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Here's some Plum District Food for Thought on Why Eating Together Matters
October 4th, 2011 | 4:57 PM
Does your family dine together? Did you as a kid? How important is it in your home to eat together? In today’s world, we are constantly connected to each other via technology, but how often do we really connect? For a busy family, with varying schedules, one thing is for certain – we all have to eat! So why not make mealtime a special time with your family. Food for thought:
- Children who frequently eat meals with their families tend to do better in school as well. A 1994 Lou Harris-Reader’s Digest national poll of high school seniors showed higher scholastic scores among students who frequently shared meals with their families. And a survey of high-achieving teens showed that those who regularly eat meals with their families tend to be happier with their present life and their prospects for the future.
- In a study of American teenagers funded by the Council of Economic Advisers to the President (2000), they found a strong association between regular family meals (five or more dinners per week with a parent) and academic success, psychological adjustment, and lower rates of alcohol use, drug use, early sexual behavior, and suicidal risk.
- Another University of Minnesota study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that children who ate family meals consumed more fruits, vegetables and fewer snack foods than children who ate separately from their families.
Hear why Plum District’s own Karyn Agosto cherishes family meal time-
Food is 100% the glue that holds my family together. You’ve never met more women that talk about recipes than my mom, aunts, grandmother, and extended family. Sunday lunch in the Grimaldi household was “the meal” growing up and is still just as important today. You just never missed it! We’d all head to church as a family in the morning – some happier than others to be up early on a Sunday. My mom would start her meal preparations before we left the house. To this day, I still love walking through the front door after mass and the smell of the yummy, “cooked with love” food hitting me in the face.
My mom always had food on the table during the week too, and if you were anywhere within a 25-mile radius of our dinner table, you were expected to be home to eat with the family. My friends all knew the rules too. I didn’t even have to explain it to them that I must be home by 5:00, and to be honest, I think some were even a little jealous. Sports practice, a class assignment, or being kidnapped were about the only reasons we could get out of the family dinner. My mom worked a full day, would run here and there with us after school, and yet dinner was always ready – except for Friday night pizza night. My mom is no Julia Child, but there is a reason for the curves I have today (thanks Mom ).
There were and still are lots of laughs and funny stories that take place during mealtime. Many meals were spent trying not to laugh at our picky baby sister as she choked down something she didn’t like or hid food under her napkin. Mom’s rules – we must eat at least one of the vegetable options on the table and no, salad did not count. We always asked to “be excused.” I will never forget the night my mom told my 19-year old brother he couldn’t have dessert after not finishing his meal. Some meals were also spent not talking to each other. Likely, because my mom told me I couldn’t go out that night or because my dad grounded me from my car. Nonetheless, I was still there, with the family, sulking my way through dinner.
Now that my husband and I have a one year old who is eating table foods, the family meal has taken on a whole new meaning. I finally understand why my parents wanted us home for dinner. I now see get how hard it is to have meals ready each night for the family. And I so appreciate how good my mom was at both her job and taking care of her family. The meal truly is what brings you together.
Today people are never disconnected from their social “friends,” but we can’t find the time for a quality conversation with family members. Thirty minutes at the dinner table really makes a huge impact on your family. It wraps up the day nicely and gives your child a daily tradition that they can depend on. It’s not always easy, but whether they like it or not, someday, I want my children to say, “we ate dinner as a family.”
September 21st, 2011 | 4:29 PM
At Plum we’re all about finding the best deals for you, your family, and, of course, your girlfriends. Right now, for a limited time, we’re making it easy for you give those friends a great little gift when you share Plum District with them. Refer your besties and they’ll receive $10 Plum Dollars just for signing up — twice our usual referral gift! That’s 10 free bucks to spend toward one of our fabulous spa, beauty, restaurant, fitness, and family Plum Deals! And as always, you’ll get $5 Plum Dollars after your friend makes her first Plum Deal purchase.
Here’s how to get gifting:
Step 1: Log into plumdistrict.com. At the bottom of any page, go to “Refer a Friend.”
Step 2: Invite Your Friends!
Enter your friends’ email addresses and include the attached message.
You can also share referral gifts on Facebook and Twitter, or copy and paste your unique referral link.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Once the friends you’ve referred have signed up for a new Plum District account through your unique link, they will instantly get their Plum Dollars in their account. You will enjoy $5 Plum Dollars when each new friend has made her first Plum Deal purchase. It’s a win-win! You can check your Plum Dollar balance at any time in the My Account section.
What's more fabulous than getting free stuff?!
September 9th, 2011 | 4:38 PM
We have decided to celebrate Fall into Fabulous week with some seriously amazing prizes. What’s more fabulous than getting free stuff?! Each day from Monday through Sunday (9/12/11 – 9/18/11) we are giving a virtual gift basket of deals to one lucky purchaser.* How are you eligible for this gift? Just purchase a deal on our site and you have a chance at being selected for this insane gift! Virtual gift baskets are worth $230 and include the following vouchers: $50 for Ice, $70 for Cilea, $40 for JustFabulous, $20 for Beyond the Rack, and a bonus 50 Plum Dollars to purchase any deal of your choosing! So just sit back, shop, and let us do the rest.
*Recipient of gift will be notified the following day by email.
Plum District gets a surprise visit from none other than the King of Rock n' Roll himself!
July 14th, 2011 | 4:58 PM
Amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for the launch of the new site, Plum District received a surprise visit from none other than the King of Rock n’ Roll himself!
Thursday afternoon, the King rolled up in a pink Cadillac on our quiet San Francisco street and the PD office was certainly “All Shook Up.” Don’t worry though, one of our PD ladies captured the moment on video – check it out:
Of course, with all of the swooning women in the office, there was quite the competition over who would be lucky enough to grab a picture with Mr. Presley. Luckily we all got squeezed in!
February 16th, 2011 | 5:34 PM
What started off as your typical night on the Mexican Bus (www.mexicanbus.net) evolved into the most exciting Thirsty Thursday to date. The office was elated all day with visions of shots of tequila and bottomless cervezas. Getting to the Mexican bus with our supplies of beer, booze, snacks, ice (the essentials really) was an exercise in team building in itself. As the clock neared 6PM, we all scrambled to load up our goodies and carry them a block away to where our Mexican chariot awaited us. Smiling and excited for our adventure around SF, we all pitched in (except Mike) to carry bags, a cooler, and a highjacked recycling bin that we MacGyvered into an ice chest. It was a thing of beauty.
As we approached our colorful bus “Lola” we were greeted by our driver Richard. The bus was perfectly bare-bones for our journey – benches, an Ipod jack, and a communal shot glass that dangled from the ceiling. It was everything we dreamed it would be. Instantly we began celebrating with Coronas, margaritas, and of course Patron. We arrived at the Ramp, the perfect place to chill outside on an unseasonably warm SF evening. We sipped our drinks, took in the bay, and had a great time. But by 8P we were ready for food, so it was off to La Taqueria. By the time we got there we were getting low on our beer supplies, so once again we worked as a team. Divide and conquer – “ok you guys go get beer and we’ll go get the food, meet back at the bus hasta la pronto!”
Everyone returned to the bus to enjoy their burritos and Tecate. And just as the party was getting started again … our bus Lola broke down! And what do you think we did? We did what any group of thinkers would do … we finished our food, grabbed the beer, and hit the road. It was like a fire drill- what would you grab? Cookies, snacks, and coolers were left behind, but not the Tecate! While some people might have been discouraged by this misfortune, we interpreted it as part of the experience. Perhaps divine intervention even. Everyone got out their bus passes, we jumped on Muni and headed to Double Dutch. From there we all gradually dispersed and called it a night. This was one night this Plum gal will never forget!