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Top 10 Talking ecards

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Here at BlueMountain.com, we hear a lot of feedback on how much everyone loves our talking ecards. And what’s not to love – these fun cards say what you type, and are pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Because there are so many talking cards to choose from, we thought it would be fun to create a top 10 list. Did your favorite make the cut? Have you sent all of the cards on the list? Let us know in the comments section and tell us what make these cards your favorite.

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10. This Just In – This card allows you to send breaking news to your closest friends, whether you just want to say “Have a nice day,” or celebrate something exciting.

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9. How You Bean? – What better way to reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while than with this adorable pearl-wearing, latte-drinking pup?!?

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8. Another Gray Hare – There’s never been a cuter age gag to send someone on their birthday.

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7. Top Koala-ty Hugger – Because it doesn’t get much cuter than this… This is the perfect choice to send a little love.

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6. What’s Cooking – Now this choice is a conversation starter for sure, and perfect to send to friends. You could even use it as invitation for a dinner party!

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5. What’s Up – This brand new talking card breaks our top five because it’s hard not to smile when you see it.

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4. Birthday Nut – This card is a bona fide fan favorite when it comes to sending birthday wishes.

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3. SEALed with a kiss – No matter what the temperature is outside, this card is sure to melt hearts everywhere.

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2. Bahama Llama – This brand new talking card is perfect for a summer greeting. You could even send it from your sunny vacation spot instead of a postcard!

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1. Birthday Cod – And the number one spot belongs to the one and only “Birthday Cod!” This sweet little fish with the perfect little grin is sure to deliver your birthday message with perfection.

 

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GREAT IDEAS FOR GRADUATION GIFTS!

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With graduation season officially upon us, celebrations from kindergarten to college are calling for creative gift ideas.  While slipping money in a card is always appreciated, there are all kinds of ways to commemorate the big occasion—for every age, at any price.  Here are 13 ideas for the Class of 2013 that start out simply and work their way up to extravagant…

  • Books – Dr. Seuss, self-help, travel guides, career-related literature or an address book can all be inscribed to become a keepsake
  • 76762629Photo albums or picture frames – customized for Class of 2013
  • Laundry basket filled with items for dorm room or new apartment
  • Business card case
  • Personalized accessory for favorite electronic
  • Tool box with basic tools
  • Engraved jewelry
  • Small appliance such as an iron, toaster oven, microwave or coffee maker
  • Camera, DVD player, iPod
  • Briefcase or luggage
  • Small refrigerator (especially useful for a college dorm)
  • Tablet computer or laptop
  • Trip or vacation to relax before going off to college or that first job

13 Creative Ways to give Money:

  • Write a check for $20.13
  • Fill a piggy bank – include change to make it jingle
  • Put it in a new wallet
  • Make money origami or a money lei (videos available online)
  • Disperse into several gift cards to favorite stores
  • pigGift card to local/campus bookstore
  • Frame the bills “In Case of Emergency”
  • Fill a balloon with rolled bills
  • Tape bills together and decorate tissue box with school/college colors
  • Make a money tree
  • Use a single bill (any denomination) as a bookmark in a money management book
  • Fill a candy or keepsake box…and use bills as wrapping or decoration
  • Roll the money like a diploma and tie with a bow

Finally, don’t forget to write a warm, personal note in your card to the graduate with a piece of advice, an inspirational quote or simply your sincere congratulations.

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” for Father’s Day

fathersdayFor the Fathers in Our Lives

Father’s Day is a wonderful time to remember the fathers and father figures in our lives. Whether they are the men we call Dad, father-in-laws, brother-in-laws, husbands, grandfathers, sons, or brothers, we look up to each of them in our own special way. Take some time to think about all the cherished moments you’ve spent with yours as you celebrate this special occasion.

Celebrate with Style

This day is more than just about remembering Dad and all that he’s done for you. It’s also about creating new memories; ones you’ll both look back on with a smile. And whether or not you’re giving your dad a gift, it will mean a lot to him to let him know how you feel in a personal message.

Memories Make the Message

So where to begin? Whether you’re writing a note, a letter, or simply adding some thoughts to a Father’s Day card, you can turn your special memories into unforgettable messages. Sometimes it’s as easy as focusing on one special moment–perhaps a trip you took together, or playing ball in the yard, or even getting that piece of advice that’s always stayed with you. It can help you personalize your message in a way that he’ll know it came from you. Or instead of one thing, perhaps it’s a combination of all the things that make him special…like his sense of humor, how he’s always been there for you, and how you’ve always looked up to him.

What to Write…

As you take some time to personalize your message, here’s the main thing to consider… nothing speaks like your own heart—whether the words are sentimental, sweet or even funny. The following ideas are included to help you start or add to your message—you can use them as they are, combine a few or just use the basic ideas to get you going.

 For Your Own Dad

(for males) Dad, you are the man I’ve always wanted to be…
(for females) Dad, I’ll always be your little girl…
For all the things you have been in my life, Dad…
You are the person I model myself after…
Dad, you put the super in hero…
You made my childhood memories the happiest they could be…
I am the (man/woman) I am today because of you…
To my friend, my mentor, my father…
Having a dad like you made growing up so much (better/sweeter/happier… 


For Any Dad

You inspire me to live life to the fullest…
It takes a special kind of man to make others smile from the heart…
Your love is as warm and bright as a sun-shiny day!
What makes your (advice/love) so special is that it comes from you!
You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched, or how deeply your love has been felt…
You’ve been a mentor and a friend and you’ve made the/my world a better place…
My day is filled with hope and inspiration because of you…
Everyone should have someone as special as you in their lives…

For Husband

You are my knight in shining armor!
My life/Our lives would not be the same without your love…
You are my rock, my partner, my love…
For the man who helps make my/our world complete…
You fill my heart with joy, happiness and hope each and every day…
You are the compass on our life’s journey together…
You are the man of my dreams…
Lucky me/us–having you to love!

For a New Dad / Dad-to-Be

(for girls) Your new little princess is ready for her fairy-tale dad!
(for boys) Your new little sports fan is ready to cheer you on!
Love is on the way with your little one about to arrive…
Wishing you all the joy and happiness fatherhood will bring…
Your arms will be filled with a bundle of joy, and your heart will be filled with love…
Tender moments are right around the corner…
It takes a special kind of love to make a father like you…

More Messages

With warmth, love, and a special place in my heart…
Hoping you make the most of your special day…
Wishing you all the happiness you can handle on this Father’s Day…
With the fondest of memories…
With love comes laughter…
Relax, enjoy and celebrate…
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MAY 18–ARMED FORCES DAY

Postcard_BMASince May 20, 1950, the third Saturday in May has been celebrated as Armed Forces Day in the United States, which falls at the end of Armed Forces Week. These have been some of the day’s celebratory themes:

Prepared to Meet the Challenge.
Teamed for Defense.
Dedication and Devotion.
Liberty.
Patriotism.
Security.
Freedom Through Unity.
Appreciation of a Nation.
Power for Peace.
Special Opportunity for Thanks.

To read this list and think of the 1.8 million people currently on active duty, along with over a million in reserve, it’s hard to imagine a day more worthy of celebration. In President Obama’s 2012 proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to “learn more about military service” by attending and participating in the local observances of the day.
I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops.”

A Few Interesting Facts About the Armed Forces

  • 2013ArmedForcesDayThumbThe Department of Defense is the largest employer in the U.S. (more than Exxon, Mobil, Ford, General Motors and GE combined).
  • Less than 28% of Americans between the ages of 17-23 are qualified for military service; that’s only about one in four.
  • More than 200,000 women are in the active-duty military, including 69 generals and admirals.
  • The Navy’s bell-bottom pants were introduced in 1817 so men could roll them above the knee when washing decks, remove them quickly when abandoning ship or washed overboard, and use them as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them overhead to fill the legs with air.
  • The Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful) was adopted in 1883.
  • On an average day, the Coast Guard, among many other things, saves 10 lives, conducts 109 search and rescue missions, and seizes $9.6 million worth of illegal drugs.
  • The U.S. Air Force was part of the Army, called the Army Air Corps, until 1946.
  • The Air Force’s F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.

Official Songs for Each Military Branch

Army:  “The Army Goes Rolling Along” (formerly “The Caisson Song”)
 Navy:  “Anchors Aweigh”
 Air Force:  “The U.S. Air Force” (“Wild Blue Yonder”)
 Marine Corps:  “The Marines’ Hymn”
 Coast Guard:  “Semper Paratus”

Test your military knowledge and learn more with this quick quiz:  http://www.theholidayzone.com/veterans/military_trivia.htm.

And visit bluemountain.com for a wonderful collection of patriotic cards, perfect for someone in the service or simply to share your American spirit.

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EARTH DAY: Mood Board

Celebrating Earth Day!

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The First Earth Day

Earth Day began in 1970 by former Senator, Gaylord Nelson, as a call to awareness on using and misusing the natural resources of our planet. It was embraced by twenty million people who already had concerns about sustainable environments around the world. Today, the movement has over a billion advocates who seek to help the planet go green and stay green.

Earth Day 2013

mBZCFA2The focus for this Earth Day, April 22, 2013, concerns the face of climate change and how these changes affect people from India to California to Japan. Everything from endangered species, to once thriving ecosystems, to destructive hurricanes brings new meaning to living on our volatile planet.

What Can You Do?

We can all help. From kids to grandparents, there are things we can do. First of all, make a commitment to become part of the movement for a Billion Acts of Green. Check the website at EarthDay.org. You can make a pledge to recycle, reuse and help restore the planet’s resources. Start in your own home. Get the family involved and see what you can do to stop wasting electricity or paper products. Go around the house and make a list of the ways you could make a difference. What else can you recycle or reuse or restore? Keep each other accountable.

For kids, consider having a scavenger hunt in the house. Give them clues to try to locate the areas in the house where you recycle plastic, or where you reuse coffee grounds on ncZ1jIUyour plants. Plan to give them earth friendly prizes or take them for a visit to the neighborhood park or perhaps go for a nature walk. If you bring gloves and a few trash bags with you, you can even help to keep the park trash-free. Or you can take left-over packaging from various items and make fun animals, spaceships, etc., that you glue, sew, or string together.

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Other ways to become involved are to make
bird feeders, bird houses or bird seed cakes, and place them close by so you can enjoy watching the various birds in your neighborhood enjoy your Earth Day efforts. Or how about making plans to start a garden or plant a tree–great reminders that every day is really Earth Day and you’re doing your part to keep your world a better place to live.

A Few Earth Day Websites:

http://www.earthhour.org

http://www.youtube.com/user/earthhour/featured

http://greenliving.about.com/od/thegreenfamily/tp/Environmentalists.htm

http://greenliving.about.com/od/greenprograms/a/earth-day-quotes.htm

http://www.earthday.org

http://www.mnn.com/family/holiday/stories/earth-day-on-mnn

 

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