We’re in the News! Plum Partners with Mom-Founded Company, Red Apple Reading

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We recently paired up with Red Apple Reading (RAR) to offer a discount on their online program that helps kids learn and retain valuable literacy skills. RAR mom-founder, Tammy Bennecke, is thrilled to have connected with Plum’s mom audience to make her reading program an accessible, affordable option.

What first had me interested in working with Plum District was their tagline: For Moms. By Moms,” Bennecke said. “I’m a mom, and I want to get the word out to other moms (and dads, too!) about Red Apple Reading. It seemed like a great fit.”

Tammy’s goal is to get Red Apple Reading into the hands of more young readers this summer, and we’re excited to help her accomplish her mission.

Get the full article here.

 

Plum’s Month of Prizes Launches July 1st!

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School’s out and summer’s here! We’re celebrating with our first ever MONTH OF PRIZES.  All July, we’ll be giving away over 100 prizes — worth over $10,000!  We’ve snagged family favorites from Phil & Teds, Stella & Dot, NatureBox, Little Tikes, Joovy… and many, many more.

So, remember to check your Plum District email every day in July for new giveaways and your chance to enter!

Not a Plum District member? Sign up here!

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come:

1 LeSportsac Stylish Baby Bag

2 Balance Bikes and Helmets and 1 High Chair from Joovy Family Gear

5 Annual Subscriptions to Highlights Magazine for Kids

1 Year of Ella’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food Products

$100 Gift Certificate to Lisa Leonard Handmade Simple Jewelry

Stella & Dot Tote, Jewelry and Scarf

$500 to Mini Boden Stylish Clothing for Kids

2 Phil & Teds Cosmopolitan Strollers and 2 Poppy High Chairs

6 Suzuki Strider Bikes

1-Year Supply of NatureBox Healthy Snacks

10 Sets of Summertime Learning Books from Learning Train

Little Tikes Junior Sports ‘n Slide Bouncer

1 Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump

CoreHome Bamboo Basket

Library of 20 Baby Books from Scholastic

$200 Gift Card to Blurb Memory Books

10 $100 Wrinkle Reducers and 10 $100 Face and Neck Lifting Serums from Skin Nutrition

4 $50 Credits toward Case-Mate Electronics Accessories

6 Sets of Psi Bands Nausea-Relief Bands

$100 Gift Certificate to Posh Mommy Jewelry

4 FitBit Personal Health Trackers

1 MIXT Studio Children’s Growth Chart

8 $25 Gift Certificates to BUTCH & harold Decals

4 $50 Gift Certificates to KIWI Shop Natural Organic Products and 1-Year Digital Subscription to KIWI Magazine

10 Sets of GLOSS Moderne High Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner Duos

4 Brooke Burke DVDs and 2 Baboosh Sports Wraps

3 Cases of Homemade harvey Crushed Fruit Snacks

2 Pacifiers and $200 Gift Certificate to Kirkland’s Home Decor

5 Designer Note Cards and 10 Designer Notebooks from May Designs

3 Baby Essentials Bundles from Earth Mama Baby Angel Organics

$120 Gift Certificate to Simple Sugar Design Art Pieces

$100 Gift Certificate to Bare Necessities Designer Intimate Apparel

We’re Going Back to Our Roots & Expanding Our Family

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We’re Going Back to Our Roots and Expanding Our Family

I first became of member of Plum District 3 years ago, as a new mom of two little girls.  During this incredible time in my life, I hungered for advice from other moms. Over the years, Plum District has introduced me to new products which were a true lifesaver in my busy days of early motherhood.  I’ve also visited many, many new places around the San Francisco Bay Area with my girls, based on offers and introductions from Plum.

When I decided to join Plum District as CEO last year, I reached out to hear from you and understand what you love about Plum District.  I met with 80 Plum moms here in our San Francisco office, and heard the same thing over and over: you love Plum’s great deals on activities in your neighborhood.

So today, I’m thrilled to announce that Spotivate has joined Plum District.  Spotivate was founded last year by two dads, Tony and Jorge, who struggled to find the best things to do with their families each weekend.  Now, by bringing Spotivate into our own family, we are going back to what made Plum District special – for both you and me.  Stay tuned and keep checking back; we’ll be bringing you more of what you love.

– Susan Kim, Plum District CEO & Mom of 2

Join us in Celebrating Plum’s Birthday!

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Meet Amy Norman and Stella Ma, Founders of Little Passports

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Click here to get 50% off your first month subscription to The World Monthly Plan (use code SPECIAL50 at checkout)

Featured in Real Simple, Disney FamilyFun Magazine, Parents Magazine, Daily Candy Kids, and more, Little Passports subscriptions take your child on exciting adventures around the world. Each unique, monthly kit introduces kids to a different country’s geography, history, culture, and language.

With a Little Passports subscription, kids will follow globetrotting characters, Sam and Sofia and their exciting travels abroad. Each month, kids will receive a country-specific kit filled with souvenirs, a map, stickers, games, and online activities from Sam and Sofia’s adventures. Kits also include a travel letter from Sam and Sofia that’s sure to inspire their inner explorer!

 Subscribe today and your World Edition subscription will begin with the Explorer Kit which includes:
•    Fun travel suitcase with an introductory letter from Sam and Sofia
•    World wall map
•    Travel passport
•    Fun stickers
•    Activity sheet
•    Access to online games and activities with our boarding pass
At checkout, enter code SPECIAL50 to receive an exclusive 50% off the first month of the World Edition

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Meet Mom Entrepreneur, Lynn Perkins, Founder of UrbanSitter

Find and Book Experienced, Mom-Recommended Babysitters for Summer

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Sign up for free at UrbanSitter.com 

Lynn Perkins has always been a pro at connecting people — helping friends find roommates, jobs, and even spouses.  So when she became a mother of twin boys, it was no surprise that her mom friends turned to her for sitter recommendations.

Lynn soon realized that there had to be a faster, easier way to introduce parents to trusted caretakers. As a startup veteran, and with a background in tech, she explored the idea of an online, babysitter booking system.  She wanted to make the process as easy as making restaurant reservations.

Since it’s inception in 2011, UrbanSitter has become a go-to resource for moms looking to quickly find and book babysitters recommended by people they know (friends, child’s school, sports team, etc). Whether you’re looking for an occasional sitter, full-time nanny, a qualified driver for camp drop-offs and pickups, or last-minute help, UrbanSitter delivers reliable support when you need it. Search babysitters and nannies by experience, date, or rating — then book instantly with a click and even pay online. Finding reliable coverage for summer has never been easier!

Click here to sign up for free at UrbanSitter.com

 

 

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June at Plum District: Gifts for Dad, Summer Activities, & More

Save on Melissa & Doug, MLB Tickets, Stride Rite, NatureBox, Kidorable, & Other Favorites!

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Here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in June! Visit us all month long for summertime inspirations, fun things to do with your kids, favorite brands (for you, Dad, and the kids), and more….

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6/5: Order ahead for Father’s Day!

6/5: Stride Rite kids’ shoes! With an in-depth knowledge of how kids walk and grow, Stride Rite delivers only the best for kids of all ages.

6/6: Melissa and Doug‘s summer toys and gear! Six great bundles kids will love.

6/7: NatureBox is back! 100% all-natural, nutritionist-approved, kid-loved snacks that are perfect for gatherings, ball games, camp lunch bags, movie nights, and more!

6/8: Save on favorite magazines like FamilyFun (great ideas for summer activities, crafts, and meals).

6/12: Beach day essentials for kids and adults, including Kidorable’s irresistible towels.

6/14-6/15: Father’s Day celebration with Day of Golf, and more!

6/18: School’s out! Turn a year’s worth of children’s artwork into a beautiful coffee table book with our offer from Plum Print.

6/25: I See Me! is here with their award-winning, personalized storybooks that spell out your child’s name.

6/24-6/26: Still need summer activities for your kids? Save on local favorites with our final run of camps!

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: