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THE MAGIC OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Mood Board

THE MAGIC OF ST. PATRICKS DAY: Mood Board

Sure and it’s the perfect time for smilin’ and sendin’ a bit of cheer and magic to both friends and family alike. Whether you’re Irish for the day or Irish all the way, you’re sure to find the perfect St. Patrick’s Day ecard for everyone on your list…from talking cards and singing telegrams to ecards filled with warm wishes and special blessings. At bluemountain.com we make “going green” the best way to celebrate the day!

In the mood board: “A Wee Bit O’ Magic Interactive eCard” from bluemountain.com

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IRISH SAYINGS, BLESSINGS & EXPRESSIONS!

IRISH SAYINGS, BLESSINGS & EXPRESSIONS! “Luck o’ the Irish to ye!” We’ve all heard that phrase countless times. But have you ever wondered why Irish lads and lasses are known as the lucky ones? Like many Irish sayings, those lighthearted words actually have a deeper meaning.

While the “luck of the Irish” currently refers to good fortune, the phrase wasn’t exactly complimentary when it originated during the 1800s gold rush in America. Many prosperous miners were Irish, so the “luck of the Irish” carried a bit of a dark or jealous tone, as if to say their success was simply a lucky break. Still, Irish eyes were smiling all the way to the bank—and, as we see on St. Patrick’s Day, their celebratory spirit hasn’t been broken.

Maybe that’s because the Irish know that the true treasures in life have nothing to do with gold. Love, friendship, happiness and peace are the most common themes of Irish toasts and blessings. However, as in the “lucky” expression above, some of their favorite sayings aren’t always as simple as they seem.

Here are some interesting classics…

“A guest should be blind in another man’s house.”
(A grateful guest would never talk ill
about how a host runs his household.)

“Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.
(Even if you disguise the truth, it’s still a lie.)

“As the big hound is, so will the pup be.”
(Like father, like son)

“Never dance in a small boat.”
(Don’t tempt fate.)

“Here’s to your coffin. May it be built of 100-year oaks which I will plant tomorrow.”
(May you live a hundred more years!)

 A few favorites…

IRISH SAYINGS, BLESSINGS & EXPRESSIONS!

“There are good ships, and there are wood ships, and ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships and may they always be.”

“I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, so this toast is for you.”

 And one last blessing with an interesting twist (literally):

May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.
May you live as long as you want,
and never want as long as you live.
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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME…Spring Forward! 3.10.13

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME...Spring Forward!   3.10.13

Don’t forget…2:00 AM Sunday March 10, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving time, which will end at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3, giving everyone those additional daylight hours they look forward to after these long wintry months!

So hope you remember to set your clocks forward an hour and that you enjoy the extra daylight time now through fall!

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY  If you’re reading this from China, Armenia, Mongolia, or one of many countries that honor International Women’s Day (IWD) as a national holiday, enjoy your day off! Yes, it’s that big of a deal in some areas of the world…while many others are still struggling to attain what IWD was originally created to do—advocate equal rights for women.

Fortunately, thanks to historical strides like the 15,000 womenINTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY  who marched through New York in 1908, demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights, IWD is predominantly a celebration of women. This year, all over the world, there will be theatrical performances, poetry readings, songs, films and visual arts shows honoring and celebrating women and their accomplishments. And since it was founded in 1910 (by Clara Zetken, Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Economic Party in Germany), the amazing achievements of women continue to soar—
from becoming powerful political leaders to billionaire entrepreneurs (Spanx anyone?).

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Whether you acknowledge IWD by donating to a cause (Kiva.org/women helps women obtain loans and invest in their futures), putting on red lipstick for the Rock the Lips campaign “to help women around the world create better lives,” or simply by appreciating the amazing women in your own life, this is a day of motivation and inspiration for everyone. IWD reminds us that we are all capable of reaching higher, doing better and making a positive difference in the world, regardless of our gender.

While IWD can be acknowledged with flowers (the symbol of the day) or free cupcakes (in England), many people view it as an opportunity INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY  to improve lives—not just for women, but for the world. The “Join Me on the Bridge” campaign for women’s equality started with Rwandan and Congolese women meeting on a bridge to join their two countries to demonstrate that women could build bridges of peace. This year, women will march on bridges in London, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto and New York.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

~Gloria Steinem

For more information on International Women’s Day, please click on the IWD logo above.

 photo credits: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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“WHAT TO SAY…” In a Talking eCard!

WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!
Cat got your tongue? No worries! Talking eCards will say it for you! You can even choose
a talking cat!

Want to reach out to someone you haven’t contacted in a while? WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!
Our How Ya Bee hamster will hit just the right note: “Hi Kelly, sorry I haven’t been in touch, things have been very hectic around here.  Just wondering how ya bee and hoping we can get together soon to catch up!”

Feeling romantic or maybe a little frisky? You can choose our
Love You a Latte Yorkie to do some sweet talking for you. “Hi Honey.  Just sitting here having my morning coffee and remembering last night. Love you a latte!”

WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!Our newscaster, This Just In, can deliver a fun weather report: “The snow is really coming down!  We’re expecting six inches by morning. Time to get your skis out!  Can’t wait to see you on the slopes!” or “This just in. Mary Beth had her baby at 2:30 this morning! Eight pounds of bouncing baby boy!”

Our Purrfect Friend kitty can make someone’s day: “Good Morning, Jenn!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  I’m so glad we’re friends!” Or if someone you know is going on a trip, you can send them our  Bahama Llama with a happy “Bon Voyage!” wish.

Is someone in your life going through a difficult time?  WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!Our little Hang in There monkey will bring a smile: “Harry, I was so sorry to hear about your accident.  I hope you are on the mend and will be back on the golf course soon.  We all miss you.  Hang in there! 

For St. Patrick’s Day, wish them a wee bit o’magic with our Pot O’Golden retriever, our Fine Irish Lassie and our St. Cat’s Day kitty. “Faith and begorrah, here’s hoping your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun and friends and lots of green beer!”

WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!For Easter, let them know they are somebunny special with our new Bunny Banter card. “Happy Easter, Aunt Sophie!  Can’t wait till we get the family together for Easter brunch.  Your green bean casserole is the best!  Be sure to get here early for the Easter egg hunt.  Love you!”

And, of course, we have lots of ways (and fun characters to match!) to wish someone a Happy Birthday:

Send some bovine wishes from our Holy Cow: “Holy Cow!  You’re having another birthday?!  Don’t worry—you’re still not pasture prime!”

Our Sweet Wishes talking cupcake can suggest: WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!“It’s your birthday, Sally!  Time to get sprinkle-faced!”

Send Hogs and Kisses to a grandchild.: “Hello, my little Munchkin!  This little piggy is here to say, a special treat is on the way.  Hogs and kisses for your birthday!  Grandma loves you!”

WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!With Talking eCards you can keep in touch, send birthday, holiday and get well wishes, invite someone over, celebrate an anniversary, graduation, engagement, special event or send one just because they’re so much fun! One happy customer shared with us that she was proposed to through a Talking eCard! (It was our Puppy Love design and she said, “Yes!”)

 So where to begin? Just choose the talking ecard character you like best for the occasion, type your message in the box, pick a voice and the talking card will deliver your note to your delighted recipient. We’ve shown you a few ideas on things you can say, but here are a few helpful hints to make your message even more special:

  • Choose whether you want the card to speak in the first person (Hi! I’m your Birthday Cod) or if you just want to use it as a vehicle for your message (Sending this birthday cod cause I know how much you like fishing!)
  • Listen to your message several times before sending it. You might want to add or edit. Always click Save and Preview after each change or edit.
  • If you’re not going to send your card right away but want to keep the message you’ve started, it’s a good idea to copy and paste it to a Word doc, as once you move out of the card (without sending it), your message will not be saved.
  • Play around with the spelling and spacing between words/syllables to have your message delivered just the way you’d like it.
  • If you type your message phonetically, you can even have the talking card speak a foreign language!

And now a word from our Talking eCod…

WHAT TO SAY... In a Talking eCard!

Here’s what we typed and how we typed it.  We chose “Nigel” for the speaking voice.  Click here or on the photo at left to listen to the delivered message.
Ahoy there, blue mountain friends!  I am so proud to have this special oppor TUNA tee to speak to you!   Just wanted to let you know it’s official!   I am one of the most popular talking  e cards of all.   Holy Mackeral!    I’ll send birthday fishes to anyone you like and they’ll fall for me hook…line…and sinker!  It’s FIN-tastic, don’t you think?  Remember, in cod we trust! Have a great day now!

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NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY — March 3

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY    March 3

Celebrate National Anthem Day!

“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming…”
 

On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed into law “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the United States’ national anthem. In a concerted effort begun on April 15, 1929, by U.S. Rep. John Linthicum from Maryland, over 5 million signatures, countless letters of support, and twenty-five governors submitted their enthusiasm for the measure. Taking more than a year to make its way before the House Judiciary Committee, this emblematic song has an awe-inspiring history starting over a century prior to those seeking its patriotic expression.

The Key to Unlocking a Nation’s Patriotism

Written by Georgetown lawyer and dabbling poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814, the lyrics originated as the poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry.” The verse was inspired when Key spotted the American flag still waving over the military stronghold the morning after the British Navy stormed the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Key’s lyrical poem was later set to the popular melody, “To Anacreon in Heaven,” composed by John Stafford Smith. Not long after, the song’s title was changed to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” named for the flag that was raised over FortMcHenry, and the song became an immediate sensation

Song Stanzas, High Notes, and Passage Through Congress

Even though it’s four stanzas at full-length, most perform only the first stanza when singing the anthem for military ceremonies and public events. Given the considerable range of the melody, Congress hesitated to adopt it as the national anthem due to the difficulty for the general public to reach the highest notes; however, more often than not, the song is sung by trained singers. Furthermore, some officials questioned Representative Linthicum’s motives, whether his House Bill was to promote the nation’s patriotism or his own district, which included part of Baltimore. Nevertheless, its passage prevailed and “The Star-Spangled Banner” replaced “My Country ’Tis of Thee” as America’s national anthem.

Patriotic Pride

Celebrate National Anthem Day by following the example set nearly two hundred years ago—hang your U. S. flag with pride and salute those who kept American patriotism alive and well. It’s a gesture that will inspire just as it did so long ago.

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YOUR MARCH BIRTHDAY!


YOUR MARCH BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday, You Dynamic Dreamers!

Energetic idealists with a surplus of spontaneity, you March birthdays aren’t afraid to fight for what you believe in. Possessing a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, you can find frivolity in life’s smallest subtleties. Not to mention, you can be the life of any party as you capture the imaginations of everyone in the room!

Pisces

You sensitive Pisceans set the bar high when it comes to romance! Your world of fantasy and dreams is quite rich, casting an irresistible spell upon those you love as they’re drawn into your aura and merge with the most intimate parts of your soul. Inspiring others with your compassionate acts, you move people in ways others can’t help but notice and strive to emulate. Your imagination creates an atmosphere others can swim in as they float down your river of magical waters.

Aries

Passionate individuals who forge their own identities, Aries thrives on originality! Courageous and impulsive, you’re ready to explore uncharted territories as you enjoy discovering new places and meeting new people. Few can pin you down, for your effervescent energy can only be matched by another Aries! A go-getter if there ever was one, you don’t just burn the midnight oil in order to get things done. Your fire simply never goes out!

March Flower

YOUR MARCH BIRTHDAY!  March’s birth flower, the Jonquil, shares the same family tree as the Daffodil and Narcissus, though significantly smaller and much more fragrant. Originating from Spain, as well as Portugal and Algeria, the flower’s name comes from the Spanish word “joquillo” meaning “rush.” Despite its smaller size, the Jonquil carries quite a regal history, for when Queen Anne created the KensingtonPalaceGardens, its landscape was reportedly filled with Jonquils. The aromatic bloom’s other uses include perfumes, as its scent is said to be rather intoxicating.

March Birthstone

Your birthstone, aquamarine, comes from Latin and means “seawater.”YOUR MARCH BIRTHDAY!
It’s found primarily in Madagascar and Brazil, although it is popular around the world. Said to be the treasure of mermaids, Greek sailors supposedly wore it to appease the sea god, Poseidon. Associated with love, in particular young love, it’s believed that a couple is blessed when the groom gives his bride aquamarine the morning after they’ve consummated their marriage. This aqua-blue gemstone is also used in fine jewelry-making as it is a popular gift for wedding anniversaries.

Famous People Born in March

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names: Johann Sebastian Bach,
Justin Bieber, Liz Claiborne, Celine Dion, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Glenn Miller, Liza Minnelli, Shaquille O’Neal, Gloria Steinem, Gloria Swanson, Vincent van Gogh, Andrew Lloyd Webber

2013 March Holidays

Daylight Saving Time begins   3/10
St. Patrick’s Day   3/17
Spring Equinox   3/20
Palm Sunday   3/24
Passover (begins at sundown 3/25 – ends at sunset 4/2
Good Friday   3/29
Easter   3/31

 

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