Dinner Zen & Super Fun Craft Time

Is there any more loathsome time of day than dinner time? Certainly making breakfast, packing lunches and getting opinionated (and not entirely fashion savvy) kids dressed and out the door to school comes a close second but I really can’t stand dinner time. Sure, a glass of wine helps ease the pain of the witching hour (when does this witching hour pass?), not to mention the daily ritual of having to plan for and make dinner. So when today’s Plum District DC deal from Six O’Clock Scramble arrived in my inbox, promising dinner time zen and organization for $18, I pounced. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Six O’Clock Scramble is a company started by local DC mom, Aviva Goldfarb, who grew tired of the chaos that accompanies dinner time. She puts together a weekly e-newsletter of menus and accompanying grocery lists for five meals, meals that take under 30 minutes to make (some apparently take 10 minutes) and are kid-tested, even for the pickiest eaters. Another reason this deal appealed to me is this – I have great aspirations of improving my cooking skills and breaking out of the mold of the same meals basically every week because it’s easy to buy the ingredients at the store – but the Cooking Light mags and others sit around my house basically collecting dust. #fail. Just like a new years resolution. So using this service will make it easy for me to actually try new recipes without having to do the legwork. So for a mere $18, you can purchase today’s deal on Plum District DC, support a local DC mom and small business owner and receive 6 months worth of e-newsletters with accompanying grocery lists from Six O’Clock Scramble. And – better news – if you type plumlove in to your purchase, you’ll receive an additional 30% off.

Apparently when it rains it pours because this wasn’t my only item from Plum this week – as soon as I saw the deal for the kids craft playhouse that they can decorate themselves, I knew my aspiring young Picasso’s would delight in it. True, I am actively trying to purge my home of more kid stuff and this particular item requires a certain amount of space but for a cold winter day (will they ever come?), this is just the kind of project I am psyched to have stored away until the time is right. I can’t decide if I’ll purchase the princess castle or the more traditional playhouse but the creative opportunities for little ones are limitless and each kid can pick two sides as their own – hopefully bypassing the territorial gang warfare that is common in joint craft projects. This deal is $20 for a $40 value and after spending some time on the site, the traditional kids playhouse is $40 and the princess castle is $49, so it really is a great bargain from Plum. The spaceship is also pretty adorable for the little astronauts out there. Really – is there a better price for peace and happiness on crappy indoor days?

Happy shopping!

Disclosure: Through my partnership with Plum District DC, I was gifted these items but would have happily purchased them myself.

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