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Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.

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Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.

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How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.

 

Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire -  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!

 

What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?

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Sneak Peek: The Hottest Sony PlayStation Games For The Holidays

October 15th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Just in time for the holidays, Sony PlayStation has upped the gaming ante with a host of new games and entertainment assets for the entire family!  As an avid non-gamer, I’ve enjoyed the advancements of the gaming industry from afar however, the latest gaming event hosted by Playstation has awakened the gaming giant in me and I’m ready to play!

 

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During the exclusive Playstation gaming preview, guests had the opportunity to preview the latest from Playstation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and the brand’s venture into virtual reality gaming – Playstation Morpheus!

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PlayStation 4 – Available today for $399 comes in “Jet Black” with a DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.

 

 

PS4 is the #1 selling next-gen console with 10 million units sold worldwide, the fastest selling console in PlayStation hardware history.  So it’s only right that I get into a little game play with the newest addition to the gaming roster, LittleBigPlanet 3. Critically acclaimed and best-selling PlayStation franchise LittleBigPlanet™ makes its debut on PlayStation 4 system with LittleBigPlanet 3. Sackboy is back, this time with playable new friends in an all new handcrafted adventure to revolutionize the way gamers Play, Create and Share in the world of LittleBigPlanet (Check out the game in action with the official trailer here.)

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PlayStation 4 – Available today for $399 comes in “Glacier White” with a DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.

 

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PSTV Standalone 1Sony’s much-hyped new PlayStation TV goes on sale in North America today at a $99 expected retail, or $139 for a bundle including a DualShock 3 controller, memory card and “The Lego Movie” video game. Users can access a range of content including select PlayStation Vita games, classic PS One and PSP titles from PlayStation Store, select PlayStation 3 games via PlayStation Now streaming service, or PlayStation 4 games streamed from a PS4 in the household over local Wi-Fi.

 

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While I got the chance to dive in and play numerous games for Sony’s Project Morpheus, it’s not yet clear when the headset will be ready for sale to the public.  Allegedly, Sony has completed 85 percent of the work it will take to make Project Morpheus available to the public soon.  (But don’t count on playing Morpheus this holiday season, because it won’t be available.)  Hopefully, the virtual reality device will be ready to be used with PlayStation 4 consoles in early 2015. No price or availability details has yet been released.

 

 

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For more on pricing and availability of the featured PlayStation products just in time for your holiday wish lists visit PlayStation.com.

 

Act Like A Woman, Date Like A Bawse – Steve Harvey’s 10 Tips for Online Dating

October 9th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Browsing for love in all the wrong places? Perhaps you need Steve Harvey’s help. The TV host and personality has teamed up with Match.com to provide a unique dating experience for singles looking for the real thing, baby. The new online dating platform, calledDelightful, is aimed at relationship-minded singles — or as the slogan puts it, “find love and keep it.”

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The collaborative efforts are led by Harvey, who will act as Delightful’s Chief Love Officer (for real), and The Match Group CEO Sam Yagan.

1. Look better than your photos.

“Unless you plan on bringing those Instagram filters on the date with you, I’d just add photos that look like the real you. You want to be a pleasant surprise when you meet your date.”

 

2. Misspellings are like bad breath.

“No one wants to date a dummy. Before you send or post anything, take an extra minute or two to spellcheck. It’ll make you look a whole lot better.”

 

3. Get to the first date sooner.

“Don’t spend too much time exchanging messages. Once you feel the spark, meet in-person. You want see if the online version of the person you’re into is the same as the real thing.”

 

4. Bad dates aren’t bad.

“Each date just gets you closer to who you’re meant for. And they help you get an even clearer picture of what you like and don’t like.”

 

5. Play the long game.

“Dating is work. You’ve got to be in it for the long haul. The romance that leads to a house in the ‘burbs, a white picket fence and 2.5 kids takes time to find. Trust me, anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

 

6. Unshackle your heart.

“Your past relationships should just be lessons—nothing more. Don’t let someone who’s out of your life ruin your chances with someone new.”

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7. Ladies, use your power.

“Every man wants The Cookie. So stop giving it away with no commitment, and instead start setting requirements and standards that the future Mr. Right has to meet. Believe me, if a guy is serious enough about you he will rise to the occasion.”

 

8. Fellas, use your head.

“A woman shouldn’t have to lay down the law for you to act right. Don’t lie about your height on your profile. Text her back the next day after the date. And for goodness sake, stop sending pictures of your business to women you barely know.”

 

9. Loosen up.

“I hear men and women say they’re looking for their soul mate, but have standards that work against their success. If someone makes you happy, who cares how tall they are, what color their hair is or where they live? The person you’ve always dreamed of could be waiting just outside your restrictions.”

 

10. Let’s bring chivalry back.

“Chivalry is not dead. We’ve all just made less of a priority. Men and women have to start holding each other to higher standards. Ladies, let your guard down and let guys take care of you. Fellas, don’t let the informality of texting and social media make you lazy. Be a man of your word, show up on time, take the time to call her and be a gentleman.”

 

What do you think? Are you going to use these tips while on the search for your next Mr. Right?  What are your favorite tips for dating online?

 

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Meet LOLy: A New Fashion-Forward Emoji App For Fashionistas Everywhere

October 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Not all emojis are created equal.  There are times when you need the right emoji used during a text or email thread to fully express yourself at any given moment. With so many emoji apps emerging onto the scene, it’s pretty clear that the classic emoji just aren’t cutting it anymore. There’s one for hipsters, Seinfeld fans, GoT lovers and even taco eaters. And now, there’s one for fashionistas.

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LOLy was created by an all-woman design team headed by Splendora founder Gina Pell. To come up with this chic, unique, fabulously frivolous set, the team surveyed hundreds of women about their most-texted phrases. Since it’s not integrated into Apple’s iOS as of yet, this fun, fashion-forward, FREE app allows you to copy and paste unique graphics into your texts. LOLy is for every girl (or guy) that wants to send their BFF a pair of Loubs and a Chanel tweed jacket once in a while.

 

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything when it comes to newly released emoji sets, LOLy comes along and fulfills all your Chanel-and-Louboutin-filled dreams. This new app will cure sooo many emoji-related frustrations, like why does the “getting your nails done” emoji only come in pink?! Or why the heck isn’t there a tequila shot emoji?!

 

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Even though most are fairly fabulous, this emoji set also includes other things that us fashion folk seem to chat about (and Instagram) a lot. Like cake, pho and margaritas. Because who doesn’t text about food nonstop?
Are you going to use LOLy? Let us know your favorite new emoji in the comments below!

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Divas And Dorks: We’re Expanding And Looking For A Few Good Writers #NowHiring

October 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Do you love style, technology, fast cars or travel?  Are you looking to expand your footprint in new media?  Would you like to join the Divas And Dorks team?  We’re expanding and looking for a few good writers to join the team!

 

We’re looking for all sorts of writers to join the Divas And Dorks family!  We’re looking for writers that love tech, style, beauty, celebrity fashion, social media, entertainment, cars, travel and more.

 

If you’re an experienced writer interested in working with amazing brands, attending exclusive events and building a brand of your own – we want to work with you!

 

Apply to become a contributing writer for DivasandDorks, DivasDriveinHeels and DivasOnDestinations below.

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AT&T’s “It Can Wait” Annual Day of Action Is Today

September 19th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

September 19th marks the It CanWait annual day of action.  The campaign has inspired more than 5 million pledges to never text and drive and created several initiatives to dissuade texting and driving.  I’ve been very involved with this campaign since the inception back in 2012 and have tweeted, taken the pledge against texting while driving and even hosted an event (or two) promoting safe mobile use while on the road.

 

Recently AT&T has introduced a social tool, “#X”, that fits naturally into texting conversations. It means “I’m checking out while I drive.  Back soon.”  Its a great way to get the message across that you take safe driving seriously and has already impacted mobile conversations across the world.

 

 Must Read: “It Can Wait” Campaign Grows – Backup From Sprint, VZW, T-Mobile & More

 

In addition to the social tool, AT&T has also empowered Android and iPhone users by giving users 3-step instructions on how to create a shortcut text to use in communication before you drive.  No more awkward “Can’t text, I’m driving” texts, using the shortcut instructions your one step closer to sending less texts and spreading the message against texting while driving.

 

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Today, AT&T and its supporters will continue to encourage the public to take the pledge to make a lifelong commitment to never text and drive.  In support of the campaign, Demi Lovato has created  this PSA to urge her fans to text or tweet #X prior to driving in order to alert their friends that they will be behind the wheel and unable to respond to incoming texts.

 

Must Read:  AT&T “Texting & Driving: It Can Wait” To Battle The 100 Most Deadliest Days Of The Year

The “It Can Wait” campaign continues to encourage mobile users to practice safe texts while on the road and has an entire arsenal of tips and tools online to motivate users of all ages to take the pledge, get involved and share the message of safety with friends and family.

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Have you taken the “It Can Wait” pledge yet? Check it out online at ItCanWait.com.

The Mosaic App Will Capture Your Favorite End Of Summer Moments To Share Forever

August 29th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend?  Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?

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How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.

The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.

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When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.

When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.

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I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book.  Available for iPhone or Android devices today.  For more information visit heymosaic.com

Best Dating Apps To Get You Ready (and Drafted) For Cuffing Season

August 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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It’s a little known fact, but “Cuffing Season” is almost here. What is “Cuffing Season” you ask? Everyone knows what cuffing season is (that is, unless you’re apart of the AARP community or married…and even some married people are well aware of the cuffing season to come.)  If you’re in the market and ready to date, then you know cuffing Season is that seasonal time of the year where singles (or newly singles) seek companionship for the cold winter months.  Or according to UrbanDictionary.com cuffing season is defined as…

 

1.  Cuffing Season:  During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.

 

Did you know there’s even a cuffing season schedule?  If you snooze, you loose!  We’re well into pre-draft workouts and you haven’t even prepared yourself yet.  Check out the full “cuffing season” schedule and get yourself prepped to get into the dating game. (check out this funny meme floating around the internet below.)

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So how does one get “cuffed”?  After sharing a comical conversation with my girlfriends, we’ve comprised a list of the best dating apps to get you trained and ready for a season of love below.

 

 

 

Coffee Meets Bagel appCoffee Meets Bagel (Free)

Coffee Meets Bagel takes a different approach to online dating. Instead of offering up a buffet of potential matches, CMB simply offers one person each day. You can either “like” or “ignore”, but if both parties like each other they’re routed to use the IM system within the app, meaning that users can get their chat on and coordinate meeting up for coffee, bagels or more.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

Meld Dating AppMELD (Free)

MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery.  MELD is different from other apps because it requires users to sign up via both LinkedIn and Facebook. MELD never shares or posts anything on its users’ profiles. The combination of both LinkedIn and Facebook enhances the quality of profiles and adds an increased layer of trust. MELD is targeting people who are interested in the finer things in life, beyond just hook-ups.  Available on iOS (iTunes store).

 

 

tinder-mobile-app-logoTINDER (Free)

Tinder is the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Using Facebook profiles, Tinder gathers users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like or pass them by swiping or tapping. If two users like each other then it results in a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

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Singles on the POF free online dating app exchange more than 200 million messages a week, that’s more than all other dating apps combined! With over 80 million singles, the POF free online dating app is the world’s largest dating app!  Unlike other paid online dating apps like Match.com and Zoosk, POF will help you find your match for free as part of the world’s largest dating app. Over 60,000 new singles join every day, 3,000,000 dates happen every month and 1,000,000+ relationships happen every year!  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

 

Have you friend any of these apps lately?  Are you looking to get cuffed this season?  Share your thoughts (or favorite dating apps) below.

 

3 Ways I’m Sparking Up My Pre-Holiday Fitness Routine #AddSparkle

August 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclaimer:  This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AddSparkle

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Ah, the seasons are starting to change.  Students are headed back to school and before we know it, we’ll be celebrating the holidays in grand fashion.  When it comes to my fitness regime, this is what I refer to as the slump phase.  Typically, I’m so wrapped up in preparing for New York Fashion Week and sliding right into holiday fun that before I know it, I’m 10 pounds heavier thanks to holiday sweets and I don’t know where to begin my post holiday fitness routine.

 

If you’re anything like me, now more than ever is the best opportunity to add a little sparkle to your fitness regime to get you through the pre-holiday In an attempt to recharge my fitness routine, I decided to change up the way I look at fitness and living a healthier lifestyle altogether.  From the faint feeling of change in seasons, I decided to switch up my gym routine to taking a little fitness outside of the box.

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During a recent shopping visit to WalMart, I got the idea of adding a little sparkle to my entire thought around fitness starting with my gear and ending with my diet.  Check out tips you can use today to add a little sparkle to your own fitness journey below.

 

1.  Add Some Sparkle To Your Diet.  Just by adding a little a little Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water to your juice or smoothie, you can enjoy a spritz of sparkling water, without feeling the guilt that sodas and other soft drinks may leave.

 

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2.  Add Some Sparkle To Your Fitness Gear.  Just by adding a few new pieces to your workout wardrobe, you can ignite a whole new outlook on working out.  After all, you can’t wear the same old grey t-shirt to the gym all year long.

 

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3.  Add A Spark To Your Workout.  For the first time ever, I thought it would be a good time to try out a yoga class.  I believe the summer time is a great time to try out new and different activities and yoga is the perfect activity for any novice to experience.

 

Thinking about adding a little sparkle to your mundane routine soon?  Why not add Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water to the mix and save money in the process with a coupon towards your purchase.  (You can thank me later!)

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How do you add a little sparkle to your routine?  Share your tips and tricks below.

 

 

 

Get Freebies For Making Healthier Choices With Walgreens Balance Rewards #BalanceRewards

August 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias

 

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There’s nothing quite like getting the push you need from the universe to spark a jolt in a mundane fitness routine (or lack thereof).  After interviewing Jillian Michaels last week, that was the initial push I needed to get started making healthier choices that’ll last a lifetime.  Everyone knows that the Walgreens Balance Rewards program helps you earn bonus points redeemable towards purchases, but with the latest upgrade, it’s helping users take better strides towards healthier living a step further.  This past weekend, I jumped in head first on a fitness journey towards a healthier lifestyle.  Armed with my Jawbone Up, Walgreens app and Balance Rewards for healthy choices, I’m well on my way to earning bonus points and freebies just by making small steps towards and better choices for a healthier life.

 

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BRforHealthyChoices_BR_LandingPage_87x115So what is Balance Rewards for healthy choices?

It is one of the many benefits of Balance Rewards that gives you points for staying well whether you track walking, running, cycling, weight management, blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen or even sleep. Earn 20 points for each mile, 20 points when you add a weigh-in, and 20 points for blood pressure or blood glucose readings at Walgreens.com/healthychoices.

 

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You can log your personal wellness goals, track progress, earn badges and connect with the Balance Rewards community to stay motivated. You can also sync with leading fitness and health devices & apps to track activity and earn points automatically! (Discover which fitness devices and apps are available here.)

 

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Recently, I’ve already begun making strides towards healthier living with a few alterations to my daily lifestyle…

Taking the scenic route and walking a little more.  Just by getting off the subway, one stop early everyday can earn you a few hundred walking steps towards your weekly goal.  By taking a few extra steps each day, I’m earning an additional 1,547 steps  towards my 10,000-step daily goal (and earning 250 Balance Rewards towards my redeemable cash coupon on my next Walgreens purchase.)

Drinking more water during lunch and between meals.  I’ve never been a huge fan of drinking water, however now I have just a little more incentive besides the natural benefits that drinking more water brings.  Drinking more glasses of water throughout the day and in between meals also adds more bonus Balance Rewards points, points that can be used on a nice water filter or your next bottle of Smart Water.

Joining in fun activities like running and yoga.  This past weekend, I checked out my neighborhood fitness track and joined a fitness group dedicated to walking, group exercises and making fitness fun again.  Afterwards, I was so pumped up that I even wandered into a Yoga class for the first time…and guess what?  My Yoga activity (no matter how bad my downward dog looked) counted towards more Balance Reward points.

 

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Balance Rewards for healthy choices feature helps keep you accountable and makes living a life of healthier choices easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting your devices. Why not register and start tracking your healthier lifestyle progress today!

 

Now that you know, just by improving your activity a little each week, you can earn Balance Rewards points to use towards your next Walgreens purchase –  What would you use your earned Balance Rewards points towards?

 

 

 

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