In The District:

Tervis’ Custom, Insulated Drinkware – Perfect for Families On the Go!

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Since 1946, Tervis’ USA-made drinkware has been a favorite among busy families on the go — offering everything from insulated mugs and water bottles to 8 different sizes of tumblers.

All Tervis drinkware can be customized with hundreds of designs, emblems, and accessory combinations, allowing kids and adults to express their individual personalities (which also makes it easier, Mom, for everyone to keep track of their cup!). And, in addition to Tervis’ exclusive designs, you’ll find products featuring our most beloved brands: Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros., Star Wars, plus most major sports teams and colleges. There’s truly something for everyone – customize your own Tervis design here!

Why else does Plum love Tervis?

    • Tervis’ custom drinkware is a wonderful gift-giving solution (holidays are around the corner!)
    • All products are backed with a lifetime guarantee – making Tervis perfect for even the most rough-and-tumble kids
    • All Tervis drinkware is sealed and double-walled, which reduces condensation while keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold — enjoy your favorite beverages anywhere, anytime
    • All designs are safe for both microwave and dishwasher – a hassle-free alternative to other insulated drinkware brands

Visit Tervis today to customize on-the-go drinkware for your family that’ll last a lifetime.

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NatureBox Supports Healthier Snacking! Save 50% Off Your First Box + Free Shipping

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NatureBox delivers nutritionist-approved, kid-tested snacks to your door every month.

Today, they’re back with an exclusive offer for Plum District members:

We love NatureBox’s three subscription options – find one that meets your family’s snacking needs!

  1. Deluxe Box: 5 full-sized snack packages for small families, young professionals, or couples - a great way to try NatureBox for the first time
  2. Happy Snacker: Twice the snacks, twice the fun! 10 full-sized packages for families of 4-5 people - the most popular subscription
  3. Smart Snacker: 20 full-sized snack packages for 8-10 people - great for large families with hungry, active kids who snack throughout the day

NatureBox’s all-natural snacks come in resealable zip-top bags – perfect for on-the-go eating, sports practice, ball games, and stashing in your car or office. Families love receiving their monthly NatureBox – it’s a present full of delicious surprises! You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time – plus, for each box delivered, NatureBox provides a meal to one of over 14 million hungry children in America.

Try your first NatureBox today for 50% off – and enjoy FREE shipping*. Remember to use discount code PLUM50 at checkout!

* Customers in AK, HI  and U.S. Territories pay just $1.97 shipping/mo

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Mini Boden is Back! $20 Off Your Purchase + Free Shipping — Plus, Enter for a Chance to Win a $500 Winter Wardrobe!

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Boden – the immensely popular British clothing line – launched Mini Boden in 2007, quickly becoming a favorite among American moms and their little ones.

Today, we’re thrilled to partner with Mini Boden again to bring Plum Members an exclusive offer and giveaway:

Created for boys and girls ages 0-12 years old, Mini Boden captures uplifting, British spirit. You’ll find everything from delightful prints and animal appliqués to clean lines and pops of color. Kids love mixing, matching, and layering Mini Boden’s ultra-comfortable clothing.  The line lets them do what they do best: have fun.

Crafted with long-lasting materials, Mini Boden’s clothes are built to be outgrown – not outworn - so they’ll bounce back beautifully wash after wash.

Check out their new winter line today for a complete wardrobe of superior-fit designs that’ll keep your little ones warm day and night, from head to toe.

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Mr. Costumes’ Photo Contest with $1,000 in Prizes (including a NEW iPad!) + 20% Off Your Next Purchase

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Now through November 4th, 2013, Mr. Costumes is having their 2013 Halloween Costume Photo Contest, featuring a wide array of costume categories which gives contestants many opportunities to win. Each category winner will receive a $100 Mr. Costumes gift certificate and the grand prize winner (for Best Overall Costume) will receive a NEW Apple iPad!

Click here to see the categories and to enter the contest (simply submit your photo online!). Winners will be selected weekly.

Also, SAVE 20% off your next Mr. Costumes purchase of $25 or more by claiming today’s Plum Coupon! Enjoy shopping premium, best-selling costumes for your whole familynewborns and babiestoddlerskids, tweens, and adults (including plus size and couple’s costumes!). 

Announcing the Winners of Our Back-to-School Giveaway!

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Our Back-to-School Giveaway is now over and we are thrilled that we could make this time of the year even more exciting for our lucky winners. From August 15th – September 15th, we awarded over $5,500 in prizes to 25 families! Plum would also like to give a special ’thank you’ to Frecklebox and the GAP for contributing all of our prizes. And thank you, again, to all our Plum Moms who participated. Keep an eye on your Plum email for our next giveaway! Below are the winners along with some responses – our favorite part of the entire giveaway:

Congratulations to our winners of the 15 Frecklebox back-to-school kits, including 5 bookmarks, 1 journal, and 1 notebook. We love Frecklebox for their truly one-of-a-kind, personalized kids’ gifts. Their growing selection includes personalized books, coloring books, puzzles, posters, party favors, stickers, journal books, placemats, growth charts, and more!
Kathy Leonard says –  “When I told my son he won & he picked out what he wanted on his bookmarks, notebook & journal, he said…All that for me! I feel lucky today! I said you do? And he said, no actually, I feel like they picked the right person!”
Minna Siegel says - “My daughter Elisabeth said that she was excited to see so many pink things that had her name spelled right!”
Janet Lynch says“Thanks for the great news! I was back-to-school shopping just yesterday with my daughter Linnea (for the billionth time, I swear). She still needs more notebooks, so the prize pack will definitely come in handy. :-)”
Pamela Wilbourn Newman
Rosemarie Mancini
Melissa Ditto
JS Hess
Sarah Beery
Toni Johnson
Kathy Fermin
Rachel Rowell
Alicia Bridenbaugh
Tina McClure
Lisa Stroinski Curski
Kathy Leonard
Shirisha Prodduturi
Judy Zerbe
And congratulations to our winners of the 10 – $500 GAP Gift Cards!
Tiffany Frye says - “ I am in shock! I can not believe I really won a $500 gift card. This is so wonderful. Plum District is one of the best blog/websites I have came across!  I screamed when I opened the email and then called my husband. I can not wait for my kids to get home from school so I can let them know we WON! Thank you Plum District! You are truly AMAZING and go over and beyond for us fans!”
Jessica Jokisch says“So, um… yeah. This is crazy. I’m… speechless. And if you knew me, you’d know that is a rare event indeed. I can’t thank you enough. I have three little girls (5 year old and twin 3 year olds), and they are growing so fast we can barely keep up! We wish we could afford to shop at GAP all the time! So excited, thank you!!!!!”
Sharon Schneider says - “What! That is so fantastically awesome I am stunned to have actually won!!!! We wear Gap all the time! One of the best brands for style and resale value. Thanks!”
Daphne Church says - “I love using Plum District to buy what I call ‘Just because’ gifts and experiences for others; so how wonderful to receive such a huge gift just for us–just because!! Now my son and I can go on a super fun (and super needed) shopping spree!!! Woot! Woot!”
Amanda Faria says“OMG!!!!! I never win anything!! So excited.”
Carolina Rygula says - ”OMG!!! OMG!!! I am over the moon!!!! Thank you! 1000 times!”
Lindsay Carmichael says - “This seriously just made my whole day!! I took a new job in January requiring business attire and my son is outgrowing all his clothes and as a single mom this couldn’t have come at a better time, especially with his 2nd birthday and holidays coming up! Thank you very much!! I am very appreciative!!”
Jennifer Urquhart says - My 11 year old said, “OH MY GOSH WE WON!’ He is running around screaming WE WON WE WON!”
Hsieh Quan says - “Thank you very much. My grandson will be so thrilled to go on a shopping spree with grandma!”
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Eco-Friendly, Back-to-School Essentials from Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company

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Exclusive offer for Plum District Members: Get 40% OFF your first bundle of back-to-school essentials, shipped straight to your doorstep!  Shop hand sanitizer spray, stain remover, travel wipes, laundry pods, and more for the whole family. CLICK HERE to order your first bundle, and enter code PLUMB2S40 at checkout (valid through 9/3/13; limit 1 per person; new customers only!). Jessica Alba may be known for her acting career, but there’s one role she enjoys above all others: Mom. “Being a mom is the most profound experience I’ve ever had,” she says. “It’s incredibly satisfying — but can also be overwhelming and confusing,” she admits. “I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.” The Honest Company is your trusted one-stop-shop for eco-friendly, affordable family essentials – including diapers, home cleaning solutions, health and wellness supplements, personal care (like soap, lotion, and sunscreen), and other everyday needs.  You can customize monthly bundles to meet your family’s changing needs, and easily adjust shipment dates. Another reason to go with their bundles? You’ll save 30-35% vs buying products separately. Today, we’re excited to partner with The Honest Company to offer you an exclusive 40% OFF your first bundle! Click here to order your first bundle (enter code PLUMB2S40 at checkout), and enjoy providing your family with high-quality products that protect their health and the planet’s!

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BabbaCo: Award-Winning Activity Kits, Delivered to Your Door

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An Exclusive Offer for Plum District Members:

Enter to win 1 year of the BabbaBox (a $240 value) and you’ll automatically receive 2 months of the BabbaBox Digital (a $20 value) for kid-loved DIY projects! Click here to enter their giveaway.

Winner of multiple gold awards, BabbaCo delivers age-appropriate activity kits that feature hands-on science kits, art, books, and more – straight to your doorstep. Each BabbaBox contains all the materials, instructions, and activities you need to start playing right away.babbaco-1

Designed for ages 3 to 7, the BabbaBox supports literacy, sparks imaginative play, and encourages problem solving skills. Each box is designed by their in-house team of childhood development experts to take your child on a purposeful, smile-filled journey of age-appropriate themes children love. 

Enter their sweepstakes today to instantly receive a free 2-month subscription to BabbaBox Digital, which provides all the fun of the BabbaBox with friendly DIY guides and materials!

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Mommy Vlogger – Stacie Connerty highlights our offers from Vapur and Kidecals

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See how Mommy Vlogger Stacie Connerty of thedivinemissmommy.com uses our Plum District Back-to-School offers from Vapur and Kidecals.  Plus, new Plum members can enjoy an EXTRA 20% off any single Plum District offer now through August 31st! Enter code “STACIE20″ at checkout.

We love to hear how people name their blogs and this one is a great story. One day, Stacie and her husband wrote down all their nicknames for everyone in their family of six. When coming up with their list, they realized that there were no nicknames for Stacie.  So, her 4-year-old daughter – also known as “Sassypants” – accurately named her “Miss Mommy” and then said or “You could be Divine Miss Mommy.” And there became www.divinemissmommy.com.

Stacie’s blog helps families find products she has reviewed and highlighted as ‘favorites’ – plus you’ll learn about the latest and greatest giveaways. Readers also enjoy stories about her family and their latest travels (along with advice and travel info).

Recently, Stacie picked up two Plum offers from Vapur and Kidecals to help get her kids ready for Back to School.  Check out this video to meet Stacie and see what she has to say about these great brands!

- BPA-free, collapsible water bottles from Vapur - Featured in Pregnancy Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Peekaboo Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Health, and more. Vapur’s eco-friendly, reusable water bottles and Quenchers fit perfectly into kids’ backpacks and lunch bags!  Plus, the Quenchers come with a pack of decorative stickers and a cool carabiner to attach their bottles to backpacks or sports bags.

- Custom labels for Back to School and traveling + $5 bonus and FREE SHIPPING from Kidecals - Kidecal’s super stylish name labels are durable, washable, and apply to all belongings (clothes, shoes, pencil boxes, backpacks, toys, and more!)  No more losing things at school because these personalized labels STAY ON and adhere to any surface.

Thank you, Stacie, for giving Plum District a great review!  We love your mommy blog!

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PureWow: Discover Your Neighborhood’s Best-Kept Secrets + $1,000 Williams-Sonoma Giveaway!

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An exclusive offer for Plum District Members:
Sign up for PureWow today, and you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 at Williams-Sonoma!

PureWow delivers handpicked discoveries in food, travel, fashion, culture, and more — all in one simple, beautiful email.

Their editors scour the web, world, and local hot spots every day and share their unique finds with women across the country. Featuring everything from must-have kitchen appliances and interior decor to the hottest tech gadgets and fashion lines, PureWow has you covered.

Also be sure to check out PureWow’s local editions for the best-kept secrets in your very own neighborhood – like the most delicious brunch spots or boutiques with unique, irresistible decor. PureWow also offers a twice-weekly Recipes edition — packed with easy, weeknight meals that’ll ‘wow’ the family, as well as stellar dinner party ideas — plus a once-weekly Books edition!

CLICK HERE to sign up for PureWow and for a chance to win $1,000 at Williams-Sonoma!

 

Master Chef Toni is Back! After-School Classes + Kid-Friendly Recipe for Fall

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An Exclusive Offer for Plum Members:

Today, save $80 on a 5-pack of Chef Toni’s after-school, farm-to-table cooking classes – featured in TimeOut NY Kids! CLICK HERE for this special offer.

Kids will learn about sustainable ingredients, healthy food choices, how to read recipes and labels, prepare meals, and so much more. In the end, they’ll bring home a Culinary Graduation Certificate!

Last month, we highlighted Master Chef Toni Wiliard-Young – mom of four and Owner/Operator of Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures (CTCA). She shared two delicious, family-friendly recipes - Vegetable Lo Mein and Chicken Stroganoff - and offered a great discount on her International Cook & Play Summer Camp.

Summer is winding down at Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures, and they’ve visited every part of the world, learning and enjoying the cuisine of other cultures. Chef Toni would like to thank all of her Junior Chefs for a great summer, and she wishes them the best for the upcoming school year!

Today, to prepare for fall and Back to School, Chef Toni is turning to the luck of the Irish with a classic dish: Shepherd’s Pie.

It’s a healthy and hearty meal that’s fun to make – and will comfort those sad faces as summer comes to an end! Gather the freshest, organic ingredients you can find to prepare this dish. It’s sure to give them substantial energy for busy school days!

Note for parents: This dish tastes even better the next day, so you can easily prepare ahead and enjoy it for days to come!

As the Irish would say: “A cabin with plenty food is better than a hungry castle!” Chef Toni hopes this recipe fills your home with joy and that you’ll be sure to visit Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures again soon!

Chef Toni’s Amazing Shepherd’s Pie:

Ingredients:

2 pounds potatoes (such as russet), peeled and cubed

2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese

1 large egg yolk 1/2 cup cream (for a lighter version use chicken broth)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 3/4 pounds ground turkey

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup beef stock or broth

2 teaspoons Worcestershire

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and chicken broth.  Add the mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble for 3 or 4 minutes. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with turkey 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to turkey and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.

Today, save $80 on a 5-pack of Chef Toni’s after-school, farm-to-table cooking classes – featured in TimeOut NY Kids! CLICK HERE for this special offer.