Category Archives: New York

Duane Reade makes Major Announcement to Raise Funds for ADA

Skip Bourdo, Walgreens Market Vice President for New York and Connecticut and Greg Calvano, Senior Director of Store Operations for Duane Reade stores made a major announcement concerning a challenge between their joint 500 stores to sell the most pin-ups in each market during a four-week timeframe starting in October 2012. They will be joined by over 30 Walgreen’s District Managers in support of the challenge and their participation in the fall Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.  The challenge is aimed at raising awareness and funds in support of the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to Stop Diabetes.

Here are some top tweets from Duane Reade VIP Bloggers at the event this morning in Times Square as part of the 24th Annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®

Read the Official Press Release Walgreens and Duane Reade Throw Down Challenge to Stop Diabetes® and Support the American Diabetes Association Greater New York City Area

Duane Reade VIP Blogger Meetup

Last week we had our first Duane Reade VIP Blogger Meetup at Duane Reade HQ. We’re a great group if I do say so myself and I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone better while doing what we all do best – enjoy the exceptional products and services at Duane Reade! Besides sharing Duane Reade inside tips and deals with you, I’m also going to be introducing you to this special bunch of women whose blogs are all so different.

After our time around the boardroom at HQ we were whisked away to Duane Reade 40 Wall St, and it was easy to see why this is one of their Flagship stores. Nail colors and brands for as far as the eye could see, a nail bar, fresh sushi that you can request on demand, a juice bar, a hair salon with phyto technology (yes, I had a photo taken of my scalp by the lovely Tania and it was not pretty!) and so much more.

Check out how we were greeted as we ascended the escalator. Yep, that’s a projection, cool eh?

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Top Tweets New York & Brooklyn, Sunday March 18

Welcome to the St Patrick’s Day and NY Half Marathon edition of what will be a semi regular round up of some of the best Brooklyn and New York centric tweets from the past few days. With St Patrick’s Day Parades in both Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as the iconic NY Half Marathon, their were many green beer, drunken people and runner photos swirling around on Twitter over the weekend.

Here are just a handful of tweets from the last couple of days that caught my attention, are not so time sensitive and may be of interest to you. If you do act on, or feel moved by any of these tweets, please let me know in the comments.

Also, why not follow these tweeps.


#Winning in New York

New York and Brooklyn in Pictures

New York Oddities

Live Like a Tourist in NYC

Brooklyn Family Tidbits

Brush Like A Jedi Event #GUMStarWars

My little Jedi fighting evil

I was lucky enough to be in attendance yesterday at the Brush Like A Jedi event at Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Time Square. Thanks to Momtrends, my littlies and I had the chance to see the new Star Wars inspired toothbrushes from Sunstar GUM in action. My 4 year old is a big fan of the GUM® Star Wars™ Lightsaber Toothbrush. With the click of a button, the ‘saber’ flashes for 60 seconds, a simple mechanism to get your kids brushing for the minimum recommended time (60 seconds on top, then 60 seconds on the bottom). He couldn’t wait to get it home and try it out. Because he’s a stickler for rules he followed the recommended 60 seconds to the tee!

Pediatric dentist Dr. Ignelzi was on hand to share a few tips and tricks to get your toddler brushing and establishing good brushing habits for the future. He praised the toothbrushes for their ability to make brushing fun, and if its fun then kids are more likely to want to do it, right?

GUM® Star Wars toothbrushes also come in Power tooth brushes and Manual Twinpacks ranging in price from $2.99 to $5.99 and the battery operated ones come with batteries included. These have just hit the market and can be found at WalMart and Target.

5 Things to remember when it comes to your child’s teeth

  • Sticky foods are the worst for your growing child’s teeth as they turn to acid and cause cavities. Avoid fruit roll ups and gummies at all costs
  • White spots are the first sign of a developing cavity, get it checked out
  • Your child should have seen a dentist at least once by one year of age
  • Kids under 6 should be supervised when brushing their teeth. Until they have the dexterity to do something like tie their own shoelaces (around age 6), they might need some brushing assistance
  • If you can make brushing fun, you’ll instill a long term habit your children will enjoy

Brush Like A Jedi Sweepstakes

Like  Sunstar GUM® Oral Care Products on Facebook to go into the draw to win a trip for a family of 4 (two adults, two children) to Star Wars™ Celebration VI in Orlando, FL on August 23-26, 2012. Their are also daily prize packs of one GUM® Star Wars™ Lightsaber™, Power and Manual toothbrushes. Sweepstakes ends in just 2 days on March 15, so head over to Facebook now!

Head over to Facebook to share the Dark Side, Good Habits Video for more chances to win!

Do you have any tips for making brushing time fun in your house?

Lost in Translation

In this video I discuss a few words and expressions that I use every day that are not used the same way here in North America as they were in New Zealand (for example in New Zealand we say “nappy” as opposed to “diaper”).

I describe some situations where my use of Kiwi English confuses people here…especially with my ‘accent’.

And finally I go over how lost in translation I am with the weather, still needing to convert Farenheit to Celsius in order to really know what the temp is going to be.

You’d think being born in one English speaking country (Canada), living for nearly a decade in another (New Zealand) and then relocating back to North America wouldn’t cause so much confusion.

Have you ever had a lost in translation moment while on vacation or after relocating? Are you aware of a phrase or word that is relevant only to where you live?

Check out past videos from the Mama

Wordless Wednesday: Kid in a Candy Store