12 Simple and Delicious Late Night Snacks

The clock is creeping past ten. You’re unwinding in your pajamas, snuggled into the couch, wrapped up a cozy throw blanket… when your stomach grumbles. You know you “aren’t supposed to” eat after 8pm, but is that really a hard rule? And who made the rule? Why do you have to follow it?

As it turns out, the supposed link between weight gain and late-night eating is a myth. Our metabolism doesn’t slow down at night, converting everything we ate into fat. The same daytime rules apply at nighttime: everything in moderation. That said, we’ve compiled a collection of tasty late night snacks that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Strawberry Smoothie

Late Night Snacks You Can Feel Good About

1. Strawberry Smoothie. Combine vanilla yogurt, milk or your preferred milk substitute, frozen strawberries and blend. Depending on how sweet the yogurt is, add honey to sweeten the shake. Using Greek yogurt will increase your protein intake — on average 15 to 20 grams per 6 ounces — and make for a more satisfying snack. Low fat yogurt is also an option for reduced calorie intake.

2. Avocado Toast. Simply make a piece of toast and slice up half of a small avocado. Smash the avocado on top of the toast with a fork. Add other toppings like nutritional yeast, green onions, sliced radishes, or baby arugula. Using multigrain or sprouted bread will increase both your fiber and protein intake.

3. Frozen Grapes. This may sound a little strange if you’ve never done it before, but trust us — frozen grapes are delicious. Pull grapes from their stems and place them in a freezer bag. Once they’re frozen you have snackable sorbet. This is a wonderful low-calorie option for those of us who like to reach for a frozen treat at night. Crackers, Turkey, Cheese

4. Whole Wheat Crackers with Cheese and Turkey. Fiber-rich woven wheat crackers are low in calories and very satisfying. Just six Triscuit crackers contain 120 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. Top with thin slices of your favorite cheese and roast turkey. Very satisfying!

5. Quesadilla Half. Heat one 8-inch multigrain tortilla on a skillet and place grated cheese on one half. Layer with other toppings if desired (deli meats, baby spinach, green onions), top half with second layer of cheese and fold the quesadilla in half. Once one side is toasted, flip and toast the other side until the cheese is melted through. Serve with salsa and enjoy!

6. Greek Yogurt and Low-Fat Granola. As we mentioned earlier, Greek yogurt is packed with protein so a small serving will ward off hunger for a long time. Combine the yogurt with the fiber punch of granola, top with honey, and you have a sweet, creamy, and crunchy snack.

7. Ham and Provolone Roll-Ups. Cut out the carbs with these quick and easy ham and provolone roll-ups. Spread a thin layer of mustard on a slice of provolone, top with a slice of ham, and roll it up! Packed with protein and flavor, this filling snack will put an end to your hunger pangs.

Dark Chocolate is a Healthy Snack

8. Dark Chocolate. If you’re craving chocolate, the darker the better. Milk chocolate contains less of the original cocoa bean than dark chocolate and contains more milk, sugar, and cream. Savoring a little bit of quality dark chocolate will satisfy your craving and will be a relatively healthy treat.

9. Banana and Peanut Butter. Snacks don’t get much easier than this! Simply spread a little bit on peanut butter on a banana as you peel it. While peanut butter is high in protein, it’s also high-calorie and high in saturated fat, so spread accordingly.

10. DIY Popcorn. Air pop your own popcorn at home or pop with oil. Either way, it will be far better for you than the sodium and chemical-loaded stuff that comes out of the microwave. The benefit of popping it yourself is that you’re in control of the toppings — what they are and how much. Add a little parmesan cheese, garlic salt, or zesty lime seasoning. Have fun with it!

Black Bean Salad and Tortilla Chips

11. Black Bean Salad and Tortilla Chips. Keeping a batch of black bean salad in the fridge is a great way to spice up salads, rice, and other side dishes throughout the week. It’s also wonderful as a flavorful and hearty snack on a handful of tortilla chips.

12. Pita with Veggies and Hummus. Cut a small whole wheat pita in half, open up the pocket and spread the inside with hummus. Place mixed greens and sliced veggies inside for a fresh and tasty treat!

For more ideas for how to unwind in your pajamas this winter, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.


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Best Winter Reading List for Pajamas

The Ultimate Winter Reading List

After this week’s Nor’easter on the East Coast, we feel like curling up in our flannel pajamas with a good book this weekend. A hot cup of coffee and great novel is the best way to recover after a yucky week of snow, sleet, ice, and slush. The winter months are ideal for nostalgic novels, a splash of history, dark thrillers, and deeply twisted plots. Grab your fuzzy slippers and park yourself on the couch with one of these winter favorites.

Winter Reading List

Get comfortable with pajama pants and a good book this weekend.

Top 10 Books to Read in Your Pajamas this Winter

1. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Described by critics as “spirited, moving, and highly original,” this melancholy novel is perfect for winter. Set in Rome, the story follows the embattled personal lives of the staff at a small newspaper in its twilight years — struggling in the age of digital media. As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age, the newsroom stumbles toward an uncertain future, and the paper’s rich history is revealed.

2. The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade. It doesn’t get more chilly than winter in Russia. You might need a cup of hot chocolate to warm yourself up while reading this historical thriller about an archeologist who discovers new clues to the mysterious disappearance of Princess Anastasia. This might be an excellent read for those of you who were fans of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. This debut novel reached peak popularity during the season of ‘summer beach reading,’ however the dark and dreary setting of winter in Stockholm is far better suited for the winter months. Wrap yourself up in your warmest bathrobe for this equally disturbing and gripping thriller that follows a troubled young hacker on a dangerous job that unearths family secrets.

5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Set in New York in the 1950s this historical novel follows the dazzling social escapades of Truman Capote and Babe Paley — icons of the twentieth century. The book is filled with enough scandal to keep you turning the pages from Friday to Sunday (Think Real Housewives, but classier and more far more interesting). Pop some popcorn for this one.

6. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. Set in Christmastime in Scotland, this story follows a ragtag gentleman, Oscar, who loses everything to his stepchildren when his beloved wife passes. His life intertwines with Elfrida, a happy-go-lucky townsperson with a big heart for ‘strays’ of the human and non-human variety. This is story of the healing power of love and empathy.

8. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood. Given that this was written in 1912, isn’t light reading but for those of you who like to delve into strange, supernatural writing that creates an ominous atmosphere — this tale of an ice skater in dead winter will not disappoint. Maybe sleep with the lights on after you read this one.

9. The Castle by Franz Kafka. This 1926 novel follows a protagonist known only as K, who arrives in a village and struggles to gain access to the mysterious authorities who govern it from a castle. This novel is a particularly unique read because Kafka died before he could complete it. Kafka suggested that the novel would have ended with K dying in the village, the castle notifying him on his deathbed that his “legal claim to live in the village was not valid.” This novel provides a dark, surreal look at alienation and bureaucracy.

10. Prejudice and Pride by Lynn Messina. Yes, you read that correctly. This twist on the literary classic Price and Prejudice includes all the Jane Austen characters that you know and love — but their genders are reversed. The novel is set in a contemporary setting and makes for a hilarious and entertaining read.

For more ideas for how to unwind in your pajamas this winter, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Host a Cookie Swap Pajama Party

How to Throw a ‘Cookie Swap’ Pajama Party

We’re big fans of a good pajama party, especially during the winter months. There is something about being snuggled up with your closest friends in your favorite PJs, enjoying great snacks and good movie, that feels so right in the winter. The only thing in the world that could make a winter sleepover feel even more cozy is a pile of freshly baked cookies.

‘Cookie swaps’ are a super fun addition to Christmas parties, cookouts, and family reunions — so why not host one during a pajama party, when you’re already on the hunt for sweet treats? The concept is simple: each guest brings cookies for everyone to try and enough cookies for everyone to take some home. It’s a great way to share recipes you love with friends and, well, eat cookies!

How to Host a Cookie Swap

Need recipe ideas? Check out these must-try cookies.

8 Tips for Hosting a ‘Cookie Swap’ Sleepover

1. Advanced Invitations for Advanced Planning

Since this isn’t your typical “drop off your child and a sleeping bag” sleepover, be sure to give parents of invited children plenty of notice. Not everyone is a wiz in the kitchen, so parents might need advanced notice to pick a recipe, gather ingredients, or just pick something up at the grocery store. On that note, be sure to let them know that store-bought goods are A-OK! Be mindful of the varying time constraints on different families. Be sure to gather information on potential food allergies too, so everyone can participate safely.

2. The Right Number of Cookies

If you have six kids total attending the sleepover, suggest each parent bring 24 cookies. Most tried-and-true cookie recipes yield at least two dozen cookies, so each participant will bring one batch. When presented with the cookies, place 12 on a plate for the kids to enjoy during the sleepover and set aside the other half to be distributed when they go home.

3. Goodie Bags and Thank You Notes

Pick up gift bags big enough to hold a dozen cookies. Each child will go home with two cookies from each of the six batches. You might want to include a note to the parents of the children, to thank them for participating since this sleepover requires a little more effort from the grown ups.

Cookie Monster-themed cookie swap

Cookie Monster-themed inspiration.

4. Create Candyland

The magic is in the details, so go all-out with your sweet theme! No matter what age, everyone will get a laugh and smile out of candy-themed or Cookie Monster-themed party decorations. String magical twinkle lights, hang brightly colored pompoms, and glitter it up! Use vanilla-scented air fresheners, scented oils, or candles to make the house smell like freshly-baked cookies. Pro-tip: if you’re selecting items like nail polish for manicures, choose bright candy-colored options.

5. Snack and Dinner

Since the kids will be noshing on sweets, pick up a few savory snack options, but don’t go overboard. Pretzels, chips and salsa, veggies and hummus, and popcorn for the movie should do the trick. For dinner, you could opt for the old standby — pizza — or create a build-your-own-wrap bar with whole wheat tortillas, cold cuts, fresh veggies, and condiments in an effort to get some “real food” in their bellies. Don’t forget milk or milk substitutes for cookie-dipping!

6. Sweet Games

Keep the sweet theme going with the games you select. Encourage classic games like Candyland, Go Gelato Race, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Ice Cream-opoly, and the newer Hasbro sensation, Pie Face. If you’re feeling creative, you can even throw together your own version of “Pictionary” with a bowl filled with dessert or food words.

Cookie Flannel Pajamas

Get extra cozy in these ‘Cookie’ Flannel PJs from Munki Munki.

7. Indulgent Movies

Once everyone is in their favorite pajamas, it’s movie time! Whether the characters are swimming in a pool of chocolate, wining and dining, or working in a bakery, there are indulgent movies for every age group. Here are some decadent movies that would be perfect for your feature film. Remember to check the age-appropriate ratings before you stream!

  • Ratatouille
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Bridesmaids
  • Chocolat
  • Chef
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Just Desserts
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Fried Green Tomatoes

8. Breakfast (for a sugar-induced hangover)

Coming down from the sugar high is going to leave party-goers feeling less than enthusiastic the next morning. Consider offering healthy, light options: low-sugar cereals and tasty granola, loads of fresh fruit, multigrain bagels, or a veggie egg bake. Another fun idea: fire up the blender and whip up a batch of breakfast smoothies — you might need a little nutrient pick-me-up too!

For more ideas for how to have fun in your pajamas this winter, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Snow Day Activities to Amuse Kids

10 Simple Snow Day Activities to Keep Your Kids Amused

The temperatures may have temporarily risen here in the Northeast, but we know better. Mother Nature still has plenty of “winter fun” in store. Snow days are an inevitable part of parenting in many parts of the US, and yet every time they roll around we’re unprepared (like tax season, anyone?). Be ready for your next snow day with these simple activities that will keep your kids amused — for just long enough to catch up on your inbox.

Pancake Design Snow Day Activity

Pancake designs are a fun way to start the day, cozy in your flannel pajama pants!

Pajama-Friendly Boredom Busters for Snow Days

1. Pancake Designs

Have a fun-filled late breakfast in your warmest pajamas. Pick up several basic plastic squeeze bottles for the kitchen at a local cookware supply store or Amazon. Check out all these crazy pancake design videos and give some a try. Mix up some pancake mix, add food coloring, and have a blast!

2. Build an “Igloo”

Kids love to build snow forts outside. After they have turned their fingers into popsicles, encourage them to warm up in an “igloo.” Pull out all your extra blankets and pillows and encourage them to build a cozy fort in the living room where they can watch movies and play board games until dinnertime.

3. Learn to Code

There are many options online that can teach kids — and you! — to code, for free. Check out Codecademy, which turns coding into an interactive computer game. This activity makes learning fun and engaging and technological component will have them hooked for hours. It’s screen time you don’t have to feel guilty about.

4. Indoor Bowling

Finally! A Pinterest craft we can actually do! Granted, the DIY Bowling Game on Indoor Dishes is super fancy with its spray paint and red duct tape, but you could achieve the same idea with less. Simply raid your recycle bin for empty bottles, fill them up with sand or water, seal tightly, and roll a small ball at them. Keeping score will also help young children with basic math skills.

Nail Art as a Fun Snow Day Activity

Keep you feet warm in footy pajamas and show your hands some love with “nail art”!

5. Nail Art

Have you seen this amazing nail art trend that’s spreading like wildfire? There are a million tutorials online to that promise to teach you how to create wild nail art at home. Most designs only require various nail polish colors, tape, nail polish remover, toothpicks, and cotton swabs. This is a time-consuming activity that is guaranteed to cure boredom. You and the kids will crack up at your failed attempts and have a great time bonding!

6. Modeling Clay

This is a classic “rainy day” activity from years past. Boxes of modeling clay can run you as little as $3.00 for a basic set of 12 colors. This is a great, inexpensive activity to have in your back pocket for emergencies such as snow days. Kids will spend hours creating fun little figures. As a bonus, after you pop them in the oven and let them cool, your children will have essentially made their own toys — which they will continue to amuse themselves with!

No-Mess Finger Paint Snow Day

Keep their jammies clean with this no-mess finger paint idea!

7. No-Cleanup Finger Paint

Finger paint with the little ones is so much fun, but not if you’re working from home and can’t supervise as well as you’d like to. For a no-cleanup version for the little ones, place a large piece of thick painting paper on a table and use painter’s tape along the edges to make it stay put. Cut a thick plastic storage bag — one that won’t tear easily — into a flat sheet of plastic. Squirt a few colors onto the paper and place the plastic over the paint and paper, seal with painter’s tape. Let the little ones smoosh the colors around to their heart’s content!

8. Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Make their afternoon snack a special one with ‘Hot Chocolate on a Stick.’ Keep regular sized marshmallows and a bag of chocolate morsels on hand. Melt the chocolate over a double-boiler or in a microwave. Thread the marshmallows on a bamboo skewer, drizzle with chocolate, and top with shredded coconut, sprinkles, and crushed M&Ms or cookies. Throw them in the fridge for 5 minutes to set the chocolate and you have a fun and tasty treat!

Snow day-inspired pajamas from Hatley Nature

Snow day-inspired pajamas from Hatley Nature

9. Make Collages or “Vision Boards”

This is another fun old-school activity that can be done with items you already have in the house. For the little ones, help them cut shapes from magazines and glue them onto colorful construction paper or glue them to drawings as embellishments. For older kids, create “vision boards” together. Create a visual representation of what they want to accomplish this winter, this year, or in their lifetime.

10. Build Your Own Pizza

Keep frozen pizza crusts, packs of naan, or even mini bagels in the freezer. Shredded cheese is another great item to have on hand as well as toppings like pasta sauce, ham, pepperoni, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and olives. With some planning, you can have fresh veggies like mushrooms, onions, and peppers ready too. Defrost your bread of choice in the refrigerator and have the kids build their own pizzas. Bake them at 400 degrees for eight minutes and lunch or dinner is served!

For more ideas for how to unwind in your pajamas this winter, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Movies to Stream on Netflix in Pajamas 2018

Netflix Hibernation: The Best Movies to Stream Right Now

Raise your hand if you need a long weekend! I don’t know about you guys, but we’re totally pooped out from that gym membership we’re sporadically using now that it’s February. President’s Day is right around in the corner just in time for a little R&R in your pajamas. Even better? Netflix just added a slew of movies to its collection, so we’re going to give you ten excuses to stay in bed this weekend.

Ready to hibernate for the winter? Check out the latest prints from PJ Salvage, pictured above.

Netflix and Chill in Your Pajamas

10 Best Movies Now Available on Netflix

1. The Truman Show (1998)

Many critics believe that this hilarious — albeit creepy — take on our society’s obsession with entertainment, predicted America’s reality TV craze. The Truman Show follows insurance salesman Truman Burbank (Jim Carey)  through his day-to-day, though he doesn’t have any idea that his entire life is a scripted television show. This movie is absolutely worth a watch 20-years later!

2. A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

A ‘Netflix original’ movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a biographical comedy that follows the rise of the National Lampoon media empire overseen by comedy writer Doug Kenney, played by SNL alumnus Will Forte. If you’re a fan of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the classic comedy Caddyshack, you might enjoy watching this hilarious origin story. Forte doesn’t disappoint!

3. Caddyshack (1980)

Speaking of National Lampoon, the classic comedy Caddyshack has been available to stream on Netflix since January 1. Watch a hilarious young Bill Murray and Chevy Chase in this movie that follows the ups and downs of the caddies at an exclusive golf course. At the time of its release, no other film had pushed the boundaries of crude humor like Caddyshack. Gut-busting laughter, guaranteed.

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Can you think of a better way to spend a long weekend than with the fabulous Holly Golightly? If you haven’t seen this beautiful film, now’s your chance. Hepburn plays a young girl who is working as a high-class escort when she meets a young man as he’s moving into her apartment building. He is having an affair with an older wealthy woman in order to support his “craft.” These two gold-diggers are falling for each other, but will either give up their aspirations to be together?

5. The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

Let’s forget that The Godfather Part III ever happened (yikes!) and focus on Part I and Part II. Widely regarded as two of the greatest films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s lengthy films are the perfect binge for a long weekend. Curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and watch Michael Corleone’s infamous rise to power.

Long Weekend Movie Marathon

Lounge like Marie Antoinette this weekend. It’s good to be queen.

6. Marie Antoinette (2006)

This visually stunning film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola (yes, daughter of that Coppola — see above) is a historical drama following the life of Queen Marie Antoinette in the years leading up to the French Revolution. The film spares no expense at depicting the over-the-top lifestyle of the “Doomed Queen” in the Palace of Versailles. Put on your finest pajamas and settle in with a box of pastries, a glass of champagne, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

7. Love Actually (2003)

Missing the Christmas festivities? Continue to celebrate winter with a cup of hot chocolate and this classic holiday romance. Love Actually follows the lives of eight very different couples struggling to maintain their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during the most stressful time of year — the month before Christmas. This is a fuzzy slippers kind of chick flick.

8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Easily one of the greatest films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption is based on the Stephen King 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The movie follows Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Dufresne befriends a fellow prisoner Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) and focuses on the themes of hope, perseverance, and friendship. Have tissues on hand for this one.

9. Wedding Crashers

After you watch Shawshank Redemption, you may need a mood boost. Look no further than Wedding Crashers, a Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson classic that solidified Isla Fisher’s reputation as a comedic powerhouse — she really does steal the show. This is a great flick to watch with friends, especially as wedding season approaches, in your favorite pajama pants.

10. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2018, Series)

Okay, so this isn’t a movie but this “Netflix original” series is hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, the show’s creator, is definitely worth a watch. While the content is now exclusively available on Netflix, It was a popular web series for 9 seasons before it found its way to Netflix. The show is exactly what it sounds like: Jerry Seinfeld picks up a famous comedian / comedic actor in a classic car, they go for coffee, and he interviews them about their career.

For more ideas for how to unwind in your pajamas this winter, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dates That Don’t Require a Reservation

Oh no! Valentine’s Day is when?! If you’re one of the many who annually forget this holiday, you’re not alone. After all, Valentine’s Day is placed — diabolically — right after the rush of the major holiday season and just after Super Bowl madness. For most people, making a dinner reservation is a struggle within a week of the big date. Don’t panic. We developed a list of reservation-free Valentine’s Day dates that have a little more personality than a prix fixe menu at a crowded restaurant.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

A romantic ‘carpet picnic’ for two — a date you can enjoy in your pajamas!

8 Simple Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

1. Carpet Picnic

It’s cliche, but when done properly a picnic in your living room can be romantic as long as it’s thoughtful. Does your partner love Thai food? Indian? Order a feast from their favorite takeout spot and get dinner to go. Presentation is half the battle: turn on some music, spread a soft blanket on the floor with plenty of pillows, light candles, and — even if your meal isn’t homemade — serve dinner on your best serveware. Don’t forget to have a bottle of chilled champagne ready to pop! The best part about this date: you can ditch the heels and dress shoes and throw on a pair of comfy slippers.

2. Bowling

Bowling makes for a surprisingly fun date and is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day when you pair it with a classic bouquet of flowers. Bowling is also ideal for the couple that likes to get a little competitive, but doesn’t take themselves too seriously. The funny shoes, the cheesy music, the neon decor — share some chili cheese fries and let your hair down with the one you love.

3. In-Home Massage

Instead of making a pricey Valentine’s Day spa reservation (or a pricey any-day spa reservation) book a couple’s massage at home. In-home massage and spa treatments have become increasingly popular in the last five years. You can book everything from massages, to facials, to manicures, all delivered to your door! Enjoy the all the benefits of a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your favorite bathrobe. You can learn more about how to create a relaxing spa environment at home here.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Teamwork! Go to an indoor climbing gym with your sweetheart.

6. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing (minus the actual rocks and danger) has surged in popularity. In 2015, there were 388 commercial climbing gyms in the United States. By the following year, that number was up to 414. Urban climbing gyms that were previously seeing 300 climbers per day are now seeing over 1,000. Climbing will even be included in the 2020 Olympic Games! These gyms expertly mimic the rock-climbing experience, with climbs for different experience levels and many, many safety measures. Climbing is a two-person effort. Climbing partners work as a team and this sport actively involves building trust and constant communication to literally support each other.

5. The Dive

If you’re a couple who is lucky enough to experience frequent date nights at “average or better” restaurants, mix it up and visit a popular ‘no reservations’ dive that would be packed on any other night. Whether it’s a famed neighborhood pizza joint, dumpling house, or a hole-in-the-wall bar with a pool table and great burgers, enjoy some relaxed fun in jeans and a T-shirt. Sip a beer, share some fries, and bring quarters for the jukebox or PacMan. Romance has more to do with your attitude than the environment.

6. Couple’s Game Night

For the couple who have ‘been there done that’ and are burnt out from Valentine’s Day hoopla, connect with other like-minded couples and host a game night. For couples who already have plenty of 1-on-1 time, it’s nice to have a fun night together with friends. Serve all the Valentine’s Day classics: champagne, chocolate treats, strawberries — and throw in some beer and potato chips for good measure. Game night classics include charades, Pictionary, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and new classics like Cards Against Humanity.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Cook together at home in a pair of matching pajamas, like these from Big Feet.

7. Cook Together

Cooking classes completely booked on Valentine’s Day? Not surprising, as this is one of the most popular ‘outside the box’ date options for the holiday. If you and your sweetie still have your hearts set on firing up the stove, cook a new dish together at home in the comfort of your pajamas. There are endless recipes with instructional videos online that will show you, step by step, how to make pasta, poach an egg, or bake an impressive molten chocolate cake. If you liked the idea of a cooking class because you’re genuinely bad at it (no shame!) order a meal kit from a company like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Sun Basket, or even Amazon Fresh. The kits come with pre-measured ingredients and detailed cooking instructions, making the meal fool-proof.

8. Yoga

Take a yoga class together. You might have to call ahead to reserve your spot, but there are almost too many yoga studios these days, so it’s very likely that you’ll be able to find one for the time you want. This is a great date idea for the early birds: take an early morning yoga class and after your limber and sweaty, go out for a nice breakfast together and sip a mimosa before you dive in to your day.

For gift ideas for him, easy recipes, and ideas for fun activities you can do together, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Super Bowl Games You Can Play In Your Pajamas

5 Games to Play During the Super Bowl, If You Don’t Follow Football

Go sports! Do the thing! Make the points! Are you ready to watch that football team that wins a lot play that other team from somewhere else on Sunday? Or is it Saturday? If football isn’t your jam, we feel you. Plenty of people tune in to the Super Bowl (on Sunday) for the big-budget commercials alone.

When you host a Super Bowl party, you inevitably have a mixed crowd. Some partygoers will be avid football fans, others might support a team that didn’t make it, and some people will want to eat bean dip but don’t care about the main event. If you think your guests will be mostly the latter, keep it casual. Throw on your favorite pair of pajama pants and encourage your guests to do the same. Get comfortable and settle in for a relaxed day of games — it’ll give you something to do until until the next commercial!

Super Bowl Pajama Pants

Game day ready in ultra-comfy Boxercraft pajama pants!

5 Games to Play in Your PJs During the Super Bowl

1. Super Bowl Trivia

A game day classic, use these printable Super Bowl trivia sheets and have everyone put their Super Bowl knowledge to the test. The game is multiple choice, so even the football novice can play — and has a chance to win!

2. Super Bowl Cook Off

Tell your guests to bring a dish to the party and declare a “cook off.” Leave index cards, pens, and an empty container — like a vase or bowl — next to the food display. Have your guests vote for their favorite dish and drop their selection in the bowl. At the end of the night, count the votes and the winner gets a prize.

Super Bowl Commercial Bingo

3. Commercial Bingo

Since many guests will be watching for the commercials as much as the game, try this super fun printable Commercial Bingo cards. The cards include popular words, brands, and celebrities that appear annually such as Lexus, Cindy Crawford, and TurboTax. Your guests will think it’s a riot!

4. Super Bowl Prop Pool

Another game day favorite, print out the these questionnaires for a Super Bowl prop pool. The sheet features questions of various levels and point values and many questions are over/under or yes/no so the football newbs can participate too!

5. Don’t Say It or “Not It”

For a simple game of ‘Don’t Say It,’ you pick a word — like football, wings, or wow — and whoever says the word gets a point on a tally sheet (you can make it fun by hanging a large post board on the wall with everyone’s name). Whoever has the fewest points at the end wins a prize!

Another variation is ‘Not It.’ This game involves actually paying attention to the game day announcers, so it’s a fun way to get people who aren’t interested in football into the game. Whenever an announcer says a player or team brought their “A-game,” or refers to a running back as a “workhorse,” or calls a player a “real athlete” — put your finger on your nose. The last person to do so gets a point. Whoever has no — or the fewest points — wins a prize.

Fun Socks Super Bowl Game Day Prize

Serving wings? These fun socks by Lazy One will be a hit as a game day prize!

Super Bowl ‘Game Day’ Prize Ideas

What’s a game without prizes? For games like “Don’t Say It” or “Not It,” there might be multiple winners. For these games get a handful of inexpensive prizes: beer koozies, keychains, bottle openers, fun socks, beer glasses. For more involved “winner takes all” games like Bingo or Trivia, get a larger prize: a football, Super Bowl T-shirt, craft beer, a plush bathrobe, luxe pajama pants, or silly slippers. For the cookoff consider a funny apron, a nice spatula, hot sauce, or a nice seasoning set.

For more prize ideas, game day recipes, and ideas for fun activities, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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What do I get my man on Valentine's Day?

Mission Impossible-to-Buy-For: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

We’re just going to come out and say it: what the heck are you supposed to get your man on Valentine’s Day? While a passion for chocolate knows no gender, quite often the tasty treats men and women pine for are very different. So where can we get a heart-shaped box of Buffalo chicken wings?

When it comes to gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts and you do want to make him feel special — even if you know he secretly believes it’s a ‘Hallmark holiday.’ On this day fellas are often tasked with dinner reservations, plans, flowers, candlelight, romance… that’s a lot of pressure! Despite being the gender that is most inclined to stick with lifelong routines and habits, research has proven that men actually enjoy surprises more than women do.

Surprise your ‘creature of habit’ with one of these comfortable personalized gifts to remind him that you’re paying attention.

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5 Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

1. The Finer Things

For the man who has it all, you can’t go wrong with a tasteful pajama set. Pair the PJs with a fantastic bottle of whiskey and chocolate that compliments the spirit. For dark chocolate, opt for Red Breast Single Pot 12 Year (or Jameson, if he’s a superfan). For milk chocolate with nuts, George Dickel Superior #12 Whiskey is a truly great bottle for the price.

2. Sports Fan

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. Show your support with a sports fan gift basket: branded beer koozies, his favorite brew, a plethora of game day snacks, and an extra comfortable pair of pajama pants to enjoy the game in. You could also consider a gift card to his for his favorite gameday takeout so he can get those Buffalo chicken wings… The heart-shaped box is totally optional.

3. The Pretty Boy

For the man who loves to preen, you can’t go wrong with a soft, plush bathrobe and high-end grooming supplies. Sandalwood-scented luxe shaving cream, new high-end razors, an exfoliating body wash, moisturizer, and a great pomade will do the trick. Show him some extra love by not banging on the door when he’s in the bathroom all morning, trying his new products!

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him - Bookworm

To complete the package, add warm slippers, tea, and biscotti.

4. The Bookworm

Some fellas prefer a quiet evening with a good book. If you’re not sure what he likes, type a few titles from his bookshelf into Goodreads.com and the site will generate suggestions based on other users with similar tastes. To complete the package, add warm, cozy slippers, quality tea or coffee, and a box of delicious chocolate-dipped biscotti.

5. The Romantic

If your guy is a cheeseball, he’ll appreciate you going above-and-beyond for your special day. A pair of matching pajamas is sure to bring a smile to his face. Cook up a romantic feast or plan a quick, local weekend getaway by booking a cozy Airbnb in the countryside. Make it extra special by finding an affordable rental for a classic car on a site like Turo.

In truth, he’ll appreciate anything you do to show him that you care. While we don’t have to wait for a holiday to show our partners that we love them, it is nice to have an annual reminder that gives us the chance to reflect on how lucky we are. For more gift ideas, easy recipes, and ideas for fun activities you can do together, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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8 Hot Chocolate Alternatives to Enjoy in Your Pajamas

8 Soul-Warming Drinks to Sip in Your Pajamas

Work hard, nap hard. We believe that weekends should be dedicated to rest and relaxation after a long week. Weekends are for takeout menus, Netflix binges, and ignoring your inbox. Now slip into your favorite flannels and a fluffy bathrobe and don’t take them off until Monday.

During the winter months, there is no better pairing than your couch, cozy pajamas, and a cup of hot chocolate. Slowly sipping a warm beverage is like hosting a spa day for your soul. Hot chocolate is everyone’s favorite go-to, but if you want to mix it up, give one of these hot drink recipes a try.

Lounge in your favorite pajamas this weekend.

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Hot Chocolate Alternatives for Winter Lounging

1. Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy is the quintessential winter cocktail. Infused with lemon juice, bourbon, and honey, it was also an old-school remedy for relief from a bad cold. Tart and sweet, bright citrus is the perfect compliment to rich, smoky bourbon. You don’t need to be ill to enjoy this drink on a cold winter’s night.

Get the adult recipe on epicurious.com.

Get the non-alcoholic version on thespruce.com.

2. Chai Tea

Chai Tea has the creaminess of hot chocolate that you love, but with an extra kick from cinnamon, fresh ginger, cardamom, peppercorn, and anise. The spicy aroma alone would be enough to warm you up on the coldest of winter days.

Check out the recipe on realsimple.com.

3. Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is another beverage made with warm spices such as orange zest, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The spices are used with brown sugar to flavor the — you guessed it! — hot butter that is blended into the drink. The brown sugar and bright orange zest enhance the deep flavor of the rum in this sweet treat.

Get the adult recipe on marthastewart.com.

Get the non-alcoholic version on barefeetinthekitchen.com.

4. Hot Mulled Cranberry Cider

When you think of drinks to enjoy in cold weather, on your couch, in fuzzy slippers — cider is right up there with hot chocolate. The cranberry cocktail in this recipe adds a tangy twist to the classic. It’s the perfect drink if you’re in the mood for something warm and sweet with a little bite.

Check out the recipe on thekitchn.com.

5. Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you’re in need of some heat, look no further than Mexican Hot Chocolate. Chocolate and crushed chiles or smoky cayenne go surprisingly well together. Add vanilla and cinnamon and this drink becomes a decadent treat. We doubt you’ll make hot chocolate any other way after trying this recipe.

Check out the recipe on bonappetit.com.

Moroccan Mint Tea in Your Pajamas

When made with fresh herbs, mint tea soothes upset stomachs — even heartburn! — and promotes healthy digestion.

6. Moroccan Mint Tea

Detoxing after the holidays? Freshly brewed Moroccan Mint Tea is a light and sweet hot cocoa alternative. When made with fresh herbs, mint tea soothes upset stomachs — even heartburn! — and promotes healthy digestion. The perfect remedy after an overindulgent feast or a long week of late-night takeout.

Check out the recipe on epicurious.com.

7. Tom and Jerry

A clear indicator that a cocktail is from the 1920s is the presence of eggs. Like the classic Egg Cream, the ‘Tom and Jerry’ is made with fluffy beaten egg whites. Brandy, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice are what make this cocktail “Christmas in a glass.” It is considered a classic Christmas cocktail throughout much of the midwest today. You might want to pull out your favorite footies for this one.

Get the adult recipe on tablespoon.com.

For the non-alcoholic version, replace the brandy, rum, or whiskey with hot cider or freshly brewed cinnamon tea.

8. White Hot Chocolate

White chocolate is an acquired taste, but is more popular in the United States than anywhere else in the world. In fact, the U.S. consumes more white chocolate than all other countries combined! Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll love this warm creamy drink made with vanilla and quality white chocolate.

Check out the recipe on celebratingsweets.com.

For more ideas for winter fun in your PJs, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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How to Host a Winter Spa Day in Your Pajamas

How to Host a Winter Spa Day

We are barely through winter but our skin has been through the ringer: holiday stress, wayward skincare routines, loads of sugar, and the season’s first blizzard. As we approach winter’s halfway mark, give your tired skin some TLC. Gather your best girlfriends for a winter spa day.

Hosting a winter spa day is far less expensive than the real deal. Also, many people abstain from sugar or alcohol during the month of January, so it’s a way to host a party that doesn’t put an emphasis on food and drink — but who would pass up a chance to sip a mimosa in a bathrobe?

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Munki Munki Fluffy Polar Bear Fleece Robe from The Pajama Company

Everything You Need for a Winter Spa Day at Home


Bring your own bathrobe, that is. Encourage everyone to wear clothes they can truly lounge in (think ultrasoft pajama pants) and their fluffiest, coziest bathrobe and slippers. Slipping into a relaxed state of mind starts with the clothes we wear. When you go to a spa, you are provided with a robe and encouraged to wear soft, loose-fitting clothing. Encourage your guests to do the same. Let’s be real: pants with zippers are for the birds.

2. Minimalist Magic

Tidy up your living room so everything looks neat and decluttered with a minimalist spa feel. Hide knick knacks and run the vacuum. Turn off the TV and turn on some ‘spa tunes’ on Pandora or Spotify: any soothing instrumentals that incorporate nature sounds like rain, gentle thunder, or birdsong. Make sure there are plenty of pillows and space for people to get comfortable. Set up stacks of magazines throughout the room. Strategically place some fresh flowers to bring the outdoors in and shake off the winter blues.

Create a Spa Atmosphere

The traditional blend of lavender and peppermint has an instant, calming effect.

3. Aromatherapy

The first thing we notice when we step into a spa is the smell. The traditional blend of lavender and peppermint has an instant, calming effect. The scent of lavender is well-known for its stress-relieving benefits. Peppermint has a cooling, refreshing effect and is used in aromatherapy to increase mental alertness. Many claim that the oil has natural energy-boosting properties. Add peppermint and lavender scented candles or oil diffusers to the room so your guests can breathe deep and relax in a spa-like atmosphere.

4. Drinks and Light Bites

If you want to keep the menu alcohol-free out of respect for your friends abstaining in January, opt for spa classics like cucumber water. Simply slice a cleaned cucumber (peeled or unpeeled, your preference) into ½ inch slices. Add to a pitcher of water with ice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but for best results let sit overnight. You can make lemon water by swapping out lemons and following the same process. Opt for lighter food like fresh fruit, hummus, smoked salmon, pita wedges, veggies, or salad wraps. If you’re including adult beverages, mimosas are a surefire hit.

5. Spa Stations

Unless you’re a licensed massage therapist, the spa stations will be simple, but fun. Set up an adjoining bathroom with tea lights, exfoliating face washes, moisturizers, and face masks for a DIY facial station. Set up an area of the living room with nail polish remover, various polishes and finishes, and hand cream for manicures and pedicures. Print out instructions for shoulder and neck massages and guests can take turns giving each other massages. Lastly add a hair styling station with dry shampoo, spray-in conditioner, styling products, a curling iron, flat iron, combs, ties, and bobby pins. Have fun trying out online tutorials and styling each other’s hair.

While your party won’t be on par with a 5-star spa, you and your guests are sure to have a great time catching up, enjoying snacks, and giggling at each other’s face masks. For more ideas on how to live your best life in the New Year, visit The Pajama Company on our blog or check us out on Facebook.

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