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eCard of the Week: Bewitched Birthday Song

eCard of the Week: Bewitched Birthday SongIt’s a new year and we are continuing our eCard of the Week series because we love sharing some of our favorite cards with you! Do you know someone with a January birthday coming up? Winter birthdays can be so much fun – snowy scenes and birthday cake by the fire… Bewitched Birthday Song is a perfect pick for a fun and delightful birthday wish!

 Blue Mountain artist Alison Osborn brings this magical birthday ecard to life. Be sure to check out all the birthday ecards Blue Mountain has to offer, and don’t forget to let us know what you think here and on our facebook page. Birthdays, Holidays, Just Because – Blue Mountain is here for you in the New Year with everything you need to send a little love and stay connected!

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Your September Birthday–A Star Is Born!

Your September Birthday  A Star Is Born!You’ll have a star-studded birthday!  September finds you walking in the midst of enchanting fall flowers in a wide variety of colorful asters.  Your birth flower, the aster,  means star, so it adds to the special quality of your birthday month.  Of course, along with the asters, comes your birthstone which is the Star-Sapphire in its vibrant blue colors.  Demonstrating its powers of wisdom and purity, the sapphire was the choice of ancient Kings.  It was said to protect its wearers from slipping into the grips of envy, or from being poisoned by snakes.  Second only to diamonds for its lasting beauty and hardness, it brings the gifts of sincerity and faithfulness to your birthday sign.

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday Mother Teresa

Happy Birthday Mother TeresaHappy birthday to the woman who gave her life to God and her love in service to the poor and needy of the world, Mother Teresa!  Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia (formerYugoslavia) to Nikollë and Drane Bojkaxhiu.

Gonxha, or “little flower” in Albanian, was the youngest of three children who sought a holy life as early as her teenage years when she joined Sodality, a youth group in her local parish.  This involvement sparked interest in missionary work, whereby she joined the Sisters of Loretto, an Irish Catholic missionary devoted  to working in India—what she referred to as her first “calling”—and changed her name to Teresa (after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux).

Among her many roles inIndia, Mother Teresa (Sister Teresa at that time) taught geography and catechism at St. Mary’s High School inCalcutta.  She later became principal of St. Mary’s, but in 1944 had to give up teaching due to tuberculosis.  During a train ride toDarjeelingfor her yearly retreat (this time in order to rest), Teresa was blessed with her second calling in life, her self-described “call within a call”: to live and work among the poor. She left the Sisters of Loretto in 1948 and pursued her new calling.

Continuing her educational work, Teresa learned basic medicine and treated the sick in their homes.  Not long after, former students of hers followed hew work and treated men, women, and children who had been rejected by area hospitals.  As the needs of the sick and poor grew and more help was needed, Mother Teresa founded several organizations devoted to the cause:

  • Missionaries of Charity in 1950
  • The Missionaries of Charity Brothers in 1963
  • The contemplative branch of the sisters in 1976
  • The contemplative branch of the brothers in 1979
  • The Missionaries of Charity Fathers in 1984

The Co-Workers of Mother Teresa and Sick & Suffering Co-Workers were also established for those of many faiths who shared her mission.  She also formed the Lay Missionaries of Charity and the Corpus Christi Movement for Priests in 1981.

Mother Teresa’s beacon of light was not without its share of extreme darkness, however.   From as far back as when her work among the poor and needy began, she confessed to experiencing an undeniable inner feeling of separation, even rejection, from God.  She called it “the darkness”.  Yet it was this very feeling that helped establish an even greater sense of communion with God.  By experiencing this intense sense of despair, she was able to help those who felt it even more.

Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, and was recognized both at the time of her death and years later by Pope John Paul II for her holy work and devoted service.  A woman of unwavering commitment, her life presented more than an example, but rather a model of compassion, charity, and love to all of whom she touched, healed, and loved.

If you share Mother Teresa’s birthday, have a blessed and happy birthday!

Sources: motherteresa.org and ewtn.com

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Happy Birthday Julia Child!

Happy Birthday Julia Child!Her family and friends called her “Juke”, “Juju” and “Jukies”, but the world knows her as TV chef and author, Julia Child. Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born in Pasadena, California, on August 15, 1912. The oldest of three children, Julia had a privileged childhood and stood out among her peers as a wild prankster who towered over everyone else at the height of 6 feet, 2 inches.

Julia met Paul, the love of her life, while they were both working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The happy couple was married in 1946. When Paul was reassigned to a post in Paris, Julia bid “bon voyage” to the U.S. for a temporary post in France. There she fell madly in love with French food, and began living with an enthusiastic joie de vivre for the country.

Her passion for French cooking led her to the world-famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, where she spent six months cooking with the finest chefs in the country – most of which were men! When she graduated, this culinary tour de force wanted to give the world a taste of what she was cooking! Julia mixed it up with fellow Cordon Bleu students Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle to form a cooking school called L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes (The School of the Three Gourmands).

Wanting to wish “Bon appétit” to mainstream America, the trio adapted French cuisine for mainstream Americans by collaborating on a two-volume cookbook. The 734-page, 3-lb cookbook was released in September of 1961 under the title “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. The book was considered groundbreaking and remained the bestselling cookbook for five straight years after its publication.

Julia promoted her now-famous book on a Boston public television station. Introducing the world to her trademark blunt manner and hearty wit, she gained an immediate fan base by humorously preparing an omelet on air. This landmark first for Julia led her to host her own TV series on cooking for WGBH in 1962. Her beginning salary? $50 a show – this was later raised to $200 per show, plus expenses!

The French Chef TV series, like “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, gave us a new way of looking at food and made Julia a celebrity. The French Chef was eventually syndicated to 96 stations throughout America.

The “set” for all of her television shows – Julia Child’s Kitchen – was designed by Paul Child and is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Julia is still in the public eye today. In 2009, the feature film Julie & Julia made its way to the big screen. Starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as writer Julie Powell, the movie covers Powell’s attempt to cook every recipe in Julia’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year, while blogging her entire experience. Child and Powell are also the inspiration for the popular current blog www.ayearwithjulia.com.

So as we bid you adieu, tell us – what is YOUR favorite French dish?

Know someone who shares Julia’s birthday?  Send them warm and delectable birthday wishes with Blue Mountain eCards. Happy Birthday Julia Child!

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Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!Happy birthday to the master of cinematic suspense, Alfred Hitchcock!  Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, or “Hitch” to his friends and colleagues, was born August 13, 1899, inLeytonstone,England(just outsideLondon) to William and Emma Hitchcock.

The youngest of three children, Alfred grew up in a strict Roman Catholic family.  Despite a few stringent rules, including reciting the events of his day each night at the foot of his mother’s bed, Alfred experienced a fairly normal childhood.  Educated at

St.IgnatiusCollege, he went on to study engineering and navigation.  One of his first jobs was working for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company, during which time his interest in film began.

He first got work drawing sets and met Alma Reville, an editor, who was only one day younger than Alfred. Laboring further down the food chain than her, they never spoke to each other until the director of the film they were working on got severely ill and Hitchcock was called upon to finish the movie.  He and Alma married in December 1926 and had a daughter, Patricia.

After a number of stops and starts at directing, Hitchcock began his filmography with The Lodger, The Lady Vanishes, and Rebecca.  But it wasn’t until Saboteur in 1942 that studios began placing Hitchcock’s name before the title (i.e. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho).

It’s been said that Hitchcock prided himself on directing and preferred studios for shooting rather than filming on locations because it enabled him more control over the filmmaking elements.  He also made a point of making an appearance in most of his films, which became something of a trademark for Hitchcock.

Not to limit himself to film, Hitchcock also made a name for himself in television in the 1950’s and 60’s with Alfred Hitchcock Presents.   He directed many of the half-hour episodes and played host every week during its run.Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Years later, when given a Lifetime Achievement award in 1979, Hitchcock kidded that he must be nearing the end of his life.  He died the next year of kidney failure on April 29, 1980, in Bel Air,Los Angeles,California, a man of the world and a cinematic legend. 

Know someone who shares Alfred’s birthday?  Send them a frighteningly exciting birthday eCard and make their day!

Sources: PBS.com, biography.com, imdb.com

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Your August Birthday

Your August BirthdayIf you’re an August birthday baby, you’re an enthusiastic, energetic, honest and optimistic person.  Like the strong leader you are, you inspire those around you to greatness, tapping into the best they have to offer and reminding them of their own power.  You have considerable power yourself which is fueled by the sun and by your overflowing sense of sympathy for others.

You love doing work that is healthy and meaningful and you always work hard to overcome  any obstacles.  You take it upon yourself to create the opportunity to achieve your desired goals.  You have the heart of a lion and you share it with  kindness and confidence.

Your flower is the gladiolus, which comes in reds, pinks, whites, yellows and oranges, but which symbolizes strength of character and sincerity.  Others look to you to lead the way and nurture their dreams, for you’re always willing to shine your light.

Your gemstone is the Peridot which is known as the “gem of the sun” because of its brilliance when seen in the desert sunlight.  It was once believed that one could even see the light from a peridot in utter darkness.  Another name for this sparkling green stone is “evening emerald” and it was said to relieve innocent sleepers of bad dreams.

The peridot was worn in ancient times as a protection against undesired enchantments and against feelings of melancholy or depression.  It also could prevent infections and evil.  It’s only right that your gemstone would also signify strength and promise.

May this year bring you greater opportunities to pursue your life purpose,  beautiful moments of inspiration and all that you need to live “sunny side up” in the days ahead.  Your tremendous spirit and gracious charms benefit everyone around you.  Celebrate being fabulous you!

Know someone who’s celebrating an August birthday?  Don’t forget to share some of this great news with them or send them a birthday eCard to wish them a happy day and prosperous year ahead!

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Happy Birthday Sandra Bullock!

Happy Birthday Sandra Bullock!It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock. She’s managed to take on the role of America’s sweetheart without being flashy, annoying or fake. She is the quintessential woman everyone wants as their friend, boss, girlfriend, wife, drinking buddy, work-out partner…the list could go on forever. She has unmatched charisma on the big screen whether she’s starring in a romantic comedy or a serious drama. Her comedic characters are always funny, but never dumb, and her dramatic roles are authentic and relatable. And even though there have been a few professional bumps in the road – umm, hello Speed 2, Cruise Control and All About Steve – we forgive her because she’s not afraid to call herself out, which is just another reason we like her so much.

When she’s not on the big screen, Sandy is equally intriguing, spending a great deal of her time and money on important charitable causes. She recently donated $1 million to Japan Disaster Victims and has heavily donated to charities benefitting New Orleans after hurricane Katrina – most notably the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, which was formed to rebuild the hurricane-ravaged Easton High School. Although she’s called Austin, TX home for years, New Orleans is particularly special to Sandra as it is where her adopted son, Louis is originally from.

It’s not hard to believe that in high school, Sandra was a cheerleader and voted “most likely to brighten your day,” – a role she’s definitely lived up to. Here are a few more fun facts you may not know about Sandy…

–          Sandra is the daughter of a German opera singer and an American voice coach

–          She graduated from Washington-Lee High School where alumni also include Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty

–          One her first roles was for a television series based on the Melanie Griffith/Harrison Ford movie “Working Girl” in 1990.

–          Sandra took on the role for Speed 2 to help fund her own movie project, Hope Floats.

–          She donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after the September 11, 2001 attacks

–          First woman to win best and worst actress in the same year. Best Actress Academy Award for The blind Side; Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve

–          It is reported that she has acupuncture procedures done 2-3 times a week to help maintain her weight and ageless complexion.

–          She reportedly hates musicals and has vowed never to participate in one.

Do you have a friend or family member that shares the same birthday as Miss Sandra? Don’t forget to send them a birthday ecard to wish them happy birthday!  Also, if you’re tired of remembering birthdays or managing a  birthday calendar, check out our free birthday reminder service – never feel the pressure of having to remember a birthday again!

Can you pick a favorite Sandra Bullock role or movie? Tell us in the comments section below.

Sources:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000113/bio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Bullock

http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20364464_20364811,00.html

http://www.biography.com/articles/Sandra-Bullock-9542453

http://www.warreneastoncharterfoundation.com/

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The History of Birthdays

The History of BirthdaysIt’s a day that’s all about you – it’s your birthday! Celebrating the anniversary of the day you were born is a common thing, but have you ever wondered where the tradition began? Early man didn’t have a concept of time, or know how to calculate events. Marking the passage of time only became customary with the invention of calendars, which came about from the ability to read lunar cycles.

So where did we get some of the many traditions that come with birthdays?

Noisy Parties

Birthdays are often celebrated across many cultures (often with gifts, parties, etc.), but some say the tradition of birthday parties started inEurope. The superstition stated that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays, so to protect the birthday boy or girl, family and friends would visit. Apparently, bringing good wishes and lots of noise kept the spirits away! This is why many parties are filled with noise makers, music and lots of laughter. So break out the party favors and crank up the tunes!

Cake and Candles

A birthday celebration isn’t complete without a cake and candles! Some think the cake tradition started with the Greeks, who would take a round or moon shaped cake to thetemple of Artemis- the Goddess of Moon – to celebrate. They would then light candles on the cake to make it glow like a moon because they believed that gods lived in the sky and that lighted candles helped to send a signal or prayers.

Others think it was a German custom, as they would bake bread into the shape of baby Jesus’ swaddling cloth to mark the occasion. They’d then place a large candle in the middle of the cake, symbolizing ‘the light of life’.

And what about blowing out those flames? Candles are placed on a Birthday cake and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. Some say that blowing all candles out in one breath means the wish will come true and the person will have good luck in the coming year. Why? Early traditions believe that the rising smoke takes your wishes and prayers up to God. Regardless of what you believe, don’t let the flames burn too long – it’s bad form to let all of the wax melt all over the cake!

Dates

What’s the most popular birth date in theUnited States? October 5 holds this honor, while May 22 is the least common birth date.

So whether your birthday is today, or a full year away – happy birthday to you and yours! What do YOU do to celebrate your special day?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday

http://www.tokenz.com/history-of-birthday.html

http://www.tokenz.com/history-of-birthday-cake.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5076732_history-birthday-candles.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_cake

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Depp!

Happy Birthday, Johnny Depp!He’s tall, dark, handsome and oh-so-talented: happy birthday to Johnny Depp! Born on June 9, 1963, this mega-star is most recently known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. He once lived on a tight budget while selling pens for a telemarketing firm – good thing he didn’t keep that day job!

Bet this isn’t the only piece of Depp trivia that may surprise you – here’s some more dish on Depp that you may not have known!

  • Johnny Depp’s full name is John Christopher Depp, Jr.
  • Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Depp is the youngest of four children.
  • At age 16, Depp dropped out of high school and joined the garage band, The Kids.
  • Depp fell into acting when he was introduced to actor Nicolas Cage. How’s that for a mentor?
  • After filming Sleepy Hollow, Depp adopted the horse who played Gunpowder in the movie.
  • Depp isn’t just an actor, he’s also an accomplished musician. His credits include the soundtrack for his film, Chocolat. He’s also played lead slide guitar on the Oasis album Be Here Now.
  • The country of Estonia has a nightclub named after Depp. What’s it called? “Who Wouldn´t Like Johnny Depp?”
  • Depp has been named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”… twice. The honor came in both 2003 and 2009.
  • Depp is the godfather of Billy Ray Burton, the son of entertainment power-couple Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton.
  •  Depp’s many acting credits include 21 Jumpstreet, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and most famously Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.

What’s your favorite Johnny Depp role? Tell us in the comments section below!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000136/bio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Depp

http://www.biography.com/articles/Johnny-Depp-9542522

http://www.people.com/people/johnny_depp/biography

http://www.biography.com/featured-biography/johnny-depp/

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