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Running tips for beginners

I know I talk a lot about running but I feel everyone and anyone can benefit from a good run.   It is a great stress reliever plus you don’t need to drive to a gym.  All you need is a great pair of running shoes then put one foot out the door and off you go!  If you are serious about running and have never really ran before I suggest going to a running store and let them help you pick out a good pair of shoes.   They will help determine if you need a neutral running shoe or one with stability.   The right shoe could be the difference of running with pain or running without pain!

Here is some great tips for a new runner:

  • Be a minuteman “The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach
  • Wear good running shoes “Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make.” -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner
  • Take the “talk test” “The ‘talk test’ means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Relax to the max “When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.” -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist
  • Don’t crush the egg “Don’t clench your fists in a white-knuckle grip. Instead, run with a cupped hand, thumbs resting on the fingers, as if you were protecting an egg in each palm.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Follow Road Rule Number One “Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive.” -Dr. George Sheehan
  •  Listen up! “You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.-Dr. George Sheehan
  • Take what you can get “So-called ‘junk miles’-those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups-do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories.” -Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach
  •  Go steady “Day to day consistency is more important than big mileage. Then you’re never shot the next day.-John Campbell, former masters running star from New Zealand
  • Ease it back “After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate.-Runner’s World editors
  • Take baby steps “You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.” -Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia
  •  Train with someone… “It may seem odd to hear a coach say this, but I think a really great training partner is more important than a coach.” -Joan Nesbit, coach and world-class runner 

Now it’s time to lace up those new running shoes and hit the pavement.  Good luck!!

Remember any form of exercise will help aid in a good nights sleep.  Plus, comfy pajamas help too 🙂

Random Thoughts of the DayDo you ever just sit around and let your mind race with your thoughts?   Are your thoughts all over the map like mine?  Is it because I am a mom and wife and never have a moments peace.   I feel like my thoughts are all over the spectrum.

Here are my 10 random thoughts for day:

  • I love to cook and even like to bake now.   But I hate to make chocolate chip cookies.   It’s not like they are bad, my family loves them and request them all the time.   I just hate baking them.  Is that weird?
  • I hate coffee.  I mean hate the taste.  Actually makes me gag.   What to hear something strange?  I LOVE the smell of coffee.   When my husband is making his coffee in the morning I love to be around just so I can smell it.
  • Since you now know I hate to drink coffee, I could sure use a Diet Coke.  Yes, this is my means of caffeine.   I drink only one a day 🙂
  • I should probably get the kids up for school or we will be late.  It’s almost 7 am and we are out the door before 8 am.
  • I would like to blow off work today and run by myself.  Without my dog!   I love my dog, Chance, but sometimes it’s nice to go on a long run alone!
  • I wish I had straight hair naturally.  Well, maybe I don’t but I wish I could snap my fingers and it would be blown out straight.  People with straight hair have no idea how long it takes us curly hair people to have their hair.
  • Later today we have a baseball game, track meet and my husband’s softball game.   I wish I could come home and just sleep. Is that bad?  Don’t worry, I will be there cheering my boys on.
  • What’s for dinner??  I should really think about this now before it’s too late.   Oh hell, it’s Smash Burgers tonight!  My boys will be so happy.
  • Today is hump day! Yea!  Friday can’t get here fast enough.
  • My Dyson vacuum has been in the shop for repairs for a week.  Boy, my house could use a cleaning.   Not looking forward to that this weekend 😦

What is going through your mind at this moment?

P.S.   I wish I was still in my pajamas!

As parents, we are always trying to teach our kids something new and how to survive in this life.   Because if there is one thing we know as parents, life is tough and doesn’t always turn out the way we plan.  But as I teach my kids right from wrong, I decided to take a step back and I realized my kids teach me things everyday.   Here are the top 8 things my kids taught me lately.

  1. That NOBODY knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.  (My kids tell me this all the time, do you think they are talking about me 🙂 ).
  2. That it’s okay to be wrong as that’s how we learn.
  3. That there is no such thing as being too polite. You can never say please, thank-you or excuse me too often.  Adults seem to forget this in our busy everyday lives.
  4. That a smile is the simplest thing you can do to truly brighten the day of someone else.  Nothing is sweeter than your child looking up at you and smiling for no reason at all!  Try it on a complete stranger today.
  5. You can be happy if you choose to be happy.  Simple, but sometimes very hard to do in real life.  Choose to be happy in the moment.
  6. Having breakfast food for dinner is okay and I must admit, sometimes just easier.
  7. That life is a journey not a sprint.   Sit back and enjoy the ride!
  8. Having a pajama day at home and watching movies is great family time!

What have you learned from your kids lately?

How to establish a bedtime routine

One of the first things parents what to know when they arrive home from the hospital is: how do I get my baby to sleep through the night? My simple answer to this question is…routine.

Establishing a bedtime routine is the most important gift you can give your child.   They will actually thank you one day for being such a good sleeper, I promise.   If you establish a bedtime routine early in life ( the earlier the better) it will stick with your child forever through their life.

The most important thing to remember when establishing your bedtime routine is repetition.   Do the same thing every night at the same time if you want success.

Here are just a few ideas for a great bedtime routine:

  • start the bedtime routine before your child shows signs of being tired.  Once they are tired, it’s no good.   If under a year old, start their bedtime routine between 6:30 and 7 pm.
  • give your child a warm bath.
  • massage your baby with lotion.
  • put your child in comfy pajamas.  Make sure to dress your child according to the weather.   Footie pajamas are great year around for babies and toddlers.
  • read a book to your child.
  • start your routine the same time every night.   Follow your same routine every night.  So if you start with a bath, pajamas, then book and bed, do that every night in the same order.
  • let your child fall asleep by themselves.   This one is key!  Once they use you to fall asleep, they will always need you to fall asleep.
  • Be patience…routines take time to establish and work.

Once your family has picked a bed time and routine every one needs to be on board for the routine to work.   Good luck to all and I wish everyone success in their bedtime routine.

My Baby Pajamas Freebie Friday

This is My Baby Pajamas first “Freebie Friday” giveaway.    My Baby Pajamas will have one Freebie Friday giveaway a month.   The giveaway will begin on the first Friday of the month and the giveaway will end on the last Friday of the month.   June 2011 is our first giveaway, so the giveaway will end Friday June 24, 2011.  The winner will be selected using and announced on June 25.

To kick off our first Freebie Friday giveaway, My Baby Pajamas will be giving away one Lazy One Looong Day V Neck Nightshirt for women plus the matching slippers!  This prize is valued at $33.99.  So what do you need to do to enter and win:

  • Main entry: Comment on this post and answer the question, ” When was the last time you made time for yourself and what did you do with that time?
  • extra entry: post this giveaway on your blog and be sure to let us know the link.
  • extra entry: subscribe to our newsletter ( already subscribe, let us know).
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To enter you must have a U.S. mailing address.   Scroll down to the bottom of post for entry form.  Good Luck everyone!

Here is what we are giving away this month:   Sizes for Slippers S/M (1-4) L/XL (5-9).  Nightshirt S/M or L/XL

Lazy One Looong Day Flip Flop Slippers

Lazy One Looong Day Flip Flop Slippers

Lazy One Looong Day V Neck Nightshirt for Women

Lazy One Looong Day V Neck Nightshirt for Women

Don’t forget we will be hosting Freebie Friday monthly!












THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  Winner is Tracy Byram.   Thank you for entering!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8.  Have you thought about what you want for Mother’s Day or what you are going to get your mom for Mother’s Day?  How about a pair of new pajamas and spa slippers?  Nothing says I love you, Mom, like new pajamas.   We have a few different styles and prints to choose from.   Check out the  Lazy One Pajamas.   We have nightshirts, pants and tees and tanks and boxers.  Don’t forget the spa slippers!!

Also, in honor of Mother’s Day, My Baby Pajamas is offering FREE SHIPPING until May 8, 2011.   Use code FREESHIP at view cart before checkout.   Show Mom how much you love her 🙂

Lazy One Looong Day Flip Flop Slippers

Lazy One Looong Day Flip Flop Slippers

Lazy One Looong Day Nightshirt

Lazy One Looong Day Nightshirt

Movie Night in your Pajamas

Movie Night in your Pajamas

Looking for something to do this weekend:  How about checking out a Movie Night in your pajamas.  A lot of cities host movie night in the park.  Be sure to check  your local news channel websites and local newspaper websites for listings.

Here is a list of locations and cities we found for this coming weekend, April 1 -3, 2011.

Boston Area: Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m.  Admission FREE
Breakheart Reservation, Saugus

Tacoma Area: Bring the family out for an evening of fun when the Click Mobile Movie comes to Metro Parks’ Free City Cinema at 6 p.m. featuring The Blind Side. The event will take place at South Park Community Center, located at 4851 South Tacoma Way. This is a free program open to the public. However, participants must register through South Park before attending. This program is geared towards our Specialized Recreation program but the general public is invited to attend also. Info:

Seattle Area: Preschool Pajama Night: Fri., 6:30 – 10:30 pm, Bellevue, $25-35
Here’s a pajama party just for preschoolers! Enjoy a fun-filled night that includes dinner, music, creative movement, story time, games, crafts and a cartoon movie. Wear your pajamas and shoes and bring your sleeping bag, pillow and favorite stuffy!  Samena Swim & Recreation Club
15231 Lake Hills Boulevard
Bellevue , Wa  Ages 3-5

Sacramento, CA Movie Night Pajama-Rama April 8, 2011 6pm to 9pm

Get your kids ready for some movie viewing fun…it’s Movie Night Pajama-Rama at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa! That’s right, as part of a continuing monthly offering, kids ages 4 to 11 are invited to show up in their favorite PJs to watch movies on the big screen and enjoy popcorn, treats and beverages. Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or a stuffed animal are welcome, too.  $25 per child; parents are complimentary.

Atlanta Area: No movie but International Pillow Fight Day, April 2, 2011 3 pm to 5 pm.  Freedom Park, Freedom Pkwy and Moreland Avenue. Atlanta, GA 30307  404-817-6813.

If you know of a Movie in your Pajamas event, please feel free to post it.     Not a Movie in your pajamas event near you, that’s okay, make your own at home.

Have a great weekend.   Don’t forget this weekend is FREE SHIPPING ON ALL U.S. ORDERS.  Shop for pajamas at My Baby Pajamas.

How many times have you thought to yourself, boy it would nice to do something fun and different with the family on the weekend.    Since the weather is starting to warm up around the country, why not have a breakfast picnic in your pajamas.   Kids and most adults love picnics.   All you need is your pajamas, food, a blanket and fun.   Every kids loves to be outside once it starts getting warm.  So why not start the day outside in your pajamas and with your family.

To make the morning easy, we suggest preparing some of the food the night before the picnic.   Like cutting up fresh fruit, making the hard boil eggs, buying/making muffins or whatever your family enjoys to eat.    Some of our favorites in the morning are pancakes, waffles and breakfast burritos.   Be sure to make it fun and think outside the breakfast bowl!

We would like to take credit for the picnic in your pajamas idea but we read it at KPVI Channel 6 website in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Thank you KPVI Channel 6!

Picnic in your Pajamas

Picnic in your Pajamas

Don’t forget to wear your favorite My Baby Pajamas pajamas and your Lazy One Flip Flop slippers to your picnic!

Does your child’s school host Pajama Day for the kids?  Here in Scottsdale, AZ it seems to be very popular with all the ages.  In fact, the high school kids look like they are in their pajamas all the time but that’s another blog post.   Anyway, do you feel your child should wear pajamas to school?  When is it no longer cute?

Today was Dr. Seuss Birthday and a lot of the schools around the country were celebrating today by reading all day in school while wearing their pajamas.   Here at our school we did celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday but not wearing pajamas.   However, we have had our many pajamas day.

So do you think it’s safe for kids to wear pajamas to school?  Do you think it’s too much? Or do you believe it’s in all good fun?  This is one hot topic with a lot of the Mom Blogs today.   We would love to hear your opinion about this hot topic.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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P.S.  My oldest son in 5th grade does not care for Pajama Day since he sleeps in Claesen’s boxers but my youngest son who is 5 1/2 years old just loves it.

Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

If you have an “easy” sleeper, you’re lucky and your baby has probably been sleeping well since she was just a few weeks old. But, if you have a baby with sleep problems, life can be more exhausting for both of you. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to childhood obesity, depression and learning difficulties, and problems only become more difficult to break as your child gets older. Using these 5 tips to tackle sleep problems in the 4- to 7-month-old-range will get you off to a great start help your baby sleep through the night.

1. Develop a Sleep Routine – Children thrive on routine and predictability. With proper nap and bedtime routines, a child will know what to expect and begin to welcome sleep as part of the daily schedule. A typical bedtime routine might last 20-30 minutes (possibly longer for spirited children) and include diaper and pajamas (the appropriate weight and style for the room temperature), a quiet game, breastfeeding/bottle/cup (for babies under 2), teeth brushing, potty (if applicable), reading, cuddling, and then lights out. A nap routine is similar to the bedtime routine, but usually shorter, about 10 minutes.

I usually exclude a bath from the bedtime routine, since I know parents may not have time or energy to bathe their child every day, and, until the kids are older and getting very dirty, there is no need. Second, if a child is spirited, a bath may actually do more to energize the him than to calm him.

2. Schedule an Early Bedtime – An early bedtime is crucial to a good night’s sleep. When babies and young children are overtired, they may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and will often wake too early in the morning. While many parents think that keeping a child up later at night is best, it’s actually the early bedtime that will lead to a more restful sleep and a later waking in the morning.

3. Ensure Baby Takes Naps – The better a child naps during the day, the better she will sleep at night because she’s less likely to be overtired at bedtime. A good nap lasts at least one hour and is in a quiet, sedentary location, versus in a stroller, swing or car, which is not nearly as restorative. Shorter, more frequent naps are common during baby’s first 6 months. If your baby is in daycare, you may need to work with your daycare providers to establish routines and limits to enable your child to nap longer.

4. Avoid Sleep Associations – Babies, like all humans, have natural sleep cycles, which are periodic awakenings throughout the night. (We rarely remember them in the morning.) If a baby falls asleep using a soothing technique, like a pacifier, bottle, nursing, or rocking, which he cannot replicate on his own when he awakens between sleep cycles, he will likely cry out for Mom or Dad to help him back to sleep. So it’s important for you to put the baby into his bed awake, so that he falls asleep on his own and will be able to put himself back to sleep during the night.

5. Manage Night Feedings – Through the first nine months, it is considered normal for babies to eat one or two times overnight. Some stop much sooner on their own accord or with just a little nudge from mom. If a baby is eating more frequently than that or she is older than nine months, you may want to consider cutting back (or cutting out) feedings. All babies are different and experts disagree as to when overnight feeding should stop. A mom knows her baby best and will be best able to determine whether she still needs to eat at night, but any more than two feedings after three months old and she probably has a sleep association with nursing or the bottle.

Nicole Johnson is a sleep coach and the owner of The Baby Sleep Site™ ( specializing in baby sleep products and consulting services. She is also the President of Babble Soft (, a premier baby software company that further helps new parents with baby sleep issues. Nicole is a wife and the mother of two boys. With a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Ohio State University, Nicole has also received an honorary degree in “Surviving Sleep Deprivation,” thanks to her son’s “no sleep” curriculum. She has become an expert on infant and toddler sleep and has made it her mission to help other parents solve their child’s sleep problems, too.

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Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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