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How Sweethearts Find Their Love Song [Infographic]

Did you ever wonder how couples find their song, or how many couples have had a song right from the very start? Did you ever stop to think about what the most popular love songs throughout history are, or what genre they come from? Scroll through our very special infographic, based on results from our Valentine’s Day survey, to find out some sweet tidbits about love songs, and even sweeter commentary from BlueMountain fans about their very own songs. And don’t forget, it’s the perfect time to pick out your Valentine’s Day eCards from BlueMountain.com

How Sweethearts Find Their Love Song [Infographic]

 

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How to Sign Your Valentine’s Day Greeting

 

How to Sign Your Valentines Day Greeting

Trying to select the absolute most perfect Valentine’s Day card for a loved one is only half the challenge. Once you’ve chosen just the right image and just the right message, then you’ve got to personalize it with just the right wording and closing salutation. If that seems a bit daunting, we can help!

For suggestions on how to write a really meaningful Valentine’s Day message, click here. And for 25 really sweet ideas of how to close out your message, consider these absolutely lovely options:

• Sealed with a kiss
• Your admirer
• Fondly
• Be mine
• Your sweetheart
• Hugs and kisses
• Yours always
• With all my love
• Affectionately
• Lovingly yours
• Forever and a day
• xoxo
• Luck, laughter, and love
• Truly yours
• Missing you
• Now and always
• Sweetly
• With all my heart
• Ever yours
• Adoringly
• Hopelessly in love
• Your #1 fan
• Devotedly
• Yours faithfully
• Always by your side

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The “How Sweet It Is” Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes from BlueMountain.com

The How Sweet It Is Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes from BlueMountain.com

Thank you for your participation!
Our 2014 Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes is now closed.

Good luck to everyone who entered! Don’t forget to visit BlueMountain.com for the sweetest Valentine’s Day ecards around!

 

The special songs shared by sweethearts everywhere, are undoubtedly some of the strongest memory triggers couples have. Whether you immediately turn the volume up when you hear one of these songs come on the radio, or share a glance with your special someone when you hear it at an event or wedding, these songs evoke the timeline of couples’ love stories, and we want to find out how “your song” came to be.

Take a few minutes to complete this fun and easy survey for the chance to win a Mrs. Fields Cookie Gift Basket, as well as a FREE gift membership to BlueMountain.com to give to someone you love. Plus, one winner will have the opportunity for their very own love story to be featured on the Blue Mountain blog.  Enter today!

 

 

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Potential winners will be notified on or about February 14th, 2014 by email using the information provided on the potential winner’s entry form and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and Publicity Release (where permitted by law) (collectively, the “Affidavit”) within 7 days of date specified in notification or an alternate winner may be selected.

The Sponsor or its designated representatives will make two (2) attempts to contact each of the selected Winners through email within one (1) business week of selection. If the selected Winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) calendar days after the first attempt to contact him/her or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then the selected Winner will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to his/her respective Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select an alternate eligible Winner from among the remaining eligible entries (in which case the forgoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new selected Winner). If any Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, does not comply with these Official Rules, fails to claim a Prize, or if the prize notification or Prize is returned as undeliverable, an alternate eligible Winner may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be selected. Sponsor will not be obligated to pursue more than three (3) alternate winners for each prize for any reason, in which case the prize may go unawarded. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winner, if any.

SPONSOR’S DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

4. PRIZES, APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES: There are ten (10) Prizes (each may be referred to as “Prize”): Each winner will receive one (1) Mrs. Field’s “Cute as a Cupcake Bundle” gift basket sent to the mailing address provided on the official entry form (approximate retail value “ARV”: $39.99) and one (1) one-year subscription to BlueMountain.com for themselves or someone they love (approximate retail value “ARV”: $19.99.) Limit one (1) Prize Package per household. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or obligation to any Winner or eligible Winner who is unable to accept Prize as described herein. Prize is neither transferable nor substitutable and may not be redeemed for cash. All federal, provincial, state, and local taxes incurred by any Winner as a result of receiving any Prize herein shall be the sole responsibility of such Winner.All winners also have the opportunity to have their survey answers featured in the BlueMountain.com blog.

All prizes claimed will be awarded.  All federal, state and local taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any portion of the prize not accepted or unclaimed and/or unused by the winner will be forfeited and will not be substituted.  No transfer, refund, cash redemption, substitution or replacement of prize or any prize component permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value (or cash equivalent).  ARV of all prizes is in U.S. dollars.

TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES TO BE AWARDED DURING THE SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD IS $599.80.

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LIST OF WINNERS:  To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, after March 1, 2014, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by mail to:  Winner’s List, BlueMountain.Com Valentine’s Day 2014 Sweepstakes c/o AG Interactive, Inc., One American Road, Cleveland, Ohio  44144, Attn:  SEO Product Manager for Sponsor’s receipt by Sponsor no later than October 31, 2014.

Sponsor: American Greetings Interactive, One American Road, Cleveland, OH, 44144.
 

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12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

Everyone at Blue Mountain is excited to share our 12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness. We created a special new collection of FREE digital postcards this year – each with a simple act of kindness that you can easily complete. Our own Blue Mountain team will be completing several of the acts ourselves and we encourage you to do the same. We will be highlighting the 12 Gifts on our Facebook wall, and we hope you will share the postcards via email, Facebook, mobile and more. These gifts are a simple and beautiful way to pay it forward, and give the gift of kindness this year and always!

 

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Place Setting Etiquette

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, we know you’re busy reviewing your guest list, making centerpieces, and digging deep into your cabinets to pull out Grandma’s very good china.  Whether you’re planning a formal affair, or gathering friends and family together for a casual day of comfort food and football, we thought it would be helpful to share this handy infographic of varying place settings to help you set a festive Thanksgiving table with the “proper” flair.

Place Setting Etiquette

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How to write a Thanksgiving blessing – Part II

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Now that you’ve had some time to pull your own ideas and thoughts together using the tips from our last blog post, we thought we’d share with you some favorite traditional prayers and inspirational poems that you may like to lead with, or combine with your own expression of thanks.

Remember, gratitude in and of itself is a beautiful thing and there is no right or wrong way to speak about it. Simply relax and speak from your heart, and enjoy the opportunity to let those around you know how thankful you are that you’re all together for Thanksgiving.

Poems, Graces and Prayers:

  • Bless us, O Lord
    and these Thy gifts,
    which we are about to receive from your bounty.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.
  • Bless this home
    with love and cheer,
    And bless all those
    who gather here.
  • Thank you for the day so sweet,
    Thank you for the food we eat,
    Thank you for the birds that sing,
    Thank you, Lord, for everything!
  • Every so often, we all need a day to stop everything we’re so busy doing
    and simply be. A day to turn off all the noise and step outside to breathe
    in the air, and to know we are part of something bigger than ourselves.
    A day to realize the richness of our blessings, the miracles we are,
    the wonder that is our lives, the gratitude in our hearts.
  • With a prayer that this beautiful season
    gives us many new reasons
    to rejoice and thank the Lord.
  • Thanksgiving is a time of awareness,
    of caring and sharing —remembering the best,
    seeing the beautiful,
    being grateful for the fullness of life.

Chinese Proverb
When you eat, remember the farmer.

From the Poem i thank You God
by E. E. cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day…for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

Servant’s Heart
Dear Lord, thank you for this gift of food
You’ve placed upon our table.
And help us all to do your work
In any way we’re able.

Serving Food by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this food, I see clearly
The presence of the universe
Supporting my existence.

Grace
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
We offer thanks. Amen.

A Blessing based on Gandhi’s Principles
Oh God, bless this food we are about to receive.
Give bread to those who hunger; and hunger for justice to us who have bread.

Shortest Grace by Dag Hammarskjöld
For what has been—thanks! For what shall be—yes!

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How to write a Thanksgiving blessing – Part I

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November brings with it the flurry of preparation for the upcoming holidays, and in these next few weeks as menus and guest lists are planned, it’s also a good idea to start thinking about the annual tradition of the Thanksgiving prayer or blessing.

Perhaps you give the blessing each year, or maybe you’ll be invited to lead a prayer
as a guest in someone’s home. If the latter makes you tremble like Tom Turkey in the barnyard, fear not— we’ve written a two part series, including some helpful tips on how to offer warm and gracious blessings and prayers full of gratitude.

Thank you…to whom?

Many people feel pressured on the “what should I say” moment during grace. You don’t have to be Christian, or belong to any religion, to offer a prayer of thankfulness. If you are a Christian, than your prayer very likely would include God and you could thank Him for being among friends and family and for the food you’re about to share. Some tribal traditions thank the animal that sacrificed its life, others address the Universe, and many acknowledge the Earth and those who worked and labored to produce the food.  Taking time to speak gratitude out loud is a soulful gesture in itself, regardless of one’s tradition.

Think about what you’re thankful for:

Everyone has something to be thankful for, even if it’s simply being alive. Write down a list of people and things you cherish, and also think about things that have happened to you, or others that will gather with you, and speak positively about them.

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • Think of  the friends and family members you cherish
  • Are people traveling to see you? Think about gratitude for safe travels.
  • What about faithful pets? Give thanks for their companionship and comfort each day.
  • A warm home and food on the table is more than many have, and worthy of much gratitude.
  • Is someone ill and trying to heal? Think about offering thanks for the doctors and medical care they are receiving, or were fortunate to find.
  • Maybe someone is waiting on a new job, or perhaps someone lost a job—you could give thanks for the blessings ahead, and the courage and strength to persevere.

Help words and phrases:

For those writing a custom Thanksgiving prayer, these words and phrases can be plugged into any prayer during Thanksgiving:

  • blessing(s)
  • thankful
  • Thanksgiving
  • giving thanks
  • God’s gift of feast
  • family harvest
  • harvest gathering
  • feast of life
  • Autumn togetherness
  • unmeasured appreciation

Hopefully, your mind is swirling with ideas, and don’t forget to check back next week with our follow up post which will include poems, graces and prayers you can use for your blessing.

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With Grandparents Day fast approaching this Sunday, September 8th, chances are you’re thinking about giving or sending a special card to celebrate these wonderful people who have loved you all your life. Maybe your grandparents live far away and you don’t see them as often, or perhaps your grandparents raised you themselves, making them more parent than grandparent.  So then, how do you begin to say all the many emotions of gratitude you feel for these special people who have so freely and unselfishly given their time, their hugs…their love?

Let your heart be your guide…

Think of some of your favorites things about your grandparents. Do they have a zest for life that makes you smile? Do you take walks together, or share stories over coffee? Did they share a favorite hobby with you? Gardening, collecting, knitting, and cooking? Do they help out by picking up the kids from school, or babysitting each week? Is Grandma’s kitchen always awash with smells of home-baked goodness? Did you ever catch “the big one” with Granddad? Maybe you love how their hugs make you feel like the safest place you’ve ever known. Here are at Blue Mountain, we have wonderful Grandparents Day cards you can add your own special messages to. Come take a look and choose your favorite, then look over some of the ideas we’ve given below to add your own special touch. If you simply say it from your heart…you’ll light up theirs.

Warm Wishes

  • Wishing you a Grandparents Day filled with happiness…
  • Wishing you many reasons to smile today and every day…
  • Hope your Grandparents Day is filled with everything you love…
  • You’re all the things that make grandparents special…
  • Happy Grandparents Day to the grandest of them all…
  • Happy Grandparents Day with lots of love…

 For Closer Relationships

  • I love the times we spend together…
  • I’ll never forget the time when…
  • You’ve always been there for me…
  • Thanks to you, it’s easy to understand the meaning of love—because you give so much of it…
  • Grandparents like you are loved so much for so many special reasons…
  • You’re more than my grandparents…you’re two of my very best friends…

 Sentiments of Gratitude

  • Thank you for every magical memory I hold in my heart…
  • You’re always there, and I’m always grateful…
  • Thank you for your loving heart…
  • For your faith, your wisdom, your kindness, your love…thank you.
  • I am so grateful to have Grandparents as wonderful as you…
  • Thinking of you on Grandparents Day, and how your kindness, your caring, and love mean so much to me…

Across the Miles

  • Sending warm loving thoughts to you…
  • Even though we’re not together, you’re always close in heart…
  • Wish we could be together for Grandparents Day…
  • There may be miles between us, but warm thoughts keep us close…
  • Sending you love and hugs across the miles…
  • Missing you and wishing you a wonderful Grandparents Day…

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It’s National Dog Day!

Its National Dog Day!

This day is for the dogs! August 26th marks National Dog Day - a day to celebrate the furry, kind-hearted creatures we love and adore so much. We thought we would celebrate by featuring everything we love sharing, like quotes, poems, songs, but with a dog twist. And don’t forget; BlueMountain.com offers a Pet ecard collection! So don’t forget to give an extra treat of belly rub today…Enjoy!

Dog Quotes:

  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    ― Josh Billings
  • Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
    ― Marilyn Monroe
  • If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
    ―  Woodrow Wilson
  • Everything I know, I learned from dogs.
    ―  Nora Roberts
  • I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”
    ―   Doris Day

Dog Poems:

The wiggle of an ear
just as you near.
A tilt of the head
from something you said.
Tail wagging, making a breeze
a sure sign you really please.
Jump up – turn around,
happy signs without a sound.
_ Patricia Waltert

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I like dogs.
Big dogs.
Little dogs.
Fat dogs.
Doggy dogs.
Old dogs.
Puppy dogs.
I like dogs.
A dog that is barking over the hill.
A dog that is dreaming very still.
A dog that is running wherever he will.
I like dogs.
_ Margaret Wise Brown

Dog Day Playlist:

Enjoy this fun little playlist we put together with some of our favorite doggone songs!

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IT’S NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY! (7.23)

ITS NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY!   (7.23)

Whet Your Wienie Appetite and Celebrate Hot Dog Day!

Now that you’ve gotten some nice naptime in from yesterday’s National Hammock Day, you’re probably famished. So, satisfy your appetite and start celebrating all over again, for July 23 is National Hot Dog Day!  It’s estimated that Americans eat roughly 20 billion hot dogs a year. That’s a lot of wienies!

Beef up your hot dog history and tantalize your taste buds with these mouth-watering recipes and suggestions for some hot dog dining!

A Little Hot Dog History

Although the origin of the hot dog is as widespread as there are toppings to put on it, some believe the frankfurter got its start from some enterprising butchers in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Many migrated to America, bringing their delicacies with them.

In 1904, Bavarian proprietor Anton Feuchtwanger started running out of the gloves he gave customers to handle the hot sausage he sold. He reportedly procured the services of his brother-in-law baker who concocted soft rolls long enough to fit the meat, and the hot dog bun was born.

As for how “hot dog” got its name, it’s believed that New York cartoonist Tad Dorgan coined the term after watching vendors advertise their “dachshund sausages” by hollering to bystanders nearby. Uncertain of how to spell “dachshund” while sketching the scene, Dorgan substituted the words “hot dog” and the phrase stuck.

To Grill, or Not to Grill

Whether you’re tying on your grilling apron to cook up some hot dogs or heading to the ballpark to catch a game—and that stadium mustard!—there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into one of America’s favorite foods! If you do plan on firing up the grill to cook your own, or roasting it on a stick over an open flame, here are some finger-licking recipes to liven up any frankfurter:

Finger-Licking Frankfurter Recipes

            Chicago-Style Hot Dog:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicago-style-hot-dog/detail.aspx
            Detroit-Style Coney Dog:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/detroit-style-coney-dogs/detail.aspx
            Corn Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-dogs/detail.aspx
            Sloppy Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-dogs/detail.aspx
            Pretzel Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pretzel-dogs/detail.aspx

If you plan to pass on the grill and could use a tip on how to find some hot dog hot spots near you, here are a few sites to point you in the right direction:

Happy Hot Dog Hot Spots

And when you’re just plain dog tired and don’t want to fix your own franks, here’s a list of places that serve up some of the best plain to absolute gourmet dogs around!

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