“You CAN have it all. You just can't have it all at once.”
July 14th, 2011 | 1:29 PM
Many people dream of a “work from home job” – and not one of those seems-too-good-to-be-true scams. I know I always did.
However, that dream changes and shifts, especially when you add kids into the mix. It’s not always as wonderful or easy as it is thought to be. I always pictured working from home to be something along the lines of being able to check my emails first thing in the morning over a cup of coffee while attending important meetings from my couch throughout the day.
Oh good – you’re laughing, too!
Then, my idea of what working from home shifted again after I found Plum District – all thanks to my husband, actually! While I’m not conference-calling from the couch – I am working and maintaining a balanced life with two toddlers. I really never thought it would be possible for me to able to work for a company like this with all I have going on and still able to stay home for my kids.
I’ll be honest. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of P’s: prioritizing, pre-planning, then more planning, preparation and patience.
It is possible, though. I do a lot of my work off-peak hours – after the kids go to sleep, on weekends and during nap times. If I plan it right, I can get some things accomplished during the day, too. I sneak in emails and phone calls when I can – in between doing the household work, taking care of my kids and going out and about for errands and such.
Of course, I have those days where nothing seems to get done. That’s when I table what I can for later, or another day and focus on what needs to be taken care of. It can be frustrating, but I know it all gets done eventually.
However, my family has always been and will always be my first priority. It had to be a very special opportunity for me to decide to take time away from my kids and family and I’m proud to be with Plum District.
Plum District is truly an amazing group of people that I have the pleasure to work with and for – both here in Connecticut and all over the U.S. I love what they represent and the opportunities they provide for the businesses and companies they promote in addition to the opportunities they provide to their own employees.
So, if you’re considering a career change or are looking for some inspiration, then I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey. She once said “You CAN have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” I feel right now I certainly have the best opportunity to have a lot – if not “all.” I feel even luckier to have found an organization that not only recognizes that, but actually supports and encourages it.
July 13th, 2011 | 9:02 PM
This week at Plum District we are doing something big. We are partnering with FamilyCord to provide discount of half off cord-blood collection and storage services for expecting moms. Cord-blood collection can be pricey — usually about $2,000 ($4,000 if you have twins like I do!). As parents we want to have the best medical options for our kids, but sometimes the investment can be a barrier to getting them.
To be able to offer families this choice makes me realize how much I love my job—this week I get to offer a deal that could really make a difference in the long run!
Umbilical-cord blood offers a controversy-free source of stem cells, which scientists agree are one of the most promising medical therapies. They’re currently used to treat 80 life-threatening disorders including cancers, immune-system deficiencies, and bone-marrow deficiencies. There is also research being conducted into their use to treat cerebral palsy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and spinal-cord injury.
As parents, we hope that collecting cord blood is a precaution that we will never have to use. If that time should come, though, we want families to have the choice to prepare themselves with the best medical options.
This is an important decision so please do your research! This offer will be available for a full week. We visited the Family Cord cryobank a number of times and saw firsthand why it is respected as one of the world’s leading facilities for cord-blood stem-cell collection, processing, and storage. The only doctor-owned and -operated facility serving all 50 states and more than 30 countries worldwide, Family Cord has earned its reputation.
March 21st, 2011 | 9:33 AM
Aileen Lee, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Plum District Board Member, wrote an outstanding guest post this past weekend on TechCrunch entitled “Why Women Rule the Internet.” Aileen focuses on investing in early stage consumer Internet companies (like Plum District), and in this post she shares a wealth of insight and knowledge about rising trends on the Internet. Most importantly, she discusses why “girl power” is fueling the unprecedented growth of today’s social Web.
Read her excellent post and get to know another member of Plum District.
March 11th, 2011 | 5:21 PM
We’ve been quiet on the blog today, but we’ve been resolving the kinks from yesterday’s Plum Reward and keeping our ears open to your comments and thoughts. If you have questions about yesterday’s deal, please bring them to our attention at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to address them with you directly. Thanks again for communicating with us, and for your patience as we work to address your concerns!
March 10th, 2011 | 9:50 PM
Dear Plum District community members,
Today we ran a Plum Reward deal that gave our members the opportunity to earn a $20 Target GiftCard for referring four new users to our site. While, to this point, thousands of people have successfully earned a gift card through this reward, we’re also keenly aware that many people were frustrated, angered, and disappointed with their experience with our deal today. For that we are genuinely sorry.
We want to thank you for being part of our community, for recommending us to your friends and family, and for trusting us to offer you discounts on products and services that we think will make your lives easier and more enjoyable. We take your trust seriously and pledge to work every day to keep it.
As for our deal today, we’ve seen accusations that it was some kind of scam. It wasn’t, and thousands of people will soon be receiving their gift cards in the mail. We don’t yet know exactly how many people will get them, and that’s part of the problem. People are still using active referral links and we are still tallying deal statistics. More frustratingly, the number of visitors to our site today overwhelmed our capabilities; we underestimated the popularity of this deal. The traffic prevented our system from accurately updating people on the number of referrals they had reached. As many of you found out, our email system slowed to a crawl and set off spam alarms at several email providers, Yahoo in particular. We’re working with our email provider, SendGrid, to resolve some issues that are still outstanding, but can’t say that we’ve eliminated them all as of now. We’ll keep working.
We also can’t yet say with certainty who will and won’t earn a Plum Reward from today’s deal. We know many people, particularly on the East Coast, are waiting late into the night for information. Unfortunately, we don’t have it for you at this time. What we can say is that we hope that each person who referred friends in good faith today will earn a Plum Reward.
Again, if you felt short-changed by your experience with Plum District, we sincerely apologize. Though we may have fallen short for some of you tonight, our experience helped us put in place more robust systems that will make future deals easier and smoother for you. Thank you for your business and for all of your referrals. We will update you tomorrow with more information.
March 10th, 2011 | 4:31 PM
It still looks like some of you are experiencing problems with referral emails not being delivered to your friends. While we are continuing to work with Internet Service Providers to get these emails delivered, we have a workaround for you in the meantime.
We have discontinued sending referral emails from our mail server (which in some cases is being blocked). Instead, we have enabled a way for you to put your unique referral links directly into your own emails, which should not be blocked.
Here’s what to do:
1. Return to the Target deal page:
2. Click “Get It” and re-confirm your mailing address in Step 1.
3. This time on Step 2, your unique referral link appears in the box labeled “For Copying and Pasting.” Copy your unique referral URL (and the explanatory text, if you want).
4. Create an email in your personal email service/program and paste the URL (and the other text if you copied that too). Now you can invite your friends directly through your unique link without having to rely on our mail servers to get stuff delivered.
March 10th, 2011 | 9:54 AM
Due to the overwhelming response to our Target Plum Reward, we are experience some intermittent site issues as we bring new servers online to handle the volume. Please bear with us, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may be causing you. We’ll be sailing smoothly again in a few minutes.
March 8th, 2011 | 11:10 AM
It’s true — I’m a heavy Plum District shopper. I buy at least one deal every week. I can’t help myself. In fact, it’s one of the best parts of my job. What’s not to love about getting a great deal, learning about a new vendor or service in your local area and learning more about the Plum District business. This is truly combining work and personal!
Recently, I purchased three training sessions from Gardie Jackson Fitness. Unfortunately, the large quantities of yummy marshmellow, cornflake holiday cookies have permanently settled on my thighs and it was time to bring in a professional. Gardie was amazing–showed up at my door early on a Friday morning. He was full of what seemed like boundless energy. I, on the other hand, was happy that I was able to get out of bed, didn’t call and cancel the night before as I was tempted to do, and remembered to brush my teeth.
Over the next hour, he encouraged and pushed me through a number of exercises in the middle of my living room. At the end of the session, I felt better about my thighs and thrilled that I was up and ready to take on the day! In between my squats and rows, I learned that Gardie has had a great experience with the clients that he met through his Plum District offering and he wants to run another deal with us. I like to do mystery shopping when I buy the deals and not tell vendors that I work for the company. I am always pleased that they have such great feedback and they get a kick out of later learning that I’m the CEO.
I had a similar experience with Natasha Thomas of Urban Darling. We recently moved to a lovely, but very small house with even smaller closets. In the last year, I’ve gone from wearing suits every day to trying my best to look fashionable and casual. Natasha provides wardrobe consultations and was a woman on a mission in my minuscule closet. She had me try on everything, gently forced me to part with some items that had never seen the light of day and came up with 30+ new outfits. After a few hours with Natasha, I had a short list of some basics that I needed to buy and wonderful new combinations from closet. Now that is saving money! I wore one of my new combos today and felt great!
Thanks Natasha and Gardie — very much looking forward to our next session and thanks for the great feedback!
February 28th, 2011 | 5:14 PM
That mom-to-be Natalie Portman wore plum to the Oscars last night. Could it have been a coincidence that she chose to swathe herself in the new official color of savvy moms everywhere (and looked damn good doing it) on the night she took home the statue for Best Actress? Sure, anything’s possible. But we’d like to think that she did so because she knows where it’s all happening.
Congrats from all of us, Natalie, on your win, and best wishes for a happy, healthy motherhood! If you want an in on the stuff that’ll make your life as a mom a little easier and more enjoyable, come on by the website. We’ll hook you up.
February 25th, 2011 | 12:20 PM
Hi everyone! We’re really psyched that so many people across the country are excited by today’s Plum Reward for a CPK Gift Card, but we’ve noticed that a few people are trying to grab more than their share. This opportunity is limited to one per person and one per household. We want everyone to earn a gift card, but please respect our community and follow the rules of the deal. Even if you figure out how to game our site to snag more than one card for this Plum Reward, we have multiple mechanisms in place to eliminate duplicate recipients before we fulfill our deals, and you will only receive one in the mail.
We’ve had some questions from users regarding referrals for this Plum Reward. Plum Reward referrals are separate from other Plum District referral bonuses (like Plum Dollars). To refer friends for this Reward, you must use the email form or links that you’re presented after you click “Get It” on the deal page. Don’t use the “Refer a Friend and Get $10″ link in the top page navigation to refer friends to get your gift card –those count as separate referrals.
Thanks to everybody who’s been spreading the word about this great Plum Reward. If you’re new to our site, welcome. If you’ve already earned your gift card, way to go! If not … good luck. We’re rooting for you!