Put On The Coffee and Send the Kids Back to School

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By Ellie Badanes

Seems like we were all just lounging in our cool cotton pajamas basking in summer fun only a moment ago when all of a sudden it is now time to switch gears and head “Back to School.”    Of course I have always been in favor of schools saying “Yes” to pajamas but I do understand that many kids will have to leave their wonderful jammies behind and throw on shorts and tees, jeans and tanks, shorts and hoodies, school uniforms even!  As for Moms and Dads, may we suggest leaving those pajamas on just a moment more to savor that 2nd cup of coffee and a little reflection on the summer past and what’s in store for the kids on their first day of school.

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The Perfect Boxer For The Dorm

Lounge in your dorm this fall in the perfect boxer from The Pajama Company.  This year we are loving the wit of the boxers from Be As You Are, David & Goliath and Hatley Nature.  Settle in for a night of study and study breaks in a totally comfy boxer and tee or tank.  For us, it’s all about fun and comfort.   Boxers are young and fun and perfect for warm August nights.  Here are a few of our faves:

callmetextmeboxsmallBe As You Are “Call Me, Text Me, Love Me”  $18

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Hatley Nature “Ruff Night”  $16

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David & Goliath “Chicks Rule” $18

onetoughcookiebox“One Tough Cookie” from David & Goliath $18

So throw a few boxers into that suitcase and head off to college!  Oh, and one more thing…don’t forget to study.  (In boxers, of course)

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A Great Book+Pajamas+Summer=Perfect

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
— Henry James (1843-1916)

Aaah, summer.   It’s time to curl up on the hammock, lounge on the deck chair, plop on the beach or under the tree and grab a little rest and relaxation.  I love the stack of glossy magazines full of gossip, fashion, news and features.  I also love the Sunday papers and the wonderful hardback book….and with pajamas…only perfect!  Lounging and summer go together.  No excuses required, it’s summer afterall.

At the moment I’m well into The Memory Collector from Meg Gardiner, a crime thriller.  For my next read, yes, I’ve turned to Oprah.com and her “25 books you can’t put down” list.

What are you reading in your pajamas this summer?

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The Value of Doing Nothing

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
— Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes, doing nothing, is the perfect thing to do…and in pajamas is even better

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Our Favorite Summer Sleepover Movies

Summer Sleepover time is here…finally!  Grab your pals and settle in for some sleepover fun.  When darkness sets in pop some popcorn and pile on your pillows for some perfect summer movies.  Here are our favorites but we know you have your faves also so be sure to drop us a comment and let us know which ones we left off the “Perfect” list.

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • The Kid
  • Now and Then
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Because I Said So
  • High School Musical
  • Freaky Friday
  • Mean Girls
  • Princess Bride
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Enchanted
  • Grease
  • How To Loose A Guy in 10 Days
  • Footloose
  • Pretty Woman
  • Big
  • 13 Going on 30
  • The Holiday
  • Nottinghill
  • 50 First Dates
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Legally Blonde
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Clueless
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Never Been Kissed
  • A Cinderella Story
  • Monty Python and The Holy Grail
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hairspray
  • Runaway Bride
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Romancing The Stone
  • Pretty in Pink
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Why Pajamas Make Me Happy

Yes, it’s true…Pajamas make me happy!  Here’s why:

  • It’s the ahhhhhh factor:  You know when you plop into that comfy chair, that cozy couch, that scrumptious bed?  You know what it’s like to just sigh that happy sigh?  Pajamas do just that for me.  Whether it’s a new fresh pair or an old  favorite, the yummy fabric always feels fabulous.
  • It’s the comfort factor:  Pajamas originated as a loose fitting garment and have always been famous for comfort.  Most of my pajamas are an elastic with drawstring waist which is really creates the perfect fit.  With the option to be loose fitting, high or low waisted creates perfect comfort.  There is nothing better than leaving clothes of the day behind and pulling on a great pair of pajamas…isn’t it a good way to kind of leave the stresses of the day behind also?  Pajamas are also there for those chilly days and nights when flannel just warms the body.  Flannel pj’s, cozy socks and a favorite drink got me through many a cold new england evening! 
  • It’s the fun factor:  There are only a few garments that allow for a full expression of personality to shine through.  Pajamas are one.  Pajama prints can reflect your love for dogs, flowers,cars, trains, soccer, cats, martinis, apples, dancing, cakes, golf, football, Paris, pansies, sushi,  ballet, bears and more.  A dog lover can wrap herself/himself in a pair of pj’s covered with happy dogs, pure bliss!  Having a bad day?  Jumping into a fun pj can only help.  For those who always loved their footie pajamas as a child, a pair of footie pajamas for adults provide a little bit of nostalgia and memories of innocence. 
  • It’s the versatility factor:  Pajamas just go with everything and fit my style.  Sometimes, I’m cold and want to snuggle up in a long sleeved shirt and long flannel pant just for the warmth and comfort. Or I might find extra warmth and comfort in a footie pant and shirt or onsie footie pajama in a great flannel or fleece.    Other days, I want to be more trendy with a pajama pant rolled at the waist for the low waisted hipster fit combined with my favorite tee shirt or tank.  When the weather is warm, I love the capri pant with short sleeved top. Sometimes, I love to roll the capri pant and make it a bermuda short….that’s very happy.  See what I mean, it’s all about versatility.  My pajamas. My way. 
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Top 10 Sleepover Games

Summer is “Sleepover” season!  Celebrate  school’s out with a sleepover. Warm nights and extra daylight make for extra fun. We’ve scoured the web and come up with some fun games for you and your friends. Give these a try and let us know what you think. Also, checkout our pajama collection just for kids. Let the fun begin!

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Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Nail Polish Birthday Spin Game-Place several colors of nail polish in the middle of a circle of girls.  Have the first girl at the sleepover spin a bottle of nail polish.  Whoever the cap is pointing to when it stops must paint one of her fingernails that color.  Then that person spins the next color of nail polish…and so on.  Pretty soon everyone has really crazy hands and toes!
  • Foil Make Over Game-The object is to create the best outfit out of aluminum foil.  This can be played individually or if you have lots of girls seperate them into teams.  Give each person or team 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil.  You can add accessories like belts, sunglasses, jewelry, hats and more.  Have the girls create tops, pants, dresses, skirts, bikinis or shorts.
  • Blind Make Over Game-The first person puts on a blindfold and does the makeup of the second person.  Then when they are done the second person puts on the blindfold and does the makeup of the third person.  Draw numbers to determine the order.  Be sure to take pictures when you are done!
  • Sleepover Ball Game-Buy a large inflatable beach ball and in permanent marker write questions all over it.  Place everyone in a circle and throw the ball to someone.  The person who catches the ball must answer the question that their right thumb is touching.  After answering the question they then throw the ball to another person.  Here are some suggestions for questions:  What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?  What is your favorite color?  What are three words that describe you? Who is your favorite band/singer? What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you? What do you say when you talk in your sleep?  What is your biggest phobia?  If you were invisible what would you do?  If you were an animal what would you be?  Who is your secret crush? What was your last dream about?
  • Candy Hunt– Ask everyone to bring a flashlight to the party.  Before everyone arrives at the party ask a parent or sibling to hide candy all over the yard.  When it gets dark have everyone take their flashlights outside and hunt for the candy.
  • Snuggle Bug-Designate one person at the party the “Snuggle Bug” by putting slips of paper into a bowl (all blank except for the one that has the SB on it).  Whoever picks the “SB” is the “Snuggle Bug”.  All the guests are in the same room (with the lights off throughout the house) at the beginning of the game.  Then the “Snuggle Bug” gets to go and find a hiding place.  People roam throughout the house and ask other players, “Are you the Snuggle Bug?”  If the answer is no, then they keep searching.  If the answer is yes, then the person has to join them in the hiding spot and snuggle up to the SB.  As more guests find the SB and snuggle up, the hiding space becomes overcrowded and the game ends when the last person finds the SB.  Maybe have a “booby” prize ready for the last person!
  • Kiss The Poster-get a nice poster of your favorite pop star, rock star or celebrity.  Have each girl put on lipstick and take turns putting on the blindfold and kissing the poster.  The person who kisses closest to the celebrity’s lips gets to take the poster home!
  • Tapper-With everyone in the room, one person is chosen to be the Tapper.  The Tapper goes into another room where he/she can’t hear the other players.  Meanwhile everyone hides in their sleeping bags or under pillows and blankets.  You can also make decoys by putting pillows/stuffed animals under a blanket to make it look like a person.  Then someone gets up, turns off the lights and goes back to their hiding spot.  After everyone is settled, you yell to the Tapper to come in.  The Tapper comes into the room, with the lights off, and taps on someone.  If you get tapped you have to say “Yes?” in a weird voice (or say something else, it’s up to you).  The Tapper has to figure out who was speaking.  If the Tapper is right, the person tapped has to be the Tapper next and everyone gets a new hiding spot.  If the Tapper is wrong, he/she has to tap another person.   Or one by one the Tapper can guess each person until only one is left.
  • Blair Witch Hide and Seek-A new type of hide and seek to play using a cell phone and a house phone.  Wait until it’s dark and turn out the lights.  One person hides with a cell phone.  In the pitch black, everyone goes looking for this one person.  Every so often he must call the house phone and give clues to where he is hiding.
  • Two Truths and A Lie-Sit in a circle.  Each person one by one must tell everyone two things that are true about himself/herself and one thing that isn’t.  Mix up the two truths and a lie however you please.  Everyone has to guess which is the lie.

Make your sleepover complete with sleepover pajamas, sleepover goodie bag gifts, and sleepover memory makers. Here are a few of our favorite pj’s.

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Big Feet Kids Footies $36

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Lazy One FlapJacks $28

Try some of these games at your next sleepover and have fun! Share your favorite sleepover games with us below.

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Today Is A “Boxer” Day

With warm weather lurking, it is finally finally “Boxer” weather.  Perfect for warm nights, a comfy Boxer makes for great sleeping.  Check out the fabulous collection for men from Hatley Nature.   At $16 each, these are a great buy and as always have a sense of humor.  100% cotton jersey with an all around elastic waist band and a fly front. Ruff Night Boxer

We know teens and tweens love boxers too and so we have a wonderful selection available from Be As You Are ($16) and  David & Goliath ($18).  Prints that are full of fun and so cool for spring and summer.   Pair the boxer with a favorite tee or tank top and get that “Sleepover” started.

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“Pick Your Poison” A Perfect Pajama Pant

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We love pajamas that make us smile.  Whether it’s living and working in a wonderful pajama or coming home from work at the end of the day and pulling on a comfy pj pant and tee, we simply love the goodies from Be As You Are. The women’s pj pant has a perfect fit with a drawstring elastic waist. The pretty contrasting cuff matches the inside waistband.   The waistband is nice and thick and can be rolled just the way you like.  The pant is a pretty cropped length and can be rolled up to make a bermuda short or rolled down for a longer length pajama pant.   We like the versatility of this pant and of course the fun fun print.  At $28, the pant makes a great gift for yourself or someone you love.  So today’s favorite pajama is officially  “Pick Your Poison” pant from Be As You Are.  White 100% woven cotton with a fresh lavender print.

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Nightshirts We Love

Listen Honey-I Can't Talk Right Now...I'm At The Gym Working Out!What could be better than to beat the day’s stress by relaxing  in a big comfy nighshirt that just feels wonderful!  Well, welcome to the world of Emerson Quillin.  Emerson’s now famous “Nightshirt in a bag” combines that rare combination of sidesplitting humor and exceptional artistry.  Featured on “The View” as well as other media, Emerson’s nightshirts have evoked smiles all around.  His “Listen Honey” character is pure fun.  Choose the nightshirt that is “you” or truly your friend or family.  We know it’s there among his 80+ collection.  Emerson’s “Nightshirt in a Bag” makes a great gift that is sure to please.  The artwork on the nightshirt is also found on the drawstring bag which comes with the shirt.  No gift wrap required on this goodie, and the good news is “Nightshirt in a bag” is just $28.  Shopping done! The pleasure of gift giving is in the fun of the gift so we think Emerson Street nightshirts make the art of gift giving, well, just about perfect.

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