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JUNE 21: THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

It’s The First Day of Summer!

JUNE 21: THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

Longest Day of the Year

Break out the lemonade because summer is here!  The summer solstice marks the moment when the sun is directly overhead at its most northern point. When it reaches “high-noon,” it creates more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere than at any other time of the year.  The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and just a few days shy of the year’s half-way point on July 1.

Summer Memories

As you breathe in the fragrant summer air and lavish the sunshine, it may be a good time to think back on what summer meant to you as a kid. A walk down memory lane may just spark some moments you can create again. Did you love going on picnics in the park or canoeing down a river and enjoying the beautiful landscape? Did you love hiking wooded trails and camping? Maybe you simply loved your mom’s potato salad and music from bands like The Beach Boys. Think back and drink it all in.

Escape Your To-Do List

Then look at today and think of ways to start enjoying this summer. Set aside some time just for you to escape your to-do list and create some summer fun. Now is the time to catch some fireflies, grill some burgers or head out on your bike. Go to an amusement park and ride the roller coaster, or take your sweetheart to the drive-in. Summertime is playtime and you have every right to play. Think sandcastles, hammocks gently swaying in the breeze, and starry, starry nights. You might even want to wish on a star or two.

Plan a One-Tank-Trip

Give yourself a mini-vacation, even if it’s just a day trip. Catch the farmer’s markets that contain an array of colorful fruits and vegetables. Visit the local arboretum or the butterfly farm. Use your imagination and dream a little dream because the best parts of life are filled with summer dreams.

Celebrate the solstice, catch a few sunbeams, and give yourself permission to slip away and enjoy it all. Swap barbecue recipes with your neighbor and carve a smile in the watermelon. It’s time for you to simply relax and enjoy yourself! Don’t forget to send some cheerful “thinking of you” notes to your friends as well. Maybe you can get them to go along for the ride when you go out to play!

For more information on the summer solstice, please click on the following links:

http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2011/06/celebrate-the-summer-solstice/
http://geography.about.com/od/physicalgeography/a/summersolstice.htm
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THINKING OF YOU JUST BECAUSE: Mood Board

THINKING OF YOU JUST BECAUSE: Mood Board

Because it’s a sunny day…
Because something I saw reminded me of you…
Because you’re special to me…
Because you make me smile just thinking of you…
Because…well, just because!

It doesn’t take a special day or special reason to think about those we care about. It’s just something we do naturally because it feels so good. But what makes it feel even better is letting that someone special know that they’re in our thoughts. Think about it…doesn’t it bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heart when you get an unexpected “hello” from someone you know…it can change your day and your mood in the twinkling
of any eye.

So go ahead and write that letter, make that phone call, send that email or simply send or  share a bluemountain ecard or postcard to make it a sunny day for someone you know!

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In Honor of Birthdays–Especially Yours!

 In Honor of Birthdays  Especially Yours!

 Have another birthday coming?  Then celebrate it with joy!  You may not always see the glow of your birthday cake, candle by candle, as a good thing.  You may wonder where the years have gone or why they seem to melt one into another.  The fact is that every birthday you have becomes a wonderful opportunity to take a personal inventory and remind yourself of all that you’ve accomplished and all the dreams that still lie ahead that can be realized!  You’ve got a lot of fire in you creating a greater flame than all your candles added together.  Need a few fabulous birthday thoughts for inspiration?  Here are some of our favorites:

We turn older with years, but newer every day. 
–Emily Dickinson

 It takes a long time to grow young.
–Pablo Picasso

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
–Nhat Hanh

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
–Unknown

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. 
–M.A. Radmacher

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? 
–Satchel Paige

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.  
–Madeleine L’Engle

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. 
–Martin Buxbaum

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
--Ashley Smith

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” 
–Erma Bombeck

Celebrate the gift of your birthday! And if someone special you know is having a birthday, share a little inspiration with them with a beautiful BlueMountain.com ecard from our birthday, just because or friendship selections. 

 

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eCard of the Week: Birthday Presents Interactive Game

eCard of the Week: Birthday Presents Interactive Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our eCard of the week pick this week is “Birthday Presents Interactive Game,” and this Birthday eCard is sure to be fun for everyone! The talented artists at BlueMountain.com have been hard at work creating Interactive Game eCards – a fun new way to celebrate a birthday, or just make a friend smile by saying hi. What better way to celebrate any occasion than by sending a fun game for friends and family to enjoy over and over again. From match games, to tic-tac-toe, and even a festive cootie catcher – these cards bring a little something extra to every wish.

“Birthday Presents Interactive Game” features a fun elephant who is ready to wish the happiest of birthdays – if you can catch up with him! Other fun games in this new collection include “Sweet Surprise Interactive Game,” “Pick a Wish Interactive Game,” and “Be Happy Interactive Game” just to name a few of our favorites.

Send and share one today to see what all the fun is about, and don’t forget everything else BlueMountain.com has to offer to help keep you connected to everyone that matters most in your life!

 

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eCard of the week – Rain or Shine

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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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