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Writing Birthday Message Magic

Writing Birthday Message Magic Writing the perfect message for a birthday ecard you’re sending can sometimes be a challenge. You want to create a warm or lighthearted, personalized message that speaks from your heart and makes your

recipient happy, but often, it’s hard to know just where to begin.

Perhaps you can start by asking yourself a few questions as you begin thinking about
your message:

  • Is the recipient a family member, friend, or acquaintance?
  • Would they prefer something heartfelt or funny?
  • What types of things would you say to them if you were talking to them in person?
  • What would you like someone to say to you on your birthday? They’d probably like to hear the same kinds of things.

Once you have a better idea of where you’re headed, the rest will come a little easier. We’ve included some fun and heartfelt birthday messages you can add to your ecards to help get you started. You might even want to write down those you create yourself as reference for the next time you’re looking for the perfect words that sum up your own thoughts! 

Writing Birthday Message Magic Wishing you lots of fun and surprises on your special day!

Thinking of you with love on your birthday. 

 Hoping all your birthday wishes come true.

Birthdays put the magic in your years! 

Enjoy all the happy moments of your special day.

Here’s wishing you love and laughter on your birthday.

Hope birthday magic helps make your wishes come true!    

May your birthday be filled with wonderful surprises!

Wishing you the best birthday ever…full of smiles, laughter, and love!

Have fun personalizing your birthday ecards for family and friends and enjoy knowing you’ll be brightening someone’s day!

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eCard of the Week: Sweet Surprice Tic Tac Toe

eCard of the Week: Sweet Surprice Tic Tac Toe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sweet Surprise Tic Tac Toe,” our  ecard pick of the week, is another fun interactive selection in our online game series that makes for a lighthearted and entertaining way of sending birthday wishes and greetings.  We’d love
this birthday ecard by artist Drew King even if we didn’t have a sweet tooth!
Of course the fact that it features birthday cupcakes as the design makes it
that much sweeter to send.

If you’re looking for other Interactive eCards, Online Game eCards, Talking eCards,
or fun Postcards,  Blue Mountain can help you stay connected and celebrate birthdays
in may different ways! Have you already sent this card? Let us know who you sent it to and their reaction. We love hearing from our members!

 

 

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Your August Birthday–You Lead the Way!

Your August Birthday  You Lead the Way!

You may be as creative and innovative as Martha Stewart, as persistent and strong as Magic Johnson, and as talented as Dustin Hoffman, all of whom share your August birthday month.  The truth is you are a born leader and whatever you choose to do in life, you have what it takes to achieve it.  Your aspirations come from deep within you, challenging you, and giving you the courage to try again and again to follow your heart and meet the goals you set for yourself.  You persist when life hands you a curve and you find a new approach when an old one no longer works well.  You serve as an example to others simply by the way you live your life.

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Your friends find you to be open and honest, positive and generous.  They love to hear your ideas and sit with you over coffee  to discuss the strange and wonderful nuances of life.  You’re one of the people they go to, when they can’t come up with a new plan for themselves.  You always know how to open doors and lead the way.

The August zodiac symbol of a lion associated with guarding and guiding others, is not lost on you.  You’re a ferocious advocate of the things you believe in and a staunch protector of the people you love.  You always put your best foot forward and move quickly and carefully to make changes for the good of others.Your August Birthday  You Lead the Way!

Your birthstone is a rich and elegant spring green gem known as a Peridot.  In ancient legends, it was often thought to be a symbol of strength and a mysterious force of nature exhibited in powerful people.  The gladiolus, in an array of vibrant colors is your birth flower, signifying a sincere heart and a strong character.   Yes, you were born in the month of those who respect all of life, who are out-going  and happy, and who offer a strong legacy to the world.  You’re a force to be reckoned with and it’s a great joy to celebrate your birthday. 

If you know anyone else who is celebrating a summer birthday, why not share some of your sunny, out-going attitude with them by sending or posting a day-brightening BlueMountain.com birthday ecard!

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Your October Birthday – Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!

Your October Birthday – Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!The Latin word for your birthstone means “Precious Jewel” and that’s what most people would say about you. You’re a gem of a friend, an indescribable treasure and a gift to those around you. You attract people with your kind heart and gentle qualities and make others feel safe and protected. Your friends admire your easy diplomacy and subtle abilities to lead.

Your birthstone, the Opal, was believed to have come from heaven in a flash of lightening. The Romans referred to the stone as “a child beautiful as love.” It was believed to have protective powers and could ward off evil and promote healthy eyesight. It could even be ground to a fine powder and consumed to prevent nightmares and offer other mysterious healing powers. The Opal is as old as the dinosaurs and was built around geothermal hot springs. If it is given as a gift, it represents faithfulness and confidence. That’s one of the reasons the stone fits you so well. You inspire confidence in others and you’re always a faithful and loyal friend. You can be trusted to keep your word and to be thoughtful about what you say and do.

The flower that represents October birthdays is the calendula, from the Latin Kalendae, meaning ‘first day of the month,’ which is when it usually blooms. Because of its strong connection to the sun, the calendula represents characteristics such as warmth and friendliness. From a religious standpoint, this flower also represents the Virgin Mary.

Happily for you, your nature is to bring passion and love to all you do and to speak up about the people and things you believe in. You express yourself well and that endears you to others. You have a little psychic awareness too and often know the motives of those close to you before they do, but with your kind heart and loving ways, you make it easy for them to grow on their own terms.

Yes, you’re quite remarkable and since it’s your birthday, celebrate your day in a way that reflects all the colors of the rainbow. After all, you’re opalescent all the time! Happy Birthday to you!

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Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!Happy birthday to one of the world’s most beloved children’s book authors, Shel Silverstein!  Sheldon Allan Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930, in Chicago,Illinois, to Nathan and Helen Silverstein.

Growing up with his sister, Peggy, in Logan Square, a community northwest of Chicago, Shel pursued his two favorite pastimes, baseball and drawing.  As an avid White Sox fan, he hoped to one day join the team, but realizing early in his adolescence that he possessed no athletic ability, drawing became his singular passion.  As a student at Roosevelt High School, he tried his best to get the attention of girls—at first through his failed athletic ability, then through his art—both to no avail.  Concentrating on his drawings in solitude, Silverstein had no mentor to study under and freely developed his own style.

He studied art at the University of Illinois for a year before expulsion due to grades, transferred to Chicago of Fine Arts for a year, finally to study English at Roosevelt University where he cartooned for the student paper, The Torch.  He did not complete his education, however, as he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.  In retrospect, Silverstein looked upon his college years with contempt, feeling he could have seen the world rather than waste it in school.

Shel further blossomed as a cartoonist—and a reporter—during his time in the Army with his work on the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes, lampooning the military.  Still, this time help a special place in his heart and he credits it towards his artistic growth, when he also learned to play the guitar.

Upon returning home, he worked odd jobs, including a stint atComiskeyPark, while freelancing as a cartoonist before meeting Hugh Hefner.  Shel then worked as a cartoonist for Playboy in 1956 while reporting stories for them from around the globe.  After a severe car accident rendered him immobile, he spent his recovery time cartooning and composing music.

But perhaps the most serendipitous encounter arose when a close friend of Silverstein’s, Tomi Ungerer, introduced Shel to his editor at Harper & Row, Ursula Nordstrom.  Both Tomi and Ursula persuaded Silverstein to give writing children’s books a try.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Among his classic children’s book collections are The Giving Tree, which a publisher rejected for being “too short”, as well as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Runny Babbit.  Silverstein had never envisioned himself a children’s book writer and illustrator, with his darker humor and sardonic wit.  Yet both playful themselves out whimsically in his collections, whether walking a fine line or something more akin to a flying trapeze.

All in all, this artist led a rather unexpected career that ranged from cartooning for the military to working for Playboy, with eventually writing and illustrating award-wining children’s books, as well as playwriting and composing film scores.  It was a combination as eclectic as the man was talented.  Sadly, Shel left the world on May 10, 1999, inKey West,Florida.  However, his literary legacy lives on as his poetic humor continues to tickle funny bones and warm hearts around the world, both young and old.

shelsilverstein.com.

faculty.weber.edu/chansen/humanweb/projects/MeghanUng/biography.htm

super-childrens-books.com/shel-silverstein-biography.html

poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/104

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Your September Birthday–A Star Is Born!

Your September Birthday  A Star Is Born!You’ll have a star-studded birthday!  September finds you walking in the midst of enchanting fall flowers in a wide variety of colorful asters.  Your birth flower, the aster,  means star, so it adds to the special quality of your birthday month.  Of course, along with the asters, comes your birthstone which is the Star-Sapphire in its vibrant blue colors.  Demonstrating its powers of wisdom and purity, the sapphire was the choice of ancient Kings.  It was said to protect its wearers from slipping into the grips of envy, or from being poisoned by snakes.  Second only to diamonds for its lasting beauty and hardness, it brings the gifts of sincerity and faithfulness to your birthday sign.

Yes, you’re a star!  You lead with your heart, think clearly about the matters at hand, and reign with kindness over all your relationships.  You are patient and practical, refined and gracious, and have a touch of aristocratic reserve.  Your powers of observation are also outstanding and people come to you, seeking your guidance and wisdom.  In other words, you rock!

Like the star that you are, you know the best ways to make an impression and to keep your light shining.  You have many talents and it’s not surprising to see you do incredibly beautiful things with your hands.  You love to display handmade treasures to remind others of the gifts that come from nature and from the heart.  That being said, you’re not exactly ready for the farm life and to live off the land.  No, you are fond of being one of the trend setters, one of the people in the know, so you’re more comfortable in a thriving community.

As you celebrate your birthday month, hold your head high, walk joyfully into the days ahead and let your considerable light beam into the lives of others.  The stars will come out to applaud your day.  Shine on and have a Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Mother Teresa

Happy Birthday Mother TeresaHappy birthday to the woman who gave her life to God and her love in service to the poor and needy of the world, Mother Teresa!  Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia (formerYugoslavia) to Nikollë and Drane Bojkaxhiu.

Gonxha, or “little flower” in Albanian, was the youngest of three children who sought a holy life as early as her teenage years when she joined Sodality, a youth group in her local parish.  This involvement sparked interest in missionary work, whereby she joined the Sisters of Loretto, an Irish Catholic missionary devoted  to working in India—what she referred to as her first “calling”—and changed her name to Teresa (after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux).

Among her many roles inIndia, Mother Teresa (Sister Teresa at that time) taught geography and catechism at St. Mary’s High School inCalcutta.  She later became principal of St. Mary’s, but in 1944 had to give up teaching due to tuberculosis.  During a train ride toDarjeelingfor her yearly retreat (this time in order to rest), Teresa was blessed with her second calling in life, her self-described “call within a call”: to live and work among the poor. She left the Sisters of Loretto in 1948 and pursued her new calling.

Continuing her educational work, Teresa learned basic medicine and treated the sick in their homes.  Not long after, former students of hers followed hew work and treated men, women, and children who had been rejected by area hospitals.  As the needs of the sick and poor grew and more help was needed, Mother Teresa founded several organizations devoted to the cause:

  • Missionaries of Charity in 1950
  • The Missionaries of Charity Brothers in 1963
  • The contemplative branch of the sisters in 1976
  • The contemplative branch of the brothers in 1979
  • The Missionaries of Charity Fathers in 1984

The Co-Workers of Mother Teresa and Sick & Suffering Co-Workers were also established for those of many faiths who shared her mission.  She also formed the Lay Missionaries of Charity and the Corpus Christi Movement for Priests in 1981.

Mother Teresa’s beacon of light was not without its share of extreme darkness, however.   From as far back as when her work among the poor and needy began, she confessed to experiencing an undeniable inner feeling of separation, even rejection, from God.  She called it “the darkness”.  Yet it was this very feeling that helped establish an even greater sense of communion with God.  By experiencing this intense sense of despair, she was able to help those who felt it even more.

Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, and was recognized both at the time of her death and years later by Pope John Paul II for her holy work and devoted service.  A woman of unwavering commitment, her life presented more than an example, but rather a model of compassion, charity, and love to all of whom she touched, healed, and loved.

If you share Mother Teresa’s birthday, have a blessed and happy birthday!

Sources: motherteresa.org and ewtn.com

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Happy Birthday Julia Child!

Happy Birthday Julia Child!Her family and friends called her “Juke”, “Juju” and “Jukies”, but the world knows her as TV chef and author, Julia Child. Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born in Pasadena, California, on August 15, 1912. The oldest of three children, Julia had a privileged childhood and stood out among her peers as a wild prankster who towered over everyone else at the height of 6 feet, 2 inches.

Julia met Paul, the love of her life, while they were both working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The happy couple was married in 1946. When Paul was reassigned to a post in Paris, Julia bid “bon voyage” to the U.S. for a temporary post in France. There she fell madly in love with French food, and began living with an enthusiastic joie de vivre for the country.

Her passion for French cooking led her to the world-famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, where she spent six months cooking with the finest chefs in the country – most of which were men! When she graduated, this culinary tour de force wanted to give the world a taste of what she was cooking! Julia mixed it up with fellow Cordon Bleu students Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle to form a cooking school called L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes (The School of the Three Gourmands).

Wanting to wish “Bon appétit” to mainstream America, the trio adapted French cuisine for mainstream Americans by collaborating on a two-volume cookbook. The 734-page, 3-lb cookbook was released in September of 1961 under the title “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. The book was considered groundbreaking and remained the bestselling cookbook for five straight years after its publication.

Julia promoted her now-famous book on a Boston public television station. Introducing the world to her trademark blunt manner and hearty wit, she gained an immediate fan base by humorously preparing an omelet on air. This landmark first for Julia led her to host her own TV series on cooking for WGBH in 1962. Her beginning salary? $50 a show – this was later raised to $200 per show, plus expenses!

The French Chef TV series, like “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, gave us a new way of looking at food and made Julia a celebrity. The French Chef was eventually syndicated to 96 stations throughout America.

The “set” for all of her television shows – Julia Child’s Kitchen – was designed by Paul Child and is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Julia is still in the public eye today. In 2009, the feature film Julie & Julia made its way to the big screen. Starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as writer Julie Powell, the movie covers Powell’s attempt to cook every recipe in Julia’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year, while blogging her entire experience. Child and Powell are also the inspiration for the popular current blog www.ayearwithjulia.com.

So as we bid you adieu, tell us – what is YOUR favorite French dish?

Know someone who shares Julia’s birthday?  Send them warm and delectable birthday wishes with Blue Mountain eCards. Happy Birthday Julia Child!

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Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!Happy birthday to the master of cinematic suspense, Alfred Hitchcock!  Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, or “Hitch” to his friends and colleagues, was born August 13, 1899, inLeytonstone,England(just outsideLondon) to William and Emma Hitchcock.

The youngest of three children, Alfred grew up in a strict Roman Catholic family.  Despite a few stringent rules, including reciting the events of his day each night at the foot of his mother’s bed, Alfred experienced a fairly normal childhood.  Educated at

St.IgnatiusCollege, he went on to study engineering and navigation.  One of his first jobs was working for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company, during which time his interest in film began.

He first got work drawing sets and met Alma Reville, an editor, who was only one day younger than Alfred. Laboring further down the food chain than her, they never spoke to each other until the director of the film they were working on got severely ill and Hitchcock was called upon to finish the movie.  He and Alma married in December 1926 and had a daughter, Patricia.

After a number of stops and starts at directing, Hitchcock began his filmography with The Lodger, The Lady Vanishes, and Rebecca.  But it wasn’t until Saboteur in 1942 that studios began placing Hitchcock’s name before the title (i.e. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho).

It’s been said that Hitchcock prided himself on directing and preferred studios for shooting rather than filming on locations because it enabled him more control over the filmmaking elements.  He also made a point of making an appearance in most of his films, which became something of a trademark for Hitchcock.

Not to limit himself to film, Hitchcock also made a name for himself in television in the 1950’s and 60’s with Alfred Hitchcock Presents.   He directed many of the half-hour episodes and played host every week during its run.Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Years later, when given a Lifetime Achievement award in 1979, Hitchcock kidded that he must be nearing the end of his life.  He died the next year of kidney failure on April 29, 1980, in Bel Air,Los Angeles,California, a man of the world and a cinematic legend. 

Know someone who shares Alfred’s birthday?  Send them a frighteningly exciting birthday eCard and make their day!

Sources: PBS.com, biography.com, imdb.com

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Your August Birthday

Your August BirthdayIf you’re an August birthday baby, you’re an enthusiastic, energetic, honest and optimistic person.  Like the strong leader you are, you inspire those around you to greatness, tapping into the best they have to offer and reminding them of their own power.  You have considerable power yourself which is fueled by the sun and by your overflowing sense of sympathy for others.

You love doing work that is healthy and meaningful and you always work hard to overcome  any obstacles.  You take it upon yourself to create the opportunity to achieve your desired goals.  You have the heart of a lion and you share it with  kindness and confidence.

Your flower is the gladiolus, which comes in reds, pinks, whites, yellows and oranges, but which symbolizes strength of character and sincerity.  Others look to you to lead the way and nurture their dreams, for you’re always willing to shine your light.

Your gemstone is the Peridot which is known as the “gem of the sun” because of its brilliance when seen in the desert sunlight.  It was once believed that one could even see the light from a peridot in utter darkness.  Another name for this sparkling green stone is “evening emerald” and it was said to relieve innocent sleepers of bad dreams.

The peridot was worn in ancient times as a protection against undesired enchantments and against feelings of melancholy or depression.  It also could prevent infections and evil.  It’s only right that your gemstone would also signify strength and promise.

May this year bring you greater opportunities to pursue your life purpose,  beautiful moments of inspiration and all that you need to live “sunny side up” in the days ahead.  Your tremendous spirit and gracious charms benefit everyone around you.  Celebrate being fabulous you!

Know someone who’s celebrating an August birthday?  Don’t forget to share some of this great news with them or send them a birthday eCard to wish them a happy day and prosperous year ahead!

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