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Valentine’s Day Birthday Wishes

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A birthday is a really special occasion. Valentine’s Day is also a pretty special occasion. But when someone’s got a birthday that’s also on or near Valentine’s Day, now that’s an EXTRA special occasion!

So when it comes time to writing something meaningful and appropriate in a greeting to that unique Valentine baby—whether it’s a general birthday eCard or a specific Valentine’s Day eCard—you may find yourself at a slight loss for words.

No longer.

The editors at Blue Mountain offer their suggestions for sentiments that will help convey your feelings exactly. Whether you’re searching for a message that’s fun and lighthearted, or something a bit more serious and conventional, we’ve got just the right Valentine’s Day birthday wishes for you. How sweet is that!

Cute & Sweet

  • From delicate lace to candy and cakes, nothing is finer or sweeter than you. Happy Valentine’s Day Birthday!
  • Hope your special day is just as sweet as you. Happy Valentine’s Birthday!
  • Hugs and kisses x2 on your Valentine’s birthday!
  • Sending you a double dose of sweet joy and happiness on your Valentine’s Day birthday!
  • Your heart is always filled with so much love, which explains why you were born on Valentine’s Day! Hope your special day is extra happy.
  • May your birthday be filled with all the sweetness in the world. Happy Valentine’s Day Birthday!
  • Only special people are born on the day the world celebrates love. Happy Valentine’s Birthday to special you!
  • Wishing you a valentine birthday sprinkled with happiness, laughter, and love!
  • Two of the sweetest days rolled into one: your birthday and Valentine’s Day. Happy happy!
  • Wishing you a doubly love-filled day! Happy Valentine’s Day Birthday!
  • How sweet that your birthday falls on Valentine’s Day. You get cake, ice cream, presents AND chocolate!  Happy birthday!

Traditional & Heartfelt

  • Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day birthday filled with lots of love and laughter!
  • Sending extra love on your Valentine’s birthday!
  • February 14 is a special day for a special person: you! Happy Valentine’s Birthday!
  • Wishing you a double joyous celebration. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • May your special day bring you twice as much happiness in every way. Happy Valentine’s Day Birthday!
  • Heartfelt wishes for a magical double celebration. Happy Birthday! Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Hope your Valentine’s Day birthday is filled with lots of love and happiness.
  • Enjoy every moment of your double-special day. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Sending you wishes for a fun-filled day with those you care for the most. Happy Valentine’s Birthday!
  • May today be just the start of a year filled with every happiness your heart could dream of. Happy Valentine’s Day Birthday!
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February 2016 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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It’s February in a Leap Year!  If you’re deep in the doldrums of winter, what a great time to take a leap and try something new.  February 29th is Leap Day, which only happens every 4 years.  Here at Blue Mountain we’ve created a special birthday card just for the “leaplings” who had a 1 in 1,461 chance of being born on that day.  So it’s a perfect day to take a chance on a new relationship,  a new venture, or a new pasttime.  Get out your seed catalogs and plan a new garden.  Pick a new hairstyle for spring.  Go on an impromtu winter escape. It’s time to shake it up.

February kicks off with Groundhog Day on the 2nd.  Maybe our furry weatherman won’t see his shadow and we can expect an early spring.  Chinese New Year celebrations begin on the 9th for the Year of the Monkey, which according to the Chinese Zodiac, is an unpredictable year when anything can happen.  On that same day is Mardi Gras, which is aptly named, because in French it means “Fat Tuesday,” a day to eat, drink and be merry before fasting for the Lenten season.

With Valentine’s Day at its center, February is certainly a month of love.  If you are in a new relationship, or in a lasting one, we have new Valentines to celebrate that love.

As Shakespeare wrote: “They do not love that do not show their love.”  Be sure you’re loved ones know how special they are to you, on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Happy February!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
Caroline

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Printable Quote – Smile!

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It’s important to remember that no matter how cold it may get outside, smiling has the power to warm every soul!

This month’s free printable quote is perfect for printing, framing, and reminding us that it’s okay to smile! Print one for yourself, and a friend. The quote is easily printable and would be a fun framed addition to any desk or home. Click here to print.

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8 Ways to Show Gratitude

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As the bleak mid-winter settles in and the last of the lights and tinsel are coming down, it’s a good time to reflect on your holiday fun and the people who made it that way that you’ve still yet to thank. The beginning of the year, in itself, is a good time for us to think about doing things just a little bit better than we have before–like staying in touch more, worrying less, and showing our gratitude.

Saying, “Thank you,” doesn’t always have to be a hand-written note, although one is always appreciated. But we know that sometimes you want to do something different that’s a little more special, so we’ve rounded up some ideas that we feel anyone would appreciate and always remember.

Say it with sweets
ThinkstockPhotos-187957173Who doesn’t like a sweet treat? Bake them their favorite cookies, homemade bread, or buy a bag of their favorite candy or snack. Especially during these wintry months, it’s time for sweet, cozy comforts galore.

Create you own labels
Here’s a fun way to present your candy, doughnuts, or fresh-baked goods. Add a little something extra and attach a creative label. There are lots of cute ideas online like this one from Happiness is Homemade, so find your favorites and give your offering some extra flair with a personal touch.

Do something special for them
ThinkstockPhotos-78813055A great way to show your thanks is to treat them to dinner or a movie they’ve been wanting to see. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on those Oscar contenders, plus it allows you to spend some quality time together and is a fun way to extend your gratitude.

Pay it forward
ThinkstockPhotos-175531936Knowing you contributed to their favorite charity will touch their heart immensely, so donate some funds or volunteer your time in a selfless act of gratitude, and they’ll never forget it.

Be there when they need help
ThinkstockPhotos-481030427Whether it’s lending a kind ear to quietly listen or a hand to hold in a time of grief, be the support they were to you and offer them the same kindness.

Brighten their world with flowers
ThinkstockPhotos-128019789Flowers are a timeless gift that everyone appreciates. If you happen to know their favorite flower, buy them a bouquet or arrangement and include a thank you note. Sometimes, what’s even more special are just a few blooms from your own yard or garden, when the season permits. Find a small glass vase, or even a pretty colored one like blue or pink. You could also use a clear glass vase and add any color food coloring to the water, too, for a fun touch. Then place a few sweet blooms inside. Sometimes the simplest things are the most remembered kindnesses of all.

Give them your time
rbv2_08This is perhaps one the most valuable and underestimated gifts. Do they need help shoveling when it snows? Offer to shovel or bring over your snow blower when the next snowfall hits to clear their property. Lawn or garden work? Give them your helping hands to weed, rake, and clear flowerbeds. Is their car in the shop? Offer to drive them to and from work, the store, or run errands. Are they lonely? Stop by with some warm coffee  and conversation. Time is a gift that’s priceless and always appreciated.

Go digital with your gratitude
Thumb image with the words "You Raise Kindness to an Art"Thank someone on their Facebook wall so everyone knows how wonderful they were to you. You could also send a digital greeting card, which allows you to include your own personal message. We have lots of sweet and fun eCards to choose from, and you even have the option to attach a gift card  for an extra special treat to go along with your greeting. We also have “Simply Thankful – Blue Mountain’s guide to positive living,” which is a wonderful page we created to inspire some thoughtful new ways to help you show gratitude.

Do you have some favorite ideas for how you like to show your appreciation? Please share them with us! We love to hear how the power of gratitude makes the world a more thoughtful, kinder place, and we thank YOU for continuing to keep it thriving and growing.


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Christmas Printable & Frameable Quote

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Charles Dickens really knew what he was talking about with this quote! The true meaning of Christmas is something that we should hold dear to our hearts throughout the year.

Part of the true meaning of Christmas is giving, and we have the perfect idea of how you can spread Dickens’ word. Click here to print out this quote and frame it in any standard 5 X 7 frame. It instantly becomes the perfect gift for friends, family, and coworkers! Plus, don’t forget to check out our stunning, brand new Christmas eCard, which was inspired by Dickens himself.

 

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Printable & Frameable Quote – Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and it’s the perfect time to focus on gratitude and the small, simple gifts that we can give each day. Gifts like kindness and love don’t cost anything, but have such a powerful impact. We came across this quote from L.O. Baird and we felt it perfectly summed up what this time of year is truly about. Click here to download, print, and maybe even frame this lovely quote. Hang it in your office or home, or even better, give it to a friend or loved one.

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Brighten Someone’s Day Challenge

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We have written blogs about making people smile and random acts of kindness with the intent to get people thinking about looking beyond themselves and reaching out to others who could use some cheering up.

Since it’s been a while, we wanted to reconnect and see how it’s going with your new mission to brighten someone’s day­—everyday.

  • Are you making a conscious effort to share and spread kindness as often as possible?
  • Are you surprising and delighting people with anonymous gestures, both big and small?
  • Are you sharing generosity and thoughtfulness with friends and strangers alike?

If so, we’d love to hear about it – or better yet we’d like to see your badge of honor. We invite you to post your good deeds on our Facebook page along with the above image. Simply right click on the image, save it to your desktop, and then post it in your status on Facebook, while including what you did recently to brighten someone’s day.

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Summer Adventures Roundup

When it comes to fun and adventure, there’s no better season than summer to charter unknown territory with your friends. From traveling and hiking, to exploring your own city or offering up your time to assist a person or organization, there’s always something new to learn, unfamiliar places to explore, and grand experiences lying just around the bend.

We’ve collected six fun and different ideas you might like to try, or they may even spark an idea of your own.  So grab your friends and set out on some new adventures, and be ready to make some beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. There’s still so much summer to enjoy!

  1. 08112015_Summer_adventures_Roundup_BLG_BMAGet up, up, and away! Whether you’re heading off for a week at the seaside or a fun day trip, parasailing will give you the ultimate adventure of fun in the sun! It’s one of those “someday”   activities that we always want to try but never seem to get around to. Unleash your hesitations and let your spirit soar!
  2. Take a random road trip. Let fate plan your fun by throwing darts at a map of your county (or of your state or country if you’re up for a longer excursion) and wherever they come closest to is your road trip to remember. If you happen to be near the World’s Largest Frying Pan or Biggest Ball of Twine, Roadside America will make sure you don’t miss it. Don’t worry too much about taking an exact route—the goal here is the fun and stories you’ll gather along the way.
  3. Food truck day. If you’re tired of the same old restaurants or just want to cut back a bit on spending while you explore your town or city, switch things up and chase down some delicious food trucks! Have each friend pick a different truck for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course—snacks and treats! Or have each friend pick a different food truck each week, and plan to meet for lunch throughout the month. It’s amazing what new and different things you can experience right in your own city.
  4. Go on a hike and pack your own trail mix. Hiking doesn’t have to be an all-day trek through the wilderness. Visit your local trails or your state park and relish the fresh air as you catch up,unplug, and drink in nature’s scenic beauty. Have each friend bring a batch of homemade trail   mix to share during your outing.
  5. Try a completely new activity without spending a lot. Always wanted to try yoga? Never learned to swim? How about learning how to paint? It’s always refreshing to try something new with friends,  and with helpful sites like Groupon and Living Social, you’ll find great deals and discounts to boot.
  6. Volunteer for a good cause. There’s no better feeling than helping someone else, so gather your friends and do something for the greater good. You can help build homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteer at a local animal shelter, rock babies at your hospital, or even band together and help a sick or elderly neighbor by mowing, weeding, and beautifying their yard. There’s no greater joy to be had than sharing a simple act of kindness.

 

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Printable Quote: Summertime

We hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warm weather of sweet, sweet summertime! The feelings that summer bring out should be shared, so we wanted to create this printable, and framable summer quote for you. Hang it on your wall, at your desk, or give to a friend. Enjoy!

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