Dads of all kinds have been there for us, from our first bike ride without training wheels to when they shed a tear at our high school graduation. After all the birthdays, soccer practices, and comforting hugs, we’re all grown up—but our dads get to still play a huge part in our lives, especially as we have kids of our own.
You’ve been behind your kid every step of the way, and now it’s time to celebrate their graduation.
They’ve picked out that great outfit, styled their hair, and are ready for the big event, but are you? What if a dress strap breaks in the car on the way to the graduation ceremony? What if those new shoes do what new shoes always do and give them blisters?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s an easy-to-assemble Grad Survival Kit that you can pull together in one trip to your local London Drugs (and while you’re there, why not pick up a grad gift as well!).
New fancy shoes look sharp, but they can also wreak havoc on the wearer. Advise your kid to wear their fancy shoes around the house for a couple of nights before the graduation ceremony (with a big pair of comfy socks on) to help break them in. Bonus! They’ll look ridiculous and you can take pictures of that. The band aids in your Grad Survival Kit will be there as a backup for any blister that threatens to ruin your kid’s day.
The last thing you need is a wardrobe malfunction before your little honour student walks across the stage. A small pack of safety pins will provide the necessary peace of mind on this front.
Sure, they’ll have their phone with them, but grab a disposable camera too. Encourage them to capture graduation day from their perspective. They’ll appreciate having actual physical prints, and you can turn some of them into awesome keepsakes at the LD Photolab.
Ok, this one might be as much for you as for them. Graduations are emotional events, and if you need to blubber like the loving parent you are, we support you. Bring an extra pack of tissues to share with the other parents in your row and together you can muffle the sounds of your sobs. Your little one is so grown up!
If you are going out for a celebratory meal before or after the big event, a stain removal stick provides some much-needed insurance against your favourite Italian restaurant and its natural enemy, that crisp white dress shirt.
Help your grad keep their hair in place for perfect selfies and family portraits with a pack of hair pins. Graduation ceremonies can make for long days, and they’ll want to be looking their finest throughout.
See note above re: long ceremonies. Snacking sustenance will help keep your entire celebrating party in good spirits until your kid’s name is called. Dried fruit strips, snack mix, or nuts all make for great on-the-go snacks.
We love celebrating milestones like this. It’s a chance to take stock of your accomplishment as parents, grandparents, and champions of your kids. Congratulations to you and to them on their graduation. Here’s to a great day filled with good memories!
If an emergency situation developed quickly, would you know what to do? In the event of flooding, a natural disaster, or an earthquake, it’s important to be prepared. Experts agree that you need to be prepared to survive for 72 hours with the possibility of having no water or power.
Prepared emergency kits are available from London Drugs, SOS Emergency Response Technologies, and St. John Ambulance, but you can pack your bag to suit your family’s needs. All of these items should be ideally stored in a conveniently located and durable backpack.
Emergency preparedness is always a good idea. Educate yourself, your family, and your friends on the potential risks, create a plan, and stay prepared for any situation that might arise.
At London Drugs, we love smartphone photography. It’s not just for amateurs anymore, either. Even most pros have probably found themselves taking more and more smartphone pics lately.
In fact, it’s estimated 78.8% of all photos taken worldwide will be shot on smartphones by 2017. We’re also currently taking more pictures than ever, largely because of smartphones. In 2015, one trillion photos were taken worldwide for the first time – a 16.2% increase from 2014.
Print photos are a wonderful way to remember your history and legacy – your family, your business, your friends, and your home. However, they’re also at risk. Photos fade over time, can be damaged by heat and humidity, and are at risk of being destroyed in the event of a disaster. Protect your memories with London Drugs!
We’re pleased to present a brand-new service from the London Drugs Photolab. It’s called the London Drugs Photo Scanning Box. Here’s how it works.
There are many benefits to this service!
What are you waiting for? Come to your nearest store to pickup your Photo Scanning Box!
The capabilities of most smartphone cameras have increased enormously over time. Using iPhone as an example, you can see dramatic improvements with each iteration. Celebrating these advances, Apple has even used snaps by users in the recent Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign.
It’s also becoming more common to professionally print smartphone pictures; they’re getting that good. Our own Photolab iOS app makes this process fast and easy — available soon for Android, too.
Of course, smartphone picture quality still lags behind results you’ll get from a high-end DSLR camera, or even from an advanced point-and-shoot model. With this in mind, we offer this collection of useful tips and tricks for taking better smartphone shots. (We hope by now everyone knows to press the screen to auto-focus!).
Here are seven ways you can improve your smartphone photography today.
We all know how important it is to back up photos from your smartphone, tablet, digital camera, and computer. You can use an external hard drive or the cloud to make sure you’ll never lose those memories. But what about your old filmstrips and photo prints – how can you make sure those photos are safe? LD Expert David Levett visited CTV News Regina to discuss the options.
There are two options for backing up your film photography – do it yourself at home with a scanner, or get the expert to do it, by dropping the negatives or photos at your local London Drugs Photolab.
It’s ideal if you have the film negatives from your already-developed photos – that’s where you’ll get the most detail in the digital version of the photo. However, if you only have the prints, that’s okay too. Scanners today are so good, that even scanned copies of your photography will turn out well. Once digitized, you can save the files where you store all of your digital files. They’ll be easy to share, accessible from anywhere, and you’ll never have to worry about losing those memories.
Plus, you can order beautiful reprints, canvases, and other collectibles from your Photolab location.