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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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Easter Recipe Roundup

Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating the resurrection. It’s also a time for enjoying loved ones gathered around the family table in renewed hope and spirit. What could possibly be better than that?

To make your Easter this year a bit more fun, colorful, and perhaps even exciting, the editors of Blue Mountain have assembled some creative treats to liven things up. Fancy eggs? Yes. Cute cakes? Oh, yes. Adorable desserts? Of course!

Grace an elegant table or delight your grandchildren. Whatever your pleasure, we hope you’ll try at least one of these sweet ideas this joyous Easter season! Try out some of these delicious Easter Recipes!

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2. Golden Marbled Easter Eggs via She Knows
3. Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake via The Cake Blog
4. No-Bake Chocolate Egg Nest via Chef in Training
5. Bunny Cream Puffs via Land O’ Lakes
6. Easter Chick Cupcakes via Recipe By Photo

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Easter Craft Roundup

Easter is a day full of life…and renewal…and blessed joyfulness. Which is why it’s so much fun to make beautiful, colorful crafts to share and enjoy with loved ones on this special day.

To jumpstart your creative process, the editors at Blue Mountain culled their favorite Easter craft ideas to share just with you! These projects include dainty décor items to brighten up both your home and your tablescape. They also include fun and easy projects you can do together with your grandchildren.

Whatever your inspiration, we hope you’ll enjoy these delightful crafts that are sure to make this Easter more special than ever before!

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2. Découpage Eggs via Honestly Yum
3. Eggshell Votives via Martha Stewart
4.  Easter Egg Hunt Bags via The Purl Bee
5. Bunny Ear Headbands via Twirling Betty
6. Bunny-Stamped Easter Goodie Bags via Minted Strawberry

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What to Write in an Anniversary Card

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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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What to Write in a Thank You Card

 

We recently gave some advice on how to write a Thank You Note, and now we’re here with suggestions on what to write inside a Thank You card or eCard. You might be saying, “What’s the difference?” Although not vastly different, there are some points to take into consideration. You may want to write a bit more inside a Thank You card because there’s simply more room. Perhaps you’d like to be a bit more serious in a card… Read on for more tips and advice when writing a Thank You card.

Reflect on the person and situation you want to address. Is this someone you feel especially close to? Is the thank you for a gift or is this about a person’s generosity or thoughtfulness? If it’s the latter, remind them of how often you notice their generous spirit or willingness to do kind things.

Think about what the thank you is for. If for a gift, is it clear to you that they took time to choose it? Was their gift a reminder that you’re special to them? Is this for something nice they did for you or someone you care about? When you start answering some of these questions, it will help you develop some ideas of what to say.

Address them in a warm and personal way, thanking them for the specific gift or special thing they did. If they’re someone close to you, you can mention that you’re thankful for the gift, etc., but more than that, you’re thankful for their friendship, which you cherish all year through.

Let them know what the gift means to you. Did you eat the cookies they gave you right away or share them with your family? Did you wear the new scarf to work and everyone commented on it? Did their hospitality allow you to truly relax and enjoy yourself? Let them know that this gift has meaning for you.

You can then finish your note with a comment on how their gift or thoughtfulness makes you smile each time you think about it or let them know it added special meaning to your day.

The most important thing to remember is to be sincere…and to be yourself. Whether you go the traditional route or if funny is your thing, your appreciation will show through no matter which words you choose. So relax, and remember, too, that your note of thanks will start the year off right for both of you!

Finally, here are a few more idea starters that work well for many occasions:

  • Simply grateful for special people like you.
  • Your help was such a blessing.
  • Thankful, appreciative, grateful…that’s me because of you.
  • Thanks for all your special (caring) ways.
  • So lucky, so happy, so grateful for you.
  • Thank you for taking the time to be so thoughtful.
  • Could you have been any nicer? Don’t see how!
  • Thanks for thinking of me in such a special way.
  • Thanks…it was wonderful…just like you!
  • You’re a real sunshine-bringer!
  • You totally “out-niced” yourself!

 

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St. Patricks Day Roundup

It’s gettin’ close to time to where you’ll be kickin’ up your heels with some good ol’ fashioned merriment and mischief. St. Patricks Day is all about good food, good drink, and good fun, so we wanted to gather some ideas together for you that we think are just grand.

Have a go at a few of them this year, and we bet all eyes will be smilin’!

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  1. One of our favorites from last year, this Quick Irish Soda Bread includes the free recipe card!
  2. Add some leprechaun magic with these St. Pat’s Magic Vases via Yesterday On Tuesday.
  3. This delicious, dreamy Colcannon via Simply Recipes will set your toes to tappin’.
  4. The name says it all—Bottoms UP! Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes via SprinkleBakes.
  5. Invite faith, hope, love, and luck into your home, and for all who enter, with this gorgeous Four Leaf Clover Wreath via Blue Sky Confections.
  6. A take on the traditional corned beef and cabbage, these Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders via Celebrations will win everyone’s heart.
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What to Write in Friendship Cards

What to write in a friendship card from bluemountain.com!

Casual friends come and go…but good friends last forever. So when it comes to sharing your sentiments and showing that special someone how much you appreciate their friendship, any time is the perfect time. That’s why friendship cards are especially appropriate: The whole reason to send one is no reason at all!

Maybe you just want to let them know how much they mean to you. Or to make them laugh. Or to simply put a smile on their face.  After choosing the perfect friendship card or friendship ecard, there are plenty of options you can add to give your card that one-of-a-kind feeling. Quotes and unique messaging also make great additions. See some of our favorites below:

Friendship Quotes:

  • Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. _ Albert Camus
  • One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. _ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. _ Aristotle“
  • A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” —William Shakespeare
  • “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” —Khalil Gibran
  • “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” —Douglas Pagels

Friendship Messages:

  • This card is sent with lots and lots of love to a friend who means so very much to me.
  • You’re the greatest…and I’m better because of you. Best friends forever, you and me!
  • I’m thinking of you and realizing—once again—what a special friend you are, and how incredibly lucky I am to have you in my life!
  • I thank you for your friendship, which is a truly precious gift indeed.
  • Looking forward to many, many more years of laughter, fun, and friendship—together!
  • I am genuinely blessed to have you as my friend. To many more years ahead!
  • Even though we don’t see each other often, when we talk it’s as if no time has passed at all, and I love that.
  • You listen with an open heart and are always there for me with support and a kind word.
  • I truly treasure our friendship and can’t imagine life without you in it.
  • You always manage to see the best in me even when I can’t see it for myself.
  • Thanks so much for being my lifeline during the difficult times—I couldn’t ask for a better friend than you!
  • Sending a note to you, my friend, to brighten your day as you have done for me so many times before.

 

 

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March 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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It’s March, and Spring is nearly here!  Yay!  Here at Blue Mountain, the spring, or vernal, equinox happens on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 PM.  We are so ready.  The equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north.  The equinox is the day of the year when light and dark are equal and balanced. (It’s said that on this day you can balance an egg on its end.)

Spring is a time of hope and renewal.  Nature is always dealing with adversity, yet continually renews itself in spring.  Even after the coldest, frostiest, most challenging winter, spring arrives.  That gives us all a reason to be optimistic.

Part of renewal is letting go of what you don’t need. Maybe you’ve been storing things you don’t use, that other people desperately need.  But spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of the clutter. It’s about making room for new things in your life, things that uplift your spirit, like taking a class, tending a garden, and entertaining friends.

Spring is a great time to renew old friendships that have been hibernating over the winter.  Blue Mountain has many friendship and encouragement cards designed to put you back in touch and uplift someone’s spirit.  On March 17th, we honor St. Patrick who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles.  We’ve designed a beautiful new card with an adorable Border Collie puppy, featuring a dulcimer playing an Irish classic.  Afterall, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

We wanted to offer our friends and fans a beautiful Spring-inspired  download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image.

March Background:
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2560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050 / 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800Facebook Cover Photo / Phone
For help on how to install,
click here.

Happy Spring, Everyone!
Caroline
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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Printable Love Notes

With Valentine’s Day peeking around the corner, love is most definitely in the air, and we at Blue Mountain are anxiously looking forward  to sharing warm Valentine’s Day smiles and hugs with our families, friends, and fans.

We decided it would be so much more fun to have you join in the fun with us, and so we’ve designed these wonderfully-sweet, Valentine’s Day printable love notes that you can print and leave for anyone whose day you’d like to brighten with a smile. These love notes are perfect for popping in lunches, secretly tucking in coat pockets, leaving on desks at work, or inside books for a hidden surprise. Your kids, friends, family, and sweetheart are sure to love and appreciate your thoughtful little Valentine gems. Enjoy filling your world with happiness and love!

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Click here download and print these love notes out today!

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What to Write in a Love Letter for Her – Free Printable!

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How do you love her? Are you counting all the ways? When it comes to writing a love letter for that sweet lady in your life, don’t worry about trying to sound like Shakespeare. That’s not who she loves—it’s you. Your way of looking at the world, your feelings, your emotions…you. But if you’re asking yourself, “Where do I even begin?” the answer is right here. The romance experts at Blue Mountain have compiled a list of suggestions that will help you compose the perfect Valentine’s Day love letter just for her. (Psst, don’t be surprised if she treasures it forever!)

We’re also offering a FREE printable love quote that is made for printing and framing! When you combine this framed quote and your love letter on coordinating Love Letter Stationery from BlueMountain.com, you’ll have the perfect Valentine’s Day present ready to go!

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Click here to print out this quote for framing!
  • Start with a piece of paper. No computer-generated letter, email, or text will do this time. For maximum impact, your love letter should really be handwritten with a pen on a piece of paper, preferably some nice stationery. (Download beautiful Love Letter Stationery for FREE right on BlueMountain.com!) Use your best penmanship and even try to add a personal touch, such as drawing a heart at the end of every line or adding a special doodle at the end of the letter.
  • Take your time. Don’t be in any rush to finish this letter. Choose a quiet spot and collect your thoughts. Picture her in your mind and think of all her endearing qualities. What makes her so special to you? Think of details rather than just a general impression.
  • Be authentic. Write simply and from the heart. Don’t use fancy words or steal a quote from a famous writer. You also don’t want to write in a voice that is different from how you ordinarily speak. (If you do, it will end up sounding forced, corny, and unoriginal.) However, it would really touch her heart if you tried to reveal a little more about the depth of your feelings for her than you have in the past.
  • Use details. This is key. You want to show more than you tell. This means, don’t just tell her how wonderful she is and that you can’t stop thinking about her. Instead, describe a situation that revealed her kind, generous nature and made you fall in love with her. (For example, when she cared for her grandmother or took in a lost puppy.)
  • Focus on her. Remember, this letter is about the things you love about her and your memories of her, not about your own qualities or romantic history. What is it about her that makes her beautiful in your eyes? What is it specifically that you love about her? How does she make you feel complete? What qualities set her apart from everyone else?
  • Don’t fret about length. A love letter does not have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, some of the sweetest love letters have been short and spontaneous. What really counts is quality, not quantity.
  • Sum it up nicely. After all is said and done, you will want to end your letter with a line that sums up your love sincerely. It’s okay to slant towards cheesiness as long as you’re completely authentic. Some closing examples include:
    • “I will love you until the end of time.”
    • “You’re my best friend and soul mate.”
    • “I can’t wait to grow old with you.”
    • “My love for you will never end.”
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