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12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

12 Gifts of Christmas Kindness

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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Place Setting Etiquette

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, we know you’re busy reviewing your guest list, making centerpieces, and digging deep into your cabinets to pull out Grandma’s very good china.  Whether you’re planning a formal affair, or gathering friends and family together for a casual day of comfort food and football, we thought it would be helpful to share this handy infographic of varying place settings to help you set a festive Thanksgiving table with the “proper” flair.

Place Setting Etiquette

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What to Write…in a talking Halloween ecard

What to Write...in a talking Halloween ecard

What better time than Halloween for a surprising character to deliver a wish or fun hello?Our talking eCards will speak what you type and recite your message with an unexpected flair that will delight everyone you send it to. Our newest lizard talking eCard, “Liquor Treat,” is the perfect Halloween surprise! But if you can’t think of what our pal should say?  Here are some “pun” ideas to get you started:

  • Haven’t talked to someone in awhile? Use some fun word play: “All iguana do is say hi and see how you’re doing!” (don’t worry about sticking strictly to an exact species—have fun with all our leathery friends).

 

  • Wish someone a happy birthday with: “Leapin’ lizards–another birthday? Drinks are on me!”

 

  • Thank someone for something nice they did: “What you did was so nice, I think you rank highest on a scale from one to ten of the nicest people I know!”

 

  • Of course, this is the perfect eCard to  invite your friends out for some drinks with: “Iguana get together for drinks?”

 

  • You could even send this out to several friends for a fun gathering: “Calling all lounge lizards! Let’s meet up at Harry’s Tavern Friday night!

 

  • Of course, you don’t need to use puns at all, as this critter is such a delightful surprise, that no matter what you say he’s sure to entertain!
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Raise awareness for breast cancer with FREE postcards

Raise awareness for breast cancer with FREE postcards

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and BlueMountain.com currently has a partnership with six non-profit organizations to offer free digital postcards throughout the month.

We hope that you will share the postcards, which were designed to raise awareness for organizations that provide resources for those affected by breast cancer and their families. Each postcard contains illustrations and branding specific to the participating organizations. All of the postcards can be found on a special page dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month eCards on the Blue Mountain site.

The participating organizations include:

In addition to sending the postcards via email and Facebook, Blue Mountain users can visit the partner sites to donate or learn more about how to support the participating organizations this month and beyond.

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10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

Halloween is literally going to the dogs, with purchases for pet Halloween costumes increasing 20% over the last 3 years.  Most dog owners spend more on Fido’s costume than their own, creating fun and clever duds for their favorite furry buddies that make them stand out from the rest of the Halloween pack.

If you’re still trying to come up with ideas for your favorite pooch, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite dog costumes to inspire you as you prepare your faithful friend for a “howling” good time.

1. Our dogs are our heroes, so why not dress them as such and emphasize their amazing powers to leap into our hearts in a single bound.

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

2. With a twinkle in his eye, your little rascal will be greeting everyone with a “Top o’ the evening to ye!” at every doorstep.

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

3. You’re going to need a bigger boat with “Chomper” on the prowl!

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

4. Woof? More like “boo!”

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

5. It’s off to the races with this costume that will win by much more than a nose.

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

6. Everyone will yell, “Bravo!” for this pasta-loving pooch.

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

7. Use the force for Halloween goodies, he will!

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

8. These fast foodie friends know how to do it up right.

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

9. Better warn the kiddies before this beast hits the streets!

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

10. What could have more appeal than this clever bunch?

10 Halloween Costumes for Pets

 

 

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YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

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  

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!  August’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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IT’S NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY! (7.22)

ITS NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY!  (7.22)

It’s a Swing Thing: Celebrate National Hammock Day!

Nothing spells summer like stretching out in a nice, comfy hammock. July 22 is National Hammock Day–part of National Hammock Month–so be sure to celebrate all the relaxation your swinging sanctuary brings by indulging in a little hammock history and
tips on ways to further enjoy it.

 History of the Hammock

Introduced to Christopher Columbus by a Haitian tribe known as the Taino Indians, the hamaca, (or hammock) was originally used in Central America over a thousand years ago as protection from dangerous ground organisms. Their popularity grew after Columbus brought hammocks back to Europe, with all classes of people seeking them out. The U.S. military even slept in them when on missions far from home. They were first mass-produced in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Today, people around the world use them as an ideal source of summertime slumber.

 Rest & Relaxation Tips 

 Make the most of your hammock and rejuvenate yourself with these relaxation suggestions:

  • Enjoy a refreshing breeze, watch the clouds drift in the sky,
    and indulge a favorite daydream
  • Bask in the warm sunshine and listen to the sounds of nature
  • Lose yourself in a good book while sipping ice-cold lemonade
  • Share a spot and the closeness of a loved one
  • Take a nice, long afternoon nap (pack a pillow or cushion)
  • Enjoy a tasty snack like a mouth-watering hot dog (July 23 is National Hot Dog Day by the way!) and a scrumptious dessert like ice cream (July is also National Ice Cream Month!)

 Hammock Buying Guides

Don’t have a hammock? No problem. Here are a few sites to consider when buying:

By the way, hammocks are not just for summer anymore! You can buy hammock sleeping bags that keep you off the ground and warm in even the coldest temperatures!

Try Googling “hammock sleeping bags” to check it out.

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MOOD BOARD: Family Birthdays! (7.18)

MOOD BOARD: Family Birthdays! (7.18) 

Families are the Greatest!

Families…they’re the ones who’ve known us the longest and loved us the most. Who care about us wherever we are, and wish us happiness whatever we do.

They’ve seen us at our best, our worst, and everything in between. And they’ve been there every step of the way…to celebrate our special moments, encourage our dreams, cheer us on, lift us up, and share our laughter and our tears.

They’re the people we look up to and are proud of. People we just couldn’t do without!

They’ve given us more than we could ever thank them for. And they mean more than
they could ever know.

They’re family…part of our favorite stories and memories…and a very special part of
our hearts.

Celebrate someone special in your family
with the perfect thoughts and wishes
from bluemountain.com!

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” in Family Birthday Cards (7.16)

 “WHAT TO WRITE…” in Family Birthday Cards (7.16)

What Could Be Better Than a Birthday?

Cake. Ice Cream. Balloons. Presents. Laughter. Smiles. Fun. And the one day in 365 that’s all about us! Does it get any better than that?

From young to old–and since time immemorial–people have celebrated birthdays in all kinds of unique and wonderful ways. But whether we like fanfare or some quiet time just to dream, we all deserve to have a day that’s simply perfect for us–and to be reminded how special we are and the difference we make in this world. And–if we happen to be family–perhaps even more so.

I Want to Tell Them…

Sometimes the people we care about most can be the last to know it!  Sometimes we’re just better at doing something to show our love than we are at talking about it. Maybe we’re shy about our feelings or we’re just not sure how to express them. But we all know how much even the smallest compliment, expressed from the heart, can mean.

…But How Do I Say It?  

Here at bluemountain.com, we have everything from simple wishes to words of appreciation, warm compliments, or love-filled thoughts for the ones you’re closest to. So have a look…and once you’ve chosen the perfect card, you can use some of the idea-starters below to help you add your own personal touch, making it into a keepsake that will always be treasured.

Some Things to Think About

What is it about your family that makes it unique, special, and wonderful?
And how does this person contribute to that?
What is your favorite thing about this person?
What are some of your best memories that include them?
How have they’ve touched, inspired, or influenced you?
Is there something they’ve said or done that made all the difference?
Something special you want to thank them for?
What does this person mean to you?

Making It Personal

Now you’ve got more ideas than you need, don’t you?! Time to choose your favorite ones and, in your own words, write what’s in your heart. Relax. Smile. Keep it simple. Make it a celebration of the unique and special person they are, and you’ll make their day–and, just maybe, their whole year!

Simple Wishes

Enjoy every special moment that comes your way today…
This wish is for your birthday…but the smiles are for always…
To another year of family times and happy memories…
Wishing you your favorite kind of day…to smile, laugh, dream, remember, celebrate.
With hugs, smiles, and love for a very special _________.

Compliments

Can’t imagine our family without you in it.
Even if we weren’t family…you’d still be one of my favorite people ever.
Every family has its special people…and you’re one of the nicest.
Family’s the greatest…especially family like you.
Great memories…good times…family like you are the best!
Happy Birthday to my one-of-a-kind wonderful ______(relationship).
Hoping life is always good…for a _______ who will always be special.
It’s fun being family with you!
Thoughts of you always make me smile.
Wishing a wonderful ________ a wonderful birthday.
You’re a gift to our family…
You’re the best kind of family…the fun kind.

 Special thanks

So thankful we’re family…
Thanks for being someone I’ve always looked up to…
Thanks for being there for me…
Thanks for making me feel special…
Thanks for the nice things you’re always doing…
You’re a blessing to our family.

 Close relationships

Celebrating you and how much you’ve always meant to me.
Feel loved, feel special, because that’s what you are.
Life gives us family. Love makes them matter.
Nobody loves us like our families do.
Not just because we’re family, but because we’re friends, too…
Smiling at so many memories today…
Some of my favorite family stories have you in them.
We share a special connection…
We’ve shared the ups and downs and everything in between.
You’re a part of my favorite memories…
Your birthday will always be special to me because you are.

 

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IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH! (7.11)

ITS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH!  (7.11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month! He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food and called for citizens to observe the day with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” It is said that ice cream is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the American population…no wonder there’s always a long line at the local Dairy Delite!

We’ve narrowed down the five most popular flavors for you to rank in your own order of preference—from (1) “Triple scoop, please!” to (5) “I’d rather eat a salad.”

Most Popular Flavors

Vanilla
Chocolate
Strawberry
Butter Pecan
Chocolate Chip

Now, see what your #1 favorite says about the kind of person you are…

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Vanilla

With your classic style, open-minded attitude and easy-going personality, you are just plain cool! It’s important for you to be liked by everyone—and you are—which helps you fit into any social situation.  People feel as comfortable around you as swinging hammock on a hot summer day…which is where you’d like to be.

 

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You have a passion and enthusiasm for life and like being the center of attention!  While you’re usually outgoing, optimistic and friendly, you can also be deeply introspective with
a dark, hilarious sense of humor. You also have a competitive side that drives you to get what you want…so, when faced by a challenge, you won’t stop until you lick it!

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You’re sweet, loveable and eternally adorable! Sure there are times you might come off
a little shy, but that’s only because you’re generous enough to let others shine before you steal people’s hearts with your natural charm. And your “irresistibleness” is the cherry
on top!

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You are stable, down-to-earth and well-balanced with a deep sense of loyalty and commitment. You’re a traditionalist who likes the finer things in life and works hard to get them. With your calm demeanor and solid confidence, others tend to rely on you to keep things running smoothly…which is why they’re surprised when you sometimes show your nutty side!

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You have a happy, cheerful, youthful disposition that makes you fun to be with! Being a creative type, you keep coming up with new ideas and you aren’t afraid to try new things. In fact, sometimes you’re pulled in so many different directions, you spread yourself too thin and just have let the chips fall where they may.  Yet somehow that always works out for you and you come out smelling like a fresh-baked cookie!

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