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Celebrate November!

November is here, and there’s so much to be thankful for! We love November for so many reasons – crisp weather, hot chocolate, family, friends, and of course, Thanksgiving! We’d like to share a little something with you in celebration of November. We’ve designed a beautiful piece of artwork that you can download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image. Enjoy!

November 2014 Background
2560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050 / 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800 / Facebook Cover Photo / Phone

For help on how to install, click here.

Celebrate November!

 

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Letter from the Editor – Welcome November!

“November brings a harvest of memories,
reminding our hearts what matters most.”

Ah, November– when the brooding autumn skies are filled with parting birds, as we brace ourselves for the inclement weather ahead.  Many of us are moving indoors now, where our homes become cozy retreats, filled with eiderdown comforters, spiced warm cider and toasty fires.  November days are short but full, as we ready the house for the holidays and make our plans for Thanksgiving.

At Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to what matters most–not the things we’ve acquired along the way–but rather the moments, memories, and experiences shared with the people we love.  For some of us, Thanksgiving will be a bittersweet time.  As we look around our table this year, a familiar face may be missing.  We honor their memory by gathering together with grateful hearts.  We remind ourselves there are things we take for granted that others are praying for.

This year, we’ve created an especially warm collection of Thanksgiving eCards for you to spread the love and gratitude among your family and friends.   You can watch as woodland animals fill a cornucopia to the lovely music, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  We think you’ll also enjoy our hand-lettered “Three Wishes,” and you won’t want to miss our charming Golden Lab delivering your message “Across the Miles.” Want to share a smile?   Send our talking pilgrim dogs to speak what you type or check out “Where’s the Turkey?” and discover where the turkeys hide.

However you celebrate this year, may joy and love be present at your table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor
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Halloween Poem

It’s almost the witching hour! To help get you in the eerie, mystical mood, we thought we’d share a Halloween poem with you that our Senior Editor, Liza McNamara, wrote for us last year. We liked it so much that we thought we’d “magically” turn it into a printable version just for you. Hang it in your home or on your front door to greet trick-or-treaters or include it in treat bags when you hand out candy. Add it to the festive office décor or leave as a fun surprise for co-workers to find on their desks. You might also have fun reading it out loud to kids and grandkids to get everyone in the spirit of this mystical night of All Hallows Eve. Enjoy!
Halloween Poem
Click here to receive a printable size of the poem, or click here to receive the correct size to make the poem your desktop background.

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Printable Halloween Cards

When getting ready for Halloween, what do most people think of first? Probably costumes, candy, and decorations. (Psst, for some really fun home and yard decorating ideas, click here.) But Halloween is also a great time to send some boo-tiful cards to let others know you’re thinking of them. Wouldn’t it be fun if you could actually customize them yourself to create exactly what you’d like?

Now you can!

Printable Halloween Cards

Blue Mountain has a whole collection of Printable Cards that you can personalize and print from the comfort of your own home.  It’s easy. It’s fast. And it’s a wonderful way to make the card’s design and message your own—which is why our Printable Halloween Cards are so perfect for the occasion.

In fact, designing your own Halloween cards is a really creative, fun-filled, rainy-day craft project you can do with your kids or grandkids!

The process is actually very simple. Just go to BlueMountain.com and let the little one in your life pick the card they like best.  Next, click on “Personalize and print your project.”

This is where the fun begins! With your help, let your child add text that includes their own message…in their own words. Add art from a variety of graphics that act just like stickers.  Add photos that you’ve got stored on your computer, phone, or camera. And then add fun frames available in many different shapes and sizes. (You can always preview your masterpiece before finalizing anything.)

Once your child is happy with their card, just press “Print” and there you have it! A personalized card your child can give or mail to someone very special in their life. (That could even be you!)

Of course, we also have many other cards that are suitable for any age, as well as party invitations for that frightfully delightful event you have planned. So go ahead, have fun…and Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Playlist!

We’re really getting in the Halloween spirit this week! Decorations are going up, costumes are being planned, and everyone is starting to buzz with Halloween energy. And while we’ve been decorating and munching on candy corn, we’ve been listening to a lot of Halloween-inspired music. We thought we would put a few of our favorite spooky favorites in a playlist to share. Enjoy!

 

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Top 10 Halloween Tales

With Halloween lurking just around the corner, there’s nothing like a good scary story to get you in the spooky spirit. We’ve compiled a list of 10 frightful tales sure to send chills right to your bones. Some stories you may already be familiar with, but isn’t it also fun to take that unfamiliar road and see where it leads? You just may want to leave the lights on all night.

The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe

Frankenstein – Mary Shelly

Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

Top 10 Halloween Tales

It – Stephen King

Ghost Story – Peter Straub

The Ritual – Adam Nevil

House of Leaves – Mark Danielewsk

Hell House – Richard Matheson

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Sweet, Sweet October (FREE recipe card included!)

 

Sweet, Sweet October (FREE recipe card included!)

October is a great month for many sweet reasons. First of all, it’s the month when we celebrate Sweetest Day, which falls on October 18 this year—and that makes everyone happy! After all, it’s a day to connect with lovers, sweethearts, and every other person who’s near and dear to our hearts.

Sweetest Day actually has quite an interesting history dating back to 1922. That was when Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy employee and philanthropist, decided he wanted to cheer up the local orphans, elderly, and poor people in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Because he worked in the candy industry, Kingston started handing out sweet treats to the less fortunate.

Following his lead, other local candy makers began to do the same—and eventually the third Saturday in October was proclaimed as the “sweetest day of the year.” As time went on, “Sweetest Day” became more and more romance focused. In fact, today many view the holiday as a second Valentine’s Day. What better way to convey your heartfelt sentiments on this lovely holiday than with a beautiful Sweetest Day eCard?

In addition to claiming Sweetest Day, October is also becoming a very popular month to get married. In fact, they’re saying “October is the new June” for weddings. Some reasons for this? The weather is still nice and quite cozy, not too hot or too cold. (There’s not much rain this time of the year either.) The scenery is vividly gorgeous with colorful foliage. Venue and vendor prices seem to be somewhat lower. And October conveys a more relaxed and comfortable mood than other busy months.

Of course, as more couples get married in October, more couples will be celebrating their anniversaries in October, too—which is the perfect opportunity to share well wishes with a touching Love or Anniversary eCard.

And last, but certainly not least, did you know that October is National Dessert Month? A whole month dedicated to sweet confections and delectable treats! (For other fun food holidays throughout the year, click here.)

As our gift to you, here’s a special recipe from our staff for elegant little Chocolate Lava Cakes, which make the perfect ending to any romantic dinner. (To download the recipe card designed exclusively for you, just Click Here. Then print and enjoy.) It just doesn’t get any sweeter than this!

 

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What to Write in a Boss’s Day Card

What to Write in a Bosss Day Card

This Thursday, October 16th is National Boss’s Day and your chance to acknowledge your boss or manager for a job well done.  Many bosses try hard to recognize the achievements of their employees and yet their own efforts often go unnoticed. So, it’s the perfect time to throw some praise their way and thank them for their support. The tricky thing is—what do you write in your Boss’s Day card?

What you write to your boss has a lot to do with the type of relationship you have with them. If you’re close with your boss, then you might find it easier to write a few lines. However, many people may be more distant from their boss or manager, so knowing how and what to say can be a bit more difficult. Here are some suggestions that will help you navigate this day in a most acceptable way.

Boss as Mentor

  • Thanks for your ability to bring out the best in me.
  • With many thanks for the encouragement you give and for the dedication you always show.
  • Thanks for always taking the time to answer my questions and lend support and guidance.
  • You’re someone who’s a true leader, and I feel lucky to be on your team.

 Close Relationship

  • It takes a special kind of person to be a great boss —and you do it all so well.
  • Thanks for your wonderful way of making people feel valued and included.
  • Hope a great manager manages to have the greatest day ever.
  • I feel so lucky to have you for a boss. Thanks for everything. 

Friendly Relationship

  • Thanks for being so nice to work for.
  • Know what’s better than having a boss like you on Boss’s Day? Having a boss like you all year round!
  • Hope today is especially filled with the special kind of thoughtfulness you always bring to work. 
  • Nice to know and nice to work for —you’re the best kind of boss there is.

Funny Relationship

  • Awesome BOSSome! You’re the best!
  • I listen to you all the time, but now I want you to hear something
  • I want to say…Have a Happy Boss’s Day!
  • If you think I’m going to tell you how great you are to work for…you’re absolutely right! (as usual!)
  • You’ve really got what it takes to run this office…Guts!

 Formal Relationship

  • Wishing you a very happy Boss’s Day and the best of everything always.
  • Hope your special day is filled with all the things you enjoy the most.
  • Thinking of you and hoping you have a great day.
  • With appreciation for all you do. Have a great Boss’s Day.
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Halloween Decorating Roundup

One of the most exciting things about Halloween is that when it comes to decorating (both indoors and out), you can be as outrageously creative as you’d like! This year’s popular Halloween decorating trends range from understated elegance and simple playfulness, to over-the-top zaniness—and you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money creating any of them! For some fun ideas, the editors of Blue Mountain would like to share their favorite inspirations with you. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Decorating Roundup

1. Monogrammed Pumpkin from The Butlers
2. Black Lace Candles by Family Chic from Camilla Fabbri
3. Gauzy Glow Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens
4. Halloween Wreath from All Things Simple
5. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts from The Comfort of Cooking
6. Bat Mobile from Martha Stewart

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Fall Decor Roundup

When summer days start to wane, we almost can’t wait to get started on decorating our homes and creating a cozy nest full of colorful touches of leaves, berry branches, and of course— pumpkins. As you start buying your mums and pulling out your fall candles and decorations, you might want to try some of these decorating ideas that we thought were fun and creative ways  to say, “Welcome, Fall”!

Fall Decor Roundup

  1. This has got to be the cutest way to pumpkin-up your powder room from Cranial Hiccups. 2. The “key” to fun fall decorating is easier than you think with this fun idea from Midwest Living.  3. This natural autumn centerpiece from Shelterness sets the perfect cozy tone for fall gatherings.  4. The popular “mumkin,” this one shown from Circa Dee, is a must-have for fall. 5. Create the perfect autumn atmosphere with this eye-catching leaf chandelier from Midwest Living.  6.  Adorable as gifts or centerpieces, these pumpkin jars, shown from The 36th Avenue, are simply the cutest.
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