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MOTHER’S DAY POSTCARD CONTEST WINNER!

MOTHERS DAY POSTCARD CONTEST WINNER!

We’re happy to say there was a great response to our Mother’s Day Postcard Design Contest and we’d like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to the many talented students who participated in the contest by submitting their unique designs celebrating moms everywhere.

The winning postcard above scored the highest in our judging criteria, and the creative director for bluemountain.com appreciated and complimented the “heart symbolism and the colors/feelings emanating from it.”

Congratulations to Rory Duncan from Butte College…our Grand Prize winner! Enjoy your Wacom tablet, Rory!

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GET YOUR GRILL ON—MAY IS NATIONAL BARBECUE MONTH!

GET YOUR GRILL ON—MAY IS NATIONAL BARBECUE MONTH!

May is National Barbeque Month, so it’s time to tie on that apron and fire up that grill! Whether it’s hot dogs and hamburgers, a juicy steak, or mouth-watering shish kabobs skewering all of your favorites, here are some tasty recipes and creative ways to add some finger-licking fun to any cookout!

Location, Location, Location!

Potluck / Block Party

Turn your barbeque into a savory smorgasbord! Pick a bright, sunny afternoon, invite friends and neighbors to bring whatever whets their appetite, and swap recipes as you sink your teeth into plenty of great eating. Not to mention, when the party comes to a close, cleanup will be a snap as everyone takes their serving dishes home. Save Mom some kitchen sink time and serve everything on paper plates.

Beach Barbeque / Park It!

GET YOUR GRILL ON—MAY IS NATIONAL BARBECUE MONTH!Another fun option—barbequing on the beach. Not only is it a relaxing way to enjoy your feast while you take in the cool lake or ocean breezes, but putting out the fire is easy: just add sand!

Don’t forget, many parks come equipped with built-in grills, too—just add charcoal or other kindling. Plus, picnic tables make it easy to spread out all of the goodies. Just be sure to bring plenty of supplies like barbeque sauce brushes, serving forks and tongs.

Great Grilling Recipes

Tantalize your taste buds with some of these lip-smackers that are sure to fire up any cookout:

Shish kabobs: Whether it’s steak, chicken, seafood, or going green on the grill with veggies from the garden, kabobs are always a fun way to make the most of your barbeque! These recipes from the Food Network give you the basic ingredients for different kabobs and are great inspiration for creating your own!GET YOUR GRILL ON—MAY IS NATIONAL BARBECUE MONTH!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bob-blumer/build-your-own-shish-kabobs-recipe/index.html
 

Savory Sides: From grilled corn and baked beans to onion rings and mashed potatoes, nothing beats a tasty side grilled to perfection and these recipes from the National Barbecue Association will make your mouth water just reading about them! Mac-n-cheese is another quick recipe that’s easy to make and serves as the perfect complement to any cookout cuisine.

http://nbbqa.org/recipes-sides-appetizers
 

Save the Smoke: Just because the fire’s gone out doesn’t mean the fun has to end. While the grill is still warm, why not roast some marshmallows to make smores for this tasty dessert recipe from Mr. Food. Looking for a fun and healthy alternative? Another great dessert recipe, from the National Barbecue Association, Grilled chocolate bananas are sure-fire way to satisfy your sweet tooth!

http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Smores-on-the-Grill#
 http://nbbqa.org/recipes-desserts
 

Raiding the Pantry: There are all sorts of fun ways to indulge your grilling appetites, even during the off-season. Miss those seasoned burgers and want to taste the flavor? Stock-pile some of your favorite barbecue sauces or even some cup-a-soups you can mix  into the hamburger patties before cooking on an indoor griller. It’s a great way to add extra flavor to a cookout classic.

Stocking up for Next Season:

For some, it’s Barbecue Season year ’round, but for many, the season ends with the first flurries of snow. But it’s never too early or late to fill up the freezer for next season. Keep an eye out for when your favorites—steaks, chicken, seafood, and other extras—go on sale. Your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!

 

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NATIONAL BIKE WEEK: MAY 13-17

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK: MAY 13 17

The bicycle is a simple solution
to some of the world’s most complicated problems.
~Author Unknown

May 13th marks the beginning of National Bike Week. It’s the time to get outdoors, get some exercise, and trade in gas for something greener! Besides the fun and fellowship of other cyclists, here are a few of the many benefits to getting your bike in gear.

Get Healthy

Bicycling helps reduce the chances of obesity and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, and improves overall cardio-vascular fitness. It doesn’t take much to help maintain good health, either—only 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. Not to mention, it can help reduce health care costs in the long term as well.

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
~Author Unknown

With most children driven to school by bus or car and a lack of exercise in their daily regimen, bicycling is a great way for kids to get fit everyday. Just make sure they have locks and cables to keep their bikes safe.

Go Green

 Auto emissions are the largest contributor to U.S. air pollution, with shorter rides as the main culprit. Help save Mother Earth and go green by biking that route instead. The money you save on gas can really add up nicely for any rainy days ahead.

 Bike Buddies

Nothing beats peddling with a pal! Cycling with a friend has several advantages: You motivate each other, take breaks together, and keep track of your mileage together. Simply put, biking is more fun with a buddy!

 Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes

With parents doing housework and childcare duties in a more eco-friendly manner, many are adapting biking set-ups to cover their daily routines with their kids. Child seats for bicycles are a great way to do just that. Don’t forget bike helmets for everyone on board! Visit your local bike shop to find the most comfortable, safe seat and helmet for you and your little ones. You’ll be taking care of your family as well as the environment.

 Bike-to-Work Day

Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 17. As motivated employees embark on their bike routes to work, here are a few things they should keep in mind:

  • Biking to work improves company morale
  • It saves on gas—the Earth and your wallet will thank you!
  • It helps foster teamwork
  • Employees who bike to work are healthier physically and mentally, more alert, and more productive, and use fewer sick days.
  • Bikes are easier to store and can maneuver around traffic. Just stay safe for yourself and those around you!

Be sure to check out the following guide for other awesome biking ideas, too!

 Links:

 Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes: http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2013/04/women-bike-webinar-getting-more-moms-and-families-on-bikes/

Bike-to-Work Day: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/

Guidehttp://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/pdf/national_bike_month_guide.pdf

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MOTHER’S DAY ECARDS FOR CHARITY

This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day and moms everywhere, Blue Mountain has partnered with 10 important and deserving non-profit organizations that support women-related causes. Help us spread the love and raise awareness for the health and well-being of mothers and children around the world by celebrating with us and sending or sharing these touching holiday ecards from the following organizations:

MOTHERS DAY ECARDS FOR CHARITY

Clicking on the image above will direct you to the page at bluemountain.com that showcases each organization’s mission and their individual postcard design that you
can send.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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MOTHER’S DAY QUOTES

An Amazing Journey…

MOTHERS DAY QUOTESMother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, is the most special day of the year to celebrate the unique and wonderful women who make an incredible difference in our lives. And while every mom has her own style, wisdom, gifts and legacy, one thing all mothers have in common is a lifelong journey of love. So whether Mother’s Day inspires you to take a walk down memory lane, surround yourself with family, or excitedly anticipate your baby-to-be, here’s a collection of heartfelt and humorous quotes that celebrates the amazing journey of motherhood, even before it begins…

Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone

Nobody will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.                       ~Author Unknown

His little hands stole my heart…and his little feet ran away
with it.  ~Author Unknown

I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me “mommy.”   ~Author Unknown

A mother will sit in the rain to watch her child sit on a bench.            ~Author Unknown

There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child—and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.  ~Robert Brault

A mom’s love waits up when the rest of the world has turned out the light.  ~Author Unknown

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.   ~Mark Twain

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.                   ~Emily Dickinson

Just you feel like you’re all grown up and don’t need your mommy, you get the flu. ~Author Unknown

 The advice my son rejected is now being given by him to my grandson.   ~Author Unknown

 

 

 

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WHAT IS A MOTHER? Mood Board

WHAT IS A MOTHER? Mood Board

What is a Mother?

She’s that special someone who knows how to put love between a little child and a big world…she’s the heart and soul of the family who can mend hurts, warm hearts and understand the gentle power of a smile and a few kind words.

A mother is someone who can juggle a thousand different things at once and yet still have time just for you. She’s the best kind of friend who speaks with the voice of experience but knows when you need to make your own way in the world. And when you go, she is the one who is always  just a step or two behind you, making sure you are safe and happy and well.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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MAY 7–NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY

MAY 7  NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY

A truly special teacher is very wise,
and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.

~Author Unknown


Do you remember your favorite teacher from grade school, high school, or even college? Can you give credit to a teacher who influenced you or your child…or one who helped you or your children discover new directions and paths in your lives? If you can, then you know that teachers deserve more recognition and appreciation than they ever receive. After all, teachers help shape the people who shape the world.

Getting Involved

May 7th is National Teachers Day and it occurs on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation week. It’s the perfect time to give back to special teachers in your life. In addition to sending a card or a kind note, you might consider one or more of the following throughout the school year:

  • Consider supporting an import classroom project or goal
  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate to a cause the school or teacher supports
  • Participate in or support bake sales and school fundraisers
  • If you have kids in school, keep them engaged in their studies
    and their classroom activities
  • Attend open houses and teacher-parent conferences
  • Help pass school levies. They’re not just good for the schools
    and the teachers, they’re good for the community as well
  • Offer to help with classroom basics

Your Support
When you give your support, teachers don’t feel alone in their endeavors to help our children. Nor will they have to personally take on all the burden of paying for children who can’t afford lunch or those who don’t have enough money for a gym suit. Teachers spend nearly $1.5 billion annually of their own money on school supplies, covering the basics so that every child has the same opportunity to learn and grow. Statistically, 91% of teachers buy basic school supplies for their classrooms!

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Teachers do a heroic job of stimulating kids to think on their own…helping them to achieve a sense of satisfaction in a job well done, and cultivating and nurturing the dreams of the students who will lead us into tomorrow. Children may only be one-third of our population today, but they are one hundred percent of our future. Teachers give these children, and us, a chance to strive for a better tomorrow and a stronger humanity.

A Big Thank You

National Teachers Day is an opportunity for you and  your kids to thank the ones who taught you to love certain subjects, to help you think for yourself, and to become the person you were meant to be. After all, a teacher made it possible for you to read this blog today.  Thanks to teachers everywhere! We honor and appreciate them!

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A CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION!

A CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION!

When you think of Cinco de Mayo, what comes to mind?

Festive food? Delicious drinks? Mariachi music? While traditional meals and lively celebrations are excellent ways to celebrate the day, have you ever wondered why so many people are toasting margaritas on May 5th?

A Little History…

Let’s take stroll back to 1861. Contrary to popular belief that Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexican Independence Day, Mexico had already gained independence more than 50 years before. However, the country had fallen on hard financial times which forced the president (Benito Juarez) to default on his debts to European countries. France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to collect reimbursement.  Although Britain and Spain negotiated and withdrew, French leader Napoleon III had dreams of establishing Mexico as a dependent empire.  Hence began the Franco-Mexican war from 1861 to 1867. And while the French eventually did gain brief control of the country, there was a surprising turn of events May 5, 1862 (Cinco de Mayo) at the “Battle of Puebla.”

On this day, 6,000 well-armed French soldiers set out to attack the Mexican town of Puebla de Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mexican General Zaragoza had rounded up a smaller but mightier army that defended their country so courageously…the French actually retreated! Although this fight didn’t win the war, it was a gallant victory for Mexico and encouraged patriots to continue to resist until Juarez regained control in 1867.

 Today’s Celebration

Surprisingly, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo has become more of a widespread celebration in America than in Mexico. While still an elaborate event in Puebla, many U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, mark the day with festivals, parades and concerts…and people all over the country celebrate in their own unique way.

Whether you’re enjoying events in your own area or simply serving tacos for dinner tonight, bluemountain.com can help make you make the most of your Cinco de Mayo celebration. We have menu suggestions for traditional treats and creative cocktails at http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2011/05/cinco-de-mayo-recipes/ and, of course, a whole collection of cards to help you share the spirit of Cinco de Mayo with your amigos!

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ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY April 24


ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY April 24

Top Ten Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionsals Day!

Anyone who’s ever worked in (or even seen) an office knows these multi-tasking staff members certainly deserve to be celebrated. And since 1952, when the day first started as a campaign to find more skilled workers, Administrative Professionals Day has become a top work celebration—right up there with birthdays and holidays.

So, how should you commemorate the day? Let’s take a look at the best gifts to give…and, perhaps even more importantly, what isn’t office-appropriate.

 Top Ten Favorites:

  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY April 24A card.  Either by itself or with a gift, a card is not only a thoughtful and appropriate choice, but it can also be creatively customized. If you haven’t gotten anything yet, BlueMountain.com can instantly deliver!
  • Lunch. At a favorite restaurant…or catered and shared with the staff.
  • Flowers or Plants. A touch of nature will brighten the day and improve the office environment.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY April 24Fruit Bouquet. Both a healthy and tasteful treat! Or try a delicious Mrs Fields Cookie gift from bluemountain.com!
  • Gift Card. Make this practical present more personal by choosing her/his favorite restaurant or store. A spa gift card/certificate is excellent for stress relief.
  • The latest electronic gadget. Or a stylish cover/case for the gadget they’ve already got.
  • A personalized tote—big enough to fit a purse, lunch and the aforementioned hi-tech gadgets, all in one handy place.
  • Gift baskets…with a theme. You’ll be amazed at how creative you can get with just a few clicks online.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY April 24A money tree! A great last-minute surprise—and who wouldn’t want one of these?
  • A paid day off. If you have the power, this is a great way to use it.

 A Few Gifts to Avoid:

  • The Overly Personal. Lingerie is obvious, but perfume also falls into this category. Even certain flowers can be misunderstood, so pick your bouquet carefully.
  • The Appearance Improver. Sure, a gym membership is generous, but it could be considered insulting. And nose trimmers are a definite no-no!
  • The Company Rule-Breaker. If alcohol isn’t allowed at the office, then it’s not an appropriate gift. Same goes for pets. No living creatures qualify…even if you feel like you work in a zoo!

Of course a bluemountain.com ecard or postcard is a perfect way to let your administrative professional know how much they’re appreciated and we have a great selection to choose from!

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