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How to write a Thanksgiving blessing – Part I

How to write a Thanksgiving Blessing from BlueMountain.com

November brings with it the flurry of preparation for the upcoming holidays, and in these next few weeks as menus and guest lists are planned, it’s also a good idea to start thinking about the annual tradition of the Thanksgiving prayer or blessing.

Perhaps you give the blessing each year, or maybe you’ll be invited to lead a prayer
as a guest in someone’s home. If the latter makes you tremble like Tom Turkey in the barnyard, fear not— we’ve written a two part series, including some helpful tips on how to offer warm and gracious blessings and prayers full of gratitude.

Thank you…to whom?

Many people feel pressured on the “what should I say” moment during grace. You don’t have to be Christian, or belong to any religion, to offer a prayer of thankfulness. If you are a Christian, than your prayer very likely would include God and you could thank Him for being among friends and family and for the food you’re about to share. Some tribal traditions thank the animal that sacrificed its life, others address the Universe, and many acknowledge the Earth and those who worked and labored to produce the food.  Taking time to speak gratitude out loud is a soulful gesture in itself, regardless of one’s tradition.

Think about what you’re thankful for:

Everyone has something to be thankful for, even if it’s simply being alive. Write down a list of people and things you cherish, and also think about things that have happened to you, or others that will gather with you, and speak positively about them.

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • Think of  the friends and family members you cherish
  • Are people traveling to see you? Think about gratitude for safe travels.
  • What about faithful pets? Give thanks for their companionship and comfort each day.
  • A warm home and food on the table is more than many have, and worthy of much gratitude.
  • Is someone ill and trying to heal? Think about offering thanks for the doctors and medical care they are receiving, or were fortunate to find.
  • Maybe someone is waiting on a new job, or perhaps someone lost a job—you could give thanks for the blessings ahead, and the courage and strength to persevere.

Help words and phrases:

For those writing a custom Thanksgiving prayer, these words and phrases can be plugged into any prayer during Thanksgiving:

  • blessing(s)
  • thankful
  • Thanksgiving
  • giving thanks
  • God’s gift of feast
  • family harvest
  • harvest gathering
  • feast of life
  • Autumn togetherness
  • unmeasured appreciation

Hopefully, your mind is swirling with ideas, and don’t forget to check back next week with our follow up post which will include poems, graces and prayers you can use for your blessing.

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What to Write…in a talking Halloween ecard

Talking Halloween ecards from BlueMountain.com

What better time than Halloween for a surprising character to deliver a wish or fun hello?Our talking eCards will speak what you type and recite your message with an unexpected flair that will delight everyone you send it to. Our newest lizard talking eCard, “Liquor Treat,” is the perfect Halloween surprise! But if you can’t think of what our pal should say?  Here are some “pun” ideas to get you started:

  • Haven’t talked to someone in awhile? Use some fun word play: “All iguana do is say hi and see how you’re doing!” (don’t worry about sticking strictly to an exact species—have fun with all our leathery friends).

 

  • Wish someone a happy birthday with: “Leapin’ lizards–another birthday? Drinks are on me!”

 

  • Thank someone for something nice they did: “What you did was so nice, I think you rank highest on a scale from one to ten of the nicest people I know!”

 

  • Of course, this is the perfect eCard to  invite your friends out for some drinks with: “Iguana get together for drinks?”

 

  • You could even send this out to several friends for a fun gathering: “Calling all lounge lizards! Let’s meet up at Harry’s Tavern Friday night!

 

  • Of course, you don’t need to use puns at all, as this critter is such a delightful surprise, that no matter what you say he’s sure to entertain!
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What to Write in Halloween Party Invitations

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As Halloween creeps closer, you may be “toiling” over gathering up some of your favorite ghouls and goblins for a Halloween party and sharing in a spooky night of fun, and what better occasion than Halloween to get wonderfully creative with your invitations. There are so many great ideas out there, and at bluemountain.com we even have Halloween invitations you can easily print right from your computer, so that might be a good place to get started and gather some ideas.

Halloween “How to”

But with so many fun invitations, you’ll want your Halloween message to be just as creative and entertaining as well, right? So, how do you write an invitation that will leave everyone spellbound?  Let your imagination run wild and use engaging “witchy” wording, short poems, or even just a fun title at the top.  We’ll help you get started with some ideas below that will get you well on your way to being “the hostess with the mostest” this Halloween!

  • Look what’s brewing…
    A Halloween Party!
    Wing of bat,
    and eye of newt,
    A strand of werewolf hair,
    Come share our brew
    we hope that you
    WILL SHOW UP AND BE THERE!

 

  • The Spirits are Summoning You
    to a Halloween Haunt!
    October 31st
    Be there of BEWARE!

 

  • Come to a Halloween Party
    B.Y.O.B*
    Bring Your Own BOOS!!!!

 

  • Time to HOWL!
    October 31st
    9pm ‘til the werewolves come home!
    Be there—it’ll be too scary without you!

 

  • Gouls just wanna’ have fun,
    so grab your brooms and get ready
    for a Halloween Ghoul’s Night Out!

 

  • You’re Invited
    …To a frightful,
    delightful,
    excite-ful,
    fun night-ful
    HALLOWEEN PARTY!

 

 

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Learn what to write in a Grandparents Day card from BlueMountain.com

With Grandparents Day fast approaching this Sunday, September 8th, chances are you’re thinking about giving or sending a special card to celebrate these wonderful people who have loved you all your life. Maybe your grandparents live far away and you don’t see them as often, or perhaps your grandparents raised you themselves, making them more parent than grandparent.  So then, how do you begin to say all the many emotions of gratitude you feel for these special people who have so freely and unselfishly given their time, their hugs…their love?

Let your heart be your guide…

Think of some of your favorites things about your grandparents. Do they have a zest for life that makes you smile? Do you take walks together, or share stories over coffee? Did they share a favorite hobby with you? Gardening, collecting, knitting, and cooking? Do they help out by picking up the kids from school, or babysitting each week? Is Grandma’s kitchen always awash with smells of home-baked goodness? Did you ever catch “the big one” with Granddad? Maybe you love how their hugs make you feel like the safest place you’ve ever known. Here are at Blue Mountain, we have wonderful Grandparents Day cards you can add your own special messages to. Come take a look and choose your favorite, then look over some of the ideas we’ve given below to add your own special touch. If you simply say it from your heart…you’ll light up theirs.

Warm Wishes

  • Wishing you a Grandparents Day filled with happiness…
  • Wishing you many reasons to smile today and every day…
  • Hope your Grandparents Day is filled with everything you love…
  • You’re all the things that make grandparents special…
  • Happy Grandparents Day to the grandest of them all…
  • Happy Grandparents Day with lots of love…

 For Closer Relationships

  • I love the times we spend together…
  • I’ll never forget the time when…
  • You’ve always been there for me…
  • Thanks to you, it’s easy to understand the meaning of love—because you give so much of it…
  • Grandparents like you are loved so much for so many special reasons…
  • You’re more than my grandparents…you’re two of my very best friends…

 Sentiments of Gratitude

  • Thank you for every magical memory I hold in my heart…
  • You’re always there, and I’m always grateful…
  • Thank you for your loving heart…
  • For your faith, your wisdom, your kindness, your love…thank you.
  • I am so grateful to have Grandparents as wonderful as you…
  • Thinking of you on Grandparents Day, and how your kindness, your caring, and love mean so much to me…

Across the Miles

  • Sending warm loving thoughts to you…
  • Even though we’re not together, you’re always close in heart…
  • Wish we could be together for Grandparents Day…
  • There may be miles between us, but warm thoughts keep us close…
  • Sending you love and hugs across the miles…
  • Missing you and wishing you a wonderful Grandparents Day…
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“WHAT TO WRITE…” in Family Birthday Cards (7.16)

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What Could Be Better Than a Birthday?

Cake. Ice Cream. Balloons. Presents. Laughter. Smiles. Fun. And the one day in 365 that’s all about us! Does it get any better than that?

From young to old–and since time immemorial–people have celebrated birthdays in all kinds of unique and wonderful ways. But whether we like fanfare or some quiet time just to dream, we all deserve to have a day that’s simply perfect for us–and to be reminded how special we are and the difference we make in this world. And–if we happen to be family–perhaps even more so.

I Want to Tell Them…

Sometimes the people we care about most can be the last to know it!  Sometimes we’re just better at doing something to show our love than we are at talking about it. Maybe we’re shy about our feelings or we’re just not sure how to express them. But we all know how much even the smallest compliment, expressed from the heart, can mean.

…But How Do I Say It?  

Here at bluemountain.com, we have everything from simple wishes to words of appreciation, warm compliments, or love-filled thoughts for the ones you’re closest to. So have a look…and once you’ve chosen the perfect card, you can use some of the idea-starters below to help you add your own personal touch, making it into a keepsake that will always be treasured.

Some Things to Think About

What is it about your family that makes it unique, special, and wonderful?
And how does this person contribute to that?
What is your favorite thing about this person?
What are some of your best memories that include them?
How have they’ve touched, inspired, or influenced you?
Is there something they’ve said or done that made all the difference?
Something special you want to thank them for?
What does this person mean to you?

Making It Personal

Now you’ve got more ideas than you need, don’t you?! Time to choose your favorite ones and, in your own words, write what’s in your heart. Relax. Smile. Keep it simple. Make it a celebration of the unique and special person they are, and you’ll make their day–and, just maybe, their whole year!

Simple Wishes

Enjoy every special moment that comes your way today…
This wish is for your birthday…but the smiles are for always…
To another year of family times and happy memories…
Wishing you your favorite kind of day…to smile, laugh, dream, remember, celebrate.
With hugs, smiles, and love for a very special _________.

Compliments

Can’t imagine our family without you in it.
Even if we weren’t family…you’d still be one of my favorite people ever.
Every family has its special people…and you’re one of the nicest.
Family’s the greatest…especially family like you.
Great memories…good times…family like you are the best!
Happy Birthday to my one-of-a-kind wonderful ______(relationship).
Hoping life is always good…for a _______ who will always be special.
It’s fun being family with you!
Thoughts of you always make me smile.
Wishing a wonderful ________ a wonderful birthday.
You’re a gift to our family…
You’re the best kind of family…the fun kind.

 Special thanks

So thankful we’re family…
Thanks for being someone I’ve always looked up to…
Thanks for being there for me…
Thanks for making me feel special…
Thanks for the nice things you’re always doing…
You’re a blessing to our family.

 Close relationships

Celebrating you and how much you’ve always meant to me.
Feel loved, feel special, because that’s what you are.
Life gives us family. Love makes them matter.
Nobody loves us like our families do.
Not just because we’re family, but because we’re friends, too…
Smiling at so many memories today…
Some of my favorite family stories have you in them.
We share a special connection…
We’ve shared the ups and downs and everything in between.
You’re a part of my favorite memories…
Your birthday will always be special to me because you are.

 

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” Apologies & Forgiveness

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Today Is Forgiveness Day

We’ve all been there. Life is good. Our relationships with our family, our friends, our co-workers, seem to be going along fine. And then, out of the blue, it happens. Something comes up. We have a “not-our-best” moment. And now we’ve got…well…a situation.

Let’s face it…in spite of our best intentions, sometimes we human beings hurt each other. Whether it’s through misunderstanding, an oversight, being insensitive, or a moment of frustration or anger, we don’t always see eye to eye. We say things. We do things. We hurt each other. And often, we carry that hurt around far too long.

Why Forgive?

06262013_2If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that nothing good comes from holding on to our hurt or withholding forgiveness. Aside from being the right and mature thing to do, it’s a proven fact that it’s just better for us—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—to mend fences. Because we all need each other more than we need to “win” or take a chance on losing the very people we love the most.

To say those 3 little words, whether they’re “I’m really sorry” or “I forgive you,”and mean them, is to open the door to a fresh start. And it’s a gift—to ourselves, and to everyone around us.

The First Steps…

Even when we or someone else is sorry, it’s not always easy to know the best way to make things better. But here are some suggestions that may help:

  • Be yourself—let the thoughts and words come from your heart.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t replay all the details of the situation
    or try to defend your side of things.
  • Express how much you care about the person and how you value
    your relationship with them.
  • Accept responsibility. If this person is really important to you,
    put your own ego aside. It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong.
  • Say you’re sorry, or accept an apology without being specific about what was said that was hurtful or how you were affected.
  • Express a sincere desire to forgive or be forgiven and to heal the relationship.
  • Tell each other what you’ve learned from this experience—about yourself, about them, about what’s most important in life.
  • Understand that it may take a while before either is ready to forgive.
  • But don’t be discouraged. You’ve done what you can. Now give it time.

Let Us Help You Find the Words…

Here at bluemountain.com, you 06262013_3and your relationships are important to us. We love helping people say the things that are deepest in their hearts—especially when finding the right words can be difficult. So here are some perfect ways to say “I’m sorry” that we hope will help you reconnect with someone special today.

Adding Your Personal Touch…

I know saying sorry can’t change what’s happened, but…
Sorry isn’t just a word…sometimes it’s a hope for a new beginning.
How can I make things better?
Didn’t mean to let you down.
I miss the good times with you…
I never meant to hurt you, but I know I did.
I realize I’ve hurt you and I’m so sorry.
So I really messed up, didn’t I?
Wanting things to be right between us again.
I value your friendship so very much.
I want to say I’m sorry, I’m just not sure how.
I’m not proud of the way I’ve acted.
I’m really sorry and I hope that you’ll forgive me.
So sorry for __________ (be specific).
I’m struggling to find the right words, but I want you to know…
If I could take it all back, I would.
Our (friendship, relationship) is more important to me than anything.
Sometimes I lose sight of what’s most important…
You’re one of the most important people in my life
You’re really special to me, probably more than you know right now.

On a Lighter Note:

Me and my big mouth…
I don’t know what I was thinking…big shocker, huh?
Sorry. I pretty much suck.
You’re kind, smart and wonderful…not to mention forgiving?
Sorry…I’ll definitely keep trying harder.
We all make mistakes…guess I just make more than my share of them.
So exactly how mad are you right now?
I had a very good reason for doing what I did…I was being stupid and inconsiderate!

 

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” In a Wedding Card

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The Joy of Weddings

A wedding is one of the happiest of all the special occasions families and friends can celebrate together. Being invited to share this much-anticipated day is an honor. And what better time could there ever be to let the bride and groom know how you feel about them, and to wish them a beautiful life!

The Best Gift of All

Whether you’re choosing something from their bridal registry or enclosing money or gift cards, the stories, memories, happy thoughts, and wishes you share from your heart may very well be the best gifts of all. Once you’ve found the perfect card, stationery or note that best fits the occasion, you’ll want to add your own personal touches. Here are some ideas to help you do just that…

Getting Started

Gather your thoughts by jotting down your answers to any (or all) of the questions below. Don’t worry about using the perfect words right now. Just be yourself. Being spontaneous will give you some natural-sounding words and phrases to use in your final message.

How would you describe the bride? The groom? Them as a couple?
What’s your favorite thing about each of them?
How do those qualities make them good for each other?
What’s one special memory you have of them?
What does it mean for you to share this day with them?
What’s one bit of advice you might give them for a happy life?
What do you wish them more than anything?

Making It Personal

Now you’re ready to write something special…just for them. Think of the answers that made you smile as you wrote them and perhaps add them to some of the thoughts below
if you’d like. Remember…there’s no” right way” to do this. If it comes from your heart, they’ll know it and whatever you write will sound warm and sincere.

Traditional Thoughts & Wishes

May this be the beginning of a beautiful lifetime filled with love…
May every day, every joy, every dream come true bring you closer together…
Today is just the beginning…
Make every day a memory…
May you always believe in each other…
The best is yet to be…
May you always be the love in each other’s lives, the joy in each other’s hearts…
Your wedding day–a beautiful celebration of your love…
Joy for today, dreams for tomorrow, love forever…
Wishing you a lifetime of beautiful tomorrows…

For Close Relationships

It’s so special for me/us to share this day with you…
So proud of both of you…
You’ll always be an important part of my life…
Seeing you so happy makes me/us happy, too…
I’ve/We’ve always felt lucky to be family/friends with you…

Spiritual Wishes

God bless you with a love that grows deeper every day…
May God protect the love you share…
Bless you both on this special day…

Lighthearted Wishes

Showering you with wishes for happiness…
Just married…just wonderful!
Two hearts become one…
To Mr. and Mrs. Perfect for Each Other
A love story whose time has come…
I now pronounce you forever in love…
It’s official! You’re married…don’t you just love the sound of that?
Wishing you a comfy, cozy life to share…

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is such a special time for remembering all those wonderful women in our lives who mean so much to us. Whether they are our own moms, our mother-in-laws, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, teachers or other role models, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what each has brought our way and how they have touched our lives.

Gifts and Greetings

Many people remember their moms and others with anything from simple to elaborate gifts for Mother’s Day, but the one thing these gifts usually have in common is that they’re accompanied by sincere and meaningful cards with heartfelt thoughts. In most cases, a truly personal card is often a beautiful gift in itself. Something to treasure. A keepsake. A reminder of a special day and all the warm and loving moments it held. It’s the thing she’ll cherish most tomorrow and the days after that.

It’s in the Details

When thinking of what to say in your message, make some mental notes of how you picture your mom now and even when you were younger. Can you think of things you’ve done together, perhaps this year or in the past (going to a spa together, shopping for new school clothes, looking for wallpaper?) What words would you associate with her (daring, smart, funny, brave, thoughtful?) Are there specific things that remind you of her (pink nail polish, wine spritzers, kuchen, “permanent” kits, bathing caps, Chantilly, ironing bedsheets, Ivory soap, white gloves, knickknacks?)

What to Write…

Following are some ideas for things you can write in Mother’s Day cards for the many “moms” in your life. But it’s most important to remember that your words should sound sincere and that they came from you. As you read through these, think of how you can combine them with the ideas you thought of above to make the message your own. After all, it’s the little details in the words you choose that will bring a tear to her eye.

For Your Own Mom

Today I am reminded once again how truly special you are to me…
Don’t know how you do it, Mom, but you always seem to have time for everyone…
It’s not until we have children of our own that we realize what it really means
to be a mom…
Thanks, Mom, for the everyday things you do that make our lives so special…
Mom, I have so many wonderful memories of growing up…
You’ll always have a special place in my heart, Mom…
There are so many things I have learned from you, Mom…
Every family has its own stories, traditions and memories…
Mom, do you know how many times I’ve thought to myself…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for your mom

 For Any Mom

You make my/the world a brighter (nicer, warmer) place…
What a joy it is remembering someone as special as you on Mother’s Day…
You have a way of making others feel happy (comfortable, confident)…
Today is special because you are…
You’ve touched my life in a special way…
You’re such a blessing in my life (You’re such a blessing to so many…)
When I think of you, I think of so many things… but mostly I remember…
For the special person you are and the loving mother you’ve become…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for all moms

 For Wife

You fill my/our heart with everything wonderful…
Lucky me/us—having you to love!
You’ll always be first in my/our heart and in my life…
We’d be lost without you…
Day after day you fill our hearts with happiness…
I wouldn’t trade our lives for anything in the world…
I love this journey we’re on together…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for wife

 For a New Mom/Mom-to-Be

A new baby in your arms–a forever love in your heart…
It’s the first of many happy Mother’s Days to come…
Your first Mother’s Day…awwww-some!
Your baby’s (going to be) so lucky to have you for a mom…
Wishing you joy as you await the arrival of your little one…
(A new) Love is on the way…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for new moms

 Less Sentimental

Thinking of you warmly today and hoping your day is a special one…
With a heart full of wishes for a day full of happiness…
It’s a special day for remembering special people like you…
Wishing you everything that will make this a perfect day for you…
Relax, enjoy, and celebrate…
Hope Mother’s Day is just your cup of tea…

Check out our funny Mother’s Day cards

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A THANK YOU NOTE: How to Write

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“THANK YOU.”  Most everyone says this daily and it feels perfectly natural to say it.
But for special situations, when we want to put our gratitude in print, it’s different and, sometimes, even difficult. So once you’ve got a great card or some nice stationery, what comes next in thanking someone for a gift, an interview, a thoughtful gesture? Perhaps
the tips below can help you write a thank you note that’s not only sincere, but appropriate as well.

Handwritten Thank You Note

First, know that a handwritten thank you note is always appreciated. With email being such a common form of communication, personal notes are more valued than ever. And taking the time to acknowledge someone’s kindness or time will mean the world to them. Simply the fact that you’re writing a note sets you up for success.

Be Timely

Next, try to be timely. A thank you note is best sent within a week. For a large event, like
a shower or wedding, up to three months is acceptable, but “sooner” is preferred than “later.”  If time gets away from you, just offer a humble apology, but don’t dwell on your delay. The note shouldn’t sound like it was a burden to write.

For more formal or business thank yous, such as after an interview, a thank you email can be sent immediately if there is a sense of urgency (say in placing an order or filling a position,) but it should still be followed up with a thank you note or letter sent shortly after the event–within 2 to 3 days. (See links below for more information.)

A few ideas for business thank yous…

  • I’m so happy you recommended our company to one of your friends…many thanks for your thoughtfulness. 
  • Or: We were so happy with your____________, we just wanted you to know we’ll recommend you to all our friends.
  • Thank you for the time you spent showing me…
  • Thank you for showing us what “above and beyond” really means…
  • I know your time is valuable, so I just wanted to thank you for making room in your schedule for me.

Be Yourself and Be Specific

Now, just be yourself…but be specific. Address the recipient in the way that’s comfortable for both of you, and then focus on your reason for writing. There’s no need for a long lead-in as you might do in a letter. Let the recipient know right away what you’re thanking them for, and describe it thoughtfully. Saying the gift is incredibly useful, the dinner was delicious, or their act of kindness was enormously helpful are personal touches that mean
a lot.

Add Some Details

Don’t hesitate to add more details to genuinely express your gratitude. For example, if you’ll think of the gift giver whenever you use their present, tell them so. If you felt the dinner guests were a great group of people, let the host know it. If thinking about what someone did still makes you smile, that’s something they’d like to know. Elaborating on the reasons for your gratitude helps people see themselves positively from your point of view—and doubles the joy of the gesture.

End With a Compliment

Finally, finish the note with a sincere compliment that will leave a lasting effect. Whether they’re a one-of-a-kind wonderful friend, an amazing cook, a prospective employer, or you appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedule, now is the time to tell them you noticed—and it will make them feel extra special.

Remember, the thank you note itself, although expected, can often be a pleasant surprise. And everyone wants to feel appreciated. So, the few minutes you take to tell someone you’re thankful could brighten their whole day…and yours!

A few ideas for social thank yous…

  • You always know the perfect thing to (do, say, give, etc.)
  • Your kindess during a difficult time was sincerely appreciated.
  • I feel doubly blessed…first for what you did, but mostly, for what
    you mean to me.

More Ideas on What to Write

To see many more ideas for things you can write in thank you notes or for other occasions, please see our various “What to Write…” blogs:

http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2012/12/what-to-write-in-a-thank-you-note/
http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2013/02/what-to-write-offering-words-of-encouragment/
http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2013/01/what-to-write-in-a-valentine/
 

Also, browse bluemountain.com for a wonderful assortment of thank you ecards, postcards and stationery you can easily personalize.

Business Thank You links:

http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AfterThanksFollowUp.html
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/a/thankyouemail.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“WHAT TO SAY…” In a Talking eCard!

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Cat got your tongue? No worries! Talking eCards will say it for you! You can even choose
a talking cat!

Want to reach out to someone you haven’t contacted in a while? talk_how_ya_bee
Our How Ya Bee hamster will hit just the right note: “Hi Kelly, sorry I haven’t been in touch, things have been very hectic around here.  Just wondering how ya bee and hoping we can get together soon to catch up!”

Feeling romantic or maybe a little frisky? You can choose our
Love You a Latte Yorkie to do some sweet talking for you. “Hi Honey.  Just sitting here having my morning coffee and remembering last night. Love you a latte!”

talk_this_just_inOur newscaster, This Just In, can deliver a fun weather report: “The snow is really coming down!  We’re expecting six inches by morning. Time to get your skis out!  Can’t wait to see you on the slopes!” or “This just in. Mary Beth had her baby at 2:30 this morning! Eight pounds of bouncing baby boy!”

Our Purrfect Friend kitty can make someone’s day: “Good Morning, Jenn!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  I’m so glad we’re friends!” Or if someone you know is going on a trip, you can send them our  Bahama Llama with a happy “Bon Voyage!” wish.

Is someone in your life going through a difficult time?  talk_hang_in_thereOur little Hang in There monkey will bring a smile: “Harry, I was so sorry to hear about your accident.  I hope you are on the mend and will be back on the golf course soon.  We all miss you.  Hang in there! 

For St. Patrick’s Day, wish them a wee bit o’magic with our Pot O’Golden retriever, our Fine Irish Lassie and our St. Cat’s Day kitty. “Faith and begorrah, here’s hoping your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun and friends and lots of green beer!”

talk_magical_surpriseFor Easter, let them know they are somebunny special with our new Bunny Banter card. “Happy Easter, Aunt Sophie!  Can’t wait till we get the family together for Easter brunch.  Your green bean casserole is the best!  Be sure to get here early for the Easter egg hunt.  Love you!”

And, of course, we have lots of ways (and fun characters to match!) to wish someone a Happy Birthday:

Send some bovine wishes from our Holy Cow: “Holy Cow!  You’re having another birthday?!  Don’t worry—you’re still not pasture prime!”

Our Sweet Wishes talking cupcake can suggest: talk_sweet_wishes“It’s your birthday, Sally!  Time to get sprinkle-faced!”

Send Hogs and Kisses to a grandchild.: “Hello, my little Munchkin!  This little piggy is here to say, a special treat is on the way.  Hogs and kisses for your birthday!  Grandma loves you!”

talk_puppy_loveWith Talking eCards you can keep in touch, send birthday, holiday and get well wishes, invite someone over, celebrate an anniversary, graduation, engagement, special event or send one just because they’re so much fun! One happy customer shared with us that she was proposed to through a Talking eCard! (It was our Puppy Love design and she said, “Yes!”)

 So where to begin? Just choose the talking ecard character you like best for the occasion, type your message in the box, pick a voice and the talking card will deliver your note to your delighted recipient. We’ve shown you a few ideas on things you can say, but here are a few helpful hints to make your message even more special:

  • Choose whether you want the card to speak in the first person (Hi! I’m your Birthday Cod) or if you just want to use it as a vehicle for your message (Sending this birthday cod cause I know how much you like fishing!)
  • Listen to your message several times before sending it. You might want to add or edit. Always click Save and Preview after each change or edit.
  • If you’re not going to send your card right away but want to keep the message you’ve started, it’s a good idea to copy and paste it to a Word doc, as once you move out of the card (without sending it), your message will not be saved.
  • Play around with the spelling and spacing between words/syllables to have your message delivered just the way you’d like it.
  • If you type your message phonetically, you can even have the talking card speak a foreign language!

And now a word from our Talking eCod…

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Here’s what we typed and how we typed it.  We chose “Nigel” for the speaking voice.  Click here or on the photo at left to listen to the delivered message.
Ahoy there, blue mountain friends!  I am so proud to have this special oppor TUNA tee to speak to you!   Just wanted to let you know it’s official!   I am one of the most popular talking  e cards of all.   Holy Mackeral!    I’ll send birthday fishes to anyone you like and they’ll fall for me hook…line…and sinker!  It’s FIN-tastic, don’t you think?  Remember, in cod we trust! Have a great day now!

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