In The District:
Lisa Barnes shares her story of survival and why she is proud to support awareness
October 10th, 2011 | 2:13 PM
Written by Lisa Barnes, San Francisco District Consultant
Seven years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I clearly remember the phone call from my dad telling me that the tumor was malignant. After calmly telling me the diagnosis, I simply handed the phone to my husband and walked outside. Words failed me, and I cried. At the time, we lived over 6,000 miles away, and the feeling of helplessness was overwhelming. I worried about my mom, I worried about myself, and I prayed like I never had before.
Fortunately, she beat breast cancer and I am proud to say that my mother is a survivor. I love that when I call her every morning she still asks “Lisa, did you have breakfast?” Used to drive me nuts, but now I realize it’s the little things that are important.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For those women and men who have been diagnosed, have survived, or have journeyed with a family member or friend through their diagnosis – you know that every day is a day of awareness. That is why I am so proud that our San Francisco Bay Area Team at Plum District is partnering up with Breast Cancer Connections to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For the entire month of October, the Plum District Bay Area team will donate 2% of all deals purchased on www.plumdistrict.com to the Bay Area branch of Breast Cancer Connections.
Please show your support by passing on the information, and/or sharing a Plum District Deal with your friends and family.
Breast Cancer Connections is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, personalized information and support to empower people touched by breast cancer. Their free programs serve a range of needs, whether emotional, informational, or access to care. From newly diagnosed to survivorship, compassionate staff and volunteers offer support every step of the way. For more information, visit www.bcconnections.org.
Plum District is giving you the gift of fresh food fast when you purchase a deal on our site
October 5th, 2011 | 6:23 PM
We know that you’re a busy mom with lots of places to go and kids to feed. So we want to thank you for taking the time to shop on Plum District. Plum District is giving you the gift of fresh food fast when you purchase a deal on our site. Just purchase a $20 (or more) Plum Deal, enter the code plumgift at checkout, fill out your address, and voila — we will send you a $5 SUBWAY® card!
Plum District’ s Terms and Conditions to Earn Your $5 SUBWAY® Card
- Promotion available Thursday 10/6/11 12:00am PDT through Sunday 10/9/11 11:59pm PDT only
- Plum Steals are not eligible for gift with purchase.
- Only 1 gift card per household
- No adjustments are allowed on previous purchases or on purchases made with this discount.
- Promotion code is only available for one time use per user.
- Your SUBWAY® Card will be delivered in 10-14 business days
- The plumgift promo code may not be used more than one time by an individual.
- Not eligible for use on deals offered through Facebook.
- 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.
- Cost of an eligible deal must be $20 or more. Offers with a “value” of $20 or more are not eligible. For all questions and concerns regarding promotion please email email@example.com.
SUBWAY® Terms and Conditions-
SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. and is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this promotion. Cards are issued by Value Pay Services LLC and may only be used for purchases at participating SUBWAY® restaurant. Unless the card is registered online at www.mysubwaycard.com, remaining balances on lost, stolen or damaged Cards cannot be replaced or refunded.
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.”
Our Denver team was touched by the sea of pink and white at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
October 2nd, 2011 | 9:43 PM
Besides changing leaves and cooler temps, one of the tell-tale signs of October is PINK. I walked into my local Safeway yesterday and noticed all the cash registers had special pink notices, bracelets for sale, and pink re-usable grocery bags. Safeway is a major sponsor for Susan G Komen’s Denver Affiliate. You turn on football and on a given Sunday in October, the players are decked out in Pink gloves, pink socks … looks cute.
Everybody knows what the pink means – breast cancer awareness. And a lot of people have a relative, a friend, or just an acquaintance that has been afflicted with the illness. I have to admit, I am one of the lucky ones. There is no history of breast cancer in my family and only this year did I have my first close encounter with the disease when my 43-year-old sister-in-law caught a lump super early. She had stage 1 cancer but was able to successfully treat it with radiation. Thank goodness, as she is the mother of 8 year old twins.
None of this common experience we all share prepared me for what I saw today. Plum District had a booth at Denver’s Race for the Cure. I knew they were expecting 50,000 participants as one of the most active races across the country. But it wasn’t until the women started walking up to our booth at 6:30 am that I realized what a horrible disease breast cancer is and how it inspires so many people. It was a sea of women in white and pink shirts – white if you were walking for a family member that lost their battle and pink if you were a survivor. I am not sure which one moved me more? It may have been the 75-year-old plus woman in her pink shirt with her daughter who wore a white shirt. The daughters’ white shirt listed a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, and a cousin, all of whom had died of breast cancer. And here she was with her mother; an eight-year breast cancer survivor, out here today for her eighth walk. What inspiration and hope.
I feel so proud that Plum District is participating in the fight by donating a percent of our profits from this week’s deals in Denver. It may not be much compared to the thousands raised today in Denver, but every bit helps. While strides have been made in breast cancer research I saw WAY too many white shirts today. I hope one day to attend the race and see nothing but pink shirts.
Learn more about Plum District Denver and browse deals. We are giving 20% of proceeds this week to Susan G Komen.
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!)