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Fun Food Holidays (with FREE recipe card!)

07012014_Fondue_BLOG_BMA                There are few things in life that are forever immortalized as being incredibly sweet and utterly irresistible. Among them are babies, puppies…and desserts. Yes, decadent, luscious, oh-so-delicious and wonderful desserts that bring joy and happiness to everyone’s lips.

It just so happens that July is chock-full of fun and fascinating dessert-related holidays. Why not take a moment to look at the list below and celebrate the only way that makes the most perfect sense: by baking a special treat or making a frozen delight! (For your convenience, we’ve included a link to each and every mouth-watering recipe.)

And to kick off what happens to be today’s featured holiday—Chocolate Day—the folks at Blue Mountain are sharing our very own personal favorite recipe for Chocolate Fondue that you’re sure to love. Just download the fondue recipe card designed exclusively for you, print, and enjoy! (To print the recipe card, simply click “fondue” in the above sentence!)

July 7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day
Strawberry:: Lemon and Vanilla Ice Cream Parfait

July 8 – National Chocolate with Almonds Day
July 8

July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day
July 9

July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day
July 11

July 12 – Pecan Pie Day
July 12

July 15 – Tapioca Pudding Day
July 17

July 19 – National Raspberry Cake Day
July 19

July 21 – National Ice Cream Day
July 21

July 27 – National Crème Brulee Day
July 27

July 30 – National Cheesecake Day
July 30

July 31 – National Cotton Candy Day
July 31

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Random Acts of Kindness Part I (FREE desktop background)

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A smile from a stranger…a hug out of nowhere from your child, friend, or family member… a card received in the mail “just because.” These seemingly small gestures aren’t small at all. In fact, they have the power to turn a day completely around, change an outlook, and move the spirit. Science has even shown that being kind can make a real difference in the well-being and health of individuals who practice it and receive it. Another added plus—it’s contagious. Kindness spurs kindness; a single act can influence dozens more.

Random acts of kindness and “paying it forward” have been picking up steam lately
and trending in social media. It may be due to the fact that, while we weren’t looking,
the world took a turn for the worse and seemingly appeared less kind. Children hurting
and bullying children, innocent people gunned-down at the mall, and sweet animals living
at the mercy of cruel hands have all played into this dark cloud sweeping through our daily
lives. Well, take heart—the sun is rising on a new day and the world is picking itself back
up again. People are noticing and making an effort to put kindness back at the top of their list.

While stuck in an elevator, a boy makes a human chair out of himself to allow an elderly lady to sit down while they wait for help…a baseball team adopts a lonely stray pup that wandered onto their field, and made him the team mascot now loved by millions…a stranger pays for a woman’s breakfast “just because he wanted to,”…a wallet is found in the gutter and mailed back to the out-of-town owner… across the nation, people are pulling up to drive-thru windows only to find out that the person before them has already paid for their order. Kindness is catching, and all of us here at Blue Mountain couldn’t be more thrilled because our work is dedicated to helping people connect with others and be lifted up and cared about. You never know what someone else’s struggles may be, and you probably aren’t aware of the immense power your smile and kind words possess, or how your simple gesture can turn a day, or even a life, around. It’s truly magical, and this popular poem is a heartfelt reminder of how one simple act can grow and multiply.

We’d like you to join us in sharing and spreading kindness, so we do hope you will visit us again later this week when we’ll share Part II of this post and give you some ideas (along with some free gifts) of how you can join the kindness journey. Until then, please enjoy this free downloadable wallpaper which is a thoughtful reminder that you have the power within you to make an extraordinary, beautiful difference. To set as your desktop back ground simply click the image, and when the new window appears, right click and choose “set as background.”

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Anthropologist Margaret Mead once remarked, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” From the kindnesses happening in the world right now, it gladdens our hearts to tell you—she was right.

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12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

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Everyone at Blue Mountain is excited to share our 12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness. We created a special new collection of FREE digital postcards this year – each with a simple act of kindness that you can easily complete. Our own Blue Mountain team will be completing several of the acts ourselves and we encourage you to do the same. We will be highlighting the 12 Gifts on our Facebook wall, and we hope you will share the postcards via email, Facebook, mobile and more. These gifts are a simple and beautiful way to pay it forward, and give the gift of kindness this year and always!

 

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Happy Halloween Boo Mountain Friends!

 

Well, it’s been a very difficult Halloween week for the Eastern portion of the U.S. and Canada with the occurence of former Hurricane Sandy. And at Blue Mountain, our hearts go out to all those affected by this devastating storm.

Of course many communities are postponing their official Halloween “trick-or-treating” festivities to this weekend, allowing for more time for water to dissipate, power to be restored, and streets to be made safe again. That may not happen for a while in some neighborhoods so they will be hosting indoor-only activities so that all the children can
still enjoy this fun holiday, while making sure their safety isn’t compromised.

For the rest of the country, it’s full-on Halloween as usual…there’ll be loud chants of 
“Trick or Treat,” apples to be bobbed for, candy to be devoured and of course, spirits, ghosts and witches abounding to add a little mystery and magic to the cool night air. 
So have fun getting your scary on and enjoy all the bewitching ways there are to be enchanted by this hauntingly happy day!

 

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Tips for Great Easter Greetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is right around the corner.  It’s time for coloring eggs, fluffy Easter bunnies, and lots of bright, colorful cheer to celebrate the holiday.  What better way to brighten someone’s Easter than by sending some heartfelt Easter eCards

Hunting for that perfect eCard can be fun.  The challenge, however, comes with matching the ideal Easter card and message with the right recipient when you’re not sure what to send.  To make it easier, ask yourself the following as you select your eCard:

  • Is your recipient more religious?
  • Do they enjoy having their holiday funny bone tickled? 
  • If it’s for a child, would they enjoy a cute cartoon character on an Easter card?
  • Would they get a kick out of a Talking Easter eCard? Or, does a general all-purpose Easter card hit the spot and show them you care?

These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself as you sift through and narrow down the choices for each recipient.  Once you’ve decided what kind of eCard your Easter bunny honey will love, another important question remains: what to write?

Unlocking the perfect Easter eCard message is key to making a memorable holiday.  Here are a few fun Easter sayings and quotes that will make a great addition to any Easter eCard Blue Mountain has to offer.

 Easter Sayings:

 

  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea       
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eCard of the week – Fine Irish Lassie

Our pick this week is Fine Irish Lassie - a talking St. Patrick’s Day eCard. We love the details in this card, and how the adorable pooch shows off her St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Talking eCards are a great way to send a personal message to friends and loved ones because you get to pick what the character says. For St. Patrick’s Day try something like “Kiss me I’m Irish,” “Hope the luck of the Irish is with you today,” or “Sending you a little Irish hello just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.”

Blue Mountain has a great variety of St. Patrick’s Day eCards to choose from – take a minute and check them all out today! And don’t forget that Easter is right around the corner too… For everything from upcoming holiday eCards to Birthday eCards and Everyday eCards, Blue Mountain is always there to help you stay connected!

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eCard of the Week – Happy Mardi Gras postcard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you prefer Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras – it’s a day to celebrate with good friends and good food! We thought this festive Mardi Gras postcard would be perfect as our eCard of the week to help you get in the Mardi Gras spirit. This postcard was designed by Blue Mountain artist Terry Flores, and captures the magical essence of this celebratory holiday! This postcard is great to post on a friend’s facebook wall, or even post it on your own to wish all your friends a Happy Mardi Gras.

Know someone with a birthday around Mardi Gras? In addition to this postcard, send them a fun Birthday eCard for double the celebration! No matter if you’re looking for Talking eCards, fun Postcards or Holiday eCardsBlue Mountain is sure to help you stay connected and celebrate!

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A little Mardi Gras history


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras is February 12th this year, and with it comes music, parades, krewes, beads, and celebration!  You can find a mask, create a costume,  head to New Orleans, or participate in colorful local events. It’s a big celebration, but what is it exactly and how did the whole thing get started?

“Fat Tuesday” marks the last day of the Carnival season, a period of rich feasting and frivolity which follows Epiphany and is the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. It’s a floating holiday and its date varies slightly because it must fall 47 days before Easter Sunday.

In 1856, a group of businessmen founded New Orleans’ first and oldest krewe, the Mistick Krewe of Comus and in 1857, held its first parade. Comus is the oldest continuously active Mardi Gras Organization and is responsible for starting a number of traditions that continue today including the use of floats in parades.

The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green have their roots in political
and religious arenas. In 1872 the Rex Organization invented the King of the Carnival festivities and the first Rex selected the colors and the significance they hold today. A new king (Rex) is chosen each year by the School of Design in New Orleans, the sponsors of the Rex parade. In the “city that care forgot,” the parade champions make sure that visitors and natives alike follow Rex who will always set their hearts to music with “If ever I cease to love.”

Here are some extra Mardi Gras fun facts:

  • Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”
  • Mardi Gras celebrations have their origins in the ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia. It is considered the last great indulgence before the 40-day fasting period of Lent.
  • Mardi Gras migrated to the United States by way of many French influences, including French explorer Pierre le Moyne d’Iberville in the Louisiana territory
    in 1699.
  • The first Mardi Gras parade in the United States was held in Mobile, Alabama
    in 1830.
  • The official colors of Mardi Gras are green (faith), purple (justice) and gold (power).
  • Krewe: a non-profit organization or club participating in a parade.
  • The first “throw” (beads or small trinkets) happened in 1837 when a krewe member tossed small “gifts” to parade revelers.

So, how are you going to celebrate Mardi Gras? Try making a famous King Cake, decorating fun masks, throw a party or post a Mardi Gras postcard on your wall or email one to a friend!

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eCard of the week – Rain or Shine

 

 

 

 

 

Our pick for eCard of the week this week is Rain or Shine. This pretty eCard is a perfect send for someone you’re thinking about. Friends and family are always there for us – through the good and the bad, and especially in the in between. This eCard is a great representation of that. Blue Mountain artist Drew King beautifully designed this card with a sweet sentiment in mind.

From just-because eCards and friendship eCards, to talking eCards and birthday eCards - Blue Mountain is here to help keep you connected to everyone you love and care about!

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eCard of the Week – Just Tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our pick for the eCard of the Week this week is a simple postcard designed by best-selling designer, artist and author, Kathy Davis.  Kathy’s cards feature her signature water colors, and are a bright and cheery way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This digital postcard features an adorable little bird and is a great pick if you just want to say hi to a friend or loved one. Postcards are a great choice to post on someone’s facebook wall or send in an email. As always, Blue Mountain has something for everyone – from birthday ecards and every day ecards to holiday ecards and talking ecards!

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