To say that I’m a busy mom is an understatement. The list of things that need to be done is never ending. It seems as though from the time the kids get out of school to bedtime, the running around doesn’t stop. We have learned, very quickly, how to always do things while on the go.
Our mornings start early with my oldest daughter having “zero period” for drumline and sometimes, continues well on in to the evening with after school sports practices or games. Cali loves to play sports and be involved, and I love to encourage her participation in school as much as I can. We discovered, very quickly, that the after school sports were helping Cali live a better and more healthy lifestyle.
When school isn’t taking up so much of our time, I find myself in a never ending cycle of running errands. And, in my house, someone is always needing something from “the store.” That is why my main criteria when deciding which store I will shop at is convenience. Because there is always so much to do, I have to be able to get in, get what we need, and get out.
Do you ever feel this way, too?
We moved into a new place a few years ago and less than a mile from our home is a Walgreens. That is when my love affair with my go-to drug store began. It was late at night and my daughter had a high fever. Of course, we were completely out of fever reducer so I had to make a quick trip to Walgreens. I picked up some Well at Walgreens brand children’s Ibuprofen oral suspension. I’m serious when I tell you that my daughter will not allow another brand to touch her lips. It is now referred to in our house as “Malia’s pink medicine.” She likes it because it has a sweet bubblegum flavor, I like the great deal I get. I can buy one 4oz bottle for $6.49 but I’m a smart shopper so I buy the 3pk for $12.49.
School Activities Survival Kit
Every year before school starts I head to Walgreens to stock up on items for my school activities survival kit.
The essentials to Cali’s survival kit is:
- Pain Reliever
- Sports Wrap
- Fabric Bandages
- Lip Balm
I take these 4 items, place them in one of our favorite small bags, and keep it in the trunk of my car. That way, regardless of where we’re at or what we’re doing, I always have them available and never worry about leaving things at home. This is particularly true when we’re at a drumline competition. They start so early in the morning that if I have to remember to grab these, I’d never have them with us.
After a drumline competition, her shoulders are so sore from holding that heavy bass drum nearly all day and that’s when the fast-release Quick Gels come in handy for relieving pain. I love the quality and value I find in the Well at Walgreens brand of products.
During other times of the year, Cali also plays volleyball and basketball. It’s during these games that I find my survival kit useful to wrap her ankle.
Sure, she has so many sports and activities that I have to replenish my survival kit from time to time, but it’s all easy to grab and get on one of our many shopping trips to Walgreens. And this time around, I was able to restock our survival kit thanks to our partnership with #CollectiveBias.
Shopping at Walgreens
I don’t know how many times my girls have said something that they need, as I’m on my way out the door, and I always answer with “okay, but you better be able to get it from Walgreens.” They really are so conveniently located for us and easy to get in and out of.
I also find that the aisles are really clearly marked, the shelves are always clean and organized, and there’s never been a time where I have had to hunt for what I need. This means that my girls are able to quickly find what they need while I pick up everything from our survival kit to our daily vitamins.
Walgreens Gives Back
In addition to their products, shopping at Walgreens makes me feel like I’m supporting a good cause, and I am! Through their Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, which runs from February 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities. How cool is that? Does your favorite drug store do that? Maybe you should switch to mine. Learn more about what you can get at Walgreens by watching Mom’s Cool Things video.