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Plum District moms speak out about getting ready for the big first day!
July 18th, 2012 | 10:47 PM
We’ve been all about “Back to School” at Plum District lately, and we’ve come up with some amazing offers for savvy school shoppers. But all this school talk has led to some really interesting discussions about what it means to start a new school year. It seems that across our office, everyone has experienced really different emotions towards going back to school. So we decided to consult the experts—our moms–and get the full report on how everyone feels about the big day.
You and your child are probably equally concerned about the social scene. Nervousness about making friends, being picked on, and fitting in transcends all ages. In fact, 46% of our moms were the most concerned with their student making friends or being bullied. But the largest single concern, coming in at 28%, was whether or not the kids would have a good teacher. Your kid, on the other hand, probably just wants her/him to be “nice.”
Each year of school is a huge step for you and your little ones; it involves a lot of planning and a lot of emotions. We’ve been working just as hard to drum up the best offers to make your life a little easier. But all of our brainstorming begins with what our mothers need. Read below to see the rest of our moms’ report on that big first day. Then let us know what you’re worried about or share some back to school stories! You know we love to hear them.
Friday Fundraisers are making a difference and aren't just for Fridays anymore
June 7th, 2012 | 9:13 AM
Plum District is in the community every day. We live, work and play in the places we call home, and we’re dedicated to giving back and making a positive difference. Since we started Friday Fundraisers in February, we’ve been partnering with our amazing vendors to raise money for deserving causes all around the country.
Last week, we did a nationwide Friday Fundraiser for Locks Of Love. Salons participated in contributing 10% of every purchase to Locks of Love for wigs and hair pieces for children with medical hair loss.
This week, we’re expanding our efforts beyond a single day, and hosting a five-day fundraiser in Austin, TX for Food In Tummies. Food in Tummies or “FIT,” a project of The Junior League of Austin, is a unique program designed to provide weekend nourishment to children grades K – 5 who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. The FIT program, managed by JLA volunteers, helps these hungry Austin children by delivering backpacks of nutritious food each week to Austin area elementary schools – helping over 1,400 families a week!
Plum District is partnering with five prominent Austin companies this week, contributing 10% – 20% of all proceeds generated by offers to FIT:
Kendra Scott: $30 for $60 to Spend on Jewelry & 20% Benefits FIT
Bright Beginnings: $15 for $30 to Spend on Children’s Clothing & 10% Benefits FIT
Plush Fabric & Home Interiors: $50 for $150 Worth of Fabric and Trim & 20% Benefits FIT
In March, Plum District partnered with Newport Kids Consignment in Orange County, CA to benefit Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa. District Consultant Stephanie Graney said, “The school reported that they received more in one check from us than they did from two other programs. It felt so good to give back!”
In February, we partnered with Pump It Up in Raleigh to benefit Brier Creek Elementary School. District Consultant Leslie Pawlak shared a thank you note from the school, that said with the $800 raised, they were able to directly support the art classroom in their school.
Our efforts don’t stop there! Be on the look out every Friday for more offers that give back!
Beautify your tresses and help a child get the hair he or she deserves
May 31st, 2012 | 11:08 AM
You’ve heard of Locks of Love. It’s a not-for-profit organization that provides the highest quality wigs to children with medical hair loss. These children do not have the money to spend $3,500-$6,000 on a wig (the normal retail price), and Locks of Loves gives them custom-made, incredibly natural-looking hairpieces for free. The majority of recipients have hair loss due to an auto-immune condition known as Alopecia Areata, and others suffer from severe burns, radiation treatment, and other dermatological conditions. Locks of Love hairpieces are in high demand, and each takes four months to make.
Today, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase of our Friday Fundraiser offers will go to to Locks of Love to help a child in need. The following local and national deals have partnered with us to support this great cause. Be sure to buy in the next few days so that your $$ benefits a child who needs it.
NuMeStyle.com (online – available in all regions) – Plum District Offer: $30 for $130 Worth of Hair Styling Tools and Hair Extensions from NuMe
Elaine’s Salon, Fishers, IN — Plum District Offer: $35 for a Haircut from Expert Stylist Mark Starnes – $75 Value
Plum Studios Salon, Burlingame, CA – Plum District Offers: $50 for $100 Worth of Hair Services from Stylist Showkat Fallahi OR $70 for Full Highlights ($140 Value) or $150 for a Brazilian Blowout (a $300 Value) with Kate Lawson
Green Alley Salon, Austin, TX – Plum District Offer: $15 for a Blowout, $35 Deva Curl Cut, or $70 for Partial Highlights – Up to $170 Value
Studio 4 Salon, Newport Beach, CA – Plum District Offer: $45 for a Shampoo, Haircut, Kerastase Treatment, and a Blow + Style from Eddie- a $120 Value
Bang Salon, Denver, CO – Plum District Offer: $20 for $40 OR $35 for $70 Toward Salon Hair Services from Bang Salon
P2 Studios, Highlands Ranch, CO – Plum District Offer: 50% Off Hair Services for Men and Women (a great Father’s Day gift)
Keep Austin Gorgeous, Austin, TX — Plum District Offer: $30 for a Shampoo, Haircut and Style – a $60 Value
See what Plum District moms are saying about shopping this year
November 16th, 2011 | 5:04 PM
The holidays are here and you know what that means. It’s time to shop ’til you drop! We conducted a survey of almost 1000 Plum District members all over the country who had purchased one of our deals within the last 90 days.
Here are some of the interesting things you told us:
- During this holiday season, nine out of ten moms will purchase gifts from daily deal sites. That means the lines at the malls just dramatically decreased for the new, more convenient way to shop online because just 54% of participants actually plan on going to the mall. There’s nothing easier than clicking and saving!
- 57% of participants agreed that there is absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting if you think someone else will appreciate a certain gift more than you. Think about your non-country loving friend winning backstage passes to meet Keith Urban, and re-gifting her winnings to you because you think Keith Urban is to die for! In a case like this, re-gifting rocks!
- Four in five moms will shop more daily deal sites this year than last year and nine in ten moms will shop online this holiday season, versus only half that plan to shop at malls.
- One out of three moms prefer to rely on the internet for gift ideas rather than listening to the suggestions of their own spouses! Shockingly, only 8% of surveyors ask their spouse for gifting ideas. No offense spouses, but the internet has millions of ideas that you may never have considered unless you stumbled upon it online! Lucky for these one out of three moms, Plum District has already organized gift lists for her, him, teachers, kids, pets, and great stocking stuffers. Doesn’t get better and more convenient than that.
So this holiday, savor the season, trim your own tree, skip the lines, and shop online at www.plumdistrict.com! Moms know the new best way to shop is online daily deal sites.
You give the gift of a Plum District voucher and we'll give you $5 Plum Dollars!
November 13th, 2011 | 10:08 PM
When it comes to the holidays there are two kinds of shoppers … the shopper who plans and the shopper who procrastinates! We’ve all been guilty of buying that last-minute gift and paying full price to avoid disappointing a loved one. This year we want to help you plan for everyone on your list and do it with savvy shopping flair! All week — Monday 11/14/11 through 11/18/11 — Plum District will give you $5 Plum Dollars for every deal you buy as a gift. Shopping and saving is just a click away!
This week you might also notice some new tags on our deals. To help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, these nifty tags will keep you from having to sift through all the details to see if it is a good deal for Dad or Mom. For those of you who have a long list to keep track of, download this great little holiday checklist on REAL SIMPLE’s site. START SHOPPING NOW!
Gift and Get Terms and Conditions:
- Earn $5 Plum Dollars for every Plum Deal purchased Monday 11/14/11 12am PT through 11/18/11 11:59pm PT
- $5 Plum Dollars cannot be earned for purchasing Plum Steals
- Eligible Plum Deal may be purchased using promotional discounts and Plum Dollars
- Plum Dollars will be deposited into customer’s account within 24 hours of transaction and will not be immediately available after qualifying purchase
- No minimum or maximum purchase to qualify
- Plum Dollars will not be deposited for purchases made prior to the promotion start date or after the promotion end date
Here's some Plum District Food for Thought on Why Eating Together Matters
October 4th, 2011 | 4:57 PM
Does your family dine together? Did you as a kid? How important is it in your home to eat together? In today’s world, we are constantly connected to each other via technology, but how often do we really connect? For a busy family, with varying schedules, one thing is for certain – we all have to eat! So why not make mealtime a special time with your family. Food for thought:
- Children who frequently eat meals with their families tend to do better in school as well. A 1994 Lou Harris-Reader’s Digest national poll of high school seniors showed higher scholastic scores among students who frequently shared meals with their families. And a survey of high-achieving teens showed that those who regularly eat meals with their families tend to be happier with their present life and their prospects for the future.
- In a study of American teenagers funded by the Council of Economic Advisers to the President (2000), they found a strong association between regular family meals (five or more dinners per week with a parent) and academic success, psychological adjustment, and lower rates of alcohol use, drug use, early sexual behavior, and suicidal risk.
- Another University of Minnesota study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that children who ate family meals consumed more fruits, vegetables and fewer snack foods than children who ate separately from their families.
Hear why Plum District’s own Karyn Agosto cherishes family meal time-
Food is 100% the glue that holds my family together. You’ve never met more women that talk about recipes than my mom, aunts, grandmother, and extended family. Sunday lunch in the Grimaldi household was “the meal” growing up and is still just as important today. You just never missed it! We’d all head to church as a family in the morning – some happier than others to be up early on a Sunday. My mom would start her meal preparations before we left the house. To this day, I still love walking through the front door after mass and the smell of the yummy, “cooked with love” food hitting me in the face.
My mom always had food on the table during the week too, and if you were anywhere within a 25-mile radius of our dinner table, you were expected to be home to eat with the family. My friends all knew the rules too. I didn’t even have to explain it to them that I must be home by 5:00, and to be honest, I think some were even a little jealous. Sports practice, a class assignment, or being kidnapped were about the only reasons we could get out of the family dinner. My mom worked a full day, would run here and there with us after school, and yet dinner was always ready – except for Friday night pizza night. My mom is no Julia Child, but there is a reason for the curves I have today (thanks Mom :)).
There were and still are lots of laughs and funny stories that take place during mealtime. Many meals were spent trying not to laugh at our picky baby sister as she choked down something she didn’t like or hid food under her napkin. Mom’s rules – we must eat at least one of the vegetable options on the table and no, salad did not count. We always asked to “be excused.” I will never forget the night my mom told my 19-year old brother he couldn’t have dessert after not finishing his meal. Some meals were also spent not talking to each other. Likely, because my mom told me I couldn’t go out that night or because my dad grounded me from my car. Nonetheless, I was still there, with the family, sulking my way through dinner.
Now that my husband and I have a one year old who is eating table foods, the family meal has taken on a whole new meaning. I finally understand why my parents wanted us home for dinner. I now see get how hard it is to have meals ready each night for the family. And I so appreciate how good my mom was at both her job and taking care of her family. The meal truly is what brings you together.
Today people are never disconnected from their social “friends,” but we can’t find the time for a quality conversation with family members. Thirty minutes at the dinner table really makes a huge impact on your family. It wraps up the day nicely and gives your child a daily tradition that they can depend on. It’s not always easy, but whether they like it or not, someday, I want my children to say, “we ate dinner as a family.”
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!
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.
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.
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.