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GREAT IDEAS FOR GRADUATION GIFTS!

GREAT IDEAS FOR GRADUATION GIFTS!

With graduation season officially upon us, celebrations from kindergarten to college are calling for creative gift ideas.  While slipping money in a card is always appreciated, there are all kinds of ways to commemorate the big occasion—for every age, at any price.  Here are 13 ideas for the Class of 2013 that start out simply and work their way up to extravagant…

  • Books – Dr. Seuss, self-help, travel guides, career-related literature or an address book can all be inscribed to become a keepsake
  • GREAT IDEAS FOR GRADUATION GIFTS!Photo albums or picture frames – customized for Class of 2013
  • Laundry basket filled with items for dorm room or new apartment
  • Business card case
  • Personalized accessory for favorite electronic
  • Tool box with basic tools
  • Engraved jewelry
  • Small appliance such as an iron, toaster oven, microwave or coffee maker
  • Camera, DVD player, iPod
  • Briefcase or luggage
  • Small refrigerator (especially useful for a college dorm)
  • Tablet computer or laptop
  • Trip or vacation to relax before going off to college or that first job

13 Creative Ways to give Money:

  • Write a check for $20.13
  • Fill a piggy bank – include change to make it jingle
  • Put it in a new wallet
  • Make money origami or a money lei (videos available online)
  • Disperse into several gift cards to favorite stores
  • GREAT IDEAS FOR GRADUATION GIFTS!Gift card to local/campus bookstore
  • Frame the bills “In Case of Emergency”
  • Fill a balloon with rolled bills
  • Tape bills together and decorate tissue box with school/college colors
  • Make a money tree
  • Use a single bill (any denomination) as a bookmark in a money management book
  • Fill a candy or keepsake box…and use bills as wrapping or decoration
  • Roll the money like a diploma and tie with a bow

Finally, don’t forget to write a warm, personal note in your card to the graduate with a piece of advice, an inspirational quote or simply your sincere congratulations.

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” In a Wedding Card

WHAT TO WRITE... In a Wedding Card

The Joy of Weddings

A wedding is one of the happiest of all the special occasions families and friends can celebrate together. Being invited to share this much-anticipated day is an honor. And what better time could there ever be to let the bride and groom know how you feel about them, and to wish them a beautiful life!

The Best Gift of All

Whether you’re choosing something from their bridal registry or enclosing money or gift cards, the stories, memories, happy thoughts, and wishes you share from your heart may very well be the best gifts of all. Once you’ve found the perfect card, stationery or note that best fits the occasion, you’ll want to add your own personal touches. Here are some ideas to help you do just that…

Getting Started

Gather your thoughts by jotting down your answers to any (or all) of the questions below. Don’t worry about using the perfect words right now. Just be yourself. Being spontaneous will give you some natural-sounding words and phrases to use in your final message.

How would you describe the bride? The groom? Them as a couple?
What’s your favorite thing about each of them?
How do those qualities make them good for each other?
What’s one special memory you have of them?
What does it mean for you to share this day with them?
What’s one bit of advice you might give them for a happy life?
What do you wish them more than anything?

Making It Personal

Now you’re ready to write something special…just for them. Think of the answers that made you smile as you wrote them and perhaps add them to some of the thoughts below
if you’d like. Remember…there’s no” right way” to do this. If it comes from your heart, they’ll know it and whatever you write will sound warm and sincere.

Traditional Thoughts & Wishes

May this be the beginning of a beautiful lifetime filled with love…
May every day, every joy, every dream come true bring you closer together…
Today is just the beginning…
Make every day a memory…
May you always believe in each other…
The best is yet to be…
May you always be the love in each other’s lives, the joy in each other’s hearts…
Your wedding day–a beautiful celebration of your love…
Joy for today, dreams for tomorrow, love forever…
Wishing you a lifetime of beautiful tomorrows…

For Close Relationships

It’s so special for me/us to share this day with you…
So proud of both of you…
You’ll always be an important part of my life…
Seeing you so happy makes me/us happy, too…
I’ve/We’ve always felt lucky to be family/friends with you…

Spiritual Wishes

God bless you with a love that grows deeper every day…
May God protect the love you share…
Bless you both on this special day…

Lighthearted Wishes

Showering you with wishes for happiness…
Just married…just wonderful!
Two hearts become one…
To Mr. and Mrs. Perfect for Each Other
A love story whose time has come…
I now pronounce you forever in love…
It’s official! You’re married…don’t you just love the sound of that?
Wishing you a comfy, cozy life to share…

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CAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAY

CAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAY

 “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

‑—Leonardo da Vinci

It’s National Hug Your Cat Day, and we know all you cat lovers out there will be showering your feline friends with lots of extra hugs and kisses (as if you needed an excuse!).  But what about those of you who have yet to experience the joy of owning
one of these little fur balls yourself?  CAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAYWell, you’re in luck, too. Because June is Adopt-a-Cat Month!  Now…what better day to visit a local shelter and bring home your own little bundle of love.

Are You Ready?

If you’re considering adoption, you might want to start with this 10-point checklist from The American Humane Association:  http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/special-initiatives/adopt-a-cat-month/

and Animal Planet’s tips for bringing kitty home:

http://animal.discovery.com/pets/10-tips-for-bringing-a-new-kitten-home.htm

Both of these resources can help you decide if and when you’re ready to let the fun begin!

CAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAYFinding a Furry Friend

Abraham Lincoln once said, “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”  Those of you who are already cat people know that you don’t always have to look very hard to find a cat – they have a way of finding you!  But thanks to the Spring “kitten season,” it’s likely there are plenty of kittens ready and waiting now at one of your local shelters.  By entering your zip code on either of these websites, you can view pictures of kittens (as well as adult cats) right in your own neighborhood.

http://www.aspca.org/adoption/cats.aspx
http://www.petfinder.com/
 

Cats are Good for YouCAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAY

In addition to all the fun and love cats bring into our lives, there’s strong evidence that hugging your cat is actually healthy for you, reducing stress and depression and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Children who have had cats as pets seem to have a lower incidence of health issues such as respiratory problems and ear infections.  But we don’t need science to tell us that there’s nothing quite like coming home to our furry friends to make any day better!

CAT ADOPTION & HUG YOUR CAT DAYPurr-sonality Plus

So now you’ve found the purr-fect cat and opened your home and your heart.

Neither one will ever be the same!  Your house is now an amusement park of kitty antics.  Your laundry basket, a kitty bed.  And your favorite spot on the sofa will always be warmed up and waiting for you when you need it.  Just make sure you hide the knickknacks.  And don’t expect to sit down at your computer without company at the keyboard.  Most of all, get ready to be entertained. Every single day.  And we can promise you this…you’ll be laughing a whole lot more from now on…and wondering what you ever did without them!

Pet eCards

At bluemountain.com, we carry a large selection of pet ecards, featuring cats and other fun and lovable animals for lots of different occasions, from talking birthday ecards–for our human friends–to sympathy ecards for our beloved furry friends.

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YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!

Happy June Birthday, Friend and Nurturer!

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!

Although popular, even to the extreme, those born during the month of June are most comfortable socializing at home, whether it’s their home or someone else’s cozy nook. Most at ease with the close-knit circle of friends they grew up with, they treat their friends like family.

Gemini

Those born under the sign of the twins, Gemini, love to communicate. Talking on the phone, text messaging, emails, letter-writing…you name it, chances are Gemini loves it! You tend to have as many friends as ways to communicate with each. Not to mention, a wonderful way with words! For all you know, you were scribbling little masterpieces since before you could crawl. Short little notes, poetry, short stories, or the next great American novel, your mind is always buzzing with words to put down on paper.

Cancer

Those born in the sign of Cancer have a connection to the Moon, as their emotional well-being can be closely linked the Moon’s phases. Some may call you moody, but really, you’re simply going with the flow alongside the latest lunar state, whether it’s waxing or waning. Like the crab, the animal associated with Cancer, you have a tough exterior that protects and nurtures your softer, sensitive inner world. Nothing is more important to you than family, although who you consider your “family” may vary, for home is where your heart is. A bookkeeper of memories, you remember what matters most to yourself and others, filing it away in your heart to bring yourself some joy on days when you could use cheering up.

June Flower 

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!Your birth flower, the Rose, derives its name from the Latin rosa, which traced back further means “flower.” Rich with history, roses has been blossoming for millions of years. According the Roman legend, when Rodanthe turned away a great many suitors bent on marrying her, the goddess, Diana, turned Rodanthe into a rose and her overeager admirers into thorns. Flowering in a variety of colors, each carries its own meaning: red—“I love you”; white—spiritual love; yellow—joy and faithfulness; pink—“thank you”; to name a few.

 June Birthstone 

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!The pearl, your birthstone, is the oldest known gemstone, and has some of the richest history and folklore surrounding it. One cultural story tells that the pearl was born when a drop of rain from heaven fell into the oyster, becoming its heart. Pearls have been referred to as “teardrops of the moon,” and have been used in meditation and to assist in spiritual transformation. They are also known to relieve stress and even balance the solar plexus chakra. .

Famous June Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

Tony Curtis, Olympia Dukakis, Roger Ebert, Michael J. Fox, Anne Frank, Tom Jones, Helen Keller, Guy Lombardo, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep

Important June 2013 Holidays

World Environment Day 6/5
Flag Day 6/14
Father’s Day 6/16
International Picnic Day 6/18
Juneteenth 6/19
Summer Solstice 6/21

For more information on June birthdays, please click here.  And to see a large selection of birthday ecards that range from funny to sweet, just visit bluemountain.com. We’ve got cards for everyone on your list, including talking cards that are perfect for those in the birthday spotlight this month!

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