Spring Reading List

“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.”

-Maurice Sendak

We believe that curling up with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a cozy blanket is one of life’s simple pleasures. If you need a good book recommendation while you’re relaxing in the hammock or enjoying a rainy day, we’ve got you covered…

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland, a Harvard professor is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers disease at 50 years old. As her disease progresses, she learns that who she is as a person is much more than her academic accomplishments. This book has gotten a lot of attention since it was made into a movie: the movie is really good but the book is better.

The Language of Flowers by  Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A beautiful story about a young homeless girl who discovers her gift for flowers, and uses it to touch other’s lives. The best part about this story? The transformation of the main character…

A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

This heart-warming book takes place in  the backdrop of a Seattle knitting shop. As several women gather and knit together, they become friends and share their real life stories –  which have happy endings. 🙂

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zavin

A sweet story of the quirky and cranky owner of a bookstore whose life is transformed when a baby is abondoned in his shop. This is a feel-good story, light read perfect for spring!

The Caller by Karin Fossum

The Caller is a dark Norweigan crime thriller – part of the Inspector Sejer series – which includes “The Indian Bride” and “Black Seconds”. What starts as a few cruel neighborhood pranks in a small town, ends with an unexpected twist.

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

When two Harvard trained academic types learn that their unborn baby has Down syndrome it’s the catalyst for many changes in their lives. This true life story from the wise and funny Martha Beck is nothing less than magical and inspring.

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Spring Quotes for Inspiration!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

– Robin Williams

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

– Doug Larson

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”

– Lilly Pulitzer

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

– Margaret Atwood

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

– Robert H. Schuller

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”

– L.M. Montgomery

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.

– Pablo Neruda

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.

– Anne Lamott

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

– Victor Hugo

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Nighty Nite!

Warmer weather means time for nightshirts! Click here to view our fun and breezy nightshirt collection. Here are some favorites:

Hatley Nature

“Bearly Sleeping” Women’s Nightshirt in Pink


Emerson Street

“Fate brought us together, or was it wine?” Nightshirt in a Bag


My Favorite Nightshirt

“I’m a Princess That’s Why!” Nightshirt in Pink


Hatley Nature

“Breakfast in Bed” Women’s Nightshirt in Yellow


Emerson Street

“I’m Good in Bed…I Can Sleep for Days!” Nightshirt in a Bag


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16 Things We’re Loving about Spring!

Have you been bitten by the spring bug? There’s definitely something to the idea of spring fever…not only do we get more daylight but there’s something about that new-found spring energy!  Here’s what we’re loving about the new season…

1.the sweet smell of fresh air wafting through the windows

2. trading our boots for cute flats & wedges!

3. opening the mail box & finding a friend’s beautiful wedding invitation

4. happy tulips in a mason jar on the table

5. cute tops in dots and stripes!

6. the sound of kids playing outside

7. new pink sunglasses

8. riding around with the sunroof open blasting our favorite songs!

9. enjoying a bowl of pasta with fresh pesto sauce & grated cheese

10. rediscovering all those warm weather clothes that have been packed away in the back of the closet

11. spotting the first blades of green grass peeking through the dirt

12. enjoying a cocktail with friends al fresco

13. the revival of gingham!

14. a cozy afternoon nap after a hike in the woods

15. pedicures in bright coral

16. knowing that warm, lazy beach days are just around the corner…

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How to Have More Down Time

Happy first day of spring! It’s time for warmer weather, more sunshine, and time outdoors!

Spring is the perfect time to check in with yourself. Think about your everyday life for a minute.  Is being busy a badge of honor for you? We place such a high value on being productive, that we forget how important it is to chill out. The truth is that taking the time to relax your brain and body will actually make you more productive and a happier person. Time off let’s you come back to work refreshed and energized.

We ALL need more down time – time to veg out, be lazy, relax, and rejuvinate! Here’s how to have more of it:

1. Schedule it.

Yes, you may have to actually put regular down time in your calendar or save an entire day during the week. It’s really easy to let other priorities take over, and before you know it your supposed relaxation time can be taken over by other things. This is why we suggest scheduling your time off. Take Sunday as your unplugged day. Or maybe spend every Thursday night in a cozy spot with a book and cup of tea and no other distractions!

And here’s another tip: you’ll also want to think about weekends away. We tend to schedule our longer vacations because we have to give advance notice at work or have other plans in place to make them happen.  But weekends can slip by. So take some time now and plan a few fun weekend getaways – the mountains, the beach, whatever calls to you. Add those to your calendar as well.

2. Be vigilant.

You know yourself better than anyone else. What distracts you?  If you know you can’t be trusted to layoff of email or social media, have a no laptop and/or cell phone rule on your relaxation days.

What creates stress for you? If you’re unable to enjoy time off because of things hanging over your head – work projects, house chores – schedule specific time for those things too. You’ll probably be able to rest and enjoy with much more ease once you’ve cleared your head and are conscious about how you intend to spend your time.

You’ll also want to be vigilant about protecting your time from other’s agendas. Once your down time is scheduled, make it non negotiable, no matter what!

3. Plan Ahead.

Consider what you’d like to do on your day off. Are you a stay in bed all day, lounger type? If so you might want to find a good book to read or stock up on some magazines for pure entertainment! Be sure your bed is extra comfy with clean sheets and plenty of pillows and blankets. Get your cozy on!

Do you spend most of your days in a cubicle and need more time outside? Hang the hammock. Pack the picnic basket. Search out some new hiking trails. Whatever you want to do, be sure you’re ready and you have what you need so you can make the most of your day!

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Pajama Spotlight: Munki Munki

Munki Munki pajamas were born from a love of comfort and kitsch. Their signature fabrics are inspired by the feel of well-worn bedding.

We absolutely love their playful prints – from sock monkeys to vintage sunglasses to chickens. Munki Munki pajamas are proudly designed, and distributed by Creative Apparel Concepts in Minneapolis, MN.

Here are just a few of their fun pajama styles. Click here to shop the entire Munki Munki Collection!



Munki Munki

Women’s “Teeny Pigs” Knit Classic Short Sleeve Pajama in Yellow

Munki Munki

Women’s Poplin “Camper Vans” Pajama in White

 Munki Munki

Women’s “Hippos In Paris” Cotton Knit Pajama in Pink

Munki Munki

Women’s Poplin “Love Bikes” Pajama in Yellow

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Five for Friday: Go green!

St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner so we’re going green today!

 Shamrock Banner // DLCraftCute via Etsy

PJ Salvage Women’s Emerald Green “Sheep” Long Fun Sock // The Pajama Company

Green Velvet Cheesecake // Recipe Girl

Boxercraft Kelly Green Plaid Flannel Pajama Pant // The Pajama Company

Sparking Shamrock Cocktail // Pink Recipe Box

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New Arrivals!

We’re super excited about these new Spring PJ styles from PJ Salvage. Not only are the prints fun and colorful, but you’ll love the fit and feel of these super cozy cottons.

Here they are up close and personal…

PJ Salvage

Women’s “Soda Pop” Playful Print Cotton Pajama Set in Mint



 PJ Salvage

Women’s “Boots” Playful Print Cotton Pajama Set in Ivory



 PJ Salvage

Women’s “Donuts” Playful Print Cotton Pajama Set in Grey

PJ Salvage

Women’s “Drinks” Playful Print Cotton Pajama Set in Aqua

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7 Shows to Binge Watch in Your Pajamas

Not surprisingly, one of our favorite things to do in our cozy PJs, is to settle in under the blankets with plenty of snacks and watch a good show marathon. Here are some of our favorite binge-worthy shows:

1. Gilmore Girls

If you don’t know this show, you’ll love the wit and banter of Rory and Lorelei – mother and daughter and best friends living in the small town of Stars Hollow. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaides, Tammy) also plays Lorelei’s friend and coworker in a more tame, but still funny role.

We love that these girls are the queens of movie nights that usually consist of classic old movies, candy, popcorn, and take-out of kinds.  What’s more, they’re often seen wearing the fun prints of PJ Salvage. Oh, and there’s seven seasons of this show so be prepared for the long-haul!

2. The Fall

Gillian Anderson (Skully from the X Files) stars in this thriller as a detective in Belfast trying to catch a serial killer.  It’s dark, serious, and a great story. Prepare to be creeped out! Fun fact: The killer is played by none other than Jamie Dornan, of the Christian Grey fame.

3. Last Tango in Halifax

After 60 years apart, two widowed high school sweet hearts finally get together – reunited through Facebook, of course. This may sound a little sleepy, but actually quite interesting and entertaining – particularly the troubled lives of their grown-up daughters. Try it, you’ll be hooked!

4. Parenthood

Parenthood is a family show that actually feels authentic and close to real life. It has an awesome cast including Lauren Graham from The Gilmore Girls and really great characters. It’s surprisingly good and it will leave you totally wanting to be a Braverman!

5. House of Cards

A dark and devious political drama with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as husband and wife. You definitely have to have an interest in politics to watch this, but the relationship between husband and wife is pretty intriguing as well. Bonus? Robin Wrights’s character Claire can be seen wearing some pretty fabulous silk pajamas!

6. Heart of Dixie

Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) is a NY doctor who ends up in the small southern town of Bluebell, Alabama. So this show can be a little silly at times, but it’s simply sweet and charming.  If you need something light or more family friendly, this is your show.

7. Scandal

Olivia Pope plays a former White House staffer who opens her own crisis management firm. There are tons of twists and turns in this show and it’s admittedly a little Soap Opera-ish, but for some reason it hooks you. What we really love: Olivia Pope’s outfits, especially her fluffy robes and PJs and giant glasses of red wine!

Oh, and you SHOULD be forewarned of the dangers of binge-watching…here’s a cautionary tale from Portlandia:

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8 Ways Pajamas Make You Happy!

Happy Friday, friends!

What piece of clothing in your wardrobe is most important to your well being? Well, pajamas, of course! Here are eight ways that pajamas bring on the good spirit…

1. You uniform for relaxation – slip on your PJs at the end of a loooong day, and watch your mood transform and your cares dissolve.

2. Fun prints! – pajamas invite in the free spirit and self expression. Monkeys…Bacon Enthusiasts…Sushi…and the list goes on…

3.  Sleepovers – what’s a sleepover staying up late with your friends without your favorite fun PJs?

4. Family time – pajamas mean fun family time: movie nights, Netflix marathons, lazy breakfasts, holiday mornings…

5. Comfort – has there ever been and will there ever will be more comfortable clothes than pajamas?!

6. Pajama Days – lounging and relaxing ALL day in your jams. H-A-P-P-Y!

7. Fun songs – jammies inspire fun songs like this one!

8. Feeling like a kid again – pajamas have a way of bringing you right back to childhood. Especially our footies!

There you have it… If you think those pink gnome PJs are as cute as we do, click here for all the details!

Now over to you: how do your pajamas make YOU happy?  Tell us below!

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