In The District:
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!
Not a Plum District member? Sign up here!
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
June 14th, 2013 | 10:00 AM
June 13th, 2013 | 12:10 AM
Featured in Real Simple, Disney FamilyFun Magazine, Parents Magazine, Daily Candy Kids, and more, Little Passports subscriptions take your child on exciting adventures around the world. Each unique, monthly kit introduces kids to a different country’s geography, history, culture, and language.
With a Little Passports subscription, kids will follow globetrotting characters, Sam and Sofia and their exciting travels abroad. Each month, kids will receive a country-specific kit filled with souvenirs, a map, stickers, games, and online activities from Sam and Sofia’s adventures. Kits also include a travel letter from Sam and Sofia that’s sure to inspire their inner explorer!
Subscribe today and your World Edition subscription will begin with the Explorer Kit which includes:
• Fun travel suitcase with an introductory letter from Sam and Sofia
• World wall map
• Travel passport
• Fun stickers
• Activity sheet
• Access to online games and activities with our boarding pass
At checkout, enter code SPECIAL50 to receive an exclusive 50% off the first month of the World Edition
June 13th, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Save up to 30% off CTCA International Cook & Play Summer Camp when you 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 Red, White, & Blue Berries Cookies was a welcome treat at our families’ Memorial Day Festivities — we hope you loved them, too!
Today, Chef Toni is back with another flavorful recipe that gives 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 cultures 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.
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 by mentioning Plum District when you enroll.
And now, Chef Toni’s Pasta Primavera — a colorful, veggie-filled recipe the whole family will love. It’s a quick, easy intro to what your master-chef-to-be will whip up at summer camp!
12 ounces tricolor fusilli
4 cups broccoli florets
3 carrots, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 cup frozen peas
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or basil)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.
2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften (about 1 minute). Add the vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring to simmer and cook until slightly reduced (about 3 minutes). Whisk in the remaining butter until melted and the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute more.
3. Pour the sauce over the pasta and vegetables and add the cheese, parsley and lemon juice. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the cheese melts (about 1 minute) adding enough reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and top with more cheese. Enjoy!
Find and Book Experienced, Mom-Recommended Babysitters for Summer
June 11th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Lynn Perkins has always been a pro at connecting people — helping friends find roommates, jobs, and even spouses. So when she became a mother of twin boys, it was no surprise that her mom friends turned to her for sitter recommendations.
Lynn soon realized that there had to be a faster, easier way to introduce parents to trusted caretakers. As a startup veteran, and with a background in tech, she explored the idea of an online, babysitter booking system. She wanted to make the process as easy as making restaurant reservations.
Since it’s inception in 2011, UrbanSitter has become a go-to resource for moms looking to quickly find and book babysitters recommended by people they know (friends, child’s school, sports team, etc). Whether you’re looking for an occasional sitter, full-time nanny, a qualified driver for camp drop-offs and pickups, or last-minute help, UrbanSitter delivers reliable support when you need it. Search babysitters and nannies by experience, date, or rating — then book instantly with a click and even pay online. Finding reliable coverage for summer has never been easier!