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Birthday Surprise: Celebrating 70!

 

70_birthday_partyIntroBirthdays are meant to be celebrated. And milestone birthdays are even more special. One of our extremely talented Art Directors, Alison, has a knack for party planning, and she does a pretty amazing job. This past Spring, Alison’s mother was turning 70, and she knew she wanted to celebrate in a really special way. We had to share how everything turned out, so here’s Alison with the details….

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My mom was turning 70 this year and I didn’t want another birthday, especially a milestone, to go by without an unforgettable celebration. What better way to honor someone than to throw a surprise birthday party?

So back in February, my brother and I started planning. We wanted to invite as many people as possible–friends, family, classmates, and co-workers. I designed the invitation around her stunning engagement picture, my favorite photo of her.

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I wanted the colors to be classy and fun. Gold, black, pinks and polka-dots to represent the 50’s era my mom grew up in. I turned black paper fans into records, using song titles that went with my mom’s name, Sharron, like “My Sharona” and “Sherry Baby”. To continue the theme, I used records as table centerpiece mats as well.

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Each centerpiece was a gold Mason jar that contained  a Happy Birthday tag, black paper fans with her picture, gold flags with “70”cut outs, and black or pink polka-dot balloons and flowers. Flowers were incorporated into everything. I made pom-pom flowers, cupcake liner flowers, and small and large tissue paper flowers.  Each table featured different titles for her—“mom,” “daughter,” “sister,” “wife,” “grandma” and “friend.”

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Ah…the cake!  I continued with the flowers and created a topper for it that said, “70 Years Loved.”  I also served polka-dot cookies with gold “70” and black “S” for “Sharron,” that people could take home with them.

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As you can see from my mom’s expression, we got her!  She was beyond surprised. Hugs went on forever and everyone had a great time. Best gift of the evening: as my mom hugged me she told me, “It’s an honor to be your mom.”

All the planning, stress, and flower making…totally worth it.    Happy Birthday, Mom!

Click here to see more pictures from the party.
All Photos Courtesy of Kelly Kutsko
Cookies by Chris Carolin
Cake by Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes

 

 

 

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YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

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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  

155309501August’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.

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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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YOUR JULY BIRTHDAY!

Happy July Birthday—You Natural Nurturers and Stage Seekers 

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—William Shakespeare

Right at home as the center of attention, those born during the month of July have a noticeable “stage presence.” Not only are they comfortable being in the spotlight, but they can help others feel at ease, too. As much as they may crave attention, they’re also intensely private, so picture them at a masquerade ball where they’d dazzle others with their costume while hiding behind their party mask.

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If born a Cancer, you’re an emotional creature of habit whose moods can shift, but with a predictability and consistency. A deep, sensitive soul who adores the comforts of home, you value not only your privacy, but recognize others’ need for privacy as well. A nurturing spirit and defender of the family, you seek peace and tranquility in a domestic setting, but at the same time, go to bat in a heartbeat for those you care about. Memories are of the utmost importance to you, so you enjoy hobbies like scrap-booking and anything else that preserves those precious moments.

Leo

What can we say, Leo? You lead, take center stage, and are the king of your castle! Generous and open-hearted, you love and are affectionate with those you care about. Taking great pride in whatever you do, you operate with a certainty that others can envy, but being as generous as you are, you willing helps others achieve their dreams. For if others admire your creations and try to mimic them, you can’t help but smile with pride and feel flattered.

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July’s birth flower, the Larkspur, get its scientific name, delphinium, from the Greek word, delphis, meaning “dolphin,” although its use in birthday celebrations dates back to the Roman Empire. Its more colloquial meaning is that of an open heart and great passion. The spur part of the flower is shaped like the hind toe of the lark, hence its more common name. Used medicinally in ancient times to heal wounds, its nectar is popular among butterflies and bumblebees. Nowadays, it is used decoratively in bouquets and other flower arrangements, for it stands out due to its considerable height.

July Birthstone

Your birthstone, the ruby, comes from the Latin, 07022013_rubyrubens, meaning “red.” Originally mined in the country of Burma in 2500 B.C., it has a history of being used by shaman for its healing and protective qualities, especially when worn next to an affected area. It’s also considered helpful in boosting energy and bringing about much prosperity. This precious red gemstone can also be made into jewelry, and has been a favorite among the rich and famous, most notably Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Famous July Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

P.T. Barnum, Sandra Bullock, George W. Bush, Princess Diana, Harrison Ford,
John Glenn, Tom Hanks, Dean Koontz, Ann Landers, Nelson Mandela, Beatrix Potter,
Ringo Starr, Henry David Thoreau, Kristi Yamaguchi,

Important July 2013 Holidays

Independence Day 7/4
Ramadan (begins evening of 7/8)
Bastille Day 7/14
National Hammock Day 7/22
National Hot Dog Day 7/23

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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YOUR MAY BIRTHDAY!

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Happy May Birthday —You Earthy Romantics
and Social Butterflies!

Sociable to say the least, those born during the month of May are the rock in their circle of friends. A reliable individual whom people can depend upon, you are the one those in a pinch seek out, for you’re able to get through the thickest of thick and thinnest of thin.

Taurus

Those born under the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, possess an unshakeable interest in others. For above all else, you value the innate goodness in others. Not to mention, you grab life by the horns and don’t let go! Although your energies may take time to build, once you’re revved up, there’s no turning back. An earth sign, you are a true friend of Mother Nature and your feet are planted firmly on the ground. This also makes you a loyal and steadfast partner, but because you are ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, you are also one of the true romantics.

Gemini

If you’re born a Gemini, you’re the social butterfly of the zodiac! Like the butterfly, you rarely stay in one place for very long. A great conversationalist, you love keeping up with everything everyone is up to. Once you’re brought up to speed, you feel the need to record it so you won’t forget it, which makes you the ultimate wordsmith! You’re also the model multi-tasker. The sign of the twins, you wish you had four arms instead of two to get everything you want to accomplished!

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May’s birth flower, the Lily of the Valley, has roots in Christian tradition as it is mentioned fifteen times in the Bible, eight in the Song of Solomon. Symbolic of the Second Coming of Christ due to its blossoming in early Spring, other Biblical and Christian references to this white bell-shaped perennial include: Eve’s tears as she and Adam were excommunicated from the Garden of Eden, as well as the tears of the Virgin Mary shed at the foot of Christ’s cross, believed to have transformed into the flower. Used nowadays for decoration, this Springtime flower is actually poisonous. Nevertheless, it is a delight in its appearance and pleasant with its scent.

May Birthstone

05012013_emeraldYour birthstone, the emerald, comes from the ancient Greek, smaragdus, and Old French, esmeralde, translating into “green gemstone.” First mined in ancient Egypt in the 4th century B.C., this precious gem was believed to have been a favorite worn by Cleopatra. Since then, it has been used countless times as a wellness stone to heal diseases like cholera and malaria, as well as sooth the soul, clear the mind, and increase intelligence. Popular for celebrating a couple’s nuptials, it is associated with the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

Famous People Born in May

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:
Adele, Fred Astaire, David Beckham, Cher, George Clooney, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis,     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tina Fey, Sigmund Freud, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Florence Nightingale, Jimmy Stewart, Mike Wallace, Orson Welles, Walt Whitman,      Mark Zuckerberg, Malcolm X

Important May 2013 Dates

May Day 5/1
Cinco de Mayo 5/5
National Teacher’s Day 5/7
Mother’s Day 5/12
Bike to Work Day 5/17
Armed Forces Day 5/18
Memorial Day 5/27

 

 

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YOUR MARCH BIRTHDAY!


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Happy Birthday, You Dynamic Dreamers!

Energetic idealists with a surplus of spontaneity, you March birthdays aren’t afraid to fight for what you believe in. Possessing a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, you can find frivolity in life’s smallest subtleties. Not to mention, you can be the life of any party as you capture the imaginations of everyone in the room!

Pisces

You sensitive Pisceans set the bar high when it comes to romance! Your world of fantasy and dreams is quite rich, casting an irresistible spell upon those you love as they’re drawn into your aura and merge with the most intimate parts of your soul. Inspiring others with your compassionate acts, you move people in ways others can’t help but notice and strive to emulate. Your imagination creates an atmosphere others can swim in as they float down your river of magical waters.

Aries

Passionate individuals who forge their own identities, Aries thrives on originality! Courageous and impulsive, you’re ready to explore uncharted territories as you enjoy discovering new places and meeting new people. Few can pin you down, for your effervescent energy can only be matched by another Aries! A go-getter if there ever was one, you don’t just burn the midnight oil in order to get things done. Your fire simply never goes out!

March Flower

March Flower: JonquilMarch’s birth flower, the Jonquil, shares the same family tree as the Daffodil and Narcissus, though significantly smaller and much more fragrant. Originating from Spain, as well as Portugal and Algeria, the flower’s name comes from the Spanish word “joquillo” meaning “rush.” Despite its smaller size, the Jonquil carries quite a regal history, for when Queen Anne created the KensingtonPalaceGardens, its landscape was reportedly filled with Jonquils. The aromatic bloom’s other uses include perfumes, as its scent is said to be rather intoxicating.

March Birthstone

Your birthstone, aquamarine, comes from Latin and means “seawater.”March Birthstone: Aquamarine
It’s found primarily in Madagascar and Brazil, although it is popular around the world. Said to be the treasure of mermaids, Greek sailors supposedly wore it to appease the sea god, Poseidon. Associated with love, in particular young love, it’s believed that a couple is blessed when the groom gives his bride aquamarine the morning after they’ve consummated their marriage. This aqua-blue gemstone is also used in fine jewelry-making as it is a popular gift for wedding anniversaries.

Famous People Born in March

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names: Johann Sebastian Bach,
Justin Bieber, Liz Claiborne, Celine Dion, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Glenn Miller, Liza Minnelli, Shaquille O’Neal, Gloria Steinem, Gloria Swanson, Vincent van Gogh, Andrew Lloyd Webber

2013 March Holidays

Daylight Saving Time begins   3/10
St. Patrick’s Day   3/17
Spring Equinox   3/20
Palm Sunday   3/24
Passover (begins at sundown 3/25 – ends at sunset 4/2
Good Friday   3/29
Easter   3/31

 

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FEATURED BIRTHDAY eCARD!

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New From BlueMountain.com

This is just one of the many new birthday ecards featured at bluemountain.com, with many more on their way this year! There are special collections that work for your entire birthday list…

  • For Everyone
  • For Her
  • For Him
  • For Kids

There’s also a selection of Seasonal featured Birthday ecard, Funny ones and Talking ecards as well! Of course we still have all your favorites as well as the popular classics everyone loves. But you’ll want to check back often to see what’s new!

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YOUR FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY!

Happy February Birthday to The Dreamers and Humanitarians!

02062013_feb_birthdayRebellious yet empathetic with an unconventional imagination, those born during the month of February not only march to the beat of their own drummer, but set the tempo for those who follow these sensitive souls. Their dream of a brighter future for all of humanity is met with wonder, hope, and an electrifying excitement of all the possibilities!

Aquarius

The Pied Piper of the zodiac, those born under the sign of Aquarius possess a playful spirit that works best in a group that they lead. Communication is their forte, but with an off-beat style. Theirs comes with a magic that charms others without denying followers their individuality. This is what Aquarians prize most—the freedom to be who they are! Always on the cutting edge, these folks will be at the forefront of all the latest breakthroughs, especially with technology. The “boat rockers” of the zodiac, these people will shake up the status quo if it benefits humanity in the long run.

Pisces

If you’re a dreamy Pisces, you enchant others with your other-worldly imagination. Enrapturing all you meet with a mystical glow, your presence can heal others of whatever ails them. Blessed with a powerful creativity that burrows beneath the surface and touches the soul, still waters do indeed run deeply with you! At home in a world filled with romance and fantasy, you want nothing less than to surround yourself and those you love with a fairy tale existence that tantalizes the senses.

Your February birthstone and flower…

Amethyst, derives its name from the Greek, amethustos,  amethyst frontmeaning “not drunken.” It was believed by the ancient Greeks to preserve sobriety, as wine goblets were carved from this precious gemstone as a way to stave off intoxication.

A gemstone synonymous with serenity, it provides great calm in the midst of any disturbance. It also bears heavenly meaning, with Moses having described it symbolically as the Spirit of God, and Tibetans imparting holiness to it with Buddha. Its spiritual significance, continuing to this day, includes ornamental jewelry, as it has been used in the making of crosses and Papal rings.

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The violet, February’s birth flower, has its roots in Greek mythology. Zeus was in love with King Argos’ daughter, Io (the Greek word for violet). To conceal her from his wife, Hera, Zeus transformed Io in a heifer and gave her aromatic flowers to feast upon instead of ordinary grass, which later became known as violets. The symbol of modesty, violets bloom in such colors as blue, yellow, and violet, and have a variety of purposes: medicinally as an expectorant, a diuretic, and an essential oil used in aromatherapy; culinary in vinegars and oils, as well as decorations for cakes and other fine desserts.

Celebrate your birthday this month with these historical figures…

Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Clark Gable, Michael Jordan, Rosa Parks,
Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Babe Ruth, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor

February holidays…

Groundhog Day (2/2), Lincoln’s birthday (2/12), Mardi Gras (2/12/13), Ash Wednesday (2/13/13), Valentine’s Day (2/14), President’s Day (2/18/13), Washington’s birthday (2/18/13), Purim (starts at sunset on 2/23/13)

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Your January Birthday!

Happy January Birthday, You Youthful “Old Souls”

01032013_bdayAn old soul with youth on your side, you are often considered to be the “salt of the earth.” As a commanding communicator, your presence alone can light up
a room. And at the  same time, you possess a quiet determination.    Your daydreams aren’t far from reality, for your “land of make-believe” is
truly special,
and you are both convinced and  convincing that you can indeed make what you believe in truly happen.

Capricorn

A somewhat monastic sign, Capricorns enjoy their peace and quiet. Solitude can be your sanctuary, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a people-person. Others find you quite dependable. It’s simply that when the going gets tough, you count on your own resourcefulness, determination, and charm! Yes, you do have a certain savvy that endears others to you while allowing yourself to get ahead and maintain respectability. Above all, you are an efficiency expert. You take “making good use of your time and energy” to an a new level.

Aquarius

Those born under the sign of Aquarius possess a mischievousness and spontaneity best spotted by that playful smile and twinkle in their eye. You have a look like you’re up to something, but with the best of intentions. Your credo is: “Plays well with others,” and indeed, you love to play! People, pets, or high-tech gadgets, you’re down with the latest and greatest technology has to offer. Combine your love of all things new with your love of people, and you’re set to make major breakthroughs the rest of us can only dream of, for you know how to turn the dreams of tomorrow into the reality of today!

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Your birthstone, the garnet, derives its name from the Latin granatum, meaning “seedlike,” as smaller varieties of this precious gem bear similarities to the seeds found in the pomegranate. With its pink and red-hues, it is said to help balance life-force energies, instill passionate feelings, as well as bestow kind-heartedness, health, and charity. A healer of all aches and pains when worn around the neck, garnet carries protective properties, too. When given to others it grants safe passage until their return home.

January Flower

The Carnation, your birth flower, originates from ancient Egypt and stems from the Latin for “flesh,” due to its rosy color. Its namesake is also believed to hail from the Anglo-French “to crown,” as it was used to decorate ancient Greek and Roman crowns. The symbolism behind a carnation depends on the color selected. White carnations confer luck and purity, while pink carnations symbolize gratitude and appreciation. Red carnations convey more intense feelings of love and affection. Like the garnet, the Carnation is known for its healing powers and is used in aromatherapy to help relieve stress and anxiety, among its many uses. More ceremoniously, on May 10, 1908, Mother’s Day founder Anna Marie Jarvis made the Carnation the holiday’s official flower as mothers everywhere were celebrated.

Famous People Born in January

Share your January birthday with these famous people: Phil Collins, W.C. Fields, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, Martin Luther King, Jr., A.A. Milne, Suzanne Pleshette, Dolly Parton, Betsy Ross, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey, Mozart, F.D. Roosevelt

Important January 2013 Dates

New Year’s Day 1/1
Solemnity of Mary 1/1
Epiphany 1/6
Inauguration Day 1/20
Martin Luther King Day 1/21
Tu B’Shevat  begins 1/25 at sunset — 1/26

Do you know someone having a birthday this month? You can choose a special greeting from a large offering of birthday ecards at bluemountain.com…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!

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Your December Birthday!

Happy December Birthday, You Unshakable Lovers of Life

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Ambitious, reliable, and with an unshakable love of freedom, the individuals born during the month of December have a wrought-iron will to turn their ideals into reality. You build a solid foundation for yourself and use that to create an empire for all of your enterprising pursuits.

Sagittarius

If born a fiery Sagittarius, you have an insatiable enthusiasm for life and spontaneity that is visible to everyone you meet. You see the world as your oyster; not only for you, but for everyone else as well. The pearls awaiting are big, bold, and brilliant—just the way you like them! Opportunity knocks at your door so often you might as well install a peephole and stand by to keep watch. Not only do you create your own good fortune, but you also possess an earnest faith in life that continually replenishes your spirit.

Capricorn

If you were born a Capricorn, you are renowned for your discipline, determination, and dedication in all you do. Said to be the sign of the professional, Capricorns are also focused on  reputation and public standing. Once you set about to tackle a project, you will have an unwavering sense of commitment and drive to get things done. Dependable to say the least, people look to you for your leadership qualities.

December Birthstone

imagesYour birthstone, turquoise, is an ancient gem whose name comes from French and means “Turkish stone,” as it was believed to be commonly traded in Turkish bazaars before making its way to Europe. Considered “the gemstone of the people,” this blue-and-green stone is said to have protective properties and can benefit one’s health, wealth, and prosperity. Ancient Egyptians used it to decorate graves, and Persians wore it on the wrists and around the neck to preserve their good health.  Nowadays, it is used in making fine, ornate jewelry.

December Flower

The Narcissus, December’s birth flower,
comes from the Latin form of the Greek Narkissos.  Hailing from Greek mythology, he was known as the figure so captivated by his own reflection, he eventually died and became the renowned flower.  Representing faithfulness and modesty, Narcissus is also said to be given to the person you value as “the Only One.”

Famous December Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these famous figures:

Steve Allen, Kirk Douglas, Ira Gershwin, Howard Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Bette Midler, Jim Morrison, Sir Isaac Newton, Steven Spielberg, Donna Summer

Important December 2012 Dates

Advent begins 12/2
Hanukkah  (begins and ends at sundown) 12/7—12/16
Christmas Eve 12/24
Christmas 12/25
Kwanzaa 12/26—1/1
Boxing Day 12/26
New Year’s Eve Day 12/31

Looking for ecards to celebrate birthdays and holidays? We have a large selection at bluemountain.com for many sending occasions.

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YOUR OCTOBER BIRTHDAY!

Happy October Birthday, Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!

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Those born in October fall under two signs:

Libra, the Scales, September 23–October 23

Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24–November 21

 

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Flowers of the Month…Calendula, Cosmos

Birthstones/Meanings…Opal, Tourmaline, Pink  Sapphire/Hope

To read more about those born in October, please see our October 2011 birthday blog

If you know someone having a birthday this month, ober Birthday blog from last year: http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2011/10/your-october-birthday-%e2%80%93-oh-iridescent-remarkable-you/

Why not check out the large offering of birthday ecards at Blue Mountain…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!

 

 

 

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