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The Absolute Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea

If Father’s Day snuck up on you (again), don’t panic! While you might not be able to snag a reservation at a steakhouse this late in the game, you can give dad a gift he’s guaranteed to love: the gift of relaxation. If dad works all day and picks up a second shift as Superdad all night — cooking dinner, helping with homework, wrangling kiddos at bathtime, or scaring away monsters under the bed — he’ll appreciate having the house to himself in his favorite pajama pants on Sunday.

Here’s The Pajama Company’s simple five step guide for planning the best “day off” for dad. No advanced reservations required!

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How to Plan the Most Relaxing Father’s Day for Dad

1. Give the gift of comfort!

Let dad know your plans for Father’s Day the night before. Then surprise him with something comfortable to spend the day in. He’ll want to put his feet up, so consider a luxurious bathrobe, pajama pants, fun pajama set, or silly T-shirt — a thoughtful little present he can lounge in all day long.

2. Make a plan for the kids.

Have a late breakfast together, so dad can sleep in. The kids will be eager to give dad their gifts and he’ll get plenty of Father’s Day hugs before you depart for the day. Plan to spend the afternoon out. Take the kids to a playdate, the park, a movie, an arcade, to visit their grandparents… anything to keep them busy for the day so dad can have the house to himself on Father’s Day.

3. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served.

What’s Father’s Day without steak? Steak and eggs for breakfast sounds super fancy, but it’s a surprisingly quick and easy meal to make. Other easy breakfast ideas: Easy Steak & Egg Bake or this epic “breakfast hoagie” that can be made on a baguette to feed a family! Since you’ll be out for most of day, keep it simple and have all his favorite sandwich fixings ready to go in the fridge: cured meats, cheeses, quality bread, and all the toppings! For dinner, consider firing up the slow cooker or reheating a no-fuss pre-made dish like baked ziti, chili, or a frozen pizza.

Dad T-Shirt for Father's Day

A super T-shirt for Superdad! This fun shirt from LA Imprints makes a great Father’s Day gift. Only 8 left!

4. Everything within arm’s reach.

For an extra-thoughtful touch, set up his favorite spot on the couch so everything is within arm’s reach: his favorite drink, slippers, an assortment of snacks, books, magazines, newspaper, and the remote of course! Be sure to include a comfy pillow and a blanket as well. If you want to be cute, throw in an eye mask for that inevitable afternoon nap! He’ll appreciate that you remembered his faves and went the distance to ensure a day of complete relaxation.

5. Dinner and a movie.

When you return from your day out, simply reheat dinner and settle in with newly “zenned-out” dad. Continue the pampering and let him pick a movie for the family to watch or pick a game for a game night. If you opted not to give him a gift yet, this would be the perfect time to surprise him with matching family pajamas (the family that lounges together…). Whatever you choose to do on Sunday evening, spending a relaxing night with his favorite people beats a crowded steak house every time. For more gift ideas or inspiration for family activities, visit us at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

Father's Day Gift Ideas from The Pajama Company

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7 Father's Day Activities for the Whole Family

7 Father’s Day Activities for the ‘Fun Dad’

This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating Fun Dads! There are dads and then there are fun dads. Fun dads have an extra cheesy dad joke for every situation. They make matching family T-shirts, show off their dance moves when they chaperone prom, and get overly competitive on game night (especially during high-stakes Candyland). There’s no rope swing too high, no rollercoaster too fast, and no such thing as too much ice cream for these “big kids.”

Show the ‘fun dad’ in your life how much you appreciate his willingness to go the extra mile to bring a smile to his kid’s faces. On Father’s Day, tackle these activities with same childlike enthusiasm that he would.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Fun Father’s Day Activities for the Whole Family

1. Cornhole Tournament

For the competitive dad who likes to spend time outside, spice up your father’s day BBQ with a cornhole tournament. A cornhole set makes a great gift for the dad who likes to host friends and neighbors while he grills. Invite other dads in the neighborhood over to celebrate. If cornhole isn’t his jam, consider other classic lawn games like ladder toss, horseshoes, or croquet.

2. Roller Rink

Give him the gift he really wants: the chance to embarrass his kids in public. Take dad back to middle school and plan a family trip to a roller rink. Cheesy pop music, bright lights, and a disco ball are all a ‘fun dad’ needs to get his roller-groove on!

3. The World’s Largest…

Is dad the one who can’t go on a road trip without stopping at every advertised attraction? Whether it’s a national historic site or the largest ball of yarn, indulge his childlike curiosity by finding your nearest, weirdest, wildest roadside attraction and take the family on a mini road trip. Get dinner in the town or city you’re visiting and toast his adventurous side!

Father's Day Activities He'll Love

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4. ‘Dad Movie’ Marathon

What’s his poison? Spaghetti westerns? 80’s classics? Die Hard? Cheesy horror movies? Show your love for dad by enduring three of his absolute “worst” favorites. In addition to popping popcorn, have a selection of classic movie theater snacks on hand like Milk Duds, Raisinettes, and Dots. If you want to really knock his socks off, present the family with matching pajamas so you can lounge in style!

5. Trampoline Park

For the families with little ones, trampoline parks are guaranteed to tire them out! Trampoline parks are large indoor spaces covered in wall-to-wall trampolines. Many have separate areas for adults and older kids and little ones. Take the family for a day of jumping around. You’ll be surprised by how much fun you have!

6. Arcade

For the fun dad who is a gamer at heart, visit an arcade on Father’s Day. He’ll love getting competitive with his favorite little buddies. There are plenty of ‘Chuck-E-Cheese’ alternatives these days. For example, Dave and Buster’s is a chain restaurant and sports bar with a ‘Friday’s’ feel that also has arcade games. This way mom and dad can take a break from gaming and enjoy a drink while the kids keep themselves amused!

7. Outside-the-Box Mini Golf

Did you know that mini golf isn’t mini golf anymore? While the classic shoot-a-golfball-through-the-windmill is a blast, now there are a lot of variations on the family favorite. You can play indoor glow-golf, virtual golf, or go to a new kind of driving range called ‘Topgolf’ where you can rent a bay by the hour and enjoy cocktails, food, and games.

At the end of an exciting day of celebrating and family fun, dad’s going to want to relax. Surprise him with a new robe or a comfy pajama set before he settles in for the night. For more gift ideas or inspiration for family activities, visit us at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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How to Travel with Your Dog

How to Plan a Summer Getaway with Your Dog

Jetsetting is great for our health! In fact, getaways have many of the same health benefits as doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles. When we travel our brain is actively engaged, taking in all the new sights and sounds. While our brains our active, our bodies remain relaxed because they are physically removed from potentially stressful environments and routines. The result is more brain power and reduced blood pressure.

Everyone enjoys breaking their routine and getting out of town for the weekend — including your pup. This summer, pack him up and hit the open road together! If you think that traveling with your dog would be a huge hassle, you’d be wrong. More and more businesses are updating their policies to include the most loyal member of the family. Here’s how to plan the perfect weekend getaway with your best friend.

Puppy Love: Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

1. Pre-book dog-friendly accommodations.

When you’re traveling with your pooch, you don’t have to limit yourself to campgrounds or make the little guy to sleep in the car. Nowadays, virtually every hotel chain has a pet policy. Many hotels, like Marriott for example, will charge a small fee — $50 to $100 — to let your dog crash in the room with you. Before booking, call ahead to double-check to make sure that your buddy is welcome. Snuggle up in your favorite pajamas and let him sleep at the foot of your bed in the lap of luxury!

2. Make sure he has space to rest.

Some people are the “backpack and go!” travelers and others are the “everything but the kitchen sink” type. Whichever end of the spectrum you’re on, remember to make sure that your dog has plenty of space to stand up or lay down especially during a long car ride. Secure stacked baggage with bungee cords, to ensure Fido doesn’t get smooshed! An uncomfortable pup is an unhappy travel companion. So roll that window down and let him enjoy the ride!

3. Prepare for frequent stops.

You and your dog both need to stop and stretch your legs during a longer trip. Stop at least once for every two hours of driving. Whether it’s a pee break, a snack break, or a stop to briefly stretch your legs, getting to stand on solid ground will prevent your dog from getting stressed in the car. Bring plenty of water and let your dog take a drink during these breaks so he can stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!

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Unwind in this fun ‘Life’s Ruff’ pajama set from PJ Salvage.

4. Don’t forget his favorite kibble!

When you’re packing, bring his favorite brand of dog food along with you. While it would be easy to pick up a bag at your destination, you want to stay consistent with his feedings. Traveling in a car and staying in a hotel is not the optimal time for puppy tummy troubles… and you could wind up spending your days scrubbing car and hotel carpets instead of enjoying the great outdoors!

5. Research pet-friendly activities in advance.

Flying by the seat of your pants is a fun way travel, but when you have a pooch — especially if you’re driving to a more urban environment — you’re going to want to plan ahead. Run a quick search of hikes, parks, beaches, tours, and restaurants that will your dog participate. You don’t have to bring him everywhere, but it’s nice to know that you have options if you think he’s spending too much time lounging all day in a king-sized hotel bed (poor baby).

For more ideas for how to have fun with your buddy this summer, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Rainy Day BBQ Recipes for the Oven

Rain or Shine: BBQ Recipes for the Oven or Grill

Barbecue season has officially arrived! What’s more American than grilling up thick juicy cuts of meat in the great outdoors? The key to hosting a stress-free outdoor bash is to create a backup plan for a rainy day. Unexpected showers are frequent during these temperamental spring-to-summer days and sudden thunderstorms are common in the thick of summer. Rained out barbecues are stressful for a number of reasons, the primary concern being: what the heck are you going to do with all that food?!

Take the pressure off your party planning and have oven-friendly barbecue recipes on hand. If you can move your party indoors or safely tuck your crowd under a tent, you can “party on” even if your grill is out of play. These are our favorite oven-friendly barbecue recipes that can easily be thrown on a grill if the weather lets up!

6 Oven-Friendly Barbecue Recipes for a Rainy Day

Moist Oven BBQ Chicken for a Rainy Day

Super Moist Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken by Heather Likes Food

1. Super Moist Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken by Heather Likes Food

This recipe delivers as promised: chicken so tender you could cut it with a fork and all that smoky BBQ flavor your guests are craving — minus the grill. The secret to Heather’s recipe is the killer overnight marinade. Just be sure you don’t marinade for more than 24 hours! Chicken has a sweet spot and the meat could get a little funky. If the sun decides to make an appearance you can easily change course and throw this flavor-packed meat on the grill instead. Get the full recipe from Heather Likes Food here.

Oven-Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs by AllRecipes

2. Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs by AllRecipes

We’re talking fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth delicious pork ribs straight from the oven. Rain shouldn’t mean that you let all that flavor go to waste! The ground chipotle pepper is the key ingredient in this keeper from AllRecipes. Chipotle peppers have a smoky taste, so even from the oven the meat will taste like it was served fresh off the grill. Get the full recipe from AllRecipes here.

Juicy Oven Steak for a Rainy Day

Juicy Oven Steak by Weary Chef

3. Juicy Oven Steak by Weary Chef

Making steak in an oven sound sacrilegious, but when you’re without a grill and you have to feed a crowd: a host’s gotta do what a host’s gotta do. You can’t go wrong with this tasty steak recipe from Weary Chef. The beef comes out far more tender than it would from a grill and you can easily knock out multiple servings at once. Keep in mind with all of these recipes that the meat needs to rest for a period of 30 minutes before serving, so that gives you plenty of time to move various dishes in and out of the oven. Get the full recipe from Weary Chef here.

Garlic Shrimp Kabobs for a Rainy Day

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs by Damn Delicious

4. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs by Damn Delicious

We are huge fans of Damn Delicious over here and you will probably find one Chungah’s recipes in practically every food post from Pajama Company! If your barbecue is rained out and you have an ungodly amount of expensive jumbo shrimp burning a hole in your fridge, fear not! These flavor-packed Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs are roasted in the oven to perfection. The best part is that they can be served up in a flash in between other oven-barbecue dishes like chicken or steak. If the weather clears up, just throw them on the grill! This recipe is super versatile. Get the full recipe from Damn Delicious here.

BBQ Pulled Pork in the Oven for a Rainy Day

BBQ Pulled Pork in the Oven by Taste of Southern

5. BBQ Pulled Pork in the Oven by Taste of Southern

Were you planning on firing up the smoker this weekend only to have rain ruin your plans? Slow cook that Boston butt in your oven with this delicious pulled pork recipe from Taste of Southern. The recipe includes a homemade dry rub called “Steves Butt Rub” — and you if you can’t get behind that… What we love most about this recipe is that it pleases both sides of the BBQ fence by including a recipe for homemade “NC Eastern Style Vinegar-Based Sauce.” Pull out the sliders and keep the party going. Get the full recipe from Taste of Southern here.

Crunchy Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks for a rainy day

Crunchy Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks by Sweet C Designs

6. Crunchy Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks by Sweet C Designs

Arguably everyone’s favorite: smoky, juicy, crispy drumsticks fresh off the grill. If Mother Nature has other plans for your barbecue menu, don’t panic! This simple recipe from Sweet C Designs will give you the juicy flavor packed chicken with a to-die-for crunchy crust — fresh from the oven. This recipe is loaded with BBQ-in-the-oven pro tips (“Don’t rush the magic!”) that you can apply to the other dishes on this list. Get the full recipe from Sweet C Designs here.

We hope you enjoy these recipes! All of us at The Pajama Company wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Like many Americans, we look for opportunities to support the American worker and American entrepreneur. We’re proud to tell our customers about the brands we carry that produce 100% of their merchandise in the United States.

For more inspiration for family activities or gift ideas, visit us at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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How to Prepare Your Backyard for Summer Entertaining

How to Prepare Your Backyard for Summer Entertaining

Each year, spring comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Blooming trees are overtaken by lush green foliage and temperatures steadily climb as we cruise into summer at full speed. Summer brings sunshine, friends, and super fun outdoor gatherings. If you’re hoping your backyard becomes your neighborhood’s hot spot for barbeques, dinner parties, and July 4th celebrations, prepare your space with these pro tips.

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It’s heating up! We adore this summery ‘Made in America’ Flamingo pajama set from The Cat’s Pajamas.

7 Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

1. Spring cleaning made easy.

A simple way to add some sparkle to your outdoor space is to give the patio and furniture a good scrub-down. Shave time off this process and rent a pressure washer from your local home improvement store. A pressure washer will blast away years of dirt and grime from any surface. Your patio furniture, windows, siding, fencing, deck, and any masonry will sparkle like the day they were installed — and you won’t even break a sweat! You won’t even have to get out of your pajamas.

2. Create a chef’s paradise.

The first step in entertaining is wanting to entertain. Create an inviting space where you and your family can cook, mix drinks, and socialize. First, give your grill a good deep clean to keep it running safely in tip-top shape. Consider investing in a patio-friendly kitchen island, so you can spread out your ingredients and comfortably have everything at your fingertips. Place the cooler or ice bucket next to the island so it can double as “the bar.” Guests will stop by for a drink and chat while you’re manning the grill. If there’s a garden bed nearby, it might the perfect spot for herbs. An herb garden will provide you with fresh ingredients for your favorite dishes and refreshments all summer long!

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Safety first! When treating your lawn, opt for eco-friendly pest and weed control so your little ones can safely enjoy the great outdoors!

3. Give the lawn a facelift.

A week or two before you plan to host your first backyard soiree, trim the grass, seed and fertilize bald spots, and spray for weeds. If you’re concerned about harmful chemicals, there are a host of “green” alternatives on the market today. Now you can keep your grass looking fresh while keeping your kids and pets safe. Even if you’re not in the mood to plant, weed and mulch your garden beds to give them a “fresh” appearance before your guests arrive. With these small adjustments, your yard will look like a manicured putting green.

4. Light it up!

Lighting is essential for creating a magical ambiance for summer outdoor gatherings. Pull out your ladder and check and replace the bulbs in your existing outdoor lighting. If your backyard is darker than you’d like, consider installing easy solar-powered lights that don’t require a power-source. Many quality solar brands have an impressive battery life and will last well into the night. Other options are battery-operated LED lanterns, that can be installed virtually anywhere with a weight-bearing hook.

5. Plan for pests.

With the warm weather comes all sorts of creepy crawlies. Again, there are plenty of eco-friendly options if you’d like to spray for insects like ants in the weeks before you entertain. Stock up on deet-free bug spray for guests and citronella candles or citronella oil burners. Another option for pest control is to plant lemongrass, lavender, and mint. Not only are these plants beautiful and functional, they also deter mosquitoes and gnats!

Creative Outdoor Seating

Get creative with your outdoor seating! This sleek modular bench can be used in a variety of ways.

6. Creative seating.

If you plan on entertaining a crowd throughout the season, having a set or two of stackable outdoor chairs tucked away in your shed or garage is a great idea. However, storage space can be an issue for many homes. In this case, get creative and choose seating that serves multiple purposes. For example, simple benches can seat many people, take up minimal space, and can also serve as a place to set a drink down. Cut logs are rustic and decorative, but can be used as either a seat or a side table. Think outside the box to make the most of your space!

7. Shade and shelter.

Summer makes us think of sunshine, but can turn at any moment — especially if you’re living in the Northeast! Whether it’s a sudden scorcher or an unexpected summer storm, be prepared with flexible shelter so your party isn’t crammed indoors or cancelled. Umbrellas with bases are an excellent solution as are “pop up tents,” which can be quickly assembled and easily stored.

We hope you find these tips useful! All of us at The Pajama Company wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Like many Americans, we look for opportunities to support the American worker and American entrepreneur. We’re proud to tell our customers about the brands we carry that produce 100% of their merchandise in the United States.

For more inspiration for family activities or gift ideas, visit us at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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11 Best Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

11 Best Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Throughout your childhood, how many times did mom or grandma make you breakfast? Return the favor this Mother’s Day by cooking a stellar brunch in her honor. Whipping up a fabulous meal at home allows your family to skip loud, overcrowded restaurants with long Mother’s Day waitlists. Let mom enjoy a mimosa in the comfort of her pajamas and bathrobe, reclining on a couch cushion like the queen she is.

Simple, Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Banana Bread Flapjacks from Country Living

Banana Bread Flapjacks from Country Living

1. Banana Bread Flapjacks from Country Living

It’s a simple pleasure: waking up to a hot cup of coffee and warm stack of flapjacks. These easy “banana bread” flapjacks from Country Living will warm your heart and your stomach. Spice up the presentation by presenting various toppings: candied nuts, fresh berries, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Get the recipe here.

Chard and Gruyere Eggs in the Hole from Good Housekeeping

Chard and Gruyere Eggs in the Hole from Good Housekeeping

2. Chard and Gruyere Eggs in the Hole from Good Housekeeping

“Eggs in the Hole” is simply a piece of bread with hole cut in the middle, that you fry on a skillet, cracking an egg over the center so the fried egg sits in the hole in the toast. This simple dish maintains the same concept but is elevated with gourmet cheese and dark leafy greens. Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping here.

Loaded Bloody Mary from Foodie Crush

Loaded Bloody Mary from Foodie Crush

3. Loaded Bloody Mary from Foodie Crush

It’s a drink and a snack! The perfect treat for a pampered mom who just spent the morning lounging in her luxurious new pajama set. Learn how to build a “loaded Bloody Mary” with this how-to from Foodie Crush for creating the perfect Bloody Mary bar. With drink accoutrements like bacon, oysters, and steak, this really is a meal in a glass. Learn how to craft the perfect loaded Bloody Mary for Mother’s Day here.

Blueberry Chamomile Dutch Baby from Half Baked Harvest

Blueberry Chamomile Dutch Baby from Half Baked Harvest

4. Blueberry Chamomile Dutch Baby from Half Baked Harvest

A Dutch Baby is essentially a pancake that you bake in a skillet… which, by the way, was the original pancake. So a Dutch Baby is a real pancake? Well whatever it is, it’s and delicious. The skillet also makes for an Instagram-worthy Mother’s Day brunch presentation, so you’ll look like a pro! Get the recipe for this lightly spiced, hot and gooey treat from Half Baked Harvest here.

Ham and Egg Grilled Cheese from Damn Delicious

Ham and Egg Grilled Cheese from Damn Delicious

5. Ham and Egg Grilled Cheese from Damn Delicious

If you haven’t checked out Chungah Rhee’s cooking blog yet, now’s your chance. Your mom deserves the best for Mother’s Day and this site is filled with tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes that you’ll make again and again. This decadent take on a ham/egg/cheese is to die for and is practically designed to enjoy in your favorite pajama pants. Fire up your waffle iron (yes) and get the recipe from from Damn Delicious here.

Summer Mimosa Floats from That’s What Che Said

Summer Mimosa Floats from That’s What Che Said

6. Summer Mimosa Floats from That’s What Che Said

This cocktail is advertised as “the perfect beverage for brunch, book club, girls weekend, or just a normal Saturday.” If that’s the case, we want to spend every Saturday with Cheryl from That’s What Che Said! Instead of pouring champagne over orange juice this Mother’s Day, pour champagne over sweet, decadent sherbet. Wow your mother this weekend and get the over-the-top recipe here.

The Silkiest Carbonara from Bon Appetit

The Silkiest Carbonara from Bon Appetit

7. The Silkiest Carbonara from Bon Appetit

Pasta for brunch? Absolutely. Carbonara has all the markings of great brunch food: bacon in the form of pancetta, eggs, and a healthy dose of butter, heavy cream, and cheese. The smell of pancetta frying in your kitchen is the best reason for your mom to grab her mimosa, get out of bed, and join you all downstairs. Get the recipe from Bon Appetit here.

Bananas Foster Baked French Toast from Taste of Home

Bananas Foster Baked French Toast from Taste of Home

8. Bananas Foster Baked French Toast from Taste of Home

The classic dessert, with all its divine caramelized banana goodness, condensed into one 13X9 recipe from Taste of Home. This recipe sounds complicated, but it’s essentially a casserole. Everything is layered like a lasagna in one pan for easy preparation and even easier cleanup. If your mother is a fan of classic desserts, this will be a surefire hit on Mother’s Day. Get the recipe here.

Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs from Food & Wine

Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs from Food & Wine

9. Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs from Food & Wine

If your mother isn’t a fan of frills, try this elegant twist on a diner favorite on Mother’s Day (no corned beef from a can here!). Food & Wine walks you through scratch-made corned beef hash that will taste like nothing you’ve ever had at your local dive — it will taste a million times better! Spoil mom rotten with a laid-back brunch menu that features high quality ingredients. Get the recipe from Food & Wine here.

Savory Dutch Baby from Food with Feeling

Savory Dutch Baby from Food with Feeling

10. Savory Dutch Baby from Food with Feeling

This delicious Dutch Baby is a savory twist on the classic fruity variety. You can use the suggested toppings in this recipe from Food with Feeling or improvise with fresh seasonal spring veggies. Regardless of what vegetables you use to fill it, the presentation will knock mom’s warm and fuzzy socks off on Mother’s Day. Get the recipe here.

Citrusy Champagne Sangria from Kiran + Tarun

Citrusy Champagne Sangria from Kiran + Tarun

11. Citrusy Champagne Sangria from Kiran + Tarun

Kiran + Tarun is another blog that is loaded with simple super fun recipes to try any day of the week! But for Mother’s Day we love this beautiful and refreshing Citrusy Champagne Sangria. Get the recipe here.

For more ideas for Mother’s Day fun, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog

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Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018

Not-Your-Mama’s Pajamas: 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Okay, so maybe they will be your mama’s pajamas. Some people think that pajamas and bathrobes are the “safe” gift choice for Mother’s Day. We can’t argue that everyone loves to be comfortable (it’s a fact!), but pajamas are also a fun way to show off your personality in the comfort of your home. With the right personal touch, any one of these unique pajama sets are guaranteed to bring a smile to your mom’s face on her big day.

7 Unique Pajama Sets for Every Mom

Mother's Day Bathrobe from Kasher

Seasonless Robes by Kashwere

1. Mom’s All Business

No one has more hustle than your mom. When she’s not on the grind, she’s unwinding with a nice glass of wine in the bathtub. Do not disturb! For the mother that works hard and relaxes harder, pair her favorite vino with bath salts and our most luxurious bathrobe by Kashwere. It’s a gift that says “I appreciate all you’ve sacrificed: now please use your vacation time.”

The Travel Collection by Munki Munki for Mother's Day

The Travel Collection by Munki Munki

2. Where’s Mom?

No, seriously, where is she? Did she fly to the Caribbean with her sister? Head to Napa for the weekend with her bestie? Take on New York with her book club? If your mother loves to jet, show her you support her frequent flier status with a pair of pajamas from this cheeky Travel Collection by Munki Munki. Throw in a cute pack of travel-sized toiletries, an eye mask, and a quality travel pillow to highlight the theme. Bon voyage!

Dog Themed Pajamas from PJ Salvage for Mother's Day

Life’s Ruff Pajama Set by PJ Salvage

3. Mom’s Other Baby

If you take a backseat to a smaller, furrier, four-legged baby — you’re not alone. Show mom that you fully accept your fur-sibling with this super fun pajama set from PJ Salvage. To tie in the doggy theme, include fancy dog treats and a pack of tennis balls. After all, the dog probably deserves a reward for being better behaved than you were as child, right?

Pajama Sets by Needham Lane for Mother's Day

Ellie Navy Pajama Set by Needham Lane

4. Mom’s So Fancy

Your mom has more Instagram followers than you do. She’s dressed to the nines and looks flawless in every selfie. For the mom who prides herself in being “best dressed,” send her to sleep in style with this gorgeous pajama set from luxury PJ designers, Needham Lane. Needham Lane pairs classic cuts with high-end fabrics and contemporary patterns. Throw in a gift certificate for a mani-pedi and you’ve got a Mother’s Day win.

The Queen Bee Collection by The Cat's Pajamas for Mother's Day

The Queen Bee Collection by The Cat’s Pajamas

5. The Queen Bee

Have you stopped buying zucchini since your mom took up gardening? If your mom yearns for spring and likes to spend the warm months outdoors with her hands in the dirt, then gift her a beautiful set of pajamas from The Queen Bee Collection by The Cat’s Pajamas. Include a new pair of gardening gloves and a few packs of seeds to add a thoughtful touch.

Sushi Pajamas for Mother's Day

The Sushi Collection by The Cat’s Pajamas

6. Foodie Flavor

Your mom has her finger on the pulse when it comes to food. Whether she’s experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or dragging your dad to the latest restaurant opening, she’s first in line to try all the latest trends. Show her some foodie love by taking her out to dinner and gifting her a pair of these fun sushi-themed pajamas by The Cat’s Pajamas. We dare anyone not to smile that this joyful little set.

Sushi-Themed Pajamas for Mother's Day

The Sushi Collection by The Cat’s Pajamas

7. Lounge Lover

It’s 11am on a Saturday and you know for a fact that your mother is just now considering starting her day. For the mom who loves to lounge hard on the weekends with a pot of coffee, a sunny chair, and a good book — encourage all three. For Mother’s Day, gift her this Fancy Coffee Pajama Set by Munki Munki, a gourmet roast, and the latest book from her favorite author. A simple, thoughtful, personalized Mother’s Day gift.

For more ideas for Mother’s Day fun, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog

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Spring Cleaning Pro Tips

Spring Cleaning is a Breeze with These Pro Tips

Treetops that were dusted with the reddish hue of leaf buds are now bursting with vibrant spring colors. We welcome the fresh spring air by throwing open our windows and… hey, what is that all over our windows? Can dust be simultaneously dusty and greasy? Where the heck did all this dirt come from?! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a headache, so go ahead and throw open your windows and the cabinet under your sink. With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to tackle spring cleaning in your pajamas, without breaking a sweat.

Spring cleaning is a breeze with these pro tips!

7 Best Spring Cleaning Shortcuts

1. Rugs and Carpets. Take a minute to clean your vacuum. Yes, you read that correctly. Cleaning out the filter and brushes — which are often tangled with a mess of hair — will make it as powerful as the day you bought it. This is especially true of robotic vacuums, like the Roomba. With your machine in tip-top shape, you’ll spend less time going over the same area again and again. For an extra boost, generously sprinkle your rugs and carpets with baking soda and leave overnight. The baking soda “traps” moisture and smells. Thoroughly vacuum the baking soda the next morning.

2. Windows. For the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time, focus on the outside of the windows and don’t sweat the details. Pick up a preferred window or exterior cleaner that is approved for the outdoors. Brands like Scotts and Windex have created cleaner that will attach to your garden hose, so you can skip renting the pressure washer. Just spray and done!

3. Walls and Doors. Some people wash their walls and doors annually. We’re not those people. Spot clean high-traffic, high-touch areas with a product like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The areas around door handles and door jams gather a layer of grime. The “Magic Eraser” lives up to its name. With little effort, you can erase this tricky layer of dirt. It also removes scuff marks from doors!

Spring Cleaning Hack for Bathrooms

Use shaving cream to shine your bathroom fixtures.

4. Oven. If your oven has a “self clean” option, use it. Plan to be out for the day while it works its magic and be sure to crack a window so the house doesn’t smell like gas. After it’s done self-cleaning simply wipe it down. “Self-cleaning” means that the oven reaches its peak temperature for a long period of time, rendering everything inside to ash. If the oven doesn’t have a self-clean option and your scared of the chemicals in harsh spray-on oven cleaner, a thick layer of baking soda and vinegar can remove most of the grime. Leave the solution on for 30 minutes and wipe the paste away with a sponge and water. Easy peasy.

5. Refrigerator. The worst part of cleaning the fridge is taking everything out and putting it back in… and the cleaning. With a little planning, you can cut a lot of time off this process. Simply clean the fridge when you know you will be low on groceries. If you’re concerned about cleaning with chemicals in an area where you store food, use baking soda and vinegar as you would to clean your oven. It will quickly remove any stains and food gunk!

6. Bathroom. Everyone’s least favorite room to clean! Instead of scheduling time to clean the room, spot clean with these handy bathroom cleaning hacks. If you’re using baking soda and vinegar to clean other rooms in the house, sprinkle both in your toilet and let it sit for 15 minutes — flush and done! While you’re shaving, you can rub shaving cream on your fixtures, rinse, and they’ll sparkle. If you’re a tea drinker, you can take the tea bag from your morning cup and wipe down your mirror for a streak-free shine.

7. Tile. The grout between tiles is one of the hardest parts of your home to clean — and the most tedious. Scrubbing apart sponges or spending hours scouring with an old toothbrush are not appealing approaches. If you have a lot of tile in your home and a drill, consider purchasing a drill brush. This is a scrub brush attachment for a drill, originally designed for auto detailing, that allows you to power through your grout cleaning! After you’re finished, use a candle made of wax that is similar to your grout color. Gently rub the candle over the grout. The light wax coating will keep your grout clean for longer!

We hope these spring cleaning tips help you spend less time cleaning and more time in your pajamas this weekend! For more tips for easy living, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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7 Best Earth Day Seed Starters

Earth Day: 7 Easy Indoor Seed Starter Projects

Earth Day is coming up this Sunday, April 22nd. Celebrate Mother Earth by planning a summer garden with your family. Buying fully grown plants is expensive and unnecessary. Seeds are more affordable and sprouting them indoors gives them a better chance of surviving outdoors.

Sprouting the seeds indoors protects the seeds from being eaten by birds and keeps the sweet sprouts from being devoured by insects. Plan your summer garden this spring with these simple upcycled indoor seed starter projects. These fun ideas turn everyday trash into helpful gardening tools. No green thumb required!

Queen Bee from The Cat's Pajamas

We adore this ‘Queen Bee‘ PJ set from The Cat’s Pajamas!

Simple Upcycled Seed Starters for Earth Day

Earth Day Seed Starter Milk Jug Greenhouse

1. Milk Jug Greenhouses. Got plastic? Upcycle your plastic milk jugs by cutting off the tops and using the base as a container to grow plants. If you’re feeling more ambitious, you can reuse the entire jug by turning it into a self-contained miniature greenhouse. In this cool tutorial from Preparedness Mama, you learn how to create a sprouting container that keeps the soil moist so you can grow your delicate seedlings in direct sunlight. Depending on the type of seed you’re growing, your plants will sprout in three days and will be ready for your garden in just two weeks. Learn how on preparednessmama.com

Earth Day Seed Starters Mason Jars

2. Mason Jar Seed Starters. It’s not a ‘DIY’ list unless there’s a project involving mason jars, amiright? The great thing about this seed starter project from Miser Mom is that depending on how many jars you save, you can create so many seedlings at once! If you wrap a ribbon around the top of the jars, these also make great gifts. A mason jar sprout is a thoughtful way to encourage your neighbors to start their own summer gardens. Learn how on miser-mom.blogspot.com

Earth Day Seed Starter Chinese Takeout

3. Takeout Container Seed Pods. Turn cardboard Chinese takeout containers into beautiful and unique ‘seed pods’ courtesy of this tutorial from instructables. Most of these containers are water-resistant to keep saucy food from leaking. This means that they won’t leave water stains on your window sills as you move them around the house, chasing sunlight. When it’s time to transplant, the sides easily fold down, making it nearly impossible to damage the roots unlike traditional flower pots that require a bit of shaking. Learn how on instructables.com

Earth Day Projects Milk Carton Seed Starter

4. Egg Carton Seed Starters. This is probably the most popular method of starting seeds at home. You can purchase planters specifically designed for starting seeds at your local home improvement store. You can grow seeds in these planters just as you would a traditional pot, but you can plant the entire container when it comes time to transplant. The containers are designed to biodegrade. Traditional egg cartons are also biodegradable. You can start the seeds in each slot, then cut apart the container and bury it whole when you’re ready to transfer the contents to your garden. Learn how on motherearthnews.com

Earth Day Projects Juice Seed Starter

5. Juice Carton Seed Starters. Cardboard juice cartons (or milk cartons) are perfect for starting a garden on your windowsill. They’re deep enough that you can grow the seedlings to a hearty size before transplanting and wide enough that you can fit multiple plants in each container. This image was found on Pinterest.

Earth Day Projects Seed Starter from Newspaper

6. Newspaper Seed Starter. Doesn’t get any easier than this! If you have an old newspaper on hand, you can learn to fold the paper into a container, origami style. As with egg cartons, the newspaper container and your sprouted plants can be placed directly into the ground, avoiding ‘transplant shock.’ Learn how to turn an old newspaper into a beautiful planter on HGTV.com

Earth Day Projects Loofah Seed Starter

7. Loofah Sponge Seed Starter. We saved the best for last! This is a decidedly unique way to recycle an old loofah sponge. Traditional loofah sponges are made of natural materials that will break down and feed your plant after you transplant the sprout. The container is ideal for encouraging root growth. You might argue that loofahs actually make better seed starters than exfoliants! Learn how to upcycle your loofa on thymesquaregarden.blogspot.com

For more ideas for springtime family fun, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Rainy Day Craft Ideas for Kids

April Showers: Simple Rainy Day Crafts for Kids

April showers bring… cold, rainy weekends with the whole family stuck indoors! Make the most of a rainy spring day with easy crafts you can do with the kids. Don’t have a PhD in Pinterest? No worries. These are truly simple craft ideas that everyone will enjoy. So easy, you can stay in your pajama pants all weekend. These craft ideas only require items you can find in your house or at your local dollar store. No gold leaf paint required.

Rainy day pajama day!

These Kids FlapJack Pajamas from Lazy One are perfect for rainy day fun!

11 Easy Rainy Day Crafts for Kids

Rainy Day Finger Puppets

1. Marker Top Finger Puppets. We’re willing to guess you have a dried up marker or two (or thirty?) hiding around the house. Use the caps and materials like construction paper, yarn, twine, or pipe cleaners to make these fun finger puppets featured on The Handmade Adventures of Captain Crafty.

Rainy Day Marble Paint Project

2. Marble Painting. We love this one from The Mother Huddle! It’s finger painting with a twist. Squirt a little paint on top of  a sheet of paper inside a baking pan. Drop a marble or small ball inside and let your kiddo twist and turn the pan to roll the ball through the paint and create one-of-a-kind works of art! This craft combines getting messy with the added bonus of a noisy marble rattling around a baking pan — sure to be a hit!

Rainy Day Puppet Theater Project

3. Rainy Day Puppet Theater. Maybe combine this idea with the ‘Marker Top Finger Puppets’? A rainy day is perfect for a day at the theater, especially if your kids construct it from this cool template that you can run off your printer! Using only a cracker or cereal box, paper, scissors, glue or tape, and some popsicle sticks or skewers — your kids can quickly create their own puppet theater with this craft from BKids.

Rainy Day Paper Lantern Craft

4. Tracing Paper Lanterns. Using translucent tracing paper and watercolors or markers, have your kids create pictures and tape or glue them to old glass jars. Pop a tealight inside and you have mood lighting for dinner, courtesy of your children. The original project idea from Mamascout is a bit more involved if you want to get fancy!

Rainy Day Fun Googly Eyes

5. Eye-Bombing. Another idea we’re in love with! Using a pack of stick-on googly eyes, “eye bomb” common objects in your house to turn them into a source of silliness! This craft would be even funnier if another parent or older sibling were to come home to discover the random peepers! A big belly laugh courtesy of MiniEco.

Rainy Day Egg Carton Craft

6. Egg Carton Bouquet. The kids with love creating a new springtime centerpiece for your kitchen table. This fun upcycled craft idea comes from Better Homes & Gardens. Simply cut up an egg carton, paint each of the “egg holders,” and twist together pipe cleaners to make stems.

Rainy Day Marble Run Craft

7. Cereal Box Marble Run. This super simple marble track from Made by Joel uses only a cereal box, scissors, and glue to create hours (okay… maybe 40 minutes?) of fun for your little one. You can encourage your kiddos to get more creative and paint or color the box, add stickers, glitter — go wild!

Rainy Day Fish Craft Project

8. Fishy Fun. Have paper plates laying around the house? Create these fun, Pac-Man inspired fish from Made Everyday with scissors, construction paper, and whatever else you have on hand. This is craft is especially fun considering the recent popularity of book The Pout Pout Fish. It could be a great project after story time!

Rainy Day Brushless Painting Activity

9. Brushless Painting Station. Kids love getting messy. A surefire way to keep them busy for hours is to encourage some messy play. NurtureStore suggests a “brushless” painting station. Using utensils, leaves, twigs, cotton balls, sponges, cookie cutters… let your kids paint with anything but a brush! This craft is guaranteed to grant you a couple hours of silence.

Rainy Day Memory Game

10. Memory Game. This is a simple old school rainy day activity that will definitely pass some time! Curly Birds suggests putting a handful of objects on a tray — all the same color — and have the kids stare at it for a few minutes to memorize what they see. Cover the tray with a cloth and take one object away and have them guess which one is missing. This is not only great for memory, it’s a wonderful way to help them build their language skills!

Pop Up Zoo Rainy Day Craft

11. Pop-Up Zoo. This pop-up zoo craft idea from Tinker Lab will keep your children amused for the whole afternoon! Have them create the animals they know and recognize and then invent new ones for some whacky imaginative fun!

For more ideas for springtime family fun, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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