7 Book Lists for Lazy Summer Reading

Book, books, books!

Summer is coming and that means it’s time for lounging on the beach, hanging in the hammock, and just plain ‘ole lazy time in the fresh air and sun. (Hello…Pajama Days!)

But, to thoroughly enjoy these days of laze, you MUST to have a good book or two by your side. So we’re helping you get a jump start.  Here are 7 great book lists we’ve rounded up to help you find some fantastic reads:

1. NPR’s Best Books of 2014. This is quite the long list, but the cool app function let’s you sort through by category! This list always has really good recommendations.

2. Amazon’s 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime. This one will keep you keep you up all night with everything from Gorky Park to Encyclopedia Brown to Agatha Christie.

3. 7 Un-put-down-able Books from Modern Mrs. Darcy. Because who doesn’t loooove being sucked in by a story you can’t stop reading?!  Oh, and don’t miss the comments section for even more page-turner recommendations!

4. The Huffington Post’s 24 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2015. New releases including books from Toni Morrison and Anne Tyler.

5. The Cozy Mystery Monthly Book List. They had us at cozy!  Mystery book recommendations dubbed cozy because, as the list author shares, they mostly “take place in a small, picturesque town or village, with characters who I could envision having as neighbors or friends.”  Not a lot of blood and guts, which is fine by us!

6. 25 Travel Books Everyone Should Read from Babble. The very best travel novels, memoirs, and biographies. You won’t have to go very far to spend your summer in a far off land…

7. The Best Beach Reads for a Summer Getaway from PopSugar.  A pretty diverse list.  We’re checking out The Chaperone and Summerland.

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Just for fun: The Pajama Song

Need a pick-me-up or a mid day dance break?  The Pajama Company on YouTube is the place!

This is where we celebrate the happiness that comes from fun in pajamas. Watch, dance, sing, and join in the pajama party.

You won’t want to miss “The Pajama Song”, written and performed by Alex Badanes.  It’s our fun, toe-tapping ode to pajamas!

Happy Friday!

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New Arrivals: Cozy Robes for Mom

Some super cute and cozy new robes have arrived at The Pajama Company…just in time to treat Mom!

Use LOVEMOM at checkout for free UPS Ground shiiping on all orders $25 and up, now through Mother’s Day!

Click here to shop all robes…

bSoft Solid Pink 3/4 Sleeve Jersey Robe

$40

bSoft “Parisian Toile Night” 3/4 Sleeve Black and White Jersey Robe

$40

 

Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic® Robe in Dusty Rose

$126

Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic® Contrast Trim Robe in Cream and Stone

$132

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5 Meaningful Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

We love to shower Mom with gifts on Mother’s Day – flowers, sweet treats, and a great pair of pajamas, of course! (Use code LOVEMOM for free UPS ground shipping on purchases over $25 now through Mother’s Day.)

But we also like to surprise her with something a little more meaning ful and special. Here are a few heart felt ways you can express your love and appreciation to your Mom:

1. Write her a letter

Whether you can be with Mom in person on Mother’s Day or not, writing her a letter is a really special way to honor her. Beyond telling her how much you care, let her know the specific things you admire about her. Remind her of the times when her encouragement and mothering made a difference in your life.

2. Give her a Pajama Day

One full day where Mom can lounge all in her favorite pjs and not worry about a thing! Here are some ideas to make her Pajama Day special.

3. Make a video for her

Create a special video that she can watch for years to come.  Film family members – your siblings, grandkids, etc ,sharing their favorite stories about Mom, what she’s taught them,  and the they ways that her care has impacted their lives.  Guaranteed your Mom will love it!

4. Make her a Pajama Brunch!

We know your Mom has made you breakfast a million times over, so she’ll love being served breakfast for a change! Here are easy steps to spoiling Mom to a tasty Mother’s Day Brunch!

5. Simply talk to her

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a deeper conversation with your Mom, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to connect with her. Give it some thought ahead of time: what questions have you always wanted to ask her? What have you always wanted to tell your Mom? What are her memories of the ways her mother or grandmother touched her life? Make it your goal to find out some things about your Mom you never knew!

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This Just In: Pajama Short Sets

Happy Monday, friends!

One of the things that makes our day around here like nothing else is when we have new pajama styles to offer you! We get so excited about new goodies and these short sets are no exception.

And, they’re perfect gift ideas for Mother’s Day (coming up May 10th), graduations, bridal showers, and of course spring and summer birthdays!

Check out our entire shorts set collection here, and our favorites below…

Munki Munki Women’s “Octopus” Cotton Jersey Pajama Shorts Set

$72

 

Munki Munki Women’s “Peacocks” Cotton Jersey Pajama Shorts Set in Blue

$72

bSoft “Tropical” Jersey Pajama Shorts Set

$36

 bSoft “Pink Seashells” Pajama Shorts Set

$36

Oh, and we should tell you…our bSoft short sets come in 4 other styles as well! Want to see them all? Click here.

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How to wear your pajamas to work with style

Tomorrow is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day! Quite possibly our favorite unofficial holiday of the year. After all we think you can do your best work in pajamas.

We also think that wearing your pajamas in public can be chic! Here are a few quick tips to pull of wearing your PJs to work with style:

1. Pick the best pajamas for the job! (no pun intended)

Some PJ fabrics are really light for comfort, which is perfect for home but no so much for the office. Make sure the pajamas you wear aren’t see-thru or worn out.

And here’s another tip: if you know your jammies wrinkle easy, you might want to iron them with a little spray starch just so they stay looking fresh for the whole day.

2. Trade in slippers for a cute pair of shoes.

We love the look of pairing a fancier heel with a pajama set. Or consider wearing a fun striped sock with a pair of converse and your favorite PJ pants. A great pair of shoes can give your pajamas just the right touch for the office!

3. Layer.

Uplevel the look of your pajamas with something from your regular wardrobe for a stylish look. Consider wearing a pretty lace tank top or colorful tee shirt under your pajama top with a pair of skinny jeans. Or, add a blazer or the right cardigan to a PJ set. Not only will you look put together, but you’ll stay warm and cozy.

4. Accessorize!

Add sparkle and style with your favorite earrings, necklace, watch, etc. Throw on a bold scarf or a belt if it works with the outfit. Choose a coordinating bag and you’re ready for your day of style and comfort!

Now over to you – how to do you wear your PJs with style? 

 

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Warm weather pajamas are here!

We’re thrilled about these new pajama styles from bSoft! Made of a soft and stretchy jersey fabric derived from bamboo, this silky material feels light against your skin. A perfect addition to your spring and summer PJ wardrobe!

Take a look at our variety of patterns and PJ styles.  Click here to shop the whole collection!

 

bSoft “Blue Seashells” 3/4 Sleeve Robe

$40

bSoft “Cherry Blossom Baubles ” Pajama Capri Set

$50

bSoft “Parisian Toile” Black and White Pajama Shorts Set

$36

bSoft “Pink Seashells ” Pajama Capri Set

$50

bSoft Classic Black Jersey Lounger

$60

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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

$29

Emerson Street

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

$28

My Favorite Nightshirt

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

$28

Hatley Nature

“Breakfast in Bed” Women’s Nightshirt in Yellow

$29

Emerson Street

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

$28

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