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Girls Night – Host a Christmas in July Slumber Party

Looking for a different kind of get-together to mix it up between the summer barbecues, weddings, graduations, and birthday parties? Make plans to get your hubby and kids out of the house for the night, and get the ladies together for a good old-fashioned slumber party – adult style. Add to it a theme like ‘Christmas in July,’ and you’ve got the makings for a super fun evening that may become a tradition within your inner circle.

It’s hot outside and this is no time to think about sweaters, snow, or Santa. Instead, adapt what you would traditionally do for the December holiday to something that’s all about summer. We’ll get you started with some awesome ideas for your party, but don’t be afraid to let your creativity take over and make the sleepover all yours!

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Matching Pajamas for All: In December it’s a fun family tradition to all dress up in matching PJ’s to celebrate the season. Why not do the same thing for girl’s night? Cool cottons, Japanese satins, sassy short sets, or tropical prints are all perfect for your summer sleepover.

Frozen Cocoa

Frozen Hot Chocolate: The idea of a warm comforting beverage is probably the farthest thing from your mind when it’s 90 degrees outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a rich creamy drink in the middle of July.  Make a batch of hot cocoa and pour it into ice trays. Then use the cubes with your favorite Irish cream, coffee liquor, or rum. If it’s a free day on the calorie counter, top the drinks off with some whipped cream!

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Gift Exchange: We aren’t talking hats and gloves, perfume, or picture frames here… think summer. Exchange gifts that are perfect for the season you’re in. A beach gift basket (sunscreen, flip flops, a good book, and a bright towel for instance), floral candles, a park or zoo pass, a pedicure kit, or seashell jewelry (we LOVE ankle bracelets) are all great ideas for your best gal pals.

Tiki Buffet

Tiki Buffet: Get yourself some thatched grass, Christmas twinkle lights, and fiesta-ware to set the mood, and then put out a spread made with light, delicious summer ingredients and refreshing drinks (think Sangria). Have a handy husband? Have him build you a tiki bar for the occasion!

Movies

Watch a movie – NOT kid-friendly:  It’s your night to get away and enjoy the company of your besties. We do holiday movie night with the family, so instead, for your Christmas in July girls night watch a movie you’ve wanted to see but can’t because it isn’t appropriate for kids.  There are lots of great ones out there so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

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Sing Karaoke: Once the alcohol kicks in, the inhibitions tend to disappear so let loose and sing! If you’ve never sung karaoke, you’re missing out and if you have, you know how fun it is. It’s just you ladies so have fun with it and you can even sing Christmas songs!

Games

Play Adult Games: If you’re tired of Monopoly or Candy Land and want to laugh, laugh, laugh play games that are just for adults. We like Cards Against Humanity, Social Sabotage, or For The Girls. All of these options can be played with additional rules that you make up (like you must use the word “elf), so you can customize them for your Christmas in July theme.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to planning your mid-summer pajama party. Let your imagination run wild because Christmas in July only comes once a year. You and the other ladies deserve to let loose!

 

 

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Ideas to keep you active Memorial Day weekend

Let’s face it; if you are like a lot of other Americans, between the long winter and staying at home more often due to the pandemic, you may have packed on a few extra pounds over the last year. With things beginning to return to normal, it’s time to start moving again.

Memorial Day Weekend upon us and the weather is getting warmer.  Why not use that opportunity to get outside and get active? You’ll enjoy the fresh air, nice weather, and maybe take off a little of that extra weight. With so many things opening back up, here are some ideas that will be fun, active, and easy to participate in.

Hike

Take a hike. You can do this activity just about anywhere. Whether it’s at a local or state park, a designated walking trail, or through the woods, you’ll see all the beauty nature has to offer while getting yourself some exercise. Don’t forget to bring a snack and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Kayaking

Go canoeing or kayaking. Believe it or not, rowing burns a lot of calories. It also strengthens your arms and upper body. Many places rent canoes and kayaks, and the serenity of being on the water is second to none. Watch the wildlife and take in the majesty around you. Remember to bring sunscreen.

Biking

Take a bike ride. Cut loose on the open road while getting some great exercise. A 20 mile bike ride burs an average of 953-1429 calories. With the wind in your hair and the sun on your face it’s a great activity that you can just get up and do!

 

Gardening

Get your garden growing. An activity like gardening, actually keeps you moving constantly. You’ll be up and down, moving from place to place, and those bags of soil can do wonders for upper body strength. At the same time, you’ll be getting one of those tasks done on your spring to-do list and beautifying your outdoor areas.

Neighborhood Walk

Walk your neighborhood. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or out in the country, how often do you really walk around your neighborhood and just look at everything? You may have interesting architecture, beautiful landscaping, or other interesting traits in the place that you live that you’ve never noticed before. You might even meet some of the neighbors and make new friends.

Zoo

Go to the zoo. With things getting back to normal, most zoos are back open. You probably don’t realize it while you’re there, but going from exhibit to exhibit can actually put quite a few miles on your legs. Plus all the animals that have probably missed their daily visitors will be happy to see you.

 

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Visit a flea market. Many flea markets can be quite expansive in size. Walking from vendor to vendor not only gives us some of that much-needed exercise, but you might also find a couple items that you like. And who doesn’t love shopping?

Run

Memorial Day run. Many communities hold Memorial Day runs to raise money for veterans and veteran affairs. Look in your local community and see if you can find one. After all, this holiday is dedicated to veterans.

Camping

Go camping. Camping is a great way to spend the weekend doing active things. From pitching the tent to fishing, to exploring your surroundings, there’s so much to do on a camping trip. Our favorite part is the evening campfires (and yes, you can bring wine camping)!

However you decide to spend your Memorial Day weekend, make sure you take a moment to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country. It truly is one of the most special holidays we observe.

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The Ultimate Closet Cleaning Guide

We’ve been spending a lot of time at home… a lot of time. Over the last year, you’ve likely learned a lot about the home you live in and you’ve probably done a lot of organizing as well. Cleaning out cabinets, storage closets, drawers, basements, and attics is somewhat of a national past-time these days. But… have you cleaned out your main wardrobe closet yet?

If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Did you know that the clothes closet is usually the very last place people organize when cleaning or de-cluttering their homes? Why is that? It’s because our clothes are the hardest things for us to let go of, and they hold a sentimental place in our hearts. Every shirt, dress, pair of pants, sweater, and jacket can be linked to an event in your life or memory. This year, before spring hits, vow to tackle your closet head-on. Clean it out, get rid of things, and make room for new beautiful items.

We’ve got some tips to make the process as painless as possible. So make a pot of coffee, put on your comfy pajamas, and let’s go!

Donation

Who gets what? To begin with, decide what’s going to happen with the things you’re going to get rid of. You may for instance have family or friends who need or want your hand-me-downs. There will also likely be things that you can donate to your local thrift shop, shelter, or charity. Keep them separate as you put them in bags or boxes.

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Start at one side. It’s very easy to become distracted when you’re cleaning out your closet. Pick a starting point and follow the flow. Move through each section one by one. Whatever you encounter, don’t allow yourself to stray from the game plan or you’ll end up with a bigger mess than you know what to do with.

Thinking

Let go. As stated earlier, clothes have many sentimental memories and we all have those few items that we’ll keep forever, but you can’t keep everything. The rule of thumb is if you’ve gone two seasons and haven’t worn an article of clothing, chances are you will never wear it again. Get rid of it. It’s only taking up space and adding to your clutter.

Try on

Check the fit. Make sure to try things on. If you’re like many people, you’re holding on to a lot of clothes that don’t fit anymore. If something is too big, chances are you’ll never wear it again. If too small, and your plan is to lose weight so it will fit again, ask yourself if you’d actually wear it. If not, it’s much more fun to buy new clothes once you shed the weight.

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Look the clothes over. Many times people have clothes in the closet that have a tear, a button missing, or a broken zipper and the intention was to fix them. If you haven’t done it by now, you probably aren’t going to. Send them on to greener pastures.

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Think about your current style. Are you holding on to those stirrup pants from 1984 because you’re hoping they’re going to come back in style? Even if something like that were to become trendy again, chances are the look will be slightly different. Let go of the past.

Laundry

Clean everything. It’s just common courtesy to make sure that whatever you’re giving to someone or donating to charity is clean and smells fresh.

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Recycle. Most people have t-shirts, sweatshirts, or other items that are too worn to donate or give away, but you don’t want them either. Don’t just throw them away immediately. Reuse them by turning them into rags for cleaning (old sweatshirts are great for cleaning your car) and once they have served their purpose, then you can toss them.

Car Boxes

Out of sight.  Once you are done, get those bags and boxes out of your house. We cannot stress this enough. Load them in the car and drive them to their new homes. If you keep them you’ll start thinking “well maybe I should keep that one sweater because…” and they will without a doubt start working their way out of the bags and back into the closet. You must relocate them at once.

And that’s it. Now you have a closet with lots of room to be refilled with cute, fresh new outfits. Go shopping and have fun. May we suggest you start with pajamas?

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Great ways to celebrate Christmas in July

As we hit the halfway point of the summer, you may be looking for a fun alternative to your usual backyard barbecue or neighborhood get together.  Most festivals have been canceled and many other venues are still closed so creativity is essential in keeping the summer interesting.

It is believed that Christmas in July started in 1933 at an all-girls’ camp in Brevard, North Carolina called ‘Keystone Camp’. It was one of the camp co-founders, Fannie Holt who came up with the idea during a particularly hot summer as a way to bring cool thoughts to the campers. The festivities included carolers, gifts, a Christmas tree, and even snow made from cotton. 87 years later, it has become somewhat of a national holiday in many areas of the world. Especially in countries in the southern hemisphere where December 25th lands smack dab in the middle of their summer season.

Here in the U.S., it’s become a great way to add an extra celebration to the summer season, as well as put you in ‘chill mode’ during these hot steamy days. There are so many things you can do to celebrate Christmas in July, and we’re sharing some spectacular ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Put up a tree. If you have an artificial tree, you just need to bring it out and set it up. If your December Christmas includes a real Fir or Balsam, improvise with a wall tree or better yet, decorate a tree in your yard outside. Instead of your standard holiday bulbs and ornaments, use a fun summery motif like pink flamingos, palm trees, beach balls, Santa in swim trunks, and so on.

Cookies

Make Christmas Cookies. We found tons of great ideas for cute and tasty Christmas in July cookies that will bring your celebration to the next level. Sugar cookies decorated to look like flip flops, Hawaiian shirts, surfboards, and coconuts will make your holiday event super sweet!

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Have a snowball fight. It’s going to be pretty hard to find snow this time of year but there is a summer version of the snowball fight that can be just as, if not more fun. Tropical colors are great but if you want to get as close to the real thing as possible, white balloons can be purchased at many online retailers. Not only are you getting some exercise but you’ll also stay refreshed on a hot summer day. Fill them up, divide into teams, and start throwing.

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Have a Christmas movie night. Pop some corn, make some chocolate shakes (instead of hot chocolate), Put on your Christmas matching family pajamas, and settle in for your favorite holiday movies. All the popular titles are always available on Netflix or other streaming platforms and if you really want to get into that feel-good spirit, the Hallmark Channel is showing Christmas movies through the end of July. A great twist on this is to set up an outdoor theater with chaise lounges or lawn chairs so you can enjoy nature and the warm summer weather.

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Throw a holiday dinner party. Instead of the usual turkey with all the fixings, plan a dinner that revolves around summer fare. A watermelon snowman, reindeer sliders, and a Christmas tree cheese and fruit board are just a few ideas for your menu. And don’t forget the beverages… set up a North Pole drink station to keep everyone cool.

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Coordinate a gift exchange. Everyone loves presents, and the holidays are still several months away so a gift exchange is a great way to stay in the giving spirit. Especially this year when people may be feeling a bit down in the dumps, finding the perfect pick-me-up for someone can make all the difference in the world.

And these ideas are just to get you started! The sky’s the limit on what you can do for your mid-year cheer celebration.  From a neighborhood Christmas parade to an actual visit from Santa, how you deck the halls is all in what you imagine.

Ho-Ho-Ho!

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Easing into Fall – 5 ways to make it great!

Labor Day weekend is here, and for most, it means the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

For those that love the hot weather, it’s a sad time as we know the days get shorter, the temperatures drop, and winter is just around the corner. We hold on to each day of summer like it’s the last!

For others, this is the best time of year. Cooler days and brisk nights mean bring on the pumpkin spice, warm sweaters, bonfires and snuggling up in your favorite lounging clothes.

Regardless of which side of the tracks you are on, here are some great ways to slowly ease out of summer and work into fall so you can enjoy all that the change of seasons has to offer.

Take advantage of the weather

There will still be some great – even hot weather this year but we will also start to see many days where temperatures are cooler than we’ve been used to. Don’t fret -this is actually the best time to take advantage of your surroundings. Explore a local hiking trail, go to the zoo, or visit a pumpkin farm. It’s not so hot and you’d get so much more enjoyment from your adventure. Every community has so many fun and unique things to do, and the weather is optimal to take advantage of them. You’ll probably find new and exciting places you never even knew about.

Buy something new for the season

A new sweater, a cute pair of shoes, or some really great pajamas can make fall just a little more exciting. Fall fashions are everywhere and you’ll look forward to wearing your new digs and participating in autumn activities. Plus, you’ll be just that much more stylish doing so!

Cook, cook, cook

A plethora of fall produce makes for amazing meals. ‘Tis the season for soup, stews, and baking! Head out to your local farmers market or produce stand and pick up some fresh ingredients that you can turn into some great dinners and desserts. Squash, cabbage, beets, turnips, and apples are in abundance and just waiting to be turned into your next delicious creation.

Give Mother Nature her kudos

In many parts of the country, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show as the leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow and purple. Make a day of it. Get the family in the car and take a drive to wooded and rural areas where you can take in the stunning beauty that defines fall. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Friends and family living in parts of the country that don’t get to witness the phenomenon will be super envious!

Decorate your home

Whether you plant fall flowers like mums, or bring out fall decor to adorn your home, the true colors of fall will definitely help you embrace the season and everything it has to offer. Another great thing to do is to involve your kids in fall craft projects. They can harness their creative sides and you’ll have some life long art that you can display for years to come.

 

The transition is here and whether you’re a “yay” or a “nay” these fun ideas will help you get the most out of each day.

Happy Fall!

 

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Get Dorm Ready With The Coziest Dorm Room Ever

As summer slowly fades into fall, we welcome the beautiful transition with autum leaves, a crisp breeze and pumpkin spice lattes. But the seasons arent the only thing transitioning because it’s time for wide-eyed freshmens to move into their college dorm! Heading off to college is a huge milestone, and while the anticipation of this new chapter is exciting, having a little tension about the change is completely natural. 

 

The prospect of finally living on your own is exciting, but what about the comforts you love at home? For many, moving from home to a college dorm is a difficult transition. 

 

We’re here to help you get dorm ready with the coziest dorm room ever. In fact–your parents will want to crash at your place because it’ll be so inviting! 

Pile on the Cozy Details

Truth is, you are going to spend a lot of hours in your bed during your college years, so let’s pile on the cozy details. Not only do throw pillows add layers of comfort to your bed, they add a personal touch that elevates the coziness of your dorm room. The final touch to your ultra comfy bed setup is blankets. Is there anything more cozy than your favorite fluffy blanket? Put a wicker basket next to your bed and stock it with fuzzy, cozy, fluffy blankets varying in weight and size. After a day of exams, retreat to the dorm and snuggle up inside a cozy blanket. Don’t forget to slip into your coziest slippers the second you walk into your dorm room.

Personalize Your Wall Decor

Say goodbye to drab white walls that lack personality and comfort. One of the most creative and fun dorm room ideas is to decorate your walls with reflections of what you love. Hang a tapestry on one wall for a pop of color and a dramatic backdrop to the cloud of comfort that is your bed. Or, get creative and curate a wall collage including magazine pictures, poloroids of your friends and family, inspirational quotes, photos of your furry friend at home, and band posters.

Decorating your walls creates an inviting space that feels like home, because you’ve got all of your favorite things surrounding you. When home sickness sets in, simply look at the walls to find refuge in the things you love most.

Stay Stylishly Organized

An organized space means a happy and peaceful state of mind, which will ultimately help you stay focused and perform your best. It’s no secret that dorm rooms are typically small, which is why it’s crucial to keep things organized. College is a period of life with high academic and social pressure, so you don’t need clutter adding any stress to your life. Achieve feng shui in your safe haven by minimizing clutter that is proven to drain you of positive energy. Think of moving into your dorm as a fresh start, and in the words of organizational guru, Marie Kondo, only keep things that “spark joy.” Additionally, incorporate organizational items like woven baskets, storage containers and bins to keep your space clean, organized, and full of zen.

Devote an Area of Your Dorm To Cozy Time

Even in the most intimate dorm room quarters, you can carve a space devoted exclusively to cozy time. That corner by the closet? Throw a bean bag and fluffy rug down and make it your reading nook. Got room by the window? It’s begging for floor pillows and throw blankets; make this space your nap zone between classes. Don’t forget to bring your coziest pajamas for those power naps and cram sessions.

 

An added bonus of delegating a small area of your dorm room to cozy time is that both you and your roommate can benefit from it, though it might be hard not to fight over it because it’s going to be oozing with coziness.

Get Your Zen On

Speaking of cozy vibes, create the ultimate dorm room sanctuary by bringing in elements that are uplifting and make you feel good. Forage the campus for flowers and greenery to freshen up your dorm room. Add a diffuser to your desk and stock up on essential oils to fill the air with reinvigorating aromas. Light candles during those late night study sessions and add a string of lights to the wall to brighten up your space. Add succulents or plants that don’t require a lot of attention, but enrich the room with life and oxygen. These little touches will turn your dorm room into a cozy retreat that fosters focus and productivity.

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The Ultimate Dorm Room Essential – Cozy Pajamas

Chances are you’re going to spend a lot of time in your pajamas, so they might as well be super cozy. Pajamas are a token of comfort, and you likely spent lazy Sundays and weeknights in your pj’s at home, so be sure to bring this dorm room essential for instant comfort. 

 

Whether you’re snuggling up to a cup of coffee for a netflix binge, studying with friends or strolling the dorm halls in your comfy slippers, comfortable pajamas are a key ingredient to help you get dorm ready.

 

There you have it! With these dorm room ideas, you’ll have an inviting sanctuary that’s as cozy as home.

 

Checking your list of unexpected things to bring to college? Perhaps you’re shopping for things to buy for a college freshmen? Pajamas are a great gift and just so happen to be one of the top dorm room essentials! Stock up on cozy pj’s from our dorm ready pajama collection.

 

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Fun Family Activities to Savor the Rest of Summer

 

It’s summertime which means the kids are home and looking for fun things to do. With the warm weather and long days, summer is the perfect time to get outside and play. 

 

Before Autumn comes knocking, we’ve got you covered with bundles of fun because each one of these summer family activities are easy to do, full of fun, and sure to create lasting memories. So, grab your sun hats and flip flops and get ready to savor the rest of summer with fun activities for the whole family. Laughter included!

Create an Activity Hub at Home

Where do all the best ideas come from? Perhaps they blossom from dinner-table conversations, or maybe your family bonds in the backyard? Well, having a central hub in your home will help invite and stimulate fun activities. Designate a loft, playroom or area of your home that’s warm and inviting. It’s here that you can slow down, kick back and have quality time together. The best part about creating this space is that you can turn it into a fun family project. Take votes on which area of the home should be the official family hub, and let the kids chime in with what they want in that space. Bring in fresh summer wildflowers, some of their favorite toys, and stimulating activities like board games and art supplies. 

 

Bonus Tip: Make the family hub a no-tech zone, that way when you are all together for family time, no distractions take any of you out of the moment.

Transform Your Yard into a Waterpark

For those extra hot days, all you need is a hose, sprinklers or an inflatable pool to cool off. Kids love playing and splashing around in the water, so show them how easy it is to do that in your own backyard. Whether you buy a Slip N Slide, turn on all the sprinklers, or have a full-fledged water gun fight, playing in the water is a fun way to cool off and laugh uncontrollably. 

Pick Fresh Summer Flowers

Summertime is the best time of the year to get outside and explore. Bring the outside in and fill your home with the sweet scent of summer with some freshly picked wildflowers. Natural treasures are blooming all around you just waiting to be collected. Go for a stroll through your neighborhood or local park and pick a fresh bouquet of wildflowers. Forage beneath fallen trees for accent leaves and wild greens. You can each pick flowers to make a grand bouquet, or you can each customize your own bouquets. Once you’ve got your unique creations, scatter them throughout the home (don’t forget to add them to the family hub). 

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Who doesn’t love cold treats during summertime? Take the kids for an ice cream outing, or get crafty and make homemade ice cream. Hello, pinterest! There’s no shortage of fruity and fresh ice cream recipes online. But, if you’ve got a craving for a specific flavor, an ice cream run is always a fun and refreshing idea, especially if you live in a warm or humid climate. Take turns once a week allowing each member of the family to choose where they want to go. From frozen yogurt, ice cream parlors to shaved ice stands, cold treats are sure to keep you cool all summer long.

Have a Sunny Picnic at your Favorite Spot

Whether you live at the beach, in the mountains or in the desert, flora and fauna thrive nearby. Pack up sandwiches, fresh fruit, and refreshments and head to your nearest nature preserve or sunny haven to have a picnic. Tote along a football, frisbee, or deck of cards to turn your picnic into a full-fledged sporting event. Wherever your picnic takes you, fun is sure to follow!

Go On A Scavenger Hunt in Your Neighborhood or Town

Not only is a scavenger hunt an exciting event for the kids, but it’s a fun way to get better acquainted with your neck of the woods. Turn your scavenger hunt into a nature walk by adding items to the list that draw from your environment. Live in a wooded area? Add pinecones to the list. Live by the beach? Challenge the kids to find a purple seashell or washed up shark egg. Live in a big city? There are endless options at your fingertips! A scavenger hunt is a creative and unique way to enjoy a long summer day or night outside together.

Unplug 

Lazy summer days have a way of reconnecting us with life’s lovely simplicities. Take the opportunity to show your kids that there are endless ways to have fun without technology. Not only will this promote family time, but it’ll enhance their creativity. Simple activities like blowing bubbles, playing hide and seek, having a relay race or throwing a frisbee are great ways to unplug and engage with one another. There’s no substitute for pure, good old fashioned fun, and unplugging is the first step to living it up with your family. Giggles guaranteed!

Have a Pajama Party

Those fun-filled summer days are sure to lead to exhausted summer nights. Well, that’s the perfect time to have a pajama party! Stock up on snacks, popcorn and your favorite treats with a family pajama night. Best part? The options are endless. Have a movie marathon in your coziest summer pajamas. Tie your pajama party into a cupcake party and spend the evening baking delicious sweet treats in your pj’s. Take out your favorite board games and play the night away. Cozy up with the family in your summer pajamas for endless laughter and quality time. From summer florals to short sets and onesies, we’ve got pajamas for the whole family!

 

Whether you stretch your legs and explore the great outdoors this summer, or bring summer inside with fresh flowers and a pajama party, there’s plenty of fun family activities to enjoy this summer. Get ready for lots of laughter, quality time and unforgettable memories!

 

Can’t get enough summer fun? From recipes to staycation ideas, browse the blog for more summer activities for the entire family!

 

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Casual Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Summer is in full swing and with the rising temps, sunny blue skies, sandy toes and watercolor sunsets we welcome fun outings, social events and lazy beach days. Summertime is a chance to let loose, relax and unwind in the glory of eternal sunshine. That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to bring out the lightweight linen, soft cotton and casual summer accessories. Simply your routine with these easy to wear, casual summer essentials.

 

If you’re ready to build the ultimate summer wardrobe, read on for our must-have items that’ll keep you cool, stylish and ultra-relaxed all summer long.

A Stylish Sun Hat

With the sun out in all its glory, ultraviolet rays are a real threat to our skin. That’s why you need a go-to sunhat to throw in your bag wherever your summer takes you. Whether you’re lounging poolside with a cold refreshment, hiking a new trail or soaking up the sun at the beach, a sunhat is a summer essential. Not only do summer hats keep the sun out of your face, but they add a stylish flare to your wardrobe. For luxe vibes, choose a wide brimmed straw hat. For a sharp, tailored look, throw on a Panama hat and wrap your favorite scarf around it to personalize your look.

Your Favorite Summer Nightshirt

The key to building a summer wardrobe is to pick versatile pieces that you can wear in multiple ways. Hello, summernightshirt! Wear a neutral or pastel sleeveless or collared nightshirt as is, or tie a woven belt around the waist to accentuate your silhouette. We love nightshirts because you have the option to dress them up or down. Pair your favorite summer nightshirt with faded jeans and strappy sandals for a casual summer outfit, or dress it up with espadrilles and statement jewelry for those warm summer nights.

 

A summer nightshirt is great for lounging around at home during a summer staycation, or packing for a summer vacation in the tropics. Either way, the versatility and breezy aesthetic of nightshirts make them one of our top summer wardrobe essentials.
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We absolutely love this luxe sleeveless nightshirt from The Cat’s Pajamas!

 

A Silky Summer Robe

Lazy summer days call for lots of R&R, self-care and time spent lounging in a hammock with your favorite iced cold drink. Enjoy long summer afternoons cozied up at home catching up on your summer reading list, reading in a shaded nook, or sipping cucumber water in a silky smooth summer robe. 

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Our Recipe for Ultimate Summer Lounging: 

 

  1. Make your favorite summer drink
  2. Slip into your favorite silky summer robe. 
  3. Camp out in your favorite spot. It could be the couch, or under a shaded oak tree where you can hear birds chirping and enjoy the quiet solitude of lazy summer afternoons. 

Flip Flops

Can you even call it Summer without flip flops? Wherever your feet take you this summer, (which is sure to be plenty of fun places!) flip flops are an essential casual summer staple. Easily slip in and out of your flops as you cannonball into a river, enjoy a day at a lush spa, or throw the football in the backyard. Best thing about flops? You can wear them every single day and no one will bat an eye because they’re probably wearing flip flops, too!

Breezy Summer Pajamas

After those long summer days out in the sun, you’ll want to slip into the most comfy, breezy and lightweight PJs ever. Our summer shorty pajama sets and rompers are perfect for movie nights, pajama parties, baking cupcakes, sipping on tea and basking in the ambiance of resplendent summer nights. Did we mention how cute and fun these patterns are? Watermelon, anyone? 

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A Classic Cover Up 

Summer is all about easy, effortless outfits that look chic and relaxed. Why waste time picking out what to wear when there’s so much fun to be had outside? Well, you can never go wrong with a classic cover up. Throw it over a swimsuit, pair it with your favorite accessories or dress it up. Choose bright florals and summer colors to accentuate the sunniest time of year. Lightweight materials like cotton are super soft, comfortable and perfect for warmer temps. Wherever you go in your cover up, you’re bringing classic and casual style with you.

 

Our Summer Pick: The ultra soft, lightweight Bora Bora Sleeveless Nightshirt.

Summer Sunnies 

Because summer isn’t quite the same without your favorite pair of sunglasses, right? Sunglasses are the perfect summer accessory and come in a variety of styles to allow you to add a unique flare to your look. An oversized black pair gives a classic, Audrey Hepburn look. Or, get flirty with colors and patterns like leopard, tortoiseshell or hot pink.

 

And that wraps up our summer style roundup! Summertime is all about savoring the longest days of the year under the warmth of the sun. Soak up the vibrant sights, scents and events this summer because no matter where your summer takes you, you’re going in style with these essentials!

 

Ready for some summer fun? Here’s your list for the best ways to celebrate summer this year!

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7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Summer 2019

Goodbye June gloom, hello sunshine! That’s right, summer if officially here. To kick off the longest day of the year, we’re bringing you 7 fun ways to celebrate summer 2019.

 

Get ready for long days outdoors, sunbathing, fresh summer recipes and warm summer nights. Who’s ready for the best summer yet? We sure are! Read on for exciting summer solstice celebration ideas, and how to slow down and enjoy all the summer fun this year.

  1. Make Your Favorite Fresh Summer Recipe  

Seasonal summer foods are usually light, zesty and of course, fresh. To kick off summer this year, make your favorite fresh summer dish. This could be as simple as a refreshing mint iced tea or zesty shrimp tacos.

 

A fresh fruit salad is a popular and delicious summer recipe that’s quick and easy to make. Buy your favorite seasonal fruits, slice and dice accordingly, throw them all in a bowl and voila, you’ve got a delectable snack or side dish! Seasonal summer fruits include blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, mango and kiwi. Top your fruit salad with fresh mint leaves to add a punch of freshness to an already light summer dish.

 

As temps rise, stay cool in our adorable summer pajama short sets.

2. Host An Outdoor Feast 

People around the world have celebrated the summer solstice for centuries. Summer is universally recognized as a time of new beginnings and rebirth. That’s why a summer celebration and gathering with your friends and family is a great idea. If you’re ready to celebrate summer with fun activities, host an outdoor feast or potluck! Have friends bring their favorite summer dishes, throw burgers on the grill and celebrate the light and jovial atmosphere of summer

3. Have A Summer Bonfire

Another fun idea to kick off summer is to have a bonfire! Whether you live near a beach, forrest, river, lake or have a large backyard, a bonfire is a fun summer activity for the whole family! Roast marshmallows, share stories, invite a friend or family member who plays guitar and sing along to campfire songs. A bonfire is an exciting way to enjoy the warmth of summer nights with the ones you love.

 

Cozy up to the bonfire in one of our summer robes

4. Splash Into Summer With A Pool Party

One of the best ways to celebrate the first day of summer is with a pool party! Lay out and bask in the glorious summer sun rays. Play marco polo with the kids, dip your toes in the water and revel in the warm summer sunshine.

 

Looking for unique summer solstice gifts? Summer nightshirts double perfectly as a stylish and lightweight swimsuit cover up

5. Gardening with the Kids

There are so many great summer activities for kids, and one you can do as a family is gardening! Whether you and the kids tend to your existing garden or plant something new, spending time together outside is a hallmark of a fun summer. Harvest summer vegetables or pick fresh flowers to fill your home with the sweet floral scents of summertime

6. Go on a Hike or Nature Walk

Pack up a picnic and head to a local trail, park or wilderness area for a summer hike or nature walk. It’s always fun to watch the seasons change, and summer solstice is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors during the warm summer days. Collect wildflowers, listen to the birds singing, and see what kinds of animals you can spot. Nature walks are an interactive summer activity for kids and parents to enjoy together.

7. Enjoy Warm Summer Sunsets and Stargazing

Is there anything more glorious than a summer sunset? No matter where you live, you’ve likely got your favorite sunset spot. Head out for a long drive or ride bikes to your favorite lookout to watch the sunset. Stick around as pastel hues set the sky on fire and fade into nighttime. Then, lay out on a blanket in the grass and watch the night sky come to life.

Ready to Soak Up The Best of Summertime?

With so many fun things to do this summer, be sure to slow down and savor every moment. Fortunately, summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the perfect opportunity to plan a fun-filled summer! Which activity will you do first?

 

The weather is heating up! Browse our collection of lightweight summer pajamas to keep you cool all summer long.

 

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10 Tips To Unwind And Enjoy A Long Weekend At Home

Get ready for long weekend of lounging and family fun! That’s right, there’s nothing quite like a long weekend at home. You get to sleep in late, lounge in your pajamas and enjoy lazy afternoons. However, sometimes when a long weekend approaches, it’s easy for it to breeze by and before we know it, we’re grinding our gears at work again.

 

The Staycation

 

Never underestimate the power of a vacation at home! We’re talking a weekend of unplugging, ultimate lounging and total relaxation. Everyone needs to recharge their batteries, and a vacation at home is the best way to do exactly that!

 

How will you make the most of the upcoming memorial day weekend? Use these long weekend ideas to slow down, lounge and savor every relaxing moment.

 

Ready to unwind? Here are 10 ways to have the best Memorial Day weekend staycation.

 

  1. Get in Staycation Mode

 

The first thing to do is set your mindset to staycation mode. How do you do that? Slip into your comfiest PJ’s, turn off your phone, don’t even think about checking emails and pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage. It could be a warm cup of tea or a margarita–the choice is yours because this is your vacation at home!

 

Now, think about what your favorite vacations involve. Is it dancing? Then put on your favorite playlist and have a pajama dance party! Is it going to a waterpark with the kids? Then turn on the sprinklers or put a slip n slide in the backyard and have some fun in the sun. Whatever your dream vacation looks like, transform your home into a mini paradise.

 

  1. Unplug

 

Unplugging is a large part of getting into vacation mode. To fully embrace your long weekend at home, eliminate digital obligations that add stress or tug at your attention. Try to avoid falling into the trap of wasting precious lounging minutes by scrolling Facebook or reading the news. This is your vacation at home, nobody else’s, and going online or answering your phone can mentally draw you away from your staycation.

 

It’s important to have intentions for your weekend. Is your intention to have an ultimate weekend of lounging and relaxation? Then cut out anything that might interrupt that. Weekends too easily come and fly by. Having set intentions and a plan will help you savor every moment of your long weekend at home.

 

  1. Set Up Your Space For Lounging

 

To enjoy your staycation without stress, set up your space to be conducive to relaxation. Invite calm into your home by clipping fresh flowers, open the windows to let in fresh air, use a diffuser to waft sweet essential oils into the atmosphere. These subtle changes leading up to your long weekend at home will truly transform your home. Having a vacation at home should feel like you’ve escaped to somewhere fun and new, while retaining the comfort of your sanctuary.

 

Basically, make your home feel like a fancy hotel or resort. You’ll be ready to order room service! Instead, keep it simple by ordering in. No cooking or cleanup means more time lounging.

 

Ease Into The Day

 

  1. Sleep in Late

Take advantage of the long weekend as an opportunity to catch some much needed zzzzz’s. Turn off your alarm and allow yourself to snooze in as late as you’d like–guilt free! When you finally open your eyes after a night of beauty sleep, read a book or take a long bath. Change up your morning routine to include all the things you wish you had time to do in the morning throughout the week. If it helps, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.

 

  1. Have Breakfast in Your PJ’s

 

Stay in your pajamas and enjoy breakfast in bed or around the table with your family. This will contribute to your staycation mindset and remind you that you don’t have to get up and rush out the door. Then, involve the whole family and cook breakfast together. Since it’s a team effort, make it a breakfast pajama party by wearing matching family pajamas.

 

Enjoy Lazy Weekend Afternoons

 

  1. Go For a Long Walk

 

Throughout the week, our daily obligations often negate our ability to slow down and enjoy the little things. Leave the phones and watches at home and go for a long walk. Walking stimulates creative energy, improves moods, boosts self esteem and provides your daily intake of Vitamin D.

 

Plus, there’s peace and relaxation from engaging in activities without a time limit. Think about it: when’s the last time you did something without regard to time? A long weekend at home is an excellent opportunity to get outside, feel the fresh air and maybe even smell a rose or two.

 

  1. Invite Friends and Family Over

 

If hibernation is on your agenda for your long weekend at home, then skip this tip. However, a long vacation at home is a great way to catch up with friends, get energized from social interaction and enjoy quality time with your close friends and family. What better way to chill and hang out with loved ones than to have a BBQ potluck?

 

  1. Fire Up The Grill and Have A Potluck

 

Take the pressure off of hosting and have a casual BBQ potluck. A potluck is the perfect way to bond with your loved ones, chill out and have some quality family fun. Best part? A potluck alleviates you from having to cook for everyone. When each guest brings a dish, all you have to do is fire up the grill. The most important thing is to keep it casual, that way you still get the buzz of socializing, without the pressure of having to be the hostess with the mostess.

 

Mellow Out At Night

 

  1. Have a Movie Marathon

 

Some sources encourage a complete detox from digital entertainment during a long weekend at home. However, a movie marathon is an entertaining family activity! Put on your favorite cozy pajamas, pop some popcorn and transform your living room into a sleepover with blankets and pillows.

 

  1. Make Time for Relaxing Hobbies

 

Do you love to read but don’t have enough time for it during the week? Never enough time to fit in a long bath? Whatever it is that you wish you had more time to do, make sure you carve some space to do that during your long weekend vacation at home. Afterall, a staycation is all about recharging, unplugging, getting back to basics and enjoying life’s simple pleasures–all from the comfort of your own home!

 

After luxuriating in peace and calm over a long weekend at home, you’ll head back to work feeling rejuvenated, energized and grounded.

 

But first, time to unwind!

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