Monthly Archives: November 2012

WellWishes Holiday Cards

Every year this season, greeting card designers and writers come together in a magnificent display of comradery to create the cornerstone of the holiday season, the holiday card. While families are busy munching roasted chestnuts by roaring fires, our WellWishes card team is busy pumping holiday cheer onto fridges and mantles everywhere. With elf-like work ethic we’ve created a vast selection of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Holiday Season cards for you to spread cheer to your family and friends this joyous holiday season. All of our holiday card illustrations are done in-house and are made purely with magic. Here are some of the card options we have available!

Have a great face? Have a family of great faces? Share those rosy cheeks and smoldering eyes in a single or multi-photo Flat Photo Card available in 4×8 or 5×7. Or if you’re particularly good looking, create a Collage Card with up to 20 of your favorite photos and over 14 different background color options.

Unlike Santa, we don’t see you when you’re sleeping or know when you’re awake. In fact, we try to give you as much privacy as possible! Instead of watching you, we offer many customizable cards including our 5×7 Folded Cards. Personalize the front and inside of your design. These special cards are sold individually with an envelope.

In addition to those holiday cards, our workshop also makes Photo Note Cards, Postcards, and Stationery Cards for any occasion you can think of (as long as we’re invited).

With so many cheer spreading options to choose from it’s easy to lose track of time. Check our Shipping deadlines to make sure you get your cards in time for the holidays. But wait! If you miss the shipping deadline, there’s no reason to pout! Our faster-than-Santa Same Day Pickup option allows you to create AND pick up your holiday cards in-store on the same day until December 24th! (Enter sigh of relief here). And now. A quick poem.

The trees are all white
With wintery snow glaze
From Walgreens to you
Happy Holidays!

David, Photo Writer

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble up some stuffing!

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. In just a couple short days I will be sitting with a loose belt in front of a carved turkey, an empty bowl of mashed potatoes, and an untouched plate of beets. And as the tryptophan slowly melts my family away into a warm thanksgiving coma, my aunt, in a triumphant final effort, will reach out across the table for one last spoonful of stuffing before dipping off into a gravy soaked slumber. Why would my Aunt reach for stuffing despite every bone in her body telling her ‘Stop it! You’ve had enough!’? Why would my aunt’s last thought be MORE STUFFING! before going face down on a cranberry laden plate for a mid-meal nap? Why is my aunt wearing that sweater with those shoes? I’ll tell you why! Because my family’s stuffing is incredible. Some families are good with chili. Some deal in sauces. But our family is all about the stuffing. Oyster stuffing, truffled stuffing, chicken stuffing, cornbread stuffing, vegetable stuffing, apple stuffing, and stuffing stuffing stuffed in stuffing. Wait… Stuffing! So without further ado, it is my great pleasure to reveal to you the not-so-secret family recipe for my favorite stuffing.

Gram-Grams Oyster Stuffing (Serves 10-12)

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes

Ingredients

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (Approx. 1 cup)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1 teaspoons crushed dried sage
1 teaspoons salt
1 loaf stale white bread (about 36 slices) cut into 1 inch cubes
1.5 cups flat-leaf parsley
1 egg lightly beaten
1 cup oysters

Directions
Melt butter in medium to large skillet and add onions and celery. Cook over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. It’s now time to add the sage, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine the ingredients then cook for about 1 to 2 minutes. Finally add ½ a cup of stock and cook for another 2 minutes or until the liquid has been reduced by half.

Transfer the mix into a large mixing bowl and add the bread cubes, parsley, eggs, oysters, and remaining cups of stock. Stir to combine and then spoon the mixture onto a greased 3-quart shallow baking dish. Cover the baking dish (for crunchier stuffing, bake the stuffing uncovered).

Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the stuffing is hot.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoy it. If you have any stuffing recipes you particularly enjoy we would love for you to share them with us. And while you have the family together be sure to take lots of pictures! Happy Thanksgiving!

-David, copywriter at Walgreens

How to take your PERFECT holiday card photo

It’s almost that time of the year again. Snow is prepping to fall, Jack Frost is beginning to nip, and the air is starting to fill with the scent of cinnamon and holiday cheer. And right there at the starting line is Thanksgiving. With families getting together and looking their best, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to snap the centerpiece of the season, the family Holiday Card. The card that makes fridges and mantles rumble with joy. However, not every season’s greeting is filled with warm tidings. Matching sweaters, half stunted smiles, and ill-placed reindeer ears can turn a warm family greeting card into a cold family yikes! Here’s a helpful list of hints and tips to keep your holiday card photos full of cheer and free of fear this season.

1. Location, Location, Location!
When it comes to great holiday photos, sometimes what’s behind the family is almost important as the family itself. A simpler background makes for a more elegant photo. Have a plan and prepare your environment! It’s hard enough to get the dog to sit without you moving around the furniture behind it.

2. Dress for the photo you want. Not the one you have.
Matching only works in prisons and in movies about the future. Hopefully your family is in neither. Color coordinate with one another, but don’t match too much. It’s 2012 and you are free.

3. Lights! Camera! Adjust Lights! Acti*…Lights!
Don’t turn your family into demons. Avoid red eye by having everyone look directly at the light source, which should always be behind the photographer. You can shoot your photo indoors or out, however shooting in the daylight creates a softer and more nature look. The best times to do this are the early morning or late afternoon.

4. Pavlov’s kids.
Taking pictures with children and pets can be tough. Neither understands the importance of the masterpiece you are creating, so be sure to reward both for their patience.

5. Enjoy yourself
This photo shoot isn’t going to make or break your photography career. Have fun! Making jokes and creating a fun light atmosphere encourages genuine smiles. And genuine smiles make for great holiday cards.

6. Quantity is quality
Chances are you won’t get the perfect shot right away. But that’s okay! We live in a digital age where photos are as abundant as air. The more pictures you take, the more you have to choose from later.

Great! You’ve taken the perfect, natural, well-coordinated family holiday photo. Now it’s time for the card. Luckily for you Walgreens offers a wide array of WellWishes Holiday Cards in addition to our premium Folded Words Cards. The perfect card is right at the click of a mouse. Best of luck and happy snappings!

 

-David, copywriter at Walgreens

 

Howl-ween’s best in show

It’s been a very difficult week to work knowing that hundreds of dressed up pets were being uploaded to the Photo by Walgreens, Dress Your Pet Contest. Each day it took a special kind of strength to not abandon our work and spend the entire day going ‘Awwwwww! No they didn’t!’ So before we begin be sure to clear your calendars, turn off your phone, and get comfortable because here come the finalists from the cutest contest ever.

 

Cutestant number 1: Doggie Hawser
The movies make us believe dogs can only play sports. Doggie Hawser tells those stereotypes to ‘Sit!’ Dogs also make very good vets.

Cutestant number 2: Cast of the Wizard of OZ
Two Wizard of Oz contenders in the same pet costume contest? You bet your bark! No matter how many heel clicks it takes, run into these three pooches and you’ll never want to go home.

Cutestant number 3: The Pharmacist
When the doctor prescribes ‘cute’ only one pharmacist can deliver. This smart kitty’s got the cure for all those cold weather aches, especially if those aches are heart strings that just need to be pulled.

Cutestant number 4: Grizzly and his friend Bones
When Grizzly isn’t burying bones he’s making them his best friend. A rescue dog with a heart of gold, this pooch is man’s best friend for life (and even a little after).

Cutestant number 5: Molly Goodenberger
There is no place like home. Especially if your home is also home to Molly Goodenberger. Is that a little basket she’s holding? You’re doggone right it is.

Cutestant number 6: Halloween Chinchillas
I mean… come on.

Cutestant number 7: Aladdin & Phoenix
If you’ve got the treats these dogs got the tricks. Tired of ‘Roll over!’ and ‘Fetch!’ Aladdin & Phoenix opt for the less traditional ‘Remove your head with a sword!’

Cutestant number 8: Chompy the Turtle
When it comes to pet costume contests, Chompy is a shell in. This turtle shows that you don’t have to bark to have bite. You just need a tinfoil fin.

Cutestant number 9: Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe
Pup culture icons, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, are breaking hearts all over again. It’s hard to keep a good dog down.

Cutestant number 10: Marvelous Marvin
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… It’s a… It’s adorable! When he isn’t stopping crime, Marvin is stopping hearts one fur tight leotard at a time.

 

And the winner is…

Doggie Hawser!
2nd Place: Halloween Chinchillas
3rd Place: Aladdin & Phoenix

Congratulations to Doggie Hawser and the other contest winners! Thank you everyone who participated. All of your pets deserve a round of Ap-paws!