Our Denver team was touched by the sea of pink and white at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
October 2nd, 2011 | 9:43 PM
Besides changing leaves and cooler temps, one of the tell-tale signs of October is PINK. I walked into my local Safeway yesterday and noticed all the cash registers had special pink notices, bracelets for sale, and pink re-usable grocery bags. Safeway is a major sponsor for Susan G Komen’s Denver Affiliate. You turn on football and on a given Sunday in October, the players are decked out in Pink gloves, pink socks … looks cute.
Everybody knows what the pink means – breast cancer awareness. And a lot of people have a relative, a friend, or just an acquaintance that has been afflicted with the illness. I have to admit, I am one of the lucky ones. There is no history of breast cancer in my family and only this year did I have my first close encounter with the disease when my 43-year-old sister-in-law caught a lump super early. She had stage 1 cancer but was able to successfully treat it with radiation. Thank goodness, as she is the mother of 8 year old twins.
None of this common experience we all share prepared me for what I saw today. Plum District had a booth at Denver’s Race for the Cure. I knew they were expecting 50,000 participants as one of the most active races across the country. But it wasn’t until the women started walking up to our booth at 6:30 am that I realized what a horrible disease breast cancer is and how it inspires so many people. It was a sea of women in white and pink shirts – white if you were walking for a family member that lost their battle and pink if you were a survivor. I am not sure which one moved me more? It may have been the 75-year-old plus woman in her pink shirt with her daughter who wore a white shirt. The daughters’ white shirt listed a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, and a cousin, all of whom had died of breast cancer. And here she was with her mother; an eight-year breast cancer survivor, out here today for her eighth walk. What inspiration and hope.
I feel so proud that Plum District is participating in the fight by donating a percent of our profits from this week’s deals in Denver. It may not be much compared to the thousands raised today in Denver, but every bit helps. While strides have been made in breast cancer research I saw WAY too many white shirts today. I hope one day to attend the race and see nothing but pink shirts.
Learn more about Plum District Denver and browse deals. We are giving 20% of proceeds this week to Susan G Komen.
Lindsay Espinoza of LULU DESIGNS shares her picks for adding inspiration to any space
September 28th, 2011 | 10:53 AM
Do you look around the room and feel like something is missing? If this is you, shake it up a bit with these great finds. Each represents an inexpensive way to add instant character by adding either color, texture or a unique element to any space. Plus, all are on sale, but you’d never know it once sitting in your home!
One Kings Lane 14 x 20 Tray $82 Modern lacquered tray with mother of pearl? Who’d have thought mother of pearl could be cool!!
Ballard Designs $59 These horn boxes will be great on any surface, stacked on books or all alone.
One Kings Lane Cobalt Blue Garden Stool $99 Navy is so regal. Add this to your garden or Living Room and you’ll be sitting pretty.
Serena & Lily $25.60 These colorful boxes add a bohemian edge and funky vibe to any space (also available in Azure or Mint). S/3 Small 7″ SQ x 5.5″ H, Medium 9″ SQ x 7″ H, Large 11″ SQ x 8.5″H.
Vivaterra $79 EACH These concrete-like succulent containers add just enough life with the bold colors that bloom. They are portable too so move them from room to room! 4″W x 4″D x 4″H
Cost Plus World Market $69.99 This metal pedestal table is unique and versatile, suitable for lamps or books or as a serving station for cocktails.
Visit LULU DESIGNS to see more of Lindsay’s inspirations!
Next week we're featuring Customer Favorites
September 23rd, 2011 | 4:55 PM
We have exciting news that next Monday through Friday, we will be featuring some of our customer’s favorite Everywhere deals! Mondays are often the least favorite day of the week but this Monday, will be quite the exception. We’re bringing back the top deals moms loved like creative playhouses for children, discounted magazine subscriptions, and more … Check out the deals below to see what’s coming next week!
Display your most cherished photos in a unique way with this deal from ImageOnMetal. Save $50!
Get the chance to keep old family video footage forever by converting old VHS tapes to DVD from PhotoBin for $60 off.
Let your child’s creativity flow with a brand new crafty kids playhouse from Creative Playhouses for $20 Off!
Worry not about coming up with recipes for 6 whole months with $19 off meal planning from The Six O’Clock Scramble.
Get caught up on reading with $10 off your favorite magazine subscription from DiscountMags.com.
September 21st, 2011 | 4:29 PM
At Plum we’re all about finding the best deals for you, your family, and, of course, your girlfriends. Right now, for a limited time, we’re making it easy for you give those friends a great little gift when you share Plum District with them. Refer your besties and they’ll receive $10 Plum Dollars just for signing up — twice our usual referral gift! That’s 10 free bucks to spend toward one of our fabulous spa, beauty, restaurant, fitness, and family Plum Deals! And as always, you’ll get $5 Plum Dollars after your friend makes her first Plum Deal purchase.
Here’s how to get gifting:
Step 1: Log into plumdistrict.com. At the bottom of any page, go to “Refer a Friend.”
Step 2: Invite Your Friends!
Enter your friends’ email addresses and include the attached message.
You can also share referral gifts on Facebook and Twitter, or copy and paste your unique referral link.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Once the friends you’ve referred have signed up for a new Plum District account through your unique link, they will instantly get their Plum Dollars in their account. You will enjoy $5 Plum Dollars when each new friend has made her first Plum Deal purchase. It’s a win-win! You can check your Plum Dollar balance at any time in the My Account section.
What's more fabulous than getting free stuff?!
September 9th, 2011 | 4:38 PM
We have decided to celebrate Fall into Fabulous week with some seriously amazing prizes. What’s more fabulous than getting free stuff?! Each day from Monday through Sunday (9/12/11 – 9/18/11) we are giving a virtual gift basket of deals to one lucky purchaser.* How are you eligible for this gift? Just purchase a deal on our site and you have a chance at being selected for this insane gift! Virtual gift baskets are worth $230 and include the following vouchers: $50 for Ice, $70 for Cilea, $40 for JustFabulous, $20 for Beyond the Rack, and a bonus 50 Plum Dollars to purchase any deal of your choosing! So just sit back, shop, and let us do the rest.
*Recipient of gift will be notified the following day by email.
Monday 9/12/11 7p PDT we are hosting a fabulous Twitter Party just for you
September 8th, 2011 | 4:49 PM
Join us Monday 9/12/2011 7-8p PDT for a Twitter party chalked full of exciting tips and questions on fall beauty, fashion, and accessories. Hear from ice.com about the hottest colors and accessories this season, fashionista and blogger Andrea Fellman aka Savvy Sassy Mom about fashion trends, and beauty blogger Shannon Nelson from A Girl’s Gotta Spa about all-weather skincare. This party is sure to be fun, fabulous, and we are giving away great prizes!
To join the party you can go to TweetGrid and enter the party hashtag Fall2Fab. You’ve been busy taking care of everyone else, now it is time to enjoy a little “me time!”
To RSVP for this party visit our Facebook invite!
You conquered the back-to-school rush, so we're helping you give yourself a fabulous fall
September 8th, 2011 | 2:43 PM
With summer ending, most moms’ attentions are focused (where else?) on their kids. Sometimes I think my life as a startup CEO is busy, but at this time of year, mom’s job as “Chief Everything Officer” really hits a new level of hectic. The rush of finishing up summer activities and winding down vacations led right into preparing for back-to-school: shopping … clothes … school supplies … haircuts … doctors’ appointments … and more. Now, school is finally here. Before you get caught up in the routines of carpool and after-school activities and sports and playdates, we’d like to help you think about someone you’ve probably been ignoring — yourself!
Plum District is really excited to celebrate the coming of autumn with a whole week of deals, from Sept. 12 – 18, focused on pampering yourself and making your day a little easier. During Fall Into Fabulous week, you’ll find great deals on ways to treat yourself, including spas, salons, yoga classes, and clothing boutiques, to name a few. Nationally, we’ll be offering discounts on Ice, Cilea, JustFabulous shoes, Beyond the Rack, WorldwideFlowers.com, and more.
You deserve to make fall a fabulous time. You’ve planned and prepared for everyone else, Chief Everything Officer. It’s time to take a moment for yourself!
LA's Lora shines on television and showcases some of her favorite deals
August 31st, 2011 | 6:32 PM
On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Good Day LA, one of the highest-rated morning shows in Los Angeles, featured Plum District’s best deals. A bare-footed reporter Bob DeCastro played in the newly renovated sandbox at Gladstones, a landmark beachfront restaurant, while kids tumbled with LA Gymnastics and painted with Santa Monica’s Art Lab in the background.
This was my first time on television and I was really excited to share tips on how save money through Plum District on kids’ classes, cupcakes, exercise, and pampering. As a mom there is something so gratifying about introducing other moms to businesses I love.
I sometimes call our LA team the “army of moms,” because we are out there scouring all of the hidden corners of Los Angeles from the South Bay to North Hills, and from the beach cities past downtown. If it is a great place for kids or something a mom wants; we know about it, we have a deal for it, and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Check out Lora on Good Day LA!
(Thanks to Lily Chan Photography for the photo of Coach Derek and kids!)
We’re donating 10% of every purchase to one of our favorite local nonprofits, Schoolhouse Supplies
August 26th, 2011 | 11:32 AM
We have always loved the start of the school year. All that excitement, potential, and creativity, those new ideas, revived friendships, inspiring teachers, and much much more. It’s also a time to reflect, and, if possible, give something back to underserved communities and struggling families.
Plum District Portland wants to do our part. We’re donating 10% of every purchase during Back to School Week (August 29 – September 4, 2011) to one of our favorite local nonprofits, Schoolhouse Supplies. This dedicated, amazing organization ensures that Portland-area students and schools receive essential supplies like pencils, paper, backpacks, glue sticks, scissors, markers, crayons, and more – the tools kids need to excel in the classroom.
Helping Portland school children is an investment in our collective futures, and we here at Plum District see this as part of our mission. Join us and enjoy a fabulous deal while knowing you also did a fabulous deed!
The Back to School week offers are to some of our favorite local businesses: Pump it Up, the Portland Timbers, Mamas & Papas, Opaline Spa, and Westside Gymnastics.
Help us support our local schools and schoolchildren.
Healthy Eyes Mean a Healthy Body
August 22nd, 2011 | 4:43 PM
In today’s day and age, essential educational tools such as new textbooks are expensive luxuries for educators. It’s easy to forget that when we parents were in school these items were something that we took for granted. School textbook prices have risen alarmingly in recent years; depending on the subject, a single elementary school textbook can range in price anywhere from $30 to $100.
Want another alarming statistic? Childhood obesity rates are on the rise in the US. Today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. The sad truth is that obesity affects a child’s overall health. In fact, if this trend continues, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives which can lead to vision loss.
So what’s the connection?
In response to these both of these national epidemics, the Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has teamed up with the Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. One of the objectives of the campaign is to ensure that every family has access to affordable health education. The Museum of Vision supports and encourages teaching children about living a healthy lifestyle. To that end, the national non-profit program has composed a curriculum guide for both parents and teachers to use in order to teach children the connection between healthy eyes and a healthy body.
The Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body curriculum is designed for multiple uses, including classrooms and home schools. While the concepts in this curriculum can be appreciated by children of all ages, it is targeted to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The first chapter of this curriculum, an introduction to the eye and the human visual system, will teach children about the parts of the eye and how they function together to allow it to see. The following two chapters focus on eating right and exercise. In these chapters, students will learn about the important vitamins and minerals in eye-healthy foods like strawberries, sunflower seeds, and of course, carrots! Each chapter contains fun demonstrations and activities designed to help students understand these concepts with hands-on learning. The curriculum guide, Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body, is FREE and can be downloaded here.
For more than 30 years, the Museum of Vision has provided educational materials for physicians, teachers, and parents interested in teaching children about eye health and the science of vision. It is their hope to get their curriculum guides in the hands of educators across the country. Please join us in being part of the solution by providing your child’s school with this free curriculum.