It’s National Dog Day!

Its National Dog Day!

This day is for the dogs! August 26th marks National Dog Day - a day to celebrate the furry, kind-hearted creatures we love and adore so much. We thought we would celebrate by featuring everything we love sharing, like quotes, poems, songs, but with a dog twist. And don’t forget; BlueMountain.com offers a Pet ecard collection! So don’t forget to give an extra treat of belly rub today…Enjoy!

Dog Quotes:

  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    ― Josh Billings
  • Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
    ― Marilyn Monroe
  • If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
    ―  Woodrow Wilson
  • Everything I know, I learned from dogs.
    ―  Nora Roberts
  • I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”
    ―   Doris Day

Dog Poems:

The wiggle of an ear
just as you near.
A tilt of the head
from something you said.
Tail wagging, making a breeze
a sure sign you really please.
Jump up – turn around,
happy signs without a sound.
_ Patricia Waltert

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I like dogs.
Big dogs.
Little dogs.
Fat dogs.
Doggy dogs.
Old dogs.
Puppy dogs.
I like dogs.
A dog that is barking over the hill.
A dog that is dreaming very still.
A dog that is running wherever he will.
I like dogs.
_ Margaret Wise Brown

Dog Day Playlist:

Enjoy this fun little playlist we put together with some of our favorite doggone songs!

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Be an Angel Day

Be an Angel Day “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.

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“What to Write…” in Friendship Cards

What to Write... in Friendship Cards

This week is National Friendship Week, and the perfect time to share some ideas on what to write in friendship cards. Friendship cards are special because the whole reason to send one is no reason at all – it’s just because you want to let someone know how much they mean to you, to make them laugh, or simply put a smile on their face.  After choosing the perfect friendship card or friendship ecard, there are plenty of options you can add to give the card a one-of-a-kind feeling. Quotes, poems and unique messaging make great additions. See some of our favorites below.

Friendship Quotes:

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. _ Albert Camus

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. _ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. _ Aristotle

Friendship Poems:

  • Friendship is a place
    where we feel at home
    from the very start.
    Where kindness comes in smiles
    and comfort soothes the heart.
    Friendship is a place
    where old and dear friends grow.
    And friends like you are treasured
    for the thoughtfulness you show.

 

  • The door is always open
    for you to come right in,
    If you should ever need
    the comfort of a friend.

 

  • Friends can be silly and sassy,
    cool and classy,
    fun and funny too;
    But the best kind
    of friend
    is all-in-one,
    and that kind of friend
    is you!

Friendship Messages:

  • When two friends are this perfectly matched,
    there is no question – either we’re clones,
    or, we’re just the luckiest friends in the universe!

 

  • There are just those times in your life
    when having a true friend means everything.
    I can’t even tell you how often
    I’m so thankful there’s you.

 

  • Good friends don’t just tell you to reach for your dreams – they give you boosts.
    Having you in my life lifts me up with laughter, encouragement
    and strength in a way that only good friends can.

 

 

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Back-to-School Playlist

Back to School Playlist

Continuing with our back-to-school theme this week, we thought it would be fun to feature a back-to-school playlist that you can use to help get everyone in a good mood with some school spirit. Play it while everyone is getting ready on the first day, or in the car on way to a brand new school year.

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Back-to-School Checklists

Back to School Checklists

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over, but as August presses on, it’s time to start thinking about sending our kids or grandkids back to school. Back to School shopping can be fun for kids and getting them involved may even make them excited to head back into the classroom. Today, we’re featuring a few back-to-school shopping lists organized by age. Bring the lists with you and turn shopping into a fun scavenger hunt!

Kindergarten:

  • Backpack
  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Supply box/Pencil case
  • Tissues
  • Lunchbox
  • Healthy snacks

Grades 1 – 3:

  • Backpack
  • Lunch box
  • Plastic folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Notebook
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Ball-point pens
  • Construction paper

Grades 4 – 5:

  • Three-ring binder
  • Three-hold punch
  • Loose-leaf paper or spiral notebooks
  • Subject dividers
  • Organizer/Calendar
  • Calculator
  • Pencils
  • Blue or block ball-point pens
  • Pencil pouch
  • Coin purse (to hold lunch money/change)

Middle School & High School:

  • Combination lock
  • Post-its
  • Highlighters
  • White-out
  • Protractor & Ruler
  • Flash Drive
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary
  • Personal Calendar
  • Hand sanitizer

 

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It’s Book Lovers Day!

Its 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!

Classics:

  • 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

Fiction:

  • 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

 

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Top 10 Talking ecards

Top 10 Talking ecards

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.

Top 10 Talking ecards

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.

Top 10 Talking ecards

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?!?

Top 10 Talking ecards

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

Top 10 Talking ecards

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

Top 10 Talking ecards

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!

Top 10 Talking ecards

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

Top 10 Talking ecards

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

Top 10 Talking ecards

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

Top 10 Talking ecards

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!

Top 10 Talking ecards

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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YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

Happy August Birthday—You Naturally Inventive Leaders!

An inventive mind if there ever was, those born during the month of August have a knack for innovation, plus the talent and detail-oriented mindset to make their novel idea a reality. A born leader and inspiring orator, you have the strength of character necessary
to see not only your dreams come true, but help facilitate the aspirations of others as well.

Leo

Leo, how you love the spotlight! Showcasing your talents, you crave the attention you receive from others. You also understand, however, that it’s not always about you, so you enjoy shepherding others and helping them achieve their dreams as much as you do your own. Leadership is such your forte, you could write a book about it… and you probably have! With your strength of character and will to succeed, not only is the sky the limit, but you and your protégées will undoubtedly fill it as the stars you are!

Virgo 

If you’re a Virgo, you know how to get things done. With an eye for detail and instinct for order, you accomplish whatever you set your mind to. You are meticulous and love creating order out of chaos; so much so, that your specialty could be to help others organize their lives as well, whether at work or at home. Speaking of order out of chaos, your health and well-being are paramount to you, as you’re not one to let your hygiene lapse, even for a day. For you, health and happiness are most enjoyed from the inside out!

August Flower  

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!  August’s birth flower, the Gladiolus, gets its name from the Latin, gladius, or “sword,” for the leaves’ resemblance to a sword. Associated with Roman gladiators until the African Gladiolus gained in popularity, this tall bloom is a symbol of strength and integrity. Its more amorous meaning connotes “love at first sight.” Among its many uses: treating physical ailments as the corms (stem) were turned into a poultice and applied to affected areas; was also used to extract thorns and splinters, as well as treat colic when mixed with goat’s milk.

August Birthstone  YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

Your birthstone, the peridot, has two possible name origins: faridat, Arabic for “gem,” and peridona, which translated from Greek mean “to give richness.” Believed to have originated from the TopazosIsland (now the Zabargad / St. John’sIsland) in the Egyptian Red Sea, the green gemstone has been mined for over 3,000 years. Renowned for its healing properties, it’s considered ideal for respiratory health. Also known for its protective properties, it’s said to boost prosperity and fame. Although it can be made into jewelry, peridot wears down easily and isn’t considered ideal for decoration. Still, with its rich olive shade, it is sought out by collectors.

Famous August Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

Ingrid Bergman, Queen Elizabeth, Alfred Hitchcock, Whitney Houston, Gene Kelly,
Francis Scott Key, Annie Oakley, Regis Philbin, Leo Tolstoy, Mae West

Important August 2013 Holidays

International Friendship Day 8/4
Ramadan, ends 8/7
Assumption of Mary 8/15

For more information on August birthdays, please click here.  And to see a large selection of birthday ecards that range from funny to sweet, just visit bluemountain.com. We’ve got cards for everyone on your list, including talking cards that are perfect for those in the birthday spotlight this month!

 

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IT’S NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY! (7.23)

ITS NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY!   (7.23)

Whet Your Wienie Appetite and Celebrate Hot Dog Day!

Now that you’ve gotten some nice naptime in from yesterday’s National Hammock Day, you’re probably famished. So, satisfy your appetite and start celebrating all over again, for July 23 is National Hot Dog Day!  It’s estimated that Americans eat roughly 20 billion hot dogs a year. That’s a lot of wienies!

Beef up your hot dog history and tantalize your taste buds with these mouth-watering recipes and suggestions for some hot dog dining!

A Little Hot Dog History

Although the origin of the hot dog is as widespread as there are toppings to put on it, some believe the frankfurter got its start from some enterprising butchers in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Many migrated to America, bringing their delicacies with them.

In 1904, Bavarian proprietor Anton Feuchtwanger started running out of the gloves he gave customers to handle the hot sausage he sold. He reportedly procured the services of his brother-in-law baker who concocted soft rolls long enough to fit the meat, and the hot dog bun was born.

As for how “hot dog” got its name, it’s believed that New York cartoonist Tad Dorgan coined the term after watching vendors advertise their “dachshund sausages” by hollering to bystanders nearby. Uncertain of how to spell “dachshund” while sketching the scene, Dorgan substituted the words “hot dog” and the phrase stuck.

To Grill, or Not to Grill

Whether you’re tying on your grilling apron to cook up some hot dogs or heading to the ballpark to catch a game—and that stadium mustard!—there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into one of America’s favorite foods! If you do plan on firing up the grill to cook your own, or roasting it on a stick over an open flame, here are some finger-licking recipes to liven up any frankfurter:

Finger-Licking Frankfurter Recipes

            Chicago-Style Hot Dog:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicago-style-hot-dog/detail.aspx
            Detroit-Style Coney Dog:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/detroit-style-coney-dogs/detail.aspx
            Corn Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-dogs/detail.aspx
            Sloppy Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-dogs/detail.aspx
            Pretzel Dogs:
            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pretzel-dogs/detail.aspx

If you plan to pass on the grill and could use a tip on how to find some hot dog hot spots near you, here are a few sites to point you in the right direction:

Happy Hot Dog Hot Spots

And when you’re just plain dog tired and don’t want to fix your own franks, here’s a list of places that serve up some of the best plain to absolute gourmet dogs around!

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IT’S NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY! (7.22)

ITS NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY!  (7.22)

It’s a Swing Thing: Celebrate National Hammock Day!

Nothing spells summer like stretching out in a nice, comfy hammock. July 22 is National Hammock Day–part of National Hammock Month–so be sure to celebrate all the relaxation your swinging sanctuary brings by indulging in a little hammock history and
tips on ways to further enjoy it.

 History of the Hammock

Introduced to Christopher Columbus by a Haitian tribe known as the Taino Indians, the hamaca, (or hammock) was originally used in Central America over a thousand years ago as protection from dangerous ground organisms. Their popularity grew after Columbus brought hammocks back to Europe, with all classes of people seeking them out. The U.S. military even slept in them when on missions far from home. They were first mass-produced in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Today, people around the world use them as an ideal source of summertime slumber.

 Rest & Relaxation Tips 

 Make the most of your hammock and rejuvenate yourself with these relaxation suggestions:

  • Enjoy a refreshing breeze, watch the clouds drift in the sky,
    and indulge a favorite daydream
  • Bask in the warm sunshine and listen to the sounds of nature
  • Lose yourself in a good book while sipping ice-cold lemonade
  • Share a spot and the closeness of a loved one
  • Take a nice, long afternoon nap (pack a pillow or cushion)
  • Enjoy a tasty snack like a mouth-watering hot dog (July 23 is National Hot Dog Day by the way!) and a scrumptious dessert like ice cream (July is also National Ice Cream Month!)

 Hammock Buying Guides

Don’t have a hammock? No problem. Here are a few sites to consider when buying:

By the way, hammocks are not just for summer anymore! You can buy hammock sleeping bags that keep you off the ground and warm in even the coldest temperatures!

Try Googling “hammock sleeping bags” to check it out.

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