NYC Chef & Mom, Toni Wiliard-Young, Teaches Healthy Cooking

Plus, Enjoy a Special Memorial Day Recipe for the Family

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Exclusive Offer: Mention Plum District and you’ll save up to 20% off CTCA’s Cook & Play Saturdays or International Cook & Play Summer Camp!

Master Chef and mom of four, Toni Wiliard-Young, understands the importance of good nutrition. Over the past 20 years, the South African-born culinary expert has gained great recognition for her culinary creations, farm-to-table practices, and her children’s cooking classes on healthy eating. Chef Toni has also catered to politicians, the South African Embassy, private dinners for Columbia University almuni, and countless others. And in 2008, she opened Antoinette’s — a restaurant in Harlem that provides guests with the best seasonal produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, and fresh-caught fish.

In addition to cooking for others, Chef Toni has shared her knowledge and expertise with several NYC schools as a cooking specialist, and started her very own cooking school, Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures (CTCA). At CTCA, their primary goal is to teach children (ages 2-16) where food comes from. Students learn the fundamentals of farm-to-table cooking, healthy food choices, smart shopping skills, culinary techniques, and basic manners and etiquette. Along the way, they’ll socialize with others in the kitchen, learn about task-completion, and work toward becoming a top ‘Junior Chef.’

Today, Chef Toni is here with a sneak peek at a recipe for CTCA’s upcoming, famous Pre-Memorial Cook & Play Adventure (Saturday, May 25th). Students will prepare the mix for the berry-packed cookies below, and take it home in a jar to bake with the family!

RED, WHITE, & BLUE BERRIES COOKIES  

(Makes about 36 cookies)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup dried chopped cherries
1/4 dried chopped blueberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Scoop dough evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes.
Let cool completely, and ENJOY!

Can’t join them for Memorial Day festivities? Check out their post-Memorial Day Cook & Play Camp (May 27th), Father’s Day Cook & Play (June 16th), and fun, activity-filled summer camps!

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A Special Note from Our CEO

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Sunday I’m celebrating my most important job: being Emmy and Maddie’s mom.

Just six years ago I could not have imagined the endless joy my daughters would bring into my life — from first steps and early words, to kindergarten stories. Time is flying and I want to slow it down to treasure each and every moment.

Happy Mother’s Day from me to you.

Enjoy Sunday with your family, and if you’re in the mood to shop, here’s my gift to you: 10% off any purchase now through Mother’s Day (enter MomPick10 at checkout).

Below are some of my family’s favorites, which I hope you’ll love, too.

– Susan Kim, Plum District CEO & Mom of 2

Susan’s Mother’s Day Picks:

 

 

MomAngeles: Get in Touch with the Best LA Has to Offer

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Exclusive VIP Offer for Plum District Moms in Los Angeles:

FREE Mommy Club Card (limited quantity available) + Vote For Your Favorites in the First Annual Mommy Awards!
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MomAngeles is an online resource and community that helps LA moms get in touch with the best their city has to offer. Browse through their user-friendly directory to find favorite kids’ classes, family activities, local services, and more; it’s like Yellow Pages for moms!

In effort to bridge the gap between moms who love discounts and local businesses who need loyal customers, founders Lora Jakobsen and Laura Gerson created the Mommy Club Card. The card offers members great discounts, deals, and free products from businesses in LA and online - as well as discounted rates and special invitations to mommy events.  Partners include mom and kid-favorites like Lorna Jane, Beauty Collection, Massage Place, Clean Bee Baby, The Pump Station & Nurtury, WittleBee, Kidville, and many more. Click here for a full list of the current offers!

And, just in time for Mother’s Day, MomAngeles is hosting their First Annual Mommy Awards to recognize moms for being great. Now through May 31st, you can vote for your favorite LA moms in categories like MacGuyver Mommy, Hotty Botaty Mommy, and Dairy Queen Mommy. Support the nominees and vote today!

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‘Being a mom in Los Angeles is amazing but overwhelming,” says Founder, Laura Gerson. ‘There are so many cool neighborhoods to explore but it really helps to have a community you can count on for good tips, great ways to save, and a little love every once in a while.’ Co-Founder, Lora Jakobson, adds, ‘We created MomAngeles, the Mommy Club Card, and the Mommy Awards to help make our city a friendly, easy, and supportive place to be a mom.’

Get your FREE Mommy Club Card today (a $35 value), and it will be delivered straight to your doorstep.

Not only does the Mommy Club Card help moms and local businesses, it also supports the Phase One Foundation in their efforts to cure cancer, and Baby2Baby in their efforts to assist LA families in need.

Club MomMe: The Place for Moms & Moms-To-Be

Learn from Leading Experts; Socialize with Other Moms; Test Top Products; Enjoy Great Giveaways

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Are you a mom or mom-to-be living living in Los Angeles? If so, join Club MomMethe premier social and educational events community for moms and families (with new, growing locations in Orange County, Denver, Houston, and Chicago).

Club MomMe hosts 8-10 events per month featuring top experts in health, wellness, entrepreneurship, and more — all designed to help you transition from ‘Me’ to ‘MomMe.‘ The setting is fun and vibrant — filled with friends and other like-minded women — and Club MomMe provides food, drinks, and gift bags at every event! Gift bags are packed with their favorite, new products, allowing you to test things out before buying for your family. They also do giveaways with top brands and products like strollers, car seats, high chairs, baby and toddler gear, and more.

Sign up for Club MomMe in May (simply subscribe to their newsletter for any city), and you’ll automatically be entered to winfree Super MomMe Membership, a Joovy Room Pack n’ Play, a Lillebaby carrier, and a Monkey Mat playmat! Winners will be announced at the end of the month.

Some upcoming Los Angeles events include: club-momme-logo

  • Healthy Child, Healthy World Party (Fri, May 10th @ 10:30AM in Beverly Hills) — Learn simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.
  • Mother’s Day Pamper & Play Morning (Sat, May 11th @ 10:30AM in Santa Monica) — Blowouts, mani-pedis, fat-blasting, braids, acupuncture, mommy and me crafts, photos, and more!
  • Raising Grateful Kids in an Over-Indulgent World (Thurs, May 30th @7PM in Playa Vista) — Teach your kids about coping with feelings & how the world works with consequences; learn how to infuse value lessons.
  • Expectant MomMe Workshop (Sat, June 8th @ 3PM in Manhattan Beach) — Prenatal yoga, Hypnobirthing, doulas and birth planning, and other topics.

To view more scheduled events, click here.

May at Plum District: A Celebration of Moms, Dads, Grads & More

Personalized Gifts, Family & Kids' Activities, Travel Ideas, & Special Surprises

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Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for you in May! Check Plum District all month long for favorite brands, surprises, and inspirations…

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  • 5/7-5/10Kitsel’s personalized products and top brands for babies, kids, and moms:
    • Shop Melissa & Doug, TRUMPETTE, TOOBY*DOO, Kidorable, and other favorites
  • 5/7-5/12 Teacher Appreciation Gifts (also good for Mother’s Day):
  • 5/12 Mother’s Day:  Come see what we’ve got in store for you…
  • 5/13-5/1 Jumpstart on Father’s Day:
    • Family package at a gorgeous resort in Ojai, CA (golf and endless activities for all ages, top-notch amenities and dining, and more)
    • Personalized, dad-loved tools for grilling and outdoor meals
    • Grass-fed meats, delivered to your door
  • 5/17: Have a summer birthday in your family? We’ve got great activities, venues, custom invitations, and more.
  • 5/20 & 5/21 Memorial Day Planning: Discounts on accommodations at top destinations, travel bags, summer hats, kids’ crafts for road trips and planes, and airport transportation services.
  • 5/22 & 5/23: Summer camp specials! We’re bring back mom and kid favorites.

Also, look out for local favorites this month like Natural History Museum (LA), The Cove Waterpark (LA/OC), 74th St. MAGIC Summer Camp (NYC), and goldstar sports and family events tickets (Yankees, Cirque du Soleil, theater, sailing & more in NYC)!

Today’s Exclusive Offer: Just $9 for a Top-Quality Canvas Print

NEW, Versatile 10"x15" Size; Next-Day Shipping; Arrives Ready to Hang

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Owned and operated by a team of parents, Fabness makes it easy to turn your favorite photos into museum-quality canvas prints. Now until May 12th, you can order a gallery-wrapped canvas in their NEW 10″x15″ size for just $9 (a $72 value). This versatile size is perfect to hang anywhere in your home or office — and makes a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and other occasions (hint: get one for your grad to decorate their new dorm room).

Ordering your canvas print is an easy, online process (much more user-friendly than other sites!). Simply upload a photo, choose from over 35 art effects, and use their unique ‘room preview’ to visualize your canvas before buying. Most orders ship the next day (and are delivered within 6-10 business days), and all canvases arrive ready to hang with a hook!

If you want a larger size, you’re in luck, because they’re also offering upgrades at 80% off their normal site prices.

It’s time to finally showcase your favorite memory with a beautiful, crystal-clear canvas print. And at just $9 a pop, you really can’t go wrong. Grab our offer now until May 12th, and you’ll have 3 months to create and order your canvas. CLICK HERE to get started!

Meet Parents, Maia & Allan Haag, Founders of I See Me!

Award-winning storybooks -- starring your child -- that use imaginative characters to spell out their name

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maia-and-allan-haag Maia and Allan Haag once received a personalized storybook for their son. They fell in love with the concept, but felt the story and images could be more customized to their child. Inspired to take personalized storybooks to the next level, the parents brainstormed characters and storylines — and were on a roll.

Their goal was to produce an educational book that would teach young kids how to recognize letters and spell their own name. Maia developed a business plan and fine-tuned the stories, and Allan — with a background in graphic design — identified a top illustrator. In 2000, I See Me! was born.

In the past thirteen years, Maia and Allan have formed an entire team dedicated to producing imaginative, personalized storybooks that celebrate each child.  I See Me! now has a full line of books for every occasion — including holidays, birthdays, and more. Bestsellers include My Very Own Name, My Very Own Fairy Tale, and My Very Happy Birthday, which have become popular among celebrity parents like Jessica Alba, Brooke Shields, and Courtney Cox. All books come wrapped in a box (perfect for gift-giving!) and will be treasured by kids for years to come.

Today, we’re offering an exclusive 20% off your first order at I See Me! CLICK HERE to shop, and use coupon code PLUMDIS at checkout.

5 winners will receive a library of 10 personalized books! CLICK HERE to enter!

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Mom Entrepreneur, Kathryn Tucker, of RedRover

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As a single mom working endless hours, Kathryn Tucker feared she wasn’t doing enough for her kids — and herself.  At the root, her desires were simple: to be a better parent and to improve her social life. For her family, she wanted less — but better — information; for herself, she wanted a tighter connection with her community and friends.

With those concerns in mind, Kathryn started building a company that would help herself and parents with similar needs. After many long nights, RedRover was born.

RedRover is a website and mobile app that helps parents find the best kids’ activities in town and share them with friends. You can select activity dates, times, and specific invitees — plus, you can track the plan as it comes together. Each activity listing comes with relevant suggestions for nearby places to eat, play, and shop — all to create a memorable and rewarding day.

Join RedRover to see what’s happening in your neighborhood – and, when you sign up today, you’ll also be entered to win an iPad mini! If you share RedRover with a friend (using the ‘share’ button at sign up), you’ll be entered twice. Click here to join now, and cheers to a future of fun days with your family.

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Meet Dad Entrepreneur, Paul Lindley, of Ella’s Kitchen

Award-Winning, 100% Organic Food for Babies & Kids that's Good in Every Sense

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While camping with his kids, Paul Lindley needed delicious, nutritious, and convenient foods to satisfy his picky eater, Ella.

Driven by the desire to show Ella and her brother, Paddy — along with their generation –  that healthy food can be fun, tasty, and cool, he came up with the idea of Ella’s Kitchen. Soon after, Lindley left his deputy position at Nickelodeon to focus on his mission.

Ella’s Kitchen – which now holds several awards – takes 100% organic, simple ingredients and packages them in a way that connects with babies and kids (ages 4 months to 4 years). Everything from the bright colors, easy-to-grab pouches, and product names attract little ones and help them develop healthy eating habits from the start.

At Ella’s Kitchen, you’ll find scrumptious flavors like:

  • Pears, Pears, Pears and Apples, Apples, Apples (for early eaters)
  • Bananas, Apricots, & Baby Rice (to fill up hungry tummies)
  • Fruit Smoothies (Banana-Strawberry-Apple and others)
  • Chick-Chick Chicken Casserole with Vegetables & Rice (for more experienced palates)
  • Nibbly Fingers (wholesome snack bars)
  • And more!

There are no additives (not even water!) — just pure, organic ingredients.

And, in addition to making good food, Ella’s Kitchen does their best to be good in every sense, including supporting a healthy environment and giving back to communities.

Today, we’re offering 20% off your next Ella’s Kitchen order (and free 2-day delivery for orders over $35!). Simply sign up for PlumDistrict.com, and then head over to Ella’s Kitchen on the Diapers.com website to place your order. At checkout, enter the discount code EKDIAPERS (code expires 5/30/13), and please note that there is a limit of 1 code per household, and a max discount of $20.  Happy eating, little ones!

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Jessica Alba’s Eco-Friendly Family Brand: The Honest Company

Stylish & high-performing diapers, gentle lotions, multi-purpose cleaners, & more

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Jessica Alba may be known for her acting career, but there’s one role she enjoys above all others: Mom. honest co logo

“Being a mom is the most profound experience I’ve ever had,” she says. “It’s the most satisfying experience in the world — but it 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 a rapidly growing, one-stop-shop for eco-friendly family products, including diapers, home cleaning solutions, personal care (like soap, lotion, and sunscreen), and other everyday essentials. Not only are their non-toxic products beautifully packaged and highly effective, they’re also affordable.

We’re excited to partner with The Honest Company to offer you a special 40% OFF your first product bundle, shipped straight to your doorstep! The ordering process is easy and fast, and you can even choose your delivery date. Sign up for PlumDistrict.com, and when you’re ready to place your order with Honest, enter discount code PLUMDISTRICT40 at checkout (good until 4/30/13).

Also, when you sign up for Honest.com (no purchase necessary), you’ll be entered to win a year’s worth of Honest Company products along with a signed copy of Alba’s new book, The Honest Life (rated 5 stars on Amazon!).  Click here for more info, and enjoy providing your family with quality goods that protect their health and the planet’s.