In The District:
Lindsay Espinoza of LULU DESIGNS shares her picks for adding inspiration to any space
September 28th, 2011 | 10:53 AM
Do you look around the room and feel like something is missing? If this is you, shake it up a bit with these great finds. Each represents an inexpensive way to add instant character by adding either color, texture or a unique element to any space. Plus, all are on sale, but you’d never know it once sitting in your home!
One Kings Lane 14 x 20 Tray $82 Modern lacquered tray with mother of pearl? Who’d have thought mother of pearl could be cool!!
Ballard Designs $59 These horn boxes will be great on any surface, stacked on books or all alone.
One Kings Lane Cobalt Blue Garden Stool $99 Navy is so regal. Add this to your garden or Living Room and you’ll be sitting pretty.
Serena & Lily $25.60 These colorful boxes add a bohemian edge and funky vibe to any space (also available in Azure or Mint). S/3 Small 7″ SQ x 5.5″ H, Medium 9″ SQ x 7″ H, Large 11″ SQ x 8.5″H.
Vivaterra $79 EACH These concrete-like succulent containers add just enough life with the bold colors that bloom. They are portable too so move them from room to room! 4″W x 4″D x 4″H
Cost Plus World Market $69.99 This metal pedestal table is unique and versatile, suitable for lamps or books or as a serving station for cocktails.
Visit LULU DESIGNS to see more of Lindsay’s inspirations!
Next week we're featuring Customer Favorites
September 23rd, 2011 | 4:55 PM
We have exciting news that next Monday through Friday, we will be featuring some of our customer’s favorite Everywhere deals! Mondays are often the least favorite day of the week but this Monday, will be quite the exception. We’re bringing back the top deals moms loved like creative playhouses for children, discounted magazine subscriptions, and more … Check out the deals below to see what’s coming next week!
Display your most cherished photos in a unique way with this deal from ImageOnMetal. Save $50!
Get the chance to keep old family video footage forever by converting old VHS tapes to DVD from PhotoBin for $60 off.
Let your child’s creativity flow with a brand new crafty kids playhouse from Creative Playhouses for $20 Off!
Worry not about coming up with recipes for 6 whole months with $19 off meal planning from The Six O’Clock Scramble.
Get caught up on reading with $10 off your favorite magazine subscription from DiscountMags.com.
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.
You conquered the back-to-school rush, so we're helping you give yourself a fabulous fall
September 8th, 2011 | 2:43 PM
With summer ending, most moms’ attentions are focused (where else?) on their kids. Sometimes I think my life as a startup CEO is busy, but at this time of year, mom’s job as “Chief Everything Officer” really hits a new level of hectic. The rush of finishing up summer activities and winding down vacations led right into preparing for back-to-school: shopping … clothes … school supplies … haircuts … doctors’ appointments … and more. Now, school is finally here. Before you get caught up in the routines of carpool and after-school activities and sports and playdates, we’d like to help you think about someone you’ve probably been ignoring — yourself!
Plum District is really excited to celebrate the coming of autumn with a whole week of deals, from Sept. 12 – 18, focused on pampering yourself and making your day a little easier. During Fall Into Fabulous week, you’ll find great deals on ways to treat yourself, including spas, salons, yoga classes, and clothing boutiques, to name a few. Nationally, we’ll be offering discounts on Ice, Cilea, JustFabulous shoes, Beyond the Rack, WorldwideFlowers.com, and more.
You deserve to make fall a fabulous time. You’ve planned and prepared for everyone else, Chief Everything Officer. It’s time to take a moment for yourself!
LA's Lora shines on television and showcases some of her favorite deals
August 31st, 2011 | 6:32 PM
On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Good Day LA, one of the highest-rated morning shows in Los Angeles, featured Plum District’s best deals. A bare-footed reporter Bob DeCastro played in the newly renovated sandbox at Gladstones, a landmark beachfront restaurant, while kids tumbled with LA Gymnastics and painted with Santa Monica’s Art Lab in the background.
This was my first time on television and I was really excited to share tips on how save money through Plum District on kids’ classes, cupcakes, exercise, and pampering. As a mom there is something so gratifying about introducing other moms to businesses I love.
I sometimes call our LA team the “army of moms,” because we are out there scouring all of the hidden corners of Los Angeles from the South Bay to North Hills, and from the beach cities past downtown. If it is a great place for kids or something a mom wants; we know about it, we have a deal for it, and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Check out Lora on Good Day LA!
(Thanks to Lily Chan Photography for the photo of Coach Derek and kids!)
Healthy Eyes Mean a Healthy Body
August 22nd, 2011 | 4:43 PM
In today’s day and age, essential educational tools such as new textbooks are expensive luxuries for educators. It’s easy to forget that when we parents were in school these items were something that we took for granted. School textbook prices have risen alarmingly in recent years; depending on the subject, a single elementary school textbook can range in price anywhere from $30 to $100.
Want another alarming statistic? Childhood obesity rates are on the rise in the US. Today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. The sad truth is that obesity affects a child’s overall health. In fact, if this trend continues, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives which can lead to vision loss.
So what’s the connection?
In response to these both of these national epidemics, the Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has teamed up with the Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. One of the objectives of the campaign is to ensure that every family has access to affordable health education. The Museum of Vision supports and encourages teaching children about living a healthy lifestyle. To that end, the national non-profit program has composed a curriculum guide for both parents and teachers to use in order to teach children the connection between healthy eyes and a healthy body.
The Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body curriculum is designed for multiple uses, including classrooms and home schools. While the concepts in this curriculum can be appreciated by children of all ages, it is targeted to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The first chapter of this curriculum, an introduction to the eye and the human visual system, will teach children about the parts of the eye and how they function together to allow it to see. The following two chapters focus on eating right and exercise. In these chapters, students will learn about the important vitamins and minerals in eye-healthy foods like strawberries, sunflower seeds, and of course, carrots! Each chapter contains fun demonstrations and activities designed to help students understand these concepts with hands-on learning. The curriculum guide, Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body, is FREE and can be downloaded here.
For more than 30 years, the Museum of Vision has provided educational materials for physicians, teachers, and parents interested in teaching children about eye health and the science of vision. It is their hope to get their curriculum guides in the hands of educators across the country. Please join us in being part of the solution by providing your child’s school with this free curriculum.
Lindsay Espinoza of LULU DESIGNS shares her tips on creating a stylish (and functional) space!
August 19th, 2011 | 4:50 PM
As a mother of two busy boys under the age of 5, my reality is tripping over toys strewn about, eating while standing over high chairs instead of in my dining room chairs, and stepping in sticky floors – all as everyday occurrences. My lifestyle needs are continually changing to accommodate toddler schedules, nap time and play dates and so naturally, my home must too.
As an interior designer, my home grows with my family’s needs through each stepping stone and right of passage, sticky floors or not. Why not look chic and put together at all times?
Here are some helpful tips on how to make those crazy days and all-too-often long nights not wreak havoc on your home.
The “5-second rule”: When in doubt, throw it out… of your home, that is, and donate to a day care or school in the area. With budget cuts and the economy, teachers are so excited when I greet them with my Santa sacks of toys and grown-out clothes. It is literally “Christmas in August.”
It makes me feel good too when I brighten a single mom’s day by bringing her old clothes that my youngest has grown out of; I am so thrilled when a child starts playing with a toy that has been hanging around my house a little too long. I recommend cleaning out toys and clothes every 4 – 6 months or sooner depending on their growth rate. Don’t forget to tell your tax guy about your new seasonal donations!
“Put your toys away!” – Dedicate one particular room or space in the house where all of the toys and games reside. It makes clean up a breeze since they are all in the same vicinity. I live in a not-so-big house, so don’t have the luxury of a Play Room. Instead, I found a vintage steamer trunk, which hides all of the toys in one spot. Bungalow 5 makes a hip studded storage ottoman for those misshapen toys we are all wondering where to hide. No matter what your aesthetic, there are creative storage options out there for all (or I can think of something for you: www.luludesignsonline.com).
“Where are my keys?” – My house multi-tasks as much as I do, so it must have smart storage – meaning everything has its place. It should do the thinking for me. Choose storage that has open and closed components. This way it serves as organization, displays all of the priceless Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts for years to come and is inherent in the architecture. Be creative on where you put your storage; any blank wall is a perfect place to multi-task.
“Sofas are for sitting not standing.” With 529 plans and college tuition, 401K’s and coupon clipping, saving is foremost on each parents’ to-do list. There are times to save…but your sofa is not one of them. Plan on spending a little more on the items that get every day use and need to last ‘til they are off to college. I am all for saving on accessories and even artwork, but the old saying is true: you get what you pay for. A good sofa should last you 15 – 20 years. Make sure:
1.) It’s 8-way hand tied
2.) It’s made of kiln-dried hard wood such as alder or maple.
3.) It has the highest quality of foam.
4.) It’s upholstered in stain resistant and/or can be scotch guarded.
And the next money you’ll put into it, is for upholstery when you are sick of its color not because it broke. Pottery Barn doesn’t count as a high quality sofa manufacturer. LULU DESIGNS sells the 7’ sofa below in custom fabric for $1850.
“Cheese!” Pick 5 (odd numbers preferred) of your favorite pieces of art or photos in all shapes and sizes, and frame them. Not all of the frames have to match. Not all of the art has to match. Just pick what you like to look at and what makes you feel good. They can be black and white candid shots of the kids, or pictures you cut out of a cocktail table book, or from your old school textbooks. The point is to frame what you like to look at all day, every day. The more personal and meaningful to you, the more of a statement it will make on any wall. Ikea sells amazingly inexpensive museum gallery frames for $9.99.
“What’s you name?” Personalize your space. Subway art is a modern way to update an old tired pillow. Try stenciling your name on it and sticking it on the sofa or chair. It instantly updates the room and is the next conversation topic when entering the room. Michael’s has the stencils, brushes and paint. Do-it-yourself my way!
About Lindsay Espinoza, the interior designer/owner of LULU DESIGNS:
Lindsay is always here to help you with all of your interior design needs. She blogs weekly and is always interested in hearing what you want to read about. Check out my blog and comment today at www.luludesignsonline.com. Hourly consultations begin at $150 per hour.
LULU DESIGNS sculpts space that inspires. The firm believes that design is a human experience, and each space we create to evoke the exact emotion our client desires.
LULU DESIGNS is practical. Functionality, comfort, and budget are crucial elements of design, and the firm embraces the opportunity to excel in forming the perfect fit for each client.
Founded in 2003, LULU DESIGNS, a full-service design firm based in Costa Mesa, Calif., caters to the distinct needs of a wide array of markets, from high-end, residential custom homes to retail boutiques and commercial healthcare office space.
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.