Blue Mountain Blog https://www.bluemountain.com/blog Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:50:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 26751428 Summer Drink Recipe https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/summer-cocktail-recipe-printable-recipe-card/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=8273 07292015_cocktail_recipe_BLG_BMA

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 […]

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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!


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Family Vacation Tips https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/family-vacation-tips/ Tue, 29 May 2018 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=8951 calendar

You’re planning a family vacation…complete with extended family members and all. We’re talking sons, daughters, kids, grand-kids, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, parents, grandparents, and/or maybe even great-grandparents and great-grandchildren, too. Everyone on one great big multi-generational vacation. What a wonderful idea! The ultimate goal, of course, is to spend quality time […]

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You’re planning a family vacation…complete with extended family members and all. We’re talking sons, daughters, kids, grand-kids, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, parents, grandparents, and/or maybe even great-grandparents and great-grandchildren, too. Everyone on one great big multi-generational vacation. What a wonderful idea!

The ultimate goal, of course, is to spend quality time all together as a full family. To enjoy the simple pleasures in each other’s company. To share favorite childhood memories of years past. And to make happy new ones for years to come.

But if this is the first time you’ve attempted to coordinate such a trip, the details can seem a bit overwhelming, to say the least. Take it from us, you can now stop worrying.

That’s because the editors at Blue Mountain have pooled together to come up with 6 helpful tips on how to successfully plan a multi-generational family vacation.

We hope these tips will eliminate any stress you may be feeling and help to make this the vacation of a lifetime for everyone in your family!

1.Choose your dates
This is your starting point. Obviously, the more people involved, the harder it will be. But if you begin early enough (a year ahead isn’t unreasonable), it will make this whole process easier on everyone, especially if people need to request time off from work. The best-case scenario is to get everyone there that you want. However, it might not be possible. If that’s the case, you need to decide whether to go ahead without that person or persons (and hope they can make it the next time), or keep looking for more dates everyone can make, which may very well push your plans out even further. This is a decision for the group to make as a whole. Plus, everyone needs to agree on how much time they want to take for this vacation. Granted, not everyone needs to be there the entire time if it’s not feasible. But is one week best? Ten days? Two weeks? More? Less? Only your group can decide that.

2. Decide on a location.
This will either be the easiest or the hardest part of your planning process, depending on your group’s expectations. But the bottom line is, make sure everyone is involved in the end decision. The last thing you want is for one person to make the decision for everyone else, possibly causing hurt or even hard feelings. You may realistically not be able to please every single person, but everyone should at least have a say and be ok with the final destination. A camping trip? A beach resort? A ski chalet? A dude ranch? A theme park? A cruise? A trip to Europe? An African safari? Just make sure your destination (and associated costs) fits everyone’s interest (and budget). You don’t want to break anyone’s bank or make them feel uncomfortable.

3. Consider costs.
Refer to comment just made in tip above. Not everyone may be in the same boat money-wise. Be considerate of those who are not able to afford that African safari. There are also other factors that will add to the cost as well and need to be taken into account. How far is your destination? Can people drive there, or do they need to take a plane? Will someone be paying for everyone else for any part of the trip? Are meals extra? How about activities and excursions? Will any costs be shared or divided? These details need to be clearly discussed and conveyed so that there are no surprises in the end.

 

4. Plan appropriate activities.
Obviously there will be different age groups in your party. Some groups will vary more than others. But you want to make sure everyone has a good time, from the youngest to the oldest. So be considerate of limitations. Babies need to be held. Toddlers need strollers. The elderly may need canes or walkers. Then you’ve got teenagers who may want action. Couples who may want some alone time. And adults who may just want some down time. Remember, the wider the age range in your group, the more options you’ll want to offer everyone. Of course, togetherness is ultimately what it’s all about. So be sure to plan daily opportunities for everyone to just be together and enjoy each other’s company.

5. Factor in breaks—for everyone.

Little ones need their naps. The elderly need their rest. And everyone inbetween needs some R&R, too. So be sure not to jam-pack activities into every minute of every day without taking rest into consideration. After all, you want this to be a relaxing time for everyone there. And just being all together will be fun in itself. P.S. If anyone opts out of an activity or event for whatever reason, respect their decision. They may just need some quiet time to regroup. Remember, even the most tight-knit families can get on each other’s nerves sometimes. So give each person their space. Everyone will be happier for it.

 

6. Enjoy every moment.
It’s so easy to let your vacation slip by without recording the special highlights. If there’s a photography buff in your group, ask if he or she would want to be responsible for taking photos and videos throughout your time together. If not, make sure you take some memorable shots yourself of both exciting events and just one-on-one bonding. If you’re able, ask a trustworthy person to take a group picture of your whole gang together. When you get back home, these will make for wonderful memories, not to mention a beautiful photo book, a treasured scrapbook, and even thoughtful thank you cards—until your next family vacation!

 


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Memorial Day Poem https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/a-memorial-day-tribute/ Wed, 23 May 2018 10:00:55 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=5395 Mem Day Blog 5

This Memorial Day, as we honor our fallen men and women in uniform who have served since America’s birth, let us take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom for all. The following poem pays tribute to those who have given their lives so that others may […]

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This Memorial Day, as we honor our fallen men and women in uniform who have served since America’s birth, let us take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom for all. The following poem pays tribute to those who have given their lives so that others may pursue America’s great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Fallen For Freedom

With every fallen hero, And every sacrifice, Each man and woman serving Knows freedom has its price.

As stars and stripes fly higher Over lands, both far and near, New generations take the pledge To protect what we hold dear.

And should that mean they offer up Their lives for liberty Their sacrifice is not in vain— For freedom isn’t free

And so today we honor those Who have been laid to rest— Remembering that these brave souls Gave better than their best.

~Brian MacDougall

 


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What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/what-to-write-in-a-mothers-day-card/ Wed, 02 May 2018 10:00:36 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=5069 04192013_mothersday

A World of Moms Mother’s Day is such a special time for remembering all those wonderful women in our lives who mean so much to us. Whether they are our own moms, our mother-in-laws, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, teachers or other role models, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what each has brought our […]

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A World of Moms

Mother’s Day is such a special time for remembering all those wonderful women in our lives who mean so much to us. Whether they are our own moms, our mother-in-laws, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, teachers or other role models, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what each has brought our way and how they have touched our lives.

Gifts and Greetings

Many people remember their moms and others with anything from simple to elaborate gifts for Mother’s Day, but the one thing these gifts usually have in common is that they’re accompanied by sincere and meaningful cards with heartfelt thoughts. In most cases, a truly personal card is often a beautiful gift in itself. Something to treasure. A keepsake. A reminder of a special day and all the warm and loving moments it held. It’s the thing she’ll cherish most tomorrow and the days after that.

It’s in the Details

When thinking of what to say in your message, make some mental notes of how you picture your mom now and even when you were younger. Can you think of things you’ve done together, perhaps this year or in the past (going to a spa together, shopping for new school clothes, looking for wallpaper?) What words would you associate with her (daring, smart, funny, brave, thoughtful?) Are there specific things that remind you of her (pink nail polish, wine spritzers, kuchen, “permanent” kits, bathing caps, Chantilly, ironing bed sheets, Ivory soap, white gloves, knickknacks?)

What to Write…

Following are some ideas for things you can write in Mother’s Day cards for the many “moms” in your life. But it’s most important to remember that your words should sound sincere and that they came from you. As you read through these, think of how you can combine them with the ideas you thought of above to make the message your own. After all, it’s the little details in the words you choose that will bring a tear to her eye.

For Your Own Mom

  • Today I am reminded once again how truly special you are to me
  • Don’t know how you do it, Mom, but you always seem to have time for everyone
  • It’s not until we have children of our own that we realize what it really means to be a mom
  • Thanks, Mom, for the everyday things you do that make our lives so special
  • Mom, I have so many wonderful memories of growing up
  • You’ll always have a special place in my heart, Mom
  • There are so many things I have learned from you, Mom
  • Every family has its own stories, traditions and memories
  • Mom, do you know how many times I’ve thought to myself

 For All Moms

  • You make my/the world a brighter (nicer, warmer) place
  • What a joy it is remembering someone as special as you on Mother’s Day
  • You have a way of making others feel happy (comfortable, confident)
  • Today is special because you are… You’ve touched my life in a special way
  • You’re such a blessing in my life
  • For the special person you are and the loving mother you’ve become

 For Wife

  • You fill my heart with everything wonderful
  • Lucky me—having you to love!
  • You’ll always be first in my heart and in my life
  • I’d be lost without you
  • Day after day you fill my heart with happiness
  • I wouldn’t trade our lives for anything in the world… I love this journey we’re on together

 For a New Mom/Mom-to-Be

  • A new baby in your arms–a forever love in your heart
  • It’s the first of many happy Mother’s Days to come
  • Your first Mother’s Day…awwww-some!
  • Your baby’s (going to be) so lucky to have you for a mom
  • Wishing you joy as you await the arrival of your little one
  • (A new) Love is on the way

 Less Sentimental

  • Thinking of you warmly today and hoping your day is a special one
  • With a heart full of wishes for a day full of happiness
  • It’s a special day for remembering special people like you
  • Wishing you everything that will make this a perfect day for you
  • Relax, enjoy, and celebrate
  • Hope Mother’s Day is just your cup of tea…

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Printable Spring Quote https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/printable-spring-quote/ Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=8693 Printable Spring Quote

Spring is here, Spring is here! If you are as excited as we are that Spring has arrived, then you  must be ready for the beautiful hues of daffodils, tulips, and daises. Just like the quote says, it truly seems like the ground bursts with color in springtime, and even if it takes a few rainy […]

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Spring is here, Spring is here! If you are as excited as we are that Spring has arrived, then you  must be ready for the beautiful hues of daffodils, tulips, and daises. Just like the quote says, it truly seems like the ground bursts with color in springtime, and even if it takes a few rainy days to make that happen, we’ll take it. Enjoy this beautifully designed Spring quote, which is yours for the taking when you click here to download a free pdf. This quote would make a great addition to any Easter basket – simply frame in any standard 5X7 frame. Happy Spring!


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Easter Recipe Roundup https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/easter-recipe-roundup/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:42:07 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=7557 03262015_Easter_Recipe_Roundup_BLG_BMA

Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating the resurrection. It’s also a time for enjoying loved ones gathered around the family table in renewed hope and spirit. What could possibly be better than that? To make your Easter this year a bit more fun, colorful, and perhaps even exciting, the editors of Blue Mountain […]

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Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating the resurrection. It’s also a time for enjoying loved ones gathered around the family table in renewed hope and spirit. What could possibly be better than that?

To make your Easter this year a bit more fun, colorful, and perhaps even exciting, the editors of Blue Mountain have assembled some creative treats to liven things up. Fancy eggs? Yes. Cute cakes? Oh, yes. Adorable desserts? Of course!

Grace an elegant table or delight your grandchildren. Whatever your pleasure, we hope you’ll try at least one of these sweet ideas this joyous Easter season! Try out some of these delicious Easter Recipes!

1. Speckled Egg Cake via The Cake Blog
2. Golden Marbled Easter Eggs via She Knows
3. Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake via The Cake Blog
4. No-Bake Chocolate Egg Nest via Chef in Training
5. Bunny Cream Puffs via Land O’ Lakes
6. Easter Chick Cupcakes via Recipe By Photo


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Spring Birthday Wishes https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/spring-birthday-wishes/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:25:40 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=8649 05132015_Spring_Birthday_eCard_FB_BMA

Springtime is a beautiful time…for welcoming warmer weather, enjoying happy occasions (like St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Easter, and Passover), and celebrating the special spring birthdays of people you love. Choosing a birthday eCard for a spring baby is usually pretty easy. Your choices are full of beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, and […]

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Springtime is a beautiful time…for welcoming warmer weather, enjoying happy occasions (like St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Easter, and Passover), and celebrating the special spring birthdays of people you love.

Choosing a birthday eCard for a spring baby is usually pretty easy. Your choices are full of beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, and sunshine. If there’s music, it’s light and upbeat. And the sentiments are always so sweet and cheerful.

But before you rush to send your card as is, remember one thing: It’s always more meaningful to also add a short message of your own. This shows the recipient that you’ve taken the time to reflect on your relationship and want to share some personalized thoughts that will really make their day.

To help you get started, here are some suggestions from the editors at Blue Mountain. Use them as is, or come up with a variation all your own. Either way, your personal spring birthday wishes are sure to make someone very, very happy.

  • Just like spring itself, hope your birthday is extra cheerful, warm, and sunny!
  • Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. Spring is finally here—and so is your birthday. Have a beautiful day!
  • I hope your birthday is extra sunny and bright! Have an awesome day.
  • Sending happy springtime birthday wishes your way!
  • May this birthday bring you much joy, happiness, and sunshine!
  • Spring has sprung…and so has your birthday! Have a great one, dear friend.
  • Wishing you a birthday that’s as blooming bright as the season!
  • Sending you kind birthday wishes for a day that’s as beautiful as spring itself.
  • I hope your special day is filled with lots of sunshine, laughter, and love. Happy Birthday!
  • May your special day be sprinkled with all the beauty of the season. Happy Birthday!

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Women Inspiring Women https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/women-inspiring-women/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:50:03 +0000 https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=9438 RoarBlogQuote

“We rise by lifting others.” We have all been empowered by the countless women who worked hard to secure the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. There are many ways to continue their work, from learning about the issues and communicating with your representatives, to volunteering and supporting causes that benefit women, to actively participating […]

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“We rise by lifting others.”

We have all been empowered by the countless women who worked hard to secure the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. There are many ways to continue their work, from learning about the issues and communicating with your representatives, to volunteering and supporting causes that benefit women, to actively participating in local and national initiatives.

Another important way to honor the women who have paved the way for us is to encourage and support the women around us. Are there women in your workplace or community group who could use an advocate? Maybe they are struggling to find their voice, or simply to be heard. Could you be a mentor to someone who is just starting out? Consider your personal strengths. Perhaps you are good at finance, or writing, or public speaking and you know someone who could benefit from your expertise. Maybe you need help in a particular area but have been hesitant to ask. Ask. You might be pleasantly surprised at how willing someone will be to share their knowledge with you.

You don’t need to look far for stories that will inspire you to inspire others. In your own circle of family and friends, there are women who have faced hardships and made sacrifices for their loved ones. For some, just surviving the day-to-day demands of life can be a struggle. Are there ways you can be there for them? A dear friend of mine has been in treatment for breast cancer for the past year. She has endured many challenges and setbacks and yet remains hopeful and positive. I am inspired by her patience and courage and find myself less likely to complain about insignificant things.

Think about inspiring others by sharing your own story. What obstacles have you overcome that have made you stronger? It’s been said that strong women stand up for themselves. Stronger women stand up for others.


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Black History Month https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/black-history-month/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:04:26 +0000 http://blog.bluemountain.com/?p=654 black history month

Did you know Black History Month got its start in 1926 as a week set aside to honor African-American contributions to American history? Every U.S. president since 1976 has officially designated February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, have followed the United States’ lead and devoted […]

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Did you know Black History Month got its start in 1926 as a week set aside to honor African-American contributions to American history? Every U.S. president since 1976 has officially designated February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, have followed the United States’ lead and devoted a month to celebrating black history.

Black history, like all history, isn’t just about dates and facts; it’s about people making a difference in each others’ lives.

Take the story of John Price.  Price ran away from a slaveholder in Kentucky when he was sixteen and found his way to Oberlin, Ohio, where he settled among the welcoming townspeople.  Oberlin was a stop on the Underground Railroad, a vast network of people from the South to Canada, who opened their homes and risked their lives to help slaves escape to freedom.  After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, bounty-hunters often roamed the streets of towns like Oberlin, looking for runaway slaves.

One September morning in 1858, when Price was eighteen, he was captured by bounty hunters and held in a hotel in the nearby town of Wellington to wait for a southbound train. When the people of Oberlin heard of Price’s capture, they rushed to Wellington, stormed the hotel, and freed the young man.  Price was hidden at the home of an Oberlin College professor until his safe passage to Canada could be assured.

History doesn’t remember the names of all the people who freed John Price. All we know is that some were farmers and some were businessmen, some were slaves and some were free, and some were black and some were white. But they were all Americans, ordinary people who cared enough to help.

This Black History Month, as we take the time to honor the contributions of African-Americans, let’s remember the spirit of residents of Oberlin, people who looked past color and class distinctions and came together, with kindness and caring, to make the world a better place.

 


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What to Write in a Love Letter https://www.bluemountain.com/blog/what-to-write-in-a-love-letter/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/?p=7425 02052015_Printable_Val_BLG_BMA

As that sentimental, love-filled holiday we call Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of how to best express your romantic affection for that very special someone. How about putting your feelings into words by writing a beautiful love letter? If you find your thoughts don’t always flow quite as easily as you’d like, you may find it […]

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As that sentimental, love-filled holiday we call Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of how to best express your romantic affection for that very special someone. How about putting your feelings into words by writing a beautiful love letter? If you find your thoughts don’t always flow quite as easily as you’d like, you may find it really difficult to come up with just the right words to convey exactly how you feel. No worries. Blue Mountain is here for you! You can now find beautiful (and free) Love Letter Stationery on BlueMountain.com that are perfect for crafting the ultimate Valentine’s Day love letter. 

Our lovebird experts have compiled the following steps that will help you write that perfect love letter:

Find the right spot.
You’ll want to find a nice quiet space in which to write, away from all phones, computers, and other distractions. If you’re comfortable and unhurried, your letter-writing process will be much more relaxing, enjoyable, and productive.

Gather your thoughts first.
Before you put pen to paper, take your time and go over your feelings and emotions for that special person. Remember key moments and events you’ve shared. What makes them stand out from the others? Focus on their best qualities and some of the kind things they’ve done for you.

Use your own voice.
Don’t try to imitate anyone or use words you wouldn’t ordinarily use in real life. Be conversational and write exactly what comes to mind, just the way you would say it out loud. Your own voice is the sweetest voice of all—and they know it.

Choose special stationery.
A personally handwritten letter is the best of all. No emails or texts will do this time, sorry. As luck would have it, our designers have created some FREE, printable love letter templates you can print right from home.

Don’t worry about length.
Your letter doesn’t have to be long to be better. Short and sweet is just as good as any novella.

Write from the heart.
Now that you’re set, let your heart guide you. Start with the reason you decided to write them a love letter. Then you can talk about:
– How you felt the day you met
– How your life has changed since you’ve met them
– Why you fell in love with them
– How you feel when you’re together
– How you feel when you’re apart
– What makes them so special

Sign, seal, deliver.
Conclude with a sentimental closing, such as “With all my love,” “Forever yours,” or “Your one and only.” Tuck into an envelope. Consider adding a few heart-shaped confetti, or some dried rose petals before sealing. Add a candle wax seal using a heart-shaped stamp for a nice finishing touch. Hand-address and mail in plenty of time for them to receive—and enjoy—by Valentine’s Day.

We’re also offering two FREE, printable love quotes that are made for printing and framing. When you combine this framed quote and your love letter on coordinating Love Letter Stationery from BlueMountain.com, you’ll have the perfect Valentine’s Day present ready to go!

Click here to print and frame this quote.

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