An inside look at some of World Vision's work
August 10th, 2011 | 3:40 PM
I was the wise age of 16 when I decided to bring World Vision’s “30-Hour Famine” to Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. I asked a fabulous counselor at the YMCA to be my “adult sponsor” and organized about 50 kids to sleepover at the YMCA for 1 night and – you guessed it – not eat for a full 30 hours in order to raise money and shed some light on what it feels like to go hungry. I then wrote an essay and eventually won a contest sponsored by World Vision where they brought three teenagers to Mozambique, Africa for 10 days to see the type of work our efforts helped and to get a glimpse of what life was like outside of the “white house with a picket fence, dog and 2.5 kids” with which we were raised.
The experience was life-changing to say the very least. I arrived as a smug 16-year-old who thought “roughing it” entailed eating McDonald’s while camping. I left a young woman with a bigger heart and a better understanding of the word “empathy” than I could ever hope to comprehend. World Vision took us to various hospitals, schools, farms and living communities to give us a glimpse of daily life for the people they were helping. We saw a food distribution take place that will forever be seared in my memory…families lining up for a liter of oil, a gallon of rice and two cups of beans. This food was to sustain them for an entire month, though the lesson that World Vision taught me at such a young age was not how to feed people, but how to teach people to feed themselves. For a country that was ravaged in a 16-year civil war that left their lands and their people profusely maimed, World Vision provided farming equipment and training on how to get back on their feet and start holding their heads high once again.
I could go on and on about the amazing changes World Vision has made over the last 60+ years since it was founded by a doctor who was heartbroken over one particular orphan he encountered in China. His message and determination brings us here today…it’s far too overwhelming to consider helping the entire world with one donation…but just think about the one child…the one family…the one meal you can provide to someone in need. I love that Plum District has made such a grand commitment to helping us help others. I hope you will do the same.
See what World Vision is doing now: http://www.worldvision.org/
Want to give the gift education to a child in need? Plum District will match your donation here.
Exercise doesn't always have to be easier said than done
August 10th, 2011 | 3:39 PM
I’m a mom of four young kids, so there are very few minutes to myself in the day. Yet I’m told I’m supposed to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Great! I’d love to! But first I have to wipe my two-year-old’s bottom, wash hands, cut up apples, yell at the kids to pick up laundry, grab water bottles, “Did you grab your bathing suits?!”, put on my on own clothes (always important and usually the last to get done), brush my teeth, “Did you brush your teeth?!”, grab my purse, check to see if I have money, go to the bathroom, clean up the sink, shoes, “Put on your shoes!!”, sunscreen–we’ll put it on there, get in the car, forgot my keys, forgot my phone, forgot to feed the dogs, lock the door, let’s go!
OK, so now I have four somewhat-dressed kids, we’re in the car, it’s already hot by the time we get out of the house, and we’re going to exercise. But did I mention I have four kids? So, we go to the park.
I should mention I was an athlete in a highly-ranked Division I volleyball program (Go Irish!). But I’m old now, a little saggier. A little rounder. I know what it means to be in really good shape. One year after college, I started having heart problems. My heart would start racing while just lying in bed. I would lose my breath doing the simplest things. My heart was racing all the time. I could feel my heart skip a beat every once-in-a-while so I knew there was a problem. I went to the heart hospital. They were convinced something was wrong because of my horrific descriptions. They put me through all sorts of tests. Took a couples stress tests, told them every bit of my history and my family’s history. I think the final quote was, “Uh, you are just really out of shape. You need to, I don’t know, exercise a little.” Huh?! (I really wanted to say something else but I was too embarrassed already — I didn’t need to make the situation worse).
So, here I am 10 years later with that still stinging in my ears, but now I’m even more removed and my body is more….different. We go to the park. This is what I do: I play with my kids. Way easier said than done, let me tell you. I’m sure you’re thinking “Duh, I play with my kids all the time.” OK. But do you really play with them and try to keep up with them? Honestly, I have given up even trying to keep up with them. I just try to stay active and chase them half the distance, do my little shake move to coax them back to me, and then run the other way, both out of fear and blind hope that they’ll still turn around and follow me. I play Boogie Man from under the slide. I push them on the swings. More than push them – I push them hard, do under-dogs, and chase them back and forth. Bottom line, I’m exhausted by the end and totally drenched. I certainly don’t look as good as the moms who sit on the side and talk on their cell phones, but I took maybe my only opportunity all day to get some exercise and also bond with my kids.
Like I said, easier said than done. I had a mom once tell me how great it is that I get out there with my kids and really dig in the dirt with them and act like a kid. I wanted to say, “Lady, don’t you think I’d much rather sit back in silence and read that trashy magazine you have so I can escape this crazy life for a while! I don’t do this because I like it! I do this because I already spend 23.5 hours a day devoted to other people–I might as well do something for myself!”
I, of course, did not say that. I laughed, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,’ smiled, turned around and rolled my eyes. Off to throw my kid in the air for my arm lifts for the day.
Lindsay Rosenthal is the owner of 1379 Sports, a family sports shop. Check out her site here.
Austin moms, get $20 for $40 worth of back-to-school gear at 1379 Sports with Plum District’s deal here!
August 5th, 2011 | 10:25 AM
We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, August 7, Plum District will be launching a dollar-for-dollar matching fundraiser with World Vision to build a school for children in need. As a site dedicated to serving moms and families, this cause is especially important to us. We believe that all children deserve educational opportunities.
In honor of Plum District’s “Back to School Week,” subscribers will have the opportunity to donate $5 or more toward the goal of $22,000, and we will match every dollar pledged until we reach our goal! This is our first major give-back partnership, and we are so excited to be working with an incredible organization like World Vision!
World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The millions of people World Vision serves include earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and children and families in communities devastated by AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. World Vision’s work has earned the trust of more than 1 million donors, thousands of churches, and hundreds of corporations in the United States alone.
Be sure to look for an email from Plum District on Sunday, August 7, announcing the launch of our fundraising campaign!
Check out what World Vision is doing globally.
The Secret Style Suite comes to BlogHer!
August 4th, 2011 | 9:44 AM
The Mom’s Fashion File team (Nicole of Momtrends, Andrea of Savvy Sassy Moms, Alison of Sassy Moms in the City and Brooke Stewart of Power Moms Media) are taking San Diego by storm. The team is bringing their fashion talents to BlogHer, where 12 lucky bloggers have been hand-picked for a very special opportunity to receive a MFF style session in the Secret Style Suite.
During this exclusive style session, the winning bloggers will receive:
Hair styling by top San Diego hair salon, Detour Salon, courtesy of BlogHer’s Title Sponsor, Plum District
Make-Up by celebrity make-up artist, Tia Dantzler, courtesy of JOHNSON’S® Brand
Manicures by Scotch Naturals
Fashion Apparel and Accessories by LOFT and Kiyonna
Shoes by Dr Scholl’s Shoes and Payless
Handbags by Namaste Bags
Gift Bags courtesy of Lands’ End
The MFF Secret Style Suite is being touted as the hottest ticket in town. That evening, over one-hundred of the top bloggers in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle, & travel will join the MFF team to celebrate style, in style, with a reveal of our winning bloggers’ new looks with a Style Showcase.
“Teaming up with Mom’s Fashion File for the Secret Style Suite event was a no-brainer for us. With our new site re-launch we are more about style and fashion for moms now than ever before. We are so happy to have one of our favorite salons, Detour Salon right here in San Diego, join us tonight to help the MFF team style our special guests”, says Melissa Shymko of Plum District.
Ciao Bella Gelato brings their talent of gelato and sorbet creation to cocktails with mouth-watering options such as the Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini, Prickly Pear Sorbet Bellinis and Sangria. “Ciao Bella brings style to everything they do, so we are thrilled to have them in our Secret Style Suite mixing up stylish cocktails that are delicious too”, says Andrea Fellman of Mom’s Fashion File and Savvy Sassy Moms.
Tia Dantzler, celebrity make-up artist to Jennifer Hudson, is excited to join the MFF team: “I am thrilled to take part in such an exciting event on behalf of JOHNSON’S® Brand. I’m so passionate about helping others look and feel great, so this is a wonderful opportunity.” Tia will be on-hand to give JOHNSON’S® Brand beauty tips to the guests throughout the night.
“Incorporating a charity component to the Secret Style Suite was very important to us”, says Nicole Feliciano of Mom’s Fashion File and Momtrends. “When Trop50 approached us with their charity partner, Dress for Success, I knew this was the perfect fit for our event.” The Moms Fashion File team is asking each guest to bring a new or gently used handbag to the event to benefit Trop50’s charity partner, Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Guests can feel good about supporting other women.
About Mom’s Fashion File
Mom’s Fashion File (MFF) is the premiere source of fashion news and trend advice for modern moms. It is a resource for moms when it comes to the how, where and what to buy. Mom’s Fashion File hosts monthly Twitter parties as well as off-line events that partner great brands with true leaders and influencers in the blogging world.
A Special Guest Post from Sassy Moms in the City!
July 28th, 2011 | 2:55 PM
Sassy Moms in the City gives the scoop on Chicago local happenings, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Be sure to check out the blog here!
The Moms Fashion File team is partnering with Plum District to host our Swanky Style Suite at BlogHer in San Diego. A daily deal site geared towards smart, savvy moms, Plum District’s mission is to make moms lives easier.
Members gain access to daily deals locally and nationally on everything from beauty, fashion, restaurants, event tickets, kid’s activities, home and spa treatments to family outings. What makes Plum District so unique is they are focused solely on moms and the deals are sourced by local moms from partners they respect and trust.
I was given a special assignment to experience a service from a Plum District partner – Lisa Mattoni Miller, a local Nail Stylist. Lisa provides in home nail services, spa parties, bachelorette parties and corporate events. Imagine our surprise when we realized this was not our first encounter. Learn more about Lisa by watching a preview of our nail service!
Sassy lil sister wants in on the action!
To book an in home nail service, spa party or corporate event with Lisa Mattoni-Miller visit www.lisamattonimiller.com.
The Plum District adventures of Savvy Sassy Moms' Andrea Fellman
July 27th, 2011 | 11:38 AM
Andrea Fellman is an LA-based mom who is the blogger behind Sassy Savvy Moms. Be sure to check out Savvy Sassy Moms here for more savvy style tips and fun family ideas!
I went on a Savvy Sassy mission with my kids over the weekend to the Little Rockstars Salon, where my kids got the VIP treatment!
It’s places like this fun salon that Plum District offers exclusive daily deals for savvy Moms! Plum District is a great resource for moms that want to take advantage of all the fun things to do and see in their cities but for a fraction of the cost. It not only has super kid-friendly deals but ones just for Moms too, because they know we need our ME time!
You can buy deals on everything from jewelry, yoga classes, to wine bars, and special events. It makes it really easy to plan where to go for a Mom’s night out or what to do on a Saturday with the family! It’s a great tool that helps me with the never ending question “What should we do or where should we go?”
SIGN UP: Start getting Plum District deals near you!
LA MOMS: By clicking my Savvy Sassy Moms’ special link http://bit.ly/savvysassy you’ll be entered to win a FREE HAIRCUT or KIDS MANICURE from Little Rockstar Salon!
*You’ll also want to sign up so you get invitations to Plum District’s Los Angeles Mom Meet Ups, the next one will be a Red Carpet Event in the Valley at Sweetharts for FREE frozen yogurt, Balloon Animals, games and more!
Plum District is Excited to Announce Soleil Moon Frye is Officially Part of the Family
July 20th, 2011 | 10:43 PM
I am so thrilled to join the board of advisors at Plum District! As the mother of two kids, I totally get how hard it is to balance “Me” time and “Mom” time. When I discovered the site I was instantly in love. After speaking to their CEO, Megan Gardner, I knew I had a new friend for life — and everyone on the Plum District team has been so welcoming.
As I look into the future, and working with the company, I foresee lots of magical moments ahead of us. Megan told me how excited everyone was to have me aboard, and what a perfect fit she thought I would be for Plum District.
Enthusiastic, spunky and positive, Punky Brewster was the quintessential eighties kid. Today the always lovable girl who played the classic character on TV is all grown up, a married mom of two, an author, a designer, a mompreneur and a social media maven with over 1.4 million followers on twitter, and 100,000 Facebook fans.
Adding author to her repertoire, Soleil will release her much anticipated first book Happy Chaos, which chronicles her ‘perfectly imperfect’ adventures in parenting on August 23. It portrays a humorous and helpful look at her freewheeling journey through parenthood; from her own childhood adventures to becoming a mother herself and a major voice in the mom space. She is also Target’s Mommy Ambassador. Soleil loves connecting with moms and has been a huge supporter of Plum District since its inception, and offers the team a wealth of expertise in social media and all things mommy.
Being a busy mom has its perks.
July 19th, 2011 | 11:29 AM
Being a busy mom has its perks. There’s never a dull moment. I get to carry around adorable organizational accessories. I can tell my husband to order dinner in because I’m too tired to cook. And I can pull the “me time” card when things get too hectic.
When it’s time to spend time on me, I tend to do something like get a pedicure or go shopping. But one of my favorite “me time” activities is sending everyone out of the house so I can stay in. Being alone in a quiet house is my favorite way to wind down. I can eat ice cream in bed and watch sappy movies. I can walk around in my underpants or stay in my jammies all day (I tend to do this anyway…ha!). I can just be me without worrying for a moment.
And in this moment, I’m only thinking about me. It’s ok – we can do that sometimes. So let me share with you one of my new found favorite deal sites and maybe you’ll think about you too.
We’ve all seen group shopping and discount sites, but we’ve not seen one like Plum District. The ladies at Plum District have taken the time to sort out the joys of “mom time” and “me time” and have created deals specifically tailored to my needs. I’m having a hard time deciding what items I want to spend my account dollars on! How about you? Don’t you deserve some “me time” too?
Kelly Loubet is a Mom, Writer, Speaker, Doodler of notes, Part-time jet-setter, Full-time optimist and Director of Social Community Marketing at Social2B. Find her blogging at EverydayChildhood and on Twitter @childhood.
Who doesn’t need a change of scenery sometimes, especially in the home?
July 19th, 2011 | 11:09 AM
room for under $100.
The truth is, who doesn’t need a change of scenery sometimes, especially in the home? But then, we look at our bank accounts and realize that our dreams of the perfectly revamped room might be more of a financial nightmare. What I say to this, my friends, is THINK AGAIN … avoid the pitfall of believing a big transformation must come with a huge price tag.
into your DREAM room!!!
Check out this before and After!
STEP TWO: Put Some “Pretty” On It!
In this picture Chalk Board paint was used for the accent wall.
Here is a Before and After paint job…I’m just saying
STEP THREE: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple)
Check out how these pillows give a neutral space some POP!
Here is an example of bed sheets as curtains
I love how they used a simple kaki fabric for these curtains
In the end, it’s all about making your house feel more like a home. Keeping it simple and finding creative ways to use what you already have. Then go out and spend a little money on those things you absolutely LOVE and, of course, need ;)
You’ll be surprised that a little bit of elbow grease and creativity can go a long, long way.
Today, after months of work, we are delighted to unveil the new Plum District. We’ve rethought everything on the site — from our logo and our color palate, to the content we’ll publish everyday.
July 15th, 2011 | 1:18 AM
Today, after months of work, we are delighted to unveil the new Plum District. To meet the needs of the modern mom, we’ve rethought everything on the site — from our logo and our color palate, to the content we’ll publish everyday. We’re thrilled to share it with you. We partnered with marketing strategy firm thinkbrandnew and Sequitur Creative to conceptualize this project and bring our new site to life, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.
Of all people, moms have limited time, so we’ve worked hard to develop a site and emails that will provide a daily burst of ideas and inspiration to help moms take care of their families and her. It’s our sincerest hope that the new Plum District will find a place in the hearts and minds of busy moms everywhere!
We look forward to your thoughts, comments, and insights. We’ll be listening closely, and we will continue to update the site with useful features and informative content — all geared toward helping today’s mom meet the needs of her busy family, and take some well deserved “me time”!
All of us in the Plum District home office and in your local community will be working hard everyday, to make your day, and we hope you like the new site as much as we do!
Megan Gardner, CEO