Be an Angel Day

08222013_Be-an-Angel-Day_Blue-Mountain“Thank heaven for angels who help us fly when our wings are too tired.”

Today marks “Be an Angel Day,” which celebrates making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. It’s pretty fitting that this day falls within national friendship week because we all know that friends are angels in disguise.

Anyone can be an Angel, and sometimes just a smile can lighten the heaviest heart. Here are some simple things that anyone can do to brighten someone’s day.

  • Call someone you have not talked to in a long time, and spend some time catching up.
  • Let go of old hurts and practice forgiveness in all your relationships.
  • Bake some cookies, or make a meal and invite your neighbors over.
  • Help out your older neighbors by grocery shopping, or taking out their trash.
  • Invite an unemployed friend to share in a special dinner or function and take care of the cost.
  • Send a card just because. It’s sure to brighten someone’s day to know they are being though about.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food bank.
  • Offer to babysit for a couple so they can share a night out.
  • Donate money or goods to a local charity.
  • Call an old friend and catch up with an ol’ fashion gab session.


It’s Book Lovers Day!


Today is National Book Lovers Day! It’s a perfect day to meet with a book club, or even start one. No matter if you’re reading from a digital reader like a Kindle or a Nook, or if you prefer the feel of a hardback in your hands, today is a day to sit back, relax and curl up with a good book. If you’re having trouble deciding on a title to choose, we’ve provided a few lists below to help you. Happy Reading!


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Building Stories – by Chris Ware
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Non Fiction:

  • My Life in France by Julia Child
  • 1,000 Places to See Before you Die by Patricia Schultz
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen




Top 10 Talking ecards


Here at, 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.






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.




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.
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:

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



EARTH DAY: Mood Board

Celebrating Earth Day!


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 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.


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: