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Inspirational Quote (Free Printable)

Everyone needs a little inspiration every once and while, and we’re hoping this printable inspirational quote is just what you need to put a smile on your face. Print it and frame it for yourself, or for someone special in hopes that it reminds them to choose JOY every single day!

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Memorial Day Recipes – Plus Recipe Card Printable

Memorial Day is the one day a year we get to honor the memory of all those who so unselfishly gave their lives for our country. For most of us, Memorial Day also signals the beginning of summer and a chance to celebrate with a fun outdoor event—usually in the form of a picnic!

The editors at Blue Mountain have gathered some really exciting Memorial Day recipes for you to try this Memorial Day. Whether you’re hosting the event or you need to bring something to a potluck, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. From traditional crowd-pleasers to health-conscious, even gluten-free fare, we’ve got your covered!

We’re also including a free recipe card featuring the whisky burgers listed below for you to print and enjoy.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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1. Whiskey Burgers via Mantitlement
2. Quinoa & Vegetable Salad (Gluten-Free) via Betty Crocker
3. Grilled Lobster Tails with Sriracha Butter via A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
4. Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers via The Beeroness
5. Pressed Italian Sandwiches via Seasons & Suppers
6. American Flag Pie via The Winthrop Chronicles

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Celebrating Nurses Day!

Nurses Day

Theirs is often the first face we see when injured or ailing, and, like angels of healing, they guide us down the road to recovery. Every year from May 6 – 12, we honor and celebrate nurses for their strong commitment, compassion, and care that they display in their important role all over the world.

New Jersey businessman, Edwin Scanlan, began promoting the idea of Nurses Day in the U.S. in the early 1970s after witnessing the excellent care nurses provided at his hometown hospital, Riverview Medical Center. Things really took off in 1974, when the International Council of Nurses proclaimed May 12 International Nurses Day. Eight years later in 1982, a signed proclamation by President Ronald Reagan declared May 6th “National Recognition Day for Nurses,” and was later extended to a weeklong celebration to include the observance of International Nurses Day on May 12th.

Happy birthday, Florence Nightingale!
While the week oNPG x46634; Florence Nightingale by William Edward Kilburnf May 6 -12 is National Nurses Week, the 12th is significant not only because it’s recognized as International Nurses Day around the world, but the day was chosen purposefully because it’s the birthday of one of the world’s most notable nurses, Florence Nightingale. Here are some interesting facts about the most famous nurse in modern history:

  •  Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of the modern nursing profession.
  • She is named after the city of her birth, Florence, Italy.
  • Born into an affluent family, her parents forbade her to enter the nursing field, but at age 16, Florence knew it was her calling.
  • She earned the name, The Lady with the Lamp during the Crimean War for her solitary rounds made past dark to comfort patient after patient with only a small lamp lighting her way.
  • In the 1870s, Nightingale mentored Linda Richards,“America’s first trained nurse.”
  • Nightingale’s book Notes on Nursing is still a classic read for nursing students today.
  • In 1883, Queen Victoria awarded Florence Nightingale with the Royal Red Cross.
  • Each year, a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London, during which a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, and then to the Dean, who places it on the High Altar. This process signifies the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.

We wish nurses everywhere a very happy Nurses Day, and we thank them for their tireless hours of dedication. For a fun and thoughtful way to brighten the day of a special nurse you know, share one of our bluemountain.com Nurses Day eCards. We’re sure the smile they’ll bring will be just what the doctor ordered!

 

 

 

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Mothers Day Kids Coloring Pages

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We’re so happy to share a little something new with you for this Mother’s Day! Whether you’re looking for something creative to do with your kids or grand kids, or you’re just a kid-at-heart, you’ll love these new Mothers Day Kids Coloring Pages!

Children can sit down with a parent, grandparent, or sibling to select coloring pages to print and present to Mom or Grandma on her special day. Blue Mountain offers a variety of Mother’s Day coloring pages online. Color a brilliant bunch of Mother’s Day flowers for Mom, or let her know she’s #1 – not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.

Printable Mother’s Day Coloring sheets give kids the freedom to color outside the lines, and add their own special poem or words to Mom or Grandma, too. Include a thoughtful message from the heart and you’ll be good to go!

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Letter from the Editor May 2015

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New month, new day, new dreams–it does seem like anything is possible in May.  In a whirlwind of spring cleaning, we’ve put away our winter things—sweaters, boots and ice scrapers and we’ve begun mowing, mulching and weeding.  It won’t be long before we’re barefoot in the grass again.  We’re shaking out our welcome mats and looking forward to entertaining our family and friends on the warm and sunny days ahead.

May is filled with reasons to celebrate!  Bookending the month, we have Nurses week at the beginning (where would we be without them?)  and Memorial Day on the 25th, when we honor and remember those who have served our country.

On May 10th, we celebrate all the great moms in our lives on Mother’s Day.  Here at Blue Mountain, we’ve been creating some wonderful new cards especially for her.  Inspired by beautiful Boston Public Garden, we imagined a scene from the turn of the century with the swan boats drifting on the lagoon to the music of a string quartet along the bank, playing Minuet in G.  Our favorite collage artist has created a stunning new design, incorporating warm and loving wishes for Mom. And you’ll be happy to hear, we’ve designed a new Mother’s Day card, featuring Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.”  If you’re a Talking Card fan, you’ll enjoy our new glam dog at the spa, “Paws and Relax.”

Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

Caroline

 

 

 

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Mothers Day Brunch Recipe Roundup

Everyone knows that mothers should be appreciated for all they are and all they do. Every. Single. Day.

But if there’s one day in particular when they should be exceptionally fussed over and pampered, it’s Mother’s Day! And if there’s one meal they would especially love being treated to, it’s brunch! This year, whether someone plans to surprise you with breakfast in bed, or whether you plan to join in on preparing a multi-generational get-together, here are some wonderful Mothers day brunch recipes you are sure to enjoy.

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Avocado Bacon and Eggs via Lil’ Luna


Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes via Damn Delicious

Easy Cream Cheese Danishes via Baking Bytes


Strawberry Chia and Quinoa Breakfast via Maria Ushakova


Ham & Cheese Quiche with Spring Vegetables via Eat Well 101


Ombré Grapefruit Cocktail via Handmade Mood

 

 

 

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Printable Mothers Day Coupon Books

05012015_Mother_Coupons_BLG_BMAWhile a beautiful bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers is nice, why not give Mom a gift that she can enjoy throughout the year this Mother’s Day? Give her a printable Mothers Day coupon book packed with sweet little rewards.

Have a foodie mom? Make your own coupons good for one free day of cooking together with her favorite child. Customize a coupon book for Mom with thoughtful activities you can do together whenever she decides to “redeem” a coupon with you. Outdoorsy moms will be thrilled to have a companion with them when they redeem a coupon good for one free hike, while crafty moms may enjoy receiving a coupon book entitling them to one free afternoon of scrapbooking with old family photos together.

And don’t forget all of the other important women in your life, like Grandmas, Aunts and Friends! You can customize a Mother’s Day coupon book for everyone you want to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

 

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What to Write in a Thank You Note

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“THANK YOU.”  Most everyone says this daily and it feels perfectly natural to say it.
But for special situations, when we want to put our gratitude in print, it’s different and, sometimes, even difficult. So once you’ve got a great card or some nice stationery, what comes next in thanking someone for a gift, an interview, a thoughtful gesture? Perhaps
the tips below can help you write a thank you note that’s not only sincere, but appropriate as well.

Handwritten Thank You Note

First, know that a handwritten thank you note is always appreciated. With email being such a common form of communication, personal notes are more valued than ever. And taking the time to acknowledge someone’s kindness or time will mean the world to them. Simply the fact that you’re writing a note sets you up for success.

Be Timely

Next, try to be timely. A thank you note is best sent within a week. For a large event, like
a shower or wedding, up to three months is acceptable, but “sooner” is preferred than “later.”  If time gets away from you, just offer a humble apology, but don’t dwell on your delay. The note shouldn’t sound like it was a burden to write.

For more formal or business thank yous, such as after an interview, a thank you email can be sent immediately if there is a sense of urgency (say in placing an order or filling a position,) but it should still be followed up with a thank you note or letter sent shortly after the event–within 2 to 3 days. (See links below for more information.)

A few ideas for business thank yous…

  • I’m so happy you recommended our company to one of your friends…many thanks for your thoughtfulness. 
  • Or: We were so happy with your____________, we just wanted you to know we’ll recommend you to all our friends.
  • Thank you for the time you spent showing me…
  • Thank you for showing us what “above and beyond” really means…
  • I know your time is valuable, so I just wanted to thank you for making room in your schedule for me.

Be Yourself and Be Specific

Now, just be yourself…but be specific. Address the recipient in the way that’s comfortable for both of you, and then focus on your reason for writing. There’s no need for a long lead-in as you might do in a letter. Let the recipient know right away what you’re thanking them for, and describe it thoughtfully. Saying the gift is incredibly useful, the dinner was delicious, or their act of kindness was enormously helpful are personal touches that mean
a lot.

Add Some Details

Don’t hesitate to add more details to genuinely express your gratitude. For example, if you’ll think of the gift giver whenever you use their present, tell them so. If you felt the dinner guests were a great group of people, let the host know it. If thinking about what someone did still makes you smile, that’s something they’d like to know. Elaborating on the reasons for your gratitude helps people see themselves positively from your point of view—and doubles the joy of the gesture.

End With a Compliment

Finally, finish the note with a sincere compliment that will leave a lasting effect. Whether they’re a one-of-a-kind wonderful friend, an amazing cook, a prospective employer, or you appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedule, now is the time to tell them you noticed—and it will make them feel extra special.

Remember, the thank you note itself, although expected, can often be a pleasant surprise. And everyone wants to feel appreciated. So, the few minutes you take to tell someone you’re thankful could brighten their whole day…and yours!

A few ideas for social thank yous…

  • You always know the perfect thing to (do, say, give, etc.)
  • Your kindess during a difficult time was sincerely appreciated.
  • I feel doubly blessed…first for what you did, but mostly, for what
    you mean to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simply Thankful: Introducing our new page

Just one small gesture of appreciation can lead to a more positive and fulfilling life. Simply thankful is the key, and that is one of the reasons we created our brand new page, Simply Grateful: Blue Mountain’s Guide to Positive Living.  We’re so excited to share this page with you, and hopefully inspire some wonderful new ways to help you show gratitude.

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You’ll find blogs on how to help you find the perfect words to write inside a thank you card, articles teaching children and grandchildren how to show appreciation, and inspiration from heartwarming notes personally penned by famous persons of yesterday and today.

Also, we’ve all heard of a bucket list, but what about a ThankList? Share a personalized thank you with the people who helped shape you, with some help from our friends at American Greetings.

Plus, put a little extra gratitude in your day by printing and framing this beautiful quote! Keep it for yourself, or give it to someone who you’re grateful to have in your life.

 

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April 2015 Letter from the Editor

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April is here!  It’s bird-chirping weather at last! It’s an easy time to be grateful with so much spring popping up everywhere we look—birds nesting, bees buzzing, flowers blooming and warmer breezes blowing our way. And just as April Showers bring May flowers, so do life’s challenges lead us to brighter days, reminding us to be grateful for all we have now and for unknown blessings on their way. True appreciation is felt from the depths of our hearts. Our minds may check off a list of things we ought to be thankful for, but our hearts record the deep feelings of gratitude for the kindness and generosity we experience.

Easter is April 5th–a wonderful time to show appreciation to your friends and family by sending a card to let them know you’re thinking of them. We’ve designed some beautiful new cards to celebrate this special time. We have an interactive card that features a bunny on an Easter egg hunt in a charming garden. As a special surprise, we’ve included the true story behind Easter eggs. In another card, we hear the beautiful hymn, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” as a butterfly emerges from a cocoon, a symbol of rebirth and renewal. We watch as he flutters about a field of wildflowers along the path to a country church. If you’d like to send a smile, our pug in bunny ears, “Pugs Bunny,” will deliver your message for you.  For those of you who like to print your cards at home, we have two new Easter cards and a Passover card.

If you’d like to read about more ways to show gratitude, please visit our new site:
Simply Thankful: Blue Mountain’s Guide to Positive Living

Here at Blue Mountain, we are very grateful for our friends like you.

Thank you!
Caroline
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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