This September 11: Honor, Remember, Reunite

 “May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.”

These words are part of the mission statement of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. As the nation and world mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we share the sentiments of the 9/11 Memorial, making today a day of commemoration.

Some of the ways we can commemorate this day is to observe a moment of silence to remember and honor the nearly three thousand men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We can thank our local first responders and other everyday heroes for their dedication to protecting our lives and communities. We can remember and thank the many Americans who have served or who are currently serving in our nation’s military–many of whom enlisted as a response to the 9/11 attack.

We can attend remembrance services and other appropriate ceremeonies and activities, and we can fly our flags at half-staff, as directed by Presidential proclomation (Patriot Day, 2002.) Just as importantly, we can be diligent in keeping each other safe–holding our families and friends a little closer and answering the call to help others in time of need. In this way, we will honor the memories of all those who lost their lives and will continue moving into the future as a stronger, kinder and more aware nation.





Happy September Birthday, You Radiant Stars!

A wish for a wonderfully Happy Birthday to all our friends born during the month of September. We’re re-posting our special September birthday blog so you can read about all their shining qualities!

September Flower

You’ll have a star-studded birthday!  September finds you walking in the midst of enchanting fall flowers in a wide variety of colorful asters.  Your birth flower, the aster,  means star, so it adds to the special quality of your birthday month.

September Birthstone

oct birthstone

Of course, along with the asters, comes your birthstone which is the Star-Sapphire in its vibrant blue colors.
Demonstrating its powers of wisdom and purity, the sapphire was the choice of ancient Kings.  It was said to protect its wearers from slipping into the grips of envy, or from being poisoned by snakes.  Second only to diamonds for its lasting beauty and hardness, it brings the gifts of sincerity and faithfulness to your birthday sign.

Yes, you’re a star!  You lead with your heart, think clearly about the matters at hand, and reign with kindness over all your relationships.  You are patient and practical, refined and gracious, and have a touch of aristocratic reserve.  Your powers of observation are also outstanding and people come to you, seeking your guidance and wisdom.  In other words, you rock!

Like the star that you are, you know the best ways to make an impression and to keep your light shining.  You have many talents and it’s not surprising to see you do incredibly beautiful things with your hands.  You love to display handmade treasures to remind others of the gifts that come from nature and from the heart.  That being said, you’re not exactly ready for the farm life and to live off the land.  No, you are fond of being one of the trend setters, one of the people in the know, so you’re more comfortable in a thriving community.

As you celebrate your birthday month, hold your head high, walk joyfully into the days ahead and let your considerable light beam into the lives of others.  The stars will come out to applaud your day.  Shine on and have a Happy Birthday!



In Honor of Birthdays–Especially Yours!

Have another birthday coming?  Then celebrate it with joy!  You may not always see the glow of your birthday cake, candle by candle, as a good thing.  You may wonder where the years have gone or why they seem to melt one into another.  The fact is that every birthday you have becomes a wonderful opportunity to take a personal inventory and remind yourself of all that you’ve accomplished and all the dreams that still lie ahead that can be realized!  You’ve got a lot of fire in you creating a greater flame than all your candles added together.  Need a few fabulous birthday thoughts for inspiration?  Here are some of our favorites:

We turn older with years, but newer every day.
–Emily Dickinson

It takes a long time to grow young.
–Pablo Picasso

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
–Nhat Hanh

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
–M.A. Radmacher

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
–Satchel Paige

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
–Madeleine L’Engle

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
–Martin Buxbaum

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
–Erma Bombeck

Celebrate the gift of your birthday! And if someone special you know is having a birthdays , share a little inspiration with them with a beautiful ecard from our birthday, just because or friendship selections.




eCard of the Week: “America Furever” Talking Card

With the national elections just around the corner, you can join in the political fray
in a funny way with “America Furever,” our eCard pick of the week. This talking eCard features a fun and “sparkly” pup who will deliver your personal message
for you in any one of several different voices (your choice, of course!) It can be
a birthday message…perhaps something like “The vote is unanimous, you should
have the best birthday ever!” or “Hope it’s a banner year, you deserve it!” Or send
and share it with a friendship message instead…”The votes have been counted and
the results are official, you’re an awesome friend!” Don’t forget to add your recipient’s name to your message to make it really special. The possibilities are endless and so is
the fun when you connect with family and friends in this unique and personal way. has other talking eCards you’ll love, too and also has a great variety
of Interactive eCards with games, puzzles and more…why not check us out today!



Back to School …a Simple Primer!

 Summer is already slipping away and it won’t be long until the school bells ring again across the land. (Was that a loud “hurray!” we heard in the background?) Ah…school! It’s a nostalgic and happy thought for parents and grandparents everywhere who are captured by the excitement of the first days of a new school year and, of course, the shopping that goes with it! It’s the chance to search out personal notebook covers and brightly colored pencils that are perfectly matched and sharpened. It’s about finding just the right backpack and a new pair of shoes. Yes, a new school year packs a lot of potential!

Get ready!  Part of getting ready for the new school calendar is about engaging in conversations with family. No matter what grade level your kids and grandkids are entering, hopes and dreams exist that can be nurtured and explored. Maybe this is
the year they’ll build new friendships, try new sports or take up a new instrument.
After all, there’s more to school than just subjects to be learned or papers to be written. School ushers in the beginning of a new future and taking part in it is the key
to new opportunity.

Get set!  So what do your students need this year?
A handy check list is probably available at your school
or neighborhood store that includes everything from three-ring binders to calculators. It might include crayons to drawing pencils, or ball point pens to hand-held computers. And soon,  their favorite notebooks (loaded with their favorite pop culture icons and characters such as Twisted Whiskers, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob Squarepants, will hold a vast fountain of knowledge—guiding their young lives in  new directions.

Go!  So start getting ready for a great new school year! With a little effort and a little time, it will help you create a future for your kids that goes beyond a dream. And it’s certain that one day they’ll look back on this time a bit wistfully, a bit nostalgically, and remember what fun, amazing moments happened simply because they went back to school! It’s going to be an incredible year…
for all of you!

By the way, you can send and share a “Back to School Postcard” with your favorite student by simply emailing it or posting it to their Facebook wall. It’s just one more way to let them know you’re thinking of them! See for many other ways to say “Good Luck!” as well, including our whole collection of Talking eCards.



eCard of the Week: Sunshine-Maker Get Well Puzzle


Is someone you know feeling a little under the weather or on the road to recovery?
This “Sunshine-Maker” Get Well Puzzle eCard, our pick of the week, might be just
the thing to cheer them up,  and even offer them something fun to do while they’re recuperating. It’s one of the many new Interactive eCards from

You’ll find a large assortment of other Get Well eCards there as well, and if you’re
looking for something a little different, you’ll find Encouragement and Send a Hug eCards that are perfect for letting others know they’re in your thoughts today.



Birthday Fun for Big Birthday Laughs

“Anyone can make them cry. It takes a genius to make them laugh.”

~ Charlie Chaplin

Who doesn’t love having their funny bones tickled, especially on their birthdays?  Whether it’s silly humor or a clever joke that leads to a light-hearted chuckle or a huge belly laugh, there’s just something about “funny” that adds to the joy of celebrations! Even kids like to get in on the fun on their birthdays and when they’re surrounded by family and friends, everyone gets a kick out of sharing in the good times.

To help add some funny to your festive birthday celebrations, here are some silly jokes and gags to share with those both young and young at heart for some big birthday laughs.

Young and silly:

Q. What made the birthday games so easy to play?

A. They were all a piece of cake.

Q. What’s the one thing you get every birthday?

A. One year older.

Q. What did the cat think of her birthday party?           

A. She thought it was purrfect!

Q. What do mice like to eat on their birthday?

A. Cheesecake.


Young at heart:

That’s not a bonfire, that’s your birthday cake!

Age is just a number until the candles no longer fit.

You know you’re getting old when your birthday cake candles
can be seen from  outer space!

Forget about the past, you cant change it,
Forget about the future, you can’t predict it,
Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one!

Q. Why was the golfer asked to cut the cake?

A. He knew how to slice!




Don’t Forget Friendship Day This Weekend!









Friends are some of the most important people in our lives. They are always there for us, whether we need a good laugh, cry, or anything in between. These relationships should be cherished and celebrated – especially this weekend because Sunday, August 5 is Friendship Day!

Spend the day with good friends on a fun adventure, or maybe just stay in and reminisce about all the memories you’ve made together over the years. Don’t live near your closest friends? Plan a good hour or two to catch up on the phone.

Sending a friendship eCard is a sweet gesture that is sure to make your friends smile, or post a digital postcard on facebook to let everyone know that it’s Friendship Day. Remember, every friend deserves a little reminder of how special they are!




Get Your Summer Weekend Fun On!









Looking for ways to have some fun in the sun with the family this weekend?  Here are some awesome activities everyone will love.  The best part is, these summer excursions will work on any given weekend in a moment’s notice—no need to make reservations!  Whether it’s entertaining the pint-size set with trips to the zoo, or building sand castles on the beach with the grandparents, any of these cool suggestions is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Summer Family Picnics!

Nothing beats a fun family picnic!  Cook up some of those scrumptious summer recipes that have been handed down over generations.  Pack a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade and top it all off with everyone’s favorite homemade dessert that’ll make their mouth water with delight!

A Day At The Beach!

No summer can pass by without a trip to the beach!  Grandparents, pack a pail as you help turn your grandkids into amazing sandcastle architects!  Once they’ve finished their sand sculptures, how about a family-friendly beach ball toss?  On land or in the water, it’s the perfect summer family beach activity for all ages!

Pedal in the Park!

Looking for a relaxing way to spend time with the family this summer?  You can’t do much better than a bike ride in the park.  Whether you each cycle solo, ride a tandem, or use a child seat for little ones, a bike ride is a fun way to spend quality time together outdoors.  You’ll get in some great exercise, too!

What’s New At The Zoo!

A trip to the zoo makes a great summer outing, too!  It’s as fun as it is educational—a great way to introduce small children to the various exotic animals from around the world. Indoor exhibits are usually air-conditioned and make a great way to cool off as well.  Go early, pack a lunch, and make a day of it!

So you see, you don’t need to spend a lot to get a lot of fun out of summer weekends!  With all these suggestions at your fingertips, you and the rest of your family are guaranteed a good time any weekend you choose, filled with smiles and laughter!



Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!

Born, July 24, 1897 in a small town in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart learned early to rely on her own instincts and follow her own North Star.  She was encouraged by her mother to go after the things that interested her and so she excelled in areas often assumed to be the domain of men. Amelia wanted to make her own mark in the world.  She wanted to do something extraordinary.

Since her father was not a good family provider, she learned to take life in her own hands, finding ways to move her dreams forward.  She believed the best job was the one that allowed you to work for yourself.  As she grew through and passed professions that gave her a bit of celebrity status, becoming a fashion consultant, a teacher, a social worker, and an author, she became increasingly interested in the world of flight.

As a volunteer for the Red Cross, she had a chance to treat wounded World War I fighter pilots and she came to respect and admire their skills.  She attended Columbia University in 1919 with the intension of becoming a medical professional, but at an air show in Long Beach, California in 1920, her life changed forever.  Handing over her $1.00 to take a ten minute plane ride, Earhart discovered her passion, and headed for the big blue yonder.

In her first plane called “The Canary” Earhart set a world altitude record for female pilots by flying at 14,000 feet.  On May 15, 1923, Amelia became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license.  She continued to study and learn all that she could about aviation, and did some teaching and writing to earn money to fund her passions.

After Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in 1927, Earhart set a goal to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic.  Dubbed by the press as Lady Lindy, Earhart continued to build on her dream to do things in aviation that no woman before her had ever done.  She knew her own limitations and worked assiduously to become more skilled, more prepared for solo flights.   Her desire to circle the equator became an obsession that ultimately claimed her life.  After flying nearly 22,000 miles and with only 7000 miles left to go, she and her co-pilot went down somewhere in the Pacific, near Howland Island.  Though some communication transpired between Earhart’s Electra and the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel, the Itasca, Earhart was never seen again.  July 3, 1937 would end her dream, but not her legacy, nor the spirit that drove it.

Today, Amelia Earhart stands as a symbol for women everywhere to become all that they believe they are meant to become, to be driven by their own skills and passions, and not by the dictates of current trends or cultures.  We celebrate her life, her drive, and her intention to leave a mark on this planet, and to create a trail for women where no path had been before.