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Letter From the Editor – Celebrating Friendship!

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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?

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Caroline Leech, Senior Editor

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What to Write…to Brighten Someones Day

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It’s easier than you think to brighten someones 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)

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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

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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 allowedEgypt hat      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.HarryPotterWicked Witch

 

  • CaPrincesstholic 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 dunceearly 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.Presents 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?

HappyBirhtdayAccording 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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Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

07012014_Fondue_BLOG_BMA                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 food 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
Strawberry:: Lemon and Vanilla Ice Cream Parfait

July 8 – National Chocolate with Almonds Day
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July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day
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July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day
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July 12 – Pecan Pie Day
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July 15 – Tapioca Pudding Day
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July 19 – National Raspberry Cake Day
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July 21 – National Ice Cream Day
July 21

July 27 – National Crème Brulee Day
July 27

July 30 – National Cheesecake Day
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July 31 – National Cotton Candy Day
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