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Halloween Playlist!

We’re really getting in the Halloween spirit this week! Decorations are going up, costumes are being planned, and everyone is starting to buzz with Halloween energy. And while we’ve been decorating and munching on candy corn, we’ve been listening to a lot of Halloween-inspired music. We thought we would put a few of our favorite spooky favorites in a playlist to share. Enjoy!

 

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Top 10 Halloween Tales

With Halloween lurking just around the corner, there’s nothing like a good scary story to get you in the spooky spirit. We’ve compiled a list of 10 frightful tales sure to send chills right to your bones. Some stories you may already be familiar with, but isn’t it also fun to take that unfamiliar road and see where it leads? You just may want to leave the lights on all night.

The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe

Frankenstein – Mary Shelly

Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

Top 10 Halloween Tales

It – Stephen King

Ghost Story – Peter Straub

The Ritual – Adam Nevil

House of Leaves – Mark Danielewsk

Hell House – Richard Matheson

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Memories with Dad

Memories with Dad

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, we’d love to pause for a moment to recount all the meaningful moments we’ve shared with that very special man (or men) in our life. After all, a dad is fun, love, and laughter you never outgrow.

Whether learning to ride a bike or learning to drive a car…whether playing house or playing pool…whether laughing or crying, Dad’s always been there for you. With moments in time that are both vivid and treasured, we are truly blessed to associate such great times with Dad—from childhood all the way through to adulthood.

In order to celebrate that loving bond that’s so precious and unique, Blue Mountain offers many delightfully beautiful Father’s Day eCards. Blue Mountain also offers a great selection of printable Father’s Day cards.

And in order to share those memories we hold so dear, we’ve decided to reach out to our Blue Mountain family and see what personal “dad memories” they remember best—whether reminiscing of old ones or creating new ones. And here’s what they had to say:

DANIELLE KROUSE, Social Media Manager
Memories with Dad
“I can’t help but smile when I look at this picture. The father/daughter dance was something I was really looking forward to on my wedding day. My dad and I talked through the whole dance and told stories of the two of us that made us laugh. I’m so happy that special moment of happiness was captured!”

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NOHA YOUSSEF, Assistant Brand Manager
Memories with Dad
“This photo of my dad and me was taken a few years back when we went on a little family getaway to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. My dad loves the outdoors and has a real appreciation for nature, so this was a great escape for all of us to spend some quality time together. He’s an amazing man, and I love him very much.”

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MARIA ISABELLA, Content Marketing Editor
Memories with Dad
“Even though my son-in-law is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, he says the birth of his son is unquestionably his greatest accomplishment in life. He adores Avery and steals every moment he can to admire his sweet little face.”
Memories with Dad

“My husband also loves holding Avery, who everyone says looks a lot like him. He tells his grandson about all the many adventures they’re going to have together once he gets older. Watch out, world!”

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CAROLYN ANTL, Designer/Content Coordinator
Memories with Dad
“I appreciate my dad very much. As a single dad in the eighties, he raised both my sister and me on his own. He took us with him everywhere he went, and we enjoyed many experiences together. Whether it was folding laundry, cooking, fishing, or skiing, he made time to be with us and raised us to be smart and strong. I feel so lucky to have such a loving father, and I treasure every moment I have with him. This is a picture of us when I was visiting him in South Carolina.”

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CAROLINE LEECH, Senior Editor
Memories with Dad
“This is my son, David, with his father, also David. From the very start, they’ve been two peas in a pod. David is 21 now, and I’m happy to say they are still as connected as ever.”

 

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Gratitude Guide for Mom: How to say Thank You and Show Mom your Gratitude

Gratitude Guide for Mom: How to say Thank You and Show Mom your Gratitude

Happy Mother’s Day – Those three little words are loaded with so much meaning that there’s no possible way to fit all the things that make up those words into a single day. Yet, we try our best to give tokens of love to our moms with the hope that even just an ounce of what we feel is communicated to them.

So, how do you begin to show your gratitude for all she’s done and continues to do? We’ve compiled a Gratitude Guide with some ideas and inspiration to help you. Keep in mind that, when it comes down to it, most mothers would agree that your time is more wanted than things; your validation of who they are, more precious than gold…

List of Gratitudes
A daughter wrote a letter to her 80 year old mother, telling her how thankful she was for all the things her mother did for her while she was growing up. Her mother said it was the best Mother’s Day gift she ever received, and wants it to be included in her eulogy. Click Hereto read Faye’s letter to her mother…and maybe grab a tissue. If you would like to do something like this, you can use our Blue Mountain printable stationery as a beautiful backdrop for this gift she’ll cherish.

Sing it
Do you have musical talent? Write your mom a song and sing it to her, or record it for her so she can listen to it over and over again.

Dedicate a song on the radio
If singing isn’t your thing, call up her favorite radio station and see if they’ll dedicate a song to her at a time she’s probably listening.

A box of 52 of your favorite memories about your mom
Find or make or your own decorative box and write down 52 of your best-loved memories about your mom. She’ll get to read one each week over the next year.

Garden walk treasures
Go on a garden walk with Mom and collect leaves, petals, and anything that catches your eye. Back at Mom’s house, create a window display of your treasures reminding her of your enjoyable afternoon together.

Record a personalized ringtone for her cell phone.
Give her a heart a tug every time her cell phone rings. Record a special ringtone of all the kids/grandkids yelling, ‘We love you Mom/Grandma!”

Jewelry with meaning
Give her vintage map jewelry of the state/country where you grew up, her favorite bible verse, or a much-loved passage from a favorite book 
or poem.

A Now and Then Photo
Frame a photo of you and Mom from when you were still a baby and she was a young mom, and one of the two of you now.

Take a class together.
If you live close to your mother, take a class together of something she always wanted to do like sewing, painting, cooking, etc. Not only will it be a fun experience, but the time spent together is priceless.

Mother’s Day Photo Magnet
All moms have them—photos covering the refrigerator of all their children and grandchildren. This is a wonderful idea that can turn a photo of each person she loves into a magnet itself. You can make one of every child and grandchild. Once you’ve made the magnets, post them to her refrigerator with notes from each person on the magnet about what they love about her so she’s reminded every single day what an amazing woman she is and how she’s touched their lives.

Make a recurring appointment for a phone call with Mom each week. Plus, if you have siblings, assign each one a different day of the week to call Mom so she hears from her children regularly.

Tell Mom what you learned from her example.
This popular poem by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan is a wonderful way to honor mom and has been shared in many forms time and time again.

One of our Blue Mountain editors has created a Pinterest Board for many of the ideas you’ve read about in our blog today, and we also invite you to use our Mother’s Day eCards to help celebrate your wonderful moms.

All of us at Blue Mountain wish you and your mom a Mother’s Day to remember!

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Mother’s Day Gifts: Then & Now

We invite you to travel down memory lane with us as we showcase some then-and-now Mother’s Day gifts in the chart below. We bet you’ll nod your head in agreement and even enjoy a few laughs as you compare what a typical gift was “back then” to what it would be today. You may even pick up a few gift-giving or -getting ideas yourself.

Mothers Day Gifts: Then & Now

 

My, how times have changed! Don’t you agree that the gifts we used to give our moms decades ago for Mother’s Day look quite a bit different than the ones moms (or grandmas or maternal figures) are getting today?

Granted, technology, convenience, and just the natural progression of life have had a lot to do with this. But we’re sure everyone agrees that the one and only intent behind the gifts has constantly remained—and will always continue to remain—the same: to show our love and gratitude to an amazing woman who is raising a child.

We invite you to “share” this blog post with friends and family, too. We bet they’ll love it! And if you have other gift ideas that you think have made big changes over the years, feel free to leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Memories with Mom

Memories with Mom

Each year, as Mother’s Day approaches, it is with great pleasure that we get the opportunity to recount all the beautiful moments we’ve shared with that one very special lady in our life. After all, our mothers (or mother figures) truly are at the very heart of our dearest memories.

Those wonderful memories are usually centered around vivid “togetherness” moments in time, whether in the kitchen, at the park, on vacation, or just about anywhere else in this world. Which is why Blue Mountain decided to create a beautiful new Mother’s Day eCard this year highlighting a collage of exactly those kinds of moments.

In the same vein, we asked our Blue Mountain family to share their own photos of personal happy “mom memories”— whether reminiscing of old memories or creating new ones. And here’s what they had to say:


Caroline Leech, Senior Editor
Memories with Mom

“We were celebrating my son David’s fourth birthday at his grandmother’s house in this photo. He was answering my question, ‘What did you wish for?’ He said he was wishing for a big piece of cake! He’s 21 now and Grandma is gone, but her chocolate cake recipe still stirs happy memories for us.”

Danielle Krouse, Community Manager
Memories with Mom

“This photo captures pure joy! Being able to experience the first time my daughter got to feel what it’s like to go down a sliding board at the park is something I’ll never forget. I look at this picture and I can still hear her little giggle, and it instantly puts a smile on my face. I’m so glad we were able to capture this mommy/daughter moment in time.”

Deann Hoffland, Marketing Manager
Memories with Mom

“In this photo, my son and I were heading out for his first Trick-or-Treat. He was the cutest little tiger ever! It was such an awesome experience watching him enjoy all of the other children in costumes and getting all those little treats in his basket!”

Melissa Jamison, Senior Brand Manager
Memories with Mom
“My son Jack always loved playing in the water for bath time. He’d splash and laugh and laugh and splash! I thought this picture was especially funny because he kinda looks like he’s a pirate saying, ‘Argh, me matey!’ He’s always been a bit of a character, and this showed just one of his many smiley faces.”

Noha Youssef, Assistant Brand Manager
Memories with Mom
“My little daughter is fascinated with children’s books. This photo shows us opening a book together. I had so much fun watching her explore new things and repeat every sound she heard. She also danced as the music played when she turned each page. I never thought having a daughter would bring me so much joy!”

Maria Isabella, Content Marketing Editor
Memories with Mom
My oldest grandson and I were at the Cleveland Zoo the day this photo was taken. He lives out of town, so this was a special ‘date’ for the two of us while he was visiting. We laughed at the monkeys, fed the seals, and shared an ice cream sundae. He still talks about that day, and I still treasure that happy one-on-one time we had together.”

Are there any special “mom memories” you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below.

 

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Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Every year for every major holiday, Blue Mountain unveils several brand new, exciting, never-before-seen eCards. Which means we naturally now have some wonderful new Easter eCards waiting just for you! In fact, there are three special Easter eCards in particular that we’d love to share with you…along with some thoughts from the artists who designed them.

The cards are truly fun, fresh, and beautiful—which is no wonder, considering all the work that goes into them, from concept and composition, to design and production. In fact, it takes nothing less than a small village of creatively talented people coming all together to produce each and every eCard just for you on BlueMountain.com

So without further ado, here are three of our newest Easter eCards —along with interesting comments from the very artists who designed or directed each of them! Happy Easter, everyone!

His Shining Love
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“As I thought of the people who would be sending and receiving this design, I asked myself, ‘What will inspire them? And what is the best way to visually help them to communicate their feelings?’

“This particular card has a religious tone that is meant to inspire, so using that and the beautiful sentiment of the verse to guide me, I really just tried to complement that feeling through the visual design.

“The imagery represents the beauty of God’s creations in the landscape and animals, while the glowing rays of sunlight help to emphasize this feeling of warmth, peace, beauty, and love. Trying to give the environment a sense of atmosphere, I also added a subtle fog effect and floating particles in the air.

“The brief appearance of a simple cross over the sun at the end (as suggested by Assistant Art Director, Alison Osborn) reminds the viewer of the purpose for the celebration of Easter: Jesus Christ has risen!”

David Sommers, Sr. Creative Developer
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Bunny Fun
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“We actually adapted this eCard from a very high-rated paper card. I worked with one of my editors and animators to adapt it for animation.

“We loved the idea of showing the bunnies slowly multiply until they were all smashed up against the screen with very surprised looks on their faces. We went with characters that had very large eyes so we could show their expressions at the end.

“This design, as simple as it is, went through many changes to get it just right. We originally had a ‘Hugh Hefner-like’ character with a smoking jacket pop up at the end with a pipe, but we decided to take it out.

“I hope our audience gets a good laugh and then shares it with others so they, too, can have the same fun experience!”

 — Tom Page, Art Director
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

Easter Garden
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

“Knowing how much our Blue Mountain friends love flowers and gardening, we wanted to make a special card that celebrated Easter and spring.

“We contacted a Russian artist known for her beautiful renderings, and asked her to create a special garden where the receiver could mouse over each flower to discover their meanings. I really hope everyone will love this card as much as I do!”

– Alison Osborn, Assistant Art Director
Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)

 

 

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What to Write…in an Easter card

What to Write...in an Easter card

The sun is starting to peek out a bit more these days and Spring is showing her beautiful colors more and more. With the entrance of Spring, also comes the celebration of Easter. Easter is such a special holiday because it can be celebrated in so many ways. It’s a time of renewal, and hope for the future, and also a time of joy and happiness for both young and old.

Whether you’re sending an Easter card in the mail, or an Easter eCard, adding a few of your own words, or even a special quote or saying is a great way to let those you love know you’re thinking about them. We have put together a quick list of some of our favorite words to add to any of the Easter greetings you plan on sending this year. As always, you can hop over to BlueMountain.com any time to read more  and find the perfect Easter ecards for this special season.

Easter Sayings:

  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea 
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

Happy St. Patricks Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

It’s the day to don green clothing, get ye’ eyes smilin’, and put a bit of a jig in your step!

It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish for the day or Irish all the way—Saint Patrick’s Day
is the day for song, lilting laughter, and spending time with family and friends.
For a wee bit o’ fun, we thought you might enjoy discovering how our Blue Mountain family likes to celebrate this festive day. From favorite foods to timeless traditions,
here’s how our “resident leprechauns” celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green!

“I’ll get together with a group of friends and cook some traditional St. Pat food               like corned beef and cabbage, or colcannon sometimes. The best part is we’ll make     black and tans and use the spoon to actually separate the 2 ingredients, preferably    Harp and Murphy’s.” –Tom Page; Art Director

I always spend St. Patrick’s Day with my family and friends.  All the men wear kilts,    we drink green beer, and we all go watch the parade.” –Jess Buse; Designer

I don’t make food, but I do eat it. The green I wear is the green frosting on my lips     from eating green cookies. I’ll listen to lots of Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, and I always like to see the parade.” –Matt Friske; Designer

“We always go to my brother-in-law’s house and then walk over to the Irish bars, enjoy some Guinness and some Irish music, and then walk back for a corned beef and cabbage dinner made in the crock pot. What I’ve loved about St. Pat’s in recent years is that the weather has been so nice. It’s like the first taste of spring; something to look forward to.” –Kristin Thorne; Manager

“Even though we’re Italian, we like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year in the same manner we would any special holiday: with food, of course! In honor of the Irish, we always make the same special annual dinner: corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. And then for dessert, we have home-baked Irish soda bread that I think is the best I’ve tasted anywhere!” –Maria Isabella; Editor

“I’ll definitely play some Irish music, including Tommy Sands, and also The McNulty Family’s ‘O’Hara from Tara, McNamara from Mayo,’ which my father would play every St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll also be on the phone a good bit with calls to my family. Wherever we are, we always raise a pint to my father, who has been gone from us now much too long. (Just like the Irish to end with a twinkle and tear in ye’ eye!)”                                           –Liza McNamara; Sr. Editor

B’gosh ‘n Begorrah!  As the luck of the Irish would have it, Maria agreed to share her     Irish Soda Bread recipe with us!
Happy St. Patricks Day (FREE downloadable recipe!)

Warm up the oven and join us in baking this tasty treat for St. Paddy’s Day.  Either click the image above to download your very own recipe card or CLICK HERE!

Sláinte!

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Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings

Whether you were born Irish or not, everyone turns a wee bit Irish
on St. Patrick’s Day.  This day of fun and frolic is perfect for sharing
heartfelt wishes with family and friends, and what better way
to get all those eyes smilin’, than by adding a fun or heartfelt
Irish blessing to your St. Patrick’s Day greeting.

We’ve collected some favorites that are perfect for adding to your
eCard wishes.  And some of us here at BlueMountain.com are going
to literally put these Irish words in the mouths of our St. Patrick’s Day Talking eCards
for a wonderfully-fun surprise for our friends and family —you should too!

Plus – discover the meaning behind some favorite Irish sayings here!

Classic Blessings:

  • May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

  • May you always have…
    Walls for the wind
    A roof for the rain
    Tea beside the fire,
    Laughter to cheer you
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    hose you love near you
    And all your heart
    might desire

Heartfelt Blessings:

  • May you always walk in sunshine.
    May you never want for more.
    May Irish angels rest their wings
    right beside your door.

 

  • May you have warm words on a cold evening,
    a full moon on a dark night,
    and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Cute Blessings:

  • May God grant you always…
    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel,
    so nothing can harm you.

 

  • May you have all the happiness
    and luck that life can hold,
    And at the end of all your rainbows
    may you find a pot of gold.

Friendship Blessings:

  • A special Irish blessing
    From the heart of a friend—
    “May good fortune be yours,
    May your joys never end.”

 

  • May the hinges of our friendship
    never grow rusty.

 

 

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