Can you spot the differences in the two images from “Celebrating You,” one the newest interactive and personalized birthday ecards from bluemountain.com?
Loyal, dedicated, and with a childlike sense of wonder, those born during the month of April possess a fiery energy eager to discover the world around them. With an ability to uncover all that the world has to offer, you waste no time in seeking out all of life’s treasures.
Always the trailblazer, Aries energy is marked by spontaneity, speed, and a satirical sense of humor that guarantees laughs from all within earshot. Those born under the sign of the ram jump headfirst into everything! You strike while the iron is hot, and we mean hot! Uniqueness is your mantra, and truth be told, there’s no one quite like you. You live for the moment, and when one doesn’t present itself, you’re able to create one in a heartbeat.
If born under the sign of Taurus, you find value in anything that brings sensual pleasure—large and small. In fact, when it comes to worth, you prize everything from outright luxury to the very precious resources of Mother Earth, not to mention your own personal values and beliefs. You’re not one to covet just anything, for everything you possess must either have meaning or be something you’re able to give meaning to. If by chance your search for significance doesn’t pan out right away, you persist until it does, for perseverance is your calling card.
Although the origin of your birth flower, the Sweet Pea, is somewhat unclear, what’s indisputable is its association with blissful pleasure: Blossoming in many varieties and colors (sometimes two-tone), many of the richly fragrant flowers have an aroma reminiscent of orange blossoms and honey.
A centerpiece of corsages, boutonnières, and other types of bouquets and flower arrangements, this delicate bloom was first believed to be seen in Sicily by the monk, Francisco Cupani, a member of the Order of St. Francis, in 1695. Considered easy to grow and care for, they are consistently sought out by those with a green thumb.
Your birth stone, the diamond, derives its name from the Greek word, adamas, meaning “unconquerable,” and has as much history and legend surrounding its origin as it has facets to shine. Born beneath the earth’s surface in volcanic heat and massive pressure, this jewel of kings is also associated with romance, as Cupid’s arrow was believed to be tipped by this precious gem. Often seen on engagement rings, ancient Egyptians believed that the vena amoris, or “vein of love,” ran straight from one’s heart to the top of the third finger on the left hand. When Archduke Maximilian of Austria bestowed a diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy in 1477, a tradition was born. Nowadays, it is often extracted from the renowned Kimberley diamond mines near Kimberley, South Africa, among many other places around the world.
Famous faces who share your birthday month: Marlon Brando, Carol Burnett, Charlie Chaplin, Beverly Cleary, Thomas Jefferson, Coretta Scott King, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand
April Fool’s Day 4/1
World Health Day 4/7
National Siblings Day 4/10
Tax Day 4/15
Earth Day 4/22
Administrative Professionals Day 4/24
Arbor Day 4/26
Want to reach out to someone you haven’t contacted in a while?
Our How Ya Bee hamster will hit just the right note: “Hi Kelly, sorry I haven’t been in touch, things have been very hectic around here. Just wondering how ya bee and hoping we can get together soon to catch up!”
Feeling romantic or maybe a little frisky? You can choose our
Love You a Latte Yorkie to do some sweet talking for you. “Hi Honey. Just sitting here having my morning coffee and remembering last night. Love you a latte!”
Our newscaster, This Just In, can deliver a fun weather report: “The snow is really coming down! We’re expecting six inches by morning. Time to get your skis out! Can’t wait to see you on the slopes!” or “This just in. Mary Beth had her baby at 2:30 this morning! Eight pounds of bouncing baby boy!”
Our Purrfect Friend kitty can make someone’s day: “Good Morning, Jenn! I hope you have a wonderful day! I’m so glad we’re friends!” Or if someone you know is going on a trip, you can send them our Bahama Llama with a happy “Bon Voyage!” wish.
Is someone in your life going through a difficult time? Our little Hang in There monkey will bring a smile: “Harry, I was so sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you are on the mend and will be back on the golf course soon. We all miss you. Hang in there!
For St. Patrick’s Day, wish them a wee bit o’magic with our Pot O’Golden retriever, our Fine Irish Lassie and our St. Cat’s Day kitty. “Faith and begorrah, here’s hoping your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun and friends and lots of green beer!”
For Easter, let them know they are somebunny special with our new Bunny Banter card. “Happy Easter, Aunt Sophie! Can’t wait till we get the family together for Easter brunch. Your green bean casserole is the best! Be sure to get here early for the Easter egg hunt. Love you!”
And, of course, we have lots of ways (and fun characters to match!) to wish someone a Happy Birthday:
Send some bovine wishes from our Holy Cow: “Holy Cow! You’re having another birthday?! Don’t worry—you’re still not pasture prime!”
Send Hogs and Kisses to a grandchild.: “Hello, my little Munchkin! This little piggy is here to say, a special treat is on the way. Hogs and kisses for your birthday! Grandma loves you!”
With Talking eCards you can keep in touch, send birthday, holiday and get well wishes, invite someone over, celebrate an anniversary, graduation, engagement, special event or send one just because they’re so much fun! One happy customer shared with us that she was proposed to through a Talking eCard! (It was our Puppy Love design and she said, “Yes!”)
So where to begin? Just choose the talking ecard character you like best for the occasion, type your message in the box, pick a voice and the talking card will deliver your note to your delighted recipient. We’ve shown you a few ideas on things you can say, but here are a few helpful hints to make your message even more special:
And now a word from our Talking eCod…
Here’s what we typed and how we typed it. We chose “Nigel” for the speaking voice. Click here or on the photo at left to listen to the delivered message.
Ahoy there, blue mountain friends! I am so proud to have this special oppor TUNA tee to speak to you! Just wanted to let you know it’s official! I am one of the most popular talking e cards of all. Holy Mackeral! I’ll send birthday fishes to anyone you like and they’ll fall for me hook…line…and sinker! It’s FIN-tastic, don’t you think? Remember, in cod we trust! Have a great day now!
Energetic idealists with a surplus of spontaneity, you March birthdays aren’t afraid to fight for what you believe in. Possessing a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, you can find frivolity in life’s smallest subtleties. Not to mention, you can be the life of any party as you capture the imaginations of everyone in the room!
You sensitive Pisceans set the bar high when it comes to romance! Your world of fantasy and dreams is quite rich, casting an irresistible spell upon those you love as they’re drawn into your aura and merge with the most intimate parts of your soul. Inspiring others with your compassionate acts, you move people in ways others can’t help but notice and strive to emulate. Your imagination creates an atmosphere others can swim in as they float down your river of magical waters.
Passionate individuals who forge their own identities, Aries thrives on originality! Courageous and impulsive, you’re ready to explore uncharted territories as you enjoy discovering new places and meeting new people. Few can pin you down, for your effervescent energy can only be matched by another Aries! A go-getter if there ever was one, you don’t just burn the midnight oil in order to get things done. Your fire simply never goes out!
March’s birth flower, the Jonquil, shares the same family tree as the Daffodil and Narcissus, though significantly smaller and much more fragrant. Originating from Spain, as well as Portugal and Algeria, the flower’s name comes from the Spanish word “joquillo” meaning “rush.” Despite its smaller size, the Jonquil carries quite a regal history, for when Queen Anne created the KensingtonPalaceGardens, its landscape was reportedly filled with Jonquils. The aromatic bloom’s other uses include perfumes, as its scent is said to be rather intoxicating.
Your birthstone, aquamarine, comes from Latin and means “seawater.”
It’s found primarily in Madagascar and Brazil, although it is popular around the world. Said to be the treasure of mermaids, Greek sailors supposedly wore it to appease the sea god, Poseidon. Associated with love, in particular young love, it’s believed that a couple is blessed when the groom gives his bride aquamarine the morning after they’ve consummated their marriage. This aqua-blue gemstone is also used in fine jewelry-making as it is a popular gift for wedding anniversaries.
Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names: Johann Sebastian Bach,
Justin Bieber, Liz Claiborne, Celine Dion, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Glenn Miller, Liza Minnelli, Shaquille O’Neal, Gloria Steinem, Gloria Swanson, Vincent van Gogh, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Daylight Saving Time begins 3/10
St. Patrick’s Day 3/17
Spring Equinox 3/20
Palm Sunday 3/24
Passover (begins at sundown 3/25 – ends at sunset 4/2
Good Friday 3/29
This is just one of the many new birthday ecards featured at bluemountain.com, with many more on their way this year! There are special collections that work for your entire birthday list…
There’s also a selection of Seasonal featured Birthday ecard, Funny ones and Talking ecards as well! Of course we still have all your favorites as well as the popular classics everyone loves. But you’ll want to check back often to see what’s new!
Rebellious yet empathetic with an unconventional imagination, those born during the month of February not only march to the beat of their own drummer, but set the tempo for those who follow these sensitive souls. Their dream of a brighter future for all of humanity is met with wonder, hope, and an electrifying excitement of all the possibilities!
The Pied Piper of the zodiac, those born under the sign of Aquarius possess a playful spirit that works best in a group that they lead. Communication is their forte, but with an off-beat style. Theirs comes with a magic that charms others without denying followers their individuality. This is what Aquarians prize most—the freedom to be who they are! Always on the cutting edge, these folks will be at the forefront of all the latest breakthroughs, especially with technology. The “boat rockers” of the zodiac, these people will shake up the status quo if it benefits humanity in the long run.
If you’re a dreamy Pisces, you enchant others with your other-worldly imagination. Enrapturing all you meet with a mystical glow, your presence can heal others of whatever ails them. Blessed with a powerful creativity that burrows beneath the surface and touches the soul, still waters do indeed run deeply with you! At home in a world filled with romance and fantasy, you want nothing less than to surround yourself and those you love with a fairy tale existence that tantalizes the senses.
Your February birthstone and flower…
Amethyst, derives its name from the Greek, amethustos, meaning “not drunken.” It was believed by the ancient Greeks to preserve sobriety, as wine goblets were carved from this precious gemstone as a way to stave off intoxication.
A gemstone synonymous with serenity, it provides great calm in the midst of any disturbance. It also bears heavenly meaning, with Moses having described it symbolically as the Spirit of God, and Tibetans imparting holiness to it with Buddha. Its spiritual significance, continuing to this day, includes ornamental jewelry, as it has been used in the making of crosses and Papal rings.
The violet, February’s birth flower, has its roots in Greek mythology. Zeus was in love with King Argos’ daughter, Io (the Greek word for violet). To conceal her from his wife, Hera, Zeus transformed Io in a heifer and gave her aromatic flowers to feast upon instead of ordinary grass, which later became known as violets. The symbol of modesty, violets bloom in such colors as blue, yellow, and violet, and have a variety of purposes: medicinally as an expectorant, a diuretic, and an essential oil used in aromatherapy; culinary in vinegars and oils, as well as decorations for cakes and other fine desserts.
Celebrate your birthday this month with these historical figures…
Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Clark Gable, Michael Jordan, Rosa Parks,
Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Babe Ruth, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor
Groundhog Day (2/2), Lincoln’s birthday (2/12), Mardi Gras (2/12/13), Ash Wednesday (2/13/13), Valentine’s Day (2/14), President’s Day (2/18/13), Washington’s birthday (2/18/13), Purim (starts at sunset on 2/23/13)
An old soul with youth on your side, you are often considered to be the “salt of the earth.” As a commanding communicator, your presence alone can light up
a room. And at the same time, you possess a quiet determination. Your daydreams aren’t far from reality, for your “land of make-believe” is
and you are both convinced and convincing that you can indeed make what you believe in truly happen.
A somewhat monastic sign, Capricorns enjoy their peace and quiet. Solitude can be your sanctuary, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a people-person. Others find you quite dependable. It’s simply that when the going gets tough, you count on your own resourcefulness, determination, and charm! Yes, you do have a certain savvy that endears others to you while allowing yourself to get ahead and maintain respectability. Above all, you are an efficiency expert. You take “making good use of your time and energy” to an a new level.
Those born under the sign of Aquarius possess a mischievousness and spontaneity best spotted by that playful smile and twinkle in their eye. You have a look like you’re up to something, but with the best of intentions. Your credo is: “Plays well with others,” and indeed, you love to play! People, pets, or high-tech gadgets, you’re down with the latest and greatest technology has to offer. Combine your love of all things new with your love of people, and you’re set to make major breakthroughs the rest of us can only dream of, for you know how to turn the dreams of tomorrow into the reality of today!
Your birthstone, the garnet, derives its name from the Latin granatum, meaning “seedlike,” as smaller varieties of this precious gem bear similarities to the seeds found in the pomegranate. With its pink and red-hues, it is said to help balance life-force energies, instill passionate feelings, as well as bestow kind-heartedness, health, and charity. A healer of all aches and pains when worn around the neck, garnet carries protective properties, too. When given to others it grants safe passage until their return home.
The Carnation, your birth flower, originates from ancient Egypt and stems from the Latin for “flesh,” due to its rosy color. Its namesake is also believed to hail from the Anglo-French “to crown,” as it was used to decorate ancient Greek and Roman crowns. The symbolism behind a carnation depends on the color selected. White carnations confer luck and purity, while pink carnations symbolize gratitude and appreciation. Red carnations convey more intense feelings of love and affection. Like the garnet, the Carnation is known for its healing powers and is used in aromatherapy to help relieve stress and anxiety, among its many uses. More ceremoniously, on May 10, 1908, Mother’s Day founder Anna Marie Jarvis made the Carnation the holiday’s official flower as mothers everywhere were celebrated.
Share your January birthday with these famous people: Phil Collins, W.C. Fields, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, Martin Luther King, Jr., A.A. Milne, Suzanne Pleshette, Dolly Parton, Betsy Ross, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey, Mozart, F.D. Roosevelt
New Year’s Day 1/1
Solemnity of Mary 1/1
Inauguration Day 1/20
Martin Luther King Day 1/21
Tu B’Shevat begins 1/25 at sunset — 1/26
Do you know someone having a birthday this month? You can choose a special greeting from a large offering of birthday ecards at bluemountain.com…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!
Happy December Birthday, You Unshakable Lovers of Life
Ambitious, reliable, and with an unshakable love of freedom, the individuals born during the month of December have a wrought-iron will to turn their ideals into reality. You build a solid foundation for yourself and use that to create an empire for all of your enterprising pursuits.
If born a fiery Sagittarius, you have an insatiable enthusiasm for life and spontaneity that is visible to everyone you meet. You see the world as your oyster; not only for you, but for everyone else as well. The pearls awaiting are big, bold, and brilliant—just the way you like them! Opportunity knocks at your door so often you might as well install a peephole and stand by to keep watch. Not only do you create your own good fortune, but you also possess an earnest faith in life that continually replenishes your spirit.
If you were born a Capricorn, you are renowned for your discipline, determination, and dedication in all you do. Said to be the sign of the professional, Capricorns are also focused on reputation and public standing. Once you set about to tackle a project, you will have an unwavering sense of commitment and drive to get things done. Dependable to say the least, people look to you for your leadership qualities.
Your birthstone, turquoise, is an ancient gem whose name comes from French and means “Turkish stone,” as it was believed to be commonly traded in Turkish bazaars before making its way to Europe. Considered “the gemstone of the people,” this blue-and-green stone is said to have protective properties and can benefit one’s health, wealth, and prosperity. Ancient Egyptians used it to decorate graves, and Persians wore it on the wrists and around the neck to preserve their good health. Nowadays, it is used in making fine, ornate jewelry.
The Narcissus, December’s birth flower,
comes from the Latin form of the Greek Narkissos. Hailing from Greek mythology, he was known as the figure so captivated by his own reflection, he eventually died and became the renowned flower. Representing faithfulness and modesty, Narcissus is also said to be given to the person you value as “the Only One.”
Celebrate your birthday this month with these famous figures:
Steve Allen, Kirk Douglas, Ira Gershwin, Howard Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Bette Midler, Jim Morrison, Sir Isaac Newton, Steven Spielberg, Donna Summer
Advent begins 12/2
Hanukkah (begins and ends at sundown) 12/7—12/16
Christmas Eve 12/24
Boxing Day 12/26
New Year’s Eve Day 12/31
Happy October Birthday, Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!
Those born in October fall under two signs:
Libra, the Scales, September 23–October 23
Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24–November 21
Flowers of the Month…Calendula, Cosmos
Birthstones/Meanings…Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire/Hope
To read more about those born in October, please see our October 2011 birthday blog
If you know someone having a birthday this month, ober Birthday blog from last year: http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2011/10/your-october-birthday-%e2%80%93-oh-iridescent-remarkable-you/
Why not check out the large offering of birthday ecards at Blue Mountain…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” For many of us, the character of Mary Poppins, so delightfully played by a young Julie Andrews, made us want to “find the fun” in anything we had to do. Julie Andrews’ work in film, stage, and television appeared to the rest of us, it seems, to be a consistent way for this incredible entertainer to share the fun with us.
As an Academy Award winning actress, a singer and Broadway star, Julie Andrews has captured the hearts of audiences for nearly sixty years and she’s still going strong. Andrews debuted on Broadway in 1954 and in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins just ten years later. Her box office successes also included The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain and The Sound of Music, for which she is probably most well known. More recently, she starred in The Princess Diaries and has offered her voice talents to the Shrek movies and Despicable Me as well.
By 1966, Julie Andrews had starred in six hit films. She married film director, Blake Edwards in 1969 and celebrated 41 anniversaries with him until his death in 2010. Together they raised five children as
a blended family.
In a career that has spanned over six decades, Julie Andrews has motivated and inspired us to value our roles in life, to reinvent ourselves when times call for us to change, and to be willing to seek the best in what life has to offer.
In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Julie Andrews a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to the performing arts. Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, born in England on the first of October in 1935 with a crystal clear, incredibly beautiful voice, has helped us hear, “The Sound of Music” wherever we go.
Happy Birthday Julie Andrews and we thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. We celebrate you with love on your birthday!