December 9th, 2017

Get Prepared for Winter With These Survival Essentials

winter safety checklist canada

Despite our habit of complaining about them, we Canadians actually love our winters. In fact, we’re proud of them. They’re wonderful for curling up at home, visiting family and friends, and playing in the snow.

But our winter has a dark side, with the risk of power outages, frostbite, vehicle mishaps, and more. As with any danger, the key to survival is good preparation. Here are some helpful checklists for winter safety indoors, outdoors, and on the road. They’ll help you survive a Canadian winter in style.

In The Home…

Blackout Basics: Home is the coziest place to be during winter. Until there’s a power outage, that is. That’s when you’ll need three days of food and water, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered or crank-powered radio, candles, flashlights, and a few board games to pass the time, too.

Fire Logs: When waiting out cold snaps and nasty colds alike, a roaring fire makes your home into a sanctuary. But maintaining a woodpile can be impractical. Luckily, artificial logs burn for hours. No fireplace? You can fake it with an electric version or a portable space heater instead.  

A Generator: During prolonged blackouts, a generator can power all your survival essentials, like the heaters we mentioned before and so much more. Just keep it full of fuel and stored away. Even if you never need to use it, it’s great to know it’s there. 

On The Road…

Large Flashlight: If your car is stuck or can’t be driven safely, you might need to flag down assistance or head for nearby help on foot. In those cases, you’ll be glad to have a large, very bright flashlight to ensure you’re easily seen. 

Quality Scraper & Shovel: Don’t be forced to push snow around with your boot or use the old credit card window-cleaning trick this winter. Get a full-sized shovel and a quality scraper, instead. You’ll thank yourself later.

A GPS Tracker: Planning a long winter car trip? There’s a good chance you’ll leave cellular reception far behind. So it’s always smart to let someone know where you’re headed. Even better? Give them the ability to track you via satellite

And Out In The Snow.

Warming Pads: Being outdoors is exhilarating in the wintertime. But before long, your fingers and toes will start to smart. Or worse, they’ll become numb. Keep the fun going with heating pads for your hands and feet.

Insulated Drink Container: Canadians know the only thing better than a warm drink at home is one outdoors. If you’re headed out beyond the coffee shops (difficult in Canada, we know), a quality insulated container, like this one from Thermos, will save the day.

Phone Charger: You’ve been out all day taking and sharing pictures of your winter fun when you suddenly realize your battery is getting low. Sound familiar? For safety and convenience, carry a pocket-sized phone charger wherever you go. 

For more advice on winterizing your home, yourself, or your car, speak to an LD Expert today, or visit London Drugs in-store and online.

Stay safe and enjoy the winter, everyone!



December 8th, 2017

8 Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

Eight Tasty Treats You Can Make In Your Waffle Iron (That Aren’t Waffles)

We know we don’t have to say it–waffle irons are great! Who doesn’t love a fresh, fluffy waffle hot off the iron for Sunday breakfast? A waffle iron makes a great gift, and if you’re married, chances are you received one as a wedding present. (Thanks, Aunt Linda!). But, let’s face it, they’re not exactly a frequently used item. That’s about to change, because we’ve got eight delicious recipes that will bring your waffle iron into regular kitchen rotation.

  1. Margherita Pizza

Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

Yes, it looks a bit funny, but your mouth will thank you for the wells of extra savoury sauce and gooey cheese. Plus, the waffle maker doubles as an oven for baking the crust to perfection, and a broiler for melting the cheese. 

[Find the recipe at The Food Network]

  1. Cinnamon RollsUnexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

These mouth-watering morsels are relatively simple to make, and can be made in less time than it takes to make dinner. Bonus: your house will smell amazing afterwards.

[Find the recipe at Creations by Kara]

Easy Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a satisfying, kid-friendly and easy dinner choice, but they’re never quite the same at home as the more authentic ones from a restaurant. The professional secret to perfect quesadillas is cooking them right on a griddle. Well, guess what a waffle iron is—a tiny, hatched griddle. A grid-dle!

[Find the recipe at Souffle Bombay]

  1. S’mores. Yes, s’mores.

Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

Don’t have a campfire handy? You’re in luck, because these warm, sweet and decadent treats can be waffled! (Yes, we just used waffle as a verb. Sorry. Not sorry.)

[Find the recipe at Pinch of Yum]

  1. Bacon-Stuffed Waffle Sticks

Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

Okay, okay these are technically waffles. But, they look so sensational, we had to include them on this list. Take the opportunity to experiment with the dips—maple syrup, Nutella, peanut butter, whipped cream…the possibilities are delicious.

[Find the recipe at The Gunny Sack]

  1. Waffled Falafels

Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

Yes, it’s true—you can make healthy, vegetarian things in your waffle maker, too! These are super easy, even healthier than traditional, deep-fried falafels, and the best part is saying the name of this recipe out loud. Waffled falafels. Waffled falafels. We can’t stop. 

[Find the recipe at The Food Network]

  1. Spicy Tuna Melt

Unexpected Waffle Iron Recipes

This comfort food classic is perfect for a quick lunch, and the spicy dash of hot sauce gives it an extra kick. We love the sound of this particular recipe, but honestly, any sandwich that would go in a panini press works great in a waffle maker. Kitchen space saver!

[Find the recipe at The Weary Chef]

  1. Brownies A La Mode

Unexpected Waffle Iron RecipesWhat’s everyone’s favourite part of a pan of brownies? The edges, right? Well, waffle iron brownies, with their crispy outsides and soft insides, offers the promise of all edges, all the time. They also take a fraction of the time to make than baking in the oven. Top them with rich, vanilla ice cream, and you’ve basically won at life.  

Need a great waffle maker to help you master these delicious creations? Check out the Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker or the Chefman Volcano Waffle Maker. Either one will help you create delicious waffle-y treats.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get waffling!



December 7th, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for DIYers

It’s less than a month until Christmas. Still working on your holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered!

Leading up to December 25, we’re posting holiday gift guides for everyone on your list. We have already shared guides for the home cook, kids (and parents), and techies. Today’s guide is all about the DIYer!

What do you get for someone who likes to make things? Buying a scarf for a knitter or a nice planter for someone who works with ceramics can seem a waste. Instead, give them what they love best—tools or supplies to make something themselves!

Here’s our guide to buying a cool crafty present for the DIYer on your list.

1. Build their Tool Box

 

 

DIYers love new tools. Not only will they expand their range of projects, but new tools are sometimes just inspiring in and of themselves—opening up a whole new world of possibilities.

DIY Gift Guide

Help the DIYers in your life build their ultimate tool box with a glue gun, an X-Acto knife, and a screwdriver with multiple bits. These long nose pliers are perfect for making jewelry, and a tape measure will be useful no matter the project. An adjustable wrench means they’ve always got the right size. Scissors are necessary for just about any DIY project. And a multitool means they can carry it all with them and be ready for anything.

2. Grow their Garden

 

 

It’s not really the right season for gardening, but don’t let that stop you. There are plenty of great presents for DIY plant lovers that you can still find at this time of year, like garden gloves and a gorgeous green watering can. They’ll be great in the spring for outdoor use, but they can be used with indoor plants as well.

DIY Gift Guide

We’ve got plenty of great planters that will look lovely on a beautiful plant stand. And this Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners hand soap and hand cream duo will remind your DIYer that you care about them and their well being. No cracked skin here!

3. Sew So Well

 

 

Sewing is such a handy skill. Sewers can make clothes, create curtains, upgrade their bed with a new duvet cover, mend fabric, fashion their own duffle bags and totes–the list is almost unending. It’s perfect for upgrading one’s home or wardrobe with big or small projects and is a life skill that everyone should have.

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Make sewing easier for your DIY friend with a new sewing machine. If they’ve already got one they love, then think about supplemental sewing tools like a new iron, fabric scissors, a seam ripper, or a hand sewing kit.

4. Perfect Preserving

 

 

Who doesn’t love some delicious homemade jellies and jams? You can certainly make some yourself for excellent Christmas gifts (check out our guide to canning and preserving for tips and recipes!), but for the DIYer on your list, you’ll want to be giving them supplies.

DIY Gift Guide

A canning kit complete with a funnel, jar lifter and lid lifter, as well as glass canning jars and lids, is a great gift for someone who’s looking to expand their DIY ways into food preservation (it’s a special order item, so be sure to get this one early!). It’s not just for jam; canning is perfect for pickling too! Preserving food via canning is both a science and an art, which is just what crafty folks love.

For more gift-giving advice for the DIYer on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online. We’ll be back in a few days with a gift guide for music lovers. See you then!

See all of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guides here:

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids (and Parents)

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers



December 7th, 2017

Like and Share a Tip – FoodSaver Contest

We all know how stressful the holidays can be. Anything that makes life simpler at this time of year is a must. Your FoodSaver is here for you with some simple tips and tricks to uncomplicate the holidays.

Share your tips & tricks on the FoodSaver Facebook Contest post to be entered for a chance to WIN! Please see full contest details below.

1. Making Holiday Prep Simple –The Holidays are a busy time so instead of rushing, buy and make your meal and treats in the weeks leading up to the Holidays and preserve in FoodSaver Bags and Rolls. You can do your baking weeks in advance to wow guests the night of your big dinner or give to family and friends.

2. Holiday Gift Giving – Looking for a simple, sweet and easy gift to distribute among the many people on your Christmas list this year? Consider creating and handing out gifts in a jar, which make for fun and festive treats that can be tailored to everyone on your list. Check out some great FoodSaver ideas

3. Flying Away for the Holidays – Keep your travel documents organized and safe with the a FoodSaver. Use zipper bags to vacuum seal your valuables like passport and boarding pass so you can keep them together and protect them. Going to the beach? Use a Vacuum Zipper Bag for your phone to keep the water and sand out. When packing, organize your jewelry so it doesn’t get tangled in your luggage. You can also store your toiletries in a Vacuum Seal bag in case they leak in your luggage.

4. Preserving Holiday Decorations – Keep your favorite ornaments, dressings and trinkets safe from dust and grime in an airtight environment using your vacuum sealer, and they’ll be ready for next year! Learn more

5. It’s the Perfect Gift – with multiple uses from sealing valuables like jewelry, to storing Christmas decorations, to helping you can and preserve food—all while saving money–there are multiple ways that the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System makes the perfect gift.

6. Leftovers – Not only do you have to seal your left overs for yourself but you can also send your family and friends home with goodie bags. Seal left over cookies for your guests in a FoodSaver Bag or Roll and write each person’s name on the label section, that way every person knows which one is theirs and the leftovers stays fresh up to 5X longer – no stale cookies!

7. Preserving Seasonal Foods – Some foods you can only find during the Holiday Season. If you love it but can’t find it year ‘round, why not stock up and preserve your favourite holiday foods so whenever the craving arises you have your favourite peppermint treat on hand.

8. Storing Holiday Linens – You may only use them once a year so store your linens with a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System so keep them clean and dust free the other 11 months of the year.

Check out our selection of FoodSaver products at LondonDrugs.com

Contest Details:

Like our post on Facebook/LondonDrugs and share your favourite FoodSaver Tip for a chance to WIN!
December 6th – 20th 2017

Terms and Conditions

  1. To enter visit London Drugs Facebook page and respond on our Contest post. You must ‘like’ the post AND comment with your favourite FoodSaver Tip to be eligible to win.
  2. Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since December 6th 2016; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as of  December 6th, 2017 (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, FoodSaver, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.
  3. Limit one (1) entry per person per contest.

No purchase necessary.

Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on December 20th 2017.

  1. The winner will be randomly chosen within 3 days after the contest (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.
  2. There will be one (1) prize in total with a value of $114.98. The prize includes one FM1100 Fresh Food Preservation System and one FoodSaver Fresh Container 3pk Bundle. See details and contest date below. Prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to contest winners.

Contest date – Dec 6th – 20th 2017

Draw date – within 3 days of contest end, December 20th 2017

  1. Only one prize may be won by any one person and household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.
  2. Selected winners will be contacted through Facebook. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then s/he will be notified for the second time, 2 (two) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 2 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.
  3. The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.
  4. London Drugs and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).
  5. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs, an independent judging organization and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed atwww.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
  6. The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

 



December 6th, 2017

December Book of the Month

 

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
In 1843, Grace Marks was convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances?

Reviews
After watching the miniseries I was left wanting to know more about Grace marks and Dr. Simon Jordan. The book did not disappoint, although Margaret Atwood admits this is fiction based on fact, I found being able to read some of the letters and news articles written about Grace made it feel more real. – Review by Amy Lynne

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. Alias Grace is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of December.

 



December 6th, 2017

LD Experts: Thoughtful and Fun Photo Gift Ideas

Our LD Experts are knowledgable about many subjects, but if you need key advice on photo gift solutions, we’ve got you covered.

Last week, LD photo expert Tim Yaworski appeared on CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. Tim chatted with host Jeremy Dodge on the Tech Talk segment about some great personalized gifts that are available from the LD Photolab, as well as our easy-to-use smartphone apps. 

Watch the full segment here or read the highlights below.

Thanks to ever-improving smartphones and digital cameras, people are taking more photos now than they ever have, and London Drugs offers some wonderful ways to share these photos as unique gifts with friends and family.

 

 

Custom photobooks are a great way to share memories with friends and family, and with many different styles to choose from, you can find the perfect way to tell your story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts and Keepsakes: Everyone knows you can print a photo on a mug, but did you know that you can also get your special photos printed on a coffee carafe, a keychain or a fluffy pillow? These days, you can print a photo on just about anything! Ask your friendly, neighbourhood LD PhotoLab Expert about other ideas for photo gifts.

 

 

Photo Scanning Box:  Who doesn’t have a shoebox or two (or five) full of old photos collecting dust? Instead of that “scan old photos” item lingering on your to-do list, you can take those photos right into your nearest London Drugs PhotoLab and have them scanned for you! You’ll take home a tidy, little USB drive full of fond memories for uploading to your computer, or sharing with family and friends. Perfect for stocking stuffers!

 

If you’re looking to create your gifts on the fly, you can upload and order PhotoLab items right from your smartphone. Our Android and iOS apps are convenient and easy to use.

For help creating your holiday gifts, our Photolab Experts can answer any questions you may have, and walk you through the ordering process. Just visit us at any London Drugs location, in the Photolab department.



December 6th, 2017

Enter for a chance to win an Essie x Rebecca Minkoff Leathers Collection for you and 1 friend

PC: Raincouver Beauty

’Tis the season of giving!

Which is why we’re giving one of you beauties AND one of your friends one of this season’s most sought-after nail collections—Essie x Rebecca Minkoff Leathers!

Head to our Instagram to learn how to enter for the chance to win!
Contest closes at 11:59pm on December 10th, 2017. Find full contest rules and regulations here.


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