Sleep Tight: From Daytime Jams to Sleep Jammies

One of the most versatile ways for kids to wear New Jammies in the warmer months is to don them during the day in the park, poolside or at neighborhood BBQs. Then mix and match at nighttime for a cool, comfortable sleep.

“New Jammies’ signature 100% organic cotton fabric is breathable and keeps kids cool in the summer heat and warm at night,” says New Jammies CEO and founder Nicole Ludlow.

“The fun part is to mix and match the short sets, pants and long-sleeved shirts for several different color and print combinations on vacation or out and about having a good time, day into night.”

A cute look for girls in the summer is to add brightly colored tutus and comfy sandals to our Lobsters collection. Or incorporate pastel tutus into an outfit with our pretty Ballerina Slippers or Mermaid Bubbles prints.

The Lobsters and Whales collections come with 100% organic cotton summer roll hats, too. The fun summertime New Jammies headwear designs provide a coordinated look at the beach or in town, especially with our Classic Stripes and nautical-themed collections, to help protect babies’ sensitive skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Boys are typically fairly easy to dress, especially in the summer, so our shorts sets with bold stripes and colorful prints really come in handy when packing for the day, weekend, or a week of well-derserved vacation.

“So many of our collections offer options for mixing and matching, and for going from day to night, if the boys manage to stay clear of mud!” says Nicole, who has two young boys of her own.

The organic Classic Stripe in blue and white is a great option for bold and colorful day-to-night wear for boys or girls, and the Pirate Skull Stripes and Sailboats n’Waves pajamas and short sets are perfect to switch up from afternoon into evening. Especially for hanging around the water at the lake or ocean, and for summer vacations involving pirate ships, sunset cruises or floating on the river.

In celebration of summer, New Jammies has a few of these versatile outdoor and sleep time looks in our sale section of our online store.

Enjoy great sale prices on our Sharks PJ Shorts Set and Ottoman Flowers PJ Shorts Set, as well as the Pirate Skull Stripes and Sly Fox PJ Shorts Set, for a wonderful summer playing in the sun and sleeping under the stars.

Here’s to a summer to remember!

_______________________

Sign Up and Save!

Join our e-newsletter list and receive discounts on select New Jammies every month.

Click here to enroll!

 

New Jammies was born as an environmentally responsible company offering 100% certified organic cotton and flame retardant-free children’s pajamas. Learn more at newjammies.com.

Eat Right: Healthy Summer Eats Perfect for Picnics

With fresh produce in abundance and plenty of sunshine to help gardens grow, summer is the perfect time for New Jammies kids to eat healthy. Picnics are an ideal way to share a meal outside while enjoying summer activities and bond with family and friends.

At New Jammies, we especially love anything organic and farm-to-table, in this case farm-to-picnic blanket, to keep our kids as healthy as they can be. These healthy summer picnic ideas make eating fun and nutritional for kids of all ages:

imageUpdated Waldorf Salad
Recipe courtesy health.com
Photo: Amy Kalyn Sims

Using low-fat mayo keeps this salad creamy but under 10 grams of fat. Plus the lemon juice adds a tangy taste and keeps the apples from browning. At 153 calories, this is a traditional salad made healthy with

Ingredients
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 small (Gala or Fuji) apples, cubed
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery (about 1 stalk)
8 Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves
Preparation

Directions
1. Combine mayonnaise and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Add apples, grapes, and cranberries; mix well.
2. Add the walnuts and celery, and mix well. Serve it on a bed of 2 lettuce leaves. The salad can be refrigerated up to 2 hours before serving.

Vegan Strawberry-Banana ‘Dillas
Recipe courtesy onegreenplanet.org

This is a delicious, healthy snack to satisfy any sugar cravings with the natural sweetness of fruit. Bananas have a low glycemic index, meaning that the body absorbs the sugar gradually, eliminating spikes in blood sugar. Strawberries are very high in Vitamin C, extremely important for a good immune system. Cinnamon boosts the metabolism by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals.

Ingredients
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 whole wheat tortilla (use corn for GF)
2 tablespoons crunchy, salted almond butter
½ banana, chopped
2 – 3 strawberries, chopped
dash of cinnamon

Directions
1. Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place tortilla in skillet and rotate so that it gets coated in the oil.
2. Spread out almond butter over one half of the tortilla. Top the almond butter with the banana and strawberries.
3. Sprinkle fruit with cinnamon.
4. Fold the plain side of the tortilla over the covered side. Flip.
5. Remove from pan when golden brown and slightly crunchy. Cut up in four pie-shaped pieces and enjoy.

imageLemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
Recipe courtesy Ivy Manning, Cooling Light on myrecipes.com
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

This colorful orzo and chicken main dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing. It’s a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken.

Ingredients
3/4 cup uncooked orzo
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast $
1/2 cup diced English cucumber
1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

Directions
1. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.
2. While orzo cooks, combine lemon rind and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over orzo; toss to coat.
3. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through dill); toss gently to combine.
4. Sprinkle with cheese.
Blueberry Lemonade
Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay and foodnetwork.com

This refreshing, fruit-filled drink can be modified with a sugar substitute or honey, if preferred, to cut down on calories.

Ingredients
3 cups blueberries
3/4 cups sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups cold water
Ice cubes

Directions
Place the blueberries and sugar in a blender and puree.
Place the lemon juice and water in a pitcher and strain the pureed blueberries through a medium mesh sieve into the pitcher.
Stir well and pour over ice.

Play Right: Fun Summer Vacation Hotspots for Kids

imageFilled with sunshine and fun, there’s nothing like summer vacation to build lasting memories for New Jammies kids and their families. Kids can take a break from homework and parents can relax with some well-deserved vacation time with these ideas for memory-making summer vacations.

• If budget is a factor in your summer vacation planning, look no further than the Travel Channel’s Cheap Summer Vacations list to plan a budget-friendly get-away. Topping the list is Family Camp at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine. At this all-inclusive vacation destination, parents get in on the fun of summer camp, as the flat tuition fee covers activities and all meals in a gourmet mess hall, including a lobster feast. “Morning activities for the kids include archery or arts and crafts while adults practice yoga, get a massage or even join the kids for some craft time. In the afternoon, everyone heads to the lake for swimming, kayaking, sculling or sailing,” says the Travel Channel. “Come nightfall, the whole family can set off on a scavenger hunt or play softball or ultimate Frisbee. Bring your own musical instrument for the evening campfire. Just leave your hair dryer at home — the accommodations are comfy, but rustic, and there’s no need for primping anyway.”

image

Mesa Verde National Park

• Family camping can be a way for families to enjoy all that nature has to offer and take in the freedoms of the open road and wilderness. The useful website camping.com is dedicated to providing camping and RVing tips, trips and information, and has several RV camping trip planners available no matter what part of the USA the family will visit. For fans of the Old West, the Four Corners Road Trip is one regional route that allows families to see four states — Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — and breathtaking views and landscapes perfect for hiking and exploring. “This region is filled with parks, fascinating history and stunning geological features,” says the site. “RV enthusiasts can travel northwest from the beautiful Mesa Verde National Park into Utah and Arches National Park. Along this journey travelers will learn about the history and geology of the region.” Enjoy sleeping under the stars, s’mores by the campfire, and an educational look at life in the desert from our country’s ancestors’ point of view.

image• The West Coast of the U.S. not only provide scenic camping opportunities, but the beautiful coastal region is also great for a baseball park-themed vacation to celebrate America’s favorite game. At ballparksofbaseball.com, parents can plan vacations around nationwide summer baseball schedules, breaking the games down by region with the helpful MLB Road Trip Guide. The Left Coast Tour takes family vacationers to five ballparks from Seattle to San Diego over eight days. Take in the old-fashioned culture of eating ballpark hot dogs and peanuts and singing along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” See the sites of the San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle cityscapes at the end of June while rooting on the boys of summer.

• If beachside is where the family prefers a little R&R for the week, Florida is the sunny state to visit in the summertime. On the state’s Gulf side, Captiva and Sanibel Island is a great kid-friendly location to collect sand buckets full of seashells by the seashore. Make sure to visit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for an educational experience for the kids. Another kid-friendly location in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, home to Fort De Soto Park which was voted Best Family Beach in the Country by Parents Magazine. Amenities include a sandbar that makes a natural kiddie pool for new swimmers, calm surf, lifeguards, an historic fort, camping, fishing, recreation, canoe and nature trails and a dog park. Check out visitflorida.com to plan a sunny vacation perfect for the entire family.

_______________

imageBugs ‘n Butterflies!

Summer is here and kids can enjoy the magic of Mother Nature by learning about bugs and butterflies when they play outside or head to camp. Keep your kiddos comfy in our 100% organic cotton pajamas on warm summer days and nights. It’s a bug’s life in these fun prints! We love playing outdoors, so much so we wrote this blog about it. Read all about it here!

Through June 8, take 15% off our Bug’s Life and Butterfly Magic collections. Use code: BNB2015