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Congratulations Coach Mike Candrea on reaching 1,500 career wins at University of Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats softball coach had himself quite a successful weekend. Coach Mike Candrea not only became the fastest coach in NCAA softball history to reach 1,500 career wins, he became the fastest NCAA coach in any sport or division to accomplish that feat. It took just 1,882 games to get there.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the Wildcats swept the top ranked Washington Huskies in the process. Arizona is in the midst of a 32-1 season and is currently ranked in the top 4 in all major national polls.

We are especially excited about Arizona’s success this season, as our owner’s daughter, Tamara Statman, is one of the Wildcats’ starters as a sophomore.

Candrea is just six wins behind University of Michigan coach Carol Hutchins for the most wins in NCAA softball history. At the pace that the ‘Cats are on this season, it would be quite surprising if he wasn’t able to take the top spot in that category as well.

In honor of this incredible accomplishment, Everyone Loves Buttons decided to create some special Zipper Pulls for Coach Candrea and the Wildcat faithful.

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Entering 2017, the Wildcats had won eight national championships, reached the College World Series 21 times and produced 54 All-Americans including four National Players of the Year in 24 seasons under Coach Candrea.

Candrea’s accolades stretch beyond the NCAA, as he coached the USA Olympic team to a gold medal in 2004. That team is widely regarded as one of the most dominant Olympic teams of all time… in any sport. They were able to finish 9-0, while outscoring their opponents 51-1 in the process.

It is remarkable that the Arizona program has been able to sustain such success for decades. Since 1988, the Arizona Wildcats have won at least 33 games in every season, eclipsing the 50-win mark 17 times. It looks like they are well on their way to continuing that unprecedented run of success.

We can only hope that he will add another title to his amazing resume this season.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Order your holiday-themed buttons with us!

For one reason or another, everyone loves the holidays. Whether it’s the Christmas music, Easter brunch, dressing up for Halloween or going out for St. Patty’s Day; most people find a reason to celebrate all year long. So why not celebrate in style with your own custom buttons?

Do you own your own business? Are you and a group of friends going out together? Are you hosting a party?

No matter what the occasion is, Everyone Loves Buttons can create the perfect button for you.

Check out some of the St. Patrick’s Day buttons we made for our client Fox’s Orland Park Restaurant & Pub:

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Customer Spotlight: University Outpost (James Madison Football)

For the last half-decade, FCS college football fans watched as the North Dakota State Bison raised the championship trophy year after year. It was a different story in 2016, as the James Madison Dukes were able to end NDSU’s 22-game postseason win streak en route to winning their first title since 2004.

The Dukes started off hot with an 80-7 win in the first game of the season and carried that momentum to a 14-1 overall record. Their only blemish came in a 56-28 loss to FBS North Carolina and Mitch Trubisky, the No. 1 ranked QB prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft. JMU actually led the game 21-14 at the end of the first quarter before UNC rattled off 28 unanswered points to pull away.

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Following that loss, JMU rattled off 8 wins in a row heading into the FCS playoffs. They won their first game against #22 New Hampshire by a whopping 33 points, which set them up with a battle against #5 Sam Houston State. The Bearkats entered the game with the highest scoring offense in FCS. James Madison must not have known that because they dominated Sam Houston State 65-7 to set up a matchup with 5-time defending champion #1 North Dakota State.

NDSU has not lost in FIVE YEARS heading into their matchup with JMU. It was a hard fought battle, but the Dukes were able to knock off the Bison 27-17 to make the FCS National Championship.

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Awaiting them in the title game was #13 Youngstown State; coached by former Nebraska Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini. James Madison started off strong, but YSU battled back before the Dukes were able to close it out 28-14 to win the 2016 FCS Championship.

One of the most impressive aspects of JMU’s title run was that both in the semifinals and the finals, they were without their leading tackler and No. 2 wide receiver along with 5 other players, who were suspended for undisclosed reasons. Nevertheless, they were able to overcome adversity on the way to hoisting the championship trophy on January 7, 2017.

Everyone Loves Buttons was very proud to be a part of such a special season for the Dukes. We made buttons for each of their home games for the University Outpost, James Madison’s local bookstore, all of which resulted in victories.

Customer Spotlight: Mayor John Mirisch of Beverly Hills

We would like to acknowledge one of our most decorated clients, John Mirisch, during a special time in his political and professional career. Mirisch was just reelected to serve as Mayor of Beverly Hills, California.

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Mirisch previously served as the Mayor of Beverly Hills from 2013 to 2014, as well as from 2016 to 2017 following a brief stint as vice mayor.

Everyone Loves Buttons is happy to have created some election buttons to help spur Mirisch’s ascension back into office.

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He is a hometown kid, who attended Beverly Hills High School before traveling out East to graduate magna cum laude from Yale in 1985. Mirisch started his professional career at 20th Century Fox. He later became Managing Director of the Austrian office of United International Pictures and served on the Boards of the Austrian and Swedish Film Distributors’ Associations and the Swedish Academy Awards Selection Committee.

Mirisch capped off his impressive career in the entertainment industry by working as an executive at Paramount Pictures before entering the world of politics.

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Mirisch is a dual Swedish-American citizen, which allowed him to become the first Swedish national to serve as mayor of Beverly Hills.

During his first stint as mayor, Mirisch formed the Sunshine Task Force, aimed at creating a model of governmental transparency and public participation. He also led the way to establishing the Cultural Heritage Commission to honor Beverly Hills’ rich history and architectural legacy.

We want to wish Mayor John Mirisch and the city of Beverly Hills the best of luck in the years to come.

Customer Spotlight: Ame Dyckman, Children’s Book Author

Everyone Loves Buttons is happy to be a part of the increasing success of children’s book author, Ame Dyckman. Just as everyone loves buttons, everyone also loves a good story, and who better to tell one than the upbeat, outgoing and colorful character that is Ame.

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From her vibrant hair color to her big-eared cat, Dyckman is quite the follow on Twitter as she spreads the word about her books and gives you a glimpse inside the adventure that is her life.

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Dyckman authored the New York Times BestsellerWolfie the Bunny.” Along with illustrator Zachariah OHora, Ame gives us a fun and fresh perspective on some very real life scenarios including adoption, stereotypes and sibling rivalry. This book is perfect for children and parents alike, and it displays a great message…that despite our differences, we are all one in the same.

“Wolfie the Bunny” racked up plenty of accolades including:

  • Parents Magazine Best Fictional Picture Book 2015
  • The Huffington Post Best Picture Books 2015
  • ASLC Notable Book for Children
  • School Library Journal Best of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Wilde Award Best Picture Books Ages 4-8
  • A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2016

 

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Dyckman and OHora followed up with “Horrible BEAR!” This book is a terrific display of friendship, something that will often test your patience, but through understanding and forgiveness, can be the most rewarding battle of your life.

The New York Times had some wonderful things to say about Dyckman and OHora’s follow up to “Wolfie the Bunny”:

“As fun as a theme park ride… Dyckman and OHora specialize in full-spectrum emotion and offbeat charm.”

 

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Ame’s latest book entitled “You DON’T Want a UNICORN!” is set to release on Valentine’s Day 2017. This time, she teamed up with the hilarious Liz Climo to inform all the younglings to be careful what you wish for. Unicorns may look pretty and majestic, but they are a whole lot to handle as a pet in this sure-to-be new hit.

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We look forward to continuing our professional relationship with Ame as she continues to produce tremendous stories for the youth of America. Everyone Loves Buttons is proud to support such a wonderful cause… child literacy and imagination!

If you are interested in purchasing buttons of your own, check out our website at custombuttons.com!

We were honored to produce the official buttons for the 58th Presidential Inauguration

After a wild presidential election, Donald J. Trump is ready to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will once again play host to the Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony on January 20, 2017, but did you know that the National Mall is property of the National Park Service?

The National Mall, also known as “America’s Front Yard,” is the most visited national park in the United States. With the U.S. Capitol Building at one end and the Lincoln Memorial at the other, the National Mall is the National Park Service’s prized gem. The Washington Monument towers above some of the most iconic monuments and museums that America has to offer, creating a majestic surrounding for one of the most important ceremonies in the world.

Custombuttons.com by Everyone Loves Buttons® had the incredible honor of being asked to produce 75,000 buttons on behalf of the National Park Service for the Inauguration on Friday. As a small business and a member of American Made Matters, we are excited to help usher in the new Made-in-USA movement with our top-of-the-line pinback buttons that were manufactured at our production facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Some of you may be wondering why it is the 58th Presidential Inauguration if Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President. The easy answer would be to say that even if a president is reelected, each time a president is voted into office, he is inaugurated for the upcoming term. Now, there have been 21 presidents that have served more than one term in office, which may make you wonder why the numbers don’t add up. That is because on nine different occasions, a president was inaugurated for a special circumstance including the passing or impeachment of their predecessor. Those kinds of situations are classified as “Extraordinary Inaugurations” and are not categorized with the others because the people did not vote the individual being inaugurated into office.

Remember, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons!

5 ways buttons can help you bring in the New Year

As 2016 comes to an end, most of us are beginning to set our sights on 2017 and all that it entails. As we start to mark our new calendars with upcoming events, birthdays and other important dates, most of us keep thinking about how we can make this year better than the last. Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, we all continuously look for the best way to bring in the New Year.

Well… look no further. Everyone Loves Buttons is here to help.

Here are five ways we might be able to help you bring in the New Year:

1) Promote a cause

Are you an individual that is trying to influence change? Is your business attempting to raise money for cancer research?

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No matter the cause, our variety of promotional products can help you spread the message.

2) Promote your business or organization

Maybe you’re a small business trying to get your name out there or maybe you’re a part of an organization that is unveiling a new logo.

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Whatever it is, we provide the perfect medium for you and your team to gain some extra exposure in 2017. You can create a fun, new design to spice up your buttons, or our in-house art department can help create one for you. Either way, we can help you take the next step to becoming a household name.

3) Celebrate or recognize someone

Do you have a fellow coworker retiring this year? Maybe you have a special birthday or work accomplishment in the office.

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We can put their face on a button! Everyone loves to gain recognition, and what better way to show your appreciation for someone than to show them off to everyone at work.

4) Promote an event

Do you have an annual golf outing coming up? Are you attending an important conference in 2017?

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Sure, you can hang up flyers throughout the office or in the windows of local businesses. Or you can give everyone a stylish button or zipper pull that can be attached to clothing, backpacks, purses, and more allowing the memories of your wonderful event to carry on long after it’s done.

5) Strengthen office comradery

Maybe you want to rally the troops at the office or lighten the mood in the break room.

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Our mylar-covered buttons allow for an interactive experience. You can take a stroll through time and vote for office superlatives (minus the lettermen’s jackets) to get some laughs at work. You might also want to celebrate the turning of the page by having everyone write their New Year’s resolutions on a button in an effort to help each other reach their goals.

Our fast track services allow us to meet any deadline, so no matter if you need them in a month or a day, we are the right company for the job. Whatever your plans are for 2017, Everyone Loves Buttons has a way to help you get there.

Go to custombuttons.com to see our variety of different products including pinback buttons, wearable magnetic buttons, zipper pulls, fridge magnets and more.

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Everyone Loves Buttons is a nationally certified woman-owned business that provides only American-made products manufactured at our production facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Customer Spotlight: MTSU Alumni Association

Murfreesboro, a small city 40 miles southeast of Nashville, is home to the second largest university in Tennessee. Middle Tennessee State University was established in 1911 and has become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the southeast.

We wanted to shed some light on one our many valued customers, the MTSU Alumni Association. This organization has been doing some terrific things to connect the university’s rich history of alumni with its current crop of young college students.

The MTSU Alumni Association holds a number of events for Blue Raiders of all ages to attend. Some of these events include their alumni summer colleges and spring weekends, where alumni can attend workshop activities to further their education in a fun and friendly environment. There are also watching events hosted by the Alumni Association for MTSU sporting events.

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There is also a Young Alumni Group comprised of former Blue Raiders ages 35 or younger. Their goal is to help the new age of MTSU graduates find careers, connect with other alumni and become an important part of the MTSU community.

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Feel free to visit the Middle Tennessee State Alumni website to find out how you can become a part of the Blue Raider family. While you’re there, check out the many services they provide including career services, finding fellow classmates and opportunities to donate to the university itself.

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You can also order MTSU gear and commencement DVDs, get a replacement diploma, look through their virtual yearbooks, check out all the alumni discounts that are available and much more.

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You can find them on Twitter at @MTAlumni and Facebook at @mtsualumni.

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For all alumni and parents of alumni, you can snap a picture of yourself wearing your MTSU button and tweet it at @LuvMyButtons with #LuvMyButtons for a discount on your next button order.

Everyone Loves Buttons wants you to get out and vote!

Every four years, we the people of the United States of America are able to enjoy the freedom of electing our nation’s leader. Everyone has an opinion on how he or she thinks the country could be run better, and this is the time of the year to express those opinions by voting for the candidate that best reflects your ideals.

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It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. It only matters that you get out and make your voice heard by voting this upcoming Tuesday, November 8th.

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Political season can be a long, grueling and sometimes unpleasant experience, but it is necessary to reflect the change that this country needs. So cast your ballot, make your voice heard and we will see you at the Midterm elections in 2018.

Help Everyone Loves Buttons spread awareness about breast cancer this October!

October is upon us, which means it is time to amp up the spread of awareness for one of the deadliest diseases in the world, breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides people with the platform not only to inform individuals about the disease but also to celebrate the battles that were won and remember those who lost the fight.

According to breastcancer.org, not only is breast cancer the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world, it is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide. To put that into perspective, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman every two minutes in the United States alone, and somewhere in the world, one person dies every 60 seconds from breast cancer.

As a nationally certified woman-owned business, Everyone Loves Buttons would like to invite you to join the fight and help spread awareness about breast cancer. We are currently offering a 10% discount on any breast cancer awareness products ordered through our website in the month of October. Just use the promo code “BCA10” when checking out, and you can save more then just money… you can help save lives.

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We offer a variety of different products that are perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have fridge magnets, pinback buttons, wearable magnet buttons and more. We also have Zipper Pulls, one of our newest products. Zipper Pulls are perfect for spreading awareness all year round. They can be clipped on backpacks, purses, jackets, sweatshirts and all kinds of products that contain zippers.

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Our new website, custombuttons.com, allows for a seamless checkout process, plus keep in mind that no matter what product you decide is best for you, we can customize anything to make it exactly how you envisioned it.

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Remember, awareness is the first step in catching the disease before it is too late. About 1 in every 8 women, or 12%, develops breast cancer at some point in their lives. So wear your pink proudly, encourage your friends and family to get tested, and help us spread awareness.