In The District:
November 2nd, 2010 | 5:45 PM
As a way to thank you for the great buzz you are creating for Plum District, we want to thank our most loyal users by offering a new type of deal: Plum Rewards.
Plum Rewards appears in the right column next to our deal of the day for your District. For the San Jose and San Francisco: Peninsula District, you have the chance to earn a $50 Gift Card to Trader Joe’s for $50 Plum Dollars. If you are in Los Angeles or Orange County, you are eligible to earn a $25 gift card to Jack’s Surfboards. Until you earn the necessary Plum Dollars, Plum Rewards appear as locked.
Once you earn the minimum balance of Plum Dollars necessary, the Plum Reward is unlocked….
…and you can claim it with your Plum Dollars!
Thank you for buying with Plum District and telling your friends and family. Enjoy your Plum Reward! You’ve earned it.
November 1st, 2010 | 9:37 PM
I must admit, I love to look at what deals are coming up here at Plum District. I sat down on Sunday night, after sampling a few of my daughters Halloween candies (whoops!) and took at look at the line up this week. I have already planned out what I am going to buy (a little head start on my holiday shopping)! I think the deals are so great, that I decided to share them with you.
You can expect Tuesday to be a turning of the tides, and give those who love to cook a great deal. Our featured deal on Wednesday comes from a company that one of our Regional Sales Managers saw featured on the Today show. She was already planning her holiday gift list and was searching for the perfect personalized gift to give. Now she is sharing her fabulous find with all of our subscribers. On Thursday you can get a fantastic deal on organic clothing, and help the planet at the same time! For each organic tee-shirt, or bamboo shirt purchased the featured company will plant a tree through a partnership with Trees for the Future. A good deal and a good deed, all in one day! Do you ever wonder where your neighbor gets those cute notepads and address labels she uses to write you a thank you note? Well, we found out where she gets them and we are sharing the secret with you on Friday.
I love cooking and would love to get a few culinary lessons to teach me some correct techniques (now I just wing it and hope for the best!). I work full-time, am certifying to be a Pilates instructor, and as if I did not have enough on my plate, I volunteered on the council of a local museum. Of course I also have the best job of all, being a mom. Needless to say, I don’t have a lot of free time. After researching cooking schools and classes, I could not find anything that fit into my schedule. I then went on the hunt for an online cooking school, does that even exist? Is is better than just tuning into the Food Network? (don’t get me wrong, I do love a good Paula Dean recipe!) After much research I found something perfect that I could do on my own time, had quick, easy to follow tutorials, and even has online step by step recipes. Rouxbe… you had me at “on your own time”! So I have decided to share my favorite find with you this Sunday.
I hope all of you enjoy the deals this week, we always working to bring you unique finds from great vendors. Let us know what you love or a business you would love to see featured!
October 26th, 2010 | 1:21 PM
I’ve been asked that question a number of times over the past few months and always have a quick response. I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur–how could I say no to a group of angel investors that wanted me to run their company. I knew in high school that I wanted to run my own company one day. My father spend nearly 25 years working for the same company being the #3 guy behind the father and son team. He was wholly invested personally and emotionally but never shared in the upside but also wasn’t given full authority to make decisions. He always told me — work for yourself and you will be the leader you want to be every day. After 25 years, he finally took his own advice and is loving his new role.
But back to why I took this job. The first reason was as I mentioned–I always planned on doing it. My husband and I have been saving money and testing out business ideas but hadn’t yet made the plunge. The second reason is that there is no perfect time to take a risk.
Yes – quitting my job on short notice was not ideal (I’m still very apologetic to my former employer for the sudden departure — certainly not recommended — but necessary because I knew that every minute counted to get the business to market faster).
Yes – the hours are long.
Yes – I don’t make as much money as I did before.
Yes – we’ve set big goals for ourselves that some days look impossible. However, there isn’t day that I don’t jump out of bed and am excited to see what’s in my email box. I can’t wait to hear what the team has to say about partnerships, deals and events that they have planned. I work with an amazing team and believe 100% in what we are doing. This is the best job that I have ever had in my life!
October 25th, 2010 | 5:03 PM
We’ve got a few deals coming up this week that are pretty exciting. We can’t say too much, but….
Tuesday is your day to get yourself some great movie tickets! If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is also your day to stock up on cream puffs for your World Series party!
Wednesday be a book worm.
Thursday you’re going to love the gourmet cheese.
Stay tuned to Plum District this week for the details and to buy your deals!
October 25th, 2010 | 9:52 AM
Related to my post last week about ideas for getting your child to eat their veggies is today’s find: Start your baby on healthy eating habits early and you may never have a “white food only” kid. The more texture, flavor and variety you offer to your baby, the more likely you will have a life long healthy eater.
Click on over to read Dr. Lisa Dana’s “Healthy Eating Habits for Baby.” Dr. Dana, UCSF pediatrician and friend of Plum District.
About Dr. Dana
Dr. Lisa Dana was born in Bologna, Italy. She attended University High School in San Francisco and then went on to complete her undergraduate education at the University of California Santa Barbara. She attended Georgetown University for Medical School. She completed her Internship and Residency at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Dana is on the clinical faculty at UCSF, is a member of the San Francisco Medical Society, and is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in practice since 1999. Dr. Dana is married and the proud parent of three children. She is a founder and past president of the The Reading Tree Literacy Program. She is on the Advisory Board of Pregnancy Magazine, and also writes a monthly article for Pregnancy.
October 22nd, 2010 | 11:12 AM
4 movie tickets from Dreamerpass for $23. Each ticket can be redeemed at Fandango.com for any theaters that they serve. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie for less than $12…it was The Breakfast Club, which is still a favorite of mine (yes, I am giving away my age…oh well). Even though the tickets are only posted in our Texas markets, they are good for any Fandango.com theater
October 20th, 2010 | 12:15 PM
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention release a report back in September, State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among US Adults. In it, they concluded that fewer adults in 2009 are eating their fruits and veggies than in 2000.
A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important to reducing the risk for disease and plays an important role in overall weight control. If fewer of us adults are eating our fruits and veggies, it’s likely that our kids are not either. Today, I saw this article on SFGate (the online presence of the San Francisco Chronicle) called “5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies” that offers 5 ways to get your kids to each their veggies. They share 5 recipes from the popular Weelicious web site authored by Catherine McCord. Happy reading (and cooking).
October 19th, 2010 | 5:40 AM
I’m pleased to announce that that Plum District is partnering with Modern Mom as their exclusive daily deals provider–yet another solution to make your life easier as a Mom!
Modern Mom, run by Brooke Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” and Lisa Rosenblatt, a repeat entrepreneur, is an online magazine and community for the woman behind the mom. Now when you go to ModernMom.com, you can find not only smart and practical advice on topics such as parenting, finances, career, health, wellness, beauty, and entertainment, but you will also find fantastic shopping opportunities brought by Plum District. With one click, women can also access a worldwide network of moms who are ready to chat, ask questions and share their most clever tips and advice on active message boards. We are thrilled with this partnership to provide our Plum deals to Modern Mom and excited to be showcasing content from Modern Mom on Plum District.
October 18th, 2010 | 9:00 AM
I just returned from two weeks of travel visiting our local district nationwide and I think I have the best job in the world! As I travel around the nation meeting with our District Representatives, I’m reminded about the power of “the mom”. We have recruited hundreds of moms across the country to build Plum District in their local communities. I love hearing their stories about their families and why they joined the Plum team. These women are the core of our business — we are literally by moms, for moms. They are sourcing the very best deals and building our subscribers while engaging parenting groups, local PR and non-profit organizations. What’s amazing is that we’re basically paying these women to do what they doing anyway–spreading the word about the very best deals (both online and offline) and making their local communities a better place for their kids. Many are looking for something to fill time and bring in extra dollars because their children are now back in school. All have sales and marketing experience and are eager to start building their “plum” business. In early September, we launched our affiliate program which is another way for local non-profits, schools and PTAs to earn money and partner with Plum District. The response has been overwhelming and we already have 550+ affiliates signed up after a couple of weeks. If you’re a mom and are looking to earn $$s–check out Plum District Jobs to learn more about our District Representative program.
October 15th, 2010 | 8:28 AM
We recently added Facebook Connect to Plum District. This allows you to login to Plum District with one click by using your Facebook account whether you are new to The District or a long time user. One less username and password to create and remember.
The First Time You Login
Here’s how it works the first time you login with Facebook Connect:
1. Click the Facebook Connect icon whenever you need to login to Plum District–either from the header of our site or on the login page when you buy, refer friends, or view your account.
2. If you are not already logged into Facebook on your computer, you will be presented with the Facebook login screen. If you are logged into Facebook, you’ll go straight to #3 below.
3. Facebook will ask you for your permission to share information with Plum District. Click Allow to share this information with us (or Don’t Allow if you don’t want to).
What Permissions Are We Asking For?
We ask for the basic information that your Facebook account is set to share with Everyone, so we are not collecting anything you haven’t already made public. The key info that we use to deliver our service to are the following:
- Name: Your first and last name which we need when you buy a deal.
- Gender: We use this data in aggregate so that we know our audience by percent female versus male.
- Send Email: This is to for send you the daily deal for the District(s) to which subscribe and to send a confirmation email when you buy on our site or earn Plum Dollars from referring friends.
The Second and Subsequent Times You Login with Facebook Connect
Any subsequent time that you want to login to Plum District, simply click the Facebook Connect icon, and (if you are logged into Facebook on your computer), wham! You are logged in to Plum District. One click. No typing.
If you are not logged into Facebook, just enter your Facebook username and password on the login screen, then, wham! One click. A little typing.
We’re excited to offer you this simple, fast, and easy way to join the District!