August 11th, 2013 | 2:06 PM
August 10th, 2013 | 10:55 AM
Back to School is in full swing at Plum District. We’re featuring great deals on school essentials throughout the entire month of August – from backpacks and water bottles to learning activities and kids’ clothing. Print out your checklist and visit Plum District all month long to complete your shopping! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:
- Mini Boden, Ralph Lauren & More and 100% Organic Kids’ Clothing: Shop upscale resale for boys and girls including all of your favorite brands, as well as much-loved organic apparel from Kate Quinn
- Personalized Water Bottles for just $10: Easy-to-identify bottles for school and sports practice!
- Healthy Snacks Delivered for only $9: Discover up-and-coming, organic brands as well as established favorites for lunch bags and after-school snacks
- Thoughtfully-Crafted Academic Wall Calendar to mark goals and track upcoming deadlines
- 77% Off Mom’s Choice Award Winner: Premium Online Reading Program: State-of-the-art, online program provides fun, captivating instruction for kids ages 4-8 years old in English
- Over 60% Off Premium Canvas Prints: Free retouching and enlargement for your favorite school or family pictures (live on Tuesday)
Be on the lookout for these other Plum favorites, coming to you soon:
- Premium Name Labels for Back-to-School Gear + $5 Bonus & Free Shipping from Kidecals
- 100% Organic Fruit & Veggie Snacks from The Naked Edge
- TODAY Show Feature: Customizable Kids’ Leggings from Polkadot WHAT
- Parenting Magazine Feature: Eco-Friendly, Reusable Water Bottles from Vapur
- Peel-and-Stick Blackboard + Free Shipping from Swaag
August 7th, 2013 | 7:33 PM
See how Mommy Blogger, Jennifer Worden, of jennsblahblahblog.com uses our back-to-school offer from Wildkin. Plus, receive a special 20% discount for any Plum District purchase by entering code “JENN20″ at checkout!
It’s been a memorable and fun summer here at Plum District. We turned 3, gave away incredible prizes to over 130 families, and offered great kids’ camps around the country. Now it’s time to go back to school!
Throughout the entire month of August, we’ll be offering great deals on back-to-school essentials like Wildkin’s backpacks, lunch boxes, and nap mats; Mini Boden, GAP, CrewCuts, and other top clothing brands; custom name labels for school gear; award-winning learning tools; and so much more.
This month, we’ll also be featuring three popular mommy bloggers who will share how they’re using Plum District’s back-to-school offers for their families.
Our first blogger is Jennifer Worden from jennsblahblahblog.com - a full-time mom of four from New Mexico. Jenn not only shares her product reviews and giveaways, but also tips on marriage and parenting, family fun, recipes, crafts/DIY and money saving techniques. Check out this video to meet Jenn and learn about how she used our great back-to-school offer from Wildkin. Don’t forget to enjoy a 20% discount on any single Plum District offer now through through the end of August with code “JENN20″.
Have fun watching, and visit Plum District all month long for great savings on all your back-to-school needs! Click here to browse today’s mom- and kid-loved back-to-school offers.
August 3rd, 2013 | 11:49 AM
Our first ever Month of Prizes was a HUGE success! We are thrilled that we could make summer even more memorable for our lucky winners. Throughout the entire month of July, we awarded a whopping $13,595 in prizes to 130 families! Plum would also like to give a special ’thank you’ to the 35 amazing, mom-loved brands that contributed merchandise. Thank you, again, to all who participated. Keep an eye on your Plum email for our next giveaway! Below are the winners and some responses – our favorite part of the entire giveaway:
James Barton – mountain buggy® cosmopolitan stroller AND $500 to Ella’s Kitchen
Tiffany Frye – mountain buggy® cosmopolitan stroller AND Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Samantha Brown – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Little Tikes Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bouncer
“I can not say thank you enough for this…it has been a very tough year for me and my family and now I can see a smile come to my 3 year old’s face…you have made this mother extremely happy and in tears…BUT good tears. Thank you again for everything.”
Robein Halima – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Alina Prodan – mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND $200 to Kirkland’s
Jennifer Urquhart - mountain buggy® urban jungle stroller AND Joovy Balance Bike & Helmet
“I really would like to donate my prize to a family in need. Can I have it shipped to [a] family instead of to myself? Her son could use this and would be thrilled to receive it!”
Shannon Pickin - phil&teds™ poppy high chair AND Brooke Burke Fitness DVD
Shirisha Prodduturi - phil&teds™ poppy high chair AND Joovy Balance Bike & Helmet
Lucerito Villa – LeSportsac Diaper Bag
Brenda Wood – $100 to Posh Mommy
Kathy Carr – Fitbit
Michelle Starr – Fitbit
Christopher Pickin – Fitbit
Jessica Jawny – Fitbit
Daina Roberts – Halsea Tote Bag
Jennifer Davis – Cases of Homemade harvey
Cheyenne Basile-Keef – $50 to KIWI Shop
Gina Ferrell - $50 to KIWI Shop
Kim Kihega - $50 to KIWI Shop
Sydney Chu - $50 to KIWI Shop
Nicole Hunsaker - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
Maria Skoytellis - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
Jennifer Arbuthnot - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
Julie Foresta - 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
Lataevea Burke – 1-Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
Linda Peavy – Pacifier
Kay Huether – Pacifier
Brooklyn Dutson – 1-Year Subscription to KIWI Magazine
Kristyn Oquendo – $500 to Mini Boden
Melissa Kuczera – 1-Year Supply of Naturebox
Laura Knight – $200 to Blurb
Holly Blackwell – $120 to Simple Sugar Design
Dimarys Martinez – Suzuki Strider Bike
“Oh my God, this is very exciting! This is the perfect gift for my son’s upcoming birthday. Thank you so much Plum District!
Terri Wilson - Suzuki Strider Bike
Donel Payne – Suzuki Strider Bike
Wendie Rose – Suzuki Strider Bike
“I’m so excited!! Yay! My twin girls are turning 1 in a couple weeks so this is like a neat early birthday present for them. Thanks so much!!”
Linda Martin - Suzuki Strider Bike
“Is this for real?” 5 minutes later…”I’m so excited to win…thanks so much!”
Chula Bee – Suzuki Strider Bike
Megan Ross – GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Jill Hubbard - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Honeyb Twentytwo - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Melissa Maringer - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Cindy Collins - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Ally Muniz - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Angel Lee - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Stephanie Batson - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Michelle Coles - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Tina Rath - GLOSS Moderne Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
Rachel Mitchell – CoreHome Server Set
Kathi Taylor – CoreHome Round Bowls
Elizabeth Flesher – CoreHome Chip & Dip Bowl
Kimberlee Parkhouse – Learning Train Book Set
Rebecca Pierson - Learning Train Book Set
Anesa Nahas - Learning Train Book Set
Hilda Torres - Learning Train Book Set
Danielle Winn - Learning Train Book Set
Pat Towery - Learning Train Book Set
Laura Phegley - Learning Train Book Set
Carissa Knotts - Learning Train Book Set
Melissa Tippie - Learning Train Book Set
Tricia Williams - Learning Train Book Set
Wiily Lee – $100 to Bare Necessities
“That is fantastic thank you so much!! I am going to surprise my daughter so lets address it to her here. Thank you so much!”
Linda Nguyen – Stella & Dot Jewelry, Tote & Scarf
DeAnn O’Neill – Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Leslie Guenther – Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Derelys Peterson - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Beckie Tiggy Brown - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Michelle Hill - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Amy Rouse - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Joy Person - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Carrie Goodin - Skin Nutrition Wrinkle Reducer
Maz Raelin – Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Jamie McClung - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Paula Skeans - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Alicia Taylor - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Katrina Carr - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Huiyen Huang - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Jonna Ziniel - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Elizabeth Geiger - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Amanda Assencoa - Skin Nutrition Face and Neck Lifting Serum
Pooravi Gohil – MIXT Studio Growth Chart
Jennifer McCann – $50 to CaseMate
Tammi Laney - $50 to CaseMate
Annette Grafmyer - $50 to CaseMate
Amy Pugmire - $50 to CaseMate
Nancy Fiorenza – May Designs Note Cards & Notebook
Linda Knight - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook
Laurie Walters - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook
Krystal Wethington - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook
Linda Meranda - May Designs Note Cards & Notebook
Nancy Schools – May Designs Notebook
Sheryl Edwards - May Designs Notebook
Robin Wolfe - May Designs Notebook
Carol Tait - May Designs Notebook
Jared Miller - May Designs Notebook
Cade Joiner – $25 to BUTCH & harold
Jennifer Vergin - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Brooke Straub Frank - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Kelsey Merrill - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Bonnie Gowen - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Rhonda Klee - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Sonya Morris - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Dara Beer - $25 to BUTCH & harold
Isis Tavarez – Ameda Breast Pump
Alma Moussa – Scholastic Store Library of Baby Books
Jennifer Jones – $100 to Lisa Leonard
Jennifer Sagotsky - Joovy High Chair
Britni Bradford - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle
Carolina Rygula - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle
Erica Chao - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bundle
Malea Cooper – Baboosh Belly Wrap
Anne Hjelle – Baboosh Belly Wrap
Laetitia French – Psi Bands
Nicole Vosburgh - Psi Bands
Morgan Williamson - Psi Bands
Trisha Scott - Psi Bands
Angela Minor - Psi Bands
Carol Moore - Psi Bands
Melissa Hysell - Brooke Burke Fitness DVD
Laura Miller - Brooke Burke Fitness DVD
Stormy Ranew – Brooke Burke Fitness DVD
July 31st, 2013 | 6:00 PM
An exclusive offer for Plum District members:
Just $12 for a 1-year subscription (10 issues) to Ranger Rick (ages 7-12) or Ranger Rick Jr. (ages 4-7)! CLICK HERE to order — you’ll save 70% OFF newsstand price!
Hannah Schardt is mom to two children: 4-year old daughter Rebecca and 6-year-old son August. She’s also Senior Editor of the award-winning, kids’ nature magazine, Ranger Rick. We connected with Hannah to learn about her family, career, and inspirations:
Plum District: How did you get started?
Hannah: Soon after I finished journalism school, I moved from the Bay Area to DC to be with my now-husband. After we got married, I started at National Wildlife, the adult magazine of the National Wildlife Federation. When the job at Ranger Rick came open, I jumped at the chance. I grew up reading Ranger Rick and my kids love the magazine, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
Plum District: What do you like about working on Ranger Rick Magazine?
Hannah: It’s a rare job that lets me combine the two things I’m always thinking about anyway: kids and writing. Also, I love animals but don’t have an extensive background in biology, so every article I research and write is full of surprises for me.
Plum District: What inspires you?
Hannah: I love to listen in when my kids are talking to each other. It reminds me of how children’s brains really work and inspires me to write stories that appeal to those brains—not just to my own. Their conversations are also usually really funny.
Plum District: What advice do you have for other (working) moms?
Hannah: Figure out what is really important to you and let some of the other stuff slide. That may mean that your hair is always in a ponytail or your kitchen floor doesn’t stand up to close examination, but if the kids are happy and your partner still wants to hang out with you, you are doing fine.
Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. teach kids about nature through engaging wildlife content that’s free of distracting advertisements. Each issue contains spectacular animal photos and fun facts that instill in kids respect for the natural world around them. Children also love reading Ranger Rick’s wildlife learning adventures, which reveal dozens of nature mysteries and marvels. And perhaps most importantly, Ranger Rick presents parents and their kids with an opportunity to bond through joint learning, as they read inspiring wildlife stories and enjoy the magazine’s entertaining, nature-themed activities.
Today, Plum District members can enjoy a 1-year subscription (10 issues) to either Ranger Rick or Ranger Rick Jr. for just $12. CLICK HERE to save an exclusive 70% off a 1-year subscription!
July 31st, 2013 | 3:00 AM
An exclusive offer for Plum District Members:
Enjoy 35% off your next purchase at Frecklebox.com + FREE shipping for orders $50 or more! CLICK HERE and use code PlumDistrict35 at checkout.
Mark Sarpa and dad-friend, Scott, own a personalized printing company. Inspired by their kids and business, they came up with the idea of creating truly unique, personalized children’s gifts that educate and entertain. Mark brought on his wife Erin – a designer – as Creative Director, and the three of them developed Frecklebox.com, a website that makes it easy to customize kids’ school supplies, books, activities, and more.
Frecklebox.com offers many themes for boys and girls (from animals and fairies to robots and sports), and all of their imaginative designs captivate children while also teaching them how to spell their name (kids love seeing their name in print!). Once you’ve designed your custom gift, you can ‘preview’ it online before purchasing, and then enjoy fast shipping within 2-3 business days.
All Frecklebox products are made in the USA using state-of-the-art printing systems, recycled paper, and fine yet durable materials so they’ll last for years to come.
Click here to check out Frecklebox.com today, and at checkout, remember to use code PlumDistrict35 to receive 35% off (plus free shipping for orders $50 or more!).
July 30th, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Win up to $300 of your favorite baby products with Citrus Lane’s Best of What’s Next Sweepstakes – Click here to enter their sweepstakes!
Today, Plum District members can also enjoy TWO Citrus Lane boxes for the price of one! Click here to get 2 for 1 and enter code PLUM2FOR1 at checkout.
Mauria Finley was once a first-time mom, spending months planning for every last detail of motherhood.
In search of trusted baby products, she reached out to mom friends to find out which brands they loved most. The response was overwhelming; her inbox was flooded with recommendations for everything from breast pumps to swaddle blankets.
In 2011, she started Citrus Lane with a clear vision: to help new parents share information and discover the best products to meet their kids’ ever-changing needs. A monthly box subscription service, Citrus Lane delivers an assortment of toys, books, snacks, and practical solutions for newborns up to kids age 5. It’s like a care package for moms and dads on their parenting journeys – from pregnancy to preschool. Citrus Lane buyers use extensive product research and feedback from the community to make sure they deliver only the best to you and your family.
Today, when you buy one Citrus Lane box, you’ll get the second box FREE. Click here to get 2 for 1 and enter PLUM2FOR1 at checkout. This is a recurring monthly subscription, but you may easily cancel at any time – completely free of charge.
ALSO: Win up to $300 of your favorite baby products with Citrus Lane’s Best of What’s Next Sweepstakes – Click here to enter their sweepstakes.
Citrus Lane has been featured on The TODAY Show, in babble, FORBES, Daily Candy Kids, Cool Mom Picks, TechCrunch, and more.
July 27th, 2013 | 3:52 PM
We’re Strolling into Our Grand Prize Week Featuring phil&teds and mountain buggy!
We have loved sharing with you an array of amazing prizes each week! To wrap up our Month of Prizes, we are pleased to announce our Grand Prize Week featuring phil&teds™ and mountain buggy®! Enter to win now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53
phil&teds™ is one of the world’s leading inventors, designers and marketers of kids products, ranging from high-quality buggy strollers to convertible car seats. They acquired mountain buggy® in March 2009. Hollywood celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, and Ben Fogle all love phil&teds™, and now you can too!
Win the mountain buggy® Special Edition urban jungle stroller, in trendy Pantone color Jade, complete with an adjustable seat position from full recline fold (newborn) to upright (6 years old). The lightweight buggy comes with a new automatic frame lock, style grab bar for easier access, and tail-free harness. Additionally, the Buggy is engineered with perfect weight distribution for optimal performance, allowing you to ‘pop’ the front wheel up on a curb while traveling around a city.
Also up for grabs is the mountain buggy® cosmopolitan Convertible Seat stroller, which offers “three versatile modes to accommodate your growing newborn up to 4 years.” With the cosmopolitan you have the option of both forward and rear facing modes by simply pulling a lever at the top of the buggy seat to “transition smoothly to a different level of recline-active (upright), relax (recline), or rest (lie-flat).” This luxury seat offers a roomy and comfortable ride that your little one will love!
Enjoy easy and fun meals with the help of the phil&teds™ poppy “highchair to ‘my chair.’” The poppy comes with a stylish, storable aerocore seat and passive harness that keeps your baby snug in his/her high chair. Additionally, poppy’s large food tray wipes clean and is dishwasher safe. Your baby can use the poppy from ages 6 months to 3 years old, as it transitions into a fun child’s seat once your baby’s highchair days are over!
All it takes is a Facebook “like.” Share with your friends for more chances to win! Enter now: http://bit.ly/13bdb53
The Urban Jungle mountain buggy® retails for $500. The Cosmopolitan mountain buggy® retails for $550. The phil&teds™ Poppy High Chair retails for $120. See more details at http://philandteds.com/us/ and http://mountainbuggy.com/.
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July 23rd, 2013 | 1:00 PM
Yes To’s nutrient-rich skin care is a go-to for moms nationwide and has been highlighted in major publications including Women’s Health, Parents Magazine, and more. Today, we have a special offer on their award-winning products, plus recommendations for Yes To products your family shouldn’t live without!
1. Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo & Body Wash: Made of gentle ingredients (organic carrots, melons, and vitamin E), it provides a soft lather that leaves baby’s skin smooth, refreshed, and fully moisturized. Plus, it’s tear free and available with or without natural fragrance!
2. Yes to Baby Carrots Face & Nose Wipes: A mom must have. These natural, tear-free, all-purpose wipes are a lifesaver. They’re great as face and diaper wipes plus they help eliminate messes on clothes and car seats!
3. Yes to Cucumbers Natural SPF 30 Stick: Perfect for your active kids! Keep one in your purse and give one to your child so you can block the sun’s harmful rays during spontaneous trips to the playground, park, and beach. Applies smoothly and rubs in nicely.
4. Yes to SPF Lip Balm: An all-natural, nourishing way to smooth and protect lips. Kids love the taste of their various flavors; moms love their color-tinted options. Buy individually or save up to 40% when you buy a set!
Grab today’s Plum Deal — $20 for $40 to Spend at Yes To — and stock up on Yes To’s premium skin care products including the above must haves and more!
July 23rd, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Exclusive Plum Offer: Enjoy 30% OFF one full day of CTCA’s International Cook & Play Summer Camp when you register for a full week! Simply 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 summer veggie-filled Pasta Primavera was much loved by little chefs and moms — and we hope you loved it, too!
Today, Chef Toni is back with two more flavorful, kid-friendly recipes that give 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 culture 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 — plus, they’ll learn how to eat healthfully, which can be a challenge during summer vacation.
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, mentioning Plum District when you enroll.
And now, Chef Toni’s recipes — designed for your master-chef-to-be:
VEGETABLE LO MEIN
An Asian-inspired dish that’s the perfect balance of veggies, protein, and carbs to keep your little ones energized throughout the day.
1/2 pound of fresh Chinese egg noodles
5 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp each oyster sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell petter, seeded and thinly sliced lengthwise
1/4 pound Shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 zucchini, trimmed and cut into matchsticks
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1. Bring a large pot 3/4 full of water to a boil. Add noodles, cook for 2 minutes, drain, and rinse well with running cold water. Place noodles in a bowl, add 1 tbsp of the canola oil, and toss to coat evenly (to prevent from sticking).
2. To make the sauce: in another bowl, whisk together 3 tbsp water, oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until very hot and add 2 tbsp of the canola oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and stir-fry until tender (about 2 minutes). Add the mushrooms and zucchini and continue to stir-fry until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
4. Return the wok to high heat and add the remaining 2 tbsp canola oil. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (about 5 seconds). Add the noodles and cook until heated through (about 5 minutes). Return the vegetables to the pan, add the sauce, and continue to stir-fry until all the ingredients are well combined and heated through (about 1 minute). Transfer to a warm serving platter and serve at once!
Note: For a heartier dish, add peeled and deveined shrimp or strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast or pork loin to the pan after stir-frying the ginger and garlic. Toss until cooked through before proceeding.
A Russian-inspired dish with robust flavors that’ll delight your kids and fuel their growing bodies. Tastes great the next day, too!
1 pound chicken breast (cut 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide)
3 tbsps butter 1 small onion, finely chopped
1 pound mushrooms caps (domestic or wild), thinly sliced
1/2 cup beef broth
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp flour
2 tbsps fresh dill, minced
2 tbsps parsley, minced
Salt and freshly grounded black pepper
8 ounces medium egg noodles, cooked
1. Heat large non-stick skillet over high heat and sear meat on all sides (about 1 minute). Work in small batches so meat does not give off liquid. Remove to a plate.
2. In a clean wide skillet, heat butter. Sweat onions and add mushrooms and saute over until deep golden (about 20 minutes).
3. While this is cooking, blend broth, mustard, heavy cream and sour cream together. Lower heat, add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Whisk in liquids, and any meat juices and simmer, without boiling until sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). Place meat in sauce and heat, without boiling until meat is warmed through.
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in dill and parsley and spoon over noodles.
Exclusive Plum Offer: Enjoy 30% OFF one full day of CTCA’s International Cook & Play Summer Camp when you register for a full week! Simply mention Plum District at sign up.