Three things you don’t know about me (Get 2 free music downloads!)

Just for fun, I’m going to tell you three things you don’t know about me.  There are many things, but today you get 3.
1. I’m the youngest of 8.  Yes, 8.  I’m the baby.  My oldest brother graduated high school when I was 3 weeks old.
2. I can’t snap my fingers. The first trick my husband taught our Tobey when he was a brand new puppy was to bark when someone snaps their fingers.  13 years later,  I cannot get Tobey to bark for me with a snap.  Sad, but true.
3. I could win any music/singing show out there if I was able to perform from my shower. That’s right.  All I need is the water showering me and a shampoo bottle for a microphone and I am T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M-E-D into a  lady with a voice rivaling any star current or past.
I also found, thanks to my friends at Lunchbox, CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ deeply nourishes your scalp for resilient hair that performs.  Not only does it look like a great product, but CHECK OUT the bottles!! Perfect to rock out in the shower!

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This year let your hair perform for you! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will make your hair beautiful and resilient by deeply nourishing your scalp. Just like the most talked about show The Voice, CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will give you the confidences you need to feel, look and perform your best!

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And now, head into Walgreens from 5/1/14–5/31/14 and purchase any CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ product and get 2 Free song downloads. The download instructions will be right on your receipt!

So for the price of 1 bottle of shampoo (or conditioner), you get the product, a new shower microphone, PLUS 2 new song downloads to further your shower star career! What’s not to love about that?

PS

Thing #4? You should SEE my car dancing moves.

 

Enter to win tickets to the NCAA Final Four!

So who wants to win tickets to the NCAA Final Four?  I would LOVE to be at a Final Four game!! Even if my UCONN isn’t playing, I’d still love to go! been to college ball games but never a tournament game.  So much excitement, so fast paced…. woo hoo! Unilever has partnered with Walgreens to give someone 4 tickets to the 2015 NCAA Final Four!!

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Ready to get your entries in?  Its pretty easy to enter:

STEP 1: Signup and receive 10 points

STEP 2: Redeem your 10 points for 1 Sweeps entry*

STEP 3: Buy $15 of participating products to total 150 points

STEP 4: Redeem 150 points for a $5 Walgreens gift card

 

As an added bonus just for my readers, use promo code TICKETS8 when you signup for an additional 10 points to redeem for an extra sweeps entry!

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So how are you going to win big with Unilever?  Are you an AXE man?  Dove? Suave? Clear? All of the above? Now’s the time to stock up- you will smell great and hey, you could win a 4 pack of tickets to next year’s NCAA Final Four.  Of course, then you’ll be left trying to figure out who to bring with you…. hopefully they will smell as great as you do!

Visit bit.ly/1pWFhdh  for details or head to your local Walgreens store! 

 

Who would you share your tickets with if you win? What’s your fave NCAA team? 

Affordable diapers that don’t leak DO exist #WellBeginnings #AD

This is a sponsored post about affordable diapers written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings.

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Having reliable diapers that don’t leak is kind of a MUST for parents.  Often times, that means spending top dollar with the hopes of a coupon to bring the cost down a little. With everything else in the world costing so much, that’s kind of a bummer.

Parents, what do we want?
Affordable diapers!

When do we want them?
NOW!

The bottom line is, diapers can’t leak. Period. Parents need to be able to rely on their diapers.  No ifs, ands or buts.  (See what I did there?  Bum-mer? Bottom line? But(t)s?)

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I still remember when my oldest nephew was born (sorry Joey) almost 29 years ago, and how my sister searched for diapers she could both afford AND that wouldn’t leak.  I also have a vague recollection that they were about 25 times thicker and bulkier than today’s diapers, but I digress.  Anyway, diapers have changed a LOT in 28+ years (thankfully) in terms of their bulk, performance, and also the brands that are making quality diapers themselves. Also, I’m pretty sure I can clearly remember one time when Joey rolled over in a new size diaper and his diaper seemed to stay where it was.  Stretch wasn’t really part of the diaper language back then.  Poor babies.

That’s where we are today, and why I’m writing this post.  Well Beginnings diapers.  Oh, yes.  I mean, aside from the super cute elephants (and who doesn’t love baby elephants? HMM??), Well Beginnings diapers offer what parents want most- diapers that don’t leak and stand up to wetness, at an affordable price.

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Well Beginnings diapers are found at Walgreens.  (Is there no end to the wonder of Walgreens?). They were developed FOR active babies and toddlers.  Which means they were developed for those squirmy, wiggly, dancy little ones who make us laugh and smile so very much, and test the limits of all diapers put on their little bums. Like any disposable diaper needs to have these days, the waist and side panels are soft- and stretchy, so they really will move WITH your little one.

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My favorite part of the Well Beginnings diapers (aside from performance, but I feel like that kind of goes without saying- if it keeps my kids leak free day and night, we have a winner) is that the inner liner is hypoallergenic, with natural botanicals, vitamin E and aloe.  Soothing and gentle on baby’s delicate skin.   All of this together means that Well Beginnings is a brand that offers affordable diapers that don’t leak.

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So what’s your #1 requirement for a diaper?  Is it cost, is it performance?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings.

Win $4500 AMEX Gift Card plus Invites to Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week!

You could Win a $4,500 AMEX gift card plus 2 Invitations to

Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week from TRESemme®. 

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This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.

Yep.  $4500 AMEX Gift Card. What would YOU do with all of that money to spend?

Get ready for the excitement and the thrill of who will Win! Tell your readers about the chance to get more entries to win these amazing prizes! Start by entering a promo code 1 entry, creating an account another entry and submit your receipt get another entry.Headline: Look Catwalk Ready  Get an exclusive peek at the latest in fashion with TRESemme® at Walgreens and learn how to recreate your favorite styles and get a sneak peek of the latest trends right off the runway. Visit YouTube.com/TRESemme to get your expert hair care advice.

Ready to enter?

3 ways to enter:

Entry 1: Sign up

Entry 2: Enter code KKK123 

Entry 3: Purchase products & scan your receipt

That’s it.  Easy, peasy.  What are you waiting for?

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Come join us for the Walgreens #HealthcareClinic Twitter Party! #Shop

This is a sponsored post inviting you to join us for the #HealthcareClinic Twitter party on August 15, 2013 from 2-3 pm EST. We’ll be talking about Walgreens’ HealthCare Clinics, formerly known as the takecare clinics. Walgreens has expanded their clinic offerings including prevention and wellness, treatment and monitoring and management for patients 18 months and older.

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Join in the #HealthCareClinic party for fun conversation

and chance to win great prizes!

Prizes include FIVE $100 Walgreens Gift Cards!

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 I’ll be hosting this party @brettbmartin along with @laughwithusblog.

Follow along and join in by following #HealthcareClinic on your Twitter feed or create your own custom view with TweetDeck and our Party Host Twitter List!

 

Find help and tips to set up a custom view of our #HealthCareClinic party via this link: http://cbi.as/5oac-

 

Be sure to RSVP below!

#HealthcareClinic Twitter Party Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU (“ENTRANT” OR “YOU”) MUST AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING.

 

1. Eligibility. The #HealthcareClinic Twitter Party Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the United States, who have a Twitter account, and are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Collective Bias, Inc. (“Sponsor” and “Administrator”), Walgreen Co., and their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.  If you do not have a Twitter account, it is free to create one at www.Twitter.com.

2. Agreement to Official Rules. Participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Sweepstakes. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

3. Submission Entry Period. Entrants may make submissions via Twitter following guidelines outlined in How to Enter (“Entry”) between the hours of 2:00 pm – 2:55 pm ET on Thursday, August 15, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Date and time can change based on Twitter’s status. If date and time are changed entrants will be notified via Twitter using appropriate hashtag (#HealthcareClinic).  Sponsor’s clock is the Sweepstakes’ official clock.

4. How to Enter: Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party at #HealthcareClinic via this link: http://cbi.as/9f3p8, be actively participating in the party and by using the hashtag #HealthcareClinic. To be eligible to win prize(s), Sweepstakes entrants must submit a tweet during the Entry Period using #HealthcareClinic hashtag.  Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Sweepstakes if it believes, in its sole and absolute discretion that your Submission fails to conform to these Official Rules.

5. Prizes, Approximate Retail Value and Odds of Winning. Prizes will be limited to five (5) $100 Walgreens gift cards to be given away during the 1 hour duration of the party on August 15, 2013.  Total value of all prizes awarded in this Sweepstakes is $500.  All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and the active tweets during the party.  Winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #HealthcareClinic at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and active tweets during the party. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @laughwithusblog the party on August 15, 2013 and must respond to @laughwithusblog within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize.

a. All Prizes are non-transferable, with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a Winner with their Prize, the Sponsor may elect, to provide such Winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value.

b. There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.   Prizes will be shipped within 4-6 weeks following the end of the Sweepstakes.  Each gift card is subject to the terms and conditions set forth on the gift card.  Each gift card is redeemable for merchandise only and will not be redeemed or exchanged for cash, except where required by law. Each gift card will not be replaced or replenished if it is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or used without your permission and will be voided if altered or defaced.  Winner is responsible for any taxes on prizes awarded.

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6.  Limitation of Liability:  IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASEES (DEFINED BELOW), THEIR ADVERTISING OR SWEEPSTAKES AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES. Sponsor and Administrator assume no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any cause, including any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a user’s Internet Service Provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in user’s e-mail account to receive e-mails.  By participating in this Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, Walgreen Co., their respective affiliates and related companies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, participation, or inability to participate in Sweepstakes, any Entries or any Sweepstakes-related activity.  Releasees are not responsible for printing errors or for lost, late, unintelligible, misdirected, incomplete, damaged or garbled Entries or any other documents. Releasees are not responsible for any: (a) telephone, computer, hardware, software, programming or interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, network malfunction, or other technical failures or errors, or failure to properly process Entries; (b) communication disruption or other forces beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, make Entries or other disruption related to Internet traffic, virus, bug, or non-authorized intervention; or (c) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer by entering this Sweepstakes, whether human, mechanical or electronic. Releasees shall not be liable to any Entrant or any other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God; any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entities (whether or not they prove to be valid); equipment failure; terrorist acts; earthquake; fire; flood; war; explosion; unusually severe weather; hurricane; embargo; labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal); labor or material shortage; transportation interruption of any kind; work slow-down; civil disturbance; insurrection; riot; or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s sole control.

7. Governing Law:  THE SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND THE FORUM AND VENUE FOR ANY DISPUTE SHALL BE IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.  IF THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM IS NOT OTHERWISE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR MEDIATION, IT SHALL THEN BE RESOLVED BY FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS STREAMLINED ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS THEREOF (“JAMS RULES”).  THE JAMS RULES FOR SELECTION OF AN ARBITRATOR SHALL BE FOLLOWED, EXCEPT THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL BE EXPERIENCED AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN MICHIGAN.

8. Consent:  UNLESS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, A ENTRANTCONSENTS TO THE USE OF HIS OR HER NAME, LOCATION,  LIKENESS, IMAGE, ADDRESS AND/OR PRIZE INFORMATION and/or Sweepstakes entry for promotional and other purposes (including without limitation, commercial purposes) without further payment, except where prohibited by law.  By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants give their express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, e-mail and/or postal mail regarding the Sweepstakes.

9. Privacy Policy: Any personally identifiable information collected during an Entrants participation in this Sweepstakes will be collected by Sponsor or its agent and used by Sponsor, its affiliates, agents and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Sweepstakes as described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Privacy Policy as stated at http://collectivebias.com/privacy.html.

10. Miscellaneous:   Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time, at its discretion.  In the event of any dispute concerning the identity of any entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the natural person who is the authorized holder of the transmitting account. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to a Twitter account by Twitter, who is responsible for assigning all Twitter accounts. Any false information provided within the context of the Sweepstakes by any Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, ownership of right or any other non-compliance with these Official Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entry from the Sweepstakes.

11. Winner’s List:   For the name of the prize winners, those interested print their name and address on a 3″x 5″ card and mail it in an envelope to:  #HealthcareClinic Twitter Party Official Rules, c/o Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. Specify “Rules” or “Winner List” on the card.  Winner List requests will only be accepted after the Sweepstakes end date (listed above) and requests must be received no later than September 30, 2013.

 

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by, or associated with, Twitter Inc.  Entrants understand that they are providing their information to the Sponsor and not to Twitter.

 

Sponsor:  Collective Bias, Inc., 201 S. Main St., Bentonville, AR  72712.

Get BeautyFully Connected at Walgreens #bfconnected #beauty #giveaway

This Walgreens giveaway is sponsored by our friends at Lunchbox. Walgreens and Unilever have paired up to create the BeautyFully Connected site, which includes helpful beauty tips from brands like Caress, Vaseline, Motions, and Dove. We consumers can visit the site and gain helpful beauty tips- from other women just like us!

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From June 30-July 27, Walgreens Balance® Rewards members get 2,000 points with purchase of 2 or more participating Unilever products! Brands include:

  • Caress®
  • Vaseline®
  • Dove®
  • Motions®

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How do you keep your hair from being dry & brittle? How do you get beautiful, glowing skin? What’s your secret to helping keep hair straight, frizz-free and smooth?

Want the answers to all this and more? I know I do!

Visit BeautyFully Connected  to get advice from different women on how to look and feel fabulous from head to toe.

Two readers will each win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card to help you stay BeautyFully Connected!

 

#ColgateWish #cbias Twitter Party Monday, June 24, from 1-2 pm ET #shop

I will be compensated for hosting the #ColgateWish #cbias Twitter Party Monday, June 24, from 1-2 pm ET. We’d love for you to come and join us to talk about Colgate’s Wish For A Swish event happening on Tuesday, June 25, in NYC Times Square. Guinness Book of World Records will be there and, along with other fun, will be the world’s largest mouth swish with Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ mouthwash. Proceeds benefit Make A Wish Foundation.
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Want to break a world record?

Join actress and TV host, Stacy Keibler, and Colgate for “A Wish For A Swish” where we will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the “Most people using mouthwash simultaneously.” We’ll also be celebrating the launch of the new Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ Mouthwash

For every participant in attendance, Colgate will donate a $1 to Make-A-Wish®

Can’t make it, but still want to help?

Upload a picture of yourself smiling after using Colgate Total® Mouthwash to this page and we’ll contribute an additional $1 until July 1, 2013

Event check-in begins at 10:30am and ends at 11:45a

By uploading your photo, you’re giving Colgate permission to use your photo, name and likeness in all “A Wish for a Swish” promotional materials. Do not include any other people or third party trademarks in your photo

For every participant who attends the Colgate ‘A Wish for a Swish’ event in New York’s Times Square on June 25, 2013 and for every photo upload to Facebook.com/Colgate from June 13 – July 1, 2013, Colgate will donate $1.00 (USD) to Make-A-Wish®, for a minimum donation of $50,000 up to a maximum of $60,000.

Party Details:

WHO: Be sure to follow your hosts @brettbmartin and @SavvyMomNYC
WHERE:Follow the party with the #ColgateWish and #cbias  hashtags

Guide For Using TweetDeck/Twitter List here: http://cbi.as/5oac-
Party Host Twitter List here:

WHEN: 1-2pm EST June 24, 2013
WHY: It’s a fun event and benefits Make a Wish. Plus…PRIZES! 5 lucky participants who have RSVP’d will win a $100 Walgreens Gift Card!
Don’t forget to RSVP so you can be eligible to win prizes!

Join in the #HASHTAG party for fun conversation

and chance to win great prizes!

 

Follow along and join in by following #ColgateWish  on your Twitter feed or create your own custom view with TweetDeck and our Party Host Twitter List!

Find help and tips to set up a custom view of our #ColgateWish party via this link: http://cbi.as/5oac-

 
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to Official Rules. Open only to residents of the United States.

Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party on the link above, be actively participating in the party and are using the hashtag #colgatewish #cbias . To be eligible, entries must be received by 1:55 p.m. EST June 24, 2013 (5 minutes before end of party) except that mail in entries must be mailed separately and postmarked by June 21, 2013 (4 days before party). To enter without purchase, hand write your name, complete address, age and telephone number on a 3”x5” card and mail it to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Prizes will be limited to $100 Walgreens Gift Cards and will be given away at 15m, 25m, 35m, 45m and 60m during the 1 hour duration of the party on June 24, 2013. All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #colgatewish #cbias at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @SavvyMomNYC during the party on June 24, 2013 and must respond to @SavvyMomNYC within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All entries will be eligible for any unclaimed prizes after the close of the Twitter party via random drawing held on July 8, 2013.

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

SPONSORS: Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712

All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party at the time that they are drawn as a winner. There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party. Please allow 4-6 weeks for prize fulfillment.

I can’t believe this is Walgreens #BosWag #CBias

I was invited to the opening of the Walgreens flagship store opening by Collective Bias®.  I was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias ™ and Walgreens #CBias #SocialFabric  All Opinions are my own.

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About a month ago I received an email telling me that there was going to be a Flagship store grand opening for Walgreens in Boston, Masachusetts.  Intrigued, I wondered just what a flagship store could be… and did I want to come up and attend the opening, and then share with my readers?  Well, yes, yes I did.  Now I’m going to tell you about this amazing store and I apologize if you end up wishing you lived in an area where there was or will soon be a flagship Walgreens store.

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First things first. I want you to take all of the things you know and think about with Walgreens, and then kind of push them aside.  I mean, yes, the things that your local Walgreens sells are still at the flagship store. Why? Because….

You can get fresh sushi prepared by chefs.  In front of you.  At Walgreens.

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You can get a manicure (for $12!).  At Walgreens.  You can get designs applied, or a gel manicure, for a little bit more.  High end products, and trained and licensed nail technicians.  At Walgreens.

You can get your eyebrows “done” or your eyelashes applied.  At Walgreens.

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You can see the Pharmacist, seated, ready to talk with patients and give them quality care. You can also see the consultation room just off to the side. That door shuts and the room is soundproof.

You can have a private consultation with your pharmacist behind a closed door in a sound proof room.  At Walgreens.  Which reminds me- there’s this whole concept Walgreens has with their pharmacy, and they want to focus on the care their pharmacists can provide to customers so the pharmacist is sitting out front, accessible and approachable.  At Walgreens.

You can pick up wine, beer and spirits.  At Walgreens.  (Please note, when I say wine, beer and spirits, I am not just talking about a few shelves.  The Walgreens at Downtown Crossing (School and Washington)  has a mezzanine level that’s all wine, beer and spirits, including a section with imported cheeses, chilled wines (hello, staying in an area hotel?  STOP BY!)…and a fun little machine that helps you pair the aforementioned mezzanine level items with your dishes being served. Remember, this is still at Walgreens.

Want a soda?  (Do you call it pop where you live? I know people do, but it’s kind of strange to me, having spent all 38 years and 360 days of my life to date living in New England) There’s a Coke Freestyle machine and you can choose from 146 flavors.  One hundred forty six options.  At Walgreens.

Love smoothies?  There’s a smoothie bar.  At Walgreens.  And something super fun about the smoothie bars is the local “flavor” in the smoothie varieties and names- in Boston, there are references to the Red Sox (my team!) and lots of other local sites, teams, and historical references.  It is, in 2 words, wicked awesome.  At Walgreens.

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Local foods, local spirits, local beers and local culture are all pulled into the Downtown Crossing Flagship store. It’s wicked fun to see all of the Boston “phrases” and expressions in huge prints on the wall when you first enter this building- and yes, wicked is on there.

Love high end cosmetics and beauty items?  The Look Boutique has it all.  So many brands, so many products….and so much fun.  The folks who work in the Look Boutique are specially trained and know their stuff.  If you haven’t heard of Ramy Cosmetics, well, I’m sad for you.  Ramy is known for his eyebrow technique (No waxing! No threading!) and he tamed my wooly caterpillar brows for me.  At Walgreens.  (When you are there, you need to look for the magic wand. I need to go to Boston so I can buy like 5 of them. I totally forgot to get some before I left. The official name of this is the Perfect Eye Wand but really, it’s a magic wand).

You’ll find the everyday brands that you are used to finding at Walgreens in the flagship stores, but you’ll also find Mineral Sea Mud products that I thought only came from exclusive salons and if you ask nicely (and I did, not surprisingly), they might even give you a little demo on your hand, so you can see what this stuff can do.  (It comes off with a magnet! I wish I had a video- especially of my face when they pulled a magnet out!).  All of this…at Walgreens.

Other amazing things you will find at a flagship store: Virtual Makeover Kiosks so you can see just how that Maybelline or Loreal product will look ON YOU.  There’s a sample kiosk that offers $1 samples of many, many beauty products- it works like a vending machine- but you’re getting a sample enclosed in a very nice envelope (it looks like a present!) and with the samples?  $2-$3 coupons to use on the full sized version of the samples you purchased.  One of the other bloggers who attended this event with me tried this Sample It machine (from Coinstar, and you won’t (for now) find it anywhere else in the country) and tried the machine- she got a lip gloss sample- several colors came in that envelope- very generous sample, and a very generous coupon to boot!

Want to see more photos from the opening?  Check out my Google Plus album! I want to know what you think- can you believe this is Walgreens?

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Next time you are in Boston, go to Walgreens.  It’s worth it.  I can’t wait until I’m in Boston again and can visit the store once more. This is not your mama’s drugstore chain.  It’s not your mama’s Walgreens!

 

 

SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel

My son has discovered the joys of sharp turns that send you flying on his scooter.  He’s no longer on a scooter with three wheels, he’s moved up to the “big kid” kind, and we’ve had many new scrapes, bumps and bruises as a result.  I have lost count of how many “Mom! Did you see that?  Wasn’t it so cool?” as he flies over the handlebar or tumbles off of the scooter.  He has actually scraped his scrapes that weren’t fully healed, and done so more than once.  Given that scooters don’t work on grass (at least not well), when he falls, I’m always aware that there’s dirt, rocks, and whatever other bacteria and germs that may be on the patio getting into his cuts and scrapes- which as we know can potentially lead to infections.  I’d of course prefer that he just live in a bubble and not do super cool wipeouts, but it’s too late for that.  I can’t keep him from being active, nor do I want to- but I sure can do what I can to make sure he’s safe- he’s always got a helmet on, we’re very seriously contemplating knee pads for him, and we are sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit nearby.  

Healthy Hygiene Tips for Kids from SAFESKIN Kids Gel

One thing that’s definitely going to be in our First Aid Kit from now on is  SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel which provides  a barrier to the infection.  SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel is a new first aid topical gel (available at select Walgreens for $4.95) that provides a barrier to MRSA and other infections on scrapes, cuts, burns and more for up to 48 hours with a bandage on.  (I could have used this myself when we were doing the demolition of our bathroom last week- if you have never experienced the joys of demolition with a clumsy person, let me just tell you, have a lot of first aid supplies on hand.  I think I used a box of bandages for just me in one day!  The SAFESKIN would have given me a bit more piece of mind that I wasn’t going to get an infection of some sort.  The material we were removing from our bathroom was installed in 1946 when our house was built- inches of cement, metal screening, old tile…all combinations that could easily be welcoming bacteria to cause infection.  


SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel (from Kimberly Clark Professional) Product Benefits:

  • Use for topical wound care for minor cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Provides barrier to MRSA
  • Antibacterial gel that is antibiotic free
  • Long lasting up to 48 hours – if the bandaged wound stays clean and dry
  • Non-greasy formula helps bandages to stay in place better
  • Fragrance and alcohol free, non-staining patented formulation
  • Made in United States


Why Children & Teens Are at Risk for MRSA

Caring for the minor cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns and bug bites that children sustain from being active is often a routine task for parents, teachers and coaches. While cuts and scrapes may happen frequently, it’s critical that they receive prompt and correct attention as they are potential entryways for infection. Using SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel when caring for a wound when it happens will help protect your children from dangerous staph infections like MRSA.

MSRA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is one of many strains of a bacterium called staph (Staphylococcus aureus) and is resistant to some of the antibiotics typically used to treat skin and soft tissue infections including methicillin and other penicillin type antibiotics such as amoxicillin and the cephalosporins.1 MRSA is highly prevalent in places where children come in close contact with one another like day care centers, playgrounds, locker rooms, classrooms, gymnasiums and sports facilities. Toddlers, children and teens are likely to experience skin-to-skin contact in these places and may share equipment that has not been properly cleaned. Staph infections like MRSA also spread via skin-to-skin contact when playing sports, like wrestling, football, baseball or lacrosse, or from surfaces in gyms and locker rooms like showers, benches and countertops.

Skin Infection Statistics & Children

  • Rates of Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), a staph skin infection that affects people in the community, have rapidly increased during the past decades
  • According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, skin diseases accounted for 56 percent of all infectious diseases in competitive sports from 1922 through 20053
  • With more than 38 million children and teens participating in youth sports activities, it’s critical that parents, coaches and teachers practice proper wound care.4
  • In 2009, 71,900 children were hospitalized because of infections under the skin5
  • Centers for Disease Control estimates there are approximately 10,800 deaths in the United States each year caused by staph infections, of which 5,500 are linked to MRSA6
  • Skin and soft tissue infections represented 69.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 U.S. children per year from 1996-2006; the rate of CA-MRSA skin and soft tissue infections increased over this period from one in every 100,000 cases in 1996 to 25.5 cases per 100,000 cases in 20067


How to Use SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel:
SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel is easy to use and should be applied with adult supervision. Always wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before cleaning or dressing a wound. Remove any dirt or debris from the wound if necessary. Wash the wound with lukewarm water and mild soap then blot the injured area dry with a clean towel. Apply SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel to the wound and surrounding area. Cover with bandage and repeat every one to three days, sooner if the bandage becomes wet or soiled. A product like the SAFESKIN* Kids SPORT WRAP can help hold a bandage in place. Change the dressing every day.

SAFESKIN Kid Antibacterial Gel

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Walgreens Prescription Savings Club #rxsavingsclub

Today we went to a local Walgreens to sign up for their Prescription Savings Club.  We do have health insurance which we get through my husband’s place of employment, but with the current state of the economy, this isn’t always enough nor does it always give us benefits when we need them.  The Prescription Savings Club offers the masses a way to save money and an affordable way to try to help keep healthcare costs down.

The Prescription Savings Club  has both individual ($20/year) and family ($35/year) membership rates.  I intended to sign my whole family up but there was a glitch and I was limited on time- but I’m not worried because I know from my very friendly, very helpful Walgreens employee,  Caley, that I can add my son onto the membership at any time with no additional cost to me.  I will just add him on next time I go, but I was needing to be across town and picking him up at preschool and didn’t have time to do it then.  (I was kind of glad, afterwards- I might not have known that adding a family member was easy and free).

Signing up for the club was easy.  We found our way to the pharmacy, with only a few stops on the way (I did have a 2 year old with me) and immediately found some signage to direct us where to go. I was expecting brochures and a sheet to sign up- after a brief delay taking my little one to the bathroom we headed to the counter, spent literally about 5 minutes giving our information, paid for all of our purchases, and were on our way.  Easy, peasy.  Now we’ll be able to save on prescription medications, and get 10% off on all Walgreens brand products- of which there are many to choose from…even photo prints! One thing I was really excited to hear is that if you do NOT get back what you paid for the membership at the end of the year, you get the difference BACK!  Risk free is my cup of tea.

I’m fairly certain we’ll take full advantage of the savings offered to us by this membership.  My friend Jenni, who also writes on this site, has had a membership for a few months now and she’s been very happy with the benefits. Her family is able to save $20-$30 a month on a prescription that isn’t covered by insurance, and that has added up very quickly to be a large savings for them.  It basically comes out to 1-2 free months of the prescription per year for them.

Save Money with the
Prescriptions Savings Club

If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t adequately cover your medication, then the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is for you. Members get special discounts off the cash price of thousands of brand-name and generic medications as well as numerous other benefits when they use their card throughout the store.

Savings Guaranteed

If you don’t save at least the cost of your prescription card membership fee in one year, we’ll give you the difference.2

Enjoy these club benefits and more:

  • Valuable discounts on thousands of brand-name and all generic medications
  • Between 5 percent and 20 percent discounts on most immunizations
  • 10 percent bonus on purchases of Walgreens Brand, W Brand, Nice! products and in-store photofinishing services
  • 10 percent savings on services from Take Care ClinicsSM at select Walgreens
  • Savings on preventive and lifestyle medications your insurance may not cover
  • Additional discounts on pet medications with a human equivalent, all compounded medications, nebulizers and diabetic supplies

After signing up, we walked around the store a bit so I could show you some of the items you’ll be able to save 10% on with the Prescription Savings Club membership.

 

You can see my entire shopping experience right here in my Google Plus album.

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