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Hygge

Fall is the perfect time to adopt the Hygge lifestyle

The hottest trend is here to stay! Hygge (Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ ) is the Danish lifestyle of comfort,  and it’s our favorite obsession.

The rest of the world is taking notice including right here in the U.S., and we, of course, couldn’t be happier. After all, Hygge is right up our alley. What’s more comfortable than pajamas? If you love to snuggle up with a good book and a hot cup of tea on a rainy or snowy day, then believe it or not you’re actually experiencing Hygge and you don’t even know it.

Hygge, however, isn’t just about the right loungewear and perfect soothing beverage. It’s also about transforming your space into the ultimate cozy comfort zone and allowing yourself to fully adopt the entire concept. We’re here to help you learn ‘How to Hygge’.

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Candles: If you ask the Danes, they will tell you that candles are a must to create the Hygge environment you need. The flickering lights and the warm glow transform your home into the perfect backdrop for getting your Hygge on. If you have a fireplace, that’s even better!

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Blankets: Full relaxation mode cannot be attained without wrapping yourself in the warmest, most comfortable blanket you have. It transports you to that happy place which is what Hygge is all about. Add some plush pillows for an extra level of bliss.

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Comfort Clothes: The cozier the better is the name of the game when it comes to fully immersing yourself into Hygge time. Of course, we are partial to pajamas and loungewear  but almost anything goes as long as you are covered from head to toe in comfort. Leggings, cozy socks, bulky sweaters and yes – even those sweatpants you’ve had for 20 years fit the bill.

Culinary Indulgence: It IS okay to break your healthy eating rules once in a while and savor the good stuff. We recommend freshly baked goods, hot chocolate, hot soup, hearty stew, or anything else that puts you in your happy place. It’s just one day. Live it up.

What is not Hygge

Technology: Looking at your phone, tablet or computer is the biggest no-no in the world of Hygge. The point is to unplug, take in your surroundings, and relax. We MIGHT let TV slide if you promise to watch light, carefree programming. Otherwise, turn it all off, grab a good book and detach from the everyday grind.

Forcing It: 2 kids home with the flu, is probably not the right day to try and submerge yourself into relaxation mode. Save it for a time when all is right with the world and the stars align just right.

Making Rules: The whole concept of Hygge is that there are no rules. We all have special ways we disconnect from the busy lives we lead, so make your time your own. There is no one way to Hygge which is what makes it so great!

So now that you know how to partake, what are you waiting for? There is a reason that Denmark is always in the top 3 ‘happiest countries’ list.

Hygge doesn’t have to be a fall/winter practice either. You can embrace it all year long. Just adjust your activities according to the weather. In the summer, you can pull up a lawn chair or hammock and indulge the same way outdoors in the warm bask of the sun (just don’t forget the sunscreen). Like we said, there are no rules!

Do you have some great tips and advice when it comes to mastering the art of Hygge? We’d love to hear them. Share in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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Daytime Nap

The Art of Napping

Taking a nap…

There are some that do it with awe-inspiring expertise, and then there are those who just aren’t daytime sleepers.This post is dedicated to all you non-nappers out there. We’re going to convert you with some great advice and ease you into becoming a member of the napping population!

Did you know that afternoon naps in many other countries are actually a tradition and observed after the midday meal? This rest period revitalizes and prepares folks to tackle the rest of the day. Many recent studies have also confirmed what so many others already know.  A peaceful 20-minute nap does wonders for productivity, energy, and even attitude.

Why aren’t you recharging your batteries on a regular basis? The excuses are usually always the same. “I’m too busy to nap” or “I can’t sleep in the daytime,” or “my mind won’t stop thinking long enough for me to take a rest.”

Napping is an art –pure and simple. If you follow these tips, you too can see how the other half lives!

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Get Comfortable (or as much as you can)

If you are a stay at home parent or work from home, this is not a problem. If however, you are one of the millions of people that have to go to your place of employment every day, this becomes a bit more of a challenge but is not impossible. Most people get an hour for lunch so after your meal, close your office door, find an empty conference room or employee lounge, or even go to your car (seats recline wayyyy back). You may need to try a few different ideas but eventually; you’ll find something that works.

Clear Your Mind

It sounds hard, but do your best to put everything that’s going on in your hectic life aside for a little while. Think of people or things that make you smile. Maybe imagine that you’re lounging on a tropical beach with the waves rippling around you. You’ll find that you are transported to a calm, soothing place that allows you to relax.

Cover Up

There’s something about being wrapped in a cozy blanket that just makes us feel good. Covering up will give you a sense of security and well being. Plus, science has shown that when you feel secure, your metabolism falls, your breathing rate slows, and this allows your body to slip into sleep mode much easier.

Lights Out

Again, not always an option for every scenario but if possible, nap in a dark place. Shutting out light tells your body it’s time to go into standby mode. If you can’t turn the lights out, get yourself a sleep mask which will block the light for you.

Keep it Short

If you sleep too long, you will wake with a feeling of grogginess and disorientation. Long naps can also negatively impact nighttime sleep.  We recommend 20 to 30 minutes at the most. Make sure to set an alarm on your phone so you don’t oversleep.

Make it a Routine

If you nap at the same time every day you will stabilize your circadian rhythms and maximize the benefits. Really, the ideal thing to do is just  make it a part of your daily schedule!

Now that you know all the secrets of becoming a napping professional, give it a try. We think you’ll become addicted in no time. And don’t forget… rainy weekends are perfect times to practice and perfect your napping skills – or, lounge around in your pajamas all day if you prefer!

 

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10 reasons to love rainy days

Why Rainy Weekends are Actually The Best

Science has proven over and over again that the weather has the power to affect our mood. Shorter days in the winter can make us feel depressed. Cloudy skies can make us feel tired and the sun makes us feel energized. That’s all well and good, but what’s wrong with a little rain? We actually think rainy days are kind of the best, especially during the weekend. Here’s why.

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Daisy Alexander ‘Beary Happy’ PJ Set

10 Reasons to Love Rainy Weekends

1. You don’t “have to” go outside.

The great outdoors are, well, great. But after a long, grinding week there’s nothing better than waking up to the pitter patter of rain against your window pane. A rainy day means you don’t have to “make the most” of the weather by getting outside. There’s no reason you have to dust off your bike, go for a jog, take the dog hiking, or meet your friends for a sunny afternoon brunch. You can be an indoor cat without regret.

2. You can catch up on that new series everyone is talking about.

“What do you mean you don’t watch…?” Instead of smiling and nodding when your coworkers dish about That New Show on That Streaming Service, actually participate in the conversation for once. Use your rainy day to pop some popcorn, curl up on the couch, and binge watch a hot new series.

3. It’s hot chocolate weather.

Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean that you have to punish yourself with boring cups of coffee and tea on a rainy day. Make yourself a big mug of hot cocoa with all the trimmings: marshmallows and candy canes if you still have a few lying around the kitchen — they don’t expire, right? Wrap yourself up in a cozy bathrobe and sip while you listen to the gentle sounds of rain outside. Hot chocolate is the ultimate rainy day treat.

4. You can go to bed early.

Even people with the most active social lives need a break every now and again. You’ll notice that on a rainy Friday night, your cell phone will stay blissfully silent. Almost every social butterfly takes advantage of a rainy night to stay in and recharge. So ditch the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), go to bed early, and wake up refreshed!

5. Pajamas for the win!

The number one, absolute best thing about a rainy weekend is that you can stay in your pajama pants for 48 straight hours. Blustery wet weather makes us want to curl up under a warm blanket in our favorite flannels, so why not indulge? Put on your slippers and keep them on until Monday.

6. You can do that thing you said you’d do.

How are the New Year’s Resolutions going? Did you make a promise to yourself to get back into painting, read a book a month, try yoga? If you’re not into lazing about on a rainy day, use your gray weekend to get back on track. Read that book, find a yoga video on YouTube, or bust out your watercolors. Even if none of these items ended up on your list of resolutions, using this time indoors to exercise your mind will help you feel more energized when you go back to work on Monday.

7. Takeout tastes better when it’s raining.

It’s a fact: food always tastes better when you don’t have to cook it. Second fact: a comforting container of takeout always tastes better when it’s cold and rainy outside. Take a day off from grocery shopping and order the pizza, pad thai, buffalo wings, or tofu and broccoli you’ve been dreaming about. Then plant yourself on the couch and savor every last bite.

8. You can practice self-care.

In this age of unparalleled connectivity, we really do have to practice self-care. Putting our health and wellness first isn’t an instinct for most modern adults. We have to learn to set time aside to take care of our ourselves. Take a bath, paint your nails, or take a nap. A rainy weekend is the perfect time practice a little self-care.

9. You can do chores without doing much.

Do you know it’s going to rain this weekend? Park your car in the driveway, soap it up, and walk away. Or put your indoor plants outside for a natural watering. Check “water the lawn” off your to-do list. These tiny life hacks can help you feel semi-productive while you spend the rest of the day binge-watching shows on Netflix in your PJs.

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Ready for a PJ party in the Daisy Alexander ‘Rainy Day’ Classic Pajama Set

10. You can host a pajama party.

If you don’t feel like going out but want to be social, invite a few friends over for a “pajama party.” Encourage them to wear their PJs or their favorite sweatpants, order pizza, open a bottle of wine, and watch a movie together. Nothing makes your home feel cozy on a rainy night like friends and jammies.

We hope this fun little list helps you see the silver lining during your next rainy weekend! For more ideas for family fun, visit The Pajama Company Blog at thepajamacompany.com/blog. Don’t forget to check out our new private label, Daisy Alexander, for the perfect rainy day attire!

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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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