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Happy 122nd Birthday, Pin-back Buttons!

On this day back in 1896, Benjamin S. Whitehead patented a design that led to the pin-back buttons we know and love today. His design featured a cellulose cover to protect a photograph that would be attached to a badge backing, ensuring it would not be torn or ruined by the elements. This was an innovative design that helped ensure the future success of pin-back buttons to the present day.

 

 

But did you know buttons predate this patent? George Washington used buttons with a flat metal face embossed with a slogan for his presidential inauguration back in 1789. These buttons would be sewn into a coat lapel, or worn as a pendant on a string.

 

Since Whitehead’s patent, pin-back buttons have been used to help promote comic characters, company products, and political campaigns. The Kellogg Company famously used them as cereal box prizes in 1945, developing a collectors series that quickly gained popularity in the United States.

 

Pin-back buttons have helped people and companies share their message with others, offering everyone a durable method to promote what they believe in. Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, we believe in helping you share your message with the world. From advertising your business, spreading the word about your campaign, or even sharing your personal catchphrase with friends, we offer a variety of sizes and styles to suit all your button needs.

 

We can provide full service with your order, from helping you design the perfect button, full-color and top quality printing, and our legendary customer service to help you each step of the way. As a Certified Women Owned Business that has been active for over 21 years, nobody knows buttons better than us!

 

Celebrate with us online by ordering your very own set of custom pin-back buttons today, and use code 122YEARS for 15% off your button order! Be sure to show us your button love with the tag #WithAButton!

Customer Spotlight: Wes Smith, a Funky DJ from San Diego

Today we are dedicating our customer spotlight post to Wes Smith!

 

Wes Smith is an electronic DJ and producer from San Diego, California, and runs Juice Recordings Studio. His music features heavy bass and remixed vocals to create funky  dance and EDM beats that are sure to get any party started. Since 2011 he has been creating original music and collaborating with several of his peers to make chart toping hits. One of his newest tracks, “We Got it Made” features a collaboration with The DropStarz and can be streamed on his Spotify and Apple Music profiles, and purchased through Beatport and Itunes.

 

Wes SmithHis powerful beats have been featured on many radio programs, dance floors, top podcasts, and more. Wes recently created music on “TTR World Tour”, a combat racing game released in 2013.

 

Wes has performed in venues and festivals across the United States, playing his top hits like “Bring Back That Funk”. You can watch him perform live later this month at the Electric Love Music Festival in Agassiz, British Columbia, and might hear some new music from his albums “Juice Night Out” Volumes 1 & 2.

 

In addition to creating lively EDM music that ranks high on the charts, he hosts a livestream called the Wes Smith Variety ShYo where he talks with friends, peers, and other professional musicians. They talk about their experiences in the industry, their music, and overall experiences. Watch it on YouTube, or listen here on his Soundcloud.

 

You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Be sure to also check out his website at www.itswessmithyo.com.

 

We are thrilled that Wes chose us to help him spread the word about his studio using our custom buttons! Order yours today at www.custombuttons.com, and show us how you share your message by tagging it with #WithAButton for a chance to be featured on our next spotlight post.

 

Happy Pride Month!

This June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month). Pride Month is celebrated every year due to the Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots in Manhattan occurred in 1969 when Police raided a Gay Club called the Stonewall Inn. This raid became violent when patrons and local sympathizers began rioting against the police. While this police raid was completely legal because the club had been selling alcohol without a license, New York’s gay community started noticing the police targeting gay clubs. A month after the riots, one of the first public marches occurred in New York City where LGBT people proudly claimed their identities. This was called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. This March inspired other cities around the world to hold LGBT marches.

Gay Pride day was originally celebrated the last Sunday in June, however the actual day was very flexible. Soon, Gay Pride became a month long series of events. Now, we celebrate gay pride month with parades, parties, picnics, and concerts. Currently, LGBT Pride Month has millions of participants, all around the world. There are also memorials held during Pride Month for people who have died of HIV/ Aids or hate crimes. The purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the impact LGBT individuals have had on history and to improve the visibility, acceptance and legal protections for LGBTQ people. Pride Month also recognizes gay pride, a movement that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It promotes their dignity, equal rights and makes society more aware of the challenges they face.

Another important person to recognize is the “Mother of Pride” Brenda Howard. Howard was a bisexual activist and feminist. Howard was born in the Bronx and had a passion for activism and was involved in anti-war and feminist movements. Howard also knew many people who were in the Stonewall Inn while the riots took place. Throughout her life, Howard stood for those who had their rights trampled on and was a voice for all minorities. Howard was also arrested several times for protesting, but never gave up. Howard even died during New York’s pride week due to cancer.

Pride Month is being celebrated worldwide. While many cities are celebrating by having pride festivals, some are even having gay ski week and gay cruises. During pride festivals, people usually dress in wild and unique costumes. If you are going to a gay pride festival, it is recommended that you bring: sunscreen, plenty of water, a rainbow flag, a positive sign, and an excited attitude. This will help you have the best experience at a Pride Festival.

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons we wish those who celebrate pride month to have a great and uplifting experience!

Wishing you and your families a Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day, in the United States, is a way of celebrating those who have given their lives while serving in the country’s military service. Memorial Day used to be celebrated on May 30th, but is now celebrated on the last Monday of May. Many Americans celebrate by visiting cemeteries or memorials. Many also hold family gatherings or watch parades.  Memorial day also marks the beginning of the summer season.

America created its first national cemetery after the civil war, which ended in the spring of 1865. By the late 1860’s, Americans began holding tributes to the soldiers who had died. This involved putting flowers on their graves and reciting prayers. In 1966, the Federal Government declared Waterloo, NY to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo first celebrated Memorial Day on May 5, 1866. Waterloo celebrated by hosting a community-wide event, during this time, businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, who was the leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a national day of remembrance later that month called Decoration Day. The date of Decoration Day, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, at the first Decoration Day and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and made it an annual tradition. By 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday.

Memorial Day originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But, during World War I, the United States was involved in another major conflict. This resulting in the holiday commemorating American military personnel who died in all wars.

For several decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on the day Logan picked for Decoration Day, May 30. However, in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, making Memorial Day the last Monday in May. This created a three-day weekend for all federal employees. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Over the years, Americans have celebrated Memorial Day by hosting parades that include military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials or take weekend trips or throw parties.

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons we would like to thank all of our veterans who have fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Citizens of the United States.

Wishing you and your families a Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

This Saturday we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo recognizes the victory of the Mexican army over the French army in the Battle of Puebla. This battle occurred on May 5th, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated as much in Mexico as it used to be, however the State of Puebla still finds it a very important celebration. Incontrast, Cinco de Mayo has morphed into a huge holiday in the United States, celebrating Mexican culture and heritage.

In 1861, a man was elected the president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec Tribe. 1861 was a difficult time to be president in Mexico. Mexico was having major financial problems and had to receive aid from European Governments. Because of this, Mexico was soon in debt. To collect on this debt, France, Britain, and Spain sent forces to Veracruz, Mexico. There, they demanded payment. Britain and Spain ended up withdrawing their forces after negotiating a settlement with Mexico. However, France took this as an opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. In late 1861, France sent a well-armed fleet to Veracruz, this forced Juarez and his military into retreat.

The French were certain they would win the battle. Six thousand troops under the command of General Charles Latrille de Lorencez were sent to attack Puebla de Los Angeles. In response, Juarez sent out two thousand indigenous Mexicans to Puebla. The Mexican army was outnumbered and did not have the necessary artillery. The battle lasted a day and ended in the French retreating after losing over five hundred men, the Mexican army lost less than one hundred men.

While this war was not a major strategic win, it represented a great victory for Mexico and strengthened the resistance movement. Now, the celebration of Cinco De Mayo is primarily celebrated in Puebla. Some celebrations include: military parades, festive events, and recreations of the battle of Puebla. In the United States, Cinco De Mayo is celebrated with parades, parties, mariachi music, dances and food. Some common foods eaten on Cinco De Mayo are tacos, enchiladas, salsa, and guacamole!

A common misconception about Cinco De Mayo is the actual history behind it. Many people outside of Mexico believe it is the date that marks the independence of Mexico. However, Mexico’s independence was declared fifty years before the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s independence Day is actually celebrated on September 16th.

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons we hope you have a fun and safe Cinco De Mayo!

Students Compete on the World Stage at The Vex Robotics Competition

April marks the start of the Vex Robotics Competition. This is a challenging competition for young individuals in middle school, high school, and college. This competition is described as: “teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.”

Over ten thousand teams from 32 countries play in over 750 tournaments for this competition. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn life-long critical thinking, and team-work skills.

The competitions motto is “We create tools that educators and mentors will use to shape the learners of today into the problem solving leaders of tomorrow.”

Keeping kids interested in STEM can be challenging, but the Vex Robotics Competition is a great way of getting kids involved in STEM activities. STEM is a term used to combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through this competition, students of different abilities are able to create affordable and accessible robotics and be recognized for their accomplishments.

This competition even has a unique story of how it started. At the beginning of their careers, Tony Norman, an Electrical Engineer, and Bob Mimlitch, a Mechanical Engineer met. Both Norman and Mimlitch realized they had a unique approach to robotics while mentoring high school students.

According to their website, “They don’t believe that “we’ve always done it this way” or “this is how everyone does it” is ever a justification for a solution. They value creative approaches to problem solving; not just in engineering design but in all aspects of business. They are often able to find simple and elegant solutions by focusing on creativity early in the design process.”

Vex Robotics was even founded in Tony Norman’s garage in Greenville, Texas. Since then, both Tony and Bob have employed over 300 people, they have three district divisions and nine offices worldwide. The founders stand by the philosophy that hard work and passion will bring success.

Teams competing in this competition from all over the United States have asked us to create buttons for them. These teams include Community High School Team 5708, The Iron Mustangs Team 3711, The Doomsday Dogs Team 7041, The AZ Tech Eagles Team 4680, and The M Robotics Team 8110. Everyone Loves Buttons is very proud of all the teams competing in the Vex Robotics Competition and wish them all the best of luck in their robotic endeavors!

The information in this blog was provided by www.vexrobotics.com

Golden State Warriors Buttons!

This years NCAA men’s tournament has been very unpredictable. It is down to the final four who will be heading to San Antonio. Loyola’s win over Kansas was a tear jerker for many people. This being due to Sister Jean watching the game in her wheelchair, and coach Porter Moser jumping over the press row to hug his family. But another unsuspecting team made it to the final four. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber sitting in the back of Philips Arena, watched his team beat down on their opponent. Weber called Loyola physical and said they switched on everything. This team has great defense, making them a team to be feared.

Before Loyola upgraded their locker room. All their plays were drawn out in the locker room for the players to see. This was a great strategy for the team and certainly aided in their victories.

The golden state warriors are also making great victories this year. They are currently the highest scoring team in the NBA. However, player Steven Curry is once again out for the final stages of the stretch run. Without Curry, the Warriors could be vulnerable to losing. Points are hard to come by when the teams all stars are off the court. This was proved true by the Warriors. Recently, the Warriors have lost six of their nine games. This has been a problem for them since 2014. Without Kevin Durant, Steven Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, the team may struggle for the rest of the playoffs. The warriors got 12 points in the first five minutes of the game during first period. They then opened the game to a 17-7 run and take a nine point lead into the second quarter. The pacers then opened the fourth period to a 17-6 run. The Warriors were unable to then keep up with the Pacers.

College Basketball has taken note to the warriors due to their victorious 3-pointer. The Golden State Warriors will finish their fourth game with the Milwaukee Bucks. We are confident the warriors will succeed due to their victory in the head match in January.

Durant called the 3 pointer “new” because twenty years ago, kids weren’t raised with the 3 pointer. Making the warriors 3 pointer one of the best in the NBA.

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons we are fans of the Golden State Warriors and we even made buttons for them! These buttons display the words “strength in numbers.” Go Warriors! 

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Everyone Loves Buttons is proud to be apart of Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Golden State Warriors to help promote the causes near and dear to their huge, basketball dribbling hearts.  This time, the team will recognize Women’s History Month with the Their “Hear Us Roar” campaign, a series of promotional events, appearances and multimedia content meant to recognize the many accomplishments of women in America.

Game attendees will enjoy numerous live, in-game activation’s and giveaways throughout the month. There are also many community events scheduled throughout the coming weeks, which will pair a highly successful Bay Area lady with a group of lucky girls for inspirational talks and tours. One meeting will bring Warriors’ assistant coach, Bruce Frasier, and Warriors forward, Jordan Bell, together with South Bay elementary school students for a Read to Achieve Rally. The team members will read to kids from literature focused mainly on women’s history.

Other events for Women’s History Month will include appearances by two-time Olympic gold medalist, Ruthie Bolton, at girls’ spring basketball clinics around the state and Nike’s “Beyond the Baseline” experience, which will provide girls with deeper look ancillary sports positions such as sports medicine and journalism.

Fans will also be able to head over to NBA.com to watch highlight videos featuring trailblazing female warriors like NBC sideline reporter, Kerith Burke, Stanford Women’s Basketball Coach, Tara VanDerveer, Oakland Teacher of the Year, Jo Paraiso, and Denise Long, the very first woman ever drafted into the NBA by the San Francisco Warriors back in 1969. The videos, which were created by longtime Warriors’ media partners, BAYCAT Academy, will also be shown during games at the Oracle Arena.

Women’s History Month focused activities will come to a close on the night of March 27th when the Warriors face off against the Indiana Pacers. ‘Women’s History Night’ will feature a “Hear Us Roar” t-shirt and button giveaway along with a special halftime show with a performance from local boys and girls who learned their routine direct from the Warriors dance team. A postgame forum will also take place with some of the teams female corporate partners to give fans an inside look at women in business.

Everyone Loves Buttons looks forward to helping spread a message of solidarity with women everywhere. As a certified WBENC Woman Owned business, we take pride in the every button that our (mostly) female staff creates and are deeply committed to the advancement of women, children and their families. During the month of March, Everyone Loves Buttons and the Golden State Warriors wish every woman, sister, mother, aunt and grandmother out there a happy and productive Women’s History Month!

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As such, you can expect not only the highest quality USA made custom buttons, but legendary service and value you can count on!

Leading the button industry / #BuyWomenOwned

Everyone Loves Buttons ® is proud to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and have been certified since 2008. WBENC National Certificate Number: 2005109609

What does this mean for you?

This means that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in customer service and overall quality offered. We are the #1 Nationally Certified Woman Owned (WBE) Business in the custom buttons industry.

What is the WBENC? @BuyWomenOwned

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.

 

Me & the Bees & Buttons are a Natural Fit

Me & the Bees Lemonade & Buttons Working Together

In the years following a then 9-year-old Mikaila Ulmer’s $60,000 investment win on NBC’s ‘Shark Tank’, she’s become one busy little bee with her company Me & the Bees Lemonade est. 2009.

At 13, the young entrepreneur and businesswoman has a hugely successful lemonade company, Me & The Bees, which she started at just four years old after being stung by not just one, but two buzzing bees. To add insult to injury, both stings happened in just one week.

Deciding to learn about bees instead of dismissing the tiny insects and their duel attacks on her skin; Mikaila unexpectedly developed a fascination for them after many hours of research. She discovered that honeybees are essential to the ecosystem and for the pollination of our crops. She also found out that they are under threat of extinction.

This strange coincidence happened while Mikaila was also trying to come up with an idea for the Acton Children’s Business Fair. While still smarting from her bee stings, Mikaila’s Great Granny Helen sent the family an old cookbook from the 1940’s that contained a recipe for Granny Helen’s special Flaxseed Lemonade.

And then an idea was born. Flavoring her granny’s lemonade with honey made by local bees, Mikaila opened her very own lemonade stand to sell her sweet concoction to neighbors, at city events and eventually, a small Austin pizza shop. She decided to donate a portion of her sales to help organizations like the Texas Beekeepers Association, which conduct research into the preservation of bees.

Little by little, Mikaila began to grow her lemonade business until it bloomed into a full-blown company complete with contracts from Whole Foods and United Natural Foods distribution, enabling her lemonade to be sold in nearly 20 states.

All the attention that Mikaila and Me & the Bees received on ‘Shark Tank” after CEO of FUBU clothing, Daymond John, decided to invest in the company for a %25 stake share later led to an invite to the White House for the annual kids’ “state dinner” in 2015 where Mikaila first met then President Barack Obama. She met Obama again in 2016 when she introduced him at that year’s annual Women’s Summit.

In the last year and a half, she has parlayed her rising fame and success into the creation of the Healthy Hive Foundation, became a member of Microsoft’s People of Action network, speaking onstage with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella at the WE Day Conference in Seattle in 2016, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to teach a class in Finance 101 and was named one of Time magazine’s “most influential teens” in 2017.

As for 2018, Mikaila will take on a brand new challenge: writing her first children’s book. It will, of course, instruct kids on how to start and run their own businesses.

On March 7th, Mikaila will be speaking at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. She will tell her story of bee stings, honey and hard work, called “When Life Gives You Lemons.”

Me & The Bees ordered 1.25″ pin-back custom buttons from CustomButtons.com By Everyone Loves Buttons® to help promote her business at this huge event in Southern California this coming weekend. If you’re in Southern California and will be attending, please stop by booth #N2331 to try out Mikaila’s unique lemonade (available in four delicious flavors) and to show your support with a button.  Always remember when you see Me & The Bees lemonade being sold around town, don’t forget Mikaila’s motto: Buy a bottle, save a bee.

Me & The Bees Lemonade
Me & The Bees Lemonade with Mint

Black History Month and Buttons

Black History Month

Along with Valentine’s Day, February is the time of year that America and many other countries celebrate Black History Month. With it’s origins rooted in the 50 years following the abolishment of slavery, Black History Month has come a long way in recognizing the unique achievements of African American people from all around the globe.

It all started in 1915 when famed historian, Carter G. Woodson, and prominent minister and activist, Jesse Moreland, created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The organization worked to identify and celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans and their African ancestors. In 1926, the ASNLH proposed the dedication of an entire commemorative week to their cause. The second week February was chosen to recognize what became known as national Negro History week, in honor of the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.

In the years following the establishment of Negro History week, the event exploded across the country as the mayors of several major cities began designating yearly celebrations to mark the occasion. Nearly 40 years after the initial idea was first proposed, Negro History week had morphed into Black History Month with President Gerald Ford officially recognizing the yearly event in 1976.

In addition to recognizing the contributions of countless African Americans overall, each Black History Month features a specific theme. In 2018, Black History Month will honor “African Americans in Times of War”. It will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and highlight the involvement of black soldiers and civilians in all American conflicts from the American Revolution to current standing warfare.

Everyone Loves Buttons client, The NBA’s Golden State Warriors, (@Warriors) have ordered custom buttons to help celebrate Black History Month. The team has organized multiple in-game activities and community outreach efforts along with a T-shirt giveaway for 10,000 fans that took place at the first home game of the month. Every T-shirt and each button carries the phrase, “Black History is Golden”. The Warriors have also teamed up with BAYCAT Academy, a local non-profit that works to educate youth in digital media production, to create a selection of videos highlighting the work of Bay Area leaders and influencers.

You can still order custom buttons for your Black History Month event throughout the end of the month. We can apply any message that you’d like to broadcast to the world in support of the many historical achievements of black Americans or create a more current look with a #blacklivesmatter button or refrigerator magnet.

Visit Everyone Loves Buttons to explore the many ways to show big support with a little button!

 

Black History Month
February is Black History Month