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Give a Child the Gift of Health w/ Walgreens’ #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign

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We are always highlighting a good cause, especially when you can help someone by doing something you’d normally do anyway. We love to celebrate charitable efforts like shop for a cause, tweet for a cause, etc, which is why we’re highlighting Walgreen’s #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign. It’s getting to be the time of seasonal flu and time to get yourself and your family immunization shots. The great part of this campaign is that for every flu shot or any other immunization you get at Walgreens, they will help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program. It’s hard to believe that not every child has access to medicine for preventable diseases but that my dear readers is a harsh reality. While diseases like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis are curable with a short walk to your neighborhood Walgreens for a shot, it is not so easy for families in developing countries.

Did you know that 1 in 5 children around the world still have no access to the lifesaving vaccines? That two of the most common causes of child death are the very treatable pneumonia and diarrhea? That 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases? That’s one child dying every 20 seconds. No family should go through the heartache of losing a child, especially when it’s because of something that is preventable with an immunization shot.

With over 8,215 drugstore locations nationwide, Walgreens is not only the most convenient location to receive these lifesaving vaccines for you and your family, it is also the most philanthropic. Your immunization can help this very charitable campaign to reach its goal of providing up to 3 million vaccines to kids that need it most. Walgreens offers vaccines for several of the most well-known preventative diseases with no appointment necessary and provides you with all the information you need to stay healthy.

So while you’re picking up your essentials at Walgreens, make a pledge to get your flu shot at their Immunization Center and help provide the gift of health and possibly life to child.

Get connected to your health goals & healthy choices w/ walgreens #balancerewards

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that my clothes were fitting a bit more snug than usual, as a blogger, it wasn’t hard to find the culprit of this weight gain. I sit for hours on end on a computer, and although I try to eat healthy snacks, I sometimes revert back to old habits. However, I am making some headway in being more active. With the help of my Jawbone Up fitness device, Walgreens’s healthy snack offerings, and their #BalanceRewards app, I am well on my way to getting back to making healthy choices and earning points to continue on a healthier wellness and lifestyle journey.

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Thanks to the healthy choices program located in the Walgreens #BalanceRewards app, I am able to connect and sync my fitness device, mine being my Jawbone Up Wearable Device, to the Walgreens app to better keep track of the following: what I eat, my calorie intake, how long I’m inactive, how many steps I’ve walked, other workout activities, my sleep patterns, and my favorite notification – a vibrating reminder to get up and move around if I’ve been idle for too long.

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Along with keeping active, I’ve been trying to eat healthy as well and Walgreens is a great resource for finding what you need to. As you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post, I’ve been keeping my energy up with almonds, hydrating with water, taking a daily gummy multivitamin for overall wellness and tracking my steps with my Jawbone.

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Ever since I’ve started this regime, I find that I walk a lot more. I use my time between attending events to take advantage of walking the city. I’m very proud to say I have walked over 20 NYC blocks on several occasions, all for the chance to reach and/or surpass my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Some days I do get stuck behind the computer so I periodically get up to walk around the apt, go up and down the stairs, or do a little dance just to keep myself active, all while earning points towards my Walgreens Balance Rewards.

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Unfortunately I have only reached my goal of 10,000 steps (5 miles) once because this week has been what I like to call “the calm before the storm”, aka the week before NYFW, but so far I have earned 760 points and I know I will being earning much more towards my $5.00 reward.. I fully expect my step count to be triple next week, which means earning rewards faster. How much points you earn it completely up to you, all you have to do is be active, the more you walk, run, spin, etc, you more points you earn. What could be better than that?

Mohawk Flooring’s “Make Room for Mo” SmartStrand Unleashed Campaign #ShareMoLove

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If you saw Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X during this past Superbowl, then you should be familiar with the official carpet sponsor, Mohawk Flooring, their adorable, four-legged, yellow lab mascot, Mo and their national #ShareMoLove campaign, SmartStrand Unleashed, which highlights their pet-friendly carpet. Well Mo is back with more adventures, in a series of webisodes called “Make Room for Mo!” staring alongside Gregory Abbey and Kelly Deadmon.

We had the pleasure of attending a episode taping of nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program, The Better Show where Mo was on hand with his “Make Room for Mo!” cast members to preview the multi-episode series and highlight the durability of Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk carpets.

The four webisodes went live on Friday and you can watch all four on the Mohawk Facebook Page, vote for your favorite and share it with your friends….our favorite is Night Fright. What’s even more amazing, watching all four videos enters you to win one of Mohawk’s popular and super cute dog bone-shaped SmartStrand Silk rugs (they’re giving away 10 of the rugs pictured in the photo below) and by simply “Liking” the Mohawk Facebook Page, you’re also helping Mo find homes for his furry friends as each “like” equals a $2.00 donation to and Petfinder Shelter Foundation. The contest runs May 9th – June 6th, so enter now to win this amazing rug.
What makes Mohawk’s SmartStrand such an amazing product to have for homes with pets? SmartStrand is made from triexta, a stain and soil-resistant fiber made exclusively by Mohawk, that is permanently built into SmartStrand; with other carpets, the chemical stain and soil protection treatments are only applied onto the carpet surface and comes off during typical carpet cleaning, which is why these carpets get ruined quickly.

We loved everything we saw, do you love what you’re seeing and want to know more? Find out more about Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk, updates on all their products, contests, as well as what Mo will be up to throughout the year.

Duane Reade Introduces iBeacon to its #DRMobileApp

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Duane Reade has been making New Yorkers’ lives easier for decades but now the chain of pharmacy and convenience stores has a new way to get what we need, faster and easier thanks to a new iBeacon update to its mobile app. With this mobile app update to the #DRMobileApp, New Yorkers are rewarded with a Duane Reade shopping experience better than ever before. What’s new in the version 2.0? You can browse the store’s weekly ads and clip coupons and add them directly to your Wellness Balance Card, you have the ability to quickly print your photos from Instagram and your phone’s gallery to create photo cards, collage prints, posters, and canvas prints, you be reminded when it’s time to take your medication, and get points by logging in your activities such as walking/running, and setting activity goals.

While shopping at one of their many locations, the app also gives you access to lots of tools you need, like prescription refill by scan, creating your shopping list, keeping track of your points balance, locating which of the many Duane Reade locations are closest to you, and our favorite, the app lets you know what items are on sale based on your previous purchases. As a purchaser of numerous beauty items at our usual Duane Reade location, 42nd & 8th, we received instant notification that one of our favorite brands, Revlon, had items on sale. A quick trip to the LOOK beauty floor of Duane Reade led me to the aisle containing Revlon’s products.

The app gave us the option to clip the coupons (or unclip them if we changed our mind about purchasing) and automatically attach them to our rewards card thanks to iBeacon. This update to the #DRMobileApp greatly improves Duane Reade’s customer engagement and it’s the loyalty card program. Using our clipped coupons, we saved $1.00 each on a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss and Revlon Nailart Suncandy Nailpolish.

Checkout is when we usually pray we have our rewards card on us to get it scanned for possible savings (that’s if we didn’t lose or forget it in another bag) but thanks to the Duane Reade app, all we had to do was have the barcode scanned to get the coupon savings as well as our points from the purchase.

Although we weren’t in the market to print any photos, take any medication or prescription pickups, we couldn’t help but check out those features, along with checking out our new points balance after this purchase.

The new iBeacon features are only available in 10 Duane Reade locations including 42nd and 8th, 36th and Broadway, 58th and 8th, 50th and Broadway, etc. If you’re like us and frequent Duane Reade as often as we do, you definitely need to download this app.  Not doing so may have you missing out on some wonderful savings. get the app here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duane-reade/id600039876?mt=8.