Winter on the East Coast was a tough pill for this California Girl to swallow the first two or three cold winters we had here. Not only did it get ridiculously cold, but it snowed. A LOT.
At first it was scary to me when it got really freezing cold out and dumped snow. We didn’t have a car, and were stranded in our apartment complex for days at a time. This sounds like a fun, cozy scenario for adults but when you enter two toddlers to the mix, things start to get really interesting, real quick. Needless to say, we became really good at entertaining ourselves with board games, cooking, and crafts.
The thing about arts and crafts is they run out, quickly. In my home, the caps are left off markers so often you would think that it was commonplace practice for ALL pens. One doodle on a page of paper and then it gets tossed- needless to say, we go through TONS of supplies.
This is where Duane Reade comes in handy. There’s one literally around the corner from our apartment, so it’s not a huge trek or feat to get there in the dead of winter with children in tow. The kids love shopping with me there, because there is always a really nice sized crafts area and lots of toys.
The arts and crafts section in Duane Reade is always vibrant, well labeled (signage!) and easy for the kids to find as they whiz past me when we walk into the store. I’m relieved to find construction paper, Crayola Magic pens-my #1 travel accessory, glue sticks and even play doh. In the Bay Area, I would have to go to a specific crafting store to find the kinds of supplies that Duane Reade carries, so I was very happy to see the variety during one especially bad day of cabin fever.
It’s not easy living in the city without a car with three small children. I’m grateful for places like Duane Reade who are convenient, easily accessible and offer so many different options and answers for situations when we are in a pinch any time during the day.
I’ve been posting about our experiences at Duane Reade as a part of a large campaign with Collective Bias. I agreed to post the reviews because we are loyal Duane Reade customers and they’ve always come through for me in a pinch. You can find more photos on my Google+ page here and here.
I was compensated for this post and campaign. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias