In The District:
August 21st, 2013 | 3:00 AM
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:
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
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.
August 15th, 2013 | 12:25 PM
Our Back-to-School Giveaway is here! Enter to win now: http://bit.ly/16leRKI
We can’t believe how fast summer has flown by. School starts in just a few weeks and we’re busy preparing our little ones for new experiences ahead.
Going back to school evokes special memories for both of us — and as parents, we now realize what our own parents did to get ready. We want to make this time a little easier and more special for you, so we’re launching Plum District’s Back-to-School Giveaway – valued at over $5,500! Enter on our Facebook page and check your Plum District email often to learn more.
We’re kicking off the Back-to-School Giveaway today with 10% off everything (use code ”BTS10” at checkout). Below are some of our favorites for this time of year!
– Susan Kim, CEO of Plum District and Jennifer Nuckles, Chief Marketing Officer of Plum District
August 15th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
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.
August 13th, 2013 | 5:39 PM
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.
August 12th, 2013 | 12:28 PM
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″.
August 11th, 2013 | 2:06 PM
August 10th, 2013 | 10:55 AM
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:
- Mini Boden, Ralph Lauren & More and 100% Organic Kids’ Clothing: Shop upscale resale for boys and girls including all of your favorite brands, as well as much-loved organic apparel from Kate Quinn
- Personalized Water Bottles for just $10: Easy-to-identify bottles for school and sports practice!
- Healthy Snacks Delivered for only $9: Discover up-and-coming, organic brands as well as established favorites for lunch bags and after-school snacks
- Thoughtfully-Crafted Academic Wall Calendar to mark goals and track upcoming deadlines
- 77% Off Mom’s Choice Award Winner: Premium Online Reading Program: State-of-the-art, online program provides fun, captivating instruction for kids ages 4-8 years old in English
- Over 60% Off Premium Canvas Prints: Free retouching and enlargement for your favorite school or family pictures (live on Tuesday)
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
August 7th, 2013 | 7:33 PM
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.
August 3rd, 2013 | 11:49 AM
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
July 31st, 2013 | 6:00 PM
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.
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!