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An inline™ stroller that grows with your family
March 27th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
phil&teds’ products are simply brilliant. Their design team is comprised of top designers – who are also parents – and together, they’ve developed safe, ultra-adaptable strollers, car seats, and more to help you live a dynamic life with kids. All of their designs undergo a rigorous testing program (over 500 tests in any given year) and have gained certification for worldwide safety standards.
Our favorite phil&teds design? Their award-winning navigator™ buggy. It’s compact yet fully-featured, and adapts to take 1 to 2 children from newborn to 5 years. This inline™ stroller is the only stroller you’ll need; you can take it everywhere.
Today – in partnership with Diapers.com – phil&teds is offering the navigator™ add-on (which converts the stroller from a single to a double) for FREE. Valued at $140, this extension will comfortably carry your second child, enabling the stroller to grow with your family. Ready to roll? Click here to get the navigator™ and your FREE add-on extension. After you sign up, enter discount code YAYDOUBLE at checkout.
Also, see what our friends have to say about phil&teds!
- Mama 411: a fantastic local events guide for families in New York City (going mobile this spring)
- Melissa Stuff: learn more about saving money so you have room in your budget to give to worthy causes
- The Peanuts Gang: the life and times of a mom (who’s also a part-time paralegal, professor, and licensed attorney), her high school sweetheart, and their two little fellas that rule the roost. Follow them for the latest and greatest in kids’ products, activities, entertainment, and more!
An exciting variety of kids' activities and bonuses
March 24th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Spring break and summer are fast approaching, and we’re thrilled to present you with an entire week of camp offers - all starting tomorrow (Monday).
We’ve got a great lineup of interactive, engaging camps in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, and Denver.
Some of the activities in the mix? Dance, cheer, theater, music, cooking – and of course, lots of sports!
We’ve also got two bonuses in store for you:
- Share a camp deal with your friends, and if three of them purchase, your little camper goes FREE. (On the deal page, click “Give and Get” for more info.)
- Purchase a camp deal and you’ll also get 10% off any of our “Everywhere” camp gear deals. (Your refund of 10% will be processed by April 4, 2013.)
Check Plum District all week to find camps near you! You’ll keep money in your wallet while the kids are off making memories.
Mom role model shares her Complete Face Care Collection for healthy, radiant skin
March 22nd, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Jaclyn Smith is an award-winning actress (and star of the renowned TV series, Charlie’s Angels), a designer, and business woman. She’s also a mother of two, and puts family first – always. While managing a legendary career and role as a mom, Jaclyn is able to maintain remarkable grace, style, and agelessness. Harper’s Bazaar named Jaclyn one of the “Most Beautiful People in the World.”
Jaclyn’s secret to a luminous appearance? A healthy lifestyle and a simple, daily skin care routine using her Complete Face Care Collection. “Consistency is key,” she says, “but you don’t want to be a slave to your skin care routine.”
In collaboration with her husband, Dr. Brad Allen – a renowned medical researcher – Jaclyn created this winning combination of luxurious, protective, and anti-aging skin care products. The collection features everything you need to follow the routine Jaclyn has used for 30 years. Each product has been carefully formulated using proven ingredients and advanced science, and together, they work in perfect harmony.
Today, you can get Jaclyn’s Complete Face Care Collection — a 3-month supply of 7 essential products — for just $99 (a $302 value), including free shipping. Use the coupon code PLUM99 at checkout. Order the collection here.
Colorful, customizable designs embraced by countless celebrities & customers worldwide
March 19th, 2013 | 12:00 PM
By Erin Condren
As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ and that sure is the case at my house and with my business! As a mom of twins, juggling my company and our busy home life can be a challenge, but it’s that controlled chaos that has inspired business ideas since the beginning. My motto is to ‘simplify and stylize’ and I’ve found that sometimes a sticker is all you need to do both.
I created gift labels for my family years ago to take the stress out of gift wrapping. A stylish sticker can jazz up any package in a jiffy and won’t fall off the gift before the party! It’s the perfect solution for a gift of wine or baked treats so the hostess isn’t wondering after the event, ‘Who brought this lovely gift?’
A return address sticker adds personality to anything your mailman will deliver! A simple little sticker really can say a lot about you and be a stylish first impression when a handwritten note or invitation arrives.
Even my iPad is in fashion and shows off my colorful style. With so many tablets at our design and marketing meetings, it’s impossible to mix them up when each one is personalized.
Stake a stylish claim on your collection of books by customizing book plates for your little reader. These stickers make great gifts for a book club host or teachers that want to add style to their study!
Until March 24th (ending at midnight, PST): Buy one sticker pack and get the second (of equal or lesser value) for FREE. Valid on Gift Labels, Address Labels, iPad Stickers, and Book Plates. Use promo code BOGOSTICKERS at checkout. You’ll also be entered to win a $500 Erin Condren gift card (to use toward anything on her site!).
March 18th, 2013 | 6:00 AM
POSH Mommy has mastered the art of customized jewelry for moms, dads, and kids.
Founder, Ali Krebs, is a mother of two who self-funded the company utilizing her personal experience and BA in Business Administration. Her husband suggested including birthstones in her jewelry, which was the first – of many – major hits. For two years, Ali handcrafted thousands of designs at home, and customers wanted more. She then partnered with Stuller, Inc. – the largest jewelry manufacturer in the world – to transform her jewelry into a high-end line. Now, POSH Mommy is sold internationally to over 40,000 stores; is worn by celebrity parents like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Heidi Klum, and Nicole Kidman; and has been featured in InStyle, Us Weekly, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more.
Ali has expanded their Northern California headquarters to include other stylish, savvy moms. Together, they work to deliver you the best assortment of customizable jewelry, along with outstanding customer service. All of POSH Mommy’s designs are tarnish-resistant and made of sterling silver or 14K gold. They can also accommodate special requests for rose gold, 18K gold vermeil, and even genuine stones like sapphires and diamonds.
Today, we’re offering an exclusive discount for 30% off anything on POSH Mommy’s website when you use the code POSH30 (good for 10 days only). It feels good to wear your family’s names close to your heart – and they love seeing it on you!
Beat hunger with these easy recipes!
January 18th, 2013 | 6:00 AM
Life as a busy mom becomes a lot more difficult when you’ve got hungry kids on your hands. Feed yourself and your family these tasty and wholesome, on-the-go snacks before crankiness and irritability kick in!
Baked Apple Chips (Recipe)
You can also dress them up with a sprinkling of cinnamon and/or sugar.
Breakfast Parfait (Recipe)
Use a plastic cup or a mason jar (if you need a lid), and prepare this the night before.
In the morning, all you have to do is add granola, or keep plastic baggies of granola on hand to go – and don’t forget a spoon!
If you’re interested in making your own granola, check out this recipe from Food Network chef, Alton Brown. It’s the most delicious, straightforward granola recipe we’ve tried.
Combine your favorite nuts, dried fruits (even yogurt-covered raisins), and some pretzel bites, and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing snack to keep everyone munching in silence.
Whole Wheat Spinach-Turkey Wrap
Apply your favorite spread (mustard, hummus, pesto, etc), to a whole wheat tortilla, layer on turkey (or meat of choice), and add spinach, tomato, or your favorite veggies.
Show the kids how to peel back the foil as they eat for a mess-free car.
Celery and Peanut Butter Jar
Also try this with apples instead of celery — or combine veggie sticks with hummus.
Mini Snack Buffet
Grab an empty ice cube tray and load it up with a colorful array of nutrition.
Strawberry-Banana Smoothie (Recipe)
Serve this in a mason jar with a handle, and hit the road!
Try swapping out bananas and strawberries for other fruits, like frozen mango, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Butterfly Snack Bag
How cute is this?!
Fill up your butterfly bag with trail mix, blueberries, baby carrots, dried fruits, and your kids’ favorite snacks.
Time-saving and effective ways to stay in shape throughout the new year.
January 11th, 2013 | 9:32 AM
You may regret eating that cookie, but you won’t regret spending time on a good workout, Mom.
Getting your blood flowing and muscles working goes a long way: it prevents weight gain (or aids weight loss), combats health conditions and diseases, promotes quality sleep, boosts your energy, and improves your mood. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed or unhappy, dedicate a few minutes to moving your body!
If you don’t have one hour to work up a sweat, you’ve at least got 15 minutes – and a short workout is better than no workout.
We’ve put together some simple, time-saving, and effective tips to help you keep fitness a priority in the new year:
- Find out what motivates you: Whether it’s an upcoming reunion, a swimsuit you’ve got your eye one for summer, or the need to keep up with your active kiddos, figure out what it is that will get you moving, and keep it in mind.
- Pre-plan: Set yourself up for success! Each Sunday, make sure to schedule workouts on your calendar and stock up on plenty of healthy foods and on-the-go snacks (such as raw nuts, apples, carrots, and greek yogurt cups).
- Find a gym with childcare: And consider switching to another gym if yours doesn’t offer it. When your kids are in good hands (and nearby), you can focus your full attention on achieving your fitness goals.
- Work out at home: Who said house cleaning doesn’t qualify as working out? A good hour of scrubbing, sweeping, and polishing windows - at a brisk pace - is good for you. Put on your workout clothes and go at it! When you’re done, squeeze in this all-over body exercise for a complete workout.
- PLAY with Your Kids: Race them, be the tagger, and twirl them around in your arms. Your mind and body will thank you.
- Revisit four tried-and-true exercises: Squats, push-ups, lunges, and planks. Master these moves (in good form) and you’ll be able to squeeze in a quick, effective workout that targets all of your major muscles. Do back-to-back circuits in the morning before you shower – it’s a great way to energize for the day!
- Keep your workout bag with you: You never know when you’ll get a break in your busy schedule. Make it easy to hit the gym or outdoor trail when you want to and have time.
Once you’ve got a good workout routine, you’ll love the way you look and feel. Keep it up, and you’ll notice improved performance in other areas of your life, too. Here’s to a healthier, happier you in 2013!
You can't go wrong with these, Mom.
December 14th, 2012 | 6:00 AM
When the weather outside is frightful and your family wants something delightful, pop some corn, hit the lights, and snuggle up with a heart-warming Christmas classic.
We’ve asked all of you Plum moms to list your favorite Christmas movies for kids, and here are the top six!
First, the oldies but goodies:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
A Christmas classic every child should see.
Introduce them to Rudolph, a reindeer once made fun of for his unusual, luminous red nose, who ends up leading Santa’s sleigh during a harsh winter and gains exceptional recognition. Go Rudolph!
A Christmas Story (1983)
The much-loved Christmas comedy about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker who has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB Gun is the perfect gift for him.
You can catch this one on TBS at this time of the year – it’s a hit!
Home Alone (1990)
“Ahhhhhhh!” Can you imagine your family accidentally leaving you behind while on the way to Paris for the holidays? As you know, Kevin McCallister experiences just that – and to make matters worse, he’s faced with two idiotic burglars who try to break into his house. Fortunately, this clever eight-year-old outwits the burglars with a series of ingenious booby traps.
No matter how many times you’ve seen this one, it doesn’t get old. Share one of your holiday film favorites with your kids. It’s just so entertaining!
And now, some more recent films that have gained tremendous popularity:
The Polar Express (2004)
In this computer-animated fantasy film, a young boy (voiced by the one-and-only Tom Hanks) wants to believe in Santa Claus but questions his existence.
On Christmas Eve, he hops aboard the magical Polar Express and takes a ride to the North Pole to find out the truth!
Your little ones will be fascinated by this classic story told through a beautifully-made, high-tech film.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
(Promoted theatrically as The Grinch)
It’s no surprise that this is the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time (right behind Home Alone). Jim Carrey takes the lead as the Grinch, a cynical creature who despises Christmas and wants to kill the holiday spirit. In the end, the Grinch’s true colors are shown.
This one’s got to be on your kid’s holiday movie list – and throw the original, animated version from 1966 on there, too, because they’re both great.
Delightful, hilarious, and starring Will Ferrel, this Christmas comedy will engage all the kids and adults in your house!
Buddy is one of Santa’s elves who happens to be incredibly large and ungainly. He learns of his true identity as a human and heads to NYC to meet his biological father who, incidentally, is on the naughty list.
On his adventures, Buddy spreads Christmas cheer in a world of cynics – and the contrast between his attitude and theirs is just too good.
Grab a blanket and spread it across the whole family. These wonderful films are a great way to enjoy some cozy evenings this holiday season.
Before the show starts, enjoy a scrumptious meal with one of today’s Plum deals for fresh Maryland crab or organic meats, cheeses, and more. And for dessert? Whip up one of our favorite holiday sweets or surrender to the goodness of smooth, homemade fudge. Bon appetit and happy viewing!
Share these crowd pleasers at a holiday event, dinner party, or wrap them up as gifts!
December 7th, 2012 | 6:18 AM
One thing we love about the holidays? The never-ending flow of delectable sweets to our doorstep, kitchen table, under the Christmas tree… and ultimately, to our tummy. This year, delight your friends and family with holiday goodies unlike the rest. We’re excited to share some of our favorite, easy recipes that are perfect for all those holiday events and gift-giving. Send some to school with your kid to share with the class!
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites (Recipe)
These guys are much easier to make than it seems.
All you need is four simple ingredients: store-bought caramels, a bag of pretzel nuggets, semisweet chocolate, and almonds.
Dress them up with the holiday sprinkle colors of your choice! Red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah… you get the idea.
Gingerbread Cupcakes (Recipe)
The holidays call for gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses, gingerbread lattes…. this seasonal flavor is all around you to enjoy.
When you’re looking to get your gingerbread fix, but want to lighten the load of sugar and fat, pull out this relatively healthy recipe from Weight Watchers and bake away!
Using whole wheat flour, applesauce, molasses, and a medley of spices like ginger, cinnamon, and allspice, these fluffy cakes are sure to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.
English Toffee (Recipe)
A holiday classic. Who doesn’t love the crunchy, smooth richness of this heavenly dessert?
Get your hands on six ingredients (which you probably already have at home), and you’re set to go.
This recipe calls for white sugar, chocolate chips, walnuts, butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Pops (Recipe)
How cute are these? Kids (and adults) love these festive, easy-to-eat treats on a stick. They’re also mess-free, so no need to worry about wiping and washing your hands, or licking your fingers after.
Make rice krispie treats as you normally would, add green food coloring to the melted marshmallows, and once the treats are cooled, use cookie cutters, lollipop sticks, and colored candies to finish them off.
Celebrating a different holiday? Choose a different cookie cutter and colors.
Cinnamon-Chocolate Ganache Hanukkah Cookies (Recipe)
Adapted from The Ultimate Cookie Book (Wiley, 2007), these delicious holiday cookies are oh-so-pretty with their six points and powdered surface.
A tantalizing combination of chocolate, cinnamon, and smooth ganache, these cookies are impressive to say the least.
Bake ‘em, cool ‘em, and sandwich the creamy ganache between two cookies. They’ll be a hit!
Note: Like the rice krispie recipe above, you can switch up the cookie cutters depending on the holiday you’re celebrating!
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites (Recipe)
A combination of our favorite flavors. These holiday bites are so festive, fun… and creative!
The ingredients are simple (again, you probably have most of it in your pantry already): creamy peanut butter, softened butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, pretzels, and chocolate chips!
Grab this easy recipe to get started on a dessert that’ll bring a smile to everyone.
Get your kids to join you in the kitchen, and make memories while you make these holiday sweets. And, while you’re waiting for the them to cool, give yourself a fab at-home, salon-like gel manicure for that upcoming event!
Affordable pieces that'll have you looking effortlessly gorgeous!
August 7th, 2012 | 11:52 AM
Ahh, those flowy, breezy, summer dresses. They’re lovely, so comfortable to wear, and signify our favorite warm-weather, vacation season. You probably have at least one more getaway planned before the busy school year kicks in, and I’ve done a little research to help you find a couple more chic pieces for your summer wardrobe. When it’s vacation time, we like to simplify our routines; throw on one of these dresses in the morning and you’re set to go! No need to spend time piecing together an ensemble when you could be relaxing with your family.
Here are five classic, practical dresses – all under $100, I might add – to meet your getaway fashion needs:
Heather Maxi Tube Skirt/Dress by Splendid: $88 at ShopBop.com.
Simple, convertible, and can be worn with a favorite top!
Highline Strip Blouson Maxi Dress: $98 at Piperlime.Gap.com.
Look elegant and comfortable during the day, straight through the night.
Ruched Tie-Waist Dress by Old Navy: $24.94 at OldNavy.Gap.com.
Available in classic navy and a fun, bright orange for a price that can’t be beat.
Ponte Shift Dress by Tinley Road: $59 at Piperlime.Gap.com.
Such a lovely, chic piece for the evening. Comes in three colors! Spice it up with a favorite piece of jewelry.
Zig Zag Print Asymmetrical Dress by Mossimo: $22 at Target.com.
Flirty, fun, and berry-colored! Huge plus: it won’t break the bank.
Enjoy these wonderful dresses while the weather’s warm, and feel good knowing that you don’t need to spend an arm and leg to expand your wardrobe with great options.