Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you don’t have a gift for that special someone yet, there’s no need to worry! It’s not about the gift, it’s about telling people how much you love them on this special day – and we have a little help for you to do just that. Click here to download and print this “I love you to the moon” quote, which is perfect for framing and will fit inside any standard 5 X 7 frame. It’s the perfect way to say those three little words that carry such a big meaning!
Your closest and dearest friend(s) will always have a special place in your heart. And you in hers. You know each other inside and out. You’ve gone through good times and bad. You’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. And there’s no one else you’d rather call your best friend.
But times change—and life happens. You don’t get to see each other as often as you once did. You don’t keep in touch as often as you’d like. And you suddenly somehow feel that an occasional phone call just isn’t enough.
You’d like to change that now. You’d like to reach out to her in some very special way and surprise her with an act of appreciation for your deep friendship. Any ideas of how you’re going to do that?
Don’t give it another thought. Blue Mountain has done all the work for you and compiled a list of 10 fun and exciting ways to reconnect with your BFF. Pick one (or more!) and delight her today!
MAKE A SCRAPBOOK OR VIDEO
Compile a scrapbook or PowerPoint slideshow of the many pictures you have of you and your best friend together. If doing a video, add songs in the background that have a special meaning to you both. Don’t forget to add a personal message that will touch her heart. This will truly become a keepsake.
RECREATE PAST MEMORIES
What did you use to like to do together? Ride bikes? Go bowling? Shop at the mall? Visit an amusement park? Have sleepovers? Recreate that exact kind of day with little notes that will remind her of your past shared memories and inside jokes.
HAVE DINNER TOGETHER
Visit a restaurant in a city that neither of you have ever been to before. Make reservations under your nicknames. Order for each other. Giggle the night away.
WATCH AN OLD SHOW
Rent an old movie that was a favorite of both of yours and laugh/cry through it together. Choose either a popular TV series (like “Leave it to Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” or “I Love Lucy”) or a classic film (like “Gone with the Wind,” “Casablanca,” or “Titanic”). If a good chick flick about female friendship is more to your liking, choose “Thelma and Louise,” “Beaches,” or “Steel Magnolias.” And don’t forget the popcorn!
MAKE A RETRO DINNER
Cook dinner for your best friend that would be something you both loved as kids. Think retro. Your menu could include such all-time favorites as macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, salisbury steak or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas, chicken à la king, tuna casserole, TV dinners, deviled eggs, spinach dip in a hollowed-out bread bowl, cheese spread in a can with a nozzle plus crackers, baked Alaska, a gelatin mold, or S’mores.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a magnificent bouquet or a simple arrangement. The important thing is that your friend’s day is made that much brighter when she receives those beautiful flowers from you. You might also want to accompany them with an eCard that expresses your sentiments. For a helpful guide, here is what some flowers signify:
- Amaryllis – splendid beauty
- Birds of Paradise – joyfulness
- Black-Eyed Susan – encouragement
- Blue Violet – faithfulness
- Carnation – pride and beauty
- Chrysanthemum – cheerfulness in old age; fidelity
- Gladiolus – strength of character
- Heather – admiration
- Lily – majesty
- Pink carnation – gratitude
- Yellow rose – friendship
- Zinnia – thoughts of friends
SHARE A SPA DAY
Book an afternoon (or even a full day!) of pampering at the spa for the two of you. Choose from the variety of services offered—from manicures and pedicures, to facials, massages, and body treatments. Throw in a shampoo/style, makeup application, or lunch, too, if available. Then get ready to enjoy a truly restful and relaxing time together.
ENJOY AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Think outside the box on this one. Maybe plant a garden together. Or go hiking (and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards). Or play in a playground. Or fly kites. Or rollerblade. Or go kayaking. Or run a race. Or…frankly, the world is your oyster.
ATTEND A COOKING CLASS
There’s nothing that brings good friends together quite like food. Choose a class that will introduce a cuisine or technique that’s new to both of you. Then maybe schedule another evening to recreate at home what you learned in class. Don’t forget the wine! Bon appétit!
Schedule a getaway weekend just for the two of you. It can be as exotic (a trip to Paris!) or as modest (tenting in a national park) as you’d like or can afford. The important thing is that you enjoy your time together and get a chance to catch up on old times!
And now we’d like to surprise and delight YOU, our dear reader, with a free desktop background featuring one of our most popular friendship quotes. To set as your desktop background, simply click the image, and when the new window appears, right click and choose “set as background.”
Summer is definitely upon us. Sun-filled days, long nights, and maybe a vacation or two in the works. Family summer vacations are a time for us to come together, reconnect, and realize that although we might not have it all together, together we have it all. Which is exactly why we chose that quote for our printable quote this month. Print, Frame, and Enjoy!
One of the wonderful member benefits our Blue Mountain members enjoy is the ability to schedule their ecards ahead of time. Missed birthdays and anniversaries are a thing of the past, and holiday cards are sent automatically while members are busy baking, shopping, and enjoying the season.
If you haven’t yet tried scheduling your cards ahead, you might want to try it today! In our previous post, we shared with you how to set up all your reminders so you’ll be notified what ecards you need to send and when to send them. Once you have all that information ready to go, why not make a glass of iced tea and sit on the porch, or enjoy a rainy afternoon, and take the time to choose your cards and schedule them to arrive anytime you’d like – up to a year in advance! Simply follow the steps below. (We’ll even show you how easy it is to attach a gift card to any ecard for an extra-fun surprise that your friends and family will love.)
How to Schedule eCards Ahead:
Choosing your card is the first and most fun part! No matter what the occasion, you’ll find eCards that are heartfelt and warm or silly and surprising. Plus, you can choose cards that sing, and yes—talk!
Once you select your card, you’ll want to click the Personalize and Send button. Here you can personalize your own message in the font, size, style, and color of your choice, and even add a photo. Not sure on what to say? Click the Suggested Messages link and choose the occasion from the drop-down menu. Then simply choose which message you’d like to add. Next, select the Email option in order to schedule it ahead, and click Continue to Delivery Information.
Now you get to schedule you card ahead! First fill in the To and From fields, and then below that you’ll see the Delivery & Notifications section. Here is where you can choose any date you’d like your card to be delivered – yep, up to a year in advance! Select any date you’d like from the drop-down boxes. You can also select to receive an email with a copy of the eCard, to notify you when your eCard was picked up, and even to let you know if your card hasn’t been picked up yet.
Turn your eCard into an instant gift by adding a gift card! After you’ve selected your date of delivery, you’ll notice that you can also choose to add a gift card to your eCard. When you select that option and click Add a gift card & Send eCard, you’ll be taken to the gift card page where you can choose from so many great retailers that it’ll be hard to choose just one! If you don’t wish to attach a gift card, simply click the Send eCard button and your card will be scheduled to be sent on the day you chose. (Any eCard can be canceled up to 24 hours before the target delivery date. Just follow the link in your confirmation email, or go to Your Account on www.bluemountain.com and click on eCards & Gifts Sent.)
Now that you know how to schedule your eCards ahead, you’ll never again have to feel badly about missing a special occasion. Everyone enjoys being thought of and remembered, so you can relax and have the peace of mind that comes from knowing all the people you care about will feel happy and loved.
There must be a rule somewhere that states when summertime is here, delicious, colorful drinks must be had, and we don’t mind that rule one bit. When summer cocktails came to mind, a few of us immediately thought of sangria—with its red and white varieties that include endless fruit combinations, there’s simply no reason not to enjoy it all summer long.
However, we were surprised to discover that there was one type of sangria that we’ve never even considered before—frozen! Naturally, when we found this happy delight from lemon tree dwelling, we couldn’t hold back from sharing it with you. So, without further ado, please print and enjoy this free recipe card for Tropical Frozen Sangria, and come along with us to savor the flavors of summer!
If you’ve walked into any craft store, mall, or department store recently, chances are you’ve noticed that there is a big trend taking place right now. Coloring! Coloring books aren’t just for kids any more. There are hundreds of choices of color books, geared at helping adults take a little time for themselves to relax, unwind, and focus on something outside of their every day stresses.
We thought we’d try our hand at a coloring page just for you! Click here to print out the page and start coloring today. Enjoy!
P.S. We love the idea of framing your page when you’re done. Hang it in your home or office, or gift it to someone you’re “so very grateful” for!
Happy June! Summer is right around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate everything it has to offer. Before Summer arrives, we have a chance to celebrate and honor all the fathers and important men in our lives, as Father’s Day falls on June 19th.
We have a new collection of Free Father’s Day postcards, perfect for everyone you want to celebrate this year. One of our brand new Father’s Day eCards is going to be a favorite for sure, and is the perfect choice to send Dad a little “Slice of Paradise.” Another new Father’s Day eCard showcases the beautiful relationship between Fathers and Daughters, and we think you’re going to love it!
So let’s get ready to enjoy everything June has to offer, including our Free digital download for the month. Make this image your desktop background, Facebook cover photo, or even the background on your phone. Enjoy!
Oops, you just forgot someone’s birthday. You didn’t mean to. Really, you didn’t. But life got busy, time slipped by, and before you knew it, their big day came and went—and you never got around to sending them a birthday card.
Yikes! The last thing you want is for that person to think you didn’t care enough to remember them on their special day.
So, what can you do now?
First of all, don’t feel bad or embarrassed. It happens to the best of us. Most people understand. They really do. Second, realize that it’s far better to recognize someone’s birthday a little late than not at all.
Which brings us to…
Last, but not least, the best solution to forgetting someone’s birthday is to find the perfect belated birthday card and make sure they know you’re still thinking of them fondly.
As far as what you should write in a belated birthday card, well that can get a little tricky. You want to definitely convey sincerity. And genuine remorse. After all, you truly ARE sorry you missed their birthday, whether by a day or by a mile.
But depending on whether or not the birthday person is actually angry with you for forgetting their day, a little humor can also go a long way.
The bottom line is, you want to address your tardiness and make the people you love feel just as special now as if you had remembered them on time.
Here are some belated birthday message ideas to help you get started. (And try to remember on time next year!)
HEARTFELT BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES
- Hope your birthday was as incredibly special as you are. And even though this wish comes a little late, it’s timelessly sincere. Happy belated birthday!
- Sending you the happiest belated birthday wish. So sorry I missed your special day.
- My most sincere apologies for missing one of the best days of the year: your birthday! Hope it was terrific.
- I’m so sorry this is a little late. But I hope your year will bring all great things. Happy belated birthday!
- Birthdays come only once a year, but our friendship is forever. Hope you’ll forgive me. Happy belated birthday.
- Hope all your birthday wishes came true. But just to make sure, here’s one more for good luck. Yes, maybe a little late, but absolutely heartfelt. Happy belated birthday!
- It’s embarrassing to be the last one to wish you a happy birthday. But I hope you had the most amazing day.
- Yes, birthdays are special days. But you’re special every single day. Here’s to you! Happy belated birthday.
- Happy late birthday. Please forgive me for sending these delayed wishes, but hope your day was nothing but awesome!
- Even though this card is a little late, the wish it brings for happiness is good any day of the year. Happy belated birthday!
FUNNY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES
- I’m so sorry I forgot your birthday. But hey, at least I didn’t forget I forgot. Happy belated birthday!
- You do realize I didn’t technically “forget” your birthday? I’m just fashionably late…as usual. Happy happy!
- I’m mortified that I missed having some cake on your birthday. So to make up for it, I’m having two desserts today. In your honor. Happy belated birthday!
- You should actually be thanking me for forgetting your birthday. Because now I gotta get you two gifts: one for your birthday and one to cheer you up. Hope your day was terrific!
- Heard you’re celebrating a belated birthday. Bet all the other fools sent their cards on time! Have a good one.
- I know I forgot your birthday. But trust me, it hurts me more than you. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I’m shaking all over. Kinda like the flu. Please forgive me.
- Personally, I prefer to celebrate your birth month rather than your birth date. I’m still on time, right? Well, happy birthday either way!
- Seriously, there’s no excuse for me forgetting your birthday. But if it would make you feel better, I could surely make something up. Hope you had a great one!
- Think of this birthday wish as being either very late…or extremely early. I prefer the latter. Either way, happy birthday!
- The good news is that the earth didn’t swallow me up. The bad news is that your card wasn’t so lucky. So here’s another. Happy belated birthday!
It seems like it is human nature to resist change. Weren’t things just fine the way they were? The truth is, without change there could be no growth. The cells in our bodies are constantly renewing just as Nature is constantly changing with the seasons. And lucky for us, Nature’s changes at this time of year are especially beautiful–sunny skies, blooming flowers, new baby animals and white fluffy clouds floating by. Life’s alive in everything in spring.
Relationships evolve and change, too. To ensure they are growing and changing for the better, it’s important to nurture them. One essential way is by keeping in touch. There doesn’t need to be a special occasion. Reach out to family and friends just because you’re thinking of them. Let them know they matter in your life. Call them up, arrange a get-together, surprise them with a note, send an eCard. Here at Blue Mountain we have many delightful cards to wish them a happy day, send “Good Vibrations,” and share a smile. Be the sunshine in someone’s day. How about today?
Happy Spring, Everyone!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
Hello Blue Mountain Friends!
Spring is nearly sprung and I can hardly wait to see the crocuses peeking up through the fresh, new grass and to hear the birds singing again in joyful celebration. Sunny blue skies, budding trees and warm southern breezes are all headed our way.
It’s the perfect time for us to embrace the warmer light of spring and bring ourselves back to life.
In this season of renewal, you can reconnect with important parts of yourself that you may have lost touch with–favorite places, fun pastimes and especially old friends. Let’s write the note, make the call, send the invitation. You know all those things you’ve been wishing to do? It’s time to begin. Let’s fill our days with magic and dreams realized.
Here at Blue Mountain, we’ve made it easy to stay in touch by creating imaginative new eCards you’ll want to share. Our new St. Patrick’s Day card features lush Irish scenery set to traditional music. For Easter, the artists designed a breathtaking scene that transforms from winter to spring. Our religious Easter card reveals a crown of thorns transitioning into a beautiful wreath of flowers. You’ll also discover some fun, new birthday cards featuring well-known popular songs, such as “Shout,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Tequila,” and “I’m So Excited.”
I hope you’re as excited as I am about spring!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor