Letter From the Editor – Celebrating Friendship!

Letter From the Editor   Celebrating Friendship!

Hello, Blue Mountain Friends,

Is it really August already?!  The long lazy days of summer we enjoyed as children seem to go by so quickly now.  But there are still lots of delightful things to appreciate in August—the days are warm and sunny, the robins are still singing and the calla lilies are in bloom.  August also dawns with two great days to celebrate—National Girlfriends Day on the first, and Friendship Day on the third.

What would we do without our friends?  We go to them with the questions that can’t be Googled.  They drop everything if we’re in trouble.  They laugh with us, cry with us, encourage us and remind us of who we are, when we forget.  They are kindred spirits who get us when it seems like no one else understands. Just the thought of them can make us smile.

It’s said that a friend is one of the greatest things we can have and one of the best things we can be.   Here at Blue Mountain we’ve been pondering how we can all be better friends and nurture these important relationships.  So we’ve created new Friendship eCards to thank our friends for the many ways they enhance our lives, let them know how special they are to us and remind them that we’re here for them, too. Since every friendship is unique, we have a range of cards featuring beautiful photography, whimsical artwork and beautiful hand-lettered designs.  The messaging ranges from light and funny to warm and heartfelt.  Later this month we’ll be introducing fun new birthday cards and talking cards for friends, and all of our blogs this month have a beautiful friendship theme.  Why not Brighten Someone’s Day today and celebrate your friends with a Friendship eCard?

Letter From the Editor   Celebrating Friendship!
Caroline Leech, Senior Editor

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What to Write…to Brighten Someone’s Day

What to Write...to Brighten Someones Day

It’s easier than you think to brighten someone’s day. In fact, we probably don’t realize just how easy it can be. So, why don’t we do more of these random acts of kindness? Oftentimes, people feel that they have to show or exude some grand gesture that’s over-the-top, but the truth is it’s often the “out of the blue” kindness that makes the biggest impact. Something like finding a happy envelope with a real stamp in your mailbox or a fun eCard in your email are the perfect delights to make someone’s day brighter.

But what should you say inside of these surprise notes or letters?  It doesn’t have to be a lot, just genuine. Use some stationery to pen a simple hello, a “thought of you today” message, or even jot down a favorite phrase, quote, or piece of poetry that you think they might find uplifting. We’ve compiled some of our favorite things to write to brighten someone’s day that we thought you might enjoy sharing with someone you care about.

Inspirational Quotes

  • I can go days without talking to you,
    months without seeing you,
    but not a second goes by that I don’t think about you.
  • You are so much sunshine to the square inch!
    _
    Walt Whitman
  • The happiest thing in the world to do
    Is to think of someone dear to you.
  • You are a work of heart.
  • There is joy in sharing the written word.
    (So I thought I’d send you a note!)
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible”!
    _ Audrey Hepburn

Lighthearted Wishes

  • Occasionally along life’s way, you meet someone
    you’ll always remember…someone like you!
  •  Hope your day is easier and brighter…knowing someone is thinking of you.
  • Something’s on my mind…YOU!
  •  Just stopping by with a friendly, “Hi!”
  • Thinking of you? Why, yes…
    With lots of warmth
    And happiness!
  • Thinking of you…and hoping everything’s going just the way it should                   for someone as special as you.

 For Fun

  • You’re a good friend…Not as good as me, since I’m sending you a note just for the hell of it, but a good friend nonetheless.
  • Me: For the first time in life, things seem to be getting better.                                     Life: LOL, give me a second!
  • I’m in desperate need of a 6 month vacation…twice a year.
  • The most fun things in life are either immoral, illegal or they make you fat.
  • 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
  • It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
    _
    Seneca

 

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The History of Birthdays (Part II)

The History of Birthdays (Part II)

Since our readers enjoyed our first post all about the history of birthdays, we thought we’d share even more fun birthday facts that you may not know. Isn’t it funny that we all do similar things on our birthdays without any thought about how or why we do them?             For instance, where did the idea come from to wear pointy hats? Why do we give gifts? And who came up with that birthday song in the first place? Read on for some fun and interesting information regarding the special day each one of us celebrates.

Pointy Party Hats

The History of Birthdays (Part II)

Though there is no one origin of the pointy party hat, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since     2800 BC, and was recognized as a symbol of power or status:

  • In ancient Egypt, only the nobility were allowedThe History of Birthdays (Part II)      to wear pointed hats as a symbol of their elevated status above their subjects. The different designs made individual pharaohs identifiable to their subjects.
  • In medieval Jewish traditions, some people started wearing cylindrical hats secured around the chin to distinguish themselves in Christian Europe. These hats were higher and more pointed than the traditional Jewish Kippah of today.
  • It was believed that witches and wizards wore pointed hats because the hats   were representations of the cone  of power.The History of Birthdays (Part II)The History of Birthdays (Part II)

 

  • CaThe History of Birthdays (Part II)tholic princesses and noblewomen                                   in Medieval Europe would wear                                             cone-shaped hats intricately decorated                           with long veils, precious jewels, and even                         intricate butterfly and flower detailing.

 

 

 

  • The party hat can also be traced to the dunce cap, worn by misbehaving or poorly
    performing schoolchildren from the mid-19th century to the The History of Birthdays (Part II)early 20th century, signifying that the wearer engaged in frivolous and foolish behavior—naturally what we all expect of the birthday person on their special day!

 

 

 

Overall, these cylindrical birthday hats continue to be the proud tradition in many different cultures, with the point of the hat elevating the wearer to the status of royalty—which, we all agree, a person becomes on their birthday.

Giving Birthday Gifts

One theory regarding the giving of birthday gifts dates back to early Europe, when people believed that evil spirits would seek out and haunt someone on his or her birthday, most importantly the king.The History of Birthdays (Part II) Therefore, on one’s birthday, people would gather to protect that person and would bring with them good wishes. These gatherings later became our modern day birthday parties, and over time, people brought more than just good wishes to ward off evil spirits; they brought presents, too.

 
Who Wrote The Birthday Song?

The History of Birthdays (Part II)According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, and its lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages. But where did it come from?

In 1893, sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote a song they called, Good Morning to All,” which was part of the book Song Stories for the Kindergarten and was intended to be sung by students before classes began. As the song caught on across America, it developed a number of variations, becoming “Good Morning to You” and then, in 1924, Robert Coleman published a songbook and added a few extra lyrics that would quickly come to overshadow the original lines and came to be the rendition we all know today, “Happy Birthday to You.”

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Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening
Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.”
—Francis Bacon

Gardens—of any and all kinds—bring both joy and tranquility to those who cultivate and grow them. Whether it’s a flower garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, or a purely whimsical garden, it’s a place that becomes your haven. Your sanctuary. Your masterpiece.

Of course, gardens take time and patience. You need to plan, plant, water, and weed. But you also get to enjoy every moment, watching them grow into the magnificent fruits of your labor.

Blue Mountain certainly appreciates the significance of lovely gardens to our readers. That’s why we love to create beautiful eCards that specifically feature a garden theme. Click here to see some enchanting examples—and then be sure to send one to someone special today.

If you already have a garden growing right now, wonderful! If not, we’d love to offer some creative examples of unique gardens you may want to consider growing yourself. Or at least to “oooh” and “aaah” over.

Flower Gardens:

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Stacy K Floral

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HGTV

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Architecture Art Designs

Vegetable Gardens:

Summer Gardening
LLH Designs

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The Telegraph

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Juneau Empire

Herb Gardens:

Summer Gardening
Not Just a Housewife

Summer Gardening
Apartment Therapy

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Persephone Magazine

Whimsical Gardens:

Summer Gardening
Hansel and Gretel House

Summer Gardening
Gardening Gone Wild

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Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)                There are few things in life that are forever immortalized as being incredibly sweet and utterly irresistible. Among them are babies, puppies…and desserts. Yes, decadent, luscious, oh-so-delicious and wonderful desserts that bring joy and happiness to everyone’s lips.

It just so happens that July is chock-full of fun and fascinating dessert-related holidays. Why not take a moment to look at the list below and celebrate the only way that makes the most perfect sense: by baking a special treat or making a frozen delight! (For your convenience, we’ve included a link to each and every mouth-watering recipe.)

And to kick off what happens to be today’s featured holiday—Chocolate Day—the folks at Blue Mountain are sharing our very own personal favorite recipe for Chocolate Fondue that you’re sure to love. Just download the fondue recipe card designed exclusively for you, print, and enjoy! (To print the recipe card, simply click “fondue” in the above sentence!)

July 7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 8 – National Chocolate with Almonds Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 12 – Pecan Pie Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 15 – Tapioca Pudding Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 19 – National Raspberry Cake Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 21 – National Ice Cream Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 27 – National Crème Brulee Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 30 – National Cheesecake Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

July 31 – National Cotton Candy Day
Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

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Summer Memories

Summer Memories
With the recent arrival of summer, everyone is definitely in the summer mood and anticipating these much-awaited lazy, hazy days.

There are so many good memories that come to mind when summertime starts. We have flashbacks of riding in the back of station wagons for the family trips to the beach or lake, ice-cream cones melting under hot summer skies, running barefoot through the grass catching fireflies, the smell of neighborhood charcoal grills firing up for garden parties and summertime get-togethers and, best of all, daylight lasting so long that the days stretched out in infinite bliss. There are so many wonderful thoughts and feelings that come to mind when summertime is here, that we thought it would be fun to share some of the favorite summer memories from the folks here at Blue Mountain and the reasons why we all love this warm,  sun-shiny season.

“My favorite summer memory is years ago, going to the beach in Rhode Island with my mom and sister, and riding the carousel.”

“I love summer because of gardening!”

“Running through sprinklers has been a favorite memory since childhood, and to this day, while I’m out on a run, I can’t resist running through one if I spot one in someone’s yard.”

“Being in the “way-back” of the station wagon for a trip to the beach or a long trip out west definitely comes to mind every time summer rolls around.”

“I remember listening every afternoon for the fun, melodic music  of our ice-cream man as he came down our street.”

“A favorite summer memory of mine was staying up late, which back then was 8pm or 9pm, and my brothers and sisters and I would be running around outside catching lightning bugs. To this day, it’s never officially “summer” to me until I see that first lightning bug.”

“When I was little, my mother would put on our bathing suits and let me and my sisters dance around in the summer rain.  Oh, how we loved it!”

“I love having coffee on early summer mornings while sitting outside on the porch swing as the world slowly wakes up.”

“Lemonade just seems like summertime in a glass.”

“Our family gets together every year at our lake house and it’s always the highlight of summer.”

“I remember putting playing cards or baseball cards in the spokes of my bike with clothespins, and then you’d go riding down the street making this wonderful little motor sound.”

“I just love being at the beach in summertime and smelling that salty air and hearing the seagulls—there’s nothing like it.”

“My mother would try to get us down for a nap in the summer afternoons, which was tough for little ones to do, and I remember she’d say, “Listen…to the sounds of summer.” I remember laying there listening to the birds singing and the breezes blowing…it worked!”

We’d love to hear what your favorite memory of summer is, or what you love most about it. Please share them with us, and join us in celebrating all the wonderful summer memories that are yet to be made!

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Celebrating “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you—their pets are their family. Our lovable fur babies are like our children, and we love them, and spoil them, to our hearts content. Wanting to take them with us wherever we go is natural, which is why we’re all excited here at Blue Mountain this week because this Friday, June 20th we’re bringing our sweet pups to work with us for Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Our Senior Editor, Liza McNamara, was kind enough to share some photos from last year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day with you. As you can see, her Old English Sheepdog, Malachi (pronounced Mal-uh-kī), kept things running smoothly around here:

If you’re not familiar with Take Your Dog to Work Day here are some quick facts:

  • Pet Sitters International (PSI) created Take Your Dog To Work Day in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage adoption from shelters, rescue groups, and humane societies.
  • TYDTWDay encourages employers to experience the joy of pets in the workplace and support their local pet community.
  • This annual event is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day.
  • For cat lovers (and other pets) who cannot participate on TYDTWDay, the entire week leading up to the event, June 16-20, is Take Your Pet To Work Week™.

Not only are we so grateful that we’re able to bring our favorite pals to work with us, but, as animal lovers, we’re happy because the day raises awareness for homeless dogs and is a way to educate people in the company about homeless animal statistics. Plus, it highlights the benefits of pet ownership and the important role pets play in the lives of employees.

Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Malachi also won a handsome bag in our raffle, which made him so happy because he knew it would be pawsitively purrfect for his mom to carry a whole lotta’ treats in. The bag reads, “Life is better with a dog.” We couldn’t agree more!

As you can see by these photos, we at Blue Mountain love our animals to the moon and back, and relish any opportunity to have them by our side. If you’re lucky enough to have a pet of your own to love, or had one in the past, then you know how life-transforming they are and the endless joy and amazing unconditional love they give each and every day. How little they ask from us—a belly scratch, a soft bed, a supper dish…and ultimately, love. So often when we adopt or rescue pets, we may think at first we’re changing their lives when the truth is—they’re changing ours.

Celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Here’s a group shot of some of the employees and their lovable pup pals, who participated in Take Your Dog to Work Day last year.

Give your pets a hug from all of us here at Blue Mountain, and if you’re thinking of rescuing a pet, we urge you to take that step and open that door…and let love walk right into your heart.

 

 

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Brighten Someone’s Day!

Brighten Someones Day!

Hello, Blue Mountain Friends,

Well, here we are, knee deep in summer!  Isn’t it wonderful?  Like the fireflies that we caught as children, we can release our happy summertime memories and let them light up our days.  Running through the sprinkler, chasing the ice cream truck, or just hanging out with friends, summer was always an enchanting time.  It’s great to celebrate the big events in our lives, but sometimes it’s fun just to appreciate the magic of ordinary moments.

What little things make your day now?  Enjoying summer pleasures with your children or grandchildren?  Baking a cake that turns out just right?  Discovering that the bunnies didn’t eat your petunias?  Finding your lost glasses on your head?   Hearing from an old friend?

Why not be the old friend who lights up someone’s day with an unexpected card?  Here at Blue Mountain, we’ve created a new line of cards for you called “Brighten Someone’s Day,” because that’s just what they do.  From their fresh and cheery art looks to their warm and engaging words, these cards are designed to build more meaningful connections with the people who matter most to you.

Today is a perfect day to tell your friends how special they are, share a happy memory, send a surprise love note,  show your gratitude, or say “hi” to someone–just because.  We hope you’ll take a moment and choose a card to Brighten Someone’s Day.  You never know how much the smile you send can mean to someone today.

Caroline Leech _ Senior Editor
Brighten Someones Day!

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Memories with Dad

Memories with Dad

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, we’d love to pause for a moment to recount all the meaningful moments we’ve shared with that very special man (or men) in our life. After all, a dad is fun, love, and laughter you never outgrow.

Whether learning to ride a bike or learning to drive a car…whether playing house or playing pool…whether laughing or crying, Dad’s always been there for you. With moments in time that are both vivid and treasured, we are truly blessed to associate such great times with Dad—from childhood all the way through to adulthood.

In order to celebrate that loving bond that’s so precious and unique, Blue Mountain offers many delightfully beautiful Father’s Day eCards. Blue Mountain also offers a great selection of printable Father’s Day cards.

And in order to share those memories we hold so dear, we’ve decided to reach out to our Blue Mountain family and see what personal “dad memories” they remember best—whether reminiscing of old ones or creating new ones. And here’s what they had to say:

DANIELLE KROUSE, Social Media Manager
Memories with Dad
“I can’t help but smile when I look at this picture. The father/daughter dance was something I was really looking forward to on my wedding day. My dad and I talked through the whole dance and told stories of the two of us that made us laugh. I’m so happy that special moment of happiness was captured!”

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NOHA YOUSSEF, Assistant Brand Manager
Memories with Dad
“This photo of my dad and me was taken a few years back when we went on a little family getaway to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. My dad loves the outdoors and has a real appreciation for nature, so this was a great escape for all of us to spend some quality time together. He’s an amazing man, and I love him very much.”

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MARIA ISABELLA, Content Marketing Editor
Memories with Dad
“Even though my son-in-law is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, he says the birth of his son is unquestionably his greatest accomplishment in life. He adores Avery and steals every moment he can to admire his sweet little face.”
Memories with Dad

“My husband also loves holding Avery, who everyone says looks a lot like him. He tells his grandson about all the many adventures they’re going to have together once he gets older. Watch out, world!”

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CAROLYN ANTL, Designer/Content Coordinator
Memories with Dad
“I appreciate my dad very much. As a single dad in the eighties, he raised both my sister and me on his own. He took us with him everywhere he went, and we enjoyed many experiences together. Whether it was folding laundry, cooking, fishing, or skiing, he made time to be with us and raised us to be smart and strong. I feel so lucky to have such a loving father, and I treasure every moment I have with him. This is a picture of us when I was visiting him in South Carolina.”

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CAROLINE LEECH, Senior Editor
Memories with Dad
“This is my son, David, with his father, also David. From the very start, they’ve been two peas in a pod. David is 21 now, and I’m happy to say they are still as connected as ever.”

 

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What to Write in a Father’s Day Card

What to Write in a Fathers Day Card

Father’s Day is the one day a year solely dedicated to all the dads in your life. It’s the day we take a moment to reflect on the significant impact they’ve had on our lives—and how they continue to inspire us in their own special ways. It’s also the day we celebrate creating new memories with these influential fathers and father figures, whether a cherished dad, grandpa, father-in-law, uncle, godfather, or mentor.

A Father’s Day gift is not nearly as important as letting him know how much you care. This can be accomplished either through voice or pen. If penning a message, let it come straight and simply from the heart.

Many of us might struggle to come up with just the right words and sentiments to express our thoughts and emotions. We’re here to help you with that.

When writing a note, a letter, or just some additional thoughts to a Father Day ecard, it’s best to make it short, personal, and sincere. What’s one special moment you’ve shared together? What’s one piece of advice he’s given you that’s made a difference? What’s one trait you particularly admire about him?

To help you get started, here are some ideas that may be just what you’re looking for:

For Your Own Dad

(for males) Dad, you are the man I’ve always wanted to be…
(for females) Dad, I’ll always be your little girl…
For all the things you have been in my life, Dad…
You are the person I model myself after…
Dad, you put the super in hero…
You made my childhood memories the happiest they could be…
I am the (man/woman) I am today because of you…
To my friend, my mentor, my father…
Having a dad like you made growing up so much (better/sweeter/happier…)

For Any Dad

You inspire me to live life to the fullest…
It takes a special kind of man to make others smile from the heart…
Your love is as warm and bright as a sun-shiny day!
What makes your (advice/love) so special is that it comes from you!
You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched, or how deeply your love has been felt…
You’ve been a mentor and a friend and you’ve made the/my world a better place…
My day is filled with hope and inspiration because of you…
Everyone should have someone as special as you in their lives…

For Husband

You are my knight in shining armor!
My life/Our lives would not be the same without your love…
You are my rock, my partner, my love…
For the man who helps make my/our world complete…
You fill my heart with joy, happiness and hope each and every day…
You are the compass on our life’s journey together…
You are the man of my dreams…
Lucky me/us–having you to love!

For a New Dad / Dad-to-Be

(for girls) Your new little princess is ready for her fairy-tale dad!
(for boys) Your new little sports fan is ready to cheer you on!
Love is on the way with your little one about to arrive…
Wishing you all the joy and happiness fatherhood will bring…
Your arms will be filled with a bundle of joy, and your heart will be filled with love… Tender moments are right around the corner…
It takes a special kind of love to make a father like you…

More Messages

With warmth, love, and a special place in my heart…
Hoping you make the most of your special day…
Wishing you all the happiness you can handle on this Father’s Day…
With the fondest of memories…
With love comes laughter…
Relax, enjoy and celebrate…

 

 

 

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