 31st, 2016

LD Experts: Our Best Back to School Advice for 2016

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LD Expert Julian Sanders talks Back-to-School Gadgets on Edmonton’s CTV Morning Live – CLICK TO VIEW

The days are shorter, the kids are restless, and you’re starting to organize the return to your “regular” schedule. Yep. It’s back-to-school time again. READ MORE



August 21st, 2016

The Ultimate 2016 Student Gadgets Guide

Attention College Students: it’s time to think again about #dormlife. Whether you’re entering your first year or you’re a vet of shower flip-flops and common room chill-outs, this guide is for you. (Yes, you should still check it out if you’re “living large” off campus.)

London Drugs College Gadget Guide

You’ll need survival basics and school supplies, of course. And London Drugs also has you covered for student tablets and study session laptops.

But then there’s the fun stuff. Those small, supposedly optional, but massively life-saving protectors of your comfort and happiness.

That’s right: student gadgets. Here are some to consider scooping up for 2016. READ MORE



August 15th, 2016

4 Tips to Get Your House Ready for the Back to School Season

With summer ending, it’s now time to get your home ready for the autumn’s great return exodus. As days shorten, people move back indoors – and, pssst, it’s been been six months since spring cleaning. Ease the stress of back to school and work by keeping in mind four simple tricks to beautifully prepare your abode for fall. Remember: back to busy doesn’t need to mean back to messy.

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Pack up the Patio

It’s always hard to accept the end of patio season, but there comes a time to embrace the chilly evenings. Wash and dry cushions or fabrics before you store them and put covers over furniture you can’t bring indoors. Drain kiddie pools and clean them thoroughly before storing them for the winter. Properly cleaning and storing your summer essentials will make room for raking the leaves when they inevitably arrive.

Get Set for Sweater Weather

Cleaning out closets and drawers to make room for the heavier togs of autumn. Clearly labeled boxes are a boon: Help the kids decide what to store for winter, what to keep in the closet year-round, and what to donate to charity. Give the summer clothes one last wash before packing it away! Need even more space? Shallow Rubbermaid boxes stay out of out of the way keep cargo protected from dust and sunlight.

Minimize Bathroom Clutter

If you’ve got teenagers, then there’s no greater struggle than accurately judging primping time. A well-organized bathroom can keep the lineup running smoothly by making everything from eyelash curlers to pimple cream easy to find. Purge seasonal makeup and toss cosmetics that have passed their expiration date. Most makeup is only good for three months to a year, and eye makeup in particular should be replaced regularly to avoid infection. 

Freshen up the Fridge

The end of popsicle season is a great time to de-gunk your refrigerator. Remove all food and turf anything past its expiry date. Then, remove the shelves,  soak, scrub, and air dry. Wiping them down with baking soda and water will eliminate any remnant odours. Put everything back in a logical, organized way and assess what’s needed for on-the-go breakfasts, brown-bag lunches, and quick weeknight dinners.



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