When I’m in pajamas, everything just seems right. Work is better, ideas flow, smiles are all around. At ThePajamaCompany.com pajamas are everywhere! In all shapes and sizes. I love pajamas and hope you do too. All is just better… in pajamas. -- Ellie Badanes
I heard it was officially Spring last week but with snow on the ground and temperatures in the 30's here in CT, I'm choosing to hibernate. Comfy flannel pajamas plus snuggle socks and a warm blanket are working well. I know animals hibernate to save energy. They hibernate to survive the conditions. Hibernating is a happy place for me this week. Hibernating is giving me permission to catch up on sleep, to read the magazines stacking up on my ipad, to feed my Pinterest addiction, to just relax. My favorite pajamas are making my hibernation just that much better. Yes, I dream of flowers on my patio. I dream of wearing my capri pj's with flip flops, warm sunshine on my face. I dream of thunderstorms on a warm night, the smell of newly cut grass. But tonight, it seems a long way away so like I said, I'm very happy hibernating. Someone wake me when it's really Spring.
Ahh...the forcast is looking very strong for that "Snow Day" hope to become a reality. Of course you're wearing your pajamas inside out tonight and putting the wooden spoon under your pillow. Just seems like a good idea to help that dream along. Ice cube in the toilet is new to me but I'm all in favor for anything with possibilities. Pity those in warm climates who don't have the dreams we in the north have...a snow day! The happy thought of a day to ourselves, a day to just not be part of because of snow. Whether you are 6 or 66 it makes no difference, we all love, love, love a "Snow Day." It's a gift, a gift. If you're lucky to have a snowy day of relaxation, peace and family...celebrate and enjoy and hopefully do so in comfy pajamas.
Remember the footies you wore as a child? Well, good news...they're back! And back for good. We know that there's a little kid envy out there for footies and we are here to help. We've managed to find some fabulous footie models over the years to prove once and for all how much fun footies are for those young at heart. Here are a few of our favorites.
It's 4:08 pm on Saturday October 29 and it's a blizzard in CT. Snow is accumulating fast and furious. Seems like only yesterday I was wearing jeans, sweater, tee shirt and flip flops. Wait, it was only yesterday. Preparing for winter takes some time. Bears and squirrels plan for a day like today. They store up food and ready their habitat. What have I done to plan? I'm looking out my snowy window and see my outdoor cushions with a white layer of snow cover. Why didn't I bring them inside while it was still Fall...yesterday? I did some food shopping yesterday. I bought some cupcakes because they looked nice and a cappuccino. I really should have bought wood, hot chocolate mix, oatmeal, tea, red wine, soup, crusty bread. Maybe I should have bought a bag of potato's and a roast?
Many will likely love the idea of today being "Suddenly Winter." There are a lot of things about Winter I love. I'm a lounger so I love pajama days. I don't suffer from cabin fever. I relish the chance to stay in, to read, to nap, to sit on the couch with my laptop, to watch TV. Winter is cozy. Winter is warm and festive. I like Winter, just not today. I wasn't quite finished with Fall. We haven't even carved the pumpkins yet. (Procrastination is sometimes a side effect of lounging.) I was planning to carve them tomorrow...honest.
Another inch has fallen while I write this post. The town mayor has called for people to stay off the roads. Power outages are reported, trees are down. Might Halloween be the first "Snow Day" of the year?
Maya Angelou said "Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "Im going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough, I'm going to snow anyway.""
Today my husband purchased some weights for our upstairs home gym. The weights now join the treadmill, a crunch chair, a yoga ball and an antiquated stairmaster that everyone detests. The problem with our upstairs gym is that it's in the same room with a quite large TV and a very inviting leather sofa with fluffy pillows and super soft fleece blankets. .
Six years ago I launched my website selling pajamas. I've loved pajamas all my life and have always loved being lazy. In the early years and once last week, I denied my true love of lazy and fained a slight interest in gym equipment. I must have been peer pressured. But, 99% of the time I'm not shy about embracing who I really am. I'm lazy. Just plain lazy. I don't say this like it's a bad thing. For me it's exhilarating, it's liberating. I even boldly wrote it on a medical form last week in answer to the activity level question.
Last spring I wandered into a yoga apparel store and found the clothes to be really cute for lounging. I know that's not the intention of the design but from my point of view, it was all about comfort. I started to look through the assortment and was interrupted by a sales person asking me quite enthusiastically what was my sport. I said actually I don't have a sport but I still find the clothes really cute. She seemed slightly surprised and after a bit of an awkward silence I quietly mentioned that I occasionally walk my dog. (I do play golf but insist on riding in the cart so decided not to get into that.) Anyway, she perked up at that and began to suggest a few options for me. I left the store with some cute yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I was happy. I spend a lot of time in pajamas but switching to yoga pants and sweatshirt for an outing is perfect. I was recently at the grocery checkout when the woman behind me complimented my outfit and asked me where I do yoga. I said "Actually I don't do yoga, I just really like the clothes." The fact is I don't do yoga and really can't recommend a local place. But, for anyone looking to be comfy, I can recommend a great spot to buy yoga clothes and of course a great place to buy pajamas.
I feel strongly about embracing our passions. I have friends and family who love to work out, who love to run, walk, jog, lift weights, go to pilates class, spin class, yoga class, kick boxing class. I know for many the thought of lounging seems just unpleasant. For many, being lazy is considered a character flaw. For me lazy is defined in many ways. Being lazy is curled up on the couch napping, being lazy is sitting in my favorite chair with a stack of magazines or reading my friend Meg's best selling thriller. Being lazy is reading the Sunday paper with a piping hot cup of coffee in my favorite mug. Being lazy is watching TV or surfing the web in my cozy pajamas.
Jerome K. Jerome exclaims in his essay "On being Idle" that "Idling always has been my strong point. I take no credit to myself in the matter—it is a gift. Few possess it." Jerome goes on to say: "It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen." How true.
Winnie the Pooh famously said “Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." Yet again, Pooh, you are right.
Today I'm not planning on using the new gym equipment and probably tomorrow I'll just be a little too busy doing what I love most. Working in pajamas and maybe taking a short break to be "idle."
Up and down the east coast today we are preparing for a little lady named IRENE who seems to be heading our way. We're gathering our supplies: water, food, flashlights, candles, batteries, pajamas. We're moving items out of harms way in our yards, homes, apartments. We are getting ready for what the weekend may bring. We're experts on surviving "Snow Days" in our pajamas but a hurricane might bring a few new challenges.
Let's hope we don't have power outages but just in case...it's good to have a few games and stories ready for the dark...just in case!
1. Tag It's a classic but in the dark with a flashlight is even more fun. Instead of tagging the person with a tap on the shoulder, the person who is "It" tags the player with a beam of light.One person is chosen to be "It" and the rest hide. When the "It" player has counted to 20, he/she says "Here I Come" and must tag each player with the beam of light. The last player left is the winner. Another version of Tag is the reverse. For this version, every player needs a flashlight. The person who is "It" is the only one to hide and everyone else counts to 20. Each player than goes in search of "It." When a player finds the "It" player, her/she joins them in the hiding place. Soon everyone has disappeared and the one left still looking has lost the game. In the dark this version is even more fun and spooky!
2. Flashlight Limbo It's a classic party game but with this version, instead of using a pole two players create a beam of light with their flashlights by standing across from each other and creating the beam. Lower it slightly for each round until there is a winner.
3. Flashlight Hunt This is kind of like a scavenger hunt but in the dark. Hide some objects around the house, give each player a list of what they need to find and off they go! The more creative the objects and the hiding places the better.
4. Statues In this game one player is the "Tour Guide" and one player is the "Tourist." The rest of the players are the "Statues." The "Tour Guide" and "Tourist" turn off their flashlights and count to 10 while the "Statues" scatter and strike an artful pose. The "Tour Guide" then leads the "Tourist" to each piece of "Art" shining the light on the still player and describing him/her with funny names or stories hoping to get the "Statue" to move or laugh. If the "Statue" moves than he/she is out.
Games to Play in Total Darkness
1. Guess the Object This is often a Halloween game but will work great for Irene. Gather a few items with squishy or weird shapes...nothing sharp of course. Players sit in a circle and each item is passed around the circle until someone guesses what it is. The spookier the item, the better.
2. Scary Storytelling All the players sit in a circle. One player shines the flashlight on his/her face and starts the "Scary" Story with a sentence, the next player in the circle adds the next sentence and so on. It's best when the story gets more and more scary and exciting!
3. Two Truths and a Lie Sit in a circle. Each person one by one shines the flashlight on his/her face and 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.
Yup, today I'm working in pajamas. Working in pajamas is nothing new for me, I've loved pajamas for years and thinking back on it, I've done some of my best work in pajamas. I've had some of my best ideas in pajamas. I've written some of my best tweets and blog posts in pajamas. I thought of starting a pajama company wearing pajamas. I love to be comfy, I love to lounge. I'm not sloppy, my pj's are fabulous. My pj's are fun prints, my pj's are wonderful cottons. My pj's are often ironed, crisp and fresh. I wear mascara and pink lipgloss with my pj's.
I know I'm not the only one working happily in my pj's. I think there are a lot of us out there creating, writing, innovating everyday in pj's. I love to say that I'm pretty lazy, I love to lounge. Being lazy is really a state of mind, it's being comfy, it's settling into a great chair in pj's and laptop ready to work. Being lazy is a virtue. As Pooh Bear famously said, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” Sometimes slowing down the pace of life is so productive.
So today, cheers to all of us working in pajamas. Cheers to all of us creating, writing, thinking in pajamas. Today is our day.
One of of our favorite pajama peeps, P.J. Salvage is sponsoring it's first annual national Sleep-In Day this Saturday, February 19. P.J. Salvage encourages us to take the morning to sleep-in to recuperate from everyday daily stresses and general lack of sleep. P.J. Salvage hopes to highlight the benefits of getting enough sleep including: improving overall health, strengthening our overall awareness and reaction speeds and improving physical fitness. National Sleep-in Day is P.J. Salvage's fun and interesting way to bring light to the benefits of sleep and the influential role proper sleepwear can play in regulating sleep patterns.
In conjunction with National Sleep-in Day, P.J. Salvage will donate 500 pairs of pajamas to Pajama Program, a non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to chilren in need in the United States and around the world in orphanages, group homes and shelters. P.J. Salvage will make donations in New York City and Los Angeles as well as encourage the company's nationwide retailers to participate in the donation.
So join in the fun and Sleep-In this Saturday! Do it for your own health and wll being! Sleep for a good cause is just...good!