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Summer Is Almost Here!

messagepart-2Even though the official start of summer is still a few days away, don’t be surprised if you’re already craving a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea–after all, it’s National Iced Tea Day! If any beverage should have its own holiday, iced tea is not only one of the tastiest choices but it’s one of the healthiest as well.

So, How Did Iced Tea Come To Be? 

In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. However, it was an extremely hot day and fair visitors wanted something cold. So Blechnyden simply poured the tea over ice and it was an immediate hit!

Health Benefits

Since ancient times, tea has had a wide range of medicinal uses, and modern research gives merit to its benefits. Tea is commonly used to alleviate cold symptoms and, usually with honey, provide instant relief for a sore throat. For stressful situations, certain teas can be very relaxing and even help you drift off to sleep. Tea is also believed to help avoid heart disease. And green tea may even reduce the risk of breast cancer. This is because one glass of tea can contain as many antioxidants as fruits and veggies such as strawberries and spinach!

While even some bottled iced teas can be surprisingly super-powered, brewing your own is the best way to get the maximum health benefits.

Home Brewed

So let’s say you want the best of both worlds—a healthy tea and a great tasting drink. A tea brewed hot and then chilled would logically be your best choice, since hot water releases more of the tea’s antioxidants. But overnight fridge tea has proven to be comparably healthy, so can’t go wrong with either technique.

Talk about Variety!

While basic black or herbal teas are still popular, often sweetened with sugar, lemon or mint, tea connoisseurs are constantly coming up new and creative concoctions. Even if you’re not a fan of the classic brew, flavors such as peach or raspberry, mango pineapple or Blackberry Mojito Iced Green Tea, make it possible for everyone to enjoy National Iced Tea Day in their own special way.  And with the countless recipes and products now available, you can easily enjoy new Iced Tea flavors all summer long!

Tea for Beginners to Tea Connoisseurs

The following website has a great selection of teas, brewing pots, tins, and gift ideas and is filled with information for the novice at tea to the connoisseur. Also includes some great information on iced tea as well!



This Memorial Day, as we honor our fallen men and women in uniform who have served since America’s birth, let us take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom for all.

The following poem pays tribute to those who have given their lives so that others may pursue America’s great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Fallen For Freedom

With every fallen hero,
And every sacrifice,
Each man and woman serving
Knows freedom has its price.

As stars and stripes fly higher
Over lands, both far and near,
New generations take the pledge
To protect what we hold dear.

And should that mean they offer up
Their lives for liberty
Their sacrifice is not in vain—
For freedom isn’t free

And so today we honor those
Who have been laid to rest—
Remembering that these brave souls
Gave better than their best.

~Brian MacDougall





MD 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 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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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!

grilling, beachAnother 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!05152013_BBQGrilling_3

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.

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!

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!






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!


 Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes:

Bike-to-Work Day:





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:

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

Happy Mother’s Day!




An Amazing Journey…

05082013_mothersdayquotesimageMother’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








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!