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.”
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
We’re coming up on Thanksgiving when many of us feel that tingle of excitement at seeing friends and loved ones gathered round. We may also be feeling the tug of nostalgia for Thanksgivings gone by and people we may not be seeing this year. But we press on. Maybe this is the year we think outside the turkey and gift someone else with a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to express our appreciation for all that we have, for the people we love, the friends who are always there for us, and for the hope and spiritual resolve we need to carry us through difficult times. You can reach out to family and friends this holiday with our new Blue Mountain Thanksgiving cards. Simple Gifts captures the joy and magic of a woodland celebration and features the charming Shaker hymn that it is named for. You can send a smile with our new talking cards, Happy Collie Days and Let’s Talk Turkey. And for a big laugh, you can share our diva turkey, Gloria, who will sing her hilarious parody of “I Will Survive.”
So let us be grateful for the trials we’ve survived, the blessings we enjoy today, and the joys and challenges yet to come. Whatever your plans for the holiday, we here at Blue Mountain want you to know we are ever grateful for your kind attention and wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.
We also have a brand new, beautifully Thanksgiving-inspired desktop background for your computer, phone, and even your Facebook cover image.
We’re really getting in the Halloween spirit this week! Decorations are going up, costumes are being planned, and everyone is starting to buzz with Halloween energy. And while we’ve been decorating and munching on candy corn, we’ve been listening to a lot of Halloween-inspired music. We thought we would put a few of our favorite spooky favorites in a Halloween playlist to share. Enjoy! Share some of your songs from your Halloween playlist in the comments to help get everyone in the spooky spirit.
Sweetest Day was first started when Birch Kingston wanted to bring cheer to local orphans, elderly and service people in Cleveland, OH. He acknowledged that many of these people may feel forgotten during other holidays, and because he worked for a local candy company, he started giving out special sweets to the community. To learn more about the history of Sweetest Day, click here.
We wanted to celebrate by offering this free printable quote that’s perfect for celebrating your friends, family, or your sweetie on this fun holiday. The quote is easily printable and would be a fun framed addition to any desk or home.
Click here to print!