Happy Halloween Boo Mountain Friends!


Well, it’s been a very difficult Halloween week for the Eastern portion of the U.S. and Canada with the occurence of former Hurricane Sandy. And at Blue Mountain, our hearts go out to all those affected by this devastating storm.

Of course many communities are postponing their official Halloween “trick-or-treating” festivities to this weekend, allowing for more time for water to dissipate, power to be restored, and streets to be made safe again. That may not happen for a while in some neighborhoods so they will be hosting indoor-only activities so that all the children can
still enjoy this fun holiday, while making sure their safety isn’t compromised.

For the rest of the country, it’s full-on Halloween as usual…there’ll be loud chants of
“Trick or Treat,” apples to be bobbed for, candy to be devoured and of course, spirits, ghosts and witches abounding to add a little mystery and magic to the cool night air.
So have fun getting your scary on and enjoy all the bewitching ways there are to be enchanted by this hauntingly happy day!




It’s a Halloween Celebration!

It’s that creepy time of year when it’s fun to do all things “boo-tiful” to make your home
a bit more festive and give the kids in the neighborhood something new to shriek about.  Whether you add an eerie glow to your porch light, set a ghoul in his favorite chair with some spidery friends hanging from a skull and crossbones, or simply scatter some bats in your belfry, your house can bewitch all who come to call.

Add to the fun of candy treats, by filling up sugar cones decorated with gum-drop eyes, or by making paper cones out of cardstock.  You can create extra fun at home parties with spider cupcakes or some ghoulish carrot fingers. Here’s a quick recipe for “carrot fingers” from the Food Network.

1 bag peeled baby carrots
1 cup sliced almonds
Cream cheese
Bottled ranch dressing


Place a bit of cream cheese on the end of a baby carrot and place an almond slice face down on top. The almond should look like a fingernail on the carrot “finger.” Repeat until all carrots are finished.

Pour dressing in a bowl and stand a few carrot fingers upright in the bowl. Place the bowl on a platter and lay the remaining carrot fingers around the bowl.

The fun of Halloween is the opportunity it brings to let your imagination go wild and step outside your daily routine to try on a different face, even if it’s a face only another ghoul could love. Play some games, carve some pumpkins, and harvest some good times. Whether you’re doing “The Monster Mash” or simply enjoying some “Devil’s Food cake,” you’ll have a fiendishly good time. After all, once you’ve conjured up all the magic, you can slip right back into being a “saint” the following day. Let your pumpkin light shine!

For more party and recipe ideas, visit the following websites:

Tell them “Boris” sent you!  Mum-mies the word!



eCard of the Week–HEADS UP

Halloween is quickly approaching with all of its magic, sorcery and frighteningly good times! Why not create some of your own spine-tingling fun by giving voice to this eerie headless horseman? It’s our talking eCard that pays homage to Washington Irving’s well-known characterization in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

The story, of course, follows the plight of the timid and superstitious schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane. By the end of the tale, he is chased through the Hollow, a place known for its ghosts and haunting atmosphere, by the infamous Headless Horseman, who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.” At sunrise, there is no trace of Crane or his horse, and only the scattered remains of a shattered pumpkin can be found. Was the Horseman truly a spectre or was it really Ichabod’s nemesis, Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, in ingenious disguise?

It’s a great tale for Halloween and this special eCard, “Heads Up,” captures some of the magic and fun that comes from ghostly stories like this one. There are so many other wonderful talking, interactive and spooky eCards to choose from for Halloween, as well, at…and if you’re looking for something to say in the talking eCard of your choice, check out our blog from Tuesday!



Spooking of Halloween…

If it gets your broomstick all in a knot to think about how to address your Halloween cards this year, hold on to your pointy hat, because we can spell things out for you pretty quickly.  Halloween has been rising to the top of festive holidays in recent years and more of us are sending ecards, postcards, talking cards and “ghoul to ghoul” cards for the occasion.  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to treat your friends to a bewitching card and something monstrously fun to boot.

So, what do you say?  How do you spook Halloween to the ones you love?  It might be fun to think about the people you know and assign a temporary Halloween-appropriate character trait to them. If you were going to dress them up, would you pose them as Elvira or Elvis?  What would make their blue suede shoes dance and their hearts tingle?  After all, ghouls just want to have fun!

So, to help you pull out all the stops from your vampire vaults as you sign your cards, or to recharge your electric connections, here are some phrases that might zap your voltage meter and get you humming…

  • Cute—You’ll always be my favorite pumpkin!
  • Cute—Hope this Halloween tickles your funny bone!
  • Fun—(Frankenstein character) Don’t short-circuit your fun on Halloween!
  • Fun—A hauntingly happy wish for a frightfully fun Halloween!
  • Sweet—You’re enchanting and bewitching!
  • Sweet—Guess whooo loves you?
  • Silly—I’m batty about you!
  • Silly—Best witches for a happy Halloween!
  • Vampire/Mummy humor—Fangs for all you do for me!
  • Vampire/Mummy humor—Happy Halloween. That about wraps it up!
  • Fiend to Fiend—Thanks for putting up with all my tricks!
  • Fiend to Fiend—You’re so nice, it’s scary!
  • Love—My cauldron or yours?
  • Love—Love ya to death!

Whatever you say to the trick-or-treaters on your list this year, let them know you give a hoot about them. Your mummies, ghoulfriends, and cousin-its will be so glad you conjured up your very own spellbreakers.

Happy Haunting!



Saturday, October 20, is the Sweetest Day of the Year!

It was 1922 and a committee of 12 confectioners in Cleveland, Ohio, distributed 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on October 8th of that year. Some of the biggest movie stars of the day, including Theda Bara, were on hand to help with the distribution. Through the years, other large candy distributions were made to local charities and “The Sweetest Day of the Year” became an annual affair. To read more about the origins of this holiday and to see some really great recipes, simply click on this link:


You can share in the happiness of the day by sending the above “You Make Me Smile” ecard, available from Blue Mountain. It’s just one of many Sweetest Day ecards and postcards that can help you send a little sweetness someone’s way!





It’s Boss’s Day–October 16!

Today is Boss’s Day, which was officially observed in 1962–four years after being proposed by Patricia Bays Haroski who was an appreciative employee at State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Ill. She chose the date, October 16, in honor of her boss’s birthday. Interestingly, her boss at the time was her father whom she noticed was a source of encouragement and inspiration to her and her fellow employees even when he was facing difficult hurdles in running the company. The following are a few inspirational quotes about leaders that most people say make the best kinds of bosses.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on…a football field, in an army, or in an office.
–Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
–John F. Kennedy

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
–Albert Schweitzer

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
–John Quincy Adam

Happy Boss’s Day!

The above ecard, “A Special Boss,” and an assortment of other ecards and postcards are ready for sending and sharing today at



Wishing You a Care Free Day

Is someone you know missing the warm balmy days of summer already? If so, this
Care Free Day postcard, our pick of the week, might be just the thing to whisk them off to a happy mini-summer “getaway.”

It’s one of the many free postcards from that are so easy to send
or share in an email or as a post on Facebook.

You’ll find a large assortment of other postcards there as well, and if you’re looking for something a little different, you’ll find many styles of “just because” ecards that are
perfect for letting others know they’re in your thoughts today.



October–Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As most everyone knows, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A large number of organizations and medical establishments have joined forces and are working together to promote awareness of this disease, share important information, educate, and help provide greater access to services. So many women’s lives have been saved in recent years due to these efforts. The greatest goal of these groups, of course, is finding a cure to save so many more.

Fortunately, in the meantime, more and more women are learning to take charge of their own breast health–

  • knowing what is normal for them
  • knowing what changes to look for
  • doing regular self-exams
  • letting their doctors know of any changes
  • getting regular screenings (based on their doctor’s suggested schedule)

And for those who are living with breast cancer, either as a warrior, a survivor or a caregiver, these organizations provide invaluable assistance, encouragment, education, treatment and hope. 

Although October puts the spotlight on this effort, the fight to find a cure continues throughout the year. In the meantime there remains much to be accomplished.

For more information, please check out any of the following websites–a few of the many that provide information on breast cancer facts and statistics, risk factors and prevention, self-awareness, early detection and screening. Additionally, they offer ways you can become involved in helping those who are seeking a cure…either through donation, participation in local events or becoming an advocate.

Finally, just a gentle reminder to take time now to schedule that all-important mammogram!


The “Save the Girls” postcard above can be found at and is perfect for sending and sharing, either as a facebook post or as an email. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness, there are other Health Awareness ecards that are available as well .




Happy October Birthday, Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!


Those born in October fall under two signs:

Libra, the Scales, September 23–October 23

Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24–November 21



Flowers of the Month…Calendula, Cosmos

Birthstones/Meanings…Opal, Tourmaline, Pink  Sapphire/Hope

To read more about those born in October, please see our October 2011 birthday blog

If you know someone having a birthday this month, ober Birthday blog from last year:

Why not check out the large offering of birthday ecards at Blue Mountain…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!






Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” For many of us, the character of Mary Poppins, so delightfully played by a young Julie Andrews, made us want to “find the fun” in anything we had to do. Julie Andrews’ work in film, stage, and television appeared to the rest of us, it seems, to be a consistent way for this incredible entertainer to share the fun with us. 

As an Academy Award winning actress, a singer and Broadway star, Julie Andrews has captured the hearts of audiences for nearly sixty years and she’s still going strong. Andrews debuted on Broadway in 1954 and in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins just ten years later. Her box office successes also included The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain and The Sound of Music, for which she is probably most well known. More recently, she starred in The Princess Diaries and has offered her voice talents to the Shrek movies and Despicable Me as well.

By 1966, Julie Andrews had starred in six hit films. She married film director, Blake Edwards in 1969 and celebrated 41 anniversaries with him until his death in 2010. Together they raised five children as
a blended family.

In a career that has spanned over six decades, Julie Andrews has motivated and inspired us to value our roles in life, to reinvent ourselves when times call for us to change, and to be willing to seek the best in what life has to offer.

In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Julie Andrews a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to the performing arts. Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, born in England on the first of October in 1935 with a crystal clear, incredibly beautiful voice, has helped us hear, “The Sound of Music” wherever we go.

Happy Birthday Julie Andrews and we thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. We celebrate you with love on your birthday!