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An inside look at some of World Vision's work
August 10th, 2011 | 3:40 PM
I was the wise age of 16 when I decided to bring World Vision’s “30-Hour Famine” to Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. I asked a fabulous counselor at the YMCA to be my “adult sponsor” and organized about 50 kids to sleepover at the YMCA for 1 night and – you guessed it – not eat for a full 30 hours in order to raise money and shed some light on what it feels like to go hungry. I then wrote an essay and eventually won a contest sponsored by World Vision where they brought three teenagers to Mozambique, Africa for 10 days to see the type of work our efforts helped and to get a glimpse of what life was like outside of the “white house with a picket fence, dog and 2.5 kids” with which we were raised.
The experience was life-changing to say the very least. I arrived as a smug 16-year-old who thought “roughing it” entailed eating McDonald’s while camping. I left a young woman with a bigger heart and a better understanding of the word “empathy” than I could ever hope to comprehend. World Vision took us to various hospitals, schools, farms and living communities to give us a glimpse of daily life for the people they were helping. We saw a food distribution take place that will forever be seared in my memory…families lining up for a liter of oil, a gallon of rice and two cups of beans. This food was to sustain them for an entire month, though the lesson that World Vision taught me at such a young age was not how to feed people, but how to teach people to feed themselves. For a country that was ravaged in a 16-year civil war that left their lands and their people profusely maimed, World Vision provided farming equipment and training on how to get back on their feet and start holding their heads high once again.
I could go on and on about the amazing changes World Vision has made over the last 60+ years since it was founded by a doctor who was heartbroken over one particular orphan he encountered in China. His message and determination brings us here today…it’s far too overwhelming to consider helping the entire world with one donation…but just think about the one child…the one family…the one meal you can provide to someone in need. I love that Plum District has made such a grand commitment to helping us help others. I hope you will do the same.
See what World Vision is doing now: http://www.worldvision.org/
Want to give the gift education to a child in need? Plum District will match your donation here.
August 5th, 2011 | 10:25 AM
We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, August 7, Plum District will be launching a dollar-for-dollar matching fundraiser with World Vision to build a school for children in need. As a site dedicated to serving moms and families, this cause is especially important to us. We believe that all children deserve educational opportunities.
In honor of Plum District’s “Back to School Week,” subscribers will have the opportunity to donate $5 or more toward the goal of $22,000, and we will match every dollar pledged until we reach our goal! This is our first major give-back partnership, and we are so excited to be working with an incredible organization like World Vision!
World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The millions of people World Vision serves include earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and children and families in communities devastated by AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. World Vision’s work has earned the trust of more than 1 million donors, thousands of churches, and hundreds of corporations in the United States alone.
Be sure to look for an email from Plum District on Sunday, August 7, announcing the launch of our fundraising campaign!
Check out what World Vision is doing globally.
The Secret Style Suite comes to BlogHer!
August 4th, 2011 | 9:44 AM
The Mom’s Fashion File team (Nicole of Momtrends, Andrea of Savvy Sassy Moms, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Brooke Stewart of Power Moms Media) are taking San Diego by storm. The team is bringing their fashion talents to BlogHer, where 12 lucky bloggers have been hand-picked for a very special opportunity to receive a MFF style session in the Secret Style Suite.
During this exclusive style session, the winning bloggers will receive:
Hair styling by top San Diego hair salon, Detour Salon, courtesy of BlogHer’s Title Sponsor, Plum District
Make-Up by celebrity make-up artist, Tia Dantzler, courtesy of JOHNSON’S® Brand
Manicures by Scotch Naturals
Fashion Apparel and Accessories by LOFT and Kiyonna
Shoes by Dr Scholl’s Shoes and Payless
Handbags by Namaste Bags
Gift Bags courtesy of Lands’ End
The MFF Secret Style Suite is being touted as the hottest ticket in town. That evening, over one-hundred of the top bloggers in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle, & travel will join the MFF team to celebrate style, in style, with a reveal of our winning bloggers’ new looks with a Style Showcase.
“Teaming up with Mom’s Fashion File for the Secret Style Suite event was a no-brainer for us. With our new site re-launch we are more about style and fashion for moms now than ever before. We are so happy to have one of our favorite salons, Detour Salon right here in San Diego, join us tonight to help the MFF team style our special guests”, says Melissa Shymko of Plum District.
Ciao Bella Gelato brings their talent of gelato and sorbet creation to cocktails with mouth-watering options such as the Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini, Prickly Pear Sorbet Bellinis and Sangria. “Ciao Bella brings style to everything they do, so we are thrilled to have them in our Secret Style Suite mixing up stylish cocktails that are delicious too”, says Andrea Fellman of Mom’s Fashion File and Savvy Sassy Moms.
Tia Dantzler, celebrity make-up artist to Jennifer Hudson, is excited to join the MFF team: “I am thrilled to take part in such an exciting event on behalf of JOHNSON’S® Brand. I’m so passionate about helping others look and feel great, so this is a wonderful opportunity.” Tia will be on-hand to give JOHNSON’S® Brand beauty tips to the guests throughout the night.
“Incorporating a charity component to the Secret Style Suite was very important to us”, says Nicole Feliciano of Mom’s Fashion File and Momtrends. “When Trop50 approached us with their charity partner, Dress for Success, I knew this was the perfect fit for our event.” The Moms Fashion File team is asking each guest to bring a new or gently used handbag to the event to benefit Trop50’s charity partner, Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Guests can feel good about supporting other women.
About Mom’s Fashion File
Mom’s Fashion File (MFF) is the premiere source of fashion news and trend advice for modern moms. It is a resource for moms when it comes to the how, where and what to buy. Mom’s Fashion File hosts monthly Twitter parties as well as off-line events that partner great brands with true leaders and influencers in the blogging world.
The Plum District adventures of Savvy Sassy Moms' Andrea Fellman
July 27th, 2011 | 11:38 AM
Andrea Fellman is an LA-based mom who is the blogger behind Sassy Savvy Moms. Be sure to check out Savvy Sassy Moms here for more savvy style tips and fun family ideas!
I went on a Savvy Sassy mission with my kids over the weekend to the Little Rockstars Salon, where my kids got the VIP treatment!
It’s places like this fun salon that Plum District offers exclusive daily deals for savvy Moms! Plum District is a great resource for moms that want to take advantage of all the fun things to do and see in their cities but for a fraction of the cost. It not only has super kid-friendly deals but ones just for Moms too, because they know we need our ME time!
You can buy deals on everything from jewelry, yoga classes, to wine bars, and special events. It makes it really easy to plan where to go for a Mom’s night out or what to do on a Saturday with the family! It’s a great tool that helps me with the never ending question “What should we do or where should we go?”
SIGN UP: Start getting Plum District deals near you!
LA MOMS: By clicking my Savvy Sassy Moms’ special link http://bit.ly/savvysassy you’ll be entered to win a FREE HAIRCUT or KIDS MANICURE from Little Rockstar Salon!
*You’ll also want to sign up so you get invitations to Plum District’s Los Angeles Mom Meet Ups, the next one will be a Red Carpet Event in the Valley at Sweetharts for FREE frozen yogurt, Balloon Animals, games and more!
Plum District is Excited to Announce Soleil Moon Frye is Officially Part of the Family
July 20th, 2011 | 10:43 PM
I am so thrilled to join the board of advisors at Plum District! As the mother of two kids, I totally get how hard it is to balance “Me” time and “Mom” time. When I discovered the site I was instantly in love. After speaking to their CEO, Megan Gardner, I knew I had a new friend for life — and everyone on the Plum District team has been so welcoming.
As I look into the future, and working with the company, I foresee lots of magical moments ahead of us. Megan told me how excited everyone was to have me aboard, and what a perfect fit she thought I would be for Plum District.
Enthusiastic, spunky and positive, Punky Brewster was the quintessential eighties kid. Today the always lovable girl who played the classic character on TV is all grown up, a married mom of two, an author, a designer, a mompreneur and a social media maven with over 1.4 million followers on twitter, and 100,000 Facebook fans.
Adding author to her repertoire, Soleil will release her much anticipated first book Happy Chaos, which chronicles her ‘perfectly imperfect’ adventures in parenting on August 23. It portrays a humorous and helpful look at her freewheeling journey through parenthood; from her own childhood adventures to becoming a mother herself and a major voice in the mom space. She is also Target’s Mommy Ambassador. Soleil loves connecting with moms and has been a huge supporter of Plum District since its inception, and offers the team a wealth of expertise in social media and all things mommy.
Who doesn’t need a change of scenery sometimes, especially in the home?
July 19th, 2011 | 11:09 AM
room for under $100.
The truth is, who doesn’t need a change of scenery sometimes, especially in the home? But then, we look at our bank accounts and realize that our dreams of the perfectly revamped room might be more of a financial nightmare. What I say to this, my friends, is THINK AGAIN … avoid the pitfall of believing a big transformation must come with a huge price tag.
into your DREAM room!!!
Check out this before and After!
STEP TWO: Put Some “Pretty” On It!
In this picture Chalk Board paint was used for the accent wall.
Here is a Before and After paint job…I’m just saying
STEP THREE: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple)
Check out how these pillows give a neutral space some POP!
Here is an example of bed sheets as curtains
I love how they used a simple kaki fabric for these curtains
In the end, it’s all about making your house feel more like a home. Keeping it simple and finding creative ways to use what you already have. Then go out and spend a little money on those things you absolutely LOVE and, of course, need
You’ll be surprised that a little bit of elbow grease and creativity can go a long, long way.
I am beyond thrilled that Plum District has partnered with me and the ladies at MomsFashionFile.com to put on the swank Style Suite at BlogHer this year.
July 14th, 2011 | 4:05 PM
Nicole Feliciano is the Editor and Founder of the popular blog Momtrends. Momtrends is a fashion and lifestyle blog for hip moms who want to do parenthood in style.
I am beyond thrilled that Plum District has partnered with me and the ladies at MomsFashionFile.com to put on the swank Style Suite at BlogHer this year. Most likely you already know about this community, but for the newbies, here’s the scoop: Plum District is a daily deal site geared towards smart, savvy moms.
Each day, Plum District sends in-the-know moms a deal that relates to them and their busy lives and it’s all local. In NYC Plum moms get insider deals on everything from spa treatments and restaurants to family outings and kids’ activities–perfect for summer. Plum District is unique in that it is solely focused on moms and deals are sourced by moms that will make their lives easier or more enjoyable.
The team at Plum sent me on assignment to Appleseed’s–one of their deal partners. One great deal offered to NYC moms included a discounted set of play passes to Appleseed’s glorious air-conditioned and exquisitely clean indoor playground (for more information on Appleseed’s visit www.appleseedsnyc.com).
Find out more at www.plumdistrict.com
This is a sponsored post.
Check out Momtrends here!
When I brought my first six pound eleven ounce child home from the hospital, I did not realize I was in for the hardest job I would ever have.
July 14th, 2011 | 2:43 PM
For any woman who made the decision to stay home with her children rather than return to work, I am sure you did it with the same ignorance I did. When I brought my first six pound eleven ounce child home from the hospital, I did not realize I was in for the hardest job I would ever have. Twenty-four hours of care for someone other than my husband. Forget the degrees, suits hanging in my closet, or deals I had closed a month earlier…I was a mother.
Thirteen years and two more children later, I am still providing 24 hours worth of care – it just entails much more driving and oodles of patience. The professional woman I once was has transformed into a woman that can drive three kids to three different schools every day, make 3 square meals a day with snacks in between, volunteer at all of their sports teams and school PTAs, bake 4 dozen cookies at the drop of a hat, care for 2 dogs, 1 cat, keep the laundry going non-stop, learn how to throw a Lacrosse ball, teach my 7 year old son how to wear a cup, groom and tack a horse for my 10 year old, and navigate tweenage hormones
I was introduced to Plum District through my brother-in-law who was a friend of Megan Gardner. After talking to her, I was amazed that there was actually a job out there for me: one where I could utilize all of my talents, especially my big mouth, to make a little extra money and have something for myself while being able to work around my kids’ crazy schedules. Something that was a vague resemblance of the professional career I once had. Becoming a DC was a natural fit. I love to meet new people, especially business owners. And I love to tell all of my friends, and anyone who is unfortunate enough to stand behind me in the grocery line, about where they should go to eat, shop and play.
One of the most exciting and wonderful things that has come from my role as a DC for Plum District is the relationship I have built with my vendors. I have made dozens of new friends. I have become invested in their businesses and really want them to succeed. In particular, Louise C. Clow who is the proprietor of Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed in Terra Linda, CA. She is an amazing woman who, instead of just complaining about the fast food industry, is fixing it by providing an incredible alternative for us to feed our children. I would have never met her if I hadn’t searched out her business. Her spirit and determination have inspired me.
The women I work with at Plum District have become my friends. It is so nice to be able to meet women who really get who you are and where you are coming from. I feel like I have a new extended family and we are all in the trenches of raising a family and trying to rediscover ourselves at the same time. I really am grateful for my position at Plum District and am so excited to see where the next few years will take us!
In the world of motherhood, I think the only thing that prepares you for what’s ahead is to surround yourself with other moms.
July 14th, 2011 | 2:42 PM
If you had told me a year ago that I’d be working for a San Francisco-based daily deal website that catered to moms I would have laughed at you. Well, maybe not at you, but I definitely would have been chuckling on the inside. I mean, I have a graduate degree in French Literature. I spent the last eight years working at Sotheby’s Auction House. My strengths are discussing existentialist literature and explaining a Jeff Koons sculpture. What on earth would I know about finding a deal for a birthday party entertainer, or where to get a discount on those cute shoes I saw someone wearing at the water park? Yet here I am entering month three of being a district consultant for Plum District. And you know what? I love it! It’s such a gift to work at a place that not only embraces the fact that I’m a mom, but encourages me to use my newfound abilities in a business environment.
When you stop to think about it, you really do learn a whole new skill set as a mom. And these aren’t skills I read about in the 16 books I bought during my pregnancy, or practiced in the myriad of prenatal classes I took. These were learned over the course of twelve months in a constant array of trial by fire situations. I can change a diaper while my child is running around the living room holding a maraca. I can breastfeed on a park bench while emptying my diaper bag of long-forgotten raisins and puffs. I can do the funniest pretend sneeze this side of the Mississippi. I can have a heated discussion about the distance covered by projectile vomit. I mean, these are serious strengths. But then the sobering fact hits me that I have so much more to learn. Sometimes I feel like I have completed my first year at Mom University and while I puff my chest out about my credentials, I cower when I see the upper classmen walk by toting scooters and soccer balls and (gasp) siblings?! I watch them from afar with star struck awe.
They say knowledge is power, but from where do you get that knowledge? In the world of motherhood, I think the only thing that prepares you for what’s ahead is to surround yourself with other moms. We are simultaneously each other’s teacher and student, guidance counselor and teammate, mentor and mentee. Plum District expands this network of knowledge by providing us all with great resources, ideas, and of course, deals. As a district consultant, I look forward to sharing some of my education with you and your family. And if you ever want to talk about those Koons sculptures, well that would be just fine too!
How do you keep your work life, mommy life, partner life and sanity all at the same time?
July 14th, 2011 | 2:42 PM
Do you ever feel like an octopus with only two arms? Or like a piece of banana salt water taffy; every direction seems to be a stretch? How do you keep your work life, mommy life, partner life and sanity all at the same time?
We all have responsibilities to our families, our spouses, our parents, and of course ourselves – we just need to prioritize the immediate needs and non-immediate needs. I know it sounds logical, but how do we “get ‘er done” without losing our minds? Half of our problems can be handled with organization and the other half with power: I have two simple answers.
My first piece of advice is: become a list person. If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me. Plus if I don’t write something down, it never seems to get done. Somehow my hand is directly correlated with my brain; my memory seems to store things I’ve written down at least once. Whether you use a Blackberry, tablet, post-it, magnetic paper list from the Target® dollar bin, or your computer, put your daily duties somewhere and start checking them off your list.
Number two: learn how to say “no”. Most of us mommies are people-pleasers – we can’t help it, seems to be in the mommy make up. We need to learn how to tell people no every once in a while. We can’t possibly attend every birthday party, every sports night, every sleepover, every function…just say no ladies. I promise, saying that one little word will free your schedule up so you can include the things that are really important. The easiest way to say yes to a calmer household and calmer life is simply by saying “no”.
Take time for yourself, appreciate the little things, tolerate the insanity and always remember to: Eat, Drink and Be Plum.