In The District:

A Hit! Plum’s First Members-Only Event at Peekadoodle Kidsclub in Ghirardelli Square

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On Sunday, August 11th, we hosted our first ever Plum District Member Exclusive Event at Peekadoodle Kidsclub – San Francisco’s premier indoor plays pace and enrichment center located in world-famous Ghirardelli Square!

For just $25 per child ticket (with free adult admission), Plum Members enjoyed two full hours of family playtime in Peekadoodle’s 3,000-square-foot play space – along with breakfast (bagels, lox, pastries, fruit, and OJ), plenty of art and cooking activities, swag bags, and pizza and juice later on for the kids.

The event was huge success! And our CEO and CMO loved meeting Plum Members and their little ones.

Thanks to all who joined us at Peekadoodle Kidsclub last weekend, and we look forward to bringing Plum Members more exclusive events in regions near you!

Below are some pictures of our party, captured by photographer Niall David.

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Mommy Vlogger – Shannon Schmid highlights our offers from Polkadot What and Roma Boots

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See how Mommy Blogger, Shannon Schmid of milkandcuddles.com uses our back-to-school offers from Polkadot What and Roma Boots.  Plus, enjoy an EXTRA 20% off any single Plum District offer now through August 31st by entering code “SHANNON20″ at checkout.

Several of our back-to-school deals have recently been highlighted by heavily-followed mommy bloggers like Texas’ Shannon Schmid, of www.milkandcuddles.com.

Shannon’s blog chronicles her journey to create a loving home for her family and her wisdom as a mom.  She grabbed two of our clothing offers for her soon to be five year old daughter from Polkadot What and Roma Boots. Check out this video to meet Shannon and learn how she used our great back-to-school offers to help her prepare for the new school year!

We also love that both of these companies donate a portion of every deal purchase to children in need.

- Customizable Kids’ Leggings from Polkadot What - Featured on The TODAY Show, in Parenting Magazine, and as worn by the daughters of Halle Berry and Heidi Klum, these leggings are easily designed online with fun stripe patterns.  For every pair purchased, Polkdadot What donates a portion of the sale to The Lunchbox Fund – a nonprofit organization that provides meals for impoverished and at-risk children in South Africa. One pair of leggings = 5 meals!

-Premium, comfortable rainboots from Roma Boots - As seen in WWD and CELEBUZZ, Roma offers designs for all ages – kids and adults!  For every purchase, Roma donates a pair to a child in need who lives in a cold, wet climate.

And, don’t forget to enjoy an EXTRA 20% discount on any single Plum District offer now through through August 31st with code “SHANNON20″.

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Go Back to School with Plum District – Infographic

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Your Back to School Checklist from Plum District

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Print out your checklist now!

Back to School is in full swing at Plum District. We’re featuring great deals on school essentials throughout the entire month of August – from backpacks and water bottles to learning activities and kids’ clothing. Print out your checklist and visit Plum District all month long to complete your shopping! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

Be on the lookout for these other Plum favorites, coming to you soon:

    • Premium Name Labels for Back-to-School Gear + $5 Bonus & Free Shipping from Kidecals
    • 100% Organic Fruit & Veggie Snacks from The Naked Edge
    • TODAY Show Feature: Customizable Kids’ Leggings from Polkadot WHAT
    • Parenting Magazine Feature: Eco-Friendly, Reusable Water Bottles from Vapur
    • Peel-and-Stick Blackboard + Free Shipping from Swaag

Mommy Vlogger – Jennifer Worden highlights our offer from Wildkin

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See how Mommy Blogger, Jennifer Worden, of jennsblahblahblog.com uses our back-to-school offer from Wildkin.  Plus, receive a special 20% discount for any Plum District purchase by entering code “JENN20″ at checkout! 

It’s been a memorable and fun summer here at Plum District. We turned 3, gave away incredible prizes to over 130 families, and offered great kids’ camps around the country. Now it’s time to go back to school!

Throughout the entire month of August, we’ll be offering great deals on back-to-school essentials like Wildkin’s backpacks, lunch boxes, and nap mats; Mini Boden, GAP, CrewCuts, and other top clothing brands; custom name labels for school gear; award-winning learning tools; and so much more.

This month, we’ll also be featuring three popular mommy bloggers who will share how they’re using Plum District’s back-to-school offers for their families.

Our first blogger is Jennifer Worden from jennsblahblahblog.com - a full-time mom of four from New Mexico.  Jenn not only shares her product reviews and giveaways, but also tips on marriage and parenting, family fun, recipes, crafts/DIY and money saving techniques.  Check out this video to meet Jenn and learn about how she used our great back-to-school offer from Wildkin.  Don’t forget to enjoy a 20% discount on any single Plum District offer now through through the end of August with code “JENN20″.

Have fun watching, and visit Plum District all month long for great savings on all your back-to-school needs!  Click here to browse today’s mom- and kid-loved back-to-school offers.

 

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Month of Prizes | Thank You, Plum Moms!

Our first ever Month of Prizes was a HUGE success! We are thrilled that we could make summer even more memorable for our lucky winners. Throughout the entire month of July, we awarded a whopping $13,595 in prizes to 130 families! Plum would also like to give a special ’thank you’ to the 35 amazing, mom-loved brands that contributed merchandise. Thank you, again, to all who participated. Keep an eye on your Plum email for our next giveaway! Below are the winners and some responses – our favorite part of the entire giveaway:

 

James Barton – mountain buggy® cosmopolitan stroller AND $500 to Ella’s Kitchen

Tiffany Frye – mountain buggy® cosmopolitan stroller AND Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Samantha Brown – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Little Tikes Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bouncer

     “I can not say thank you enough for this…it has been a very tough year for me and my family and now I can see a smile come to my 3 year old’s face…you have made this mother extremely happy and in tears…BUT good tears. Thank you again for everything.”

Robein Halima – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Alina Prodan – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND $200 to Kirkland’s

Jennifer Urquhart - mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Joovy Balance Bike & Helmet

“I really would like to donate my prize to a family in need. Can I have it shipped to [a] family instead of to myself? Her son could use this and would be thrilled to receive it!”

Shannon Pickin - phil&teds poppy high chair AND Brooke Burke Fitness DVD

Shirisha Prodduturi - phil&teds poppy high chair AND Joovy Balance Bike & Helmet

Lucerito Villa – LeSportsac Diaper Bag

Brenda Wood – $100 to Posh Mommy

Kathy Carr – Fitbit

Michelle Starr – Fitbit

Christopher Pickin – Fitbit

Jessica Jawny – Fitbit

Daina Roberts – Halsea Tote Bag

Jennifer Davis – Cases of Homemade harvey

Cheyenne Basile-Keef – $50 to KIWI Shop

Gina Ferrell - $50 to KIWI Shop

Kim Kihega - $50 to KIWI Shop

Sydney Chu - $50 to KIWI Shop

Nicole Hunsaker - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine

Maria Skoytellis - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine

Jennifer Arbuthnot - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine

Julie Foresta - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine

Lataevea Burke – 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine

Linda Peavy – Pacifier

Kay Huether – Pacifier

Brooklyn Dutson – 1-Year Subscription to KIWI Magazine

Kristyn Oquendo – $500 to Mini Boden

Melissa Kuczera – 1-Year Supply of Naturebox

Laura Knight – $200 to Blurb

Holly Blackwell – $120 to Simple Sugar Design

Dimarys Martinez – Suzuki Strider Bike

“Oh my God, this is very exciting! This is the perfect gift for my son’s upcoming birthday. Thank you so much Plum District!

Terri Wilson - Suzuki Strider Bike

Donel Payne – Suzuki Strider Bike

Wendie Rose – Suzuki Strider Bike

“I’m so excited!! Yay! My twin girls are turning 1 in a couple weeks so this is like a neat early birthday present for them. Thanks so much!!”

Linda Martin - Suzuki Strider Bike

“Is this for real?” 5 minutes later…”I’m so excited to win…thanks so much!”

Chula Bee – Suzuki Strider Bike

Megan Ross – GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Jill Hubbard - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Honeyb Twentytwo - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Melissa Maringer - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Cindy Collins - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Ally Muniz - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Angel Lee - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Stephanie Batson - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Michelle Coles - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Tina Rath - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Rachel Mitchell – CoreHome Server Set

Kathi Taylor – CoreHome Round Bowls

Elizabeth Flesher – CoreHome Chip & Dip Bowl

Kimberlee Parkhouse – Learning Train Book Set

Rebecca Pierson - Learning Train Book Set

Anesa Nahas - Learning Train Book Set

Hilda Torres - Learning Train Book Set

Danielle Winn - Learning Train Book Set

Pat Towery - Learning Train Book Set

Laura Phegley - Learning Train Book Set

Carissa Knotts - Learning Train Book Set

Melissa Tippie - Learning Train Book Set

Tricia Williams - Learning Train Book Set

Wiily Lee – $100 to Bare Necessities

“That is fantastic thank you so much!! I am going to surprise my daughter so lets address it to her here. Thank you so much!”

Linda Nguyen – Stella & Dot Jewelry, Tote & Scarf

DeAnn O’Neill – Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Leslie Guenther – Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Derelys Peterson - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Beckie Tiggy Brown - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Michelle Hill - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Amy Rouse - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Joy Person - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Carrie Goodin - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer

Maz Raelin – Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Jamie McClung - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Paula Skeans - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Alicia Taylor - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Katrina Carr - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Huiyen Huang - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Jonna Ziniel - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Elizabeth Geiger - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Amanda Assencoa - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum

Pooravi Gohil – MIXT Studio Growth Chart

Jennifer McCann – $50 to CaseMate

Tammi Laney - $50 to CaseMate

Annette Grafmyer - $50 to CaseMate

Amy Pugmire - $50 to CaseMate

Nancy Fiorenza – May Designs Note Cards & Notebook

Linda Knight - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook

Laurie Walters - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook

Krystal Wethington - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook

Linda Meranda - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook

Nancy Schools – May Designs Notebook

Sheryl Edwards - May Designs Notebook

Robin Wolfe - May Designs Notebook

Carol Tait - May Designs Notebook

Jared Miller - May Designs Notebook

Cade Joiner – $25 to BUTCH & harold

Jennifer Vergin - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Brooke Straub Frank - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Kelsey Merrill - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Bonnie Gowen - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Rhonda Klee - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Sonya Morris - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Dara Beer - $25 to BUTCH & harold

Isis Tavarez – Ameda Breast Pump

Alma Moussa – Scholastic Store Library of Baby Books

Jennifer Jones – $100 to Lisa Leonard

Jennifer Sagotsky - Joovy High Chair

Britni Bradford - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle

Carolina Rygula - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle

Erica Chao - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle

Malea Cooper – Baboosh Belly Wrap

Anne Hjelle – Baboosh Belly Wrap

Laetitia French – Psi Bands

Nicole Vosburgh - Psi Bands

Morgan Williamson - Psi Bands

Trisha Scott - Psi Bands

Angela Minor - Psi Bands

Carol Moore - Psi Bands

Melissa Hysell - Brooke Burke Fitness DVD

Laura Miller - Brooke Burke Fitness DVD

Stormy Ranew – Brooke Burke Fitness DVD

Meet Hannah Schardt, Mom of Two & Senior Editor of Award-Winning Magazine, Ranger Rick

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An exclusive offer for Plum District members:
Just $12 for a 1-year subscription (10 issues) to Ranger Rick (ages 7-12) or Ranger Rick Jr. (ages 4-7)! CLICK HERE to order — you’ll save 70% OFF newsstand price!

Hannah Schardt is mom to two children:  4-year old daughter Rebecca and 6-year-old son August. She’s also Senior Editor of the award-winning, kids’ nature magazine, Ranger Rick. We connected with Hannah to learn about her family, career, and inspirations:

Plum District: How did you get started?

Hannah: Soon after I finished journalism school, I moved from the Bay Area to DC to be with my now-husband. After we got married, I started at National Wildlife, the adult magazine of the National Wildlife Federation. When the job at Ranger Rick came open, I jumped at the chance. I grew up reading Ranger Rick and my kids love the magazine, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

Plum District: What do you like about working on Ranger Rick Magazine?

Hannah: It’s a rare job that lets me combine the two things I’m always thinking about anyway: kids and writing. Also, I love animals but don’t have an extensive background in biology, so every article I research and write is full of surprises for me.

Plum District: What inspires you?

Hannah: I love to listen in when my kids are talking to each other. It reminds me of how children’s brains really work and inspires me to write stories that appeal to those brains—not just to my own. Their conversations are also usually really funny.

Plum District: What advice do you have for other (working) moms?

Hannah:  Figure out what is really important to you and let some of the other stuff slide. That may mean that your hair is always in a ponytail or your kitchen floor doesn’t stand up to close examination, but if the kids are happy and your partner still wants to hang out with you, you are doing fine.

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Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. teach kids about nature through engaging wildlife content that’s free of distracting advertisements. Each issue contains spectacular animal photos and fun facts that instill in kids respect for the natural world around them. Children also love reading Ranger Rick’s wildlife learning adventures, which reveal dozens of nature mysteries and marvels. And perhaps most importantly, Ranger Rick presents parents and their kids with an opportunity to bond through joint learning, as they read inspiring wildlife stories and enjoy the magazine’s entertaining, nature-themed activities.

Today, Plum District members can enjoy a 1-year subscription (10 issues) to either Ranger Rick or Ranger Rick Jr. for just $12. CLICK HERE to save an exclusive 70% off a 1-year subscription!

 

 

Meet Parent Entrepreneurs, Erin and Mark Sarpa, of Frecklebox.com

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An exclusive offer for Plum District Members:
Enjoy 35% off your next purchase at Frecklebox.com + FREE shipping for orders $50 or more! CLICK HERE and use code PlumDistrict35 at checkout.

Mark Sarpa and dad-friend, Scott, own a personalized printing company. Inspired by their kids and business, they came up with the idea of creating truly unique, personalized children’s gifts that educate and entertain. Mark brought on his wife Erin – a designer – as Creative Director, and the three of them developed Frecklebox.com, a website that makes it easy to customize kids’ school supplies, books, activities, and more.

Frecklebox.com offers many themes for boys and girls (from animals and fairies to robots and sports), and all of their imaginative designs captivate children while also teaching them how to spell their name (kids love seeing their name in print!). Once you’ve designed your custom gift, you can ‘preview’ it online before purchasing, and then enjoy fast shipping within 2-3 business days.

All Frecklebox products are made in the USA using state-of-the-art printing systems, recycled paper, and fine yet durable materials so they’ll last for years to come.

Click here to check out Frecklebox.com today, and at checkout, remember to use code PlumDistrict35 to receive 35% off (plus free shipping for orders $50 or more!).

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Meet Mauria Finley, Mom of Two and Founder of Citrus Lane

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Win up to $300 of your favorite baby products with Citrus Lane’s Best of What’s Next Sweepstakes – Click here to enter their sweepstakes!
Today, Plum District members can also enjoy TWO Citrus Lane boxes for the price of one! Click here to get 2 for 1 and enter code PLUM2FOR1 at checkout.

Mauria Finley was once a first-time mom, spending months planning for every last detail of motherhood.

In search of trusted baby products, she reached out to mom friends to find out which brands they loved most. The response was overwhelming; her inbox was flooded with recommendations for everything from breast pumps to swaddle blankets.

In 2011, she started Citrus Lane with a clear vision: to help new parents share information and discover the best products to meet their kids’ ever-changing needs. A monthly box subscription service, Citrus Lane delivers an assortment of toys, books, snacks, and practical solutions for newborns up to kids age 5. It’s like a care package for moms and dads on their parenting journeys – from pregnancy to preschool.  Citrus Lane buyers use extensive product research and feedback from the community to make sure they deliver only the best to you and your family.

Today, when you buy one Citrus Lane box, you’ll get the second box FREE.  Click here to get 2 for 1 and enter PLUM2FOR1 at checkout. This is a recurring monthly subscription, but you may easily cancel at any time – completely free of charge.

ALSO: Win up to $300 of your favorite baby products with Citrus Lane’s Best of What’s Next Sweepstakes – Click here to enter their sweepstakes.

Citrus Lane has been featured on The TODAY Show, in babble, FORBES, Daily Candy Kids, Cool Mom Picks, TechCrunch, and more.

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We’re Strolling into Our Grand Prize Week Featuring phil&teds and mountain buggy!

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We’re Strolling into Our Grand Prize Week Featuring phil&teds and mountain buggy!

We have loved sharing with you an array of amazing prizes each week! To wrap up our Month of Prizes, we are pleased to announce our Grand Prize Week featuring phil&teds™ and mountain buggy®! Enter to win now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53

phil&teds™ is one of the world’s leading inventors, designers and marketers of kids products, ranging from high-quality buggy strollers to convertible car seats. They acquired mountain buggy® in March 2009. Hollywood celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, and Ben Fogle all love phil&teds™, and now you can too!

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Win the mountain buggy® Special Edition urban jungle stroller, in trendy Pantone color Jade, complete with an adjustable seat position from full recline fold (newborn) to upright (6 years old). The lightweight buggy comes with a new automatic frame lock, style grab bar for easier access, and tail-free harness. Additionally, the Buggy is engineered with perfect weight distribution for optimal performance, allowing you to ‘pop’ the front wheel up on a curb while traveling around a city.

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Also up for grabs is the mountain buggy® cosmopolitan Convertible Seat stroller, which offers “three versatile modes to accommodate your growing newborn up to 4 years.” With the cosmopolitan you have the option of both forward and rear facing modes by simply pulling a lever at the top of the buggy seat to “transition smoothly to a different level of recline-active (upright), relax (recline), or rest (lie-flat).” This luxury seat offers a roomy and comfortable ride that your little one will love!

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Enjoy easy and fun meals with the help of the phil&teds™ poppy “highchair to ‘my chair.’” The poppy comes with a stylish, storable aerocore seat and passive harness that keeps your baby snug in his/her high chair.  Additionally, poppy’s large food tray wipes clean and is dishwasher safe.  Your baby can use the poppy from ages 6 months to 3 years old, as it transitions into a fun child’s seat once your baby’s highchair days are over!

All it takes is a Facebook “like.” Share with your friends for more chances to win! Enter now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53

The Urban Jungle mountain buggy® retails for $500. The Cosmopolitan mountain buggy® retails for $550. The phil&teds™ Poppy High Chair retails for $120. See more details at http://philandteds.com/us/ and http://mountainbuggy.com/.

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