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Words Really Do Matter!

Why Word Really Matter, from BlueMountain.com

When you want to convey your feelings precisely, words matter. When you want to express your thoughts clearly, words matter. And when you want to say exactly what’s in the deepest part of your heart, words really, truly, absolutely do matter…to you and to everyone you’re expressing them to.

Which is why we at Blue Mountain recently celebrated Words Matter Week. You see, our editors take a lot of time and painstaking care in crafting that singular perfect message that goes with each and every one of our eCards. As wordsmith experts, they know just how important it is to choose the right words…the right sentiments…and the right message— so you don’t have to (unless, of course, you want to).

For those special times when only you can say it best, we have Printable Cards and Stationery that you can personalize any way you’d like. Then again, if you’d still like a little help along the way, we invite you to read any of our what-to-write blog posts where we offer suggestions, special words, and messaging options for both holidays and those “just because” occasions. We are always here to add that personal touch and make our greetings your own. Happy writing!

 

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How to Sign Your Valentine’s Day Greeting

 

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Trying to select the absolute most perfect Valentine’s Day card for a loved one is only half the challenge. Once you’ve chosen just the right image and just the right message, then you’ve got to personalize it with just the right wording and closing salutation. If that seems a bit daunting, we can help!

For suggestions on how to write a really meaningful Valentine’s Day message, click here. And for 25 really sweet ideas of how to close out your message, consider these absolutely lovely options:

• Sealed with a kiss
• Your admirer
• Fondly
• Be mine
• Your sweetheart
• Hugs and kisses
• Yours always
• With all my love
• Affectionately
• Lovingly yours
• Forever and a day
• xoxo
• Luck, laughter, and love
• Truly yours
• Missing you
• Now and always
• Sweetly
• With all my heart
• Ever yours
• Adoringly
• Hopelessly in love
• Your #1 fan
• Devotedly
• Yours faithfully
• Always by your side

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How to write a Thanksgiving blessing – Part II

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Now that you’ve had some time to pull your own ideas and thoughts together using the tips from our last blog post, we thought we’d share with you some favorite traditional prayers and inspirational poems that you may like to lead with, or combine with your own expression of thanks.

Remember, gratitude in and of itself is a beautiful thing and there is no right or wrong way to speak about it. Simply relax and speak from your heart, and enjoy the opportunity to let those around you know how thankful you are that you’re all together for Thanksgiving.

Poems, Graces and Prayers:

  • Bless us, O Lord
    and these Thy gifts,
    which we are about to receive from your bounty.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.
  • Bless this home
    with love and cheer,
    And bless all those
    who gather here.
  • Thank you for the day so sweet,
    Thank you for the food we eat,
    Thank you for the birds that sing,
    Thank you, Lord, for everything!
  • Every so often, we all need a day to stop everything we’re so busy doing
    and simply be. A day to turn off all the noise and step outside to breathe
    in the air, and to know we are part of something bigger than ourselves.
    A day to realize the richness of our blessings, the miracles we are,
    the wonder that is our lives, the gratitude in our hearts.
  • With a prayer that this beautiful season
    gives us many new reasons
    to rejoice and thank the Lord.
  • Thanksgiving is a time of awareness,
    of caring and sharing —remembering the best,
    seeing the beautiful,
    being grateful for the fullness of life.

Chinese Proverb
When you eat, remember the farmer.

From the Poem i thank You God
by E. E. cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day…for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

Servant’s Heart
Dear Lord, thank you for this gift of food
You’ve placed upon our table.
And help us all to do your work
In any way we’re able.

Serving Food by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this food, I see clearly
The presence of the universe
Supporting my existence.

Grace
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
We offer thanks. Amen.

A Blessing based on Gandhi’s Principles
Oh God, bless this food we are about to receive.
Give bread to those who hunger; and hunger for justice to us who have bread.

Shortest Grace by Dag Hammarskjöld
For what has been—thanks! For what shall be—yes!

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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 Halloween 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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What to Write in a Grandparents Day eCard

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 in a family birthday cards.

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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