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Gifting the Perfect Pair of Pajamas

Everyone loves (and needs) a great pair of comfortable pajamas! What better reason to give the gift of Pajamas this holiday season – or for that matter to celebrate those close to you at any special occasion throughout the year.

So now you have the perfect gift idea – but how do you pick the perfect pair of pajamas to give with so many choices out there? We’ve got you covered. Follow these tips to pick out the ideal pair!

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Who’s on your gift list?

Pajamas are considered a personal gift and are usually gifted to those close to us.  Think about who you’re buying for and ask yourself some questions about their style and interests to help you narrow it down.

Would they prefer pajamas with a more tailored look – like a two-piece classic set? Or, would they be more comfortable in a lounge style set? You can even mix and match pieces with some of the more casual styles.

Color is also something to think about.  Do they have a favorite color or pattern that they really love? The options are endless. You can find pajamas in any color and with tons of different designs to fit any personality.

Think about their interests and what they are passionate about. Are they an animal lover? Gardner? Do they have a love of food & wine? Whatever their interests, it’s pretty likely that you’ll find a set of PJs that expresses this and it’s sure to put a smile on their face.

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Where do they live?

Consider where your gift is headed. The fabric of the pajamas plays a big part in keeping a person comfortable in either warm or cold climates. You want to make sure you pick the right pair for the right climate and time of season.

If the person you are buying for lives in warmer climate, consider purchasing pajamas made of a lighter fabric such as cotton or satin. These fabrics are breathable and help to keep you cool. If they live in a colder climate, pick a pair made of a warmer cozier material such as flannel or fleece that will keep them warm when the temperature dips.

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What about the Kids?

Kids love snuggling up in their jammies. Pajamas make a great gift for kids and can help ensure they will get a good night’s sleep.  Some things to consider when shopping for kids are the age and size of the child.  For infants, footie pajamas or flapjacks are great choices – something that covers them but accommodates for easy diaper changes. Add a snug sack to keep them warm in colder climates.

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For toddlers, it’s a good idea to go with a footless pair of pajamas.  This allows them to be barefoot, so as they learn to walk, they will have more stability and it helps to keep them from slipping. Also, for kids potty training it’s a great idea to stick with a two-piece set.

For all kids, Pick a fun colorful pattern, and when choosing the correct size make sure that the pajamas are not too tight or restrictive, but fit comfortably and stretch with the child as they move at night.

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Make it a family affair

If you are looking for a gift for an entire family, then matching family pajamas are a must! It’s a hot trend that keeps getting bigger and you can even include the dog! Plus, you’ll look great spending your time together and the themed photo opp makes great social media content!

 

Pajamas make the perfect gift for the special someone(s) in your life. You know they will love them, wear them, and appreciate them.  Happy Shopping.

 

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Smart Shopping on the Busiest Weekend of the Year!

The holiday season is here – and that means so is the busiest shopping time of the year.  While you can find all kinds of great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday the chaos can be overwhelming and stressful. But whether you’re heading out to the stores or shopping online from the comfort of your home, there are things you can do to find the best deals and keep from overspending or making impulse purchases.

Budget

Set a Budget. It’s easy to get caught up in all the fabulous deals you find out there.  But just because something is on sale, it doesn’t mean you should buy it. Make a list of the items you plan to buy and then put a limit on how much you can spend for each item. Setting a budget – and of course sticking to it – will help you not overspend or purchase items you may not need just because they are on sale. You’ll be happy you did after the holidays! Bonus Tip: When shopping online, make sure to take shipping fees into account and include them in your budget!

Scope

Scope Things out Ahead of time. Companies are already advertising Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales.  Start scoping out the items you want now and make a plan.  Find out who has what you’re looking for and at the best price. We all know how it feels to buy something at one place – only to see it somewhere else for a lower price. Just because you see an item advertised at what looks to be a great deal, doesn’t mean it’s not available somewhere else for a lower price.  Compare prices of items at different retailers to ensure you’re getting the best deal around.

Return Policy

Know Store Return and Exchange Policies. Before you hit that “buy” button or fork over your cash, make sure you are aware of the retailer’s return and exchange policy. While some companies do offer extended return windows during the holidays, many companies can enforce stricter return policies and lots of times deeply discounted purchases can also mean it’s not returnable. Be on the lookout for “final sale” or restocking fees for larger items.  Make sure to ask for gift receipts when purchasing items for others and include it with the gift.  Make sure to read the fine print and if you’re not sure what the store policy is, be sure to ask before you buy!

Loyalty Rewards

Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs. Most retailers these days have some sort of loyalty membership program. These programs often give members early access to sales and additional coupons – and you can earn rewards on your purchases!  It’s a win-win. Once you’ve scoped out what you want and where you can find the best deal, sign up for the store’s loyalty program. Lots of times you can even save on shipping fees!

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And Finally – Start Early! Lots of stores are already advertising great deals.  You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snatch up the savings.  If you see a good deal – grab it.

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Thanksgiving Day movies to watch after your feast

Once you’ve finished your turkey dinner, there’s nothing better than putting on comfortable pajamas and settling in for a good old-fashioned movie night. Whether you’re looking for a classic or something more current, a comedy or a drama, you’re sure to find some great Thanksgiving movies that the whole family will love.

We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite movies that will not only entertain the troops but also remind everyone what Thanksgiving is all about.

Blind Side

The Blind Side. This heartwarming film is all about gratitude with a Thanksgiving scene that’s sure to pull at your heartstrings. The Blind Side is based on a true story and teaches so many lessons. Plus, it’s about football which goes hand in hand with turkey day!

Daytrippers

The Daytrippers.  If you’re in the mood for a comedy, try The Daytrippers. This comedy, with an ensemble cast of top performers, revolves around a dysfunctional family, who spend the day traveling after one of them, Eliza, discovers a love letter from her husband and her family is forced to solve the mystery of the letter.

Freebirds

Freebirds. A lucky turkey named Reggie is pardoned by the President of the United States and get’s to spend the rest of his life living it up. That is until a fellow fowl named Jake recruits him for a mission to change history. The two birds travel back in time to 1621, just before the first Thanksgiving and hatch a plan to make sure no turkeys ever become the traditional holiday dinner.

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. If you know it, no explanation is needed. If not, it’s time to watch it. Enough said.

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Alice’s Restaurant. Arlo Guthrie wrote a song with the same name and stars as himself in this film. After getting kicked out of college, he visits his friend Alice for Thanksgiving. After dinner, Arlo volunteers to take the trash to the dump which he finds closed for the holiday. Not knowing what to do with the garbage, he throws it into a ravine which gets him arrested, and sends him on a series of adventures that ends with him in front of the draft board.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. High-strung Neal Page is trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids but his flight is rerouted to Wichita due to a blizzard. He teams up with talkative Del Griffith (whom he finds incredibly annoying), and together they embark on a 3-day adventure to reach their destination.

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Home for the Holidays. After losing her job, kissing her soon-to-be ex-boss, and learning that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to go to Baltimore alone and spend the holiday with her dysfunctional family.

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Scent of a Woman. Charlie Simms, a student looking to make some money to travel home for Christmas, takes a short-term job as an aide to Frank Slade, an ornery and blind retired US Army colonel that is impossible to get along with. When Frank plans a lavish weekend in New York for Thanksgiving, Charlie gets more than he bargained for.

These picks are just a few of the many choices available for your after dinner movie-thon. Whatever you choose to watch, the most important thing is that you spend the time with the people you are thankful for. From the team at The Pajama Company, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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8 Ways to Adjust to the End of Daylight Saving Time

The end of Daylight Saving Time can be difficult to adjust to, but there are ways to get through it. Sure for one night you get an extra hour of sleep but the entire process can mess up your internal clock for weeks after the change.

According to the Better Sleep Council, about 60% of American adults need a couple weeks to recover from Daylight Saving Time. Luckily, there are some simple, inexpensive sleep aids available to help. These tips will help you adjust to the seasonal time change by improving your sleep at night and so you wake up fresh in the morning ready to take on the day.

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Be comfortable at night. We know the benefits of a great pair of pajamas. They don’t just make you look good, they will ensure that you get solid and productive sleep at night. Choose your pajamas based on your individual needs so for instance, if you get warm at night lighter fabrics are the way to go. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to feel confined, go for a loose fitting pair of pjs or a nightshirt. Whatever your style, you’ll find the perfect pair right here on our site!

Blackout

Install blackout shades or curtains. One way to adjust to the end of Daylight Saving time is by installing dark window in your bedroom. These coverings block out sunlight and give you a really dark room which creates an ideal sleeping environment by stimulating the production of melatonin, which signals the brain to sleep. As an extra benefit, heavy dark window treatments can help insulate a room and minimize noise.

 

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Wear a sleep mask. If blackout curtains are not an option, try wearing a sleep mask to block out light early in the morning. They are quite comfortable and make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your rest and not waking up too early. And, they are quite fashionable so you’ll look fantastic while you snooze!

Sound Machine

Use a sound machine. White noise machines help you get a better quality night’s sleep by masking other noises that disturb your sleep. Not only can they help you get to sleep but also stay asleep, and may even help to train your brain to know when it’s time to hit the sack.

End Nap

Shortening or eliminating a child’s nap. This transition is tricky, and you’ll need to make sure your child is ready for it. Normally, naps are taken in the afternoon which gives them more energy to make it through the rest of the day. By eliminating this nap, your child will be more tired when it’s time for bed and keeping their sleep schedule from being thrown off.

Alarm

Setting an alarm to go to bed earlier. Setting an alarm to go to bed earlier can be one of the easiest ways to adjust to the end of Daylight Saving Time. Most people find that sleeping between the hours of 10 pm and midnight is the most restful, and by setting an alarm, you can make the change easier. But you should remember to change the clock before you go to bed so you won’t end up playing the “it’s really XX o’clock” game.

Phone off

Turn technology off. The light from your phone, tablet, or computer stimulates the brain and makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Turn off the phone and read a book or take a warm bath to unwind. The general rule of thumb is to avoid screens for at least two hours before bed.

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Eat earlier and smarter. Try eating at earlier in the evening so your body has time to digest the food. Avoid spicy and fatty foods, and choose healthy proteins and whole grains instead. Another thing to avoid is caffeinated drinks later in the day so you have time to pass the caffeine through your system.

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No need to go out. Try a pajama date night at home!

Looking for something fun to do with your special someone? Restaurants, movie theaters, and all the popular hot spots are once again crowded so for your next date night, why not do something special in the comfort of your own home? Something like an evening in pajamas!  It’s intimate, cozy, and it might be the last chance you get to spend quality time together before the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season takes over.

We’ve put together a few ideas to help you plan a romantic, fun, and memorable pajama date night you’re sure to enjoy!

 

 

Commit to staying in your pajamas. The fun of doing so will add a different element to your date night and pajamas are perfect for staying cozy on a cold night.  You can even find pajamas printed with hearts and warm colors, as well as messages that express your love for your partner to make it super romantic.

Fort

Make a blanket fort in the living room: What’s a night in pajamas without a cozy place to snuggle up? Take a step back in time and build a blanket fort in your living room. Use couch cushions, blankets, and sheets to build it and if you want to make the fort even more romantic, consider hanging some twinkle lights. In addition, you can add fun decorations such as heart-shaped balloons and banners.

Gazing

Star gaze. Another great way to celebrate is to sit outside under the stars.  You can lie on the blankets, share some champagne, and reminisce. Or you could make it educational by using a constellation and planet finder app to identify what you’re viewing.

Games

Play games. Playing games with your partner can add a romantic element to your date night. Some fun ideas include karaoke, name that tune, and commandeering the kids’ gaming system. Other ideas include board games like checkers and try making it make it more fun by replacing the pieces with chocolates and feeding them to each other.  You could really spice things up by adding romantic penalties to the games or having an old-fashioned pillow fight.

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Make something sweet. Making homemade treats is a fun way to spend time creating something together and… it will make your house smell delicious. Remember, chocolate is an aphrodisiac!

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Watch scary movies. Halloween is also upon us so why not get in the mood by getting comfy on the couch and watching scary movies? Horror films are perfect for hiding under the blankets and getting close to each other. We even have a list of recommended flicks!

Date night is for spending quality time together- just the 2 of you – so make it special and memorable.

 

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8 Fall Essentials

8 Must Have Fall Essentials

Autumn is officially here and like it or not, it’s time to pack away summer and think of cooler temperatures and shorter days.

Switching seasons means you should think about the things you’ll need to get you through until spring arrives. We’d like to share our favorite fall essentials that we have found to make the transition easier.

The right pajamas. Because the temperatures can be all over the place in fall, it’s necessary to have a variety of pajamas that you can choose between.  You don’t want to be too hot, nor should you be cold when you sleep. Comfort is key as it ensures a good night’s rest which in turn makes for more productive days. From lighter cotton to flannels and footies, make sure you have choices.

Books

A few good books. On the days when the weather is blustery and cold and you don’t want to go anywhere, there’s nothing like curling up in your most comfortable pajamas and a cozy blanket with a good book. Pick up several books because as we all know, there will be plenty of opportunities in the upcoming months to hunker down.

Teas

A variety of tea. When you’re curled up in your favorite pajamas reading a good book, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to complete the mood. We recommend having a variety to choose from so that you can pick the one that suits your mood. We prefer herbal teas because they help you relax and many can provide immune defense and other health-related properties. With so many brands and flavors on the market to choose from you’re sure to find tons of tasty options.

Moisturizer

A heavier moisturizer. The change of season also means drier air both indoors and outdoors which can take its toll on your skin.  A good moisturizer will provide protection and keep your skin healthy and happy.

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Baking ingredients. There’s something about fall that brings out the Julia Child in us. Make sure you have all the supplies in your pantry now so that when the urge to bake hits, you’ve got everything you need to make those yummy pies, sweetbreads, and cakes.

Fall candles

Fall-scented candles. Enhance every fall day with scented candles that fit the season. From pumpkin spice to warm vanilla, even the dreariest of days can be significantly uplifted with your favorite scent wafting through your home.

Cooker

A working slow cooker. Pull out the slow cooker or crock pot and plug it in to make sure it works because it’s chili, beef stew, and pot roast season. There’s nothing better than comfort food during the colder months.  Plus… a slow cooker makes meal time way easier so you have more time to hibernate.

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A programmable thermostat. OK so this isn’t as glamorous or as fun as the others however it’s a must; especially these days when prices of everything including heat are through the roof. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, it’s time to look into one. Keep your home comfortable without spending an arm in a leg to do so.

Fall isn’t all bad, we have plenty of warm weather days and the colors in many parts of the country are breathtaking but we all know that there will be some not-so-pleasant days as well. If you have some of these essentials it will make staying in so much better!

 

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Slow

Mastering the art of slowing down

If you feel your life is going too fast, mastering the art of slowing down is essential for achieving success. It’s an actual skill to step back and choose what is most important to you. If we can make the most of our days without rushing through things, we can be more productive.

Learning how to slow down your pace can start in the small moments of everyday life. For example, the way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day. By taking the time to intentionally begin your day, you will feel less stressed and rushed throughout your day. If you’re ready to ride in the slow lane for a bit, give these tried and true tips a go.

Deep Breath

Deep Breathing. The art of deep breathing can help you relax and reduce your stress levels. It activates the vagus nerve which is involved in the regulation of our physiological responses and acts as a neural brake. During a deep breath, the heart rate slows down and the breathing pattern becomes slow and deep. This process can decrease your feelings of anxiety and depression.

Meditate. Slowing down through meditation involves tapping into the breath and by doing so we calm the mind, reduce reactivity, and power the frontal lobes of the brain. We can use this technique to slow down time so that we can choose the right things to do at the right time.

Yoga

Yoga. This practice requires you to pay attention to the present moment and refine your awareness and perception. We tend to be so wrapped up in our daily activities that we often become oblivious to the quiet part within us. Our mind demands outward stimulation so it is very important to take time to dive into your inner world.

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Engage Nature. Take time away from business and reconnect with nature. This can be and variety of activities, including taking a walk, reading a book outdoors, or simply sitting and listening to nature’s soothing sounds. If possible, leave technology indoors.

Focus on the moment. It’s not all about slowing yourself down, it’s about practicing mindfulness. Being mindful means directing your attention toward the present moment and taking inventory of your surroundings and the people around you. In other words, when slowing down your life, you want to make the most of every moment rather than simply pass through it.

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Make a short to-do list. One of the best ways to slow down your life is to make a short to-do list. Whether it’s a daily task or a weekly project, writing it down helps trick your brain into thinking in specific steps. Having a short to-do list will help you prioritize tasks so put only three items on your list each day. This way, you’ll be able to check off the most important tasks and leave the rest for the next day or week.

Gratitude

Cultivating gratitude. This is a powerful way to boost your mood, foster stronger relationships, and even change the way you see yourself. Plus, practicing gratitude is totally free! When you practice gratitude, you’ll experience an increased sense of relaxation, a stronger immune system, and a reduction in blood pressure. Write down the things you’re grateful for or write a handwritten letter to someone special and focus on the good qualities of that person.

Declutter

Get rid of clutter. Clutter clogs our brain’s neural pathways, which means that we can’t process information quickly and can negatively impact our relationships, health, and work performance. We also spend an inordinate amount of time searching for things. This is time we could be spending with loved ones or relaxing. When tackling a clutter problem, it’s important to start small. Start by putting your dirty laundry in a hamper, and then clear off the tops of appliances and shelves and move up from there.

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Create a cocoon. Fall is the best time to start learning the art of cocooning. You can start by setting aside a specific space in your bedroom. Then, set a schedule for cocooning and begin to follow it. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable pajamas on hand for your sessions.

The cooler weather and shorter days are the perfect time to think about slowing down your life. Tell us how you step back when things get hectic in the comments below or post on our Facebook page!

 

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Stretching Summer into Fall

Just because the calendar says Labor Day doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to summer just like that. In most areas the weather can remain warm well into the fall, and just because kids are back to school, and the days are getting a little shorter it doesn’t mean the fun is done.

We like to drag out summer as long as possible and there are plenty of things for you to do that will make You feel like the happy summer days have not faded quite yet.

Fall PJ Party

Plan a backyard sleepover. You can do this for either adults or kids. There’s nothing better than setting up the backyard with lots of food, drink, and even an outdoor movie screen. Everybody can wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy the early fall evenings.

Farmers Market

Visit a farmer’s market. The summer bounty is at its height and getting picked and brought to your local market right now. Pick up an array of fresh fruits and vegetables and fill your table with all the amazing flavors of summer. Think about canning some of this wonderful produce for the sweet taste of summer all winter long.

Zoo

Go to the zoo. Believe it or not, this is the time of the year when the animals are most active. It’s not quite as hot but days can still get into the temperatures where they are out, roaming around, and showing off for all their visitors.

Drivein

Go to a drive-in for dinner. Most places where you can order and eat dinner right from your car stay open well into October because they know there is plenty of good weather yet to be had. Hop in your car and head to your local drive-in with the family and enjoy your dinner outdoors.

Fall Gardening

Do some gardening. Fall mums, cold crops, and next year’s bulbs can all be planted now and will continue to grow until it freezes.  Did you know that many vegetables can be grown between now and the end of October because they like the cooler weather? You can be eating fresh produce right up until the snow flies

Am Park

Visit an amusement park. Nothing says summer like rides, concession stands, and shows. The great thing about visiting an amusement park at this time of year is that you’ll likely save all kinds of money throughout the park. You might even find an all-inclusive package deal because they are anxious to keep people coming until they close for the season.

Beach

Go to the beach. On a warm sunny day pack up the family and head on down to the beach. The wonderful part about going this time of year is that you won’t have the crowds you have during the summer months.

Clothes

Hang your laundry out to dry. The fresh scents of summer can hang with you for just a little longer if you put your laundry outside to dry instead of using the dryer. There’s something about pulling out a line-dried piece of clothing or towel in the middle of November that will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy every moment of what we have left of summer and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

 

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Back to School

School Supplies You Didn’t Think You Needed (Until Now)

It’s back to school time and by now you probably have the list of supplies your student will need for the upcoming year. These necessities usually include pens, pencils, a backpack, a laptop, and paper.

But beyond these typical school supplies, there are other things you should consider adding to your shopping list that you may not have thought of. We’ve got several must-haves you should purchase now to keep you one step ahead as the chaos of a new academic year starts.

Pajamas – Every student should have new pajamas to start the school year out with. A comfy pair of PJs will ensure your kids sleep well at night, look great for weekend sleepovers, and have something perfect for pajama day during spirit week. Get them a couple pairs just to be safe!

Water Bottles

Water Bottle – Having their own refillable water bottle will make sure your kids don’t accidentally drink from someone else’s container and will also keep the water cold over the course of the day. Make the bottle their own by letting them choose the color and style. You can even have them personalized with your child’s name or picture.

Mini Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer – While all classrooms and public spaces will have sanitizer available to everyone, somewhere a bottle will inevitably run out. A mini bottle of their own kept in their backpack will give them the ability to sanitize and stay safe when otherwise unavailable.

Apps

Parental Apps – If your student has their own phone it’s essential that you download some apps to it for their safety and your peace of mind. From location tracking to online monitoring, every parent should make sure these apps are installed on their child’s phone.

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Flash Drive – Because technology glitches and breakdowns happen, a good flash drive will make it possible to backup all your child’s hard work.

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Compact Umbrella – Fall can be a rainy time of the year so make sure your student stays dry by packing a mini-umbrella in their school bag. They come in so many fun colors, prints, and styles that your child will actually want to use it when the showers come.  And these days umbrellas are so compact, carrying one won’t take up any room at all!

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Multivitamins – During summer break you have control over what your child eats and their overall nutrition. Once you send them off to school, it’s a different story. They may tell you they ate the healthy lunch you made them… but did they really? Having your child take a multivitamin every day will guarantee that they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong.

Wine

Wine – Ok so this one is for mom and dad and not the kids, but trust us – you’re going to need it. Your already hectic day coupled with all the activities your kids are involved in will sometimes make your head spin. On those occasions after you tuck the kiddos into bed for the night (in their new jammies), pop the cork and wind down yourself. It’s a long school year ahead. You can thank us later.

 

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How to Celebrate National Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day is August 15th. If you’ve ever wanted to take a day to unplug from technology and social media, you’ve come to the right place for ideas on how to do just that. Take a relaxing bath, relax with a good book, or get a massage. Whatever your reason for celebrating, relaxation can be beneficial for your mind and body.

Stress is one of the most common distractions we have, and taking some time to relax is essential for overall wellness. Taking breaks, watching TV, and light gardening are just a few of the ways to relax every day and unwind but if you’re looking for the best ways to spend a whole day relaxing, you should start planning now.  Listed below are 8 ideas to get you started.

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Take a mental health day. You can’t spend the day relaxing if you have to work. If possible, take a mental health day to reflect and do Inner Work. This day can be spent doing something you enjoy or trying something new, spending time with friends, or engaging in some challenging activity. While the latter might seem like a luxury, it will give you a relaxing feeling of accomplishment.

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Start the morning slow. Enjoy the time you get to spend in your pajamas. Sleep late, have a special breakfast, and work into your day. If you have others in the home that may interrupt your morning Zen, tell them in advance this is your day. Or better yet, get the whole gang involved. A whole morning in PJs for everyone!

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Visit a spa. There are so many benefits to visiting a spa. Aside from feeling good, spa treatments can help improve your skin’s health and organ function. Some spas even offer services to remove unwanted hair. If you’re looking for a day to relax, visiting a spa might be the perfect way to unwind. And you can easily schedule well in advance for your treatment.

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Take a scenic walk. Mother Nature can provide some of the most amazing backdrops for your relaxation day. Walk in a natural environment as opposed to an urban street. The mental boost you get from hiking trails, a sandy beach, or a forest can do wonders for your well-being.

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Meditate. Practicing meditation requires you to focus your mind and notice the world around you. If you’re new to meditation, National Relaxation Day is the perfect time to make it part of your daily routine. Try to meditate for a short period of time to begin with and work your way up to longer and more frequent sessions.

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Exercise. There are numerous benefits of exercise as a way to relax. Exercise promotes stress reduction and strengthens the immune system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system by providing a physical activity that makes them work in tandem. Exercise is also proven to improve mood by producing endorphins that make you happy – so get moving and start relaxing!

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Write something. In today’s stressful world, it’s important to find a way to escape and relax. Writing is a great hobby and creative outlet. Not only does it relax and inspire you, but it can also improve your logical thinking, narrative skills, and creative thinking. Write about anything you want and remember you’re not a novelist; this is a personal outlet for you!

Sun

Get some sun. Getting outside in the sunshine has several benefits, including improving mood. It prevents overproduction of the hormone melatonin, which is produced by the body when it is dark. Additionally, exposure to sunlight improves brain function which allows you to be more clear thinking and in turn organize your thoughts which will help you relax. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

There are a million things you can do to relax and after all, this is a national holiday so do what makes you relax! Don’t forget to spread the word about National Relaxation Day and celebrate your self-care!

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