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July 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor


Life is like everything else—we get out of it what we put into it.  You can wait for an adventure to come knocking at your door, or you can go out and make one happen.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?  It doesn’t have to be base jumping or highlining, it can be as simple as taking a dance lesson, attending a music festival, joining a hiking group or embarking on a road trip.  Children have an innate sense of adventure, so pack a picnic and invite your kids and grandkids, or borrow someone else’s, and go exploring.   Now is the new never.

Summer is a great time for making new memories and revisiting old ones.  Are there elements you could add to your décor that evoke happy recollections, like wildflowers in mason jars, bowls of seashells and sea glass, wind chimes and Japanese lanterns?  Are there summertime drinks that remind you of home, like sweet tea or sangria or root beer floats?  Maybe you could you return to a favorite family vacation spot or theme park.  The Fourth of July is a perfect time to revive some childhood traditions.

On July 4th we commemorate the day in 1776 when our Declaration of Independence was signed and our freedom declared—a freedom that we continue to cherish and protect.  Parades, picnics, BBQ’s, sparklers and fireworks are all part of the fun.  And while you’re celebrating our nation’s birthday, remember all your family and friends who are celebrating theirs this summer, by sending them Blue Mountain Birthday eCards. 

We also have a brand new, beautiful desktop background for your computer phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

July Background:
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For help on how to install, click here.

Go 4th and have fun!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor







4th of July Recipe Roundup

She’s a grand old flag! Ahh, that she is, and summertime couldn’t be grander than it is when we celebrate our nation’s independence. The 4th of July immediately summons memories of hot summer sun, parades, sparklers and fireworks, and bbq grills filling the air with all kinds of delicious goodness. It’s the epitome of summer celebrations, and America loves to do it proud.

Our editors at Blue Mountain wanted to give you some fun and different ideas for your holiday gathering this year, and we didn’t hold back on the red, white, and blue! Festive and delicious with a “wow” factor, these recipes spark fireworks all their own. Happy Fourth!

06292015_July_Fourth_Roundup_BLG_BMA 1. Fourth of July Firecracker Dogs via Handmade in the Heartland
2. American Flag Layer Cake via Sugarhero
3. Cheesy BBQ Bacon Jalapenos via Forgiving Martha
4. 50 Stars Barbecue Chicken via In Honor of Design
5. July 4th Layered Drinks via In Katrina’s Kitchen
6. Tortellini Kabobs via Real Women & Homes




Have a blast with the grandkids this summer!

There’s no denying it. All kids love summer. And no wonder! This season usually means sunny days, free time, and lots of exciting opportunities!

Enhance the fun of these days by involving your grandkids in crafty projects that are not only creative and imaginative, but entertaining and interactive as well. It will keep them busy while also providing lucky grandparents some special one-on-one bonding time together.

Here are six of our favorite summertime craft ideas for you to do with your grandkids. Happy summer!


Paper Plate Tambourines via Education.com

Pinwheels via Angel Street Mom

DIY Kids Binoculars via Sweet C’s Designs

Folded Paper Bracelets via Picklebums

Marshmallow Catapult via It’s Always Autumn

Driftwood Boats via Alisa Burke



Father’s Day Coloring Pages


Let Dad brag about the little artist in his life! Father’s Day coloring pages are the perfect keepsake for Dad or Grandpa, that lets kids exercise their creativity and give him something from the heart. Simply print out a page to color and personalize…that’s it!

Our Father’s Day printables make a sweet, thoughtful gift idea for kids who want to honor Dad or Grandpa on his special day. After coloring in images designed to make Dad smile, proud papas can display their children’s art on the refrigerator, in the garage, or on their desk at work.

With a little help from parents, siblings, and (of course) Blue Mountain, each Father’s Day coloring pages can be personalized with your own words to Dad. Show and tell him how much he means to you this Father’s Day with a colorful corner of your heart printed out to share with the #1 Dad in your life.



“WHAT TO WRITE…” for Fathers Day

fathersdayFor the Fathers in Our Lives

Fathers Day is a wonderful time to remember the fathers and father figures in our lives. Whether they are the men we call Dad, father-in-laws, brother-in-laws, husbands, grandfathers, sons, or brothers, we look up to each of them in our own special way. Take some time to think about all the cherished moments you’ve spent with yours as you celebrate this special occasion.

Celebrate with Style

This day is more than just about remembering Dad and all that he’s done for you. It’s also about creating new memories; ones you’ll both look back on with a smile. And whether or not you’re giving your dad a gift, it will mean a lot to him to let him know how you feel in a personal message.

Memories Make the Message

So where to begin? Whether you’re writing a note, a letter, or simply adding some thoughts to a Father’s Day card, you can turn your special memories into unforgettable messages. Sometimes it’s as easy as focusing on one special moment–perhaps a trip you took together, or playing ball in the yard, or even getting that piece of advice that’s always stayed with you. It can help you personalize your message in a way that he’ll know it came from you. Or instead of one thing, perhaps it’s a combination of all the things that make him special…like his sense of humor, how he’s always been there for you, and how you’ve always looked up to him.

What to Write…

As you take some time to personalize your message, here’s the main thing to consider… nothing speaks like your own heart—whether the words are sentimental, sweet or even funny. The following ideas are included to help you start or add to your message—you can use them as they are, combine a few or just use the basic ideas to get you going.

 For Your Own Dad

(for males) Dad, you are the man I’ve always wanted to be…
(for females) Dad, I’ll always be your little girl…
For all the things you have been in my life, Dad…
You are the person I model myself after…
Dad, you put the super in hero…
You made my childhood memories the happiest they could be…
I am the (man/woman) I am today because of you…
To my friend, my mentor, my father…
Having a dad like you made growing up so much (better/sweeter/happier… 

For Any Dad

You inspire me to live life to the fullest…
It takes a special kind of man to make others smile from the heart…
Your love is as warm and bright as a sun-shiny day!
What makes your (advice/love) so special is that it comes from you!
You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched, or how deeply your love has been felt…
You’ve been a mentor and a friend and you’ve made the/my world a better place…
My day is filled with hope and inspiration because of you…
Everyone should have someone as special as you in their lives…

For Husband

You are my knight in shining armor!
My life/Our lives would not be the same without your love…
You are my rock, my partner, my love…
For the man who helps make my/our world complete…
You fill my heart with joy, happiness and hope each and every day…
You are the compass on our life’s journey together…
You are the man of my dreams…
Lucky me/us–having you to love!

For a New Dad / Dad-to-Be

(for girls) Your new little princess is ready for her fairy-tale dad!
(for boys) Your new little sports fan is ready to cheer you on!
Love is on the way with your little one about to arrive…
Wishing you all the joy and happiness fatherhood will bring…
Your arms will be filled with a bundle of joy, and your heart will be filled with love…
Tender moments are right around the corner…
It takes a special kind of love to make a father like you…

More Messages

With warmth, love, and a special place in my heart…
Hoping you make the most of your special day…
Wishing you all the happiness you can handle on this Father’s Day…
With the fondest of memories…
With love comes laughter…
Relax, enjoy and celebrate…


National Best Friend Day! (Free Printable)

Today is National Best Friend Day! We thought we’d celebrate with this quote – a fan favorite every time we post it. The best part is, this one is printable and framable. It’s the perfect gift to give your best friend to let them know just how special they are! Enjoy.




June 2015 Desktop Wallpaper & Letter from the Editor

06012015_Desktop_BMA_1280x800On June 21st, the longest day of the year, we welcome the first day of summer.  It’s that magic moment when the earth’s North Pole tilts directly toward the sun and we celebrate the summer solstice. Remember our childhood summers, when it seemed like there was all the time in the world? We never thought of growing older, never looked in a mirror, but old photos show us in fits of giggles with tangled beach hair and happy, tanned faces. Those were carefree days filled with endless possibilities– riding bikes, reading through the summer book list, climbing trees, making wishes on dandelion puffs.  There were mourning doves and lucky lady bugs and picnics and the scent of honeysuckle and sudden downpours followed by rainbows .On beach days, there was volleyball and wave jumping and swimming all day, always on jellyfish alert.  Then we’d head home in happy exhaustion, with sand in our bathing suits and salt in our hair. Our tans may fade, but summer memories last forever.

Another great thing happens on June 21st—we celebrate Father’s Day.  Here at Blue Mountain we’ve created three wonderful new cards to honor Dads.  Who doesn’t love dogs playing poker? In our version, the dogs sing a funny song about Dads.  If you’re a Daddy’s girl, we’ve made a lovely heartfelt card to express your feelings.  And for the sportsman Dad, we have painted a beautiful, interactive fishing scene that turns into a puzzle Dad can put together.

Every summer has a story.  Let’s make this a summer to remember. We also wanted to offer our friends and fans a beautiful Summer-inspired  download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image.

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

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor



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!




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!


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



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!