This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day and moms everywhere, Blue Mountain has partnered with 10 important and deserving non-profit organizations that support women-related causes. Help us spread the love and raise awareness for the health and well-being of mothers and children around the world by celebrating with us and sending or sharing these touching holiday ecards from the following organizations:

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Clicking on the image above will direct you to the page at that showcases each charity organization’s mission and their individual postcard design that you
can send.

Happy Mother’s Day!




An Amazing Journey…

05082013_mothersdayquotesimageMothers Day, Sunday, May 12, is the most special day of the year to celebrate the unique and wonderful women who make an incredible difference in our lives. And while every mom has her own style, wisdom, gifts and legacy, one thing all mothers have in common is a lifelong journey of love. So whether Mother’s Day inspires you to take a walk down memory lane, surround yourself with family, or excitedly anticipate your baby-to-be, here’s a collection of heartfelt and humorous quotes that celebrates the amazing journey of motherhood, even before it begins…

Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone

Nobody will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.                       ~Author Unknown

His little hands stole my heart…and his little feet ran away
with it.  ~Author Unknown

I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me “mommy.”   ~Author Unknown

A mother will sit in the rain to watch her child sit on a bench.            ~Author Unknown

There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child—and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.  ~Robert Brault

A mom’s love waits up when the rest of the world has turned out the light.  ~Author Unknown

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.   ~Mark Twain

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.                   ~Emily Dickinson

Just you feel like you’re all grown up and don’t need your mommy, you get the flu. ~Author Unknown

 The advice my son rejected is now being given by him to my grandson.   ~Author Unknown








What is a Mother?

She’s that special someone who knows how to put love between a little child and a big world…she’s the heart and soul of the family who can mend hurts, warm hearts and understand the gentle power of a smile and a few kind words.

A mother is someone who can juggle a thousand different things at once and yet still have time just for you. She’s the best kind of friend who speaks with the voice of experience but knows when you need to make your own way in the world. And when you go, she is the one who is always  just a step or two behind you, making sure you are safe and happy and well.

Happy Mother’s Day!






A truly special teacher is very wise,
and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.

~Author Unknown

Do you remember your favorite teacher from grade school, high school, or even college? Can you give credit to a teacher who influenced you or your child…or one who helped you or your children discover new directions and paths in your lives? If you can, then you know that teachers deserve more recognition and appreciation than they ever receive. After all, teachers help shape the people who shape the world.

Getting Involved

May 7th is National Teachers Day and it occurs on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation week. It’s the perfect time to give back to special teachers in your life. In addition to sending a card or a kind note, you might consider one or more of the following throughout the school year:

  • Consider supporting an import classroom project or goal
  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate to a cause the school or teacher supports
  • Participate in or support bake sales and school fundraisers
  • If you have kids in school, keep them engaged in their studies
    and their classroom activities
  • Attend open houses and teacher-parent conferences
  • Help pass school levies. They’re not just good for the schools
    and the teachers, they’re good for the community as well
  • Offer to help with classroom basics

Your Support
When you give your support, teachers don’t feel alone in their endeavors to help our children. Nor will they have to personally take on all the burden of paying for children who can’t afford lunch or those who don’t have enough money for a gym suit. Teachers spend nearly $1.5 billion annually of their own money on school supplies, covering the basics so that every child has the same opportunity to learn and grow. Statistically, 91% of teachers buy basic school supplies for their classrooms!

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Teachers do a heroic job of stimulating kids to think on their own…helping them to achieve a sense of satisfaction in a job well done, and cultivating and nurturing the dreams of the students who will lead us into tomorrow. Children may only be one-third of our population today, but they are one hundred percent of our future. Teachers give these children, and us, a chance to strive for a better tomorrow and a stronger humanity.

A Big Thank You

National Teachers Day is an opportunity for you and  your kids to thank the ones who taught you to love certain subjects, to help you think for yourself, and to become the person you were meant to be. After all, a teacher made it possible for you to read this blog today.  Thanks to teachers everywhere! We honor and appreciate them!




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When you think of Cinco de Mayo, what comes to mind?

Festive food? Delicious drinks? Mariachi music? While traditional meals and lively celebrations are excellent ways to celebrate the day, have you ever wondered why so many people are toasting margaritas on May 5th?

A Little History…

Let’s take stroll back to 1861. Contrary to popular belief that Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexican Independence Day, Mexico had already gained independence more than 50 years before. However, the country had fallen on hard financial times which forced the president (Benito Juarez) to default on his debts to European countries. France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to collect reimbursement.  Although Britain and Spain negotiated and withdrew, French leader Napoleon III had dreams of establishing Mexico as a dependent empire.  Hence began the Franco-Mexican war from 1861 to 1867. And while the French eventually did gain brief control of the country, there was a surprising turn of events May 5, 1862 (Cinco de Mayo) at the “Battle of Puebla.”

On this day, 6,000 well-armed French soldiers set out to attack the Mexican town of Puebla de Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mexican General Zaragoza had rounded up a smaller but mightier army that defended their country so courageously…the French actually retreated! Although this fight didn’t win the war, it was a gallant victory for Mexico and encouraged patriots to continue to resist until Juarez regained control in 1867.

 Today’s Celebration

Surprisingly, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo has become more of a widespread celebration in America than in Mexico. While still an elaborate event in Puebla, many U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, mark the day with festivals, parades and concerts…and people all over the country celebrate in their own unique way.

Whether you’re enjoying events in your own area or simply serving tacos for dinner tonight, can help make you make the most of your Cinco de Mayo celebration. We have menu suggestions for traditional treats and creative cocktails at and, of course, a whole collection of cards to help you share the spirit of Cinco de Mayo with your amigos!





Happy May Birthday —You Earthy Romantics
and Social Butterflies!

Sociable to say the least, those born during the month of May are the rock in their circle of friends. A reliable individual whom people can depend upon, you are the one those in a pinch seek out, for you’re able to get through the thickest of thick and thinnest of thin.


Those born under the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, possess an unshakeable interest in others. For above all else, you value the innate goodness in others. Not to mention, you grab life by the horns and don’t let go! Although your energies may take time to build, once you’re revved up, there’s no turning back. An earth sign, you are a true friend of Mother Nature and your feet are planted firmly on the ground. This also makes you a loyal and steadfast partner, but because you are ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, you are also one of the true romantics.


If you’re born a Gemini, you’re the social butterfly of the zodiac! Like the butterfly, you rarely stay in one place for very long. A great conversationalist, you love keeping up with everything everyone is up to. Once you’re brought up to speed, you feel the need to record it so you won’t forget it, which makes you the ultimate wordsmith! You’re also the model multi-tasker. The sign of the twins, you wish you had four arms instead of two to get everything you want to accomplished!

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May’s birth flower, the Lily of the Valley, has roots in Christian tradition as it is mentioned fifteen times in the Bible, eight in the Song of Solomon. Symbolic of the Second Coming of Christ due to its blossoming in early Spring, other Biblical and Christian references to this white bell-shaped perennial include: Eve’s tears as she and Adam were excommunicated from the Garden of Eden, as well as the tears of the Virgin Mary shed at the foot of Christ’s cross, believed to have transformed into the flower. Used nowadays for decoration, this Springtime flower is actually poisonous. Nevertheless, it is a delight in its appearance and pleasant with its scent.

May Birthstone

05012013_emeraldYour birthstone, the emerald, comes from the ancient Greek, smaragdus, and Old French, esmeralde, translating into “green gemstone.” First mined in ancient Egypt in the 4th century B.C., this precious gem was believed to have been a favorite worn by Cleopatra. Since then, it has been used countless times as a wellness stone to heal diseases like cholera and malaria, as well as sooth the soul, clear the mind, and increase intelligence. Popular for celebrating a couple’s nuptials, it is associated with the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

Famous People Born in May

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:
Adele, Fred Astaire, David Beckham, Cher, George Clooney, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis,     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tina Fey, Sigmund Freud, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Florence Nightingale, Jimmy Stewart, Mike Wallace, Orson Welles, Walt Whitman,      Mark Zuckerberg, Malcolm X

Important May 2013 Dates

May Day 5/1
Cinco de Mayo 5/5
National Teacher’s Day 5/7
Mother’s Day 5/12
Bike to Work Day 5/17
Armed Forces Day 5/18
Memorial Day 5/27