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A Matching Family Pajama Day? Yes Please.

Many people find that they suffer from some sort of post-holiday blues after the excitement and fun of the season ends. The decorations have been put away for another year, its cold outside, and the days are still way too short. You know you need to snap out of it, but how?

Solution: A matching family pajama day!

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We’re sure you’ve heard of this hot trend where the whole family (even pets) wears matching family pajamas, and if you have jumped on the bandwagon already you know what all the hoo-ha is all about. It’s just plain fun and can really bring a family together. Even better you are cozy and comfy while creating lasting family memories.

We’ve got some great ideas for making the most of your family pajama day so take note and make some plans to try this yourself!

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Karaoke Party

One of the hottest gifts this holiday season was the Karaoke machine. If you have a newly acquired singing device you have hours of fun right in your own home. Even if you don’t have one – no worries. There are several apps that like Smule or SingSnap that provide access to thousands of songs and can be downloaded for little or no cost. Then, gather together and sing your hearts out. You’ll have a great time and who knows – you may even find you have the next great singing star right under your own roof!

 

Set up Camp

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you can’t go camping. You just have to improvise. First, clear a space in your home and either pitch a tent or create a makeshift tent with blankets. Then bring on the camping fun. If you haven’t already, put on your matching family pajamas and roast hotdogs (and marshmallows for S’mores) in the fireplace or over the stove, tell scary ghost stories, and play campfire games like charades. An awesome added touch is adding ‘stars’ to your campground. Hang some twinkle lights from the ceiling or drape them over the tent and let your imagination take over!

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Photo Op

Matching family pajama day is the perfect time to get some great group photos that are totally Instagram worthy! You can pose in so many different ways and really let the goofiness come out. The fun can be two-fold as you might just take the picture for your holiday card this year!

 

Game Day

With technology taking over our lives, we often forget about days-gone-by and family game time. Why not resurrect the past and bring out those old board games or create makeshift games of your own like Pictionary. You’ll bond with the brood and taking time away from your phones and computers can be an invigorating experience.

Get Crafty

You can spend the whole day in your matching family pajamas having a craft day. If you need inspiration, there are lots of holidays coming up that you can make decorations for like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Another great theme to lift you out of the winter doldrums is spring! Make crafty flowers, butterflies, baby animals, and more. A quick Pinterest search will yield tons of ideas!

Now that we’ve got your wheels spinning, you’ll probably have some other great ideas of your own. The most important thing is that you are all together as a family and enjoying one another’s company.

We’d love to see how you all look in your family pajamas. Feel free to post your pictures here or on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to see you!

 

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Fall Fun Ideas in Flannel Pajamas

Fall is More Fun in Flannel! Some Things Are Just Better in PJs

Summer has officially come to a close. It won’t be long before pajama season is in full swing. Crisp fall air, brisk mornings, chilly nights, crunchy leaves, and cozy blankets slowly steer us indoors before winter. Fall is a season that is based largely on the sense of smell and soft, warm textures. Just the thought of freshly baked goodies, ‘pumpkin spice’ scented everything, wool sweaters, cashmere scarves, and pillowy down comforters are enough to make you want to crawl back in bed for a long nap.

With our internal clock set to hibernate, it’s no wonder we don’t want to get out of our pajamas until April. Here is a list of our favorite fall activities that are far better when enjoyed in the comfort of our favorite flannel jammies.

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9 Reasons to Call in a Pajama Day

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Ahhhh…pajama days. Every now and again we all need them, right? One day where we don’t have to bother getting dressed – we can lounge around and relax all day long in our coziest jammies.

Just in case to you need a little help finding a reason to take a day all to yourself – here are 9 of our very best excuses:

1.You just put fresh sheets on your bed and there’s no way you’re letting the coziness go to waste!

2. It’s raining, snowing, sleeting, too hot out, too windy…(insert weather condition here).

3. You’re on the home stretch of THE best book you’ve ever read. Hello?!?!

4. You just finished hustling for a HUGE work or school project and your mind and body need to chill.

5. An awesome new series just dropped on Netflix and you’re hooked…“just. one. more. episode.”

6. You’re pretty sure that mastering the art of napping is your life’s calling and you must do more field research.

7. You’ve been feeling a little down lately and a feel good movie marathon is just what the doctor ordered.

8. Home-made mac ‘n cheese leftovers in the fridge…need we say more?

9. The UPS man just delivered your new footie pajamas and you plan to put them to use (along with #5 and #8) immediately.

Now go ahead and call in lazy! You deserve it.

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Fall Pajama Days: Watch, Read, Eat

If you like to get cozy, this is your season, friends. We are loving the cooler air, the change in the light, and the perfect reason to put on our PJs, get cozy, and call it a Pajama Day!

What we’re watching…

Narcos on Netflix – Surprisingly addicting, Narcos tells the story of Pablo Escobar and the 1990s Colombian cocaine wars. May not sound all that inticing at first, but it’s really a fascinating story. But, be ready for violence.  Check out the trailer here.

Frasier – Sure, you’ve already seen all of the episodes of this Cheers spin-off, but so fun to watch over and over again. Who can resist Eddie, the Jack Russell?!  A Badanes family binge-watch favorite! Stream on Amazon or just go ahead and buy the complete set.

Super Soul Sunday – As Oprah says, this inspirational show is “food for the soul”.  Oprah explores happiness, spirituality, and better living with various thought leaders and authors.  Watch on OWN or stream from Oprah.com.

We’re also looking forward to Homeland (10/4), Nashville (9/23), and a new season of House of Cards (late winter)!

What we’re reading…

Room by Emma Donoghue – Told from the perspective of 5 year old Jack, a boy who is held captive in an 11 x 11 room with his mom. Disturbing but thought-provoking.  And, soon to be turned into a movie.

The Dalai Lama’s Cat – A delightful view into Buddhism and the Dalai Lama…as seen by Snow Lion the cat.

Need a new book to get into and want a bargain? Head on over to Modern Mrs. Darcy for daily Kindle deals. You never know what you’ll find each day!

What we’re drooling over…

Homemade Pizza – Ellie, our founder is obsessed with homemade goat cheese pizza these days! She’s also loving Fresh Garden Tomatoes.  Slice them with mozzarella and smothered the plate with olive oil…yummy! Add a warm baguette with more olive oil…pure heaven!

Chili – It’s chili time, and this recipe from Martha Stewart that includes bacon does not disappoint.  (Note, you may need to spice it up a little more than what’s called for!)

Tea – Tea and our flannels…need we say more?  Check out some favorite fall teas here.

How are YOU spending your PJ time these days? Share with us in the comments below!

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For Dad: How to Create a Pajama Day in a Box

Father’s Day is coming up, Sunday June 21st.  That means it’s time to treat Dad and how him just how much he’s appreciated!

Why not put together an awesome Pajama Day box just for him? Personalize it by filling it with treats Dad will love and use for his very own PJ Day.  A day where he can kick back, relax, and be cozy…

Here are some things you can gather to create his Pajama Day in a Box:

– Some craft beer
– A pair of cool PJ pants
– His favorite movie
– A magazine he loves: Car & Driver, Time, Sports Illustrated, etc
– A batch of yummy homemade cookies
A comfy robe
– Book of crossword puzzles
Hand dipped pretzles
– A new book from his favorite author or a classic he loves
A set of happy socks
– A bag of donuts from the local shop
– Some fun boxers
– A copy of his newspaper of choice: The Wall St Journal, NT Times, etc

Gather it all together and wrap it up.  Present it on Father’s Day morning and let him know that this is his day to chill out and do whatever he wants all day long – no questions asked!

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8 Things to Do in Your PJs this Weekend

Sometimes you just need a break. Whether you’ve had a hard week or you’re just feeling tired out from the day to day hustle.

So this weekend, we give you permission to be totally and completely lazy! Stay in your pajamas all day long, relax, and maybe even do something you wouldn’t normally do…

Here are 8 things to do in your pajamas this weekend:

1.  Have an ice cream sundae party.

Ahhh…real ice cream sundaes?  Yes, pleeeeease.  Get out your favorite ice cream flavor, sprinkes, whip cream, and chocolate sauce and go to town.  If you’re a peanut butter lover, you’ve got to check out this recipe for Friendly’s peanut butter sauce…don’t forget the Reese’s pieces!  Yum!!!

Check out these silly girls who take ice cream sundaes in pajamas to a whole new level!

2. Lifetime movie marathon, anyone?

Yep, they are totally cheezy with predictable and often absurd story lines – a guilty pleasure for sure. but there’s just something about a good Lifetime movie that we can’t quite quit. Check for the latest schedule here.

3. Get messy & bake some cookies!

Baking cookies is messy and takes time.  So stay in your jammies and declare it a cookie day – the household chores can wait! Bake your favorite recipe, have fun decorating, and enjoy the yummy fruits of your labor.

4.  Learn to Yo-Yo.

I know, a little adolescent, but Saturday is National Yo-Yo Day after all! So channel your inner child brush up on your skills.  You’ll be walking the dog in no time!

5. Read Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Chances are you’ve seen the movie, but have you read the book? You might be interested to learn that the Holly Golightly portrayed in Truman Copote’s orginal work is a bit different – and darker – that the character in the movie!

6.  Do something crafty.

Get creative! Knit a blanket or sew an easy tote bag.  Maybe screen print a cool t-shirt for Father’s Day? We found a whole bunch of fun ideas on Pinterest for weekend crafting.

7. (Pajama) Jam to the oldies.

When’s the last time you chilled out and enjoyed your favorite music from way, way back? Whether the oldies of your day are on vinyl or i-tunes, break them out and get down.  Maybe it’s Motown, The Beatles, Disco, 80’s Hair Bands, or possibly some early Britney Spears.  It’s all about your jams, in your jams!

8.  Do a jigsaw puzzle.

Jigsaw puzzles take many hours to complete, and we think pajamas are pretty much the only way to dress for it.  Not only are they fun to do with friends and family, but puzzles are actually a good way to keep your brain sharp too – using both side of your brain with logic and creativity.  So ditch the i-pad and turn off the TV and instead do something low tech this weekend.  We love this colorful cereal box puzzle!

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Pajama Treats!

by Becky Boyd, The Pajama Company Editor

Whether you are having an official Pajama Day, or you’re enjoying an evening lounging in your PJs, the right food is a MUST.  Of course, pancakes, waffles, and eggs are a natural fit for the pajama inclined.  But this time we’re talking super yummy stuff – comfort food, favorite snacks, and delicious desserts!

What else goes with comfy pajamas, chilling out, and a great movie (or maybe even a binge of a your favorite show), right?!

Well, we’ve got your round up for the perfect PJ splurge foods below.  Spoiler alert: if you’re on a diet and you don’t want to be tempted to cheat, you will want to stop reading right about now!

Nachos – This is my personal favorite food ever. If I had to live in my PJs eating nachos for the rest of my life, it would be ok by me. Some of my favorite recipes are here, here, and here. And just in case you need some extra queso, here you go.  It’s a staple!

Popcorn – It’s really easy to make really great popcorn at home, and I say forgo the microwave for the best popcorn.  Just take some popcorn kernels and a medium pan with a lid and follow the directions on the popcorn bag.  The best part is that you can season it any way you like it -as much or as little butter and salt as you like.  Here are a few awesome popcorn topping ideas.

Snack Mix – To me snack mix is the perfect combo of salty and sweet.  This one – Ooey Gooey Cereal Crunch Mix – will knock your socks off!

Brownies – If you’re not a baker, of course you can always pick some brownies at the local store or sweet shop. But if you’re ready to make a homemade batch this is your must try recipe: Salted Caramel Brownies. THE BEST. Just a little warning, don’t make if you’re home all alone!

Sundaes – I love ice cream sundaes because you can make them any way you want.  Here are some great ideas: Ice Cream Sundaes 3 Ways.  Ummmmmm…

Milkshakes – So easy to make!  You can make a milkshake by simply blending milk and ice cream together in your blender, and then adding in other  flavors, chocolate syrup, strawberries, you name it.  If you want to get more creative, here are 12 milkshake recipes. Yum!

Smores – You don’t even need a campfire, you can actually make this gooey treat right in your kitchen! Check out this recipe for Indoor Smores.

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Suffering from the Mondays? Here are 15 Cures!

by Becky Boyd, The Pajama Company Editor

“Monday is great if I can spend it in bed. I’m a man of simple pleasures, really.”

– Arthur Darvill

Mondays can be well, let’s face it…tough.

Especially in the height of the summer, when the sun is shining and all you want to do is play hooky! Monday might even make you might think of this scene from Office Space.

So just in case you’re suffering from a case of the Mondays, here are some little things you can to do to beat out those blues…

1. Wear your favorite outfit. The one you feel awesome in!

2. Bring in breakfast for you’re co-workers. Doing something nice for others will feel good!

3. Take a dance break!

4. Another meeting? Declare it a walking one and get outside.

5. Meet a friend at a fancy restaurant for lunch.

6. Work somewhere different. Escape the cubicle and head to the coffee shop!

7. Plan a Monday night Happy Hour. Why not?!

8. Wear your PJs to work! Add some heels and makeup and you’ll look fabulous.

9. Sleep in and go into the office late. You deserve it!

10. Take a lunch time yoga class.

11. Treat yourself to a colorful bouquet of flowers.

12. Take a Pajama Day!

13. Sneak out early and go to the movies.

14. Turn on some fun and uplifting music. Pick something you don’t normally listen to.

15. Take a break and treat yourself to something sweet! A decadent truffle? Gourmet cupcake?

Do at least one of these things and we’re betting your day will turn around. Oh, and you should know that you’re not alone on this Monday thing. Here are 18 Dogs Who Have a Case of the Mondays!

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6 Signs It’s Time for a Pajama Day

by Becky Boyd, The Pajama Company Editor

Tomorrow is the start of a long holiday weekend for a lot of people! Yippee!

Time to have some fun and hopefully some relaxation too. But we know that sometimes holiday weekends can get away from us – booked up with family events, picnics, parties, etc. By the time you’re done running around, you wonder: what happened to my long weekend!?!

If you’re feeling overworked and exhausted, its the perfect time to consider taking an extra day off just to do nothing. We call it a Pajama Day. It can take a few days to un-plug and decompress, so tagging an extra day off onto a long weekend is a great idea.

Just in case you need a nudge to recognize when some down-time is called for, here are 6 tell-tale signs a Pajama Day needs to be in your immediate future!

1. Little things set you off.

You feel irritable and cranky. Little things annoy you that normally wouldn’t, a sure sign of anxiety. Time to get out of your head and into those PJs!

2. You feel really negative.

Its that niggly, critical voice in your head and its seems to have gotten louder lately! Its not saying very nice things and you can’t seem to shake it.  Your prescription? A little Pajama Perspective is in order, my friend!

3. Your productivity has taken a dive.

You feel like you’re spending more time staring at the computer screen than actually working. It’s taking you double the time to get something done than it normally would. The reality is that there’s only so much work you can do and creativity you can muster, before you just need a break.

3. You’re not sleeping well.

You’re exhausted, but you feel like you can never quite catch up on sleep. You toss and turn at night thinking about work projects and wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed. Yup, its time!

5. You’re not feeling well.

You’re starting to feel achy and your body’s just not right. Your shoulders are tense and your stomach may be tight. You might even feel a cold coming on. Chronic stress takes its toll on the body, and some rest is what you need.

6. You dread Sunday night.

Sunday evening rolls around and all you can think about is the fact that you’ve got to start the work week all over again.  Ugggggh. Yup, you’ve caught it…its the Sunday blues and its time to break the cycle…

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Give Mom a Pajama Day!

by Becky Boyd, The Pajama Company Editor

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” – Jessica Lange

So true!  Our mothers do soooo much for us.  That’s why Mother’s Day is our chance to turn the tables back to Mom.  For at least one day make her the center of the universe again!

How about treating the Mom in your life to a Pajama Day this year?  This is a day where Mom can lounge all day in her favorite pjs and not worry about a thing.  She can stay home and relax, and the fun comes to her.  No cooking, no cleaning, no running around.

There are so many nice things you can do for her to create a wonderful and relaxing day.  But we encourage you to think about what she really loves and needs so you can create a really special day for her.  Get creative!

Here are some ideas:

Movie-Loving Moms

Is she a movie buff?  Gather her favorite snacks and have a movie marathon day with her.  You might even treat her to a luxurious throw blanket, a copy of her favorite movie, and some gourmet organic popcorn!

The Book Worm

Would she prefer to have quiet time to read and perhaps a meal with the family later?  Drop off a gift basket for her in the morning with a cozy new pair of pajamas, some herbal tea, and the latest release from her favorite author.  Come back later and cook her a delicious meal!

Stressed-Out Mom

Is she a super stressed Mom who could really use some intense relaxation?  Buy her an in-home massage.  There are lots of massage businesses that will come right to your home, so check out the options in your local area.  Top it off with one of these awesome robes and a new pair of slippers for a day of luxury!

The New Mom

Is she a new Mom and really could just use a day of restful sleep without having to care for the baby?  Take the family out and give her some much needed quiet time.  Before you go, outfit her with everything she needs to get some good zzzzzzz’s: a great nightshirt, some cute and cozy socks, and an eye mask.  Come back later and surprise her with a bright bouquet of flowers!

Now its your turn!  Tell us in the comments below what you do for your Mom on Mother’s Day!

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