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Orange County District Consultant Stephanie shares three great arts and crafts projects using Peeps
April 3rd, 2012 | 6:00 AM
A note from Stephanie: Peeps are the delicious and absolutely adorable marshmallow candies! You’ll be thrilled to create these easy crafts with your kids. I have surrounded my home with these tasty delights and I actually enjoy Peeps even more once they’ve sat out for a while, rather than fresh out of the box!
Peep Wine Charms
- Tie a colorful string or thin ribbon onto the middle of a toothpick and insert through the center of a Peep chick or bunny.
- Pull string through to the other side and tie a bow around the base of a wine or champagne glass.
- Choose different shapes and colors for the most variety, depending on how many guests you will be entertaining.
- Keep your eye on your Peep charm during your special celebration and never lose your glass!
Easter Tree decorated with Yellow Peeps
- Find some dried branches on the ground around your neighborhood, or your own backyard.
- Spray paint and let dry overnight, or keep au natural.
- Arrange branches in a tall vase.
- Prop colorful Peeps on the branches and decorate the table for added festive flair.
- Grab a box of Peep chicks or bunnies and insert a festive plastic straw through the center of the Peep – then wipe the straw clean with a damp paper towel.
- Decorate your favorite plastic cups with these playful straws and set the kids table for sweet fun!
Stephanie is a Huntington Beach native and mother of two. She enjoys jazz music, wine, food, writing, reading, good times, and anything creative.
Check out these stories from moms who have been down that dirty diaper road and have lived to tell the tale!
April 1st, 2012 | 10:25 PM
Like the children’s book proudly proclaims, “Everybody poops!” It just takes a lot of patience, smooth negotiating skills, and sometimes flat out bribery to get your little one to do it in the big kid toilet. Shannon Vetter, one of our moms in Washington, D.C. and Dallas momma, Melissa Carlisle, share their stories from the toilet trenches.
Shannon lives in Washington, D.C. and is mom to three kiddos.
I joke to friends and family that my greatest success as a parent has been potty training my children. We’re still working on putting our shoes away, not interrupting one another at the dinner table, and getting to bed on time, but potty training was a breeze!
Consistency is the key to potty training success. My first daughter was nearly two when we began training her and I was blessed to have a daycare provider who maintained the same routine during the day that I was following at home. She was trained in about two weeks.
My youngest, our only son, was born when my younger daughter was 21 months old. During my pregnancy, everyone, friends and strangers alike, would say that I was going to have such a time with two in diapers. I took my daughter shopping for big girl panties when she was 18 months old one morning while her big sister was in preschool. She was so proud of them that she carried them into school to show her sister. Once we got home, she put them on and wore them for the rest of the afternoon. I had her sit on the potty, the actual toilet with a child’s seat, every thirty minutes just to be safe. We had books to read, a magnetic board to write on, and lots of stickers. We also had a line of M&Ms on the windowsill. Every three stickers earned an M&M. At naptime, I did insist that she wear a diaper and so we put the underwear over the diaper. We did this for a week and she never looked back. She was completely trained, nighttime too, at nineteen months.
My son and I followed the same routine. He and I bought his “big boy underwears” while the middle one was in preschool. He couldn’t wait to open the packaging and he couldn’t wait to carry them into school when we picked his sister. He immediately put them on and we started the cycle of trying every thirty minutes. He insisted on standing right from the start so that is what he did, on a stool, just like a big boy. He proudly put his stickers on everything he owned, his shirt, his cars, his swing set in the back yard and even his closet door. The M&Ms worked like a charm and even let us practice counting to three. He was 28 months old when I changed his last diaper.
Melissa lives in Dallas and is mom to three boys.
Potty training in my house has been a challenge for both of my oldest boys (in completely different ways!) and we haven’t even started with the youngest one.
My oldest had constipation issues. I went through all kinds of craziness trying to help him, like literally laying him down in the floor and pushing his legs back to try to help him go! (Crazy stuff you never think you’ll do until you’re actually a moms and doing them!) We finally discovered that milk and dairy were huge contributing factors and we cut them out until AFTER he went poop. It was like magic. He wanted his milk so badly he was willing to sit and try as long as needed just so he could have them.
The second child is only 17 months younger and was the polar opposite. I though he would be a breeze because he would want to be just like his brother but NO WAY! He didn’t care about being wet or poopy. He didn’t want to sit on the toilet, and no reward made him feel differently. Even when we were on a roll and he had pottied successfully several times in a row, we would go to someone else’s house or he would stay with my parents and completely revert. I can’t begin to tell you how many accidents we had with him. Finally, I just had to bite the bullet and put him in underwear all the time and just clean up after him. He didn’t like making a mess of his clothes so it was the only motivation we could find that worked for him.
I’m a bit afraid at this point of starting with my third, but in the end the other two did successfully potty train – and honestly those diapers get so gross that potty training is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity.
Now we're sharing our inspirations on Pinterest too
February 19th, 2012 | 2:37 PM
We decided at Plum District that it was time for us to get in on the action at Pinterest. This week we are kicking off our Celebrations theme on plumdistrict.com – great local offers that will help you plan any event. Our mom salesforce are now not only bringing you the best deals, but now they are sharing their online finds and creativity. Check out our party inspiration boards to find ideas for boys’ and girls’ birthday parties, gifts, adult dinner parties, and more!
We are giving back 10% of deals to organizations in your community
February 10th, 2012 | 5:07 PM
As a mom of three kids, I know first hand how important Moms are in the community – especially when it comes to fundraising for all of the organizations our kids and families are involved with. Moms are the glue that holds communities together.
I also know that being able to multi task is key to my survival. Now Plum District is offering me an opportunity to not only treat myself, with great products and inspirations I want, but an easy way to give back to my local community.
Coming soon, every Friday Plum District local markets are going to feature amazing deals at local businesses that give 10% of the net proceeds to a school, non-profit, or organization in your local community.
It’s easy for you to participate –as a mom, business, or organization. If you are interested in getting involved just email us at email@example.com and we will put you in touch with a District Consultant in your local market that will help pair your organization with a local business (or vice versa). She will even provide you the tools needed to spread the word about the fundraising effort!
Our goal at Plum District is to make Mom’s day by offering great values for you and your family. And now we are helping you make the day for those in your community!
January 7th, 2012 | 9:34 AM
As many of you know, Digital Doorstep, our merchant for our recent Starbucks/Fandango offer, had technical complications with providing e-gift card codes for Plum District customers. I want to start by apologizing for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused you. Plum District’s goal as a company, and mine as CEO, is to always “Make Mom’s Day.” Clearly this offer has fallen short for our customers, and for that I am sincerely sorry.
As a result, we have worked tirelessly with the Digital Doorstep team to resolve the problem and we are relieved to report that there is a resolution. As of this evening, Digital Doorstep has assured us that all codes that have not yet been redeemed should be working now. This includes the codes that showed an “invalid code” error message or showed “already redeemed” when they were not. We have tested codes to verify this is in fact true. You should receive your e-gift cards as promised. We ask that if you are still experiencing an issue with your code, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can report any outstanding code issues to Digital Doorstep and provide you with a quick resolution.
We realize this is an inconvenience for our customers and for that we sincerely apologize. We have learned through this experience that we need to better qualify our merchant partners to ensure their ability to fully deliver a customer experience that meets our standards. At Plum District, we truly strive to delight each and every one of our customers. We take it personally when we do not meet that standard. It is our commitment to you that we will continue to strive to bring you great offers every day.
CEO, Plum District
December 4th, 2011 | 11:37 PM
Like your local Plum District Facebook page and claim a $5 promo code now and all week. Grab a new code every day Monday 12/4/11 through Friday 12/9/11. Just click on your city below to get started. Don’t see your city? Then click Everywhere to like our national Plum District page!
Here are the rules for using your code:
Offer valid until December 11th, 2011, 11:59p at plumdistrict.com only. Limited quantities available. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Discount applies to Eligible Purchases (“Eligible Purchases”) which are active deals only; not applicable towards taxes or shipping. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Deals cannot be put on hold during offer period. All sales are final. Offer is not transferable or valid for resale. No price adjustments are allowed on previous purchases or on purchases made with this discount. Promotion code cannot be used by multiple people and is only valid for a single purchase per person. User may claim one code per day. Promo codes may not be stacked or combined. Only 1 promo code can be used per transaction.
Little Seed carries amazing eco-friendly and organic gifts for children - save on a gift basket
November 24th, 2011 | 12:22 PM
The Little Seed has a little something extra just for Plum District Moms! In addition to our great deal currently running with The Little Seed, the leading lifestyle brand for eco-friendly and organic products for children, our friend Soleil Moon Frye is offering an additional exclusive value just for Plum Moms!
Check out this special video from Little Seed founders Soleil Moon Frye and Paige Goldberg Tolmach who will introduce you to their amazing Little Seed Gift Baskets — the perfect gift for any kid in your life! And the best news, Plum District Moms get 25% off these customized baskets this week only!
Here’s how it works:
1) Watch the video to see all the amazing treats available to make a customized Little Seed gift basket
2) Go to www.littleseedbaskets.com for inspiration and to check out Little Seed’s pre-made baskets
3) Call the Little Seed at 323-462-4441 to order your basket. When you mention Plum District you will receive 25% off your order this week only.
Please note the 25% can not be applied at www.littleseedbaskets.com, you must call to place your order to receive the discount!
This is a 5-day sale you don't need to get out of bed for!
November 20th, 2011 | 11:39 PM
This holiday season we know that you are working hard to find great shopping deals so you can check off everyone on your list and still give them a fabulous gift. This year, Plum District is committed to bringing you a convenient solution to find awesome gifts and maintain your budget. Join us for SHOP ‘til you DROP this week – from Black Friday through Cyber Monday and into Tuesday we are featuring the BEST deals at a serious discount.
Stay tuned for some of your favorite local deals from merchants you love, and ones we can’t wait for you to check out. We will also be featuring some of your favorite Everywhere deals like ecomom, Abe’s Market, Kidorable, Little Seed, as well as a few others you won’t want to miss!
Just check your inbox Thursday for a special invitation to start saving ASAP, and a discount that is sure to make every mom thankful!
You give the gift of a Plum District voucher and we'll give you $5 Plum Dollars!
November 13th, 2011 | 10:08 PM
When it comes to the holidays there are two kinds of shoppers … the shopper who plans and the shopper who procrastinates! We’ve all been guilty of buying that last-minute gift and paying full price to avoid disappointing a loved one. This year we want to help you plan for everyone on your list and do it with savvy shopping flair! All week — Monday 11/14/11 through 11/18/11 — Plum District will give you $5 Plum Dollars for every deal you buy as a gift. Shopping and saving is just a click away!
This week you might also notice some new tags on our deals. To help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, these nifty tags will keep you from having to sift through all the details to see if it is a good deal for Dad or Mom. For those of you who have a long list to keep track of, download this great little holiday checklist on REAL SIMPLE’s site. START SHOPPING NOW!
Gift and Get Terms and Conditions:
- Earn $5 Plum Dollars for every Plum Deal purchased Monday 11/14/11 12am PT through 11/18/11 11:59pm PT
- $5 Plum Dollars cannot be earned for purchasing Plum Steals
- Eligible Plum Deal may be purchased using promotional discounts and Plum Dollars
- Plum Dollars will be deposited into customer’s account within 24 hours of transaction and will not be immediately available after qualifying purchase
- No minimum or maximum purchase to qualify
- Plum Dollars will not be deposited for purchases made prior to the promotion start date or after the promotion end date
Get your holiday cards and gifting done early this year
October 25th, 2011 | 6:05 PM
Plum District wants you to give you a head start on your holiday gift-giving before your pumpkin is even carved! Starting today the punchy, popular Erin Condren collection will be featured on Plum District for a full five days! Get $50 value on Erin’s site for just $25 through this exclusive Plum District deal, curated especially by moms, for moms. Check out the deal!
Fabulous finds for your paper-obsessed best friend, the teacher who likes to plan in style, or maybe your mother-in-law who dreams of a calendar adorned with your kids pictures month after month. You can even check something off your list – holiday cards! Make your holiday cards stand out from the rest and order your personalized one of a kind Holiday cards today.
Surprise your BFF with this super cute notepad!
Spice up your child’s teacher life and show your appreciation by gifting this retro planner.
Make sure every grandparent sees their grandchildren’s face every day with this photo calendar.
Make your season EXTRA jolly with these fabulous holiday cards.