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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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Yes To: Award-Winning, Natural Skin Care for Your Family

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Yes To’s nutrient-rich skin care is a go-to for moms nationwide and has been highlighted in major publications including Women’s Health, Parents Magazine, and more. Today, we have a special offer on their award-winning products, plus recommendations for Yes To products your family shouldn’t live without!

1. Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo & Body Wash:  Made of gentle ingredients (organic carrots, melons, and vitamin E), it provides a soft lather that leaves baby’s skin smooth, refreshed, and fully moisturized. Plus, it’s tear free and available with or without natural fragrance! Screen shot 2013-07-22 at 5.45.06 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Yes to Baby Carrots Face & Nose Wipes: A mom must have. These natural, tear-free, all-purpose wipes are a lifesaver. They’re great as face and diaper wipes plus they help eliminate messes on clothes and car seats!  Screen shot 2013-07-22 at 5.50.38 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Yes to Cucumbers Natural SPF 30 Stick: Perfect for your active kids! Keep one in your purse and give one to your child so you can block the sun’s harmful rays during spontaneous trips to the playground, park, and beach. Applies smoothly and rubs in nicely.

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4.  Yes to SPF Lip Balm: An all-natural, nourishing way to smooth and protect lips. Kids love the taste of their various flavors; moms love their color-tinted options. Buy individually or save up to 40% when you buy a set!

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Grab today’s Plum Deal — $20 for $40 to Spend at Yes To — and stock up on Yes To’s premium skin care products including the above must haves and more!

Master Chef Toni is Back! Two New Kid-Friendly Recipes + Camp Discount

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Exclusive Plum Offer: Enjoy 30% OFF one full day of CTCA’s International Cook & Play Summer Camp when you register for a full week! Simply mention Plum District at sign up.

Last month, we introduced you to Master Chef Toni Wiliard-Young – mom of four and Owner/Operator of Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures (CTCA). Her recipe for summer veggie-filled Pasta Primavera was much loved by little chefs and moms — and we hope you loved it, too!

Today, Chef Toni is back with two more flavorful, kid-friendly recipes that give you just a taste of the curriculum for her International Cook & Play Summer Camps.  Designed for kids ages 4-13, these culinary adventures explore a different culture through food each day – from Mexico to Africa to Russia and beyond. It’s a unique and exciting opportunity for kids to experience food, art, culture, and more — plus, they’ll learn how to eat healthfully, which can be a challenge during summer vacation.

Camps run from July 8–Sept 6. Pop in for a full day (9am-5pm), half day (9am-1pm or 2-5pm), or take a drop-in Saturday class! To save up to 30% on CTCA’s International Cook & Play Summer Camp, mentioning Plum District when you enroll.

And now, Chef Toni’s recipes — designed for your master-chef-to-be:

VEGETABLE LO MEIN

An Asian-inspired dish that’s the perfect balance of veggies, protein, and carbs to keep your little ones energized throughout the day.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of fresh Chinese egg noodles

5 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp each oyster sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 red bell petter, seeded and thinly sliced lengthwise

1/4 pound Shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced

1 zucchini, trimmed and cut into matchsticks

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions:

1.  Bring a large pot 3/4 full of water to a boil. Add noodles, cook for 2 minutes, drain, and rinse well with running cold water. Place noodles in a bowl, add 1 tbsp of the canola oil, and toss to coat evenly (to prevent from sticking).

2. To make the sauce: in another bowl, whisk together 3 tbsp water, oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.

3. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until very hot and add 2 tbsp of the canola oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and stir-fry until tender (about 2 minutes). Add the mushrooms and zucchini and continue to stir-fry until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a bowl.

4. Return the wok to high heat and add the remaining 2 tbsp canola oil. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (about 5 seconds). Add the noodles and cook until heated through (about 5 minutes). Return the vegetables to the pan, add the sauce, and continue to stir-fry until all the ingredients are well combined and heated through (about 1 minute).  Transfer to a warm serving platter and serve at once!

Note:  For a heartier dish, add peeled and deveined shrimp or strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast or pork loin to the pan after stir-frying the ginger and garlic.  Toss until cooked through before proceeding.

CHICKEN STROGANOFF

A Russian-inspired dish with robust flavors that’ll delight your kids and fuel their growing bodies. Tastes great the next day, too!

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken breast  (cut 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide)

3 tbsps butter 1 small onion, finely chopped

1 pound mushrooms caps (domestic or wild), thinly sliced

1/2 cup beef broth

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp flour

2 tbsps fresh dill, minced

2 tbsps parsley, minced

Salt and freshly grounded black pepper

8 ounces medium egg noodles, cooked

Instructions:

1. Heat large non-stick skillet over high heat and sear meat on all sides (about 1 minute). Work in small batches so meat does not give off liquid. Remove to a plate.

2. In a clean wide skillet, heat butter. Sweat onions and add mushrooms and saute over until deep golden (about 20 minutes).

3. While this is cooking, blend broth, mustard, heavy cream and sour cream together. Lower heat, add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Whisk in liquids, and any meat juices and simmer, without boiling until sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). Place meat in sauce and heat, without boiling until meat is warmed through.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in dill and parsley and spoon over noodles.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Chef Toni

Exclusive Plum Offer: Enjoy 30% OFF one full day of CTCA’s International Cook & Play Summer Camp when you register for a full week! Simply mention Plum District at sign up.

Introducing Plum District Coupons

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We’re thrilled to announce that Plum District Coupons are officially here! Plum Coupons are our new kind of offer that cost $0 (that’s right – they cost nothing!) and can be redeemed anytime.

Join us in our launch today and browse our handpicked selection of Plum Coupons on mom favorites like personalized back-to-school essentials, restaurants (including Buca di Beppo!), award-winning kids’ food, canvas prints, MLB tickets (and other pro sports), and more.

When you see a coupon you want, simply click ‘Save Coupon’ and it will be added to your account for you to redeem whenever you’re ready!

Click here to browse today’s coupons, and check back often – we’ll be featuring Plum Coupons regularly!

Week Four – Plum District’s Month of Prizes

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Plum Moms, we’re wrapping up our Month of Prizes! Read below for more details on our Week Four merchandise. Click here to enter now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53

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Highlights – Educational Magazines for Kids

Highlights for Children’s motto “Fun with a Purpose” drives their goal to provide educational fun on every page of their magazine. They are dedicated to helping children grow “in basic skills and knowledge, in creativeness, in ability to think and reason, in sensitivity to others, [and] in high ideals and worthy ways of living.” Highlights Magazine is specifically geared toward children ages 6-12 and includes stories, science experiments, puzzles, craft projects, and more! Win a 1-year subscription to Highlights Magazine, valued at $34.44. http://www.highlights.com/

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Fitbit – Personal Fitness Trackers

Fitbit creates colorful, stylish products designed to help you and your family lead more active, healthier lives. Using wireless technology, Fitbit products track the number of calories you burn, your sleep quality, and the number of steps you take. Enjoy Fitbit’s Personal Fitness Trackers valued at $99.95. http://www.fitbit.com/

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LeSportsac – Stylish Diaper Bag

LeSportsac is the leading manufacturer of functional and chic handbags. They even include designer collections from trendsetters such as Stella McCartney, Jonathan Adler, and Diane von Furstenberg. Their baby collection includes stylish diaper bags that come in a variety of designs and adorable colors! Enjoy a LeSportsac diaper bag valued at $149.  http://www.lesportsac.com/  

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KIWI Shop – Fun Kids Products and Digital Newsletter

The KIWI Shop ensures that all of their products are the healthiest choices for the entire family: whether it is natural foods, personal care products, or toys. For your little one, the KIWI Shop is your one-stop shop for safe, healthy products. Additionally, KIWI Magazine is filled with tasty recipes, eco-crafts, and great discounts.  Win $50 gift cards or a digital newsletter subscription to KIWI Magazine. http://www.kiwishoponline.com/

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Halsea – Patterned Tote Bag

Featured in SELF Magazine, Elle Accessories, and People Style Watch, Halsea offers a wide selection of travel essentials. Their large totes come in a variety of fun, colorful designs and are even splash-proof, making them the go-to beach bag. Win a patterned tote bag from Halsea valued at $99. http://www.halsea.com

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Homemade harvey – Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

Featured on ABC News and Good Morning America, Homemade harvey provides portion-controlled organic, gluten-free snacks packaged in fun squeezable containers. Shape Magazine raves, “it’s a great ‘emergency back-up to keep in your fridge or at the office in case you run out of fresh fruit.  It’s a fuss-free, on-the-go option, that doesn’t require any washing or chopping.”  Enjoy cases of Homemade harvey’s healthy snacks valued at $75 each. http://homemadeharvey.com/

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Bare Necessities – Intimates & Sports Apparel

Bare Necessities is the largest online specialty retailer of women and men’s branded and designer intimate apparel and underwear, and they carry brands such as Under Armour, Jockey, UGG Australia, and more! Enjoy a $100 gift card toward Bare Necessities merchandise. http://www.barenecessities.com/

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Posh Mommy Jewelry – Personalized Jewelry

Featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and E!, Posh Mommy Jewelry offers personalized, sleek necklaces, bracelets, and more! Actress Beverley Mitchell is a huge fan and she notes, “one of my favorite gifts was my Posh Mommy necklace, I have a big K and I wear it everywhere. So cute and it tells everyone who owns my heart: my baby girl.” Enjoy a $100 gift certificate to Posh Mommy Jewelry. http://poshmommyjewelry.com/

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Kirkland’s – Home Decorations & Pacifiers

Kirkland’s provides a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, lamps, picture frames, to name a few.  With Kirkland’s, you can furnish your children’s rooms, play rooms, or nurseries all with their unique and stylish products.  Win a $200 gift certificate or pacifiers. http://www.kirklands.com/

Click here to enter now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53

Week Three – Plum District’s Month of Prizes!

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Week Three 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

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Blurb Print & eBooks

Featured in Parents Magazine, CNN, BBC News, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo News, Blurb creates high-quality photo books from your personal photography collection. These are great for documenting family vacations or summer days. Win a $200 gift certificate today. http://www.blurb.com

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NatureBox 1-Year Supply

Described as one of the best “gifts that keep on giving” in Every Day with Rachael Ray, NatureBox aims to help you eat healthier without having to change your eating habits. In each box, enjoy 15-20 servings of nutritionist-approved, all-natural NatureBox snacks that change on a monthly basis. Enter to win a year supply of NatureBox snacks valued at $240. http://naturebox.com/

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Learning Train Summertime Learning Books

Learning Train offers fun, educational activity books and games for kids ages 0-12 years old. Their Summertime Learning Books sets are grade-appropriate (grades pre-kindergarten to 8th grade) and cover topics such as reading, writing, mathematics, and more; thoroughly preparing young students for the upcoming school year. Win one of 10 sets of Learning Train’s Summertime Learning Books of your choice, valued at $45 each set. http://www.learningtrainpub.com/

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Mini Boden $500 Gift Certificate

Founded in 1996 as part of the popular UK clothing line Boden, Mini Boden offers a wide selection of adorable childrenswear for ages 1.5-12 years old. From swimwear for summer to coats and jackets for the fall, little ones will love their fashionable and comfortable new outfits! Spend up to $500 with this Mini Boden gift certificate. http://www.bodenusa.com/

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Core Home Bamboo Bowls

Critically-acclaimed by HGTV Magazine, USA Weekend Magazine, Brides Magazine, and more, CoreHome is the global leader in manufacturing and importing exceptional housewares and home décor products. Specifically, their artisan-crafted bamboo bowls are made of the world’s finest bamboo under safe and environmentally-friendly conditions. This has resulted in numerous accolades for not only the high quality of these products, but also for the social responsibility under which they are produced.  Win a set of CoreHome entertaining bowls, chip & dip, or serving set. Total value of prizes is $188. http://www.corehome.com/

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Simple Sugar Design $120 Gift Certificate

Simple Sugar Design offers stylish, customizable children’s artwork, perfect for decorating nurseries and bedrooms. Create personalized alphabet initial boards or shop vintage prints and illustrations of trains, animals, and more!  Enjoy a $120 gift certificate from Simple Sugar Designs. http://www.simplesugardesign.com/

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Strider Suzuki Bikes

The Gold-Winner of the 2012 National Parenting Publications Award, Strider Bikes design efficient, no-pedal bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore!  Their special-edition Suzuki bikes are easy to control and feature adjustable handlebars and seats to suit your growing child (ages 18 mo-5 yrs). Customize your bike with official Suzuki stickers along with a #4 numberplate inspired by Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael. Win Strider Bike’s special-edition Suzuki Bikes valued at $108 each. http://www.striderbikes.com/

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GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duos

GLOSS Moderne creates luxury hair-care products with technically advanced formulas. Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe in The Zoe Report credits GLOSS Moderne’s High-Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner, with scents of coconut and vanilla, as “gorgeous, healthy locks…smelling heavenly.” Enjoy one of 10 Shampoo & Conditioner Duos from Gloss Moderne valued at $71 each. http://www.glossmoderne.com/

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Jumpstart Back to School with Plum District!

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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!”

Plum Reviews: “The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting”

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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