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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

As you may have noticed from the sea of pink taking over cities everywhere, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually to increase awareness of this disease that touches so many of us. Today, 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Whether you’re a survivor yourself, or among the millions of friends and families that know someone who has won or lost their courageous battle, now is the time we all come together to raise our messages of strength, support, and hope for a cure.

Join In the Fight
If you’re wondering what you can do to show your support or help out, we’ve compiled a list

of ideas that anyone can do to make an impact throughout the month.

Take the PLEDGE!
Despite the campaigns each year, many people still don’t know how to properly prevent and monitor their chances of getting the disease. The pledge consists of six steps that can help.

Make a donation.
Every penny is a step closer to a cure, and no donation is too small. You can donate at events in your community or easily do so online as well.

Participate in an event in your community.
In just about every city in America, you can join a walk, run, race, or special event to help support the cause. Take your mom, sister, grandma, or best friend by the hand and head out to make your mark.

Be a light for someone.
If you know someone in your neighborhood who is living with cancer, step in and offer kindness. Provide a meal, watch the kids, deliver some magazines, weed her garden, etc. If you don’t know anyone personally, volunteer at a local hospital.

Learn more.
Even something simple as learning a bit more about breast cancer makes a difference. It’s all about awareness. To start, we think you might find this list very interesting of 6 Things You Don’t Know About Breast Cancer.

Help spread awareness.
No one deserves to go down the road of breast cancer. At Bluemountain.com, we have cards and postcards you can send and share with everyone you know, to remind and encourage them to take steps toward prevention, as well as to raise awareness all month long.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and with your help, there will be millions more.

Breast Cancer Awareness

 

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A Beautiful Fall Poem…

A Beautiful Fall Poem...

leaf piles beckon

every age–

nature knows

what the soul needs;

what we forgot

golden sun washes faces

as crisp winds

leave kisses

on cheeks

and apples

harvest light bathes

living room floorboards

like butter

while cinnamon

curls the air

candles dance

and firesides begin

conversations

of crackling coziness

days too quickly dim

as fall envelops us in her

vibrant sweater of warmth,

and home,

and

each other.

 

_Liza McNamara, Sr. Editor

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Letter from the Editor – Getting Ready for October!

Letter from the Editor   Getting Ready for October!

With the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, when day and night were of equal length, we welcomed fall and life started all over again.  Now that October is here, our gardens are bright with dahlias, camellias, echinacea, and chrysanthemums. Our recipes will be starring pumpkins, squash, apples, berries, seeds and nuts. We’re wearing our sweaters and plaid flannel, enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and farmers markets and cheering on our favorite football teams.

The days are getting shorter and the sun is lower in the sky. Nighttime is heralded by spectacular sunsets and the stars have never shone brighter. Mornings are dawning with a spectral mist hanging over the fields. As we watch all the beautiful changes taking place in nature, we are reminded that the only constant is change. We may feel a little nostalgic for autumns gone by and the people who mean so much to us. Here at Blue Mountain we have cards to honor those significant relationships and celebrate all the fun holidays in October.

Because we like autumn so much, we created a card to wish everyone a Happy Falloween. You’ll find a new postcard for Columbus Day and new eCards for Boss’s Day and Sweetest Day.  When you visit our Halloween collection, you’ll discover some extra special treats—eCards with music you’re sure to recognize, including the themes from the Andy Griffith Show and Bewitched. What better time to let your friends and family know you are thinking of them? And no matter how busy you get, remember to make some time for yourself to pause and watch the leaves turning.

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor
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12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)

Now that the air is turning chillier, leaves are turning color, and autumn is officially here, it’s time to finally start shifting our menus to new recipes. No more light salads, chilled soups, and berry sorbets. Instead, we’re invited to turn our focus to comfort foods, heartier fares, and more substantial desserts using today’s fresh, seasonal ingredients: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broccoli, beets, winter squash, kale, parsnips, chestnuts, apples, pears, cranberries, and more.

For a nice variety of recipes incorporating some of these fall-weather fruits and vegetables, take a look at the delicious dishes we’ve gathered for you below. (Click on each photo caption for the recipe.) Then be sure to print out the two recipe cards (one for Cream of Broccoli Soup and one for a delicious Pumpkin Roll) we created exclusively for our Blue Mountain friends from our editors’ family favorites. (To print out the recipe card, simple click on “Cream of Broccoli Soup” and/or “Pumpkin Roll” in the above sentence.) Happy eating!

BREAKFAST

 12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Pumpkin Waffles

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Pear Vanilla Dutch Baby Pancake

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Apple Cinnamon Crepes

LUNCH

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Butternut Squash Soup

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Pan-Grilled Flatbread with Autumn Vegetables

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Whole Wheat Chicken Pot Pie with Kale

DINNER

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Pot Roast with Potatoes & Root Vegetables

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Halibut with Roasted Beets & Beet Green

DESSERT

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Danish Pastry Apple Bars

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!) 
Gluten-Free Chestnut & Chocolate Cake

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Autumn Traditions

Glorious fall has arrived! This season is a favorite for many who can’t wave good-bye         to the hazy days of summer fast enough as they look forward to the cool crisp air, falling leaves, and smell of wood smoke. And with that anticipation is a myriad of traditions full of nature, fun, and food that touches everyone with a bit of warmth and nostalgia.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Autumn TraditionsDo you remember riding in the station wagon to a pumpkin patch in the country? There’s nothing that gets you right into the spirit of all things fall than being on a farm with pumpkins, animals, flowers, and homemade apple cider. Gather friends or family together for a sunny afternoon.

 

Get Lost in A Corn Maze

A trip to farm or pumpkin patch isn’t complete without an attempt at making it through the corn maze, and these days farmers set up some pretty newsworthy designsAutumn Traditions that bring together the old and young alike for quite a challenging try. Who will be the first one through this year? Find one in your area here.

 

 

 

Autumn TraditionsMake a Fall Recipe

When it comes to food, fall means pumpkin, pumpkin,    pumpkin! Pumpkin pies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin lattes, and just about anything else you can imagine.  But another fun staple not to be overlooked is the beloved caramel apple. This year when you visit the pumpkin farm or orchard, bring home a bushel of apples and try this fun twist on caramel apples which was featured on the The Dating Divas as a guest post from Michelle, of A Little Tipsy. This super fun dessert gives BOTH apple and pumpkin their tasty due!

 

Venture Out to See the Foliage

Autumn Traditions

When Mother Nature dons her most beautiful wardrobe of the year, we can’t help but want to catch of glimpse of her in all her finery. Perhaps you’ve taken a trip up to New England, where the mountains are ablaze with color, farms ooze fresh maple syrup, and quaint covered bridges beckon travelers to cross over. At any given moment in the country, friends and families are taking road trips, day trips, and walks through parks to drink   in the most spectacular display of the year.

Get In the Spirit with Fall Décor                       

Who can resist adding a bit of fall happiness throughout Autumn Traditionsthe home with berry branches, pumpkins, and potted mums on the porch to greet guests? Even the simplest touches can bring a warm and happy feel to any room.   So, when you’re out on those walks or visiting the pumpkin farms, gather a bunch of colorful leaves and small pumpkins and gourds and invite fall indoors.
From your fall adventures outdoors to your cozy fall touches inside, we here at Bluemountain.com hope you enjoy every single minute of welcoming autumn with your favorite traditions as you savor the beauty of this awe-inspiring season!

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What to Write in an Anniversary Card

What to Write in an Anniversary Card

By definition, an anniversary marks a date that’s remembered because of a significant event. In this case, we’re highlighting a wedding anniversary, either your own or that of someone you care about.

To help celebrate this extra special occasion, you probably would want to send an anniversary card. But you really want it to speak straight from the heart—and every word needs to be both meaningful and sincere.

After you’ve finally settled on the perfect card, you then most probably will want to add your own personal note. And this is where the challenge lies. Where to begin? How to phrase your thoughts and wishes?  What exactly to include?

Blue Mountain is here to help!

First of all, it’s best to keep anything you write short and sweet.  (Think of one warm thought or feeling, one compliment about the other person, or one statement of gratitude.) It’s also important to express your feelings in your own genuine style (e.g., cute, simple, direct, romantic, corny, funny, etc.). Finally, be sure to keep the recipient clearly in mind, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, or a relative— and speak directly to them as you normally would in person.

For some great examples of what to write in an anniversary card, we’d like to share several ways to address that very special someone in your life:

For Your Own Spouse

  • To my one and only.
  • You are my endless love!
  • My heart is yours forever.
  • Thank you for another wonderful year.
  • I offer my heart to you again. And again. And again.
  • After all this time, you’re still absolutely, undeniably incredible to me.
  • My love is real because of you.
  • You make my life complete.
  • I love you not only for who you are, but for who I am when I’m with you.
  • To another year full of joy, love, and bliss.
  • Our union tells me God has blessed me with a tremendous gift.
  • I’m honored to grow old with you and to share memories of the blessed life we have together.
  • Happy anniversary to my best friend, the love of my life, and all the other titles you deserve.
  • Every year with you is sweeter than the last.
  • The longer we’re married, the more I realize I got the better end of the deal.
  • When I look into your eyes, I see a reflection of the love we’ve share and the many more happy years to come.
  • How sweet it is to be loved by you.
  • Every year that passes, I fall more and more in love with you.
  • One year down. Many, many more wonderful ones to go!
  • To the one person in this world who makes me the happiest!

For Someone Else

  • Congratulations on so many wonderful years together!
  • A wish that all your days together continue to be touched with lasting love.
  • May the cherished memories of the years you’ve shared make this anniversary a wonderful celebration indeed.
  • Wishing you a wonderful anniversary and a beautiful future with your one true love.
  • Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for many more wonderful years to come.
  • May you continue to be as blessed by your life together as those around you are blessed by your example of unconditional love.
  • True love stories never end.
  • To the couple who best exemplifies happily ever after.
  • May every year you share find you still more and more in love with each other.
  • Wishing you a very joyful anniversary and many more to come.
  • Happy anniversary to one of the coolest couples around!
  • Wishing you the special moments this golden day can bring, and through the years ahead of you, the best of everything!
  • May God bless you on this momentous occasion.
  • With love and best wishes for your anniversary.
  • Together may you share the things a perfect anniversary brings!
  • Wishing you all the happiness any couple could have.
  • May this be a day of tender moments, warm memories, and wonderful wishes for the future.
  • Celebrate the love that promises to bring so many more years of pure joy.
  • May your love continue to inspire others by shining brightly for years to come. Congratulations.
  • Wishing you much happiness as you continue to celebrate all the joys your marriage has brought.
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Brighten Someone’s Day Challenge

Brighten Someones Day Challenge

Several months ago, we wrote about making people smile and random acts of kindness. The idea was to get people thinking about looking beyond themselves and reaching out to others who could use some cheering up.

Since it’s been a while, we wanted to reconnect and see how it’s going with your new mission to brighten someone’s day­—everyday.

  • Are you making a conscious effort to share and spread kindness as often as possible?
  • Are you surprising and delighting people with anonymous gestures, both big and small?
  • Are you sharing generosity and thoughtfulness with friends and strangers alike?

If so, we’d love to hear about it – or better yet we’d like to see your badge of honor. We invite you to post your good deeds on our Facebook page along with the above image. Simply right click on the image, save it to your desktop, and then post it in your status on Facebook, while including what you did recently to brighten someone’s day.

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Letter from the Editor – Hello September!

Letter from the Editor   Hello September!

Hello Blue Mountain Friends,

Poet Helen Hunt Jackson wrote charming poems about all the seasons, but “September” is a special favorite.  Here is an excerpt:

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

As we watch the falling leaves wave goodbye to summer, we have many “lovely tokens” to look forward to in the months ahead.  With the autumnal equinox on the 22nd, come crisp sunny days, soft amber-lit evenings and the ever-changing scenery in breathtaking colors.   Some of us will begin our fall garden clean-up, new school routines and our seasonal closet change-over.  For our friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah, it’s the beginning of a new year that starts at sunset September 24th and ends at nightfall September 26th.  To mark the occasion, we’ve created a beautiful new Rosh Hashanah card that includes the meaning of the holiday.

Many of us will also be celebrating anniversaries. Did you know that more people get married in the fall than in any other season?  Here at Blue Mountain, we are hopeless romantics and we think that autumn is the perfect time to fallin love—for the first time or all over again!  Whether you are totally, completely and ridiculously in love or you are feeling happy and grateful for a lasting and loving marriage, we’ve created new Love eCards and Anniversary eCards to celebrate your relationship.

Other September celebrations include Labor Day on the 1st, and Grandparents Day on the 7th.   We’ve just designed some great Grandparents Day postcards and print at home cards for the special Grandparent(s) in your life.

And remember, you can always Brighten Someone’s Day with cards that say “I care,”  “I’m happy for you,” and “You can count on me!”

Have a wonderful September!

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor
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How to be a Supportive Friend

How to be a Supportive Friend

Good times and good friends just naturally go together, but what do you do when hard times befall your friends? It’s easy to be a good friend during the fun times, but your friends need you most when life gets difficult, and they often could use your support and some words of encouragement. Here are some helpful ways to be the friend she needs through big changes, hard times, and everything in between.

Actively listen
Don’t just hear what your friend is saying, actively listen and validate her feelings with phrases like, “That must have made you feel so anxious” or “I understand you’re really hurting.” Your friend wants you to empathize with her situation and show that she’s understood. Don’t dismiss or minimize the importance of the problem by saying things like, “That’s nothing to be upset over.” You are not her, and she’s the one going through the ordeal, not you.

Don’t compare
Don’t compare your friend’s situation to one of your own, as this may appear to her that you’re changing the focus to you. If you feel she might relate to your past situation, mention it and quickly bring the focus back to her, such as, “I felt the exact same way when “x” happened, but it got easier as I talked it through and maybe you’ll find that happening for you as well.” This shows you sympathize with her situation, and relate to it, while keeping the attention on her.

Don’t be “Miss Fix It”
Your friend mainly wants to be heard and supported. She’s not necessarily looking for you to solve or fix the problem. Rushing in with ways to “fix” things may give her the feeling that she’s not capable of handling it on her own. She really just needs you to be her empathetic confidant.

Don’t ask—take action
When friends are going through tough times, it’s our natural reaction to say, “Let me know if I can do anything.” The trouble with this is that now we’ve given our troubled friend a task to do in addition to dealing with her situation. Plus, if she’s not one to easily ask for help, then this becomes a daunting task for her and chances are she’ll never reach out. Instead, take charge yourself and make a few meals for your friend and drop them off. A homemade dish is always a sign of comfort, no matter what.  Or, simply stop by with her favorite coffee drink or smoothie to brighten her day. Small acts of kindness can go a long way in showing support.

Be her cheerleader
When she’s ready, let her look to you for cheering up. One of the best ways to help a friend in need is to offer a strong dose of positivity by validating her feelings and also showing a brighter side. She’ll not only reap the benefits of your good mood, but it will make even the most challenging situations easier for her to cope with.

Hugs are healing
Never underestimate the power of a hug. Sometimes, there are no words and simply pulling her in for a warm hug can make her feel nurtured, calm, and safe. Research has even shown that hugging boosts brain chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin, elevating one’s mood and creating a sense of well-being—everything your friend needs.

 

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How to Nurture all of your Friendships

How to Nurture all of your Friendships

Not all friendships are created equal, but all friendships are indeed important and meaningful in their own unique, special ways.

Truth be told, there are varying levels of friendship. Some are extremely close. Some not as much, but still significant nonetheless. Although your various friendships may be different from one another, it’s still important to stay connected with each of them and to show your appreciation. After all, they have inspired, supported, encouraged, and motivated you—and perhaps even stood by your side—and probably continue to do so even today.

Blue Mountain has compiled a list of five different groups of friends you might have. We’ve also added fun ways to keep in touch with those friends in each group. Maybe you have suggestions of your own. We’d love to hear them!

FRIENDSHIP GROUP #1: BEST FRIENDS
Friends in this group are very few, but they’re the ones who know you best and accept you unconditionally. They’re also the ones you first turn to through the different phases of your life. To stay connected with this select group, the more personal, the better: one-on-one get-togethers, phone calls, and cards (yes, through the mail) are the nicest and most meaningful gestures.

FRIENDSHIP GROUP #2: SOCIAL FRIENDS
These friends are formed from social circles that enjoy each other’s company outside the home and workplace. They enjoy getting together and having a great time, whether at each other’s homes, at outside venues, or at functions. To stay connected with this group, eCards are a good choice.

FRIENDSHIP GROUP #3: WORK FRIENDS
Obviously, these friends are your professional colleagues and co-workers. You’re brought together through a mutual employer, but then you just happen to click on a more personal level. You might even socialize outside of work. These friends could also accumulate if you leave one company for another. To stay connected with this group, the social network LinkedIn is a great place to gather. Coffee and lunch dates are also nicely practical.

FRIENDSHIP GROUP #4: SCHOOL FRIENDS
This group of friends could have been culled from your grade school, high school, or college…or your child’s grade school, high school, or college. These individuals might include classmates, teachers, professors, coaches, mentors, other parents, etc. To stay connected with this group (through messages and photographs), blogging and social media work extremely well. You might want to consider Facebook or Twitter. Also, alumni groups and reunions are great ways to keep in touch.

FRIENDSHIP GROUP #5: CASUAL FRIENDS
These are friends you see just every once in a while. They could be meet-up groups, neighbors, members of your religious affiliation, etc. You don’t see each other regularly, but you do enjoy each other’s company and you get along well. To stay connected with this group, you may want to make more of an effort to do a planned activity together (movie, dinner, concert, art show, bowling) or share a lovely treat (bakery, flowers, vegetables from your garden, a small gift). You can also reach out and send an eCard that shows how much you value their friendship.

 

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