In The District:
July 16th, 2013 | 9:57 AM
Jumpstart Back to School!
The new school year is around the corner! My big girl is heading off to first grade and her little sister is starting preschool. I fondly remember Back to School from my own childhood: new shoes, a special first day outfit, and the perfect backpack to match my lunch box.
For any of you already anticipating the start of the next school year, join me in jumpstarting Back to School shopping today! We’re getting ready with an extra 25% off a single purchase today, July 16, only with code shop4school25. I’ve picked some of my favorites below, perfect for the little scholar in your life.
- Susan Kim, Plum District CEO & Mom of 2
Susan’s Back to School Favorites:
· XOLO Shoes & Backpacks – ”Emmy loves her mismatched shoes and matching backpack, so much that I bought Maddy a pair this year!”
· Personalized School Supplies – ”I love writing special notes to my kids when I pack their school lunches!”
· Just $5: Kid-Friendly Snacks – ”Emmy loves discovering delicious new snacks in her lunchbox!”
July 14th, 2013 | 6:10 PM
Plum Reviews: “The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting”
Ever wondered what is going through your child’s head? As all moms know just too well, toddlers sometimes have a tough time expressing themselves. Thankfully, the Honest Toddler is here to help! Penned by Bumni Laditan, the voice of the Internet’s most infamous toddler, “The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting” is the perfect guide for parents currently (or imminently!) experiencing the triumphs of raising a baby-turned-toddler. Written from the perspective of a toddler, the tone is candid and straightforward, as the narrator provides a humorous perspective on food spills, temper tantrums (Honest Toddler calls them “loud responses”), sleeping habits, and much more.
Each chapter encapsulates fun scenarios for the entire family. My favorite, “Toddler-Approved Recipes” provides a handful of recipes for you and your little one to cook together. Parents and toddlers alike will both enjoy the “Ten Fun Activities for Eleven P.M. to Three A.M.” There are even recommendations for playdates! The Honest Toddler is also relevant for grandparents and other care-givers.
Having received rave reviews on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and more, “A Child’s Guide to Parenting” will have you laughing out loud in the grocery aisles or in the comfort of your own home.
More about the author: Bunmi Laditan is the voice behind the well-known Honest Toddler blog. In June 2013, it was announced that the blog inspired the idea for a TV show, currently in development with Darren Star (Sex and the City). Follow her on Facebook and Twitter today!
- Guest Blogger, Chelsea, Plum District Marketing Manager &Toddler-Appreciator
July 8th, 2013 | 10:31 AM
Week Two of Month of Prizes is here! Read all the details around what you could win for you and your family below. Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/13bdb53
Ella’s Kitchen Organic Food for Kids
Built on the foundation of providing healthy food to children, Ella’s Kitchen combines all-natural ingredients with fun, colorful packaging. With catchy names such as “Nibbly Fingers” and 100% organic food products, their little pouches are hard to resist. They make baby food, toddler food, and food for kids with dietary restrictions. The company also facilitates programs that help the environment and the community, and has won numerous awards including one of Baby Magazine’s ”Editors’ Faves.” Win a one-year supply valued at $500.00. See all food products at www.ellaskitchen.com.
BUTCH & harold Home Decorations
Wall decals are a popular and easy way to decorate. BUTCH & harold (the combination of the two founders’ imaginary childhood dogs) offers products for the whole family, from sticker frames to decals for the dorm room. Their motto, “peel, stick, love, repeat” echoes the simplicity of installing the decorations, which require no hardware. Enter to win gift cards valued at $25.00 each. Find out more at www.butchandharold.com.
Little Tikes Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bounce House
For over 40 years, Little Tikes has brought joy to millions of children by making toys that are fun and functional. In fact, the famous Cozy Coupe was named the “world’s best selling car for much of this decade” by The New York Times in 1998. The Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bouncer is the perfect outdoor toy for the upcoming summer months. Complete with a basketball hoop and a slide, it is perfect for the active child. The Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bounce House retails for $329.99. See more toys at www.littletikes.com.
Stella & Dot Accessories
An Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, Stella & Dot provides boutique-style accessories and great entrepreneurial opportunities for the modern woman. They bring the idea of trunk show to a new level with their specially designed jewelry, bags, tech cases, wallets, and scarves. Although SF-based, all designs come from the New York fashion scene. Stella & Dot jewelry, tote & scarf retail for $285.00 total. View more of the designs at www.stelladot.com.
MIXT Studio Growth Chart
MIXT Studio produces one-of-a-kind goods from repurposed materials right here in the United States. They are “focused on creating moments of inspired living.” The site offers everything from baby onesies to totes that have been featured in Lucky Magazine as a “Best Beach Accessory.” Their growth charts, valued at $55.00, are also a great way to chart your child’s height throughout the years. MIXT Studio takes pride in the gorgeous and eclectic patterns crafted by their team of exceptional designers. See their ever-changing collection at www.mixtstudio.com.
Case-Mate Tech Accessories
Case-Mate leads the industry as a supplier of premium tech accessories. The self-described “craftsmen” go to great lengths to find the most durable and sleek materials for their aesthetic consumer base. Cases come in a variety of materials, including wood and fiber, and you can even personalize your case with a favorite photo of your child. Win a $50.00 gift certificate today. Match your device with a case today at www.case-mate.com.
May Designs Note Cards & Notebooks
May Designs has been featured on a variety of media, including The Today Show, People Magazine, Good Morning America, Women’s World, and much more. The note cards and notebooks, which retail for $30.00 and $20.00, respectively, come in Pantone-colored designs. After founder Mica May’s clients eyed her custom notebooks, she started the company in order to bring polish back into the boardroom. Pick your favorite from Mica’s designs at www.maydesigns.com.
Skin Nutrition leads the way in bioactive skin care. With all of the competition In the preventative aging industry, Skin Nutrition sets itself apart by using all-natural compounds and actively avoiding potentially harmful ingredients. Their patented nanotechnology delivers optimal product performance. The serums retail for $110.00. View more cosmetic skin products at www.skinnutrition.com.
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July 3rd, 2013 | 4:54 PM
Here’s what’s lined up for you in July! July is the Month of Prizes and we are giving away over $10,000 worth of merchandise from mom-loved brands. Visit us all month long for a chance to win great prizes, score deals on your favorite brands and more…
7/1: Month of Prizes Kick-off!
- Posh Mommy: Handmade jewelry for parents and kids
- COUPON for Ella’s Kitchen: Organic and natural snacks for kids, perfect for camp lunchboxes and picnics
- Learning Train: Keep kids learning throughout the summer months
- Odiz: Featuring kid-loved brands such as Gerber, Boon, and more!
- Sage Spoonfuls: Kitchen products for moms with newborns
- BabyLegs: Protect your child’s legs this summer with these stylish legwarmers and socks
7/4: Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!
7/8-7/10: Dive in! Deals for swimming lessons, towels and swimsuits for kids
- Ella Moss, Splendid, & more from SwimSpot
7/15: BEST SELLER: National Geographic. A classic kids magazine!
7/16-7/18: Jumpstart Back to School! Shoes, backpacks, lunchbags, & more to prepare your kids for the upcoming school year.
7/22-7/24: Celebrate Parenthood! Spend some quality time with your kids with family activities:
- ScoreBig: Discounts on concerts, sporting events, & more
- Harvest Home: Pre-made garden installations for your home
7/25: New Mom Must-Haves – we are bringing back your favorites!
7/30: Summer Birthdays! Highlighting BUTCH & harold decorations for kids and Party Style invitations for parties
Plum Favorites that we are bringing back this month:
- Yes To
- Canvas Lifestyle
- Disney Magazine
- Organic Bouquet
FIRST TIME AT PLUM! Look out for:
- Highlights Magazine
- Toy Nanny
July 2nd, 2013 | 10:41 AM
Our MONTH OF PRIZES has finally arrived, and we are giving away great prizes for Week One. Check out below to see what’s up for grabs and details about what you can win for yourself or your family.
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Joovy Balance Bikes & Helmets and Highchair
A big winner in design, the Joovy Balance Bikes function like adult riding bikes. The aluminum frame is strong but lightweight, making it easier to steer, and the suspension makes for a smoother ride. Each bike comes with an aerodynamically designed Noodle Helmet, which features air vents, integrated bug mesh in the front, and an extended visor for maximum protection. It comes in five fresh colors. The Hook High Chair is an easy to clean baby high chair with a detachable seat that can go in the washer and dryer. It folds so flat that it can fit in almost any storage space. The Joovy Balance Bikes retail for $149.99, the Noodle Helmets retail for $29.99, and the Hook High Chair retails for $69.99. See www.joovy.com for more details.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Essentials Bundles
Earth Mama Angel Baby is dedicated to providing natural and organic alternatives for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as babies. The Baby Essentials Bundle “safely soothes, top to bottom, cheek to cheek.” It includes Vanilla Orange-scented Baby Lotion, Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Angel Baby Oil with chamomile and moisturizing Calendula, and Angel Baby Bath Blossoms for a “heavenly soak.” All baby care products come in a cotton Mini Logo Tote. The Baby Essentials Bundle retails for $57.75. For more information on the mission of Earth Mama Angel Baby, visit www.earthmamaangelbaby.com.
Baboosh Sports Wraps and Brooke Burke DVDs
Launched by model and actress Brooke Burke and her mother, Baboosh provides a healthy way to help recover the pre-baby belly. Belly wrapping has been popular for centuries with women around the world. In Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke DVDs, coming in both “Tone & Tighten” and “Strengthen and Condition,” Brooke takes the viewer through a series of dynamic exercises that help transform the body and shortens those pregnant belly weeks. Brooke’s DVDs have received rave reviews from renowned publications such as FITNESS Magazine. The Baboosh retails for $56.00. Find out more at www.babooshbaby.com.
The Scholastic Store Library of Baby Books
Scholastic has been around for more than 90 years and is a mainstay of homes and an aid for education in classrooms. Including beloved series such as Clifford the Big Red Dog®, The Magic School Bus®, Goosebumps®, and Harry Potter®, Scholastic aims to “inspire a love of literacy” in children. The Scholastic Baby Library retails for $250.00. Learn more about The Scholastic Store at www.scholastic.com/sohostore.
Lisa Leonard Jewelry
Lisa Leonard, mom of two boys, crafts handmade bespoke jewelry out of her central California workshop. She aims to make timeless pieces that complement any outfit. All necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more are inspired by nature and the natural elements. Lisa’s jewelry is the perfect gift for a significant other, best friend or from a child to a parent. Check out her entire collection at www.lisaleonardonline.com.
Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump
Ameda is a leading name in breast pumps for women, having been around for more than 60 years. The Purely Yours pump spares no expense when it comes to features: BPA-free, FDA-approved, compact for moms-on-the-go, safe storage for your breast milk and a closed system. It even comes equipped with a suede and leather tote for carrying. The Purely Yours Pump retails for $299.95. Explore other products at www.amedadirect.com.
One of the most debilitating side effects of pregnancy is morning sickness. Psi Bands are FDA-cleared wristbands for nausea relief, and they also happen to be fashionable, reusable and affordable. By using acupressure techniques, these travel bands press on certain wrist areas to increase resistance to stimuli that might otherwise make one ill. There have been multiple studies (published in the British Journal of Anesthesia, MSN Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, and more) that have supported the effectiveness of this treatment. For more information on Psi Bands, visit www.psibands.com.
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July 1st, 2013 | 9:57 AM
It’s July 1st and I’m celebrating summer. The school year is over and I’m enjoying these long, lazy days with my three little girls. We love staying up late, sleeping in, taking walks around the neighborhood, playing in the pool, BBQing outdoors with friends, and more… I’ll remember these days for years to come.
At Plum, we would love to make summer more memorable for you, too. Today we are kicking off our first-ever Month of Prizes! All of July, we will be giving away over $10,000 worth of prizes from mom-loved brands like Mini Boden, Little Tikes, Highlights, and Joovy. Visit our Facebook page and enter to win. Check your Plum District email every day to learn more about the giveaways.
We also want to let you in on a little secret: today only, you can get 25% off your purchase (enter JulyGiveaway at checkout).
Below are my giveaway picks, which I hope you’ll love, too.
- Jennifer Nuckles, Plum District CMO & Mom of 3
Jennifer’s Giveaway Picks:
- Custom Mommy Jewelry: Monogrammed necklaces, bracelets & more – featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Summer Activity Books & Games: Engaging book sets for children 0-12 – keep kids learning over break
- FREE $10 Coupon at Ella’s Kitchen: Nutritious snacks for everything from summer camps to picnics in the park
June 28th, 2013 | 6:23 PM
One of our Plum Moms was thrilled to recently bank $250 in her PayPal account using MyPoints.com – a free rewards program that lets you earn points for your regular online shopping. She used her points at two favorites: Diapers.com and Nordstrom, allowing her to save on dozens of mom- and kid-loved brands!
Earn points for your own online shopping by joining www.MyPoints.com today, and enjoy cash rewards, travel miles, and gift cards for favorite retailers like Target, Gap, Nordstrom, and Macy’s – even gas stations!
Sign up for free here and start saving.
June 27th, 2013 | 6:10 PM
We recently paired up with Red Apple Reading (RAR) to offer a discount on their online program that helps kids learn and retain valuable literacy skills. RAR mom-founder, Tammy Bennecke, is thrilled to have connected with Plum’s mom audience to make her reading program an accessible, affordable option.
“What first had me interested in working with Plum District was their tagline: For Moms. By Moms,” Bennecke said. “I’m a mom, and I want to get the word out to other moms (and dads, too!) about Red Apple Reading. It seemed like a great fit.”
Tammy’s goal is to get Red Apple Reading into the hands of more young readers this summer, and we’re excited to help her accomplish her mission.
June 19th, 2013 | 1:00 AM
School’s out and summer’s here! We’re celebrating with our first ever MONTH OF PRIZES. All July, we’ll be giving away over 100 prizes — worth over $10,000! We’ve snagged family favorites from Phil & Teds, Stella & Dot, NatureBox, Little Tikes, Joovy… and many, many more.
So, remember to check your Plum District email every day in July for new giveaways and your chance to enter!
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Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come:
June 18th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
We’re Going Back to Our Roots and Expanding Our Family
I first became of member of Plum District 3 years ago, as a new mom of two little girls. During this incredible time in my life, I hungered for advice from other moms. Over the years, Plum District has introduced me to new products which were a true lifesaver in my busy days of early motherhood. I’ve also visited many, many new places around the San Francisco Bay Area with my girls, based on offers and introductions from Plum.
When I decided to join Plum District as CEO last year, I reached out to hear from you and understand what you love about Plum District. I met with 80 Plum moms here in our San Francisco office, and heard the same thing over and over: you love Plum’s great deals on activities in your neighborhood.
So today, I’m thrilled to announce that Spotivate has joined Plum District. Spotivate was founded last year by two dads, Tony and Jorge, who struggled to find the best things to do with their families each weekend. Now, by bringing Spotivate into our own family, we are going back to what made Plum District special – for both you and me. Stay tuned and keep checking back; we’ll be bringing you more of what you love.
– Susan Kim, Plum District CEO & Mom of 2